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Hakan & Sandy // Dreamy Backyard Wedding in Atlanta

Dreamy Backyard Wedding in Atlanta // Hakan & Sandy

Hakan & Sandy’s wedding day was such a dream. Everything about the day was true to them, who they were, and what they valued. From holding their wedding in their beautiful backyard to the drinks reception pre-ceremony to welcome their guests, everything was directed towards playing host to their loved ones and caring for them. Honestly, their entire wedding day just felt like it was a big house party with a super tight knit community. It was the best vibe for Hakan & Sandy – and I loved being a part of the celebration. Early on in the planning process, Sandy {a fellow photographer} told me how much she valued candid moments – and it was such a nice moment to hear how our visions of wedding days aligned. I couldn’t wait for their backyard wedding in Atlanta to arrive. 

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Getting Ready

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With the help of the incredible Johnnie of Johnnie & Co., Hakan & Sandy brought their wedding vision to life at home. They had beautifully arranged white chairs and couches out for everyone to lounge, whether in the trees with the wisteria blowing in the wind. Hakan & Sandy dreamed up a beautiful white flower wall ceremony backdrop and it was stunning! Placed right in the center of their lush garden, it was truly the perfect backdrop for their vows. Hakan & Sandy are lucky to have many friends in the creative industry and many brought along their own cameras to photograph and video record their wedding day. Even throughout the ceremony, it felt like we were paparazzi – in  the best way. It was such a fun vibe! 

leaves in backyard of Atlanta homewhite flower backdrop for wedding ceremony in Atlanta backyard groom walks down aisle for ceremony in backyard of Atlanta homefamily watches aisle for ceremony in backyard of Atlanta homegroom hugs officiant before backyard wedding in front of white floral wallbride walks with sons into ceremony during backyard wedding For the ceremony itself, Hakan & Sandy wanted to include their kids. Sandy’s sons walked her down the aisle and Hakan’s daughter and son stood with them at the ceremony. It was so special and very meaningful to their families! To top it off, one of their friends officiated the ceremony – and he was hilarious. It was truly perfect! 

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I’d have to say when our actual officiant showed up an hour late due to a family emergency. We were officially married while I was in the chair, having my hair and makeup done! A surreal moment, for sure, but definitely in keeping with our relationship.

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What did you love about your venue/wedding location?

Our wedding location was our home, and I loved having so many family and friends there to enjoy it with us. We had people fly in from all over the world to celebrate with us, and it was such an amazing experience to open our home to everyone.

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Backyard Wedding Portraits

Hakan & Sandy really wanted to focus on the candid moments of their wedding day. But, we still planned for some new family portraits and posed portraits of the newlyweds. I’m here to capture what YOU want on your wedding day – and I’ll never force you into hours of photos if that’s not what you want. I’m so happy that Hakan & Sandy trusted me to capture what mattered most to them. 

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Getting my dress zipped! My amazing seamstress kept pronouncing the dress “too loose” at every fitting. When I arrived to pick it up, it was *snug.* Needless to say, the zipper held through the evening, the dress looked gorgeous, and no wardrobe malfunctions occurred.

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Don’t drive yourself crazy on the details; they aren’t what you’ll remember from the day. Do only the things that you really love, and toss the rest aside. Make your wedding personal; it doesn’t need to look exactly like everyone else’s.

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The rest of the evening had a whiskey tasting station, with take-home bottles wrapped with ribbons and evil eyes of protection. Hakan actually barrels the whiskey himself, so he was thrilled to get to talk about it with all of their guests! They had a live singer for their ceremony and cocktail hour. I love that Hakan & Sandy wanted to spend time mingling during their cocktail hour. The celebration was definitely about them AND their community. We focused on letting them enjoy their day and their time and I was happy to sink into the background.

As I mentioned, Hakan & Sandy have long-lived in the photography world, so they had a ton of amazingly talented photographers at their wedding, all shooting for fun, which was so lovely to be amidst. I love the creative energy that comes from being surrounded by fellow artists. The entire wedding day just felt fun and full of the best kind of energy. Oh, and did I mention I got to meet a long-time photography hero Zach Arias at this wedding? My face hurt from grinning so much, it was truly an inspirational moment. 

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Talk to your photographer! Discuss the types of pics you want/don’t want. Let them get a sense of your personalities. An event as special and intimate as a wedding shouldn’t be cookie-cutter. Get the images you truly want and will value in years to come. The right photographer for you will be an artist who shares your vision, and is willing to toss out the standard shot list to make that happen.

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Planner: Johnnie & Co. Events

Backyard Wedding in Atlanta: the Advice

Let’s chat about why choosing a backyard wedding in Atlanta could be the most heartfelt decision you’ll make.

Make It Intensely Personal

Think about it: a backyard wedding in Atlanta is intensely personal. Picture this: you’re surrounded by your closest friends and family, in a place that’s packed with your memories. It’s familiar, it’s comforting, and it’s uniquely you. This is where inclusivity really shines through. Your space, your rules. Ditch the traditional? Absolutely. A multicultural feast? Yes, please! Your backyard in Atlanta is a landscape of endless possibilities.

Unique As You Are

No two backyard weddings in Atlanta are ever the same. In a world of cookie-cutter celebrations, your Atlanta backyard becomes a canvas for creativity. Hang fairy lights, set up boho-chic themes, or whatever feels right. Break free from the overly-posed, stiff norms. Make it uniquely you.

Genuine Joy in Familiar Surroundings

In the comfort of your Atlanta backyard, those worries about looking stiff in photos just vanish. This is your safe space, and that comfort shows in genuine, joyful photos. Laugh under your childhood tree, dance on your patio – these moments of real happiness and laughter are what backyard weddings in Atlanta are all about.

Intimate and Real

A backyard wedding in Atlanta tends to be more intimate. It’s about meaningful connections, not just filling seats. Celebrate with those who matter most, in a setting that’s affirming and inclusive.

Sustainable and Sentimental

Backyard weddings in Atlanta can be greener and more sustainable. Less travel, local food, and using what you have adds to the charm. Plus, the sentimental value? Absolutely priceless.

Flexibility is Key

Weather issues? Schedule changes? In your Atlanta backyard, you’re in control. This flexibility is a blessing. You can adapt and adjust without the constraints of a traditional venue.

Cost-Effective, Not Style-Compromised

Backyard weddings in Atlanta can also be more budget-friendly, allowing you to invest in what truly matters to you. It’s about your values, not just a venue’s price.

Wrapping It Up

So, there it is. A backyard wedding in Atlanta is more than a choice; it’s a reflection of your story. It’s meaningful, personal, inclusive, and brimming with possibilities. It’s your love story, told in the most authentic way.

Now, go on, start planning your backyard wedding in Atlanta. The sky’s the limit, and I’m excited to see what you’ll create. 🌟

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Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and awesome wedding day, specializing in people who feel awkward in front of the camera. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, and beyond.

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