Intimate weddings are something special, and this celebration off the coast of Washington has absolutely enchanted us. Details we love include the modern and romantic apple cake, the lush flower arrangements, and the spectacular setting where Ashley and Christopher became husband and wife!

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“When Chris proposed, we knew we wanted a small wedding and a short engagement. Our laid back approach made every step of planning enjoyable. After we decided on the San Juan Island, we found a cute hotel, and a lovely restaurant online. My parents and our dear friends made up our wedding party, and we were surrounded by people we love and who love us. We wouldn’t have had it any other way!”

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make it your dream wedding by holding true to the best reflection of your relationship and love!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Our budget advice is simple: don’t figure out how much you can spend, but rather what you are comfortable spending.

 

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The Ceremony

“When we got engaged, we quickly decided that we wanted a small intimate affair and to wed on the coast. Planning the wedding in a month and a half from Salt Lake City did not leave time to visit the island prior to the wedding, so we arrived a few days early to find a ceremony location. Our first stop on our tour of the island was Cattle Point Lighthouse, and we fell for the location. It signified everything that we love about the Pacific Northwest – we were on a bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca where seal lions were playing and where orca pods frequent, and you can see other islands and the Olympic Mountains across the water.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Ashley: Intimate, beautiful, us. // Chris: Joyous, amazing, and gorgeous.

What was your ceremony music?  Chris played my father’s guitar and sang the Neil Young song, “Dance, Dance, Dance.” When Chris asked me to marry him, I asked if he would play in our ceremony. We love Neil Young in our house, so I wasn’t surprised when he chose one of his songs to play. It was a perfect fit, as a rainbow appeared over the water just before our ceremony began.

Chris, what was your favorite moment of the ceremony?  Ashley being escorted by her dad down to the spot we exchanged vows, no question. The natural beauty of the setting, the love from our friends and family, and the rainbow behind her made for the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, and I was overwhelmed! It was just the perfect moment.

 

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Ashley, what was your favorite moment during the ceremony?  There were so many beautiful moments. One of my favorites was walking towards Chris while he was singing and playing my father’s guitar. When my father and I reached him, Chris got choked up and couldn’t finish the song. I couldn’t help it – I had to give him a smooch before we could continue on! Then, just before my father pronounced us husband and wife, he got teared up. He was sharing his hopes and wishes for our marriage, and it was such a tender moment.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked my father to officiate our ceremony. My father and I are extremely close, and I could not imagine asking anyone else. Having my dad not only walk me towards my groom, but also preside over our ceremony was definitely one of the most special moments from our day.

 

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What were your vows like?  We both loved the idea of using traditional vows, but as we started writing our ceremony, we decided it would be so special to write our own vows to each other. We each wrote our own, not following any templates, and keeping them a secret until our ceremony. They were so tender and loving, and I think we both felt as though we’d never been more loved in our whole lives than in that moment.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We chose to have cake and champagne at the lighthouse directly after the ceremony to celebrate! We knew we would be so excited afterwards, so why wait for dessert after dinner? It was so fun and sweet to have a cocktail hour of sorts at the lighthouse before heading off to a delicious dinner.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Since Chris’ parents were unable to travel for the wedding, it was important to include a piece of Appalachia, where he is from, on our wedding day. When I first met his family, his father introduced me to a regional treat called an apple stack cake. Traditionally, Appalachian families would each bring a layer of the cake to an event, like a wedding, and the cake would slowly be complied. Knowing it would make my father-in-law smile, it meant so much to my groom and his family to carry that tradition with us!

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our inspiration for our wedding was simple – we wanted it to be outdoors and to be a reflection of our love and relationship.

 

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The Reception

“We loved the idea of the ceremony on the beach, and then heading inland to a cabin in the woods for a delicious dinner. We were sold on Duck Soup Inn by reading about the owners story and the way they described the mission of their business.”

 

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How would you describe your reception? Intimate and delicious!

