Knowing they wanted to keep their guests comfortable above all else on their wedding day, Elise and Jeff made sure to keep everything true to themselves for an amazing celebration without any of the excess frills. With floral design by Broadturn Farm and images taken by the wonderful Emily Delamater Photography, it’s no wonder everything turned out as beautiful as it did!
From the bride, Elise: Scandinavian-rustic was the look I was going for. It was very important to me to feel comfortable on the day and that our guests felt comfortable, so we stuck true to us and our every-day style. We wanted everyone to feel like the ceremony and reception reflected both of us, which made for what we believe was a warm and memorable wedding.
There was no color scheme; I just went with what I liked out of the options that I found or that were presented to me, and hoped that everything would complement each other. We kept the decor of the ceremony very simple as well at the decor in the barn; the venue was enough in itself and we didn’t want to disrupt that.
DIY projects are best for adding ones touch to an event, but I made sure that whatever DIY projects I went with, I was going to be able to get them done and that they were a way to save money on things you’d otherwise purchase. Some DIY projects included: My Pops made the table name holders, place card holders and some platters out of birch. He also made the Swedish torches. Table names: Jeff and I are opposites, so we decided to go with table names that one of us likes and the other doesn’t. For example, “Trashy TV”, “Spreadsheets”, “Gnomes”, “Direct Sunlight”, “Jeggings”, etc. I ordered the cards online and had them printed with the table name in text and image form. Place cards: I made the place cards out of Instagram prints. The persons name was written on the front and their table assignment was on the back of the print. My Ma and grandfather made the dala horses that went on Jeff’s and my chairs.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Small wedding parties are the way to go, and less is more. Don’t try to do more than you need – it will only become more stressful. Always list the dress code on your wedding website – even when you think it’s obvious what attire is appropriate. Lastly, don’t skimp on the hors d’oeuvres!
Processional: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Three Little Birds,” Bob Marley
Cocktail Hour: I love reggae music, so we had a friend make a reggae mix for our cocktail hour
First Dance: “I Love Only You,” Royal Hammer
Father/Daughter Dance: “It’s A Wonderful World”
Mother/Son Dance: “Forever Young”