Rustic, lovely, playful, elegant… this camp wedding from Nordica Photography is full of so many beautiful details that you’re going to love! I mean, they had a campfire at their ceremony! How fun is that?! Read on for even more camp wedding inspiration…
In lieu of a traditional ring pillow, Dana and Zak’s wedding bands were tied with rustic tweed ribbon and placed in a simple wood box.
“Our wedding was our heart. It was us at our most vulnerable and happiest and best. We got married in the woods under the filtered light we’d fallen in love with on our very first visit to Camp Wing.”
What’s a camp wedding without a campfire?! Dana and Zak didn’t just save the campfire for after-dinner marshmallow roasting; they incorporated it into their ceremony!
Your ceremony in three words. Genuine, personal, inspiring.
Who officiated your ceremony? Our close friend, Friar Chris, wrote and officiated the most personal, spiritual, and moving ceremony we could have ever imagined. Surrounded at the fire circle by our people, we said our own vows and cried and laughed and made it official.
What were your ceremony readings? We left the space open for people to speak from their hearts, share stories, and well wishes. We didn’t have any designated readings, but both of our mothers took the time to read something wrote and prepared. Then a few friends and family stood up one by one and shared something special for the group. It was incredibly moving. Leaving room for the unexpected ended up leaving us with the best memories.
What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows. They were a perfect expression of who we are and what we mean to one another.
Dana carried a rustic bouquet of various greenery, accented with a few white flowers.
“We spent a night drinking wine and imagining this huge party we didn’t know how we would afford or pull off. So instead of making lists about colors and details and budgets, we wrote how we wanted the day to feel, who we wanted to be included, what was important to us. We wanted to be outside for as much of the day as possible, to support artists and people we really cared about, to have a long and loud dance party, and a giant sleepover; we wanted it to feel like us. We wrote down all the things we wanted to remember to keep ourselves centered when the inevitable wedding roller coaster took us off course. At the end of this amazing, incredible, expensive weekend, we would be married – that’s all that mattered.”
How would you describe your reception? We ate a family style dinner of meatballs, polenta, and salads on long tables under lovingly and laboriously strung globe lights and eucalyptus bunches. We had house made red wine on each table as well, courtesy of the grooms parents who had been making and bottling it leading up to the wedding. We spent the next four hours dancing our faces off until finally stumbling back to the Stockade for a late night fire and that giant sleepover we wanted.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? We thought, this will be so easy. As wedding photographers ourselves we thought we’d seen it all and we’d avoid the typical pitfalls. We were totally wrong. Although there were a few ways we’d might approach the weekend differently (ie. don’t leave all the DIY-ing until the week before the wedding because it might make you an actual crazy person), we wouldn’t have changed anything.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Our beautiful wedding would not have happened if it weren’t for the amazingly gracious work our friends and family who physically built our wedding with their bare hands. Their sweat and tears and love, made it possible. It was really the most overwhelming part of the whole experience – having the people you love most in the world come together in such an awesome way. We’re talking every little detail from packing and unpacking a U-haul, creating signs, spray painting bottles, setting tables, troubleshooting and building all the lighting. We’ll never be able to properly thank our parents, siblings, and friends who went so above and beyond what was any human should do for someone else’s wedding. We hope, despite the indentured servitude, they enjoyed it as much as we did (the dancing part of the evening leads us to believe they did).
Is there anything else you’d like to share? We’re so thankful for the most amazing compilation of wedding artists who shared their talents that day and became friends along the way. We’ll never forget the love we felt that day thanks to Jakob Granqvist, part of the epic photography team at Nordica Photography. Having Jakob was such a dream for us, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect experience. He was unobtrusive and kind and so amiable to whatever worked for us. He even chipped in on Friday, helping move decorations out of U-haul. We feel so lucky to have these gorgeous photos forever. // Also, our rental fee for the venue was a direct donation to Crossroads for Kids, supporting local youth to develop their innate potential to become members of the next generation of diverse young leaders.