You know when a wedding involves a cake cutting sword, it’s going to be awesome, right?

Aaron and Kjersti’s wedding was simple and relaxed, and anything but boring! After a sweet backyard ceremony, these two let loose at their reception, showing off their moves on the dance floor, cutting their wedding cake with the above-mentioned sword, and laughing up a storm with their guests before making their exit with a sparkler send-off. We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome to us!

Thanks to Lady & Gent Photography for sharing all the beautiful and fun photos from their special day.

Intimate at home wedding

Kjersti, 26 & Aaron, 25

Redmond, WA

Wedding Date: August 31, 2013

Number of Guests: 35

Wedding Cost: $6,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Groom’s parent’s home in Redmond

Wedding Reception Location: Groom’s parent’s home in Redmond

stamped wedding forks

yellow and white wedding bouquet

vintage diamond ring bride and grandfather bride and groom portrait bride and groom backyard portrait

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted our wedding to be small, intimate, and as stress-free as possible. We wanted something simple that best represented who we are as a couple.

wedding dress hanging on tree bride getting dressed bride putting on necklace groom and father getting ready groomsman pining on boutonniere groom pinning on boutoniere

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding? 

A few relatives weren’t thrilled with our decision and the hardest part was telling friends who would have been invited to a larger wedding, that they wouldn’t be able to come. I also had to convince Kjersti that making our own food wouldn’t be a disaster.

wedding portrait in the backyard backyard wedding portrait bride and groom under chuppah

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No. We invited our immediate families, and the friends who would have been in the wedding party if we had done a traditional wedding.

bride and groom on farm embracing bride and groom groom dipping bride

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

A few relatives were disappointed, but there wasn’t any real drama. Our extended family just decided that if they weren’t going to be able to be at the wedding, they would throw us a wedding shower earlier in the summer, which was very thoughtful and appreciated.

wooden wedding direction signs backyard wedding ceremony set-up bride walking with father groom waiting for his bride at the altar

What were the highlights of the ceremony? 

The ceremony was officiated by a husband and wife pastor team who are old friends of Kjersti’s family. The tag-team approach worked great, and it was really meaningful to be married by two people who had known Kjersti for years.

backyard wedding ceremony wedding prayer bride looking up at her groom groom smiling at his bride backyard wedding ceremony bride putting ring on groom's finger bride and groom first kiss bride and groom victory pose

What were the highlights of the reception?

Eating dinner at a table setting so small that it felt like we could talk with everyone.

backyard drink table wedding dessert table wedding cake with fresh flowers on top wedding tarts backyard wedding reception set-up candle lantern on table bride's place setting tented backyard wedding set-up

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Celebrating the most important day of your life with the people who mean the absolute most to you. It felt like a relaxing weekend getaway.

bride and groom first dance groom dipping bride father of the bride speech bride and groom listening to speeches groom cutting cake with a sword groom with cake cutting sword bride dancing groom dancing bride and groom dancing bride and groom running through sparkler send-off sparkler send-off

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding? 

Just make the decision and do it. Your wedding should reflect who you are and what’s important to you as a couple. Having family and friends help was really wonderful as well.

bride and groom kissing under sparkler send-off


Photographer: Lady & Gent Photography

Rentals: Seattle Farm Tables

Invitations: Joel Daniel Phillips

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  1. Posted by Charmaine on April 22nd, 2014 at 10:34am

    Loving that ceremony backdrop!
  2. Posted by Lis on December 19th, 2014 at 1:39pm

    Very cute pictures. Love the engraved forks.
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