Erin & Chris :: Part I

Ellingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Married!
Although it may not be my usual gig, when an old friend calls and says they’re putting on a small backyard wedding and would love to have you document it, the only possible response is “yes”.

Yes, yes, yes! Because Erin and Chris are so. in. love. They’ve been together for five years, and as we sat around a table at Starbucks and went over the details, the comfort and respect and laughter they have with each other came through in waves. And it doesn’t hurt that Erin’s laugh is so contagious.

Erin and I met waaay back when I was a freshman in high school – we were in choir together and bonded after spending a day at Disneyland with mutual friends. I’ll never forget her saying “Hey, you’re pretty cool, for a soprano” (my fellow choir nerds will understand). :) My BFF Nikki and I have kept in touch with her ever since.

Their small backyard wedding took place at her parent’s house a few weeks ago and it really couldn’t have been more charming. They had all the right ingredients: friends and family, good food, drinks and music. Oh, and twinkly lights, naturally.

Please enjoy. I’ve broken this into two parts to spare your mouse scrolly fingers.

Ellingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Makeup Artist

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Watch out for hairspray!

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Ellingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Putting on the Dress

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Meanwhile, with the groomsmen…

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Ellingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Groomsmen

Ellingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Grooms Tie

Erin and Chris have a big love for all things Disney, and Chris actually works for them (it?), so it was easy when it came to choosing a theme. I really loved the teal and red combo, it popped so beautifully against the whites and greens of the backyard! Also, this may be one of the cutest cake toppers I’ve ever seen.

Ellingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Cake

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This was the sweetest detail – Erin wrote a letter to her dad and Chris, then had the words screen printed onto fabric and made into boutonnieres for them both.

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Photo © Trude EllingsenEllingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Dads Boutonniere

I just loved what a family affair it was – Chris’ brother was his best man, Erin’s BFF Marlinda was the matron of honor and her hubby John was their officiant.

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They had a ring bearer and flower girl puppy!  :)

Ellingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Flower Dog

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Speak now or forever hold your peace:

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Ellingsen Photography Backyard Wedding Disney Placentia Orange County-Recessional Family

I’ll be back to share the rest of the night tomorrow!

xoxo

{Updated to add: click here for Part II}