The ceremony began at 3 o’clock on a beautiful fall afternoon in the foothills of Northern California’s gold country. The bride’s sister’s backyard provided the perfect setting for this mid-life couple’s “I do’s.”

Simple, easy, meaningful; this wedding reflected the personality, style and love of the bride and groom.

A modern love story; After years of single-hood, Vicki age 48, and Mike age 49, met online through one of those dating sites that have participants answer profile questions, then based on their answers, select possible compatible matches. Their profiles were 96% compatible.

On their casual first date Vicki picked Mike up (he didn’t drive). She laughs now because when he got in the car she greeted him with an awkward handshake that he immediately began teasing her about. Their ‘dinner date’ was pizza, followed by ice cream (they weren’t ready to call it an evening) and Vicki, feeling as giddy as a high school girl, knew he was “it” for her.

She says, “Mike fills up my empty spaces.” They respect one another and understand each others sense of humor. There is something to be said for compatibility….especially as we age, and 96%?  Well, that says love & marriage.


Meet Mid-Life Bride....Vicki Metz

Simple Backyard Wedding


“Mike fills up my empty spaces”



Mike popped the question last January and by February, Vicki had found her dress. She says it was just the third one she tried on. Lucky girl! Vicki had a relaxed attitude about the entire wedding process. She wanted the wedding to be low stress and to not fret over the details or things that weren’t going to work out. She had done that in her previous walk down the aisle and knew it took away from the experience.

Vicki’s sister Pat and her husband, Bob agreed to host the early fall wedding in their El Dorado County backyard. Pat’s experience helping with her daughter’s wedding a few years earlier came in handy. She took her clues from Vicki and got to work organizing and preparing the house and backyard as well as creating bouquets and decorations. Vicki credits her sister for making the day a huge success. With the addition of Pat’s decorations the backyard was the perfect backdrop for the event. She added small, simple details to make the day a standout.


  • backyard style
  • Intertwined heart
  • simple backyard altar
  • back yard altar
  • tulle, balloons and flowers
  • pretzel favor bags


The bride and groom included their daughters in the wedding party as bridesmaids. Mike’s childhood friend was the best man, and Vicki’s two older nephews were groomsmen. Vicki’s niece was the flower girl and her youngest nephew the ring bearer. In an impromptu moment, Vicki grabbed her brother to escort her as she started down the aisle. Smiling, she told me he was really the wedding photographer, but at the last moment as she was walking alone, she needed an arm to hold onto.

Upon arriving at the altar Vicki recreated her awkward ‘first date’ moment by shaking Mike’s hand, making him laugh and setting everyone at ease.

The Tunes: Vicki downloaded “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts onto her phone as her ‘wedding march’ song. She instructed one of her nephews to “hit play” as she began walking down the aisle. Their first dance (again from her phone) was “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait. Her plans were to have Pandora Music playing in the background but the Wi-Fi wasn’t working outdoors. Vicki didn’t stress over the music situation. She shrugs her shoulders and says, “Mostly there was no music.”

The Vows: Vicki ‘created’ their vows by researching online and piecing together bits of phrases that resonated with her and Mike and then gave them to the Officiate to read. She also provided the Officiate with a special quote to read as they performed their own unique ‘unity’ ceremony that included releasing two balloons.


Simple Backyard Wedding
Simple Backyard Wedding


47 guests were invited and 38 attended. To keep the reception costs down, guests helped by bringing their favorite prepared dishes. Vicki brought wine from a Napa winery where she works on weekends, and her sister-in-law provided champagne.

The couple left later that evening to honeymoon in Lake Tahoe. It was the easeful, relaxed environment Vicki wanted. A gathering focused on marriage, family, friends, and love. Simply perfect.

  • Simple Backyard Wedding
  • Fluffy ruffled white cake with a pop of color
  • Cake cutting moved to the ceremony area
  • Silk bouquets
  • bridesmaids in purple


Simple, easy, meaningful; this wedding reflected the personality, style and love of the bride and groom.