Chris, what was your favorite moment of the reception?  Sitting next to my wife, and looking around the table at our friends and family. It was a moment of completeness for me. I felt so privileged.

 

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Ashley, what was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  When the wine arrived, Chris raised his glass and thanked everyone for being a part of our first dinner as a married couple. The joy on everyone’s face and the love we all felt was incredible.

 

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Photography: S’Wonderful Photography / Venue: Cattle Point Lighthouse, San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, Washington / Dress: Anthropologie / Necklace: Sarah Safavi via Mineral and Matter / Shoes: Frye Boots / Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Nordstrom / Boots: Steve Madden / Floral Design: Heirloom Design House / Catering: Duck Soup Inn / Cake: Cakes by Felicitations

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  • Intimate Washington Wedding by S'Wonderful Photography

    6 April 2015
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    Lauren and Michael love brunch (who doesn’t?!), and they decided to celebrate their marriage with a modern morning wedding, complete with a donut truck. Details we can’t wait to pin include the darling tassle backdrop for their ceremony, the bride’s chic gown with pockets, and the gorgeous greenery at the couple’s reception!

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    “My best advice for brides-to-be is to make the day about your marriage. Celebrate who you are as a couple and the exciting road ahead of you. As beautiful as it is, your wedding is only one day – the day after is even better, especially if you invest in it!”

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief down the aisle, the same one my cousin held in her wedding. And at the last minute, I borrowed a bracelet, my something blue, from my sister.

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  For the ceremony, my maid of honor, my sister, my soon-to-be-husband and even my dad chipped in making tassels for our backdrop. I wanted something that wouldn’t take away from the venue or light, but that created a focal point for our ceremony. I was worried tassels had been overdone, but I love them, and they brought the color palette together and added impact on a very small budget.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Our officiant told us to ‘do whatever you need to do to feel married.’ At first, the concept was so abstract I never thought we’d figure it out. But we chose readings that felt right, even though one was a quote, and we wrote our own vows. As an introvert, I wasn’t looking forward to being the center of attention, but the ceremony ended up being a highlight of the day.”

     

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  The bomb diggity – see also: modern, intimate, relaxed.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our ceremony was officiated by a childhood friend of Mike’s, and he did an amazing job. After an unexpected life event, Dan was essential in getting us back on our feet. Because of him, our ceremony was funny, heartfelt, and personal.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  Our bridal party walked down the asile to “All You Need Is Love“, and my father and I were grinning as “Here Comes the Sun” played. Our recessional was “Love on Top” by Beyonce.

    What were your ceremony readings?  Our ceremony readings were, “I Love You Means…”, “Blessing for a Marriage” by James Freeman and an excerpt from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

     

     

    What were your vows like?  We chose to write our own vows. Even though we talked about writing them months before, we ended up writing them a mere seven hours before we said ‘I do’. We wrote them sitting in bed together and, both teary-eyed, decided to share them alone with one another first. It may not have been by the book, but it is a moment we cherish.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Just finally being married was pretty awesome; being surrounded by people we both love was icing on the cake!

     

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew we wanted to have an urban setting, and Room 1520 is a hidden treasure. It’s part of an industrial neighborhood, but you walk into this stunningly understated interior that is the perfect canvas to build your day upon.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My very wise aunt noted that wedding planning was the first project we would ever work on as a married couple. She said the foundation we laid there, and the lessons we learned about each other, would be things we carried throughout our marriage. With that perspective in mind, we developed a solid understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses that we might not have known about for years.

     

     

    How did you manage the logistics have having your ceremony and reception in the same space?  We had a Donut Hour! We wanted to get a few photos on the roof while our space was being transformed for the reception, so we hired Beaver Donuts to bring their truck by with an assortment of mini donuts for our guests. We got to sneak the first batch and it made our donut loving hearts complete!

     

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    The Reception

    “Our favorite meal is brunch, and our Sunday morning wedding gave us the perfect opportunity to share it with our nearest and dearest. It was surreal to see all of our extended family and close friends under one roof, enjoying one of our favorite things!”

