On a lovely Thursday afternoon in August, Jessica & Tyler said their I do’s with an, absolutely gorgeous, intimate garden wedding accented in shades of blue. Their low-budget wedding couldn’t be any more beautiful & dreamy. The Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem, Oregon created a stunning backdrop for their whimsical outdoor affair, with its lush green gardens filled with beautiful blooms. Kel Ward Photography is sharing a glimpse into this sweet couples wedding day with us, with exquisite imagery captured on 100% film.
From the bride, Jessica:
How did you meet?
Tyler and I met in elementary school. Our fathers coached baseball together (Tyler played ball with my brothers), and we grew up out at the ball park together! We have always been the best of friends and even kept in touch when he moved to Harrisburg during the middle of freshman year of high school.
He moved back to Aumsville after high school and got a job working for my family’s roofing company. I worked there as the receptionist, and Tyler would always leave cute/funny notes on my desk every morning for when I arrived! One thing led to another and our relationship blossomed from there!
The Venue & Wedding Planning Details:
Tyler and I got married at The Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem, Oregon! Deepwood is so luscious and green, and we used minimal decorations to really capture the natural beauty of our venue – we also had a low-budget wedding and decided that we would rather spend our money on the intricate details of the wedding rather than on the decorations, so our venue was perfect for what we were wanting! We had a kind of rustic/vintage theme – cowboy boots for him and lace for me! Our colors were dark blue, light blue, ivory and black.
Our ceremony was performed by our church pastor, Randy Butler. I have attended Salem Evangelical Church off and on since birth, so it was amazing having the same pastor who performed my baby dedication in 1993 be the one to marry us in 2014. We chose to have a unity sand ceremony with two colors of sand joining together to represent the two of us becoming one. After the sand ceremony took place, Tyler, Randy and I shared a special prayer, just the three of us for the beginning of this new chapter of our lives together.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
Some of my favorite memories of the day…. Oh boy, on my way to Deepwood, I remember riding with my MOH and best friend, Bethany. The last song we listened to as we pulled up to the venue was “Hundred More Years” by Francesca Batistelli – the song that I walked down the aisle to :). I was not nervous at all until that song played. I began crying and then started laughing and told Bethany she had better fix my makeup if I ruined it with my tears!
A little later on, Tyler and I got together to say our personal vows. We went up into the attic of Deepwood, and Tyler was blindfolded, but I was able to see him. There was nobody up there other than Tyler, my brother (who snapped a couple pictures for us before giving us some space) and a couple of the Deepwood workers. We shared our personal vows and a quick pre-ceremony kiss before we were escorted back to our designated areas! Before we went our separate ways though – I was sure to remind Tyler that if he didn’t cry while I walked down the isle, I would turn around and start again 😉
When we went into the reception to be announced as Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Nicholas Luby, everyone broke into “Happy Birthday” – as we had gotten married on Tyler’s 22nd birthday! This was a special moment, because everyone on the bridal party knew that we’d be singing happy birthday, but he had NO idea, he was shocked and couldn’t stop smiling :).
After the toasts, Wendi, Tyler’s mother, had a surprise for us! She planned our honeymoon for us and kept it a secret for months leading up to the wedding! We had absolutely no idea where we would be venturing off to! She announced in front of all of our friends and family that we would be honeymooning at Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon! She booked us a spa day and the Romance Cabin so we could get away and enjoy the first couple days of our marriage in peace and harmony.
My other personal favorite memory of the wedding was my bouquet toss. I may or may not have rigged it slightly ;). My favorite 4 year old was standing with all of my single lady friends, and I turned around to face her, hollered out “Madison!” and tossed it her way! She was so happy and just glowing! She may not be the next in line to get married – but all of my ladies understood what a special relationship Madison Grace and I have – and she was so excited to take home some pretty flowers 🙂
Do You have any advice for other brides?
My advice to other brides is to DELEGATE DELEGATE DELEGATE! On the day of your wedding, take time to relax – I mean, the whole day is for you and the man of your dreams! Let everyone else do the stressing out for you!
Secondly, no matter how much planning you do, something is bound to go “wrong.” The best part…. Nobody is going to know except for those who helped you plan your big day! Don’t stress – at the end of the day – you’ll be married to the man you love, and that’s what the day is really about, right? Nobody is going to care about the missing flowers or the fact that the dessert bar isn’t in the right order! They are there to celebrate you, not the minor details that don’t really matter at the end of the day!
Photographer: Kel Ward Photography|Reception Venue: Historic Deepwood Estate