Inspiration drawn from nature is always so lovely, and the setting at Atalaya Castle, a Spanish-style manse set on Murrells Inlet, provided Shelbi and Barend with plenty to work with. From the whimsical oyster details to the gorgeous flowers, you’ll love this oceanside Southern celebration!

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Stationer Wildblumen Ink and calligrapher Ink & Honey teamed up to create a dreamy watercolor and kraft stationery suite featuring oyster shells and white wax seals.

 

 

“When Barend brought me to his home to meet his family for the first time, one of the places he was excited to show me was Atalaya Castle. Not only does it sit on the beach, but the natural colors and beautiful setting provide such a romantic backdrop. I fell in love with Atalaya on that first visit, so when Barend asked me to be his wife, it was the natural choice. It was wonderful to be able to join our families at a location that was special to us, and held many fond memories.”

 

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“My friend Mary, a bridesmaid, works for Amy Osaba Events in Atlanta. She helped design and coordinate the wedding, and the day was a wonderful reflection of us.”

 

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The Ceremony

“We decided to write our own vows. We kept them meaningful, and Barend even surprised me with some humor that really reflected our easy-going and loving relationship!”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Laid-back, casual, and short.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  From the beginning, we knew we wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet. We chose the civil template that our officiant provided, then edited it down, and added our own vows.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our officiate was Rev. Benjy Simmons; I actually chose him after reading great reviews on Weddingwire!

 

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What was your ceremony music?  Our ceremony music was very special as it was performed by my brother, Bren Bailey, on acoustic guitar. The wedding party walked down the aisle to “In My Life,” originally performed by The Beatles. I walked down the aisle with my mother & father to Cat Powers’ “Sea of Love.” Our recessional was Bren’s acoustic version of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.”

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  It’s a toss-up between my brother performing the music and my husband’s sweet vows.

 

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Shelbi and her bridesmaids carried colorful bouquets of roses, dahlias, ranunculus, peonies, astilbe, and delicate foliage by Mary McLeod for Amy Osaba Events.

 

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The Reception

“We were inspired by the beautiful colors and natural environment around Atalaya. Our reception was held in one of the castle’s courtyards, and we created a casual atmosphere perfect for our laid-back celebration.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Relaxed, seaside elegance.

Did you do any DIY projects?  We made oyster garlands for all of the tables, which looked so pretty lit with votive candles and gray and white tapers in antique brass candlesticks.

What was your wedding menu?  Catering was provided by one of our favorite places to eat when we visit Barend’s family, Hog Heaven BBQ! Barend and I both love oysters, so we decided to make it a Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast. The food was served buffet style, with a whole hog as the focal point.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a four-tiered vanilla and chocolate cake. It was an elegant take on our ocean theme, with grays and blues, candy oyster shells, and pearls.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  During the cocktail hour, we served one of our favorite drinks, the Moscow Mule.

 

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What was your first dance song?  My husband and I danced our first dance to my brother’s acoustic version of “Strangers”, originally performed by The Kinks. It was a great moment!

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite part of the reception was the Father/Daughter dance. My dad has two left feet, so he insisted on taking dance lessons with me. He spent several weekends visiting with us and going to lessons, so we got extra time together, and the added bonus of learning how to dance! The song we chose was also extra special; we danced to “My Girl” by the Temptations. This song had been my father’s parents’ song, so it was meaningful for both of us.

 

Photography: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer / Venue: Atalaya Castle in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Mary McLeod for Amy Osaba Events / Officiant: Rev. Benjy Simmons, Simple Wedding Day LLC / Dress: Allure Bridals / Shoes: Nina Shoes / Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groom’s Suit: La Spalla from Suit Supply / Tie: Tie Bar / Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis /Stationery: Wildblumen Ink / Calligraphy: Ink & Honey / Silk Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Hair, Makeup: Sandy of Beautiful Salon and Spa / Rentals: Eventworks / Ceremony Music: Bren Baily / Reception Music: Michael Sokolik of Myrtle Beach DJs / Catering: Hog Heaven / Wedding Cake: Secret Chef Café of Myrtle Beach / Dessert: Drienie Scholtz (Groom’s Grandmother)
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  • South Carolina Wedding at Atalaya Castle by Kelly Sauer

    2 March 2015
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    Though they currently live in Senegal, Caterina and Alejandro returned to Spain to tie the knot in the presence of their loved ones. They chose a rural mountain village for their wedding weekend, and with the help of a local planning company, they were able to have the relaxed and elegant celebration they dreamed of. From the bride’s stunning gown to the reception’s mountain view, there is lots to love about this timeless Spanish wedding.

