Coeur d'Alene Wedding from Crissie McDowell Photography
August 20, 2012
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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!
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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