Breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe this modern yet rustic beauty. Because although this soiree is, indeed, breathtaking – that simple word just doesn’t do these gorgeous images by The Nichols justice. It’s a dinner party under the stars and chandeliers – where rustic and modern design mix and mingle, and even if there isn’t word to describe this pretty as can be party, the gallery full of images that will most certainly take your breath away.
From the Bride…When we began to pull together ideas for our wedding, we couldn’t think of a better place for it to be than at my parents’ home in Pemberton. We wanted a location that was personal to us, and would also allow us to dance, laugh and celebrate well into the night. Using the beauty of the natural area as our backdrop, we set out to create an intimate dinner party for 80.
Many of the colors we used – the peaches, grays, greens, and neutrals – are mirrored in the mountains, fields and sky that stretch throughout the valley. Without completely sticking to a theme of vintage, rustic, or the like, we ended up with an ever-evolving eclectic look that, in the end, just felt right, with the help of the fantastic Simon Cooksley.
The ceremony location was literally just an area mowed into the long grass of the field – making a path wide enough for the aisle, and a space large enough for 80 seats. We loved the whimsical, sequestered feeling provided by the 360-degree waving grassroots in the center of the field.
The reception was set up with three long tables, with family-style service to invoke the intimate dinner party feeling that we love. Ambient candlelight and three chandeliers created the warmth of a dining room during the dinner.
We were also lucky enough to have a wealth of talented and helpful family, friends and local vendors – from blooms freshly picked at a neighborhood flower farm, to locally cured meats and cheeses; these little details were scattered throughout the celebration. My grandmother made 90 of my favorite butter tarts, my mother made the delicious cakes, our incredible neighbor built the birch arbor, and a friend of the family played guitar for the ceremony and with his band for the reception; each detail came together to create a wedding that completely suited us.
The entire day felt pretty magical, so it’s hard to choose just one or two memorable moments. If I have to choose, I’d say I will never forget the butterflies I had sneaking toward John in the field for our first look, or the feeling of having my parents, one on each side, walk me down the aisle to one of our favorite songs, “Falling Slowly”. The day-after shoot, that we were lucky enough to do with our wonderful photographers The Nichols, was also a highlight – sitting in a field, completely relaxed, realizing that we were finally married was such an amazing feeling.
Wedding Photography: The Nichols / Venue: Private Residence / Event Design: Simon Cooksley / Florals: Jehna Chrysler / Invitations + Save the Dates: The Bride (design) + Studio on Fire (letterpressed) / Bridesmaid Dresses: Melissa Sweet / Bride’s Shoes: Pollini / Bride’s Cardigan: J.Crew / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Catering: Araxi Restaurant / Wedding Cake: Bride’s Mother + Grandmother / Ceremony + Reception Music: Adam Woodall Band / Birch Arbor + Birch Photo Booth Frame: Karen Love Art