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    The bride wore a gorgeous gown with three-quarter length sleeves and a removable watteau train. Bridesmaids wore pink floor length gowns and wreaths of baby’s breath in their hair.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We wanted a romantic church with a lot of candles near the reception venue. Sant Llorenç de Morunys Church was the perfect location near Canalda, a countryside village in Serra del Cadí (a mountain range running north of Catalonia) where all our guests could stay for the entire weekend wedding.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Religious, romantic, with Spanish guitar music.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Walking into the church to the sound of a Spanish guitarist playing my favorite pop songs (a surprise from Alex!) and Alex at the end of the aisle looking at me. It was a mix of emotions, crying and laughing at the same time.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  When we walked out of the church it was really amazing to see all our friends and family congratulating us and throwing flower petals! It was a unique, unrepeatable moment!

     

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    A vintage turquoise Volkswagen van added a playful element to the otherwise classic aesthetic of the wedding. What a fun way to get around on your wedding day!

     

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    The Reception

    “We had a lot of guests from other countries, so we wanted a beautiful venue that also included accommodations. We wanted a natural and “slow life” feeling. Canalda was perfect, a rural resort based in a loyal retrieval of historical sustainable and natural elements typical of high mountain.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Beautiful, amazing, funny, intimate… It was a dream!

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We are currently living in Senegal very far away from the wedding location, so we hired a local wedding planner and designer, Madera&Chocolate, to take care of all the details and decor. In our first meeting in Barcelona, they immediately picked up on the feeling I wanted for our wedding. Something simple but elegant that embodied the “slow life” movement. White and green were the principal colors.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The cocktail hour was a lovely part of the reception because it was a time to share conversations, kisses and hugs with all our important people, and a jazz band playing beautiful songs. And the first dance with my new husband was really romantic!

     

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy your day and don’t panic if something doesn’t turn out the way you planned.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire a wedding planner so you’re able to enjoy every last detail of the day and not have to worry about organizing things at the last minute.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  The day of our wedding was perfect, and we wouldn’t change a thing.

     

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    Photography: Kiss Me Frank / Venue: Canalda Agroturisme in Catalonia, Spain / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Madera & Chocolate / Dress, Veil: Santos Costura / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: La Trajerua / Hair, Makeup: Andrea Cufi / Catering, Cake: Art en Buff / Videography: The Love Studio / Rentals: Crimons
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  • Spanish Wedding in Catalonia by Kiss Me Frank

    25 February 2015
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    I can’t think of a better way to brighten up a cold February day than with this colorful summer wedding by planner and designer Julia Lake, with all these gorgeous fruit and floral details. From the bridesmaids lush flower crowns to the calligraphy fruit “escort cards” to the delicious centerpieces, it’s sure to inspire.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted to make our wedding weekend feel simple and serene by having events and even accommodations centralized in one place. The Inn at Park Winters is a gorgeous setting for a ceremony as well as a reception. Plus, we could we could stay at the inn, along with our immediate families, and any guests who were up for camping on the property. We wanted a place where we could be outdoors and that would feel playful, not just scenic. There’s a lot of green space for lawn games and the landscaping creates a sense of enchantment in that there are so many nooks, vignettes, and treasures to discover at Park Winters. Also, it’s very hot there in July, so the pool was a major selling point. Our Friday rehearsal dinner was essentially a pool party. We didn’t leave the estate for days and it really helped us to feel present, relaxed, and focused on one another.

    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  I wore a Tiffany’s necklace with an Art Deco diamond pendant that was given to my grandmother by my grandfather on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. They had the love story of the 20th century and we’re going for the love story of the 21st, so it’s auspicious.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We were married inside of a circle of flowers arranged on the grass. We stood inside the circle with our officiant and our wedding party stood just to the sides of it. It was important for us to pull in loved ones and make it a community affair. Our friends and my brothers gave readings, friends provided music, and the officiant is one of our best friends. Benjamin had his brothers for groomsmen and I had three best friends for bridesmaids and my niece for a flower girl. We’re so proud of the way the ceremony all hung together. It had balance, variety and rhythm.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three (or four?) words.  Romantic, poetic, musical, secular.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Our officiant helped provide structure to our ceremony, but there was no template.

