Real Couples // Reception-First Backyard Wedding: Stephanie + Felipe

Stephanie and Felipe's wedding was an extension of their relationship and their community. They opted to mix things up a bit and do the reception before the ceremony which was a first for me (and hopefully not the last). People got a chance to mingle and catch up, sharing drinks, a great meal, and a lot of laughs. The setting, Stephanie's family backyard, was absolutely perfect and just captured the intimacy, and spirit of this weekend. Stephanie wore a skirt that she loved and turned it into a dress wearing a belt she and her mother made specially for the day. Her mom even hand embroidered napkins for the guests and they were gorgeous. When the ceremony started it seemed like the most natural thing to watch and be part of this day with these two. Words of encouragement were shared by the family and Stephanie sang a song to Felipe, I don't think there was a dry eye there, I know mine were a little damp at one point during the day. The night ended with dancing and time together, no huge send off, just a, "See you tomorrow at brunch." The weekend ended with a brunch at a local vineyard and as with the theme for the weekend you knew this couple wanted this to be as much about everyone else as it was about this new part of their journey together.

Words and images courtesy of Hidden Exposure Photography.



Jaime is a 30-something photographer living in Richmond Va. She's a lover of many things; a great story, great people, a great photograph, great art, a certain Canadian named Andrew, and a great chai. When she's not traveling between Richmond and Toronto Ontario visiting Andrew she spends her free time indulging in all her geeky pursuits, namely quoting "Parks and Rec," or "Simpsons" episodes, and practicing her sweet dance moves.