How to throw a Backyard Wedding –

Three pitch perfect backyard weddings the greater Melbourne region

Backyard weddings are the new barn weddings…they are absolutely wonderful and so much fun!

Over the last years I have shot a few backyard weddings and I noticed that more and more couples are looking into planning a garden or backyard wedding, so I thought I might show you my three favourite backyard wedding out of the last years as all of them had a bit of a different approach and yet all were equally beautiful and unique.


1. A beautiful Garden Wedding at the start of the Great Ocean Road

Lisa and Mark got married and they had the most wonderful wedding day in Queenscliff, just an hours drive from Melbourne. They rented the beautiful Clydesville House, which has a beautiful garden out the front…well, I am now actually thinking if there is a difference between a backyard and a frontyard wedding but for now I will just consider both the same!
The wedding ceremony was held on the terrace of the beautiful old Victorian home, that Clydesville is and the rest of the wedding day was spent outside on the beautiful green lawn of the front yard…

The bridal couple did a lot of DIY decorations and there were a heap of lawn games for the guests to enjoy. Different styles of garden furniture invited the guests to sit down and relax and rental couches overlooking the beach which was only a few minutes from the house were just perfect to chill out.
All food and drinks were served cocktail style for the wedding guests to enjoy on the spot by the caterers (RK group).
I think this is a wonderful and relaxed way to celebrate a backyard wedding and it shows that you don’t specifically need to celebrate in your own yard…there are so many amazing wedding locations out there that offer a beautiful yard!

2. A backyard wedding with seated dinner and dancing under the stars

I showed you this wonderful country backyard wedding in Mooroopna  only a few weeks ago on the blog…these two wonderful humans got married at Jordan’s dad’s property in country Victoria. I know – not every couple has parent’s that own an massive property somewhere in the middle of nowhere, but if you do, this is pretty much the way to celebrate your perfect backyard wedding!

Jasmyn and Jordan did the wedding-thing right! They made a weekend out of it and invited their wedding guests on Friday already, so they could have a nice and realaxed wedding-eve with all their friends and family nearby. And so that none of the guests had to drive, they all had the chance to camp next to the beautiful backyard on a big meadow…

The wedding ceremony was held in the gardens…right next to a beautiful pavilion and under some big trees, that provided beautiful shade for all the wedding guests and the couple. And right after the ceremony and a big round of hugs there were drinks served from the DIY bar under the trees, too…family friends helped out with service and it was such a lovely and intimate wedding reception!

The amazing backyard of Jordan’s dad even had enough different locations for our bridal party portraits – it was perfect! Only for the portraits of the bridal couple we had to walk a few minutes into the bush…but the results were definitely worth the walks =)

And after a seated wedding dinner in the barn right next to the backyard the wedding festivities continued in the backyard! Bride and groom opened the dance floor under the fairy lights on the soft green grass with a beautiful first dance and the party continued until late in the night…


3. A backyard wedding with an outdoor ceremony, cocktail style dinner and terrace dancing

Vanessa and Guy had the big luxury that Guy’s aunt and uncle own a stunning property with a huge backyard where they invited the couple to celebrate their wedding.
This backyard is definitely one out of the books…with water features, an arch grown out of roses, ferry lights in huge trees and so much space that more than 100 wedding guests could party all day long!

The wedding festivities started off with a wonderful outdoor ceremony for bride and groom, held by Benn, a lovely Melbourne wedding celebrant.
Afterwards the couple was hugged by all their guests and we took the chance to take a group photo and some family shots amongst the beautiful greenery backdrop in the gardens. And like at Lisa and Mark’s wedding there were a lot of huge lawn games for the guests amusement and small and grown up wedding guests enjoyed the games a lot!

Later on there was cocktail style food served throughout the gardens and drinks were available at the beautiful DIY garden bar next to the big terrace, where the cake cutting and dancing happened.

Having the dancing on the terrace definitely had the advantage, that the room for the dancers was limited and the dancefloor was always nice and cozy because the dancers could not spread out too much – which made for great dancefloor photos!

And whoever needed time to relax could sit out on the lawn and watch the dance moves on the terrace!



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4 thoughts on “How to throw a Backyard Wedding

  1. Thats such a great inspiration for backyard weddings! I love how all these weddings are so individual and unique…thanks so much for sharing these wedding photos, Maria!

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