    What were your ceremony readings?  Shakespearean sonnet 116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments…”) and 1 Corinthians 13. Poems that the we wrote to each other early in our courtship were also read by our friends.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  Our dear friend Charlotte Carlson played fiddle (“Elizabeth’s Waltz” and “Midnight on the Water” for the processional; “St. Anne’s Reel” for the recessional). Our friends Sophie and Ben Esser-Calvi sang Greg Brown’s Spring Wind as a duet. Ben played guitar and their son held the music!

    What were your vows like?  We skipped the personal vows and went right for the legal vows for a few reasons. First, our ceremony was already plenty long with all the readings, music and the personal address our officiant gave on our relationship and the meaning of marriage. Second, we found the traditional secular vows to be more than perfunctory, but powerful and relevant. Third, we didn’t want to have to talk at all (except for the “I do’s”) because we knew we’d be nervous.

     

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    The Reception

    “The Victoriana of the inn and grounds as well as the rustic fecundity of the local environment inspired us, but we let our planner and floral designer, Julia Lake, build out the vision. For us, having a wedding planner was essential, because we were both really busy the year preceding our wedding. We knew we wanted a beautiful, artistic, gently bohemian wedding that felt easy and graceful, but we were happy to leave the details to a professional. Julia generated the ideas and we guided her vision with feedback. Our collaboration was very fruitful (pun intended).”

     

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    In lieu of a traditional escort card table, guests found their names and table numbers written on pieces of fresh fruit.

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Enchanted, elegant, exuberant, easy.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To relax and go with the flow. The best compliment I received after the wedding was that it seemed like I had a great time – I really did. We both did.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Put your love first. Keep it collaborative and remember that wedding planning is inevitably stressful at times. Embrace the hard spots as opportunities to grow as a couple. Also embrace the community and family dimension. Weddings bring out the best in people; it’s amazing how everybody pitches in. Let people help and be involved, because not only does it lighten your load, but it’s part of what makes you feel held and supported when you transform your relationship with your vows. Also, we highly recommend having a planner. When you look at all the time and money that goes into planning a wedding, it does not make sense to skimp on the opportunity to be present for it. Let somebody else do the worrying so you can place your focus on celebrating with your loved ones.

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Being shy, we tried to avoid the first dance. It was not on the schedule, but our families tricked us into it… we can’t even remember what was playing because we were rather overwhelmed. It was a sweet, funny, spontaneous situation and we’re glad it worked out that way.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The toasts were unusually thoughtful, sweet, tasteful, and witty. Benjamin’s brothers, my brothers, and the maid of honor each gave pitch-perfect toasts. We were very impressed.

    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  I danced the entire time and highly recommend it. It’s impossible to talk to everyone, but you can dance with everyone! Also, the one thing about having a pool at your venue is that eventually the groom is going to get thrown into it.

     

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    Photography: Justin Buell / Venue: Inn at Park Winters in Winters, California / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Julia Lake Parties / Dress: Ulla Maier via Marina Morrison / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Sara Gabriel / Jewelry: Catbird, Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo via Nordstrom / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Suit Supply / Shoes: To Boot / Stationery: Consider the Lilies / Calligraphy: Jilly Ink / Hair, Makeup: Beauty Box Makeup Arts / Linens: La Tavola / Ceremony Music: Charlotte Carlson, fiddle / Reception Music: DJ High Top Wrangler / Catering, Desserts: Buckhorn
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  • Fruit and Floral Wedding at Inn at Park Winters by Beull Photo

    24 February 2015
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    Meredith Heuer takes some of my favorite photos of weddings… she captures beauty and energy and makes you feel as though you were there. And I think she gets some of the most fun clients too! Katie and Jim’s October wedding on Martha’s Vineyard was not only utterly beautiful – from the oceanside venue to the gorgeous Saipua florals (dahlias! and persimmons!) to the bride’s custom dress – it’s also clear that this was a wedding about family and friends and lots and lots of fun.

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    Katie wore her mother’s crocheted wedding dress from 1969 to the rehearsal dinner. For the wedding day, she wore a simple flowing sheath dress that she had custom made.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Simplicity, the colors and landscape of Martha’s Vineyard, and Saipua flowers – my friend Sarah’s creations are a reason in and of themselves to have a wedding. I knew that if I was going to do this, I had to have Sarah do the flowers, Johnny Hoy play music, and Meredith take the photos. Dream team.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of your wedding?  I loved the whole day (minus waking up to a serious downpour) – eating pizza with Jim and my family for lunch, getting ready with my girlfriends and my dog, being with both of our families right before the ceremony, walking into the dreamy tent with my parents, having drinks underneath a purple sky, dancing, eating doughnuts at the end of the reception, and sitting in front of the fire at the after-party. Sarah did the most incredible job with the flowers. My huge bouquet in particular was a highlight – I didn’t put it down for hours.

