Backyard Wedding

We have photographed backyard weddings with two guests, and backyard weddings with 500 guests. Backyard weddings are great because the locations are usually sentimental to the couple – their childhood home, their grandparents’ home, or the family’s vacation home. We love seeing what families can do with their private homes for a wedding celebration – strung-up lanterns, twinkle lights, candles, special landscaping. Just be prepared to invite the neighbors so you don’t get any noise complaints!


Amanda&Matthew

Charleston, South Carolina

Amanda and Matthew marry at his family’s home, built in 1867.

Alex&Patrick

Santiago, Mexico

Alex and Patrick marry in a church, then celebrate at her family’s new dream house in Santiago.

Winston&Brian

The Box SF, San Francisco, California

Winston and Brian marry in their own backyard, and celebrate in the city at The Box SF.

Lynn&Paul

Bethesda, Maryland

Lynn and Paul marry in an emotional ceremony in their own backyard in Bethesda, Maryland.

Colin&Karteek

Napa, California

Colin and Karteek weave personal traditions and culture into their colorful Napa wedding.

Adam&Mark

San Francisco, California

Adam and Mark marry in a backyard ceremony at their home in San Francisco, surrounded by love and lots of big smiles.

Galiana&Jorge

Orange Cove, California

Galiana and Jorge pay tribute to her grandfather by marrying on the very land he cultivated in Orange Cove, CA.

Stephanie&Joe

Casa Golondrinas, La Manzanilla, Mexico

La Manzanilla, Mexico, is a slice of low-key beach paradise, and is still largely unknown. Stephanie and Joe spent a week there with friends and family for their Mexico destination wedding.

Misra&Singh

Palos Verdes, California

Misra and Singh are both from the Los Angeles area, so it was perfect being able to hold their Sikh wedding ceremony and reception at Singh’s father’s home in Palos Verdes.

Emily&Peter

Castle Rock, Colorado

Peter is a sports photographer, and we were connected to him by our mutual friend Chip Litherland, a photographer Ben and I have always looked up to.

Gia&Kurt

Denair, California

Gia’s family has been in the wine industry since her great-grandmother started the Franzia Wine Company in 1906. The wedding featured a wine and grape theme, with the color purple dominating the décor.

Emily&Jamison

Lafayette, California

Emily and Jamison got married on a whim in Peru, and celebrated back home in California with a backyard party.

Kristen&Jonathan

Clarksdale, Mississippi

A Clarksdale wedding wouldn’t be complete without portraits downtown and an afterparty at the famous Ground Zero blues club.

Sheela&Aaron

Pollock Pines, California

Chrisman Studios photographer Aaron Morris marries Sheela in a backyard wedding at his parents’ home near Lake Tahoe.

Tum&Eli

Key Biscayne, Florida

Eli gave up a life of touring with rock bands to build a family and home with a beautiful blonde girl named Tum.

Susannah&Fred

Monhegan Island, Maine; New England

Before we met Susannah and Fred, we had never heard of Monhegan Island. As we started making travel arrangements for their remote island wedding, we learned we would need plane tickets, ferry tickets, a rental car and good walking shoes for the two-day trip to get there.