This next little number is the epitome of lovely. It's Fall inspired goodness at its best, with subtle hints of Halloween fun tucked into every corner. Like the adorable pumpkins that the bride and her family literally grew in their own garden. Umm, hello Martha. But what I love most about this affair is that every little detail, some of which you wouldn't think to pair, seem to come together so effortlessly...a gorgeous embellished Maggie Sottero gown with a worn pair of cowboy boots, jade hued bridesmaids dresses with harvest inspired touches. This Fall wedding is total perfection and we're so happy that Tonhya Kae was on hand to snap every beautiful picture. Click here to see even more.
We chose October for our wedding because we love fall and all the colors and smells that it brings. I wanted it to be rustic and warm and you can do so much with all the natural elements that fall brings!
We did a lot of DIY. I made the jam with one of my girlfriends and her mom. We got together and whipped out 178 jars of jam in 3 and a half hours! I did the labels on the jars as well. I had a custom stamp made from impressrubberstamp.com and cut out the circles with a 2" whole cutter from Michaels and just used hemp string to tie them on. I just stamped it onto cardstock and cut them out then used a tiny hole punch to put the string through. I also made the "CAKE" sign. I used the same font from the programs and just blew it up to fill a page with each letter and my mom sat at my dining room table and cut them all out! Then we just bought one of those "Autumn" cardstock books from Michaels and pasted the letters onto the cute paper.
We grew all the pumpkins that were used throughout the wedding from our own garden:) Shan is quite the gardener! My dad got all the apples from a grower he knows in the area. We cut the centerpiece logs and log cake stands from a fallen tree on probably the hottest day in July. Shan was strapped with his dad's little tiny chain saw and we cut out 32 log plaques, trying to keep them about 2 inches thick. It was so hot outside and the little chainsaw did so much work that it was literally smoking profusely by the time we were done! Then I had him cut some smaller branches to make the cake stands. Shan leveled off the top as well as he could then just put a screw through the top to secure everything.
Our ring holder for the ceremony was actually a Bible that belonged to Shans great-great-grandfather who was born in 1863. He used it to teach sunday school. But the most special element...right before my dad and I walked down the aisle my dad pulled out a bracelet from his pocket that he bought for me and told me how much he loved me and put the bracelet on my wrist. It's something I'll have forever, it touched my heart!
Photography: Tonhya Kae Photography / Flowers: Bugs Garden Girl in Prosser, WA and put together by bridesmaids / Ceremony + Reception Location: American Homestead in Naches, WA / Invitations: Hand-made by bride and individually sewn by Shari Michels / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Dress: Maggie Sottero / Tuxes: Men's Warehouse / Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal / Cakes: Homemade by Bride's cousin, Vanessa Norner / Wedding Favors: Homemade jam made by the bride