     

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    Tell us about your centerpieces.  Our venue was really simple, so I wanted a few visual statements while keeping everything else simple. The garland runners on each table were full of magnolia leaves, ferns and eucalyptus.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Keeping things simple was pretty important to us. The goal was to have a really beautiful space to welcome our friends and family to, and I think we succeeded. I don’t have a particularly “bridal” aesthetic, so the fresh white space really lent itself to the vibe of the day.

     

     

    What was your wedding menu?  We served brioche french toast, vegetable frittatas, herbed scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, cheese and charcuterie, fresh fruit and an assortment of breakfast breads. The buffet setup allowed guests the freedom to mingle, dance, and eat without worrying about a strict schedule.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  A few sheet cakes from Whole Foods made sure everyone left appropriately sugar happy.

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Our father-daughter dance was to “I Wish You Love” by Dean Martin, and Michael and his mom danced to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Hands down the speeches. Everything came across well to those who knew us and there was the right balance of intimacy and humor. We felt incredibly lucky to have such great people speak on our behalf.

     

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    Photography: Stacy Able / Venue: Room 1520 in Chicago, Illinois / Dress: Priscilla of Boston via Once Wed / Earrings: J. Crew / Shoes: Ferragamo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pim + Larkin via Piperlime / Suit: Zara / Groomsmen Attire, Tie: J. Crew / Stationery: Minted / Envelope Liner: Striped Cat Studio / Floral Design: Anna Held / Hair: Paige Balach, Pin Me Up Chicago / Makeup: Amelia Ryczek / Catering: Cocina Fusion / Cake: Whole Foods Market / Donut Truck: Beaver’s Coffee + Donuts / Rings: Gemvara

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  • Modern Chicago Wedding at Room 1520 by Stacy Able

    1 April 2015
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    Your venue naturally has a big impact on your wedding day, and Jessica and Nima’s pick – a modern private estate in Dallas – was perfect when this long-time pair tied the knot. From the bride’s embroidered Valentino shift to the spectacular modern sites for the ceremony, dinner and poolside dancing, this celebration speaks to every bride who’s ever eyed a Eames chair.

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    “At a fundraising event at a client’s estate, Jessica and I met an elderly couple, and shared with them that, although we had been dating for 10 years and known each other for nearly 15, we were not convinced that marriage was a necessary next step. The couple cautioned that there would be limitations if we were unmarried – in critical moments, being officially recognized as spouses can make all the difference as partners. This conversation occurred at the wonderful home of one of my clients, and it planted the seed that convinced me that my life partner and best friend should also be my wife.

    Months later, after asking Jessica to marry me, I asked my client and dear friend if we could host our ceremony and reception at their beautiful estate, sharing the story of the significance. She graciously obliged, and the setting could not have been more meaningful.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “It was most important to us that the ceremony felt ‘true to us’ and didn’t abide by traditions just for tradition’s sake. We were fortunate that our families were open-minded and supportive of whatever way we wanted to express our love and celebrate our marriage. With their support and the help of close family friends, we crafted a secular ceremony, knowing from the start that our ceremony would feel unconventional. Jessica’s father passed away several years ago, and since he could not walk her down the aisle, we decided to walk into the ceremony hand in hand. Symbolically, we felt we were coming into the ceremony together and strengthening our union.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Modest, Intimate, Sincere.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  A family friend, David, officiated our ceremony. He and his wife, Clair, are second parents to Nima, and their son who passed away was truly a younger brother to the groom. Their bond is so strong that Clair offered the ring she had planned to offer her son to Nima and Jessica. It is Jessica’s wedding ring, and we chose not to exchange wedding bands in order to leave this significant symbol unadulterated. We feel it not only unites Jessica and Nima, but honors and strengthens these strong familial ties.

