Chic Backyard Farm Wedding in Washington
March 24, 2016
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Get those Pinterest boards ready because this is one stunner of a celebration. A backyard wedding with the talented O'Malley Photographers behind the lens that's effortlessly elegant thanks to VOWS Wedding & Event Planning and the simply beyond Flora Nova blooms. From the tempting The Sweet Side desserts, to a few animal friends making their cameos, this is one party we would've vied for an invite to. See it all in The Vault!
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From Katy Roberts of VOWS... The Altig family (groom’s family) are well known in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland; they are a big and active family, devout Catholics, kind and generous…they also have a farm in the middle of the city! Parents Rick & Lisa bought the large property in the Kirkland Highlands in the 80s then raised their family of 4 there. It was the dream of first daughter, Natalie, to get married in this special place so we did that on the pool deck in 2010. The tradition continued with Richie Altig (eldest son) wanting to do the same. His love of the animals took us down to the farm property.

Among the boisterous turkeys, lamas, goats, a mini horse (who loved to eat flowers, we later learned!), and a donkey named Burrito is a heavily slanted orchard which was determined large enough for a tent to fit 275 guests – perfect! We brought in the experts and the vision became reality. It took 5 days and 10 men to build the staging, install the hardwood-like flooring, grand staircase, railings, catering ramp, and to erect the gorgeous Tidewater Tent on the Altig Family Farm.

Words beautiful bride Brita described as her vision were: romantic, timeless, chic. Our palette was the softest of blush, greens, ivory, and taupe. We used a variety of table shapes and sizes to fill the grand white tent: farm tables, large, medium and small rounds with different textured linens to bring interest. Each place setting was adorned with vintage flatware, layered chargers of gold rimmed glass and floral print vintage china, gorgeous menus describing the lucky guests’ 6 course, Italian-inspired meal (Mom’s side is Italian).

The groom and groomsmen got ready in the 100-year-old cabin at the base of the property that had been moved by the family from Kirkland’s waterfront before it was demolished. The Altigs refurbished it staying as true to the time it was built as possible. The girls got ready in an extension of the main house in a well-appointed guest apartment next to a private dance studio where Brita and her girls spent a lot of time practicing (Brita is a Sea Gal for the Seattle Seahawks).

The day was a dream though rain did flirt with us (it is Seattle after all). Traditional Catholic ceremony with mass, then a send-off in Grandpa's Vintage Model A. A sea of greens and romantic flowers awaited them at the reception including a stunning, one of a kind, floral backdrop behind their head table. The night was full of great food, entertaining toasts, and roaming animals per the family’s request. The mini horse spent hours looking at his reflection in our porta potty waiting area’s vintage vanity. He was the hit of the night!