There is one particular image from this wedding that stopped me dead in my tracks. It’s the one of the bride, walking around her empty reception site, hands on her face, before the celebration began. Tana Photography should win awards for that image. Just looking at it, I am brought back to the excitement of my own wedding day, right at the crescendo of nerves and happiness, before everything started. I can only imagine the bride was in awe of the amazing job Soiree did constructing a night out of her most amazing dreams. I could spend days taking in the emotions in the gallery thanks to the power behind that one image, and I’ll bet you could too!

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When I met Matt I found everything I never knew I wanted in a man. Right from the start his laid-back, down-to-earth personality complimented my (admittedly) control oriented and energetic lifestyle. Our wedding was set for exactly a year from the night we got engaged and our biggest challenge was how to incorporate both of our styles into a fabulous evening where our guests could share in our love.

The idea of a cozy, cold-weather wedding always appealed to me and after months of searching we found a beautiful, white barn large enough to accommodate our two hundred and fifty guests. With its rustic floor boards and exposed beams, it was the perfect setting for our shimmery-chic affair.

Long tables adorned with hundreds of glowing candles, pinecones and soft cotton centerpieces nestled in mercury glass containers were the perfect glam juxtaposition to the rustic barn feeling we wanted, and also a nod to a perfect marrying of our two very different styles. The actual size of the barn was intimate, so we opted for a mix of traditional and non-traditional seating, which included a lounge area complete with beautiful pillows and a snowy white flokati rug.

Even though we opted for a more non-traditional route for our ceremony by writing our own vows, one of the most special moments of the day came from the very traditional “something old, new, borrowed and blue”. The delicate, white handkerchief that was used to bind my bouquet represented my “something old” as a gift from my paternal grandmother, and had been used by her own mother on her wedding day. My new mother-in-law appropriately gave me “something new” which was a silver, heart shaped necklace with Matt and my names engraved and each of our birthstones. I tucked that into my dress near my heart for the ceremony.

Bringing me to tears while getting dressed that morning, my grandmother read notes detailing my “something borrowed” which was an important piece of fabric, from all four of my grandparents, sewn into the inner lining of my wedding dress. With Tiffany blue being one of our wedding colors my mother had gorgeous blue topaz crafted into the earrings I wore. They were my “something blue.”

We wanted our guests to mingle and flow from the upper level of the barn to the lower level, so we opted for a menu of bite-sized savory foods, like mini grilled cheese and tomato basil soup sippers, continually passed throughout the evening. Our wooden programs featured the wedding ceremony on one side, and the menu “map” on the other- guests used these to find their way through the barn- from the stationary buffets on each level, to knowing what kind of food was being passed. Having these really helped our guests to know what to expect during our somewhat non-traditional style of reception, and they were beautiful to boot! Other unexpected details included the use of lighting from soft, warm ambers to cool blues to signify a change in events.

Our favors were small bags with hot cocoa inside with his-and-her reindeer stamped on the front. Since Matt and his family are cookie monsters, our guests were also treated to a dessert bar with plenty of assorted cookies, macaroons, and milk-shots along with our wedding cake and an Old Crow groom’s cake, as a nod to my husband’s favorite whiskey.

At the end of the night I found myself in the lounge area, looking at all the people I love most, including my new husband, dancing the night away with huge smiles on their faces.

Photographer: Tana Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Barn in Nampa, Idaho / Event Planning + Design: Soiree / Linens: Soiree / Draping: Bliss Events / Caterer: Lisa Peterson / Floral Design: Boise At It’s Best Flowers / Wedding Gown: La Sposa / Bride’s Snow Boots: Sporto / Bride’s Fur Shawl + Pin: Vintage / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Boots: Columbia / Bridesmaids’ Earrings + Cuffs: Idaho’s Wing & A Prayer / Makeup: Gabrielle Marcantonio for Bobbi Brown / Paper Goods: Ampersand Studios / Cakes: Greg Marsh Designer Cakes / Dessert Bar: Eye Candy / Hot Coco Favors: Etsy