    What were your ceremony readings?  A friend of the bride read a passage from Earnest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and a friend of the groom read a passage from Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

     

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    What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows, albeit very late in the game, but they really came together. We decided we would have one part that was personal to each of us, and also create communal vows that we both repeated. The day before our wedding, we woke up early, went into separate rooms to write our personal pieces. After sharing these meaningful words of admiration and commitment, we realized how complementary our vows were. Then we then sat together and wrote our communal vows, and rather enjoyed doing it!

    READ JESSICA AND NIMA’S PERSONAL AND SHARED VOWS RIGHT HERE.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  We we honored that Jessica’s cousin provided the music for our ceremony.  We walked out to the ceremony together to a song she had set to the E.E. Cummings poem “I carry your heart with me.” After our readings, Erica played her rendition of Sade’s “By Your Side.”  The song embodies our commitment and intimacy, and it evokes memories of the earliest days of our relationship.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Although it was very short, time seemed to stand still in certain moments. The day was such a beautiful blur, and yet we can remember certain parts so clearly.  At one point during the ceremony, we stood together arm-in-arm with David, our officiant, while Erica sang one of our favorite songs. Everyone was listening together with the sun warm our backs, and it was as though nothing else existed in the world but that moment. I remember wishing we could stay like that for hours on the hill, in the grass and the sun, surrounded by our most cherished, listening together to my cousin play songs on her guitar.

     

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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Don’t skimp on a photographer. It’s a big expense, but it’s all you have left to remember that day by. Going through the pictures together has been such a joy, and we plan to do again and again. That said, do skimp on numbers and sizes of flower arrangements; if you have a great florist, less can be more. Because we were flexible about the musical selections, we hired a band that didn’t advertise themselves as a “wedding band” – or charge us “wedding band” rates. They were absolutely fantastic!

    Did you give your guests wedding favors? We chose a series of our favorite things to give to our guests from some places that were special to us. Each guest received a letterpress postcard from Lilco with a handwritten note, Perfect Granola from Urban Acres, a few sticks of Palo Santo wood, chocolates from Dude Sweet Chocolate, and Marfa Brand’s Ranch Road Soap. Since we were using small vendors, many of them were able to work with us on sizing and pricing!

     

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    The Reception

    “We were inspired by the feeling we wanted to evoke at our reception. We collected photographs that evoked the ambiance we wanted, rather than a particular style or color, and focused on textures and sentiments that spoke to us. We found Kinfolk Magazine to be a wonderful source of inspiration. Overall, we ended up with something that was one part modern minimalist, one part rustic, and three parts our personal aesthetic.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  There were more guests at our reception than our actual ceremony, but it was still very intimate. Our reception was laid back and communal, while still being very moving and so much fun!

    How did you go about planning your reception? The manager of the estate, Jeff Bogert, has restaurant, catering, and event planning experience.  He volunteered his time to consult with us on settings for the ceremony, pre-dinner reception, dinner, and dancing. He suggested caterers and vendors he respected and were familiar with the home from previous fundraisers.  Together, we spent many hours thinking through the day’s transitions and the experiences we wanted our guests to have during each stage of the event.

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Dinner was served in a grove of crepe myrtles.  We wanted a relaxed, family-style meal and the rows of trees strung with lights seemed like the perfect spot for a fall feast!  After dinner, everyone strolled across the  lawn to the pool house, which was set up for dancing and merriment! Plus, it allowed for sort of a group procession across the property late at night. We all had flashlights and went in groups on this walk together.

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  We wanted to make dinner a large part of the event, a communal meal like Thanksgiving, so that our guests could really bond over dinner.  We had three rounds of shared plates, all served family style:

    First Course:  Whitefish Ceviche, Fried Castelvetrano Olives, Grilled Radicchio with Aged Balsamic & Parmigiano Reggiano, and Chick Pea Fritters with Whipped Goat Cheese // Second Course: Fried Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt Sauce, Fontina Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Speck, Roasted Fennel with Gaeta Olive Tapenade, and Zucchini Rolls with Ricotta and Oregano // Third Course: Applewood Bacon Wrapped Quail Halves with Homemade Chow Chow, Grilled Salmon with Salsa Verde, Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges with Calabrian Chiles, and Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika

