Chance & Melanie DIY Backyard Wedding | Dunkirk, MD

“Don’t shoot what it looks like, but shoot what it feels like.” is good advice for a wedding photographer. DIY weddings are near and dear to my heart, and the groom of this diy wedding also has a special place in my heart. He is my baby brother. We are probably the most alike out of our 4 siblings though he would swear that isn’t the case. I have plucked over him as his second mother from the time he was born since I was 19 yrs old when my mom gave birth to him. My first maternity shoot was of my mother pregnant with Chance, and my first birth delivery session was of Chance being born. This was way before birth photography was a thing. I actually photographed his birth with my Minolta 35 mm film camera, and developed the negatives and printed the photos in my darkroom.

He was and is a bit of firecracker as we have many photographs and videos to prove it, and I love him. Of course, in pure Chance fashion he, his lovely fiancé, Melanie, and family planned a wedding in 4 weeks. We are quite partial to weddings planned in less than 6 months since our own wedding was planned in that time frame. Weddings really don’t take that much time to plan, but a diy wedding is quite the undertaking. Chance, Melanie and Mindy (Melanie’s mom) pulled it off beautifully!

Their lovely DIY backyard wedding was at Melanie’s family homestead in Dunkirk, MD, located in Southern Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay. Dogs were invited, and their owners as well. Mindy, Melanie’s mom, was frosting the beautiful and delicious cake when we got there. Lights were strung. Hay bales were aligned. Everything from corn hole to bonfires to dancing led the way for a beautiful night.

The star of the wedding and Best Man “Buddy Bud” may have had the best time of all the guests, he danced and ate the spilled food all at the same time. Now that’s a good dog!!