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Alexa + Clarissa, A Gorgeous, Rainy, DIY Backyard Wedding

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This is far and away one of the more image heavy posts I've put up in a while, but I couldn't even begin to narrow down what were my favorites so... more for you to enjoy! I loved Clarissa and Alexa the moment I met them. Partially because I met them at a bar in Midtown NYC and we got a little buzzed together, so, you know, they immediately found a place in my heart. Plus - they're just both cool beyond belief. Alexa is the exec chef at The Tapp in Tarrytown and Clarissa runs a wedding planning company called Taffeta & Tattoos (which, by the way, check out the full gallery and see the magic that she and her team pulled together for this like-whoa DIY wedding). And they have a truly adorable love story, which I loved, but I won't get into right now. On to the photos! Alexa and Clarissa held their wedding in the backyard of Clarissa's parent's home in NY. Which, you know, you think "Backyard wedding, quaint and small and adorable." Well, yes, that's all true, but wow, you cannot have imagined a backyard wedding like this. Bridal tent, cigar lounge, assorted couches set up around the lawn with beautiful accents (a stereophone, a vintage typewriter, a small fireplace). It was truly gorgeous. Plus. They're friends and family are hilarious. Impromptu first look! We originally wanted to do it outside the bridal tent, but since all the guests were hovering in the party tent in full view of the door, that was out. So we faced them together with their eyes closed...And all the bridal party peeking in...And boom! Insta-awesome first look. I've said it a million times, but I love first looks. You get emotions and expression that you rarely get coming down the aisle. Stiiiiill peaking...The weather decided it was going to be uncooperative, but since we were just in the backyard, we decided to hold off the ceremony for half an hour to wait for the rain to dissipate.  Well worth the wait :) Check out these beautiful brides. They're just stunning. The wedding was catered by the Pizza Luca LLC truck - a most awesome wood-fire pizza oven built into the back of a 1952 Chevy flatbed. See? Would you have ever guessed this was a backyard wedding?And just the rest of the moments and the fun and the laughter: Congrats, Alexa and Clarissa, it was a MOST AWESOME day and I loved every second I spent with you ladies. If you wanna do it all over again, please lemme know ;)

Check out the full gallery here!

http://ohkarina.pixieset.com/clarissaalexaswedding/

Credits!

Flowers by the beautiful brides

Wedding cake by bridesmaid, Becca Chambers of Cupcake Cafe NYC

Dresses by BHLDN

Food by Pizza Luca