Benton Backyard Ricketts Glen Wedding | Sam & Mike

Backyard weddings are always some of my favorite weddings of the season, and Sam & Mike’s wedding was certainly one of them! Sam & Mike chose to get married in a very small ceremony with just family and close friends on Sam’s fathers property in Benton, just a few miles from Ricketts Glen State Park, so of course we hopped over to the Falls Trail for some portraits!

Backyard weddings are always so much fun {but a ton of work} and guests always feel relaxed and families tend to love opening their homes to all of their loved ones for the day. If you’re planning a backyard wedding of your own, be sure to plan for potential rain & mud, and as long as you won’t be devastated if your dress gets a little dirty (even a beautiful Exclusively You gown), they are a wonderful way to celebrate!

Congratulations Sam & Mike. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your day - wishing you many years of love & happiness!

Nicole DuMond is a wedding & portrait photographer based in the rolling hills of Stillwater, Pennsylvania, specializing in outdoorsy weddings for joy filled couples.  Sound like you?  Contact Nicole to reserve your wedding date by heading on over to the Contact page.

Jessica & Cody | A Rustic Backyard Wedding

In the beginning of September I had the privilege of sharing in Jessica and Cody's rustic backyard wedding, which was an amazingly fun day surrounded by all of their friends and family in their very own backyard!  Every little detail was crafted with care to create a magical setting.  Jessica's infectious smile lit up the entire day from the moment I arrived, and lasted through the night onto the dance floor.

In regards to your wedding day, what are you most looking forward to?
"I'm most looking forward to just being in the moment. I don't want to think about yesterday or tomorrow. I can not wait to just feel beautiful, be surrounded by people who love me, and marry my best friend. I'm looking forward to it all. I really am."

 

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The Proposal:

Cody had a ring for 6 months before he ultimately popped the question while they were on a cruise with Jessica's family, celebrating her sister's 21st birthday.

"My sister insisted manicures, and my mom wouldn't let me anywhere near her luggage bag.  As I was getting around, my sister told me the rings I was wearing looked silly and to take them off; that gave it away! We all had planned on getting a huge group family photo together professionally done and this also happened to be the same night. As we were getting set up how the photographer wanted us, he told only me to sit on this chair and I instantly got butterflies, before even the question or seeing the ring!  Cody was so nervous, it was the cutest thing!  The photographer gave him a look and he got down on one knee and said "Will you marry me?" it was so surreal. The fact that I shared such a special moment with not only Cody but with my family, was absolutely incredible."

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"My father died when I was fourteen. It changed my life. When my mom met my step father, she could not have been luckier. My dad was an amazing man, but my step father, he's right there with him. He's been in my life now for 10 years. He will be the man to walk me down the aisle. He by no means takes the place of my dad, but I couldn't have asked for a better man to fill the shoes when I needed it the most. Plus, I would've never got to know Cody the way I did, if it weren't for him."

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What's your wedding style?

"I'd have to say my theme is pretty Rustic. Barrels, barn wood, lanterns, wine bottles, mason jars, bulb lights, old fashioned chandeliers, white drapes, lace, burlap, chalk boards, a very rustic feel."

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"I had a lot of favorite parts of our wedding day. Walking down the aisle as husband and wife hand in hand was a special moment for me. Also, while Cody and I sat at our head table and looked out at the crowd and got to stop and appreciate all the love and support we had, all the amazing people who got to share in one of the best days of our lives. My last favorite moment was when you took Cody and I over into the field to get our "pretty sky" pictures, I loved that moment. Getting pulled out for some alone time with a pretty sky in a field of green, just something special about that moment in the night." - Jess
"Having Jess's brother Billy do our ceremony was special for her but one of my favorite parts was when he talked about our love languages and how he made a professional ceremony have a little bit of fun too. When Jess's sister Jenna got up and gave her speech something changed for me, all of it got really real and in the moment she touched my heart, I never cry and she made me cry. I'm starting a life with an amazing girl who has an amazing family." - Cody
"Together our favorite part of the day was our first dance. Jess's best friend for many years sang our song, did an amazing job and it was really special for Jess which made it special for Cody. It was our first time without anyone else, where we could stop and say "I love you" and how much we loved the turn out of our big day. We had time to remind each other to live in the moment tonight and have fun doing so. Which I think we did!"
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"Do as much as you can in advance so when the week comes you can fully enjoy yourself and live in the moment. When the big day arrives remember it's all about you and your other half."

