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Photographing a Backyard Wedding in Springville, Utah

by dav.d

I was hired as the wedding photographer for Kylie & Alex’s wedding. This was a backyard wedding in late summer.

Bridal bouquet

Bridal bouquet

Here are some of the wedding details. No matter the budget of a wedding there are always unique details. The shoes, boutonnieres, bouquets, the fact that the bride and groom had gauged earrings.

Bride's gauged earrings

Bride’s gauged earrings

Groom's gauged earring

Groom’s gauged earring

Groom's boutineer

Groom’s boutineer

Groom's shoes

Groom’s shoes

Wedding Sign

Wedding Sign

Guestbook was a pair of skateboards

Guestbook was a pair of skateboards

Men's boutineer

Men’s boutineer

Here are some of the wedding ceremony photos. It was a small ceremony and the father of the groom was the wedding officiant.

Bride walks down the aisle with parents

Bride walks down the aisle with parents

Wedding ceremony was presided by the groom's father

Wedding ceremony was presided by the groom’s father

Groom shares wedding vow

Groom shares wedding vow

Bride and groom hold hands during ceremony

Bride and groom hold hands during ceremony

Bride shares wedding vows

Bride shares wedding vows

Backyard wedding ceremony

Backyard wedding ceremony

Exchanging wedding rings

Exchanging wedding rings

Wedding couple's first kiss

Wedding couple’s first kiss

Wedding couple hug

Wedding couple hug

Bride and groom after the ceremony

Bride and groom after the ceremony

Try as we might we could not get junior to look at the camera. He was tired and we had to have people looking into the sun. I did get some candid of him before the ceremony so we’re good there.

Wedding family

Wedding family

Group photos of family

Group photos of family

I’m sharing two versions of the next photograph. People will often wonder what to do with their hands. In this case without suggestion all the guys clasp their hands in front almost as if they were soccer/football players awaiting a penalty kick. No communication, no discussion it was totally unplanned. I should have started kicking soccerballs in their direction. The best thing to do is for guys to put their hands in their pockets. They helps give the arms some shape and angles. It also separates the arms from the body to give a more flattering silhouette.

The guys automatically go to the soccer pose

The guys automatically go to the soccer pose

Here is the second photograph with hands in pockets. It is the easiest way to give guys hands something to do. And it looks much more natural.

Hands in the pockets look more natural

Hands in the pockets look more natural

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

The most convenient time for family photographs is right after the ceremony. However, you can often do them before the ceremony if everyone is ready and the bride and groom don’t mind seeing each other before the ceremony. These photos can easily take 30 minutes to an hour to shoot. When planning a wedding this should be taken into account. Often these photos will cut into the time for bride and groom photos.

Formal wedding portraits

Formal wedding portraits

The bride and groom cut the cake. There was an epic cake smash and the bride throwing bits of cake at the groom. But I am keeping those only for the bride and groom to share… if they want. I have noticed that more and more brides and grooms are smashing cake in each others faces.

Bride and groom cut the cake

Bride and groom cut the cake

I’m actually sharing a photo of the bride’s reaction to the wedding toast. It’s always important to capture the person giving the toast and to photograph people’s reaction.

Bride cries at the wedding toast

Bride cries at the wedding toast

Guestbook was a pair of skateboards

Guestbook was a pair of skateboards

Some kids just don’t get excited for weddings… they would rather play games on iPads and eat cake.

Kids find fun on iPads

Kids find fun on iPads

Happily ever after

Happily ever after

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