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Micah + Harper | An Impromptu Pretend Wedding

And What We Can Learn From It

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The kids wanted to have a “wedding” today. Micah even showed up in a tux!

With our nanny being who she is and our careers being in the wedding world, we decided to play up their request! We grabbed flowers from the bushes in the front yard. We took our dining room chairs out. The kids wanted to bring out candles for an alter. Harper wore a little white dress and they even made little invitations! Michael played real wedding music and it was the most precious thing EVER!

I literally just snapped a few photos thinking “This will be cute in the family yearbook!” but then I jokingly asked “Should I blog it?!” on Instagram and people said yes! Hilarious!

Ok, but on a more serious note, photographers…. pay close attention here: If I can take 4minutes worth of pictures of KIDS getting married in a pretend wedding and actually create a somewhat editorial style blog post from it, there is NO excuse for those of us that need portfolio images! Here are some things we can learn from a pretend wedding in my front yard:


  1. Wedding guests will ALWAYS be annoying and have their PHONES out! ha! You have to shoot tight enough or move close enough to get in front of it and crop it out! AI will help clone it out later but overall, apparently this struggle happens even during a FAKE wedding! (Ahem! I’m looking at you Emy!)
  2. Bow ties make anything look luxury! If you’re wanting to boost the look of your brand with a free shoot or two, make sure a tux is involved!
  3. It doesn’t take much at all. You need good light and a simple background and you can create magic!
  4. Curation is KEY. Goodness I could talk about this for days!! Scroll through these images and notice a few things: 1. Alternating B&W, 2. B&W was used when there were distracting colors (except for one and you can see Joe’s bright red shirt and it kills the vibe! Sorry Joe!) Photographers miss this on their website CONSTANTLY! And last but not least, all of the junk in our yard (toys, sidewalk chalk, etc) were hidden either with cropping, B&W edits or shallow depth of field!


You may think this is funny and just cute… but here’s there is actually A LOT we can learn from this!!!! Enjoy Micah and Harper’s pretend, front yard wedding!


Ps. All of these are edited with the “Golden Warm Fine Art” option in Step Three of the Preset Process!! 

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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