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Classic Southern-Inspired Northern Idaho Wedding

From exchanging vows underneath a tall tree, to the organic and elegant outdoor reception that followed, this classical affair has all the makings for one memorable evening. With Rebecca Hollis Photography behind the lens the gallery is overflowing with stunning shots and that oh-so-beautiful golden light and you call see it all here!


From the beautiful Bride… The entire day is this big beautiful memory, from the early morning hours setting the chair pads out (what only wedding planners do on their own wedding day…I wasn’t forced, I wanted to.), seeing the reception set up, seeing Austin at the end of the aisle waiting for me, to dancing the night away with friends and family… it was this whimsical glorious day, that piece by piece, put together this perfect celebration.

My family has been graciously given the use of a lake lot on Hayden Lake every summer since my childhood from a dear couple that over the years have become good friends. Their house property overlooks the same lake and lot. They were so generous to offer their home property as a wedding location for me, before I was ever even engaged! It gave a perfect feel of Idaho and northwest beauty, but still elegant and clean.

I have always loved the idea of an outside reception, but it wasn’t until we were offered such a beautiful location that I decided to have an outdoor ceremony as well. From the big tree that stood tall over us while we took our vows, to the pool reflecting all the lights while we danced the night away, it all came together as the most perfect formal outdoor setting for us.

My parents and their families are from Alabama/the South, which is where I met Austin. So I have always wanted to incorporate southern charm, as it’s been a huge part of my life, but still get married in my hometown in north Idaho. I have always loved the south, and that’s also where Austin is from. So from the beginning, we wanted the wedding to be a beautiful mixture of the northwest with southern traditional. We had huckleberry lemonade (for the northwest) and Sweet Tea (for the south). I made a heart shaped picture made from maps from my home town, Coeur d’Alene, and Austin’s- Birmingham.

I wanted everything to be elegant and tasteful, but still have a hint of an organic feel. My florist, Eden, did a wonderful job at accomplishing that.

We originally had rented a tent. But just a couple of days before the wedding, the tent plan fell through due to a sizing issue on the property. We scrambled for ideas as to what to do next. The weather looked like it would hold out for the weekend so we decided to go with no tent at all. My wedding designer and her team saved the weekend, and worked overtime to design and build a way for four gorgeous sparkling chandeliers to hang above the reception table area. It turned out so much better than the tent, and it opened up the views much more too!

Photography: Rebecca Hollis | Videographer: Hagan Robb | Event Design: Alisa Lewis Event Design | Floral Design: Garden Of Eden Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Angoliques | Cakes: Erin Blackburn | Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Chandelier Grove | Makeup: Terri Reece Studios | Hair: Studio CG Salon | Band: OH Horizon | Men's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: KC Armstrong | String Quartet: Chandelier Grove | Venue: Private Residence | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Bliss | Earrings: Kate Spade | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Invitation Design: Tracy Brabner | Invitation Printer: Southern Engraving | Photobooth: Haas Photobooth | Rentals: Event Rents | Rentals: Alisa Lewis

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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Wedding from Rebecca Hollis Photography

Simple elegance just happens to be my favorite kind of elegance, and the reason is dancing all over this feature sent to us by Rebecca Hollis Photography. It’s that unspoken style that really makes my heart sing, so it goes without saying this fête has me beside myself in pure joy. It’s the ceremony setting complete with white pews and chairs. It’s the natural color palette that looks as though it just belongs. It’s the couple’s unbelievable good looks and their tight squeezes. It’s everything, really…and it’s all waiting for you right here.

And don’t forget this piece of gorgeous from Sure Shot Video, LLC

Aaron & Hayley Gabriel Wedding Highlight from Sure Shot Video on Vimeo.

From the Bride… I think the style I was going for was simple elegance. We wanted our wedding day to be simple, memorable and fun! I think our favorite part was doing a family ceremony and dinner at my parents’ house. The setting was incredible and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. We wanted to keep it intimate and have that special moment with our family at the house I was raised in. As a couple, Aaron and I wanted to incorporate parts of our personality into the day.

We love the outdoors and that’s why Aaron’s ring is made from wood, we had moss details and even had a s’mores station with a crackling fire at the dessert reception. I am one to want things timeless which is why my ring is vintage inspired and my dress made of lace. It was a blending of all those unique elements of our lives that made our wedding really special and personal to us. We even had a signature drink for the toasts. Mine was a fresh berry cocktail while his was a shot of Crown Royal and a beer! Good times! I think the overall impression of our wedding day was a perfect blending of our two lives becoming one. We are exactly what each other needs.

We love and respect the differences we have while allowing ourselves to be taught about new things in life from the others’ perspective. My biggest advice is to hire the right people that compliment your day. I hired the perfect photographer, Rebecca Hollis, who has the same style I was going for so I didn’t have to worry about dictating any shots – she was already great at what she did and captured incredible moments. Before this wedding I had no idea how important a wedding coordinator was. I didn’t think I needed one! HA! Luckily, I found Alisa Lewis and I was able to fully enjoy my day because I had so much trust in her. I knew she had taken the time to understand my style and the feeling I wanted to accomplish for the day – she nailed it! I feel so grateful for the way everything turned out – I wouldn’t change a thing!

