This colorful barn wedding from Simply by Tamara Nicole is bound to make your week brighter! I love the eclectic centerpieces, especially those bottle table numbers. And the record guest book is a genius idea for a music loving couple!
I’m originally from Nashville, and my husband is from Brooklyn, NY, but we love Seattle. We wanted the vibe of our wedding to combine those three places – PNW food and wines, signature cocktails and a full bar fit for New York and rustic/vintage, slightly preppy country decor. My mom described our wedding as “garden party meets hoedown meets the derby”. We also wanted it to be an all-day party.
I wore my mom’s veil from 1980 when she and my dad got married. She had borrowed her sister’s wedding dress, so this veil was the one thing she had designed especially for her wedding. I loved it – simple and elegant with a spanish lace border.
We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony to show our guests the beautiful Pacific Northwest summer (and get a few games of cornhole going during the cocktail hour.) Pickering Barn was a great location. Guest arrived at 5 and enjoyed signature cocktails/wine/beer in mason glasses in the courtyard before the ceremony. We had the ceremony and cocktail hour outside (it was hot… but worth it) and dinner + dancing in the smaller, wooden hay barn.
The most important thing to us was food and drink. Both of us work in the food & beverage industries, and we wanted it to be on point. At first we thought about doing something southern (a whole pig?) but we realized, our family and friends have had that. Instead, we went with a menu of seasonal pacific northwest ingredients, with a strong northern Italian influence (the head chef is from Italy) and a bit of South African (the owner of the catering company is South African). Most of our guests said it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten – it was basically really good food, not just really good wedding food. We wanted to eat family style; we didn’t want our guests spending time waiting in lines, and we like the casual nature of family style, plus the way that it forces people to talk to each other. It was absolutely incredible.
Color-wise, I envisioned soft pastels (pinks, greens, golds) with bright pops of color from the smaller accents. Seattle has really wonderful flowers that are in bloom in July, so I wanted to showcase those. I used my friend’s antique typewriter to type up one menu per table. It is almost 80 years old. Pretty beautiful, delicate touch. Instead of a guest book, we framed 2 records that were special to us and had guests sign the frames.
We weren’t that into the idea of wedding cakes, but we wanted Carly – our friend and the baker who got the closest to my North Carolina grandma’s style of cooking. We had sour cherry pie, summer peach pie, key lime pie, Coconut Cake with a hint of lemon, double dark chocolate cake, and a maple pecan cake with cream cheese frosting and fresh berries. For our table runner on the cake and pie table, instead of a runner, we laid out my great grandmother’s handkerchiefs that my mom had saved.
Photography | Ciccarelli Photography | Venue | Pickering Barn | Planning | Simply by Tamara Nicole | Desserts | Carly Anderson | Catering | On Safari Foods | Rentals | Pedersen’s Seattle | Invitations | Minted | Entertainment | A New Groove | Gown | Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory | Jewelry | BHLDN | Transportation | Beeline Tours and Remodel Tom
Mint and gold make the perfect color combination in this vintage glam wedding inspiration from Sarah Morrel Photography. It is really important to think about the colors and style of your venue before picking your colors to be able to complement the location. This team did exactly that, pulling in the mint color of the walls and the vintage vibe of the exposed brick to bring their vision to life. The end result is this understated vintage glamour that every vintage loving couple wants. My favorite detail is the ceremony backdrop. The simple greenery on the brick wall is so chic!
Photography | Sarah Morrel Photography | Venue | The Boondocks | Design & Styling | Pearls and Lace Weddings | Florals & Candelabras | Brandi’s Botanicals | Cake | Sugar Euphoria | Rentals | Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Calligraphy | Ivy and Ink | Gowns | Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid | Hair & Makeup | Perfection by Patricia | Headpieces | Acute Designs | Jewelry | Gemma Jewels | Vintage Clutch | Juniper and Lace
If you are looking for a bit of rustic charm for your big day, you will love this gray and orange spring wedding captured by Jessica Ryan Photography. The whole look is very elegant, but with just enough rustic and southern charm to be comfortable and relaxed. The vintage hutch cupcake display is a definite favorite of mine!
We wanted a very rustic feeling wedding. With myself being from a country town not too far away in Suffolk, and Jimi being local from Virginia beach, we wanted to combine the two in our wedding. That is how we came upon using Holly Ridge Manor. It was the perfect backdrop for our country rustic wedding, while still being not too far from friends and family in Virginia Beach. We chose orange and gray as our colors. They seem to compliment each other and orange is Jimi’s favorite color. The casual feel of our wedding played well with the burlap and lace touches that we decided to use for table runners, linens while also going nicely with the mason jars and wood accents.
I had the lace from my mom’s wedding dress wrapped around my flowers along with the burlap. I also had her lace made into a garter for me, with a blue ribbon woven in. For my something borrowed, I used my mom’s ring on my right hand.
It was important to us that we keep the wedding true to ourselves and remember why we were planning all this. It is easy to get swept up in the planning process and sometimes you just have to take a step back and remember what got you to that point. Our love for each other is what we wanted people to remember when leaving our wedding. I feel that we kept the wedding very laid back and casual, and reflecting our personalities which was the most important thing.
I loved seeing Jimi for the first time when we walked down the aisle. Jimi felt strongly that we should wait until then to see each other so we didn’t do a first look. We also wrote our own vows which he preferred and it was such a special moment between the two of us.
I tried to DIY as much as I could and had time for! I made the coasters that were the wedding favors for everyone. They had a stamp I got that said “Best Day Ever!” and our wedding date and names. It was stamped onto a wood disc cut from a tree trunk and then shellacked so it would not bleed when used as a coaster. I also bought all the windows at a vintage store and had Nikki Hofmeister from House of Flourish write on them for the welcome sign, bar and seating chart. I used a vintage suitcase and glued fabric on the inside for a card case.
I also had a friend Kyle Jett make our wedding “guest book” which was a pallet creating he did in the shape of VA, with a heart on Virginia Beach and our wedding date. That was what everyone signed and is now hanging up in our house.
Our favorite parts were seeing all our friends and family in one place celebrating and having the best time. There’s nothing better than looking around an entire room of the ones you love that are there to help you share in your special day.
Photography | Jessica Ryan Photography | Venue | Holly Ridge Manor | Planner | Jamie Leigh Events | Florals | Roost Flowers | Cake | Celebrate Cakery | Catering | Sweetwater Catering | Rentals Distinctive Event Rentals | Linens | Waterford Event Rentals | Invitations | paperdolls design | Calligraphy | House of Flourish | Dress | Maggie Sottero from Maya Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal | Hair | Hair by Stephanie B | Makeup | Dhalia Edwards | Band | The Vinyl Headlights | Transportation | Orange Peel and Venture Tours