Elegant Backyard Wedding : Michelle + Will

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hat he remembers most is the Shamu the Whale blanket she'd wrap around her shoulders. Paired with slippers, Michelle rolled into school having looked like she just rolled out of bed. And, strangely, Will liked it. Of all the other girls at their high school, Michelle seemed the most low-maintence and carefree. Having just transferred, Will caught the eyes of most the girls, but when he was asked to prom by the most popular girl at school, Michelle's hopes were dashed. She--and her Shamu blanket--couldn't compete with that.

A few months later, Michelle and Will became friends and he soon found himself anxiously awaiting the sight of her slippers in the hallways. They graduated and dated through college, then life flipped upside down. One too many times. So they broke up and Michelle escaped to New York City. Years later, their paths crossed. That time, however, Michelle wasn't wearing slippers.

She didn't wear slippers when she walked down the aisle either. Donned in five-inch heels on her wedding day, Michelle walked toward Will, the boy who stole her teenage heart. During the ceremony, Will said to her, We made it, mama... and everyone knew they had. Made it. Happily and together.

Michelle and can I express my appreciation? You're two of the most amazing, giving, and generous people and seeing you marry was a true gift. Thank you. I hope you're enjoying every last minute of your time in Tahiti and you're able to relax and soak up time together. Again, thank you. Really. Much Love and Appreciation... j*

Michelle and Will planned a beautiful backyard wedding, but she made sure to keep a flair of elegance with her Maggie Sottero wedding gown...

While I was at the altar, JD was able to capture this moment of Michelle and her dad making their way to the ceremony site...

The wedding ceremony was personalized and beautiful in every way, keeping the entire backyard experience intimate and private...

Just moments after the ceremony, we were able to capture sunset and JD snapped this wedding of my favs from the day...

Michelle, you are gorgeous. Simply, stunning...really...

I admit this wasn't a usual backyard in any stretch of the was huge and absolutely beautiful...

Michelle planned the entire wedding herself and I loved her DIY wedding details...

This gorgeous cake was made by one of my favorite bakeries, Sweet and Saucy...I addddore Melody's creations!

The Grand Entrance under strung Italian was such a romantic touch to the evening...

The First Dance...

I love wedding photo booth pictures...

Dancing the night away...

To see more of Michelle and Will's backyard wedding, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow or watch it here...

