A couple who fist pumps during the first kiss and takes a bicycle victory lap after the ceremony is truly a couple after my own heart. Kenzie and Sean came together to creative an utterly thoughtful and sweetly personal wedding day with a light country twist, and brought on June Cochran to do the photography honors. Read on for some great tips and advice from the bride:
From the bride, Kenzie: After Sean and I got engaged we both started working on separate Pinterest boards and after maybe a month our country style emerged. The best way I can explain our style is what I told everybody, I wanted “country”, but not “country” (insert deep southern accent on that second “country”). Burlap was not welcome at this soiree! We wanted something that felt like us, but not trendy (I dyed my ombre hair back to brown to avoid photo regrets), and at the beginning we talked a lot about design things we enjoy (think Mumford and Sons videos). After we got engaged we sat down in a hotel room with more wedding magazines (that we’d never use again) than we’d care to admit. The mission? Our colors. Martha Stewart (of course) won our hearts with coral, pale aqua and khaki (that we later changed to grey). After working with our floral decorators we added marigold yellow, and glitter (because I’m excessive) and that rounded out our colors.
We DIYed a lot of our wedding as a way to cut costs. Our invitations were made for us by one of Sean’s old graphic design professors and instead of having inner envelopes (which was the stupidest idea Sean had ever heard) we purchased a silhouette cutter and hand designed inner name plate cards for each of our guests. We also DIYed all the mercury glass votives with spray paint and water. Sean hand poured concrete votives for the outdoors. We made our guestbook, table numbers, dip dyed table cloths, made cake plates, cake toppers, etc.
My mom hand sewed all of the bunting we hung at our ceremony and reception location which was AMAZING and ended up killing her 40 year old machine (think 500+ ft of bunting), and my dad made our corn hole games, lawn Jenga, and signage. The cool part about those projects is it made Sean and I feel so loved, but also the bunting is now being made into a quilt that we will get to have forever. We found a lot of passion for doing projects together and were so excited to see everything come together.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? During the planning process stop and enjoy everything happening around you. I had maybe 2-3 huge breakdowns (think ugly cry) during our year engagement because I wanted to the throw the omgmostperfectpartyever. But when Sean and I figured out how to make spray paint look like mercury glass we drank a bottle of champagne to celebrate, and those are probably some of our most favorite memories ever. In the weeks leading up to your wedding try to under-react as much as possible. Did you say something rude to your fiance? Hope he lets it roll. Does your beau not get the right thing at the craft store? Oh well. This was the best advice we got before the wedding and it was awesome. We both made the choice not the let things get to us because that week is HIGH stress and going a million miles an hour and being on each others’ team is the best.
Processional: “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” Death Cab for Cutie (I’ve read that this can be a downer, but it really worked for us!)
Recessional: “Electric Avenue,” Eddy Grant (Sean’s pick, definite favorite)
First Dance: “Five Years Time,” Noah and the Whale
Father/Daughter Dance: “Too Marvelous for Words,” Frank Sinatra
Mother/Son Dance: “Forever Young,” Rod Stewart
Our DJ was awesome! For the cocktail hour we just told him to play equivalent of the Bon Iver Pandora station, and then pick up the music as the night went on. We had everything from Martin Solveig to Robin Thicke, country, and all the interactive dances you could shake a fist at!
Location: Windsor, CO / Photographer: June Cochran / Ceremony Venue: Bethel Lutheran Church / Reception Venue: Highland Meadows Barn / Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Makeup: Janine Gelsinger / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s suit: Vera Wang by Men’s Warehouse / Wedding Caterer: Catering Consciously / Wedding Cakes: Tee & Cakes and family / DJ: DJ Maestro / Videographer: Parker Rice / Transportation: Tandem bike (scary, but worth it!)