Real Wedding: Rachel & Ted

Posted July 20, 2015

Every wedding we are part of has something extra special about it that makes it stand out from all the others. No matter how many weddings we see, we are amazed at how each couple weaves individual personalities throughout each detail of their day to create a beautiful event uniquely their own. The standout aspects of Rachel and Ted’s early fall wedding last September were, without doubt, the all the sweet personal touches thoughtfully planned by the bride and her family. Many family heirlooms and treasured antique pieces were worked into the vintage theme, kept vibrant by lots of cheerful yellow sunflowers and plum and grey color scheme of the day.

Held in the sunny, open outdoor lawn space at the Embassy Suites, their guests sat facing an arbor styled with the mother of the bride’s wedding veil. A small wire basket on a cheerful yellow table held artfully arranged vintage hankies and small wooden fans. The colorful hankies made guests feel warm and welcome—like part of the family—immediately upon arriving to the ceremony. The table was decorated with a vintage sterling silver platter with a chalkboard welcoming their guests. During the ceremony, the couple together planted a tree to symbolize unity, which they would transplant at their new home! When the intimate ceremony concluded, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour spent playing the old fashioned croquet games set up on the lawn, along with a few bag toss (locally known as cornhole) games. For a different take on this lovely blank canvas of a venue, check out Travis & Christian’s spring wedding!

Rachel spared no pains in creatively working many DIY and homey elements into the reception. The bride and groom’s sweetheart table was set with heirloom family china and sterling silver napkin rings. Guests dined on the delicious meal from an eclectic assortment of mix and match china set on burlap runners. Lanterns and votives topped with frosted lampshades added a cozy touch to the reception tables. The reception space was also decorated with charming collection of vintage containers which served as “vases”—pewter and silver footed teapots, crystal pitchers, and clear jars—all held bright wildflower + sunflower mixes. The guest book table held a vintage suitcase for cards and yet another cool touch: Rachel’s brother manned the guest book, taking pictures of guests as they signed to preserve happy wedding day moments for the couple. Favors were cleverly displayed hanging from branches arranged in a large ball mason jar.

At the conclusion of the night, guests made a tunnel into the parking lot and blew a big cloud of bubbles. The bride and groom obligingly ran through the tunnel bubbles, but only feigned their exit! They were having too much fun, so they decided that instead of departing, they would return to the party and continue dancing the night away with their family and friends. What a sweet ending to this charming, lovely event! Rachel and Ted, thank you for sharing your day with us!

Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering, & Rentals : Embassy Suites
Officiant: Mike Abraham : |: DJ: Formal Affair
Hair + Makeup: Cotton Rouge :|: Photographer: Ashley Amber Photo
Lighting: Optrics Ltd. :|: Florist: Statice Floral Couture
Cake: Chelsea Garrison Cakes :|: I Do Crew: Elise + Sara B.