10 Romantic At-Home Wedding Stories and Inspiration
In my experience, whenever there is an at-home or backyard wedding, there's usually a pretty good story behind. Exchanging vows underneath the same tree as the bride's parents, renovating a new home just in time for the wedding, and marrying across the lawns of loved ones are just some of the aw-inducing anecdotes we found around the web. Bonus: there's no shortage of inspiration in these weddings (be sure to click to the full features to view them in their entirety!) and proves that you can create a magical, detail-filled day, right in your own backyard!
Because they had opted to have their intimate wedding at home, this couple was able to exchange vows on the very spot that they had met (cue swoons!). | photos by Christina Forbes Photography featured on Glamour & Grace
This pink-and-yellow wedding published on Every Last Detail was held on the bride's family farm, where she had vacationed for years with her family. I love the fact that her childhood growth chart served as a backdrop as she slipped into her wedding dress. | photo by Laura Yang Photography featured on Every Last Detail
This travel-loving couple rented a Colorado home that had a modern-boho vintage aesthetic that meshed perfectly with their wedding vibe. | photos by Lee Sun Hee Photography featured on Joy Wed
Amy and John fell in love with an abandoned house across the street from their church and, after getting engaged, they purchased it and began renovations on the historic Southern property complete with a wraparound porch. Those renovations coincided directly with their wedding planning and the first night in their new home ended up being their wedding night, but they first hosted their 75 guests for an intimate celebration. Stationery and day-of details comprised of a custom logo of their home, made by the bride's sister. | photos by Sally Gupton Photography from Amy and John's Intimate At-Home Wedding
This sweet celebration takes place at the home of the bride's parents and, believe it or not, the tree they exchanged vows under was the exact tree that her parents had wed under years before. | photos by Visions by Heather Photography featured on Hill City Bride
According to the bride, “We decided to get married at my parents’ home because we wanted to feel as relaxed and as comfortable as possible and we wanted our guests to feel the same. I envisioned the décor to look like it had come out of my mother’s cupboards, the flowers to look like they had just been picked from the garden and the food to taste like an authentic Spanish seaside village. We dreamed of a day that felt effortless, endlessly happy, had eyes filled with tears of joy, feet dancing until the early hours of the next day, friends chatting, champagne popping, family catching up and Brett and I smiling until our cheeks hurt. I think we achieved exactly that, thanks to our venue.” | photos by Lad & Lass Photography featured on Southbound Bride
This couple decided to put money toward a house rather than a wedding but luckily, they were able to get the best of both worlds by hosting at their home, which they affectionately dubbed “Blue Bungalow.” They made it official underneath a beautiful box elder tree in their yard — how wonderful to be able to look out your window and be see the spot you exchanged vows each day! | photos by Erika Follansbee Photography featured on Chic Vintage Brides
Another gem from Glamour & Grace, this handmade wedding was a family affair in more ways than one. “The ceremony took place in my aunt’s backyard, and the reception was next door in my grandmother’s back yard, which is full of citrus trees, avocado trees and flowers. So from the start, the wedding was always about being together as a family, pleasantly crammed into a yard under the California winter sky,” says the bride. | photos by Lovers of Love featured on Glamour & Grace
I spotted another enchanting ceremony in which the couple were married in the exact spot as her parents over on Polka Dot Bride. “My grandmother’s backyard is really special place as my parents got married there 26 years earlier almost precisely in the same spot,” says the bride. “Family is really important to both of us and I have so many happy memories from spending time there, it was our one non-negotiable for the day.” | photos by Christine Lim, featured on Polka Dot Bride
“As a young girl, I dreamed of getting married at my grandfather’s house. When Reid loved his property as much as I did, we didn’t think twice about the location,” the bride tells Burgh Brides. | photos by Mandy Fierens Photography featured on Burgh Brides
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