    What type of dessert did you serve? We aren’t big wedding cake fans, so we dug into ½ pints of our favorite Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Salty Caramel, Dark Chocolate, The Buckeye State, Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean, Pistachio & Honey, and Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had three! An Infused Cucumber Margarita, a Gin-Gin Mule, and a Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  David and Clair mentioned to us a few days before our wedding that we should probably make room for people to toast or give speeches. We didn’t anticipate so many people standing up to speak. At dinner, we were taken aback by the number of people who felt moved to share their feelings. It was one of the most humbling experiences of our lives.

     

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    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  At first we really wanted to elope or have a tiny destination wedding, but our moms both encouraged us to have this celebration and supported us throughout the planning process. The weekend of our wedding, their presence meant so much to us. Nima’s mom hosted a Persian feast Thursday night before our wedding, and Jessica’s mom helped her remain calm and collected throughout the weekend. They both gave such beautiful toasts at our reception, and Jessica’s mom was a riot on the dance floor. We certainly owe the best night of our lives to their encouragement and wisdom.

     

     

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    What was your first dance song?  We didn’t hire a typical wedding band – Shoot Low Sherriff played their own songs and music, and we gave them no other orders than “jazz it up a little.”  They were just the right balance of soul and class.  Our first dance together was impromptu. Jessica was inside the pool house grabbing some popcorn when Nima’s mom ran inside, snatched it out of her hands, and ushered her onto the dance floor! We shook our booties and had the time of our lives.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Think most about the energy and emotions you want people to experience, and less about the details. Everyone said it would be the best day of our lives, but the planning process was hard and on multiple occasions we felt ready to give up. We might not voluntarily repeat all the work we did, but if we could live one day 100 times over, it would be our wedding day. It was worth it, but only because our guests embraced it. We focused on what we wanted our friends and family to feel, and in turn, they made our night unforgettable.

     

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    Photography: Jessica Garmon / Venue: Private Residence in Dallas, Texas / Event Planning & Design: Jessica Chiles, Jeff Bogert / Dress: Valentino / Wedge Sandals: Givenchy / Jewelry: TenOverSix / Suit: Gucci / Tie: Valentino / Boots: Alessandro Dell’acqua / Shirt: Ermenegildo Zegna / Pocket Square: Luca Roda / Stationery: Lilco / Tintype Photographs for Invitations: Frank Lopez / Floral Design: Posh Floral / Hair: London Michael, Blow Salon / Makeup: Love Dose Beauty / Rentals: Ducky Bob’s / Ceremony Music: Erica Curnutte / Reception Music: Shoot Low Sheriff / Catering: Food Co / Cake, Dessert: Jeni’s Ice Cream
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  • Private Estate Wedding in Dallas by Jessica Garmon

    18 March 2015
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    We all went crazy for the modern bohemian vibe of this Northern Calfornia celebration. Annie and Jake’s whimsical celebration in the Russian River Valley is the stuff of sun-dappled afternoon dreams, and we simply can’t get enough! Details we adore include the bridesmaids’ woven white dresses, the couple’s graphic stationery suite, and dinner in the apple orchard.

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    “The best advice we received, and the most important thing we kept in mind while we planned our wedding, was not to forget what our wedding day was about – the love between us, and our union. We could have easily get forgotten this when we were obsessing over tablecloths or playlists.”

     

     

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t feel obligated to invite too many people. And don’t be afraid to ask for help!

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I stayed out too late the night of the rehearsal dinner. I was so excited to have all my favorite people in one spot that I didn’t pay attention to the clock and ended up paying for it the next day.

     

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We love western Sonoma County, and Guerneville has always been a special place to us. It is casual wine country and there was so much for our guests to do: float on the river, hike, eat great food, and go wine tasting. Our guests stayed in Dawn Ranch Lodge‘s cabins and the hotel across the street, and all of our wedding events, including the rehearsal dinner, were on the property, so guests didn’t have to go far. For the weekend, the Lodge became “Camp McKHable.”

