Rachel: “It is classic. The colors on Caleb’s uniform pop against my white wedding dress as we appear to be focused on each other and lost in the moment of a romantic kiss. In reality it felt funny to strike this pose and I was on the verge of becoming a giggling mess.”

 

Caleb: “It’s my favorite because it includes the whole wedding party. We were a lively group, close friends and family.”

 

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We’re back from the long weekend with a wedding full of vintage Hollywood glamour, garden elegance, and the always striking appearance of a groom in uniform. Read on for the details from Rachel and Caleb’s romantic Washington wedding!

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The Ceremony

“We had a traditional Christian wedding service, but I don’t actually remember most of the actual ceremony (readings, etc.),” laughs Rachel. “I was carried away in my husband’s eyes, too busy smiling like a goon to do anything other than remember the important parts.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Magical, Classic, Playful

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The vibrancy of everything, my Dad, my husband, my bridesmaids and groomsmen, all our family and friends, the place, it was all alive and full of joy!

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It was nothing like I expected it to be. If that happens to another bride, just wait for it –  the unexpected is the most enjoyable.

 

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The Reception

“Our wedding was a crazy, time crunched event, but turned out to be a lot of fun for everyone, and a reunion with friends that my husband and I had not seen in years. We had a five-day wedding affair complete with white water rafting, a rehearsal dinner by the bay, a brewery visit, karaoke, and lots of family and friend arrivals. I had recently ended my active duty contract as a U.S. Marine and moved to Washington to be with family to plan the wedding. My soon-to-be husband was deployed overseas for the entire planning process, arriving on U.S. soil a month and some change before we were to wed. By the time the big day rolled around, we were ready to jumpstart our life together. It was a ludicrous wedding week and a magical day.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The location was naturally beautiful! Like something right out of a dream. It had two fields, trees, a garden, pond and lodge, plenty of space for kids to roam and perfect photo opportunities. It was everything we could ever hope for in a wedding venue.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Classic Hollywood glamour style was the biggest inspiration. There is a richness in this particular style and it shaped the wedding: an outdoor ceremony with elegant bridal party looking like they were attending a classic garden party.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Even though my hairstylist and makeup artists were several hours late, getting to see my mother, mother-in-law, sisters and bridesmaids transformed into glamour covergirls was unforgettable. But my favorite moment was walking with my dad down the small, dirt pathway to the bridge with my handsome groom standing just on the other side.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We had a lot of help with the details and decorations. My Aunt Mary made Mrs. and Mrs. plaques for our sweetheart table and gifted us a pair of forks from her wedding. My Grandma gifted a set of golden candlesticks from my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary (we got married on their 65th anniversary). My mother gifted me earrings and a necklace from my Granny who had passed away; the jewelry was put into my bouquet along with a gold broach from my Aunt Mary. We were very blessed to have so many wonderful details given to us that day.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Get married on a week day! Our costs were cut nearly in half by executing our wedding on a Thursday. Our DJ, the amazing Chris Graves, was $2000 instead of the $4000 he charges for a weekend. Our Venue, Beau Lodge, was upwards of $2000 for a weekend, and significantly less on Thursday.

First Dance Song: “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge.

 

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Photography: Orange Photographie / Venue: Beau Lodge in Bow, Washington / Dress: David’s Bridal / Veil: Belle Bridal / Shoes: Kohls / Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six / Groomsmen Attire: Belle Bridal / Stationery: Greenvelope / Floral Design: Melody’s Flowers / Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals / Music: Chris Graves / Catering: Asian 1 / Cake: Extra Special Cakes
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In an effort to improve our post-baby social life, Ryan and I had the idea to start hosting Sunday get togethers for our friends. I love planning menus and cooking for lots of people (though I usually forget something important and find myself scrambling at the last minute), and having people over is great motivation to make our house look less like it’s inhabited by frat boys. Thankfully our friends are generally pretty forgiving when they’re well-fed… Anyway, we’re kicking it off this weekend, and against all advice, I’m trying a couple new recipes for dessert: berry hand pies and sweet corn ice cream. Wish me luck! And have a nice, long weekend!

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These pretzel earrings are too cute!

Amy Merrick does it again.

If I could sew, I’d sew this ink-dyed clutch.

I’m married to a life coach which means there’s no getting out of doing a life audit. Also probably pair designing.

Anyone know where I can find these adorable little strawberry bonbons in the States?

Paul Simon’s rendition of “Surfer Girl” is so beautiful and sweet.

Mojito ice cubes would be perfect in a glass of lemonade.

Loving these unique rings by Mociun.

Always a fan of a city hall wedding.

How sweet are these Little Prince pop-up cards?! (via Sara’s Pinterest)

I rarely venture outside the realm of little black swimsuits, but this minty number might just convince me.

What did I say? It wouldn’t be Friday without at least one s’mores recipe.

 

And, in case you missed it on the blog this week:

Elegant ranch wedding in shades of blue, and the couple’s favorite pics.
Peachy wedding in Rhode Island.
Perfect pearl earrings for the bride.
A camp-themed wedding, plus the couple’s favorite pics.
School-themed wedding ideas.

 

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It’s that time of year again – back to school! – so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite school-inspired wedding ideas (you can see even more of them on our Pinterest board). High school sweethearts? School house wedding venue? Both teachers (as my hubby shared in the comments below – that’s how we met!)? “Back-to-school” is such a fun theme for a wedding!

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1. apple escort card  //  2. chalkboard  //  3. brown bag lunch  //  4. cootie catcher wedding program  //  5. bake sale dessert buffet  //  6. paper airplane wedding programs  //  7. school house venue  //  8. book ring pillow  //  9. custom pencil favors  //  10. school bus with bunting

 

See more school inspired wedding ideas on our Pinterest board! See more Pretty Pins here.

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