This wedding is home to some of the most amazing vintage details I have ever seen – all from the bride’s (and her MOH sister’s) rental shop. The super amazing turquoise dessert hutch was actually her grandmothers – which she painted and made fabulous. I mean really, how cool is that? The wedding itself was a gorgeous soiree that has me begging for more from Chelsea Nicole Photography… Lucky for you there is a whole gallery of more!
Is it incredibly cliche of me to say that our wedding was the absolute best day of my life? Oh well, I don’t care because its true! Brian and I met the same way so many others have… through a mutual friend (who everyone made sure to thank at the wedding). This friend had been telling me about Brian for awhile, saying we were perfect for each other. One day he told me I should go see Brian’s band play that night. After much persuasion from another friend, I decided to go, but just sneak in real fast to check “this guy” out. Well I wasn’t sneaky enough because Brian spotted me (from behind his drum set) as soon as I walked in…. two years later we were engaged and on April 28th 2012 we tied the knot… woohoo!!
When I first started trying to visualize our wedding, the first thing I imagined was trees… lots and lots of trees. Since we live in the desert, I thought this meant I needed to plan a destination wedding until I was fortunate enough to stumble onto Legends Ranch. When walking the property for the first time, I didn’t even feel like we were in Las Vegas anymore… I was sold. Wooden family style tables, bistro lights, paper lanterns and lots of mismatchy antique decor/ furniture, were just a few details I couldn’t live without. I started collecting pieces I thought were fun and would add some character to our special day (it helps owning a small vintage rental business with my sister/MOH). The pie hutch was actually my grandmother’s that I found just stored away. A few people thought I was crazy when I had my dad haul it to my house so I could use it in the wedding, but once I painted and antiqued it, then added chicken wire and cute knobs… they came around. Most the furniture and decor that we used, my sister and I rehabbed ourselves. One of my favorites was the chalkboard door that we used to put the menu on (good way to save paper)!
In the interest of staying true to ourselves, instead of a fancy catered meal, we opted for some seriously delicious, freshly grilled barbecue. To help really tie it in, we fashioned each guest a “BBQ surviver kit.” We took napkins, eating utensils, ‘I heart Ribs’ bibs, toothpicks, wet naps, mints and straws and placed them in mason jars that the guest then used to serve themselves lemonade or sweet tea (which we titled ‘Sweet Momma Tea’ because Brian has always called me his sweet momma). This was the best decision ever because it was a huge hit! People are still talking about how good the food was and how funny the cook was (he was added entertainment). We seriously had the best vendors, my makeup artist is always perfect, our florist helped any way she could (on top of supplying the best floral arrangements ever!) and our photographer stayed until the very end (our guest LOVED her), rolling in the dirt and grass… whatever just to get the best shot! I can’t say enough great things about these wonderful and incredibly talented people!
The night was truly, truly amazing and filled with so much love everywhere you looked (lots of happy tears!). Our family and bridal party went above and beyond to help make our day exceptionally great, working on projects and helping us set everything up the day before…. We are seriously so lucky!! Of-course having our dogs there with us all day was awesome because they are such a big part of Brian and I (we are kind of obsessed). Walking down the aisle to Brian was the best moment of my life, I can’t even describe it. My father/daughter dance was so special, but makes me laugh because my dad spent all this money on dance lessons (it was supposed to be choreographed), but we started crying right away and just got a few twirls in… I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Brian surprised me with an acoustic performance of one our songs (and a few others), which everyone, especially me, enjoyed. Line dancing with my bridesmaids was so much fun and put the finishing touch on our country-ish wedding. Dancing all night with everyone was the most fun I have ever had in my life, there was some serious magic on the dance floor that night (which includes a few backspins by my husband). But all and all, just having the people we love most in the world there to support us and celebrate all night was the best feeling in the world. We are both just so thankful and excited to spend the rest of our lives together!
Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Flowers: Layers of Lovely / Event Design and Vintage Decor: The Wooden Trunk / Ceremony and Reception Location: Legends Ranch / Dress: Wtoo Brides / Hair: Jonathon Kristen at The Exclusive Salon