Last weekend I got to photograph the coolest wedding at a gorgeous private residence. It was a fun backyard wedding in Salem, Oregon, held at the groom’s family home. They had just finished building an outdoor patio and garage space, and it was perfect for the ceremony. The home had a lot of modern vibes and was full of colorful art. Lots of which were paintings by famous watercolor artist James Kirk, and lots of which were paintings by the groom’s brother, who Kirk mentored. There was also a gorgeous flower garden surrounding the front of the home. Cocktails were enjoyed here before and after the ceremony. Finally, several beautiful rooms inside were perfect for hosting dinner once it got dark outside. It was the most perfect little setup and such an intimate and fun event!
Fun Backyard Wedding in Salem
I started the day photographing the details around the garden, and in the dining areas. Everything was so colorful, which we all know I love! There were different floral arrangements for each dining space since they all had varying vibes. Escort cards were made using Pantone color cards. I snapped a few shots of the groom getting ready, and then I headed down the street to find the bride, who was getting ready at a neighbor’s house. Everyone was so laid back and happy. The bride quickly jumped into her dress and makeup, and off we went to start the ceremony!
There was a harp player to provide music before and after the ceremony, which was lovely. The groom’s dad officiated, and several friends and family members gave readings. I love it when couples choose to incorporate additional things like readings into the ceremony. It just feels like it makes it a bit more personal, and it gives me more time to move around and look for different photo angles!