Our Wedding Day: Details


When it came time to actually start making decisions about decor, styling, aesthetics, and all things wedding, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted. My desire was for the day to feel special and wedding-like, but also comfortable and fun. Being that it was hosted at our family home, I didn't want it to feel too backyard barbeque-ish, but also wanted it to remain true to who Mike and I are, if that makes sense. I wanted it beautiful, clean, and elegant. I knew I wanted to keep the color palette really neutral - lots of greenery, white floral everywhere, and natural wood. Being that the wedding was outside, I wanted the styling to flow with the setting. We added elements, like a vintage furniture, to create areas where guests could feel comfortable to relax and enjoy the evening. The gorgeous sailcloth tent created this grand space for us to enjoy our dinner and not feel like we were in our backyard. Instead of installing an insanely expensive dance floor, we added cafe lights above our patio and called it a day! Side note: once you transform a patio into a dance floor, prepare to always want to dance when you're on it 😉

I was surprisingly very decisive with everything - I knew exactly what I wanted and the feeling I was going for. Lucky for me, the team we worked with basically got inside my brain and made it all happen. In fact, they made it look even better than I imagined. They did an incredible job with everything. They turned our family home into a magical wedding venue for the day and I couldn't have been happier with every single detail. From the rose gold (!!!) flatware, to the beautiful greenery that lined our aisle for the ceremony, every element came together to create our dream day. 

If you're curious, when we first started planning, I put together this Pinterest board as my vision board. 

















Our Amazing Vendors
photography: Jordan Maunder
videography: Imagination Designers
wedding planner: Shannon Gail
design, decor and event production: Revel Decor
DJ: Fig Media

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Our Wedding: Cocktails & Dancing


Aside from the meaningfulness of our ceremony & exchanging of vows, my favorite part of our wedding day was the dancing. We had about 3 hours for the DJ to do her thing and she did just that.  (Also, low-key loved the fact that we had a female DJ) From our first dance until she announced the last song of the night, my feet only left our paver-patio-turned-dancefloor one time! But, before we really got that party started, we had a cocktail hour with some of the yummiest appetizers and cocktails. Immediately following the ceremony, Mike and I snuck into the house to have a few minutes to ourselves, which was so great. I had a minor outfit change (removed  my veil, added a skirt and belt) to do and we got to just relax for a minute and soak in our first few moments as husband and wife. Our caterer brought us in a plate of all of the appetizers, so that we actually got to eat something, and the "signature" cocktails we had. We did a "his" and "hers" drink option - his being a manhattan and hers being a moscow mule. Guests could either order one of those, or make their own drink with the liquors that were used in those two cocktails. We also had wine, beer and champagne. 

After cocktail hour, we moved into the tent for dinner, toasts, and cake. We actually sat and ate our dinner, which was really nice to do. The food was delicious! The only bite of cake we had was the one we fed each other just after cutting into it. Right after that, we were whisked away by our photographer and videographer to get some sunset shots (which turned out to be some of my favorites). We returned back to the house and snuck inside so that I could change into my dancing dress. Then it was time for our first dance to Russell Dickerson's, Yours. After that, we had three straight hours of dancing, late night bites, a bon fire, cigar bar, and cocktails. It was the most fun three hours of my life, I'm pretty sure! When the DJ announced the last song, I probably could have cried because I didn't want it to be over yet! Everyone was sad to leave the dance floor, which was exactly how I was hoping it would be. 

When we thought about our day, the most important thing to me and Mike, aside from the meaning of the day, was to throw a really good party for everyone who attended. Our incredible team of vendors did just that! It was such a fun night. 

















Our Amazing Vendors
photography: Jordan Maunder
videography: Imagination Designers
wedding planner: Shannon Gail
design, decor and event production: Revel Decor
DJ: Fig Media

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Coffee Conversations

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It's been a weeeeeeek. I'm happy to see Friday morning, as I'm sure many of you are! Thursdays are Mike's class days, so he's gone from about 8am-6pm, which means I have these marathon work days. I always get a ton accomplished and it makes Friday morning just a little bit sweeter because my to do list is pretty short. 

My parents are coming into town for about 30 hours this weekend! It was either come for one night now, or not see them until the end of October -- they're a little busy, apparently. We're looking forward to showing them around our new home, taking them to a winery or two, and relaxing. I'm thinking of putting together a little cheese board like this for when they arrive. Also, this looks and sounds amazing. 

I pre-ordered my new iPhone this morning - I can't wait to get it! I went with the 8 plus and am so excited to have a larger phone. About 90% of my phone usage is for social media (with my job and all, that should make sense) and taking photos. So, the larger screen and double camera were calling my name. Now to find a new case...

I just got these booties in the mail. They're so cute and comfortable! Can't wait to pull them out this weekend. 

Also, I finally finished Dark Matter last night. So. Good. I'm sad that it's over, but looking forward to starting another new book tonight. 

Next week on the blog, I'll be wrapping up sharing photos from our wedding with two more posts -- our reception and styling details. I'm excited to share them! 

Have a great weekend! 

Our Wedding Day: Ceremony


Of all the things that happened on our Wedding Day, I'd say our ceremony was the most of a "blur". I remember every word of Mike's vows and I remember hearing his dad trying to cover his sniffling (it was so cute!), but I couldn't tell you much else. I'm looking forward to watching our video, so that I can see all the details of the ceremony that I didn't notice! 

Well before we were even engaged, Mike and I knew that we wanted someone we both knew personally to perform our ceremony. I'd always thought that my brother-in-law would be perfect for the job, not only because he's basically fearless, but he's played an important role in my life as a "big brother" figure. We were able to tell him what we wanted the focus of the ceremony to be - our marriage foundation being in Christ - and just how short we wanted it to be ;) It was cool to be so hands-on with the flow of the ceremony and hear him go through it a few times before the day. We skipped all the "traditional" stuff in a wedding ceremony and kept it real simple. Justin spoke on marriage for a bit, we had a reading, said our vows, exchanged rings, and that was it! We were only standing up there for about 10 minutes, which is the perfect amount of time, if you ask me. Then it was on to the party! 


















Our Amazing Vendors
photography: Jordan Maunder
videography: Imagination Designers
wedding planner: Shannon Gail
design, decor and event production: Revel Decor
DJ: Fig Media

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