     

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    The bride wasn’t the only one to wear vines in her hair: both the bride’s sister and the groom’s sister wore them, as well as the couple’s nieces.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We originally planned to have the ceremony in the field next door to my parents’ house and have everyone walk up to the reception after, but a downpour made us relocate to the reception tent at the Gay Head Cliffs. I was really upset about this but it turned out to be incredibly cozy with the rain and wind outside and Sarah’s beautiful flowers and candles glowing inside the tent.”

     

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    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  It was really important to me that our ceremony was personal and that it didn’t feel like we were up on stage acting. We asked our siblings to officiate: Jim’s sister welcomed everyone, my sister did a reading, and my brother gave the sweetest speech about us and did the vows. Our nieces and nephews stood up with them during the ceremony. It felt very true to who we are.

    What was your ceremony music?  Jim’s cousin, Billy Moody, played the guitar as I walked in. I have no idea what he played!

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  While the ceremony itself was fairly relaxed, I was not. I was incredibly nervous and fidgeted the whole time.

     

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    The Reception

    How would you describe your reception?  Simple, fun, and beautiful. The rain finally stopped during the ceremony, which allowed for a gorgeous, dramatic late-afternoon sky and a clear, starry night. Lots of Dark and Stormies and sweaty dancing.

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  The field where the tent was is just up the road from my parents’ house and right above the Gay Head Cliffs, our favorite place to go to the beach and take our dog for walks. Up-island Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most special spots in the world.

    What was your first dance song?  The song is about infidelity, which might have been a strange choice, but we danced to “Satellite of Love” by Lou Reed while our nieces and nephews danced around us.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had chocolate tarts and apple crisp made by Olivia at the Beach Plum Inn.

    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  The thrilled look on children’s and adults’ faces alike as we handed out headlamps to navigate the very dark trip to the bathrooms and the path home. Also, Winslow, our old pointer, making periodic appearances during the course of the night.

    Are there any details you’d like to tell us about?  My friend Mallie hand-painted the seating board and my friend Lindsey loaned me the beautiful fur jacket. I designed my wedding dress with a fantastic tailor. I bought the napkins from Fabric Textile Products, which my sister, mom, and sister-in-law helped me fold. We lit the path with old, white kerosene lanterns.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It really doesn’t matter if everything doesn’t go to plan or something doesn’t go exactly as you envisioned it. There is so much happiness and sweetness surrounding the day that you won’t care or, more likely, won’t even notice.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  If anything that you are planning or doing doesn’t feel like you, don’t do it. Try to refrain from checking the weather obsessively. And make sure that you get to enjoy the same thing your guests do – I forgot to have a single oyster from the raw bar or a glass of champagne!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Jim and I were really ambivalent about the idea of having a wedding at all. The tradition, extravagance, and general hoopla that usually surrounds a wedding made us both squirm and was not something either of us ever thought we wanted, but the idea of having all of our close friends and family in one of the places that we love the most for a long weekend was too good of an opportunity to pass up. And while my younger, more non-traditional and feminist self cringes as I write this, it truly was one of the happiest and best times of my life – getting to swim in the Sound before the rehearsal dinner, having all of our family and friends stay at houses right around us, dancing to Johnny Hoy with those we love the most, and eating burgers with an extreme hangover at the picnic the next afternoon.

     

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    Photography: Meredith Heuer / Venue: The Vanderhoop Homestead in Martha Vineyard, Massachusetts / Dress, Tailor: Trang Vu, +1 (917) 912-5370 / Shoes: Rachel Comey / Hair and Makeup: Cathy Tool / Suit: Epaulet / Stationery: Dunstan Press, Emma Young / Floral Design: Saipua / Rentals: Big Sky Tents, Dottie’s Potties / Ceremony Music: Billy Moody / Reception Music: Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish / Catering: Kitchen Porch Catering, Jim’s Package Store, Vineyard Sound Raw Bars / Dessert: Beach Plum Inn, Back Door Donuts / Favors: General Commercial Corp
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  • Martha's Vineyard Wedding by Meredith Heuer

