Published on September 3, 2020

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Wedding season may look very different than years past, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been full of awe-inspiring moments, from sweet stoop ceremonies to romantic elopements. This week actor Niecy Nash announced her marriage to singer Jessica Betts. The couple had an outdoor ceremony and ensured that everyone on their small guest list tested negative for COVID-19 before attending. The surprise nuptials caught the Internet’s attention and immediate admiration—Nash and Betts had not publicly revealed their relationship before sharing this big milestone. But their photos offer more than just a feel-good moment; they also feature one seriously smart backyard ceremony idea.

The focal point of the couple’s outdoor altar was a tree covered in pink and white roses, arranged by Ezai Floral Design. Without requiring any additional structures, the floral-decked trunk and lower branches look positively magical—a dreamy backdrop for the just-married duo.

 

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Nash also carried a simple bouquet of light pink roses, and the couple walked down a path lined with ferns, pampas grass, preserved white ruscus, and even more white roses. The simple color palette of the florals, paired with the lush greenery of the backyard, made for a ceremony that felt both classic and fresh. Consider this your perfect blueprint for making a pared-down wedding feel extra-special, even if your venue is your own backyard. A couple dozen roses can work some serious magic.

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