Yorba Linda Backyard Wedding
This backyard wedding from Paul von Rieter is guaranteed to inspire with a couple who knows a thing or two about how to have fun. Bride Tess realized early on to focus her attention on the things that mattered most to her and soon-to-be-husband Joey, a priority list that included good food, good music, and of course a great photographer. We’ll let Tess tell you a bit more about her thoughts behind her big day:
From the bride, Tess: About the wedding, Joey and I really just wanted it to feel comfortable, intimate, fun, and reflective of the things that we like. We were limited though, by the fact that we had a tiny budget, we live in Chicago but the wedding was in California, we were both graduating (I needed to pass my nursing boards 2 weeks before we left for the wedding) and once we arrived, we only had a few days to set everything up. I had to choose my battles wisely and not stress out about what didn’t come together.
We wanted to spend the bulk of our budget on three things: good food, good music and a good photographer. We had a small wedding with about 90 guests. We didn’t care about traditions, we wanted everything to feel personal. No cake cutting, no lame-o chicken or salmon dish and most importantly no impersonal ceremony. Joey’s parent’s backyard was such a lovely place to get married. We wanted our ceremony to celebrate all of the people who’s relationships were inspirational to us, so we had friends and families wedding/commitment ceremony pictures hanging from the tree behind our homemade altar.
Joey used to live in Spain, and before he moved there he had spent time there in Pamplona for the running of the bulls with his family. So his ties to Spanish culture and his Cuban heritage were part of the reason we chose Allegria Cocina Latina (Long Beach) to cater. They were AMAZING! I couldn’t recommend them more. I also love the communal feel of family style dining, that was a must for me. To top it off, an old family friend of Joey’s is in an incredibly talented Latin band (Cafe Fuego) who played our ceremony, dinner, and then stayed for a salsa session. They now play at Allegria and my in-laws go to see them regularly!
The bar had to keep up with the great food so I used some of my past Chicago bartending experience to come up with a few signature drinks. We had boozy snow cones (basil syrup with blueberry vodka and lemon rosemary simple syrup with hendricks gin). The bartender was churning out lots of mojitos, sangria, and Goose Island’s Matilda (had to represent Chicago).
Dennis Owens and Patrick Miller of Proper Sound were our DJs. Wow. They were so good that I made a “no requests” sign to ward off any Lady Gaga or YMCA requests. Joey and I LOVE soul music, so the guys took all of our suggestions and built up an awesome set from just a few songs.
All of the decorations were either bought at thrift stores, found around the house or handmade with the exception of the colored lanterns. We rented lights from a guy who puts up Christmas lights in the winter and put them up ourselves. (Saved soo much money that way). We had a great deal of help from our families in the days leading up to our wedding. My in-laws put in countless hours of work on the house to get it wedding ready (and it looked great!). Overall, it was a lot of work, but not overwhelming because of our awesome support team.
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Wedding Vendors (Yorba Linda, CA):
Wedding Venue: Private residence / Wedding Photographer: Paul von Rieter / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Broach: Lulu’s / Bride’s Reception Dress: Vintage / Bridesmaids’ Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Bride’s Makeup: Dana Delaney / Wedding Band: Cafe Fuego / DJ: Dennis Owens and Patrick Miller of Proper Sound / Wedding Caterer: Allegria Cocina Latina
love images is looking very lovly
i love backyard weddings and this one is lovely!
Paul von Rieter is such a gifted photographer. The way he captured the details and momentsf from this lovely wedding is just so outstanding!
Hii!! You’re wedding was absolutely gorgeous 🙂 I’m dying to know where you got your bridesmaids robes from! I’ve been lookin everywhere:/ help if u can!:) thank u!!
I really like the colors in this wedding and how the shape of the lanterns compliment the shape of the flowers. I also think the shot of the groom checkin out the brides behind is hilarious and super cute
Gorgeous wedding and great photos! I also would love to know where those robes came from!! I have been looking for one just like that!
Love the bride’s decent jewelry. Oh what a gorgeous and intimate wedding! I’m very much interested in those robes, too – please help ?
Hi all — the bride and bridesmaids’ robes are from Plum Pretty Sugar: https://store.plumprettysugar.com/
Thanks for all the awesome comments guys! Ashley and Katie, the robes came from pretty plum sugar here; https://store.plumprettysugar.com/
This is just gorgeous, Paul. Kudos!
Love all the succulent boutonniere, cactus, and dahlias! Very pretty and intimate wedding!
Oh my goodness! Sweet golly! What a wonderful wedding with such sweet details. We are so very thrilled to have our robes be a pat of all this pretty.
We send Tess and Joey so very much love!
beautiful, natural, and tasteful… can’t go wrong
Paul this is beautiful, so natural.
This is such a beautiful wedding and has me really inspired! The robes are so pretty and exactly what I was looking for.
Also, I am from Yorba Linda, CA studying nursing in the Chicago area since my fiancee is from Chicago. I am trying to plan my wedding back home, so it was comforting reading someone had do the same exact thing.
I love, Love, Love your wedding pictures and details! Im having a backyard wedding in a few months and would love to know more about hanging lights in the backyard. HELP!
We (by “we” I mean Joey) hung the lights using wires from the trees and the balcony. If we didn’t have those, I would have had to install poles of some sort.
Such vibrant colors in your shots and the outfits you included are really neat and very original. Great job with this wedding!