     

     

    Did you include something old, new, borrowed and blue?  Jake’s great grandmother’s ring, given to me that day was my something old, and his sister’s handkerchief, which I used to wipe away tears of joy during our first look, was my something borrowed and blue. Another something blue was a necklace from my mother, given to me the morning of our wedding.

     

     

    The Ceremony

    “We didn’t want a ‘traditional’ ceremony – one that felt overly formal and stuffy, but we also wanted to make sure the ceremony had weight and importance. We worked hard to make it a reflection of the people gathered in the meadow, our families, and us as a couple.”

     

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  Non-traditional, heartfelt, and us.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked Jake’s dad, Mike, who is one of the most thoughtful and spiritual people we know, to officiate our ceremony. As a writer and person with tremendous public speaking presence, he was able to perfectly capture the moment and communicate our hopes and values with the ideal combination of lighthearted emotion, sincerity, and love.

     

     

    What were your ceremony readings?  Jake’s parents’ read “i thank You God for most this amazing” by e.e. cummings at their wedding, so it was special for us to include it in our ceremony, and since we are both big fans of the Grateful Dead, Robert Hunter’s “I Will Love You” was a perfect fit.

    What were your vows like?   This was actually one of the only aspects that was traditional. Reciting traditional vows to one another felt meaningful and poignant.

     

     

    What was your ceremony music?  A guitarist from our band played as guests filtered into the meadow. The Beatles “All You Need is Love” was our processional, and Annie walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. After the ceremony was over, the entire wedding party walked out to “Ooh La La” by Faces.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? From Jake: The love and happiness in the meadow was palpable. Seeing some of my tough-guy friends crying was indicative of how everyone was there in the moment, and part of our love and union. But, for me, having my father be the one who pronounced us “husband and wife” while he choked up made my heart soar. // From Annie: I loved having everyone outside in the beautiful meadow with the sun peaking through the redwoods. I thought I was going to be very nervous standing in front of everyone, but I was overcome with a feeling of love and calm, one I’ll never forget. I was so happy to be marrying Jake in front of my family and friends.

     

     

    The Reception

    “Everyone let their hair down and had a blast. Dinner was in an apple orchard, followed by dancing by the pool. This broke our night into distinct events, set the mood and gave our guests a clue where they needed to be. Plus, with the Giants in the playoffs and late night skinny dipping in the pool, there was plenty of energy to keep the party going!”

     

     

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted it to be a true reflection of us as individuals and as a couple. The natural beauty and rustic charm of Dawn Ranch, and Guerneville’s eclectic, hippy vibe suited our style and provided inspiration. I added my creative touch, and every detail, down to the DIY dream catcher escort cards and indigo-dyed napkins, perfectly represented us.

     

     

    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to Bonnie Raitt’s “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.” My dad and I danced to Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” and Jake and his mom hit the dance floor to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  No signature cocktail, but we had great local beers on tap, including Lil’ Sumpin’ and Trumer Pils. Since our wedding was in wine country, we also selected our favorite local wines.

     

     

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Our favorite part of the reception were the toasts. Jake’s childhood friend and my sister each gave heartfelt and humorous speeches, and my dad’s toast included an amazing slide show. It was a big surprise, and such a loving moment.

     

    Photography: Kate Harrison / Venue: Dawn Ranch Lodge in Guerneville, California / Dress: Isabel Marant / Suit: J. Crew /  Bridesmaid Dresses: Madewell / Floral Design: Natasha Kolenko / Band: Smash City Band / Pies: Three Babes Bakeshop / Stationery Design: Tor Kologlu /  Stationery Printer: Scan Art / Foil Pressing: JR Press / Hair: Susan K Powers, Bellezza Salon /
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  • Bohemian Wedding in Russian River Valley by Kate Harrison

    16 March 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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