What began as a day threatened with rain and thunderstorms turned into a perfect, (extremely hot), sunny day for Autumn and Mark’s intimate backyard ceremony. The weather isn’t always the biggest obstacle now, though, since we’ve had to account for a whole a** pandemic. And if you’re planning your own wedding and you’re frantically searching “nj wedding covid”, you’re not alone.
A few months B.C. (before coronavirus), Autumn and Mark had planned for 150+ guests at the Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ. They since readjusted their plans, and as a result they hosted the sweetest backyard party with 40 family members and close friends. Most importantly, Autumn said it turned out to be absolutely perfect.
If you’re hosting a backyard wedding for whatever reason, there may be some logistics to consider, especially if you aren’t working with a planner. For example:
-First look location
-Getting ready location(s)
The timeline is the most important aspect, as it ensures every part of the day runs smoothly & on time. I helped Autumn & Mark with theirs, and we ended up with about 2 hours throughout the day of extra time/downtime. Despite how “stressed” we *should* have felt given the whole pandemic situation, we were cool as cucumbers. Making time for relaxation throughout the day could help lift a tremendous amount of stress, I highly recommend it.
Makeup by the wonderful Chris Cianci, hair is Styled by Christina.
Autumn made all of the bouquets herself!
A tip from the MOH (Jen Costa, The Fox & The Hare) for this stye button on a wedding dress: a crochet hook!
Autumn’s beautiful dress is from Memories Bridal by Reem.
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