Nicole and Chris grew up mere miles apart from each other, but they didn’t officially meet until a chance suggestion by Match.com years later. Their match was followed by an engagement and a carefully planned backyard wedding in the home where Chris grew up. Chris and his dad worked tirelessly to turn their home into a beautiful setting for the couple’s rustic wedding filled with oh-so-beautiful vintage touches.
Their ceremony aisle was lined with greenery and florals, and the couple recited their vows beneath a lovely arch. A swing complete with greenery hung nearby, and it was the perfect place for portraits of the new Mr. and Mrs post ceremony. Crates and china served as centerpiece vessels, and blush and red flowers completed each look as a nod to Chris’s late grandfather. The reception kicked off with a live band before a DJ took the floor later in the night to make sure the dance floor was filled until after midnight.
Fun, comfortable, memorable, and pretty were the adjectives the duo wanted their wedding day to embody, and the pictures by Meghan Christine Photography show they absolutely met their goal with additional planning by Icing on the Cake Events.
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Our wedding planner, Stacey Boyett, from Icing On the Cake Events helped us the most in the planning process of our wedding. She was a tremendous help and made the planning process for our backyard wedding fun. Stacey took the time to listen to us, attend vendor meetings, and carry out our vision. We still receive compliments from other vendors and guests about how organized, easy to work with, and how hard she worked on our special day.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
The most important thing to my husband and I when we decided who to work with for our wedding was that they were easy to work with, were great at their specialty, and helped make our wedding planning and day so special.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
We held the ceremony and reception at my in-laws ranch-style home. Our inspiration for our details/design was rustic and elegant. We chose the colors navy blue, gray, and pinks with pops of red. The pops of red were important to my husband because it reminded him of his late grandfather. We borrowed mis-matched antique plates to add a beautiful personal touch to our tables.
We also chose to have a band and a DJ. The band played primarily classic rock for our guest arrival, cocktail hour, and during dinner. They set the tone that we wanted our guests to have a good time. The DJ began playing after dinner and played past midnight. Our guests definitely enjoyed the music and dancing; which was important to us.
My husband and father-in-law spent many hours getting the backyard ready for our special day. The many undertakings included the transformation of an old shed into a small barn and also placing a large wooden post in the center of the yard in which market lights were strung from one end to the other.
Our florist, Cindy Sheridan, was a huge part of our wedding details. My husband and I told Cindy what we envisioned and she was able to transform the backyard into more than we could have imagined. Cindy, provided all the rustic decor that we used for our day. These included: chandeliers, ceremony arch, table centerpieces/flowers, whiskey barrels and an old door as the table top for our dessert table.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Our favorite thing about our wedding was how much love and support we felt from our guests and how much fun everyone had. I can’t leave out how beautiful everything turned out and the happiness we felt.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
My best advice for other brides is to enjoy the entire wedding process. Do not get too caught up in every detail and focus on what is most important: your wedding is a special occasion for your family and friends to come together and celebrate the love between you and your husband.
Vendors who made it all happen…
Wedding Coordinator: Icing on the Cake Events // Photography: Meghan Christine Photography // Floral Design: Cindy Sheridan // Cake: SusieCakes // Catering: Red’s BBQ // Hair: Lauren Cory // Makeup: Heather Coopersmith // Rentals: A-1 Event Rentals // DJ: Jon “JJ” Jacinto
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