One of the best things as a wedding photographer is a word of mouth referral from one family member to another. In 2012, I photographed Sarah & Aaron’s wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe. Several years down the road, Sarah’s brother Jason was planning his own wedding. As opposed to a traditional wedding venue, Lindsay and Jason planned a Sacramento backyard wedding at Jason’s family home. The vineyard and old oak tree would be the setting for a beautiful ceremony. The back lawn served as the perfect setting for an al fresco dinner.

As Lindsay and Jason exchanged vows, the warm Central Valley sunlight filtered through the oak tree canopy above them. After the ceremony, we wandered through the vineyard as the late afternoon glow illuminated rows of vines. Later that evening the dance party kicked off under the same old oak tree. Not surprisingly, backyard weddings are often uniquely intimate and personal events. To marry your best friend in front of the people that watched you grow up is even more profound when you say “I do” in precisely the same place where you grew up.

I am so grateful that this wonderful family invited me back to photograph Lindsay and Jason’s Sacramento backyard wedding. Seeing familiar faces at a wedding is always a special treat.

If you are planning a wedding in Sacramento, take a look at this Beatnik Studios wedding. Jenn & Nels’ day was a little different than this Sacramento backyard wedding, but their was just as much heart! This Fallen Leaf Lake wedding is another example of an intimate wedding with lots of good energy.

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