Wedding Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography / Ceremony Venue: Private Residence / Reception Location: Blackwell House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho / Event Planning + Design: Alisa Lewis Event Design & Details / Bouquets + Boutonnieres: The Art of Flower / Ceremony Floral Design + Centerpieces: Angela Austin of Floral Design / Wedding Cinematography: Sure Shot Video, LLC / Desserts: Erin Blackburn / Stationery: DIY by the Bride / Vintage Rentals: The Attic / Misc. Rentals: Event Rent / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Veil: Handmade / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Makeup: DIY by the Bride / Hair: Victoria Vas Dias

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Coeur d’Alene Wedding from Crissie McDowell Photography

A little glitter is always a fab way to start the day in my book, and glitter mixed with rustic farm goodness? Well, that’s enough to make Monday feel like Friday. This pretty little ditty captured by Crissie McDowell Photography is the perfect example of just what I’m talking about, and will surely make all of your vintage-loving souls do a little jig. Filled to the brim with the prettiest of vintage pieces from the Attic | A Vintage Rental Company it’s a fête fit for your favorites folder, and you can see every bit right here!

From the Bride… Our love story started when Charlie and I met the first week of my freshman year of college 14 years ago. We were friends throughout college and stayed in touch for years after. Fast forward to three years ago when we saw each other out one night — the timing was right, the stars aligned, and we found ourselves looking at each other a little differently than we had in years past. We started dating and knew we had found something extraordinary. Two years later, Charlie asked me to spend the rest of my life with him in the most incredibly sweet proposal and through many tears of joy, I accepted. I couldn’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend and the most inspiring person I know. When we started thinking about our wedding, we knew we wanted it to feel like a big party with all of our friends and family. We’ve got the most fun (and large) group of loved ones and couldn’t wait to get everyone together for the best party of our lives. We didn’t want anything too formal or by-the-book, and we wanted it to feel genuine and fun for everyone attending. We’re huge music fans and outdoor enthusiasts, so our priorities were: awesome band, great party, outside. The minute we found Settler’s Creek, a 100-year old dairy farm just outside of our town, we knew it was the perfect spot for a great summer get-together. I’m a graphic designer and couldn’t wait to incorporate meaningful details into our wedding that would make the day feel uniquely us.

We hit the jackpot when we met Alisa Lewis of The Attic Vintage Rentals, who helped stage and style our day. She added great pieces like double doors edged with barn wood for our ceremony entrance, drapery for the gazebo we were married in, twinkling bistro lights over the dance floor and gorgeous decor in the barn (my favorite area) where we held cocktail hour. She built the most amazing dessert table I’ve ever seen out of a wine barrel buffet, crates and vintage touches to display 300 mini pies made for our guests. One of my matrons of honor and her mom carved gorgeous terrarium-style centerpieces for our cocktail hour out of old love books, succulents, moss, fabric flowers and cut-out hearts with our story printed on them. My mom and I stamped little pouches stuffed with lavender that guests tossed at Charlie and me as we walked down the aisle as a married couple. We found so many great decor items through BHLDN, local vintage shops, and the incredible Farm Chicks vintage/antiques show that comes through our area each year. A local jewelry artisan hand-crafted necklaces using found objects for each bridesmaid that reflected their personalities and came out beautifully. We were so incredibly fortunate to have one of my extremely talented and dear friends Crissie McDowell as our photographer. I can’t tell you how fun it is to have the sort of relationship we do and have her there capturing your most treasured moments while feeling so comfortable and having an absolute blast. My mom’s brother married us and performed the most heartfelt ceremony, and my other uncle lent his classical guitar skills to our ceremony. Our florist absolutely blew us away with her gorgeous bouquets and floral vision, incorporating poppy pods, white kale, and raw cotton into our color scheme. Our wedding felt like a collaboration of the most creative and inspiring group of people who truly understood our vision, and I couldn’t have been happier with the final result.

I will never forget the feeling of seeing our venue for the first time and wondering what I had done right in life to have ended up inside of this fairytale. Charlie and I had our first look through our ceremony doors before our wedding, and that is a treasured moment that I’ll remember forever. We danced the night away with our guests and continued the fun at an after-party that no one was ready to leave at 2 a.m. We are so fortunate to have started our life together in the most beautiful way. Our friends, family and wonderfully creative vendors made the day exceed our wildest dreams, and we’ll treasure it in our hearts forever.

Wedding Photography: Crissie McDowell Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Settlers Creek in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho / Wedding Design, Styling, Planning + Coordination: Alisa Lewis Event Design & Details / Floral Design: The Art of Flower / Pies + Desserts: Erin Blackburn / Wedding Invitations, Programs + Printed Materials: Designed by the Bride / Letterpress Printing: Dreyer Press / Ceremony Music: Larry Munson, The Bride’s Uncle / Band: Kosh & The Hitmen / Place Settings, Centerpiece Design, Custom Lighting, Custom Entryway, Decor + Vintage Rentals: the Attic | A Vintage Rental Company / Wedding Website: (Designed by the Bride) / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes + Gloves: BHLDN / Bride’s Earrings: Kate Spade / Bride’s Bracelet: Nadri / Hair: Heidi Potter of H.I.P. Salon / Makeup: Shasta Hankins / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Toby Keough / Groomsmen Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider

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