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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Northern California backyard, poolside wedding ceremony image of the guests sitting on either side of the aisle with the bride and groom

San Jose, California Elopement Photography | As the guests sit on either side of the aisle, the bride and groom hold hands in front of a flowered arch

Shannon and Afsheen  were supposed to have an Assyrian wedding scheduled to take place in New York City this year. However, after announcing that they would be postponing their East Coast wedding plans indefinitely, Shannon and Afsheen decided to set their official wedding date on the 4th of July with the groom’s father serving as the honored officiant. For their reimagined backyard wedding in San Jose in July, some slight changes were made to the guest list, with around 20 guests in attendance. Even though the couple may not have been able to have their big New York City wedding, their intimate ceremony and reception was still elegant and full of emotion.

As the guests sit on either side of the aisle, the bride and groom hold hands in front of a flowered arch by a pool surrounded by sunshine and lush vines, giving them plenty of privacy during the ceremony.

San Jose Backyard wedding image from Before the ceremony of the groom getting ready with his tie

San Jose Backyard Elopement Photographer | Before the ceremony, the groom works on adjusting his tie in one corner of the room

Before the ceremony, the groom works on adjusting his tie in one corner of the room while, in the reflection of a mirror, we can see the bride helping the groom’s father with his boutonniere.

CA wedding Ceremony detail photo showing one of the guests holding the decorative ceremony program

San Jose, CA Elopement Ceremony Image | one of the guests holds the decorative ceremony program

During the ceremony, one of the guests holds the decorative ceremony program in their hands.

San Jose Backyard garden wedding Ceremony image showing the bride and groom Standing together hand-in-hand

San Jose, CA Outdoor Backyard Elopement Ceremony Picture | Standing together hand-in-hand during the ceremony

Standing together hand-in-hand during the ceremony, the groom seems to be glowing with happiness as he gazes into the bride’s eyes.

N California wedding photo showing The groom’s father serving as officiant, directing the couple to exchange rings

Northern California Elopement Ceremony Photo | The groom’s father, serving as officiant, directs the couple to exchange rings

The groom’s father, serving as officiant, directs the couple to exchange rings, and the bride extends her left hand to the groom as he delicately puts the ring on her finger.

California Backyard wedding image of guests gathered around the couple for a poolside toast

California Backyard Elopement Reception Toast Photo | Still enjoying the beautiful sunshine, guests gather around the couple

Still enjoying the beautiful sunshine, guests gather around the couple as they all share a toast and drink champagne.

N. California wedding Couple Portrait session with The bride, happily married, gazing into the groom’s eyes

California Elopement Couple Portrait | The bride, happily married, gazes into the groom’s eyes

The bride, happily married, gazes into the groom’s eyes and lovingly puts her hand behind his neck, showing off her ring, as she holds her bouquet in the other hand.

San Jose, California Backyard wedding image of The cake cutting, bought from Wholefoods Market

San Jose, California Backyard Elopement Reception Cake Picture | The wedding cake, bought from Wholefoods Market, has been decorated with the same white roses used in the bride’s bouquet

The wedding cake, bought from Wholefoods Market, has been decorated with the same white roses used in the bride’s bouquet, adding an air of elegance as the bride and groom cut into the cake together while the guests surrounding them smile and watch.

San Jose wedding portrait showing The couple taking some private time together alone

San Jose Elopement Couple Picture Session | The couple take some private time together

The couple take some private time together and the groom kisses the bride as the sun, just beginning to set now, flairs behind them.