A Wedding in 2 months?….Gulp

When we moved back into the house I grew up in to care for my elderly mother, not only was the house a wreck but so was the front and back yard. The front yard wasn’t terrible because the gardener tended to it a bit but he left the back yard completely untouched.  Given all of the work and renovation we had to do just to make the house livable I just put the back yard on the back burner.  As long as we had a clean house to live in I was satisfied.  We were nearing the end of the renovation and everything was going to start quieting down when I mentioned to my newly engaged daughter that when the time came she and her fiance could get married in the back yard if they wanted. Long story short….this beautiful face is the reason why in 2 months we transformed a mess of a back yard into a beautiful outdoor wedding venue….


My future son in law is in the Navy and at least 6 months out of the year is deployed on a nuclear sub.  Trying to plan a wedding when your fiance is in the military is next to impossible.  However, he had 2 weeks off in 2 months time.  The following pictures are the before pictures of the back yard.  I really had no idea what I wanted the back yard to look like other than beautiful for my baby girl’s big day.  My son in law’s uncle who had helped with the renovation came up with the terracing idea that we used and everyday I walk out in the back yard and water my fruit trees and look at the butternut squash growing I can’t believe how lucky I was to have him make all of this happen.



I think the El Camino shell adds that extra special touch!

Back yard before 3

I’m guessing that this back yard hadn’t seen any TLC in about 10 years.

Back yard before 8

The only thing new in this picture is the fence I had put in very soon after the renovation started.

Back yard before 5

My mother’s gazebo…My dad had this built for my mom over 20 years ago.  It was something she wanted so much and my dad would do just about anything to make my mom happy.  This used to be where our above ground pool was as you can see from the lovely concrete we used to have surrounding it.  classy all the way! lol!

Tomorrow I’ll show the next phase in the progression of the back yard as it’s slowly transformed.  Believe me, you would never know the before pictures and the after pictures are the same yard.

Till next time!


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