    23 February 2015
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    Aubree and Derek found a breathtaking venue for their Arizona wedding, and filled it with colorful DIY details for a playful, joyful wedding day. From the mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses to the thoughtful ceremony to the pie-only food truck, it was a fun and meaningful celebration.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It was important to us to have our wedding outside in a beautiful, relaxed, and rustic location. We chose Saguaro Lake Ranch because it felt like a hidden treasure, an oasis, in the middle of the desert and it was green, which is a big deal in southern Arizona. I dreamed of finding a rustic barn in the mountains of Colorado to get married in, but I really fell in love with this location and even embraced the desert elements through incorporating succulents into the theme of my wedding. After all, I am a born- and raised- Arizonan and this venue captured the beauty of the desert in the most wonderful way. We also loved the fact that we could rent out the whole ranch for the weekend. Our family and close friends were able to stay with us for the weekend, which made the whole experience feel more relaxed and meaningful. We were even able to use the location for our rehearsal dinner the night before. It was like a summer camp for adults with all of our favorite people. We ate breakfast together in the mornings and then people relaxed around the grounds, went fishing at a nearby lake, hiked, sat on porches and talked, and generally enjoyed being with each other. It was like a family reunion and wedding all in one.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “I wanted the surroundings of our ceremony to be a place where we felt inspired to worship God through the beauty of His creation, and it was very important to us that our ceremony not simply be about us and our love for each other. Being followers of Jesus, we wanted our wedding to reflect the relationship that God has with his people, one of sacrificial love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. We understand that we love because God first loved us and that marriage is an opportunity to demonstrate and live out a Christ-like love for one another. Our desire is that our marriage be rooted in these truths, so we wanted to start our marriage with a declaration of God’s perfect love rather than a celebration of our imperfect love.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, Jesus-centered, joy-filled.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our pastor, Chris Gonzales, officiated our ceremony. We are both very connected with our church community and have walked through our entire relationship with the support of this church. In fact, we even met there. It was obvious to us that we wanted to have someone who knew our story and who shared our values and perspective on marriage to marry us. We completely trusted Chris and knew he would choose just the right words to convey the message we wanted for our ceremony. We didn’t even know what he was going to say before the ceremony, which made it all the more meaningful and exciting.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We really cherished the opportunity that we had to wash each other’s feet, a Christian tradition that represents an attitude of humble servitude. It was a beautiful picture of the way that we want to live in service to each other in our marriage, to kneel down, in our finery, humble ourselves and get our hands dirty, to demonstrate a servant’s heart to each other. Many people afterwards remarked to us that this was the most meaningful and touching part of our ceremony.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  We chose songs that were meaningful to us and reflected the spirit of our ceremony either in word or in melody. For the processional, we chose three songs: “Your Love is Strong” by Jon Foreman, “Better than Wine” by Derek Webb, and I walked down the aisle to the instrumental intro of “Sodom, South Georgia” by Iron and Wine that my friend looped for me. During communion and feet washing a couple from our church led a few hymns: “Be Thou My Vision” and “Rock of Ages.” Our recessional was to “Not A Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake. We chose songs that were meaningful but also had a joyful spirit to their sound.

    What were your vows like?  We chose to write our own vows. Traditional vows seemed to fall flat and didn’t have the personal and intimate feeling that we wanted. We wrote our vows separately and didn’t share them with each other beforehand. It was incredibly special to share with each other these deeply personal, honest, and heartfelt words that we crafted to express the promises we wanted to make.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  We really loved our whole ceremony. I loved walking down the aisle and seeing all the faces of people who we have been so blessed to have as a part of our lives. It felt incredibly humbling to know that these friends and family members were there just for us, to root us on, and commit their support to our relationship. It was wonderful to look out as a couple on these faces as well and see all the joy and emotion that was expressed on their faces as we shared our vows.

     

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    The Reception

    “My favorite part of the reception was getting to celebrate alongside my friends and family and to see them enjoy all the hard work we had put into making the day perfect. I loved our canopy of lights and how magical they made the space feel. I loved having a live band and dancing with my new husband. I loved the pie truck and all our vast amounts of desserts. Most of all, I just loved being on the other side of the ceremony and being able to joyfully let the idea that I was married to my best friend set in while enjoying the company and friendship of those dearest to me.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Rustic, natural, earthy, vintage, DIY, magical, intimate, relaxed.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was very close to my grandmother, and she was the original DIY-er, flea market and antique picker. She took great pride in decorating and creating a home that was unique and full of interesting and beautiful antique and vintage finds, and as I was planning my wedding, I knew that I wanted to incorporate many of her things into the day, as well as channel some of her creativity and craftiness in creating some of my own décor. Vases, vintage cake plates, candy dishes… in the end, we weren’t even able to use all of the beautiful things of hers we’d found! I really feel like my wedding honored her memory and reflected how important she was in my life. Even if she could not be there, it was so wonderful to look around and see her in every aspect of the day.

