Backyard DIY Jamestown Wedding with Emily & Joel

This has to be one of the cutest weddings I’ve been fortunate to photograph.  Emily & Joel recently bought a house just outside of Jamestown and they decided to do the wedding there.  They did dinner and their reception in their yard right outside of the house which is a beautiful forest and the ceremony was in a nearby field in open space right just a short walk away.

Trails to the field connected to their backyard so family and friends took a casual hike down to the ceremony site.  They had a little help from vendors with flowers, music and food but they did a ton themselves.  Joel being an arborist used his talents to create so many fun things out of tree trunks, way-finding signs, a gorgeous sweetheart table, coloring boards for the kids, stands for flowers, boutonniere & hair pin holders, appetizer boards, etc.  Emily finalized the signs helping direct people where to go with notes to guests about when things were happening and how to get to places, along with a ton of other planning.

This has to also be one of the most casual weddings I’ve attended, which gave it a warm and inviting feel with the group, all close friends and family.  Their dog Parker of course attended the ceremony and had a honorary bandanna which was very handsome.  During the ceremony they brought out a wheelbarrow full of refreshments for guests and a sign encouraging people to sit our stand wherever they’d like.  Kids sat and played in the grass and drank their soda while Emily and Joel said their vows in a field with a stunning backdrop.

One other thing that makes me smile from this wedding was the speech from Joel’s father.  It was short and sweet.  Emily and Joel met while walking her dog and Joel’s father incorporated that into his speech.  He said something like “Joel’s mother and I met in front of a donkey, and these two met in front of a dog, cheers!”  I never did hear more about the donkey, but that cracked me up.

Emily and Joel, it was a such a pleasure to be part of this day with you all.  I love all the energy you invested into your wedding, you guys made it so beautiful and truly a representation of your personalities and your love for one another.  From the little time I’ve gotten to know you both, you seem like such a wonderful fit for each other.  I’m so happy for the start of your new life together, much love to you guys!!




















The Creative Team:

Wedding Planner & Decor – Emily & Joel

FlowersLyons Farmette 


Wedding Dress RetailerBHLDN

DJ – DJ Tom

PhotographyNichole Emerson Photography

October 2, 2018

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