Rachel & Austin
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The natural beauty. We loved that the venue was in the valley. There was so much natural beauty with the cascade mountains in the background and beautiful fields all around. It was so gorgeous! The reception area’s doors slid open so our guests could wander from outside to inside and enjoy the scenery. It was perfect.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Our favors – vintage looking skeleton keys whose teeth were bottle openers.
2. Our vases – Austin and I spray painted an assortment of mismatched vases from the goodwill in dover white. We used them for all of our centerpieces and down the aisle. Every table was different but the same!
3. Our photo booth – We had a wooden photo booth set up outside where our guests could pose and take pictures. We created a hashtag so they could upload them to Instagram to share. Those were fun to look at!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The whole ceremony was magical. From the moment we were greeted by two monarch butterflies just before walking down the aisle to the part where we said “I do” and sealed our love with a kiss. It was full of so much emotion. It will stick with us forever!
Abby & Ian
Q & A with the Bride:
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
All of the bouquets (plus table centerpieces) were fresh-cut tulips from Pike Place Market in Seattle. The tulips were in season and were a special order from a local farm. The table numbers at the reception were also a favorite detail. The numbers pasted on a printed silver and yellow paper, then framed, were a last-minute project the night before the wedding. And to match the gray, white and yellow theme, the bridesmaids gifts were gray crocheted Toms shoes. They came in handy for the bridesmaids who wore them as “dancing shoes” throughout the reception.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Everything will work out! It can be stressful and seem nearly impossible to keep track of all of the details (big and small), but even if something is overlooked, you will likely be the only one who cares. We forgot to purchase cake plates and silverware and did not realize until right before we cut the cake. Ian announced to our guests that they would all have to eat cake with their hands, and it became a funny moment from our wedding (luckily our wonderful venue had backup plates and utensils stashed away that we were able to use). Relax and try to be “in the moment” throughout your big day. Moments are what you will remember, not the details.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our favorite moment from our wedding is when we said our vows. It was a beautiful ceremony and reception, but the vows were the reason we were there- to commit ourselves to each other and start a life together. Out of all of the special moments from that day, that is one we cherish the most.
Melissa & Chad
Q & A with the Bride
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We had a clear vision for our day – romantic elegance, and I knew that I wanted very soft neutral colors. DeLille Cellars in Redmond, Washington was perfect for our vision and it was just the right size for our small guest count of 58.
Which details from your wedding were your favorites?
Driftwood Arbor – In March, Chad and I drove out to Oak Harbor, WA and we spent the day collecting driftwood on the beach. We constructed our wedding arbor out of the driftwood that we collected and we had our florist decorate it with flowers on our wedding day. As an added personal touch, we carved our initials and our wedding date in a heart onto our arbor.
Moss Letters – I love the look of Moss Letters and so I created my own for our wedding day and we hung them on the barn on our wedding day.
Bride and groom signs – I created signs for the back of our chairs that said Bride and Groom.
Welcome boxes for our out of town guests – We have quite a few guests coming in from out of town. I wanted to do something for them to welcome them when they arrived so I created welcome boxes and arranged to have them placed in each guests hotel room before they arrived. In each welcome box there was a map and some information of the city, along with some goodies and a mini first aid kit just in case.
Chalkboard Sign – I bought a frame from the craft store and spray painted it ivory and then glued in a chalkboard I found at the hardware store. I then created a sign outlining the day’s events for our guests. It also acted as a directional sign, so that our guests could find their way around.
This year, we published over 200 real weddings on this blog – from glamorous affairs to laid-back celebrations, we’ve truly seen it all. But some weddings and details really stood out, and we wanted to share them with you.
Modern and Cheeky Wedding Stationery
The wedding of two graphic designers in Palm Springs, California featured some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen. In particular, we loved the paper goods – from the aisle markers to the menus, the contemporary design and informal language really sets the tone for a totally relaxed affair and showcases the couple’s sense of humor. See more of Tiffany and Mark’s completely creative wedding here.
Photo: Mike Arick Photography
Categories: Ideas + Trends, Real Weddings
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Tamara & Steve
Q & A with the Bride:
1. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. I LOVED all the details we brought in. From the burlap and lace to the chunky, wood rounds at the base of the birch-wrapped vases filled with the most amazing display of flowers to the mason jars with candles in them.
2. Our dessert table was amazing! I wanted it to be fun yet elegant. There was something for everyone’s sweet tooth.
3. The guest table was another one of my favorites. Since we invited our family and friends to bring their children, we wanted them to have something to do. We had “wedding-themed” activity books with crayons and special treats tucked inside little burlap bags. And for our adult guests we had homemade strawberry jam that I made along with my mom. It was just a nice, simple way of saying thank you for spending the day to celebrate with us.
2. Give us one moment in your wedding day you cannot stop thinking about.
Knowing my mom had broken her hip two days before my wedding, there was no guarantee she was going to be coming to our wedding. And as any bride would do, I was praying for some kind of miracle all day. And it was granted! My mom was delivered by ambulance with two nurses by her side to aide in her needs the entire night. They wheeled her into a room where we had my hair and makeup stylist and some girlfriends getting her dressed and beautiful. Everything that night just made me appreciate life and everyone around me just a little bit more than I had before.