Hello my sweets! I hope you are all having a “fun in the sun” weekend. I’m just popping in to share a delightful rustic wedding photographed and sent my way by Brian Minson Wedding Photography. Darling couple Stephanie & Sean was married last Sept at the Molly Butler Lodge in Greer, Arizona. Their wedding colors were a classic palette of red, white and black – what a great combination!
From the Photographer:
Stephanie and Sean brought together their two families at the beautiful Molly Butler Lodge up in the northern mountains of Arizona. Friends and family from all over made the journey to a town with only one road in and one road out to trek down a hill side to see them get married next to a majestic wooden alter. Simple but yet chic, the ceremony spilled over into the reception held in the lounge of the lodge. Regular small town Saturday night bar flies where swept up into the wedding celebration!
The bride’s parents had past, but she found their wedding photo and placed it in the front row. Her parents were able to see their little girl marry the man she has always longed for. Almost every detail on the wedding was done by the bride and groom, and then transported to the wedding.
From the Bride, Stephanie:
How did you meet?
I met my husband at a mutual friend’s birthday party at Dos Gringos (patio bar). I can’t say it was love at first sight but it was definitely chemistry at first sight! 😉 I was coming out of a very tragic divorce after a ten yr. marriage and he was recovering from a 5 yr. relationship that had just ended as well. I couldn’t help myself anymore so I sat by him and made him chat with me! He was tall dark and handsome and his voice sucked me right in. We met every weekend with friends for about a month and I honestly was getting frustrated because he wouldn’t ask me out on a real date! Finally he did and then we were inseparable. Both of us recovering from failed relationships, we were both a bit timid on making any kind of lifelong commitment…he had even mentioned that marriage would never be in his future, just not for him, which was totally fine with me!
After three years of dating, Sean asked me to be his wife. It was Labor Day and I had just finished remodeling his kitchen, which only took me three days, and being so impressed and almost speechless, Sean blurted out that we should probably spend the rest of our lives together. Sipping on a blue moon, I choked and stared….speechless….wondering if HE just realized what he said…..I turned around to pull the chicken out of the oven and when I turned back around he was kneeling on the kitchen floor…..He said “I don’t have a ring, I don’t have all the right words, but I DO know that I love you and don’t want to spend my life with anyone else but you, will you marry me Stephanie??” I burst into tears and said…..maybe 😉 Yes that’s right, I said maybe. :-/ That night, he rolled over in bed and said “I don’t need to marry you tomorrow, or next year even. I know you are hesitant to marry again so if you say yes, we can wait 3 or 5 years to say I do….or whenever you are comfortable walking down that isle. I just don’t ever want to lose you, you are my whole world. ” Feeling so loved, so cherished and so supported, I just knew I was a goner!! So I replied with “Great, a 4 yr. engagement it is!!” The next day I had 5 wedding magazines spread out on the couch planning for the following year! ;)))
What was your Wedding Planning, Inspiration and Style?
The reception was held on the patio of Molly Butler Lodge, which is a 100yr old lodge with amazing food! We hired a DJ that took both a list of songs and song requests. Everyone danced and laughed and cried! The tables were set with white linen cloth, dried roses, river rock and pine cones. I made sure to have plenty of white candles all about to give an elegant but understated feeling.
Both of my parents are gone and the only family I really have left is my son. My 18yr old son, whom I love more than anything in this world walked me down the aisle. My Godfather, my very best friend’s father, did the ceremony. It had been raining most of the morning. The ceremony was outside in the forest so my fear was we were all going to get soaked. I prayed for God to just part the clouds for an hour….just one hour was all I needed. I also asked God to hug my parents and tell them I know they are looking down on me. Right after I said amen, the clouds parted and I got my “something blue” It felt like a miracle, it truly was a blessing. Later to find out its good luck for it to rain on your wedding day!! 🙂
I kept the décor simple but elegant. Red/white roses for the girls. White candles that I got at the dollar store. I dried dozens of roses the months prior to the wedding that I picked up at Costco because they were the cheapest! I placed the dried roses in mason jars with either pine cones or river rocks to decorate the reception tables. I went to Staples and printed up my own place cards and dinner menu. I really wanted it to be simple but pretty. Not expensive yet not cheap looking.
My dress was a strapless, light blush, all lace floor length gown. I fell in love with my dress at Lillian Lottie Couture in Scottsdale AZ but was unable to bring myself to pay so much for it. Our budget was $1,000 and the dress was $2,500. After having spent hours in other dresses, this one had to be THE ONE. After realizing the price was way off budget I told the sales lady to take it off me so I could cry. She said I can’t do that, you were meant to wear this dress, what if I knock $1000 off…I told her that would be incredible but it would still be $500 over budget. My matron of honor held up her credit card and said I have five hundy and haven’t gotten you guys a gift yet!!! It was incredible! The dress, the store, my friend…so priceless….well almost priceless 😉 Being that this was not my first marriage I passed on white. My bridesmaids did my makeup and hair. I wore my mom’s pearls that she gave me before she passed away and I bought a beautiful flower for my hair that matched the color of my dress. There was this wrap shirt I wore the day my mom passed away and to hold the wrap together, there was a blue velvet ribbon. Swearing never to wear that shirt again, I cut off the blue ribbon and wore it in my hair around the flower. It was perfect.
Do you have any advice for other brides?
The only advice I would give a bride is to make sure at some point during the reception, to stand off to the side, by herself, and take in everything. The people, the colors, the laughter, the music the feeling she gets just staring at the night…..it ends so quickly and if you aren’t careful to take a small moment of silence, it will be just a blur. Make sure to take it all in!!!!
Photographer: Brian Minson Wedding Photography
Event Venue: Molly Butler Lodge