From the bride: Our main inspiration was to make sure we stayed true to who we are. We didn’t want to get caught up in wedding bliss or family input. It was important to us to express our love and commitment to one another in the presence of God, family, and our closest friends.
The atmosphere was very casual. People were able to walk around, enjoy their drinks, play games, catch up or get to know someone new. It was important to us that this was relaxed, we didn’t follow the traditional flow of weddings- no dances with parents, no bouquet or garter toss, we wanted it to run more like a BBQ and you would know you were at a wedding only because of my white dress.
I made all the floral decorations, including my bouquet with fake flowers.
I used 63 pounds of coffee in the decorations. As a previous Starbucks employee I was privileged to receive coffee every week. I also used 178 Mason jars (for drinking, lighting every path, and centerpieces) and over 200 tea light candles.
My most memorable moment was just looking at Jeremy during the ceremony, nothing else in the world mattered at that moment.
We are very religious so we incorporated our faith into the ceremony – although not everyone is, we felt it was important to express that this is a union of higher power and we are grateful for everything we have together. This also meant we wanted people to know our union was not something we took lightly, everyone was there that day because we were committed for life.
My advice: Be excited, do it for yourselves, and love one another. Don’t lose sight of the end goal.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Photographer: Illuminarts | Venue: Edgemont Ranch Picnic Ground