An Intimate, Backyard Wedding in New York

Instead of a Scottish elopement

Kari & Duncan

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Intimate, handcrafted, backyard wedding full of love and family with a bicycle built for two!

Soundtrack for reading: “With a Girl Like You” by The Troggs

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Duncan and I both don’t like being the center of attention so the thought of getting married in front of hundreds of people never appealed to us. We were originally going to elope to Scotland but were eventually convinced to have a tiny wedding at home with immediate family and then travel to Scotland for our honeymoon. The best part about having such a small wedding was that we were able to make it extremely personal. We had a close friend officiate the ceremony in my parents’ backyard where I grew up.

We wrote our own vows together that we read one line at a time back and forth to each other which felt very special and intimate. Everything was handmade by us and our family including my headpiece, the bouquet, boutonnière, the sign and flower arrangements for the bike, star decorations, pie stands and toppers, and the center pieces. All of the food was cooked by my parents, and Duncan’s mom made some delicious pies for dessert! It really felt like everyone was working to make this the best day ever and then we all got to enjoy it together.

Favorite Thing About The Wedding

Our favorite part of the day was riding the tandem bicycle back to my parents’ house after taking pictures in the park. We were able to have fifteen minutes to ourselves away from the group which was really nice. It was also fun having strangers clap and congratulate us as we rode by. Once we returned to the house we had a really great homemade dinner and both families got along amazingly and celebrated late into the night. It felt really special having them all gathered around the same table together and having such a good time.

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