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Michelle & Nicole – An Intimate Backyard Elopement

Michelle & Nicole – An Intimate Backyard Elopement

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In wedding jumpsuits, Michelle and Nicole married in their backyard in a simple ceremony surrounded by a handful of family.

Tell us about the proposal.

N: Two years after moving to Seattle, Michelle proposed to me in June of 2019. Surprising me with a private boat on South Lake Union (she even had a photographer on board who I thought was just a crew member). And a surprise visit from family and friends at a nearby brewery. 

Because there are no rules and we both wanted to propose, I formed my own plan. I proposed to Michelle three short weeks later. Surprising her with a weekend getaway at Snoqualmie Falls, where she thought we were only spending the day hiking. Clearly, we are both big fans of surprises!

How did COVID impact your wedding plans?

Like most COVID brides of 2020, the whole lead-up was stressful (and funny at times, if I’m honest). Our big wedding was supposed to be in September 2020 with 150 guests. But we decided early in the pandemic to postpone it to September 2021. As the months went on, we had resigned to the fact that we would wait until a conversation in December 2020 with a friend made us realize we didn’t want to wait anymore. Our two favorite numbers are two and seven, so we thought, let’s get legally married on February 7, 2021! 

From there, things moved pretty quickly with just a few months to plan. We knew it would be a small gathering in a backyard with just family and a few friends, but it became so much more official than either of us excepted as we got our wedding planner, photographer, and florists all involved. 

Talk us through your wedding day.

The day was absolutely perfect. We had a gorgeous Airbnb in Silver Lake, and we lucked out with the sunny weather (the next day was cloudy in the low 50s – practically freezing in LA!). Since we had an Airbnb, we had our best friends staying with us that weekend, and we all got ready together in the morning.

It was a group effort to help decorate the space. Including handmade signs by our friends. Our wedding planner putting together the arch with flowers, and our parents bringing their own foldable tables and chairs. My sister did my makeup, and Michelle’s best friend helped with hers. 

After the ceremony, my dad set up the Superbowl to play on a projector outside. Michelle’s dad fired up the grill and was essentially our caterer who also brought handmade desserts.

What’s some advice you’d give to others who are planning their wedding day?

Let people help! If you have friends, family, loved ones who are willing and able to lend a hand, let them. It’s more fun when it’s a team effort and way less stressful to have a group working together. Also, for those who maybe didn’t envision having a smaller wedding at first. It’s ok to take some time to be upset but at the end of the day. Remember it’s really about you and your partner and the love you have for each other. 


Photography by Nicole Catherine

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