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Julie + Tana’s burlap and lace backyard wedding | USA

Real Weddings / December 2, 2015
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Wedding Planning Details
Wedding date: 18th July, 2015
Budget: Economical
Number of guests: 100 people
Planning time: 1 year
Venue Type: backyard
Food menu: Buffet style

Photographer: Tira Paige Photography
Attire: David’s Bridal
Cakes + Desserts: West End Bakery
Catering: Brides’ family
Favors: Totally Koozies
Flowers + Styling + Props Hire: DIY
Hair + Make-up: DIY
Jewelry: Rogers & Hollands
Music: Finnies Next Door
Officiant: bride’s cousin, Kevin
Stationery: Michael’s
Venue: private residence, Mishawaka

The Story

Julie and Tana were married on a sunny day in July. It was a simple and intimate affair at Tana’s Grandparents’ backyard. They wanted to keep things as casual as possible, with minimal stress. Their day was also all about their family and friends, so having Tana’s sister walk her down the aisle and her cousin officiate their ceremony were fitting for Julie and Tana’s day. “We told him to keep the ceremony short and sweet. Our ceremony lasted about a total of 15 minutes.” Perfect!

While the girls kept things as non-traditional as possible, they did opt on some small traditions: “We did chose not to see each other until we walked down the aisle, which is where we wanted our first moment captured.” And while their day’s weather started off well, it slowly turned into a rainstorm which the girls totally said F YEAH to!

But before I go on further, allow me to introduce these two lovely souls…

About Julie (brunette) + Tana (blonde)

“We met in college (IPFW). We were friends for a year and a half and then we were dating for a year and a month, a day before Julie proposed. We have been with each other for 2 years on November 5th 2015.”

How the proposal went down

“Julie had been planning the proposal for a few months and decided to propose on December 6th 2014. I had just finished with my family’s annual Christmas cookie tradition where my mother and two sisters get together and make cookies for the upcoming holiday. I went over to my older sister’s house after cooking all day at my mother’s and Julie showed up unexpectedly with flowers, wine and the ring. Julie knocked on the door as I answered the door and Julie walked inside and popped the question.”

On their wedding

“Our ceremony was short, sweet and to the point. We wanted to highlight the fact that marriage equality had just been passed by the Supreme Court almost a month earlier. We had Tana’s cousin [Kevin] read the excerpt from the Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy while marring us. We both thought that it was perfect timing so we made sure to include that. As far as our vows, we didn’t do the standard traditional vows.”

“We got married under the gazebo in Tana’s grandparent’s backyard. There were chairs set up to make an aisle for us to walk down in the yard. After the ceremony, people were just instructed to pick up their chairs and move them to a reception table.”

“After our ceremony we went away with Natira, our photographer to take wedding pictures at a nearby park. Once we returned to the wedding, everything was transitioned into a reception atmosphere. There was a dance floor with a DJ. We went on to have our first dance followed by a speech given by Tana’s sister. After the speech we all ate dinner and started the dancing.”

On their photographer

“We loved how we built a relationship prior to the wedding; it made the comfort level during that day nice instead of not knowing who you are working with.”

A few words from their photographer

“It was a beautiful day until the reception was interrupted by a terrible tornado-like rainstorm, but that didn’t stop these two from loving it and dancing in the rain. I love these two ladies dearly! The perfect moment for all was seeing the emotion shared by family members when Tana danced with her grandfather. Her grandmother just recently passed away and as you can imagine seeing them dance was very special.”

Wedding planning tips from Julie + Tana

“On the day of your wedding take a step back and think about how far you have come and how much further you both will go. Take that moment in, cherish it, the day will go by fast.” Love that!

To Julie and Tana, congratulations on (actually) legalising your marriage. May you both have many bright days, laughter and dances in the rain together xx.

Fun facts: I'm a "loud" little Latin gurl. I heart my label maker as much as I do my partner. I also like red things, leg-day and red velvet everything. My daily vocab includes "have you eaten?", "I love you" and "I farted"... not all at once or in that order. If I'm not talking to you about feelings I'd be helping you organise something.

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on February 26, 2016

Such a sweet shoot. Very personal and lovely!

on December 27, 2015

beautiful photo shoot!

    on December 27, 2015

    Glad that you liked it Elena :)

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