Kasey & TJ | Backyard waterfront Hood Canal summer wedding

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Kasey and TJ’s wedding was a beautiful and intimate celebration held in the backyard of Kasey’s parent’s cabin on Hood Canal, Washington. With about 200 guests in attendance, it was a joyous occasion that brought together families from around the country to celebrate the couple’s love and commitment to one another.

If you’re interested in a backyard elopement, I have a whole guide to help you celebrate at home!

The day started with a perfectly sunny sky and a brilliant sunset over the Olympics. Kasey and TJ had a first look on the shores of the Hood Canal before taking photos on the beach and in the woods behind the house surrounded by cedar trees. The couple currently lives in the Bay Area, so many of their friends made the trip up for the wedding.

The ceremony was held in the backyard, with Kasey and TJ exchanging heartfelt vows in front of their loved ones. The setting was absolutely breathtaking, with the Hood Canal serving as a stunning backdrop.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to a beautiful spread for dinner, which included Salmon smoked on site and a roasted whole pig. It was a true feast for the senses, with the delicious food and beautiful surroundings making for a truly memorable experience.

As a special touch, Kasey’s parents made a flag as a toast to the newlyweds. The flag featured colors, the mountains and stars to help everyone remember their story.

The evening was filled with entertainment, with a variety show featuring games, sketches, speeches, and songs. It was a chance for friends and family to share their love and well wishes for the couple, and everyone had a great time laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

After sunset, the party really got started with a great and fun dance party. Kasey and TJ led the way, and everyone joined in to celebrate the joyous occasion.

Overall, Kasey and TJ’s wedding was a beautiful and intimate celebration of love and commitment. The sunny July day, stunning Hood Canal setting, and close-knit group of guests all contributed to a truly memorable event. It was clear that Kasey and TJ were deeply in love, and their joy was contagious as they celebrated their marriage surrounded by their loved ones.

To the camera nerds out there, the wedding was photographed on a lot of different stuff. Joe worked with his Canon R6 cameras while his 2nd photographer Sonja used Nikon Z6ii. Joe also used a Mamiya 6 MF for panorama film photos, a Mamiya RZ67 and Ricoh Auto-Half SE2. Sonja shot film on her Nikon F100. They used Kodak Portra 400, ProImage 400, Vision3 500T and Kentmere 400 films.


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