Happy Monday!
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Essex Wedding Photographer - Gorgeous photo's I love the backlit shots. They must be extremely happy with these lovely photo's.   11.04.11 - 6:22pm
bryan - Beautiful light, stunning venue, wonderfully captured. love the bride getting into her dress and having to hold her self in, the two of them walking down the steps the light hitting them from over the hill and the foreheads touching beautifully back lit x  11.03.11 - 1:59pm
Brooke Summer Photography - Wow... absolutely beautiful. I love love love photo booths!  10.31.11 - 9:48am
Avaleen Morris - The pictures look amazing--as always, but that CAKE! Have mercy! THAT was a work of art! BEEEEAUTIFUL CAKE!  10.18.11 - 4:09pm
Charleston Wedding Photographers - The Backyard was elegant indeed! Loved the shots. We always try to capture some of the photo booths as well.  10.11.11 - 7:01pm
Phil Stefans - Simply stunning! Love the dancing!  10.11.11 - 2:33am
sbphotography - Ooh, love the last shot.  10.08.11 - 6:17pm
Rose - You inspire me every single time! I'm so excited for my wedding today..not that I wasn't all ready overly happy for it. Thank you!  10.08.11 - 9:18am
Impressive Creations - Super BEautiful! Where is that place? Looks like Palos Verdes!   10.07.11 - 11:05pm
Denver Wedding Photographer Mark Hayes - I love the dancing under the strung lights. The wedding cake is also wonderful, I love all white cakes, so simple yet so elegant.   10.06.11 - 8:50pm
Fotograf Ślubny Śląsk - Nice.! Good Jobs.!  10.06.11 - 12:02pm
Feuza - love the light reflections one  10.06.11 - 8:20am
Phil Stefans - Gorgeous images! I love backyard weddings! Everyone's relaxed, the kids get to runaround like crazy!  10.05.11 - 10:01pm
Gene Essel fotography - Stunning and elegant,,,,I'm so drooling over the pictures. Great Job J*  10.05.11 - 9:12am
Christina - i LOVE all the backlighting in these photos!! Inspires me to practice it more.   10.05.11 - 12:44am
Lloyed Valenzuela Photography - Beautiful wedding!!! I love the last photo!  10.04.11 - 8:18pm
Ashley Goodwin - Look at you, workin' your super creative self with that last shot! Fabulous!! What a talented bride to plan all those details herself! And Sweet & Saucy?!? I die!!!!!!!  10.04.11 - 12:17pm
Jessica K. Sullivan - These are so beautiful Jasmine and JD! I really love it:)  10.04.11 - 10:40am
anouschka - so, so beautiful!  10.04.11 - 10:15am
Kim - I see the photo booth here - do you provide that? How does it work?   10.04.11 - 8:09am
Wedding Snapper - Gorgeous work Jasmine!  10.04.11 - 4:19am
Katy Lunsford - Wow - what a gorgeous wedding - and that's some backyard! Beautifully captured as always, you remain to be an inspiration. And those shoes...!!!  10.04.11 - 2:11am
Hayley Lane - Gorgeous work! What a fantastic location for a reception!  10.04.11 - 12:40am
Jeanne - how did she wear 5" spikes and not sink with every step? i am truly impressed. your photos, of course, are stunning.  10.03.11 - 10:27pm
Christina Juleson - That water shot of the couple dancing is awesome!   10.03.11 - 10:19pm
Natalya - LOVE! and LOVE her cake!  10.03.11 - 9:19pm
Amy Arrington - Amazing!!  10.03.11 - 8:08pm
Brittani - LOVE Maggie Sottero gowns. =) Gorgeous wedding!!   10.03.11 - 4:16pm
florin cojoc - Great work Jasmine, as always  10.03.11 - 3:56pm
Hannes Uys - Wow! Killer bouquet!  10.03.11 - 3:29pm
ala cortez - i adore the shamu blanket story! your night shots are amaze!  10.03.11 - 2:57pm
Jenelle Sewell - Absolutely stunning, Jasmine.   10.03.11 - 2:48pm
Stephanie Rose - Love it! So sweet and intimate and I loooove those lights on string. So romantic indeed. : )  10.03.11 - 2:44pm
cassandra-m - gorgeeee....wait for it. wait for it...OUS~! GORGEOUS~! I swooned at those heels too. ;)  10.03.11 - 1:23pm
Tina - WOW J* you once again captured an amazing wedding. I love your style so much I can only hope that I will continue to get better.. You take weddings in such a way that I just love everything you do.. Nice work as always - I love love, Love it, it's so stunning. KIR ~ your friend in South Ga.. ~Cheers, Tina  10.03.11 - 1:06pm
Oeil Photography - completely beautiful! I love the lighting around the pool  10.03.11 - 12:59pm
Carly Kolbo - Beautiful wedding! That cake - wow! Awesome photos, Jasmine. :)  10.03.11 - 12:53pm
MemoriesandColors Dallas Photography - Beautifully captured and written! love the light on the evening photos as well!  10.03.11 - 12:36pm
nena - Yet another one of your masterful creations for us to share in and thank you for taking such pretty pictures at this pretty wedding! =-)  10.03.11 - 12:29pm
Amy - I LOVE this Jasmie! A wonderful job...again! What were your settings for the sunset pictures? The light looks absolutely amazing!  10.03.11 - 12:19pm
