Today’s wedding is so full of sweet heirloom and handmade details, you can’t help but fall in love! Courtney Bowlden Photography is sharing this charming summer mansion wedding with us. Grooms: you have a lot to live up to because this groom went above and beyond creating amazing details for their wedding day, including an amazing wreath swing as a surprise for his wife to be!
Our vision for the wedding was for it to have a classic romantic feel to it, and so we wanted something that had a sort of European garden theme. We decided on Lairmont Manor because it not only met what we hoped for, but it was also nestled right inside the Fairhaven District of Bellingham, a little community where our story began. We decided the main colors would be grey and a mauve/rose color. Cecil wore a navy suit and stood out a little more as the groom, while Elizabeth wore and ivory dress, with a lot of lace of course. We hoped the attire and overall setting would set the scene for a romantic and quaint feeling in a beautiful garden.
What was most important to us, was the overall feel of the wedding. We had family members that traveled quite far and we wanted to not only get them caught up in the romantic feel of our wedding, but enjoy what Washington has to offer. Lairmont manor delivered on this in every way. We decided to splurge by having a violinist for our ceremony, and hiring a pianist for the social hour prior to the dinner. We also decided that despite the added cost, we wanted to have a videographer to help further capture the day.
Cecil went above and beyond to add personal details that made our day that much more special. He built the arbor used for our ceremony, and currently it is in our backyard. He also made the wood coasters that were used on the tables, as well as the wood boxes that housed the floral center pieces for each of the tables. He also had three surprises for me, I was completely unaware of any of them until our wedding day. He made a wreath swing, it was gorgeous and our florist did an amazing job decorating it. It felt like a fairytale!
I didn’t have any heirlooms of my own, but I wanted us to have one that we could start passing down, so as soon as I decided I wanted to marry Elizabeth, I got to work. I decided that I was going to have an engagement ring made for her. First I got started on the band, by getting gold from both of our families. Liz’s mom offered gold pieces that she gave permission to melt, they once belonged to Liz’s mom and grandmother. From my side, I used a gold nugget I had panned as a child when I visited family from Alaska. A friend then connected me with a “diamond guy” who hand picked a raw one imported from Da Beers and had it cut. I then had a gold smith put it all together with a design I knew she would love. In the end I had an engagement ring that connected both of our families and was uniquely designed for her.
I made coasters for our guests to use and have, made out of log rounds that I branded with our names and wedding date. We also had a candy bar with goodie bags for people to fill with their favorites.
Cecil also practiced for several months with a mutual friend of ours and was able to prepare a toast to me in Spanish, which was very special because I had a lot of Spanish speaking relatives there that day, one even traveled from Mexico. It warmed my heart to know he would go above and beyond to make me feel so incredibly loved. Finally, we began our first dance to the words from Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” only I realized it was a cover and after a few shared looks, Cecil confirmed that it was his him! I learned later on that he took lessons and recorded this song for us. I’ll cherish that recording forever.
Photography | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Venue | Lairmont Manor | Florals | Pozie by Natalie | Videography | Sound Originals | Cake | Xtra Special Cakes | Hair & Makeup | Salon Tryst | Catering | Danielle’s Backeast BBQ | Dress | Stella York | Submitted via Matchology
A historic train station is the perfect setting for a cute elopement! Christy McKee Photography shares this utterly sweet vintage wedding shoot we know you will love! From the custom calligraphy stationery suite to the lace cap veil, all the details are filled with vintage charm. It is sure to have you dreaming of an intimate wedding getaway for two.
Next Stop: Staunton Station. This inspired wedding photoshoot tells the story of a local socialite bride, the daughter of a prominent business man, and her fiancé, a local Artisan Metal fabricator. While the couple’s alliance is not popular among her family, their love story is one of romance, risk taking, cultural appreciation and travel. They know that together they will enjoy a romantic and adventurous future together. The venue, Stelle Rose at Staunton Station, is the original passenger station and has been beautifully restored. In the past, it was converted to a popular local restaurant featuring a soda fountain and now is seeing new life as an event space. Situated along cobblestone streets in the historic Wharf district of Staunton, it is the perfect setting for a romantic nuptial any season. The light fixtures in the main hall harken to a bygone era. It features beautiful tiled floors and a full wall of windows overlooking the still active train tracks.
Photography | Christy McKee Photography | Venue | Stelle Rose at Staunton Station | Planning & Florals | The Faded Poppy | Stationery | Rachel Lettering | Cake | Paris Cake Company | Rentals | Valley Heirlooms | Hair & Makeup | Brittany Traylor Davis | Jewelry | H.L. Lang & Co | Dress & Groom’s Attire | Greta Kay | Submitted via Matchology
Ending the week with this sweet and summery Portland wedding from Peachy Keen Coordination captured by Jason Wasinger Photography. The couple has a love of beer so included cute personalized details throughout the wedding day!
We chose Portland because that’s where we truly started our lives together. The easiest choice was our caterer Elephant Delicatessen. When we lived on Nw 23rd we loved to go there for dates. Ian did research online and word of mouth for our venue, date of the wedding, and even our photographer. At one point, he had crafted an excel spreadsheet to see historically what day didn’t rain. Fun fact, it did rain on the day of our wedding but cleared up. Crystal Springs was the perfect garden wedding overlooking a lake and a lovely stroll.
The most important part was how we divided and conquered. We had our budget yes, but we truly listened to the wants of the other and comprised for one another. Meredith was pretty specific about wanting an on-site photo booth (which is such a splurge) and Ian loves the idea of an ice cream cart. With these choices we truly made accommodations to make them happen. Because we had ice cream, we went with a smaller cake to cut and then other desserts such as donuts, fruit tarts, and cupcakes. And the photobooth served as a party gift for all of our guests.
Our arch was something Ian and the best man made themselves so how our florist decorated the arch was one of our favorite things. Meredith’s mom took care of the center pieces by ordering white roses and tulips from Costco, with lots of baby breath.
We called our vision a rustic theme. We locally purchased wood slices from someone’s backyard in the Portland area and stained them for a darker tone. With this rustic, summer theme, Meredith used burlap ribbon to wrap around mason jars. She also collected glass beer bottles, washed the labels off, and decorated them. Some with twine was used to hold baby breath and hang on the chairs to outline the aisle. For the colors, Ian said he wanted Navy suits. With that being determined, Meredith got to select a sage green. They were both on board with the greens ranging the spectrum with pops of yellow and pink.
We chose to have multiple styles of finger food desserts, which turned out to be great! A mix of lemon, berry and tart fritters. The cake itself was a smaller cutting cake with mainly chocolate and vanilla with berry accents. The most crowd pleasing part of dessert was the ice cream cart! We had a little mobile ice cream shop with 6 or so different flavors that all of our guests could choose from. If there wasn’t a line for the bar, there was most definitely a line for the ice cream.
Photography | Jason Wasinger Photography | Venue | Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden | Planning | Peachy Keen Coordination | Florals | Seeds of Clay | Catering | Elephant’s Catering & Events | Signage | Letters & Dust | Cake | Just A Dash Cakes | Rentals | The Party Place | Decor Items | Power of Love Rentals | Hair | Sarah Downie-Shannon | Bar | Blue Stag Mobile Bar | Ice Cream | Mobile Scoop Shop | DJ | John Ross Music | Photo Booth | The Original Photobooth | Dress & Veil | Sincerely the Bride | Submitted via Matchology