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Private Property Wedding | Nicole + Ryan

Nicole and Ryan were married at Nicole's childhood home on Sunday! There's something really special about getting married on private property because the day is really all about you! With less than 20 guests in attendance, we were able to spend so much time focusing on the couple instead of formalities.

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Not only was the day super intimate, but it was also unique. Instead of a traditional officiant, Nicole and Ryan married themselves (which is legal in Colorado where they live)! I had no idea this was a thing, but I'm here for it. They had personalized vows, and instead of speaking her vows, Nicole sang Ryan a song. Nicole mentioned to me that music was always an important part of their relationship, so it's special they were able to incorporate this into their ceremony.

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At the end of the night, Nicole and Ryan decided to do all the exits. I'm often asked what type of exit a couple should do, and now I know the correct answer. The correct answer is all of them. Why settle for one exit when you can do three? These two had a bubble exit, sparkler exit, and we even played with smoke bombs. The best part about doing this "fake exit" thing is you aren't limited to a specific time. If you want to spend 30 minutes playing with fire, go for it. Obviously, you probably also want to spend some time with your guests, but I'm not going to complain when we have the time to take so many cool photos. To summarize, multiple exits 10/10 recommend.

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Thank you so much Nicole and Ryan for allowing me to be part of your intimate private property wedding! You both are so fun! Here's your full preview. More to come shortly!

Venue: Private Property

Cake: Bake My Day

Rentals: Ultrapom

Photography and Videography: E. Golden Moments

- Hear from the bride -

Share the inspiration and atmosphere you're creating for your wedding:

Backyard boho burlap and lace.

Share how (or why) you chose your wedding venue(s):

We wanted a small, intimate, and laid-back wedding.

What is your most valuable piece of advice you can share with future couples planning their wedding?

You don't have to fit the mold or follow traditional expectations for your wedding. You can make your wedding exactly what you want it to be. After all, this day is ultimately for the bride and groom.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

Dress and suit shopping made it feel real.

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Elizabeth is a Kansas City wedding photographer who specializes in bright and airy images.

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