Happy Friday my sweets! Today I have a darling country wedding captured by IJ Photo with lots DIY elements, bold colors, summer blooms, and rustic chic style. Amanda & Cody special day took place the end of last August at the picturesque Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake, WA. Their event was brought to life with a lively orange and purple palette, and a plethora of orange and purple hued dahlias. The couple also carried the dahlia theme over to their wedding stationary.
Take a peek at the photos and don’t forget to read the brides comments at the end of the post or scroll to the end of the post and read the bride’s comments, then look over the photos, it’s your day!
From the Bride, Amanda:
How did you meet?
Cody and I met at the Ballard Farmers Market (Seattle). The same day we sat and had tea while people watching. Next we went on a run around Discovery Park where we climbed trees and sand cliffs. Cody has such a playful personality I was instantly hooked. Cody asked to see me the next day and from then on we spent the next year inseparable. One year after we met Cody proposed at the tree we climbed on our first date. Now that we are living in Portland we have some of the tree roots on our fireplace mantel.
The wedding planning inspiration and style…
Cody and I find peace in the country and wanted a venue to be relaxing yet classy. Since the venue was not too far away from where we grew-up, it felt like home the moment we arrived at Kelley Farm. My initial search for a venue started with my hometown of Puyallup, plus a barn. Cody and I loved the the rustic country barn with its sweeping landscape for a relaxing celebration, while also maintaining a little glamour with the help of chandeliers and full bar service.
We hired a duet called “The Barn Owls” to play banjo/fiddle/acoustic guitar as guests arrived, plus during the wedding ceremony. The addition of live music was a hit and really set a lively mood for the guests. Plus the pair of musicians learned our song and performed it just before I walked down the isle, a special surprise for the groom that made everyone stop and listen. I should mention that my favorite animal is an owl so it was fun that they had our country blue grass sound along with their fun name. We found this couple playing at our favorite brunch spot in Ballard during Sunday market. It was a sign!
With a rustic theme and love of birds, we integrated a birds nest for the wedding rings to be carried in, plus a bird cage for the cards on the gift table. During the reception we danced to the same song with the music video in the background (see youtube video). This song, “The Fish and The Bird” by Sylvie Lewis is my favorite to sing for Cody, it has a wonderfully romantic memory for us.
After the ceremony I wanted to have more variety of music that would allow for the transition into the barn for cocktail hour and dancing. The DJ from Luna Bella Events provided fun lighting for the dance floor and kept the guests pumped up for each event. The music the DJ played was both country, classy jazz and modern romantic to keep everyone happy while keeping with our theme. We had the event catered by Occasions Catering who provided a coursed out dinner service; which surprisingly cost less than family style or buffet! The bonus of sit down service was the guests felt extra special and saved us money for the french bakery. We had both chocolate and carrot cake by Bakery Nouveau.
The colors we chose are our favorites, carrot orange and deep purple. The colors fit our end of summer going into fall color wedding date of, August 25, 2014. The effect was beautiful bursts of color amidst the calm backdrop of the barn and earthy colors of the country. Our friend Erin picked up the flowers from Pike Place Market (Seattle), all dahlias of varying orange and purple hues. I kept the theme of orange and purple dahlias going into all the stationary with a template on Etsy. We made sure to have a ceremony program that had our wedding song lyrics and a thank you to the guests for attending. The stationary matched for the table numbers and menus as well. We printed the templates at FedEx and the groom was found cutting each of the menus to size on a Friday night. The templates for the stationary matched perfectly to the wedding invitations we found on Wedding Paper Divas. The party favors were herbal teas and honey jars that said “Amanda & Cody, meant to bee”. My maid of honor, Heather and I cut burlap table runners and they we layered over off-white table linen for a clean country look. ?
Some special details was my wedding gown had a feathered look on the straps . The garter was hand made in Greece, a great find on Etsy. The flower girl’s dress was made by her grandmother, with a bonus dress for her doll–so cute! The cuff links I bought Cody as an engagement present, tigers eye shaped into acorns because of Cody’s love of squirrels. The groomsmen received hand made belt buckles to complete the country theme. The bridesmaids received orange friendship bracelets and hand engraved glass jewelry boxes with their initials.
Favorite memories of the day…
Some of the most special memories included the moment I was all done getting ready and looked at myself for the last time as a single lady. I had never felt so beautiful. Another moment my heart swelled was when I saw Cody at the end of the isle smiling at me. Having Cody’s father, Edwin, officiating our wedding. It was so moving to have Cody’s father marry us. During the ceremony Cody unrolled a score he made with 100 reasons that he loves me. Our ring bearer, Ethan, was Cody’s little brother from the Big Brother’s program. Ethan and his lovely mother, Elodie are now family so you will see them in the family photos. During the reception I danced with my mother, Carol, because she was the one who raised me. So of course my mother walked me down the isle along with my Step-father, Duncan, whom made such a wonderful day possible.
Advice for other brides…
Expect surprises. Even when you think everything is planned to the very last detail something will surprise you. Don’t stress the details. However, never expect anyone else to think of things you don’t. I completely spaced on wearing something old, borrowed and blue…and so did everyone else. But again, those are the details not to fret about.
If you are the type of bride to make lists, make sure to call every last person you are asking to do a task because they may not like even the tiniest assignment sent in an email request. Talking allows them to speak up easier than writing a response. No one wants to seem like a whiner to a busy bride, but the fact that you made time to call means the world to them. It goes a long way to touch base with everyone over the year you are engaged. Remember that the wedding is about the people, not the details.
Less is more! Pinterest may have some awesome ideas for decor, but unless you have a Hollywood set crew don’t expect your family to setup everything, let alone take it down at the end of partying. We kept our decor simple, but still supplying us with the elegance that we continue to get compliments on.
The bride and groom should definitely be prepared with a thank you speech, I look back and wish we had said more. But there are always the thank you cards and gifts we sent afterwards that kept the event heartfelt and personal. You can always show more gratitude than expected. The day wouldn’t be possible without all those lovely people in your life.