Anna and Caleb wanted to focus on their ceremony, and on preparing for marriage not just planning a wedding. Says the bride, “Honestly, with Pinterest and social media these days, I was so overwhelmed. I don’t do well with choices and having a four month engagement automatically helped me narrow down my options.” It’s safe to say these two planned a beautifully timeless wedding, even with just a few months! We especially love Anna’s illusion back dress, the groom’s cake (donuts!), and just how obvious it is that they are so full of joy and love!
Anna wore something old: her grandmother’s earrings; something new: her dress and veil; and something blue: a detail stitched in blue inside her dress.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? “You’re not preparing for a wedding, you’re preparing for a marriage.”
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Even though the engagement period can be tough, to enjoy it. I didn’t slow down enough to appreciate that it was still a part of not only our story, but our family’s story as well.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I would definitely have audio recorded the sermon of our ceremony. In addition, I wish I would have enjoyed the planning experience with my mom rather than just looking at the end goal. In the midst of it, I didn’t realize how much that time means to a mom.
Anna’s bridesmaids wore a variety of full length dresses in a mix of neutral shades.
“We chose not to have a full wedding video done but rather an 8mm (which we absolutely adore!),” says Anna. “Looking back, I’d recommend that couples at least have your service audio recorded. I would just about give my right arm to be able to listen in full to the teachings and blessings our pastor shared over us.”
“Caleb and I were fortunate enough to grow up in the same church, in families with like-minded biblical beliefs. When choosing where we would stand before the Lord to take each other in marriage, we wouldn’t have considered anywhere else. It seems we had a long journey that led to the moment of our wedding ceremony and that made it all the sweeter. Being surrounded by dearest family and friends that not only supported us; but also supported what we believe in, was so special.”
Your ceremony in three words. Worshipful, traditional, and sweet
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Our pastor laid out the order that he prefers wedding ceremonies to flow. It was of the utmost importance to us for the ceremony to be much more than a wedding but rather a worship service for all those in attendance. We chose to have the congregation sing “In Christ Alone” in unison; it was powerful standing in that moment and being surrounded by a body of believers worshipping as we took vows.
Who officiated your ceremony? Pastor Andrew Siegenthaler is the pastor of the home church Caleb and I grew up in; we were spiritually guided and shaped by his teachings for many years.
What were your vows like? We used traditional vows; I think they’re timeless
Seating of the Family Members: Great is Thy Faithfulness, The Wedding Song
Wedding Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bridal Processional: Canon in D
Congregational Song: In Christ Alone
Soloist: Knees to the Earth
Recessional: Ode to Joy
How perfect is this shot! Definitely one to frame!
“We had originally planned to have the reception on my family’s farm at their barns, I had grown up always wanting to celebrate my marriage on my family’s property. A few weeks before the wedding, loads of rain came and it didn’t seem to be improving much. Due to the wetness and foreseen rain, we chose to move the reception to an old warehouse downtown. Considering our reception was originally supposed to be outside, I wanted to continue the feel that I had initially planned, we carried the rustic theme throughout.”
First Dance: You Are the Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne
Father/Daughter: What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Mother/Son: How Sweet It Is by James Taylor
Buffet Menu: Pork Sliders / Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cheese and Tomatoes / Grilled Chicken Tenders Rolled in Cornbread Dressing / Tortellini Salad / Mini Twice Baked Potatoes / Watermelon, Onion, Mint Salad / Cobb Salad / Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus / Corn-Stuffed Baby Peppers
Did you have a signature cocktail? We served Caleb’s favorite mixed drink at the beginning of the reception-Crown Royal with Sun-Drop.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? I am not usually a huge fan of wedding cake, but our hometown bakery makes wedding cake that I can’t resist. It was an organic design of white icing covering traditional white cake. The groom’s cake was a bit less traditional. Caleb doesn’t eat sweets except donuts and rice krispy treats (two of the sweetest sweets there are!). For his “groom’s cake” he chose to have a donut bar with a variety of donuts from a local donut shop; this included his two favorites-glazed and cinnamon twist.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I love a variety of greenery and vintage inspirations, I wanted that to be a part of the ceremony and reception.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? It’s overwhelmingly fun being in a room full of 400 people that you cherish and love doing life with. Our reception was a blast! Honestly, every part of it was so much fun!