Frank - Beautiful light! I have been quite critical to your work before, but this is just stunning. I love it!  10.03.11 - 12:13pm
MegganB - Holy CAKE!! That thing looks too gorgeous to eat! Woah!  10.03.11 - 12:02pm
Life with Kaishon - Oh my goodness. Her dress and shoes are to-die-for. Her hair is perfection. WOW! What a gorgeous day.  10.03.11 - 12:00pm
Abby Grace - w-o-w. Those centerpiece are the BOM DIGGETY. simply gorgeous!  10.03.11 - 11:55am
jessica vidmar photography - I love it Jasmine! You certainly have a gift. Simply Stunning : ) those two words together which you used to describe Michelle...thanks for sharing!  10.03.11 - 11:55am
ashley barnett - oooo I love this one! So much happy emotion spilling out of the two of them. And that pool!!! :)  10.03.11 - 11:41am
LEOLAK - Wow...Michelle nailed it with every detail! She looks gorgeous! I love that the bottom layer of the cake matches her dress!! Amazing images J* and JD!  10.03.11 - 11:38am
Jason Mark Harris - Stunning as always J* ps the link is broken for the slide show, just comes back to this page :-) x  10.03.11 - 11:22am
Kellie Conlon - So beautiful. I love simple weddings!   10.03.11 - 10:38am
Emily Kicklighter - Loved picturing this dazzling, chic, and beautiful bride as a teen, carefree, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, and clopping around in slippers, with the new guy, breathless and eager, silently watching. Wonderful prelude to a gorgeous presentation of their especially special day, Jasmine!  10.03.11 - 10:28am
Jessica - Beautiful... makes me want a do-over of my own :) And the song for the slideshow? LOVE.  10.03.11 - 10:28am
Robin - That's some backyard! Gorgeous as always!  10.03.11 - 10:28am
Lisa - Beautiful Jasmine! Love your work!  10.03.11 - 10:07am
Rachel Clarke - Such a beautiful wedding. Love the first dance pictures. Michelle did a wonderful job with the decorations!  10.03.11 - 10:03am
Janice - Beautiful song selection Jasmine...made me teary eyed.  10.03.11 - 9:58am
Jed Hall - Stunningly beautiful pictures Jasmine, you've heard it countless times but you truly are amazing!  10.03.11 - 9:53am
Gail -'s official. Every moment in life is better with Italian lights, yes? :) Beautiful work. As always!   10.03.11 - 9:51am
tim king - that pool/lights reflection shot - SO SICK! awesome post Jasmine  10.03.11 - 9:45am
Morgan Jenkins - Adore the slide show! BEAUTIFUL song :]  10.03.11 - 9:39am
Tasha - Un-freakin-believable!!!! Once again! And that dress!!!!!  10.03.11 - 9:35am
Kimberly Sebastian - Much like the bride...these photos are stunning!  10.03.11 - 9:33am
Jade Alayne - Love how het cake matched her dress and how she had her hair down then up..... skper job j*  10.03.11 - 9:31am
Melissa - What a neat cake! Beautiful photos, they look so happy!  10.03.11 - 9:28am
Emma - Gorgeous work as always, Jasmine! You are right, that is an impressive backyard!  10.03.11 - 9:24am
Kacie - Gorgeous photos as usual! And omg that dress is AMAZING!  10.03.11 - 9:23am
Whitney Moore Bower - Beautiful work, as usual Jasmine! Love=)   10.03.11 - 9:23am
Gaby Fuentes { NJ Wedding Photographer } - Absolutely beautiful!!   10.03.11 - 9:16am
Rachel Tatem - It is amazing how life works sometimes, it is amazing how they were brought back together! She made a beautiful bride!  10.03.11 - 9:04am
Barbara - Jasmine these are beautiful photos! I hope to be just as great as you one day =)  10.03.11 - 8:29am
Stephanie Stewart - What a beautiful wedding! And that cake? Wow!!! Love the Italian strung lights, they add such a warm, romantic vibe. Gorgeous work, Jasmine!   10.03.11 - 8:28am
Jennifer Hudspeth - This wedding was simply perfect. LOVE her dress.  10.03.11 - 8:19am
Autumn Teesdale - What a beautiful wedding and the cake! Oh Em Geee!! It matched her dress (which was gorge BTW)!! I love casual/elegant outdoor weddings! My absolute fav!  10.03.11 - 8:18am
Gabby / En Route Photography - Beautiful wedding! Beautiful bride!!! xxx  10.03.11 - 7:39am
Emily Heizer Photography - Hip Hip POOH-RAY! For Sweet & Saucy! (As in, Winnie the Pooh! :) Only a Pooh-bear can really appreciate desserts to the fullest anyhoo! I have been DYING to get my paws on Sweet & Saucy FOREVER, from back when they didn't even have a website, just a tiny little blog! Before they were on Tv! Before they were the hottest thing since sliced bread and had a bakery front! And yet... Still! Never! I am a Sweet & Saucy virgin! Someday, SOMEDAY I hope! STICKY FINGER BUNS CROSSED!!! Kudos to the bride for the hair switcheroo rather than the dress switcheroo- must have been refreshing to get your hair up! ;) I know I can't STAND to leave mine down!  10.03.11 - 7:39am
Peter - Stunning! Stunning! Stunning!  10.03.11 - 7:13am