sane wedding planning

wedding related ramblings revolving around sanity and practicality, with a little bit of geekery and crazy just for fun!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Leigh & Davin's farmhouse wedding

Leigh and Davin got married this summer on a beautiful farm in the Snohomish Valley. So many things about this day stand out to me, but most especially the dress Leigh wore. I'm pretty sure my mouth dropped open a bit; I've never seen anything like it and I can't stop talking about how stunning it was, and how much it really fit Leigh's personality.

Leigh's brother officiated the wedding, which made it even more emotional and special and personal. Everyone in attendance that day was just all about spreading the love and making sure the happy couple started off their marriage as perfectly as possible. And it was pretty much perfect. And happy.

The newlyweds decided to borrow a Jewish tradition, and after the ceremony they retreated to a Yichud.

And then, it was time to have some fun.

When I first met Leigh and Davin, and asked them to sum up their wedding in a few words, they said they wanted a playful day. During the cocktail hour they set up lawn games around the farm, including croquet, bocce ball and ladder ball. Guests had a good time, after a few cocktails, relaxing and being silly together.

This was one of the most laid back and relaxing weddings I have gotten to be a part of. Leigh and Davin are just the cutest couple and are obviously surrounded by lots of love and support from all of their friends and family. It was a fun day and I know they have a lifetime of happiness to look forward to. Congratulations guys!!

Thanks to Non-fiction Weddings for the pictures. Proceeds from their wedding fees go towards their Girl World project, please check it out.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Something blue

I spotted these babies on the Bride's Guide from Martha Stewart Weddings. Occasionally those mainstream folks throw out something stunning for the rest of us. I am so in love with these: I've pinned them, I've oogled them for several minutes, and now have decided to blog them.

For real, I'm still swooning. They're blue. They sparkle. They have some serious bling at the toe. And they are reasonably affordable.

I'm pretty sure I need them.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wedding Voice: Gloria & Eldon.

In honor of my aunt and uncles recent 44th wedding anniversary, I wanted to share their wedding story, in my uncles words. I love the simplicity of the day. I love that the focus was on celebrating the marriage itself, with just a simple reception at the end. I love that my uncle admits he was a bit of a wreck. And I love that they decided to skip out on the reception early. Because at the end of the day, it's the wedding that is the important part. You can eat cake anytime.

We were married on September 9, 1967 at the United Methodist Church. We were on a very tight budget as I was on active duty in the Air Force and being a recent enlistee, was making virtually no money. Gloria was working as secretary and she too was making minimal income. I was on leave and was being transferred from Mississippi to Texas and only had two weeks of leave. Hence, we did not have a professional photographer and just got photos that friends took. Also, the reception was held in the basement of the church with just a cake and fruit juices.

Gloria was very cool, calm and reserved on the day of the wedding. On the other hand, I was a nervous wreck. Had it not been for my Best Man, who was staying at my folks house with me, I would have probably been late, or not fully dressed. I was so nervous that I could not even get all the words for the marriage vows out. I joke that since I didn’t say all the vows, I am not really married. 

Editors note: Those are my grandparents, on the left, at about my age, which is just strange to think about.

Editors note: See that fourth bridesmaid in? Isn't she cute? Yep, that's my mom. And the second one in, that's another aunt. 

Gloria & I were expecting some dirty tricks being pulled on us after the wedding and so shortly after the reception started, we snuck out the back of the church and skipped most of the reception.

44 years ... wow. Happy anniversary to you both. I love you! 

And to the rest of you, please send me your wedding pictures, or those of your family. I'd love to share their stories!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Shannon & Ahren are getting hitched

Shannon & Ahren are getting married a week from today! I've been saving these, but I can't wait any longer to share them with you. They are kinda bad ass, I'm pretty excited.

It's going to be one hell of a party. I pretty much can't wait.

Happy three day weekend!

Photos by Gabriel Van Wylie