When I declare a wedding to be my favorite wedding, it’s kind a big deal, considering I fall in love with roughly 30 weddings a week. But there you have it, this wedding is my favorite. No surprises there with Alisa Lewis Event Design and Park-City based Megan Robinson Photography behind it.
From the stylist… A full year of planning & design went into this fabulous winter wedding in Spokane, Washington. It took place at a cozy and intimate winery in the heart of downtown. Each step of the big day incorporated intentional and meaningful design elements. The bride and her family created many of the details seen in these gorgeous photos by Megan Robinson. From the gold dusted ferns, to the exquisite hairpieces, to the handmade black & ivory runners, Lindsey and her family put copious amounts of love and time into these special details.
Lindsey & Ryne brought our team on board to bring all of their design elements to fruition and style the big day. We worked closely with the couple planning each area of the entrance, ceremony, tables, reception, drinks, desserts, and food. We also worked with this talented group of local wedding professionals to make this day come to life.
We took Lindsey’s vision of warm gold and glitter and paired it with bold black & ivory stripes wherever we could. We worked with Lindsey and her best friend, Erica of Erica’s Expressions, to add rich pops of crimson, blush, and emerald in the florals and table décor. We also handcrafted the gilded ladder chandelier to embellish the long head table. We used gold mercury candles and vintage brass candlesticks as heavily as possible in the reception design to light up the winery with a warm and inviting glow.
Guests gathered for the ceremony in the open air courtyard lit only by the overhead bistro lights and candles at sunset. Afterwards, the party moved inside the 100 year old winery where everyone warmed up with locally crafted wine, seasonal hors d’oeuvres, and luscious wintery desserts. After the meal, guests enjoyed hours of dancing and merriment into the late hours.
Lindsey & Ryne’s wedding will always be remembered as an intimate, meaningful, and glistening event that was thoroughly enjoyed and remembered by all.
From the beautiful bride… Ryne proposed in the midst of a snowstorm on a December day at his family’s cabin in Priest Lake, Idaho. With the power out, the candle filled cabin helped to set the tone for our romantic candle lit wedding.
Ryne and I love our date nights. There is something so magical about a candle lit dinner table and sharing it with someone you love. We wanted our wedding to be filled with warmth and for our love to be felt by our closest family and friends.
When the planning began, Ryne and I were in search of a venue that was filled with ambiance and charm. The winery we chose, features a beautiful brick courtyard, historic plank floors, and a romantic candle lit barrel room. Needless to say it was love at first sight. The winery exudes charm and warmth. It’s a hidden gem in the downtown Spokane area.
Our wedding inspiration was warm, romantic, and timeless. The color pallet featured ivory, gold, black, emerald, and sequins. The bistro lights that fill Barrister’s courtyard created the perfect romantic atmosphere. The evening began with a mix and mingle cocktail hour for our 90 guests. To carry through the date night theme, our guests entered the ceremony space and were greeted by an outdoor wine bar. We wanted everyone to have a chance to relax and enjoy the space before the start of our 7 pm dusk ceremony.
The courtyard was filled with warmth and love as the ceremony began. I was brought to tears walking down the aisle to see our closest family and friends around us. It was truly a special moment. Our officiant was my father’s closest friend before he passed of cancer when I was a young child. Through the ceremony his hands held my father’s bible. A highlight of the ceremony was a candle lit blessing near the end. Our mothers passed a flame through the rows of guests as they each lit their own candle. Ryne and I then lit our unity candle from this flame.
After the ceremony our guests were welcomed into the winery for a mix of buffet and tray passed hors d’oeuvres. Meanwhile, Ryne and I signed our marriage license under the bistro lights in the courtyard. We were welcomed into the winery as our guests surrounded the dance floor. We proceeded into our first dance as husband and wife. The song we selected was a surprise to our guests. We loved hearing their reactions.
Our tables featured black linens with a mix of black and ivory striped runners made by the groom’s mother, and gold sequin runners. Ryne and I antiqued for months to find the vintage emerald glassware that housed our floral arrangements. The beautiful arrangements by Erica’s Expressions featured dozens of dahlia blooms from a local dahlia farm in Spokane.
Ryne and I antiqued for a lot of our wedding items including brass candleholders, emerald glassware, vintage bronze flatware, an emerald suitcase and much more. To commemorate our findings, Ryne gave me an emerald ring as a wedding gift. He and I also made the “SWEETS” marquis sign that adorned our dessert bar.
There is nothing about our wedding that we would change. It was the perfect romantic evening enjoyed by all. If I could give any advise to a couple in the planning process, it would be to find a venue that speaks to you. A venue with charm that will “wow” your guests will save on your decorating expenses. We didn’t have to make the winery look pretty. It is a beautiful venue on its own. Pick your date wisely. If you want an evening ceremony, go with early spring, late fall, or a winter date when the sun is setting at a reasonable hour.
Photographer: Megan Robinson Photography | Floral Design: Erica's Expressions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papel | Catering: Beacon Hill | Make Up: Shasta Hankins | Hair Stylist: Ashley Riley | DJ: AMPD Entertainment | Black & White Stripe Ribbon: ShyMyrtle | Bridal Cape: David's Bridal | Bridal Gown: Essence Of Australia | Bride's Rings: Fred Meyer | Ceremony & Reception: Barrister Winery | Chalkboard Lettering: Katie Linder Design | Desserts: Erin Blackburn | Event Design, Planning, Coordination: Alisa Lewis Event Design | Event Rentals: Event-Rents Spokane | Getting Ready Venue: The Davenport Hotel | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Tuxedo Gallery | Groom's Ring: Wedge Wood Rings | Invitations & Paper Products: Hoof Prints | Second Shooter: Sarah Ann Photo | Specialty & Vintage Rentals: The Attic | Stylist: Alisa Lewis | Veil & Headpieces: Made By The Bride | Venue: Barrister Winery