By now, you know the drill: the coronavirus laid waste to all the best wedding plans of 2020. And maybe I’ve said this before, but there’s no way anybody would be able to tell this amazing day hadn’t been the plan all along. Originally planning a June wedding at a golf course in Spokane, Mikayla and Nick pivoted to a more intimate backyard wedding in October. And this has to be the least backyard-like backyard wedding I’ve ever been to! This house had an amazing view of the city and gorgeous architecture that dazzled. It truly could have been a public wedding venue, and it was the perfect spot for Mikayla and Nick to tie the knot!
I originally met this couple while I was still living in Spokane, and I did their engagement shoot for them in the area back in 2019. It was fun to see them again, catch up, and get to spend their wedding day with them after their Covid postponement!
The girls got ready at a gorgeous lake house in 9 Mile Falls, and they were all so pretty with their mimosas and the beautiful lakeside view. Their matching robes were just the cutest thing!
We all headed to the house where the ceremony would take place after everyone was ready, and Mikayla’s mom helped her zip into her dress once we arrived. Have I mentioned before how much I’m obsessed with these moments between mom and daughter? Absolutely the sweetest (and this will one hundred percent be me and my mom one day!).
Mikayla and Nick had their first look outside, and he was so excited to see her! I always recommend a first look for my couples; it’s a moment focused on just the two of you, and a lot of couples say that all their wedding jitters go away when they see each other at this moment! I loved how happy Mikayla and Nick were here.
They also decided to read their personal vows during the first look, rather than during the ceremony. This is another way you can make your wedding really focused on your relationship and this new beginning you’re taking together. Capturing all of the emotion in this intimate moment just made my heart swell up!
The bridal party for this couple was huge and so full of love; capturing the group dynamic and all the excitement they were feeling was so much fun! They all looked absolutely stunning, and I was in love with the colors for this wedding.
I got couple photos with Mikayla and Nick before the ceremony, and their dogs snuck in for their moment, too! Bear and Teddy totally stole the show when they were walked down the aisle by a bridesmaid. Bear is blind, and he kept bumping into people, which was sad but also super funny. And of course, I can’t not mention how incredible the view of the city was from this spot. Right at the end of fire season, there was a slight haze in the air, but it was clear enough that the sun really lit everything up.
The ceremony was short but oh so sweet, complete with traditional vows and the cutest flower girl (Nick’s niece!). The officiant (a family friend) cracked a fun prank mid-ceremony too: at the “does anyone object to this union” part, the ENTIRE group in attendance stood and shouted “We do!” OMG! It was lighthearted and so funny!
The cocktails were flowing after that, and I got lots more family photos, dog photos, and plenty of celebratory photos! We took advantage of our amazing view to get the best sunset pictures ever.
The reception was so fun; Mikayla and Nick had the coolest neon sign that was so much fun to take photos in front of (including some steamy ones of our newlyweds!) One of the more memorable moments was when Nick went to take Mikayla’s garter off and she had slipped a tiny bottle of Fireball into it for him to find! The night ended with a classic sparkler send off, bringing an amazing day to a close.
There were so many really special moments in this wedding, and I was really honored to be part of it with Mikayla and Nick. It feels like I’ve known these two for a long time now, and I’m so excited for them as a newly married couple! Reach out to me here to ask about having me capture your backyard wedding!