Refreshing + Chic Wedding On The River

When you combine a dreamy color palette, a gorgeous bride and groom and a breathtaking venue tucked against a river, you get one chic and ultra refreshing wedding day! Filled with white florals, loads of greenery and modern design details, this couple’s big day was fresh and far from the cliche´ outdoor wedding. With Sara Lynn behind the lens, this gallery will be the playbook for outdoor wedding inspiration without a doubt!

From the photographer… I loved photographing Gina and Jordan’s wedding day because it was simple, chic and set at a beautiful location, River Bend. The little pops of blush, sage greens and blues made for the perfect color palette and worked so well with their olive branch greens and reflected the soothing sound of the river nearby.

From the bride… Jordan and I met while working together briefly in Denver, before his move to Boise. We reconnected via Facebook awhile later and dated long distance for over a year before moving myself to Boise. He (tried) to plan a surprise proposal at a nearby winery we had been wanting to visit. His ‘subtle’ hints of “get your nails done” and “make sure you like your outfit” that morning solidified my suspicion. It was still the sweetest and most heartfelt moment, all caught by a photographer friend for an impromptu photo sesh (to my actual surprise!).

We wanted to create an experience for ourselves and our guests. I didn’t want things too cliche and wanted a laid-back, social vibe. We wanted our venue environment to be the focus, so I incorporated simple, organic and soft decor elements. While table garlands are popular, I loved the look and did a mix of greenery to pop against the white table cloths. I used tinted champagne flutes to add color and interest to the tables, while being a functional piece of the table setting. I was excited to design/make the vintage windows that I would use as signage around the venue; I felt it added a personal and slightly unique touch.

As with many outdoor venues, the landscape speaks for itself and my aim was to compliment the calmness and simplicity of the environment that would encourage us and the guests to relax, enjoy and create a memorable event! I was inspired foremost by our venue, Riverbend. The elements of the sweetly flowing river in between an expansive lawn and towering rock wall piqued our interest from the moment we first visited. I wanted to expand on that with a classic, clean, simplistic vibe and include some vintage touches. I wanted to keep things understated and easy, and keep the focus on the beauty of the venue.

I don’t consider myself a big planner, and am more-so a procrastinator, so I put a lot of my efforts into NOT procrastinating. I can also be indecisive, so enlisting my mother and sisters was a big help. I prioritized what aspects of the wedding we wanted to make sure we loved. Pinterest was a great place to get started and get ideas of themes, decor, etc. I made an inspiration board of pictures to keep my focus on one look. Its so easy to get sucked into Pinterest and get pulled in other directions! I loosely used a planning timeline, but mainly secured the bigger vendors first and then focused on detail items and creating the vibe for our day.

Photography: Sara Lynn, Fine Art Photographer | Event Planning: Sara Brown Weddings | Floral Design: Pocket Full Of Posies | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Gold Mine Cupcakes | Invitations: Minted | Reception Venue: Lyons Farmette | Bride's Shoes: Banana Republic | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Zolo | Hair and Makeup: Ashley Salt For Fluff Bar | Band: Ben Mallare Events & Entertainment | Favors: Idaho Candy Company | Groom's Attire: Penguins Formalwear | Officiant: Tom Teske | Groom's Watch: Original Grain