My Backyard Wedding

It is possible to have the wedding venue of your dreams with a small budget - and some creativity!

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My dream wedding venue – The Backyard

Just three weeks ago, my husband and I got married during a small, heartfelt ceremony at our very own wedding venue: his parent’s backyard. From the day we decided we wanted to host our ceremony there until the day itself we lived quite a journey. From choosing colors, flowers, dresses, a place to host the reception, writing our vows and finding every single vendor for the smallest things… let’s just say it was a lot of work! You are probably now asking yourself: was it worth it? My answer is: YES!

Not only we saved thousands of dollars compared to most weddings, we also had a unique and personal ceremony + reception, that left everyone is tears – the ceremony almost looked like a funeral at one point, no one could keep it together. I am still receiving messages from all our guests telling us that was the best wedding they’ve ever been.

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Everyone crying.

Why am I bragging about it? Because I want to help you to experience the same thing! You don’t need to get married at one of those traditional wedding venues, such as a resort. What makes a venue special is what it means to you and your spouse. And that’s why I’m starting this series of posts to share everything about my special day, including all the steps and struggles it took to get us there.

First things first: Who am I?

My name is Luisa de Sousa Cullinan and I live in beautiful, sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. I am originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I grew up and have lived most of my life. How did I end up here? Well, the answer is Stevie Cullinan.

Back in December 2013, when I was still in college, my friends and I decided

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Our first picture together! January, 2014.

to work abroad for three months and the destination chosen was Aspen, CO. While I was there I met Stevie, who was also working at the same resort… the rest is history. We started dating and things got so serious that he decided to follow me down to Rio de Janeiro and live there with me and my roommates for 5 months. After a lot of going back and forth, months apart, sleepless nights and many Visa Form applications we got engaged and set our special date: December 27th, 2016.


Now that you know a little more about my story I hope you tag along to find helpful tips about this long and – sometimes – scary looking process. Trust me, I understand. And talking as someone who never thought much of weddings, I’ll tell you something: that day will be the most special day of your life.

So sit back and enjoy a new post about my journey every Wednesday and Friday!




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