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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  • Lindsay

    SO STINKING CUTE. man, i love everything about this. and big ups to a fellow pixie-cut-bride! congratulations!

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  • macrain

    These photos are stunning and you both look so happy! I love your dress!

  • Kelly

    So, so lovely and joyful! Looks like a perfect day!

  • Meg

    I love the pic of your dad (?) holding the dog. So cute :)

  • Rora

    Those gold stars as a backdrop are magical!

  • Kat91314

    Um, I work in White Plains & live in upper Westchester, so I know exactly where all of this is!! Congrats on a beautiful day, co-Westchesterite Kari!! :-)

  • Erin

    Congratulations! Love the picture of you two standing on the rocks looking out to sea. “It’s all before us!” Hope Scotland was a blast!

  • InTheBurbs

    Stunning…and woot for another bride with short hair!

  • Alyssa M

    I love everything about this! My little cake topper dudes painted by my family friend/photographer look incredibly similar to your pie topper dudes. And my partner is totally wearing his plaid tie/vest instead of a kilt (showing leg is waay to out there for him). Your stars are kind of an amazing backdrop, too.

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  • sara g

    This is a really odd thing to single out but where did you get those cake stands? I have just realized I need to scrounge up 5 and all the ones I can find are hideous! (and expensive)
    What a lovely wedding! I love the picture by the ocean. <3

    • Katherine O.

      I was just coming to make the same comment! Would love to know where you got the cake stands too.

      Wonderful wedding!

      • Galacticnarwhal

        Hey dudettes, I am one of Kari’s bff’s. She bought candle stick holders and plastic plates from the dollar store, super glued them together, and spray painted them solid colors.

        • Katherine O.

          Thanks so much! That’s brilliant, and now my plan. I even have gold spray paint already!

          • Kari

            Hey everyone! Thanks so much for the kind words! As for the pie stands I
            bought the candle sticks at the dollar store but I found some old
            Corelle plates at Salvation Army. I glued them together with Hard as
            Nails glue and then spray painted them with gold and bronze paint. For
            the center stand I glued 2 candle sticks together so it would be taller.
            Hope this helps!

        • sara g

          Brilliant! I am totally doing this!

  • Melissa

    I’m wearing the same dress at my wedding in (eeek!) three weeks. Cheers!

  • EF

    This is so wonderful. Was tentatively planning on a tandem bike getaway — it’s even on our printable press wedding logo! — but this has totally convinced me we should. you guys look awesome!

  • What a beautiful day! I love how it manages to be both intimate and yet perfectly put-together. The men look so dapper in all of their plaid!

    Is it wrong to clamor for a honeymoon follow-up post? Because SCOTLAND.

  • This is ADORABLE! I mean…that dress! And a bicycle built for two!? SO CUTE!

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