Real Weddings

Abby and Brett’s Backyard Ceremony

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Ariana Baio

How did you meet?
We didn’t have any big plans coming up, but I wanted to still do something romantic for our proposal. One night, while Abby wasn’t home, I went to her parent’s house to pick up the ring. The diamond was her great-grandfather’s, passed down to her grandfather, and now her. That following weekend, we went out to dinner and to the movies. I planned to propose after we got home. After we got home, I asked her sister to call her to distract her while I set up a romantic proposal. I began setting up candles all across the kitchen, and in the midst of that Abby opened the bedroom door and saw the ring box. She jokingly made fun of my lack of skill of pulling off the surprise and then went back into our room and shut the door. I finished setting up candles, lit them and made a heart out of rainbow sprinkles—her favorite. I put on her favorite song and then told her to come out. As she walked out, I forgot everything I planned to say and got down on one knee and proposed. It was the epitome of us.


Details of the day!
We decided it was best to postpone our February wedding because of Covid-19. Originally, we were going to get married at The Ryland Inn. But, the most important thing for us was to get married and commit the rest of our lives to one another and we didn’t want to wait. We felt an outdoor wedding was safest, since we weren’t sure how things would look in the fall. Eventually. we will have a bigger wedding at the Ryland Inn and our vibe for that is classic/rustic, mostly white flowers. So this was our chance to have a colorful bouquet and have a little bit more of a bohemian, casual vibe.



Why did you choose your venue?
We felt a civil ceremony was perfect and there was no better place than my grandma’s backyard—where my parents also got married—as the location for our intimate wedding.


Any advice for future brides?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.Abby and Brett's Backyard Wedding


Honeymoon location:
We planned a short mini-moon in Newport, RI.


the details


New Rochelle, NJ


Bri Johnson Photography


Jared Kirsh

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