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Men's Warehouse

David's Bridal

Homemade by Bride's Grandmother

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Decor Rentals | GHR Rentals | Selinsgrove, PA

Etsy

Lucy's Kitchen and Catering | Bloomsburg, PA

Bride's aunt, Bonnie Evans

Frankie Carll Productions | Clarks Summit, PA

Photobooth | Foxy Photobooth Co. (Nicole DuMond Photography)

 

Nicole DuMond is a wedding and portrait photographer based in the rolling hills of Stillwater, Pennsylvania and serving the surrounding areas of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, including the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley.  Nicole is also available for limited travel along the East Coast & Worldwide.

View more weddings by Nicole DuMond: http://www.nicoledumondphotography.com/category/weddings/

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Kayla & Jon | The Lodge at Raven Creek Wedding

"Keep it simple and have fun!"

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Don't sweat the small stuff! Pick out the few things that really represent you as a couple and stick with that!

*Kayla & Jon made their own candles to include in the centerpieces from some of their favorite micro breweries.  The boutonnieres were even made from hops!  Knot2Shabby, a local vintage/rustic rental company complimented their diy pieces with some beautiful rustic decor to tie the whole theme together.

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What was your favorite part of the day?
"Seeing each other for the first time, it was so emotional and it is something we will both always remember!"

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Wedding Gown | Abielle Bridal

Decor/Vintage Rentals | Knot2Shabby | Sweet Valley, PA

Florals | Gibs Farm | Catawissa, PA

Minted

The Old Filling Station | Benton, PA
Photobooth | Foxy Photobooth Co. (Nicole DuMond Photography)

Nicole DuMond is a wedding and portrait photographer based in the rolling hills of Stillwater, Pennsylvania and serving the surrounding areas of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, including the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley.  Nicole is also available for limited travel along the East Coast & Worldwide.

View more weddings by Nicole DuMond: http://www.nicoledumondphotography.com/category/weddings/

Follow Nicole DuMond Photography on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/nicolemichelledumond

Kelsey & Joe | Benton Backyard Wedding

Kelsey and Joe had a perfect day surrounded by close family and friends for their intimate Benton Backyard Wedding at a private residence in Northeastern Pennsylvania on a beautiful day in late September.  The leaves were just starting to turn at the Ol' Country Barn, an antique shop owned by a family friend, where the event took place.  The vintage chairs from Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals served as both ceremony seating as well as reception seating (the guests just picked up their seats and moved them to their tables prior to cocktail hour - genius!) which added a lot of personality to the outdoor event!  Lots of love was put into the rustic yet elegant details of the day, which were polished off with bits of babies breath. My favorite thing about this couple's day was how laid back, easygoing, and FUN it was.  It's so refreshing to work with a couple who is not afraid to have a stripped down day without the fuss and just let it flow... and that's exactly what Kelsey and Joe did.  In the midst of building a house together, they didn't want to get carried away with an over the top wedding and instead had an intimate gathering that seemed to suit them perfectly, and it was absolutely gorgeous.  In fact, they were so eager to head on out to their honeymoon, they didn't even care to cut the cake (they wanted to take it with them... perfect!).  Don't worry, all of the guests were able to hit up the adorable pie bar, where loads of beautiful pies were on display.

Congratulations Kelsey & Joe, I hope the past two months have been wonderful!

Gown: Exclusively You | Bloomsburg, PA

Chairs: Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals | Berwick, PA

Venue: Ol Country Barn | Benton, PA

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Second Shooter: Antiquity Photography | Williamsport, PA

Nicole DuMond is a wedding and portrait photographer based in the rolling hills of Stillwater, Pennsylvania and serving the surrounding areas of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, including Bloomsburg, Benton, Berwick, Red Rock, Stillwater, Danville, Lewisburg, Hunlock Creek, Sweet Valley, and surrounding areas.  Nicole is also available for limited travel along the East Coast & Worldwide.

View more weddings by Nicole DuMond: http://www.nicoledumondphotography.com/category/weddings/

Follow Nicole DuMond Photography on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/nicolemichelledumond