Intimate Backyard Wedding // Bellevue, WA // Nicki + Ryan

October 11, 2020

Meet Nicki + Ryan, high school sweethearts, and newlyweds who tied the knot with an intimate wedding ceremony in their hometown of Bellevue, Washington, where they met. Can we say romance novel vibes, guys?

We’re so incredibly excited for our future together, and although the world is in a tough spot right now and things are uncertain, we’re certain that we want to face it together.


“Nicki and I met at church as sophomores in high school. Very quickly, she became my absolute best friend, and we started dating right after high school graduation. We ended up both going to Seattle Pacific University, where she majored in Psychology and I in Communications. We adore our city and can’t see ourselves living anywhere else (although, Spokane is pretty dang nice as well)! We spend our time together (when the world isn’t in lockdown) seeing live shows, playing music together, cooking soups, second-hand shopping, reading, and driving to places around Washington and beyond.”

Their wedding was a small garden party-esque gathering in the backyard of Ryan’s childhood home. The guests were almost exclusively family – with the exception of the maid of honor and best man who were friends from out of state.

A quick exchange of hand-written wedding vows and an emotional first look carried this sweet wedding into the night to an evening of laughter and love.

It’s going to be a quaint but special ceremony for our family to celebrate together over a meal and cocktails, and would love the photography to focus on the interactions of our family on a (hopefully) beautiful autumn night.


Looking at the highlights of their day, you can see just that! Not only was Ryan brought to tears at the sight of Nicki, but the whole day was just full of love, emotion, and happiness. What better way to say “I do” to your best friend?