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Small Backyard Wedding Ceremony on the Tennessee River

Small Backyard Wedding Ceremony on the Tennessee River

It’s not every day that we get a backyard wedding on the banks of the Tennessee River. But, on a rainy and cool summer day, that is exactly what we got. This backyard wedding was perfect for Chelsey and Adam who love to be outdoors, but who also wanted a unique and sentimental feel for their wedding day. The sentimental factor of this a backyard wedding was not underestimated. People from every corner of the neighborhood created a comfortable space for their backyard wedding ceremony. The neighbors and family created a comfortable space that felt like home no matter where they went. It was so special to see everyone chip in their time and talent to create such a special memory that will be cherished forever. 

Boat Dock Wedding Ceremony

Now, there are venues, and then there are backyard wedding venues! Particular attention was paid to the boat dock at the back of the sprawling back yard. The dock served as the dramatic focal point for their wedding vows with large, blooming urns bookending each side. Large trees made the perfect shade for the guests, and DIY paper lanterns lead guests to their seats.

The boat dock also served up the perfect place for one of the sweetest first looks we’ve ever seen! After getting ready in separate homes, Alex awaited his bride at the end of the aisle. Chelsey and Alex knew that they wanted to do a First Look for their wedding day but also wanted to see each other down the aisle. So, we made the best of both worlds. As he turned to see his bride, there wasn’t a dry eye in the neighborhood.

Riverside Tent Reception

There are so many ideas for small backyard weddings, but one thing that is always a good idea are tents. Tents are perfect for a number of reasons. They’re durable and functional. Creating an area that is comforting to your guests is a must. Make sure that you have a solid surface and foundation to build on. Then, allocate plenty of space for rentals and entertainment, such as that all-important dance floor.

Further, you can make your tent unique to your event! Whether the tent is white, clear, or colorful, they make for a stylish addition to a backyard reception. Think about adding tall centerpieces that will take up vertical space and hanging decor in the trees to fill out the design. Another idea to add flair is by adding bistro or garden lights! A perfect way to add romance to any backyard wedding reception.

Backyard wedding checklist

There are so many benefits to a backyard wedding ceremony, including cost and convenience. But with those benefits come a few details you need to keep in mind. You’re going to need to rent a lot of items. A checklist for your backyard wedding ceremony is definitely handy. Here are a few things you will need: ceremony and reception chairs, bar, linens and place settings, and dinner tables. For a full backyard wedding checklist, use this wedding decor checklist from Junebug Weddings.

From backyard weddings to elopements in the Smoky Mountains, we have photographed it all. If you are interested in a unique wedding day, please contact Erin Morrison Photography at any time! We would love to be your wedding photographers!

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first look photos with father of the bride
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bride and father cheers with Coors
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brother and sister getting ready on wedding day
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first look with bride and groom on wedding day
first look with bride and groom on wedding day
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man and woman looking at the camera smiling
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bride and groom portraits on boat dock
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Small Backyard Wedding Ceremony on the Tennessee River
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rainy day couples photos at backyard wedding ceremony
backyard wedding reception on the Tennessee River
backyard wedding reception on the Tennessee River
backyard wedding reception on the Tennessee River
backyard wedding reception on the Tennessee River
backyard wedding reception on the Tennessee River
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Professional Wedding Vendors

Dress: The Bridal Gallery

Suit: Zenga

Florals: Coulters Florist

DJ: Mobile Beats Entertainment

Invitations: Insta Print

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