How to Create a DIY Backyard Wedding

Looking back at this past year, one of the weddings that stood out the most for me was Brittany and Norwood’s wedding. As soon as I arrived to their venue I could tell a lot of time and effort went into pulling off their DIY wedding. So much so, that I wanted to ask Brittany a few questions on how to create a DIY backyard wedding.

  • What made you and Norwood decide to do a DIY backyard wedding?
    • It was really important that we picked a venue that was unique and held some special meaning – and for Norwood that was his brother-in-law’s 100-acre farm in Lothian. Norwood grew up working on his grandfather’s farm in Deale and always held fond memories of being outside in a field surrounded by corn, so it felt like some sweet ode to his grandfather’s memory.
  • Where did you grab inspiration for your wedding?
    • When getting married on a farm, you have to do the rustic thing. We stepped it up by doing what I called “rustic elegance” with lots of natural greenery, golds accents and wood textures.
    • We were also super inspired by our venue. It’s an old working farm and we wanted to incorporate that into various element of our wedding. From the ceremony arbor, which my little brother built from the old barn wood, to the farm honey we gave to our guests as a favor. Nearly every single piece of our wedding was hand-painted, drawn, stamped, tied, recycled or built by myself or a family member or friend.
  • What was your favorite part of your wedding?
    • I truly loved everything about our wedding, but my favorite part were the small details, which went into one big, epic event. For us, we knew we just wanted to throw a good party for our family and friends who we don’t get to see a lot, being as we moved from Maryland to Tennessee. So we wanted them to feel the love in every single piece of the wedding – whether it was from 200 planted succulents guests got as favors, to the signature cocktails we made ourselves, or the take home mason jars they drank them from – everything was about our guests having a good time.
  • What would you recommend to others looking to do a similar wedding?
    • Through the process, I learned that it’s good to delegate and not get overwhelmed with the small details because it will all come together. We wouldn’t have been able to pull of this wedding off it wasn’t for our amazingly talented friends and family that pitched in:
      • My brother built the arbor from old barn wood on the farm, put together the door entrance from old doors we found there as well, and cut the wooden centerpieces and cake stand.
      • My dad, a former baker, made my favorite tea cookies from my grandparents old bakery recipe — and my brother made the donuts from the same recipes.
      • I made the cake, topped with a cake topper my childhood best friend made.
      • A friend designed my jewelry. The pearls were taken from a pearl necklace my grandma gave me for my 16th birthday.

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding in the near future, I hope this post gives you some inspiration to pull off a DIY wedding!

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My name is Patrick McNamara and I'm the photographer and filmmaker behind Drawn to the Image. I've been taking photos of people for over 7 years. A lot of times, on one of their most important days of their life - their wedding day! I really enjoy being a part of these special moments and I feel honored to be able to capture it on my camera. I grew up in Annapolis and love this area very much, it's a great place to be a photographer and filmmaker!

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