Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Antioch, California Backyard, At-Home Elopement Photo Story Award

Wedding ceremony photo from a backyard in California shot through the couple’s living room window

Wedding ceremony in their backyard Antioch, California - Elopement Photographer | Through the couple’s living room window, we can see them in their backyard

Kelly and Marco’s story is about hope during these strange times. After having to announce to their friends and family that they had to postpone their wedding reception at Casa Real until next year, they decided to still go ahead and have an official ceremony in their backyard. While they may have to wait to have the full celebration, the couple was still able to enjoy an intimate and lovely backyard wedding on their original date.

Through the couple’s living room window, we can see them in their backyard being married under a flower-covered arch.

Wedding Image from At-Home elopement in CA of the bride’s mother preparing dinner

Image from an At-Home Elopement in Antioch, California | In the kitchen, the bride’s mother helps out by preparing dinner

In the kitchen, the bride’s mother helps out by preparing dinner for the reception, which includes a large and fresh green salad.

At-Home Wedding image of the groom getting ready down the flower petal-covered hallway

At-Home Elopement Photography in Antioch, California | down the flower petal-covered hallway we can see the groom getting ready

As one guest waits in the living room, down the flower petal-covered hallway we can see the groom getting ready for the ceremony in the bathroom.

Antioch, California Backyard wedding picture of The couple holding hands beneath the floral arch

Antioch, California Backyard Elopement Photo | The couple holds hands beneath the floral arch

The couple holds hands beneath the floral arch, and while both are a little nervous, the happiness they feel is evident from their smiling faces.

California Backyard wedding image of the officiant asking to be presented with the elopement rings

California Backyard Elopement Ceremony Picture | the officiant asks to be presented with the rings

At this point in the ceremony, the officiant asks to be presented with the rings, and the best man places them in the officiant’s hand.

CA At-Home Wedding Ceremony Image of The bride as she starts to become a bit emotional

CA Home Elopement Ceremony Image | The bride starts to become a bit emotional and sheds a few tears

The bride starts to become a bit emotional and sheds a few tears of joy as she looks into the groom’s eyes.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony image from a Backyard Wedding

Elopement Ceremony Photo from CA Backyard Wedding | After the ceremony, the newlyweds exit

After the ceremony, as the newlyweds exit, their guests send them off under a shower of bubbles.

CA Wedding Image from a Backyard Reception of the groom and a guest having cigars together

Elopement Photography from a Backyard Reception |  the groom and another guest sharing a couple of celebratory cigars together

While the ceremony may have been small, this did not stop the couple and their guests from celebrating and enjoying themselves to the fullest, as evidenced here by the groom and another guest sharing a couple of celebratory cigars together.

Backyard Wedding Couple photo during the elopement celebration that went on into the night

Backyard Elopement Couple Portrait Session at Night | The celebration went on into the night, and the backyard was lit up with fairy lights

The celebration went on into the night, and the backyard was lit up with fairy lights. The couple stands together with a small string of lights draped around them, illuminating their smiling faces.