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Backyard Wedding with Brendan + Jaclyn

Brendan and Jaclyn are two awesome newlyweds – except they’re not really newlyweds at all :-)

They had been engaged forever, and everyone around them was starting to put the pressure on, so something fun and casual was created just as the flowers were starting to sprout in the gardens of their family home in Holland, MA. They reached out to me about six weeks prior to hosting friends and family for a backyard wedding celebration this May.

How did they find me? Well, fellow film photographer Kate Murphy had photographed their New York City elopement just A YEAR AND A HALF before! Yep, that’s right… the happy couple had never come clean, enjoying secret married life for a very long time :-)

And for most of this blog post, still no one knew…

Their yard provided for the most beautiful ceremony, photos and lawn games. Brendan & Jaclyn were a ton of fun, care free and smiling the entire day.

Jaclyn is extremely crafty and included so many unique touches to the tables and decor. Family members helped cut natural candle holders and bake individual pies. And I think Jaclyn’s still happily sewing together the guest book quilt that everyone signed!

I was over the moon to see that her grandmother shared a similar sentiment as I’ve often felt: “Jaclyn’s Grandmother would always say, eat dessert first. So feel free to dig in at any time to your apple pie, homemade by Jaclyn’s mom.”

Taking place in the sweet May sunshine, law games and socializing continued outside in the yard. Right about now, before their first dance, is when Brendan & Jaclyn announced to the crowd that they’d eloped the winter before! Lots of clapping and cheering (phew)!

And it was so nice to go for a sunset walk at one of Brendan & Jaclyn’s favorite places nearby. They were able to escape for a bit to savor the day, and each other, before returning to the evening celebration.

SO much fun with you guys, and I’m so glad we met! I look forward to keeping in touch over the tweets, and introducing the dogs someday too!

Contax 645, Fuji 400H and Kodak Portra 800 films. Processed by Richard Photo Lab.

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