- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
To sum up our wedding: DIY heavy, rustic & colorful, 100% outdoors, 165 guests who came from across the country to the middle of nowhere Wyoming (the little town where we both grew up). ALL our most important friends and family were there, with the exception of a couple people with health issues who couldn’t make the trip, which was so so meaningful to us. We had 3 days of events and the whole thing was joyful and FUN! It was a long time in the making (together for ~13 years) and just perfect.
We did a ton of DIY… the flowers were all out of my dad’s garden, we built the arch and made all the decor (including my beloved barnwood signs and “faux”tobooth!), and we brought in all the booze and cocktail hour food. So many people helped make decor, do last-minute errands, and set up for us – it was truly a community event.
The music was also totally DIY… my cousin and uncle played the pre-ceremony cocktail hour (which is the best idea ever, by the way, and needs to be a thing!). Our friend played classical guitar for the processional, my brother-in-law played his sax for the recessional, a bunch of musician friends jammed during the second cocktail hour, and my husband’s band (with a fill-in drummer) played the reception/dance party.
I would recommend our photographer, Mei Ratz, in a heartbeat. She’s so talented and also just the most charming, wonderful person in the world. She’s based in Portland, OR but travels (she came to Wyo for us!). http://meiratzblog.com/
We spent ~$17,000 for 3 days of events – a welcome BBQ for 120, the wedding itself for 165, and a post-wedding bagel brunch for 100.
My beautiful mom and sister helping get me all prettified!
Meanwhile, Scott and his mom are cracking up as usual, this time about her utter inability to get his bout attached…
And a whole crew of friends and family were arranging flowers and setting up the venue
The beautiful bouquet my cousin’s girlfriend made me:
Then we rendezvoused for our first look. This was one of my favorite parts of the day… it was SO fun and also really calming to get a moment to just be together and be like, “Holy shit we’re doing this!”
Then we took a quick few pictures before people started showing up:
With a break to pet the venue kitty!
Then we separated and got ready for the ceremony… I had to finish writing my vows in the remaining ~30 minutes, lol. We had an unplugged ceremony and I really liked it that way – getting to take in so many smiling faces instead of a sea of screens.
Our dads high-fiving 😀
One of our best friends, who we’ve both known for 15+ years, got ordained online to marry us.
The kiss! My cousin was working as the second shooter so he’s got some good shots from the other angle, but I love seeing everyone’s thrilled faces in this one. He picked me up mid-kiss!
Then people went off to the round 2 cocktail hour while we took some more photos.
With our officiant 🙂
My beautiful sister:
My new husband and his siblings cracking each other up as usual.
Then off to the cocktail hour where we got to get in on the fun.
Dancing to my husband’s awesome band.
Had some dinner and then it was time to cut the cake:
And then things devolved into a giant dance party!
Last, my very favorite photo (which has already been posted to death).