Beautiful bridal portrait, bride in window, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie
Weddings

Jess & Justin Backyard Wedding

Late Summer Backyard Wedding in Upstate NY

Jessica & Justin had a beautiful backyard wedding at their country home in upstate NY. Jessica got ready at the beautifully renovated Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY with her closest friends. She worked on her vows until just before the wedding, while Justin probably had his rewritten weeks beforehand. Jess is spontaneous, hilarious, and lives in the moment. Justin is super organized, he embraces spreadsheets, planning, and is always on time. Together they are the perfect fit. They push each other to grow and try new things. Watching them together was beautiful and inspiring.

Wedding Details that I loved

I loved that they had a backyard wedding at their home. Backyard weddings are so intimate and meaningful. Now they can relive and remember their wedding anytime. Jessica & Justin embraced an organic natural flow of events, keeping their focus was on keeping things simple and honest. Most of their guests were close friends, and beyond the very basics nothing was scripted or forced. Their ceremony was performed by a friend, and Jessica walked down the isle with one of her best friends. Having acoustic musicians playing cello and violin at the ceremony added a beautiful sound and made the ceremony feel authentic and sophisticated. Later in the evening, when Justin gave his thank you speech everyone (including myself) was laughing, his accent impressions where priceless! Their family and friends gave heartfelt speeches that made everyone laugh, and cry, honoring their loved ones past and celebrating the moment.

I hope you enjoy this selection of photos from their beautiful backyard wedding!

bride getting ready oakland wedding photographer Ella Sophie

Lace Wedding Gown on bed photo by Ella Sophie Oakland Photographer

Detail of hotel room antique desk by Ella Sophie Oakland Photographer

Bride putting on wedding dress, by Oakland photographer Ella Sophie

Happy Bride reading card with gold pressed letter by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie, happy Bride reading card with gold pressed letter

Bride putting on wedding shoes, by Bay Area Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Oakland CA Photographer Ella Sophie, bride putting on veil

Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie, photo of wedding rings with Eucalyptus leaves

Ceremony candle decoration, by Oakland CA Photographer Ella Sophie

musicians at wedding ceremony, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

violinist at wedding ceremony by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Groom and Best Man at ceremony, Oakland CA Photographer Ella Sophie

Happy Groom at backyard wedding, by Oakland photographer Ella Sophie

Adorable flower girls, by Oakland wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Happy Guests at Wedding Ceremony, Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Brother of the bride reading speech at ceremony, Photographer Ella Sophie

Guests reaction at wedding ceremony, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Groom and Mother walking down isle, Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Cute flower girls walking down the isle, by Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Groom's face when he sees the bride, backyard wedding ceremony. By Photographer Ella Sophie

Bride with best friend coming down the isle, backyard wedding by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

ceremony processional, bride's best friend walks her down the isle, by Photographer Ella Sophie

Laughing bride groom officiant friend at backyard wedding ceremony, by Photographer Ella Sophie

Bride & Groom holding hands at outdoor ceremony by Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie. Emotional bride at outdoor backyard ceremony

Smiling Groom, blue suit, white rose boutonniere, by Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Flower girl sitting on dad's lap at outdoor ceremony, eucalyptus flower crown, by Photographer Ella Sophie

Exchange of the rings, detail photo by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie, with Eucalyptus leaves

Oakland CA Photographer Ella Sophie, Bride & Groom first kiss, outdoor ceremony backyard wedding, white green

Oakland CA Photographers, Ella Sophie, Happy Bride & groom at ceremony arch just married

Wedding recessional, bride and groom, backyard wedding by Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie, black and white film

Bride and Groom at backyard wedding by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

black and white wedding photo by Oakland CA Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Beautiful food display, cocktail hour food, farm fresh radishes by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Smiling grandfather at wedding reception, by Oakland CA Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

black Chihuahua, wedding dog, bride's best friend. By Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Diverse guests at backyard summer wedding, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Happy Guests at backyard wedding, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Cute flower girl with eucalyptus and white rose flower crown, by Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Cute Ring bearer with mohawk and white rose boutonniere, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Wedding table sign ideas, with eucalyptus leaves by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Table runner with eucalyptus leaves and white roses. Green White Wedding decore, by Ella Sophie

Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie, naked cake with white rose & eucalyptus leaves decoration

Bride and Groom with bistro lighting at backyard wedding, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Summer backyard wedding tent at night, by Oakland CA Photographer Ella Sophie

wedding reception name card decor ideas by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Cheers, prosit, salut, guests toast at wedding by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Wedding Guests with tattoos, tattooed couple, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Parent speech at backyard tent wedding, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Happy Bride clapping at wedding, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Cute kids at wedding reception by Oakland Wedding Photographer Ella Sophie

Mother and Child at wedding reception, by Oakland CA Photographer Ella Sophie

Happy Tears, Bride crying during tear jerker speech, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Bride and Maid of Honor hugging at wedding reception, black and white photo by Ella Sophie

Best Man Speech at wedding reception, by San Francisco Bay Area Photographer Ella Sophie

Bride & Groom's reaction to speeches at reception. by San Francisco Bay Area Photographer Ella Sophie

Woman in red dress with tattoos at wedding, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Groom and best man hugging at wedding, by Oakland Photographers Ella Sophie

Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie, couple cutting naked cake

Bride and Groom kissing at cake cutting, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Adorable laughing bride and groom at wedding, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie, black and white, First Dance at wedding

Couples dancing at summer tent wedding, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

 Oakland CA Photographers, Ella Sophie, bride & groom dancing at wedding reception

Black & white photo of bride and groom dancing at wedding by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

DJ Gio, Movement by Gio, at wedding by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie, black and white dancing photo at wedding

Man dancing at reception with pink tie and glasses, by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

couple in love, dancing at wedding reception by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Bride hugging guest at reception by Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie, black & white wedding reception abstract dance photo

Jessica and Justin received about 400 of their wedding photos in a handmade wooden box. I try very hard to ensure that the first time a couple sees their wedding photos they are in print. Being able to touch the prints, and take them in without the distractions of being on a screen really enhances the experience. I’d love to tell you more about my process and the options for image delivery. Please feel free to get in touch, lets get a coffee (or tea) and I’ll answer all your questions about my wedding photography services and experience.

The Awesome Vendors for Jess & Justin’s Backyard Wedding

Oakland Wedding Photographer: Ella Sophie
Bride’s Getting Ready Venue: The Rivertown Lodge, Hudson NY 
The amazing DJ: Movement by Gio, aka DJ Gio
Wedding Planner: What Dreams Are Made Of

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