Ohio Backyard Wedding
Welcome to Taylor and Erik’s perfect Ohio backyard wedding.
Please enjoy, Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
I’m so glad I was able to photograph Taylor and Erik’s backyard wedding. These intimate weddings are really
special and this was the first backyard wedding I’ve done. Plus it was fun that they had some of my favorite desserts
and we were able to talk about our favorite beers we have in common.
Taylor sent me some wonderful thoughts about her day so I’ll let her words do most of the talking in this blog
and I’ll handle the photos!
“Every emotion a person could feel, all went through me at some point during the planning process of our wedding.
As a bride, I experienced a rollercoaster of mixed emotions planning our wedding through this crazy pandemic. I was
extremely happy to be getting married, but I was also heartbroken and saddened that our day could no longer be what I
had dreamt about.”
The couple dated for 11 years and planned for a big wedding this summer at the Hilton in Cleveland. Then their
plans unravelled and they had to piece together something new while lowering their guest count from 150 down to 20.
“We got married in my parent’s backyard, my childhood home, a place I’ve felt safe and loved. We turned the
backyard into a beautiful garden themed wedding and planned the safest low touch experience one could imagine. Safety
was the most important component to us, and we wanted to ensure our loved ones felt comfortable. We brainstormed every
small detail from providing cute LOVE bottle openers to all our guests so they didn’t have to worry about germs and
placing hand wipes and sanitizers everywhere. We sat tables by families and spaced the tables six feet apart. The only
other components I wanted were lights – lots of lights. We hung string lights everywhere and lit up the whole backyard.
It added a warm and romantic touch that enhanced the feeling of the evening.”
On the day their friends surprised them with gifts and let them know they were thinking of them.
“After we got dressed in our wedding attire, we got to FaceTime our friends and share special moments that helped
us feel like they were with us during each part of our wedding day. Our friends and family mean the world to us and
while they were not able to be physically with us, their kind gestures helped shape our day.
“Our wedding was way different than what I had truly anticipated, but better than what I could have ever
imagined. The love our friends and family have for us shined bright and we felt every drop of it. We decided to
Zoom our wedding to around 80 people so that all our friends and family could join in and I am so glad we did. After
we got married, we hopped on to say hi to see their smiling faces. The intimate nature of our wedding allowed us to enjoy
each other’s company and make memories that will last a lifetime. Not to mention, we were able to invite our fur baby,
Charlie,and my parent’s family dog, Bailey. For those who know us, know we are obsessed with them. It was extra special
to incorporate our animals into our special day,which we would have never been able to do in our original wedding plan.
“I never envisioned having a small intimate wedding, but our day turned out perfect and I would
do it all over again.”
Bailey was dressed to impress!
Taylor’s nieces Mila and Aria played before the ceremony.
Friends Josh and Kiri signed the Ketubah while Taylor’s parents Sam and Karen and Erik’s parents Marilyn
and Tom looked on as Rabbi Caruso led the ceremony.
Angelina Fiorini sang “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle as the bride and her parents entered.
Friends and family watched the ceremony on Zoom.
Charlie took care of business after the ceremony.
Erik’s sister Tarah saw the cute photo I took of Mila and Aria and decided to make her own version
Backyard power lines framed the couple.
Rabbi: Rabbi Caruso
Cake: Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes
Florist: Molly Taylor and Co.
Dress: Chi Chi London
Suit: Ted Baker
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Rings: ARK Jewelers
Hair: Katie DeLuca
Singer: Angelina Fiorini
Video: Scott Shaw Photography
Thank you for viewing this Ohio backyard wedding.
– Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer