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!
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.