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My maid of honor created the chalk painted antique window that we used for a ceremony program, and all of the succulents were hand planted and arranged by myself and a team of my friends. And our wedding would not have been possible without the tireless creativity and hard work of my mom. She made everything from our burlap table runners to the swag that hung on the backs of our chairs at the reception. She even made 150 jars of Colorado peach jam for our favors! Not to mention the desserts she baked for the dessert table. I can’t say enough about all the love-filled work my mom put into making my day as wonderful as it was.

    Any other details to share?  Every summer when my family would go to visit my grandparents, my grandma would always go out of her way to make our time there feel so special. One of the things that she did was have a large mason jar (like the ones used as pickle barrels) filled with small toys and candies. Each night we would get to choose two things from the jar. The toys were just inexpensive ones from the dollar store, but I thought they were the most wonderful things. This is one of my favorite memories from childhood and a tradition that I hope to continue with my children and grandchildren. We had this jar at the reception and filled it with toys and goodies for kids that attended the wedding to take as a favor. It was something small, but really neat to have as a part of the day.

     

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    First dance song:  “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” by Louis Armstrong. My husband is a big fan of jazz from the 1930’s and 40’s and this song captured a sweet and touching sentiment.
    Father/daughter song:  “Aubrey” by Bread. This was the song that I was named after, by a favorite band of my dad.
    Mother/son song:  “How Sweet It is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor

    What was your wedding menu?  We had delicious BBQ from a caterer called BBQ Daddy. Pulled pork, brisket, grilled chicken, potato salad, beans, grilled veggies, etc. A good friend of ours made a simple, small cake for us to cut and share, but we had a plethora of other desserts as well. My mom and aunt made various desserts from scratch that we set out on vintage cake plates, including almond sugar cookies shaped like birds, miniature Bundt cakes, cheesecake bars, macaroons, etc. We also had a food truck come that only serves pie and coffee as our main dessert. We had ten different miniature pies to choose from.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to stop and look around and take in the all the various elements of the day. I made a point to walk around at my reception and look at all the little DIY details that my mom had worked so hard to put together and that we got so much joy out of dreaming up. I ate a full plate of food and two pies. I danced to the songs I wanted to dance to. I filled up a bag of candy at the candy table. I looked around at the beautiful place that I was blessed to have my wedding at and marveled at how gorgeous it was. I was a guest at my own wedding. I didn’t want to be one of those brides who say that they don’t remember anything about the details of the day – many people had worked hard to make my wedding personal and meaningful and I wanted to soak up all that meaning and appreciate it.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire a wedding planner! I had the best one ever, and I cannot imagine having to do a wedding at a venue like ours without one. Our venue was beautiful and absolutely perfect – they allowed us to have full reign of the grounds and pretty much decide how we wanted things – but doing a wedding like this required us to plan for everything. Lighting, additional power, sound systems, stage, dance floor, trash pick-up and removal, set up and tear down, etc. With all the additional arrangements we had to make, I was overjoyed to have a planner by my side handling all our vendors and providing much needed professional advice and guidance. I felt so relaxed on my wedding day and even the week leading up to it. I didn’t have to fuss about details or worry about if the caterer was going to show up on time. All I had to do was be present and enjoy the day. I also liked that my family was not over-burdened with responsibilities and were able to enjoy themselves.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I don’t think there is anything I would have done differently. It’s not that our wedding was perfect or that there wasn’t a little hiccup here or there, but I really couldn’t imagine it any other way. I am still astounded when I look at my pictures and wonder to myself, “This was MY wedding?” It was so incredibly stunning and meaningful!

     

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    Photography: Melissa Jill / Venue: Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, Arizona / Event Planning & Design: Rachael with Imoni Events / Dress: Watters bought on consignment at Eco Bridal in Denver, CO. / Shoes: Lucky Brand / Jewelry: J. Crew / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: JCPenny / Stationery: Happy Chantilly / Floral Design: Carte Blanche Designs / Hair: Bree Andersen of Salon Surreal / Makeup: Brenna Heater / Rentals: Event Rents / Ceremony Music: Craig and Joliene Hayton / Reception Music: Lucky Devils Band / Catering: BBQ Daddy and Mamma Toledos  / Lighting: Arizona Up-Lighting
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  • Arizona Wedding at Saguaro Lake Ranch by Melissa Jill

    19 February 2015
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