Mike and Lauren’s Minimony Backyard Wedding

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Mike and Lauren originally imagined a large wedding for August 8, 2020 – but unfortunately, COVID19 and state regulations put a stop to their big party plans. Like some couples in the same situation, they opted for a “Minimony” wedding, which is much smaller, to preserve the original date of their wedding while hoping to have a bigger post-pandemic reception later.

wedding floral decor for backyard wedding
Gorgeous floral decor. Animal statue had significance for the Bride's father is passed away.

For the ceremony, Mike and Lauren transformed her Moms’ backyard into a romantic ceremony space complete with a wedding arbor, amazing florals, & lanterns for ambiance. It was so sweet to witness and capture the moments they said “I do” with only their immediate family looking on. Intimate scenes like this remind you of what a wedding is really all about – the bride and groom!

backyard wedding ceremony
Fairytale wedding ceremony performed by the Bride's Brother.

What do Mike and Lauren have to say? We asked, they answered!

What was the best moment of your wedding day?

Lauren: Our first dance as husband and wife. We danced to "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz and sang to each other the entire time. I was able to get lost in the moment and enjoy that special dance with my new husband.

Mike: Seeing my soon to be wife in her wedding dress for the first time as she walked down the aisle!

black and white photo of the bridge and groom's first dance
Left Image: Mike and Lauren's first dance
Right Image: Laure dancing with her Brother for the Father/Daughter dance. Lauren's Mom watching from the door.

Why was it important to have your Minimony wedding photographed?

We really wanted to have beautiful pictures to not only remember the day, but to share with our friends and family that could not be there. Additionally, with the state of the wedding industry and COVID being so uncertain, we wanted to make sure we had our special day documented in the best way possible.

backyard wedding reception photos
Photos of the couple after the ceremony.
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Mike and Lauren.
Wedding Couple with their photographer
I ALWAYS grab a photo with our wedding couples!


Photographer: Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC
Floral Decor: Michelle Jeanne Floral Design
Bridal bouquet: Cherryhill Flowers
Wedding gown: Hayley Paige from The Bridal Garden in EG
Menswear: Men's Warehouse
Hair: Hair by Susan Levesque at Salon Ellie Rose
Make up: Kristin Dunbar with Allison Barbara Beauty
Engagement Ring: Unique Settings at Nigrelli's Jewelry in Westerly
Wedding Bands: Unique Settings and Benchmark at Nigrelli's Jewelry
Caterer: Luigi's
Cake: Allie's Donuts

Engaged? Are you hosting a small intimate wedding and would like to learn about your photography options? Contact us today!