Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Reston, Virginia Backyard Wedding Elopement Photo Story Award

Reston, Virginia at-home wedding image of the couple getting ready together

Reston, Virginia Backyard Elopement Photography | their previously planned wedding that had to be cancelled due to COVID

Danielle's mom wanted to surprise her and Kevin with a small wedding in their backyard to make up for their previously planned wedding that had to be cancelled due to COVID. Danielle’s bridesmaids helped with the plans and arranging a photoshoot.

The ceremony was short, sweet, and simple, celebrating the love of two people. Their pup Jordy even got to be the ring bearer—something he wouldn't have been able to do on their actual wedding day as no dogs were allowed. After the ceremony, Danielle and Kevin went and thanked their Zoom guests for tuning in and told them they couldn't wait to see them next year for their rescheduled celebration. 

Danielle's mom had a beautiful wooded area in her backyard that was perfect for some portraits of the newlyweds. Following portraits, a catered dinner with cake and champagne was served on the back porch following social distancing requirements. In the end, Kevin and Danielle still got to have their moment on their wedding day with a beautiful ceremony and dinner.

In this image, Danielle sits on the floor of her childhood bedroom surrounded by makeup and hair tools as she finishes preparing for the ceremony. She looks over at Kevin, who is standing in the hallway trying to figure out the logistics of using Zoom to make sure their friends and family can join them for a Zoom ceremony. 

Wedding image of the Virginia bride standing against a wall as her mother irons her dress

Elopement Photo of the Bride in Reston, Virginia | The bride stands against a wall as her mother irons the ribbon on her dress

Danielle stands against a wall as her mother irons the ribbon on her dress.

Backyard wedding ceremony picture from the intimate setting

Backyard Elopement Picture from Reston, VA | The ceremony takes place outside in the backyard

The ceremony takes place outside in the backyard with just Kevin, Danielle, and their parents, although of course all of their close friends are watching on Zoom! The couple will be celebrating their wedding again in exactly one year.

Reston, Virginia At-Home wedding photo from after the ceremony of the bride showing off her ring on Zoom

Reston, Virginia At-Home Elopement Image | After the ceremony, the bride shows off her wedding ring on Zoom

After the ceremony, the bride shows off her wedding ring to her friends and family on Zoom.

Virginia At-Home wedding Portrait of the Couple in The woods behind their house

Virginia At-Home Elopement Portrait of the Couple | The woods behind the house were perfect for some intimate portraits

The woods behind Danielle’s mother’s house were perfect for some intimate portraits, and here the two walk among tall, green trees holding hands.

Backyard wedding photo of The newlywed’s dog at home on this special day with the couple

Backyard Elopement Photography | The newlywed’s dog is certainly happy to have them both at home on this special day

The newlywed’s dog is certainly happy to have them both at home on this special day as he takes the opportunity to sneak in a photo with the two of them, posing between them.

At-Home, VA wedding picture of the bride in the kitchen getting the cake ready

At-Home, VA Elopement Photographer | Danielle is in the kitchen getting the cake ready

Danielle is in the kitchen getting the cake ready as her dog looks up at her with the hopes that he might get a piece.

Virginia At-Home wedding photo of guests taking a moment to toast the newlyweds in a socially distanced reception dinner

Virginia Home Elopement Image | The wedding guests take a moment to toast the newlyweds

As everyone gets ready to enjoy a nice socially distanced dinner together, they take a moment to toast the newlyweds.

At-Home wedding photo of The couple taking a minute to themselves for a hug

VA Home Elopement Pictures | The couple takes a moment to themselves as they hug each other

The couple takes a moment to themselves as they hug each other and share a meaningful look in the sun-filled woods behind Danielle’s parents’ home.