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The perfect backyard wedding: A reflection of family love and effort

The colors light pink, sage green, and gold accentuated each other on Alex and Rachel’s wedding ceremony, at the backyard which had been beautifully decorated by Alex’s mother to fit the theme of the wedding. Rachel’s in-laws graciously opened their beautiful home to host the wedding ceremony.

Rachel Rebecca Lee Perez and Alex Perez

Both families worked hard to make this day extra special. Rachel’s young brother officiated the wedding ceremony and her cousin took care of her hair and makeup.

One of her sisters prepared her flowers while the other sisters and her mother helped in making the food. Her big brother oversaw the playing of the music. This wedding ceremony was evidence that when a family works together with one goal, everything comes out perfectly.

The plan for Rachel and Alex’s wedding had been to wed on the 30th of May 2020 at Laguna Town Hall in Elk Grove, California with 175 guests.

However, because of COVID 19, they had to downsize and have a small COVID 19 friendly ceremony with just 25 people on the 30th of May with the big celebrations slated for 31 October 2020, if the COVID 19 situation gets better. Because of the number of guests, they also had to change their venue to Alex’s parents’ backyard in Elk Grove, California.

The most difficult part about wedding during the COVID lockdown is downsizing. However, for Rachel and Alex, it was relatively easy as they decided that only their immediate families would be in attendance that day. It hurt though, that their best friends could not be part of the wedding, but they took consolation in that both their families where present which was all that mattered.


Rachel and Alex believe that the goal of a wedding is to marry the love of your life, the big party is just a bonus. What was devastating for them was completely changing the wedding plans they had been making for two years. It was heart breaking for Rachel not to have neither a bridal shower nor a bachelorette party. Not having other family and friends join them at their wedding was also devastating but since the goal of 30 May was to get married, they got married and for that they are grateful.

It was heart breaking for Rachel not to have neither a bridal shower nor a bachelorette party. Not having other family and friends join them at their wedding was also devastating but since the goal of 30 May was to get married, they got married and for that they are grateful.

For Rachel, the downside of the wedding ceremony was that she did not get to wear the wedding dress she had initially planned to wear, saving it for the wedding reception in October. She ended up wearing a $30 dress she bought off Amazon. However, she wishes she had worn the dress she had originally planned to wear as no one knows if the effects of COVID would have ceased by October.

Rachel’s advice to future brides is, “Feel all the feels and don’t let anyone tell you that your hurt is not valid. Giving up the wedding day that you have dreamt about for years – even decades for some- is devastating and you are allowed to be sad, confused, and hurt.”

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