Photos taken by Carrie Hastings Photography
On June 10th, 2017 Kyle and I’s lives were officially over. Jk! It was the happiest day of my life, and was filled with lots of love, good food, and dancing. Our wedding was very simplistic, rustic, and represented our style and relationship.
Of course right after our engagement I had so many ideas running through my mind on what type of dress I wanted, where to get married, what the wedding party would wear, who would do the music, so on and so forth. The biggest thing we had to decide on was a wedding date. Since we had planned on moving to Thailand already the following year, we wanted to get married before we left.
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At the time we planned on leaving in July of the following year to move abroad. At first we thought about May, and then settled for June. We knew it would be a hot month, but it was a perfect month in order for us to plan the wedding, and to plan our move abroad.
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We got engaged on July 31st, so we had less than a year to plan everything. Which meant that most vendors were already booked. I remember calling tons of places, and they were booked over a year in advanced. Woops. Luckily we stumbled upon the most beautiful and perfect venue.
Red Barn Events, was everything I could have asked for and more. From the use of all the decor from past brides, to the customization of the setup, to the fabulous help we received from the owners. Everything was simple and we didn’t have to follow super strict rules that didn’t allow us to bring in our own ‘vendors’.
Luckily we were able to use family friends as our ‘vendors’ which saved us a lot of money. Since we were able to use the decor provided from the venue that also meant I could save on decor, which can really save us more money.
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The Wedding Day
We had our rehersal the night before at our wedding venue, and got to bring our pups since we didn’t have them in the wedding. Of course we had tons of leftover food, so the guys and girls split up the food. The guys stayed at Kyles parents, and us girls stayed at my dads house. (My dad opted to get a hotel room, since the house was overrun by women at that point)
Having your bridal party spend the night with you before is amazing. I didn’t really have to think about the following day and get all anxious. We watched Bridesmaids, of course, bunked into my room and ended up eating leftover mac&cheese at midnight. We also had the dogs with us, so that was fun.
Of course that very morning I was up at 7am, because I couldn’t sleep in. My Aunt Michelle was over at 7am on the dot, and then Becky (pretty much my second momma) arrived to do our hair. As much as I wanted to have a makeup artist, each time I found one it didn’t work out. So we decided to do our own makeup and help each other out.
Needless to say the house was a wreck, Roxie was pissed but overall it wasn’t chaotic. We had mimosa’s and a light breakfast. (Somehow the crown bottle got snuck in by the champagne lol)
Around 11:30 I think we finished getting our hair and makeup done and headed over to the venue. My younger sister Maggie took the dogs to Kyle’s parents for me, since they were spending the night there. When we arrived the owners of the venue had already begun putting up the lights and fabric for the decor.
The night before we decorated as much as possible so we didn’t have to the following day. Michelle, my aunt, had already gotten ready and picked up the flowers for the tables and our bouquets.
After we finalized all the decor, us girls headed back to the bridal suite. One of my favorite features of the venue was by far the bridal suite. From the vintage decor, to the giant mirror it was the perfect space to finish getting ready. We made sure to bring a veggie tray to snack on so we didn’t pass out.
Around noonish, we put my dress on. I say we, because it takes more than one person to put on a wedding dress. In the moment I put on my dress, facing myself in the mirror it seemed surreal to me. I kept thinking, “I’m getting married. I am a bride. I am in a wedding dress.” I did my best to fight back the tears from the emotions in the room.
The first look with my dad. I didn’t cry until this moment, it was like a wave of emotions. I’m definitely a daddys girl, and am so much like my dad.
Right before the groomsmen arrived we did some shots of the bridesmaids.
Once the groomsmen and groom arrived, I had to wait in the bridal suite while everyone else ran around and got things prepared for the ceremony. It was torture for me to not know what was going on! It felt like time was going by so slow, yet it wasn’t. Here’s a great shot of my handsome husband opening up a letter and gift I made for him.
Our ceremony was to begin at 4:30, and I could hear everyone lining up outside the bridal suite. That is the very moment I started getting nervous. This was it, I was going to walk down an aisle to a beautiful song that brings me to tears with my dad. I walked down to Wonderful Tonight played by The Vitamin String Quartet.
*cue tears, again* the first look.
If you haven’t noticed Kyle and I are not traditional people. We wanted to write our own vows, as they meant more to each other. So happy we did. I have to give it to Kyle on his vows, they brought everyone to tears. He even quoted Gilmore girls. Why do you think I love him so much?
I was so nervous the paper I was holding was shaking soo bad. Everyone could tell! I was a wreck, not to mention as soon as the mic was handed to me I said ‘shit’. Initially I told him I wanted to do my vows first to get them over with. He had the same idea and beat me to it. I generally don’t get nervous in front of crowds, but this was different.
Our whole entire wedding ceremony was a little over 8 minutes. Like I said we wanted everything to be kept as short and simple as possible. Even writing our own wedding script. Not to mention it was a hot June day and I think our guests appreciated us keeping is short.
My amazing, precious, grandparents. My grandpa is the one who performed our wedding ceremony, and married us. I knew as soon as we started planning the wedding that we would ask him to marry us. Of course he said yes, and it made our day that much more special.
Beers in hand, and ready to eat! A good family friend of ours catered our wedding. We had the typical pulled pork, smoked chicken wings, cheesy potatoes and some other side dishes. I told guests they could BYOB for their own special foo-foo drinks. Otherwise we had good ol’ beer.
The wedding toasts and speeches.
Kyle’s sister surprised us with a beautiful speech.
For our wedding song we danced to the original Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton. Ever since highschool this has always been ‘our song’.
To summarize our wedding day, it was every bit of wonderful. The quote below was our wedding reading. We both loved Winnie the Pooh as children, so it was perfect. As you can tell our wedding was very ‘country’, simple and full of love.
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.― A.A. Milne
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