Elise + Asa
(July 24, 2020 in Colbert, WA)
In todays blog, we get to hear from our real bride Elise about her dreamy wedding! The couple wanted a rustic, romantic outdoor wedding with a barn, loose greenery, outdoor lighting, and blue skies. They found the perfect setting at Trezzi Farm Winery. Despite the uncertainty, planning, and re-planning in the four months leading up to the wedding, the day itself was perfect and one of the best days of their lives. The couple's top three tips for future brides are to be present, hire a wedding planner and/or day-of coordinator, and take a moment right after the ceremony to "just be" with your new spouse.
Elise was absolutely beautiful in our Christina gown by Calla Blanche. This is a sheath fit with gorgeous rustic-patterned lace. The bodice is unlined and features a v-neckline and thick straps. The low back comes into a v-shape and the unlined train creates a dramatic moment for the back of the dress. The light nude color of the underlay makes the ivory lace stand out beautifully for the perfect rustic chic look.
By our real bride, Elise:
What was the vision for your wedding?
From the very beginning, Asa and I knew that we wanted an outdoor wedding filled with beautiful scenery, and most importantly, all the people we love having the time of their lives! We got engaged at our favorite place, Priest Lake, and even considered getting married there too. We envisioned a rustic, romantic wedding with a barn, loose greenery, outdoor lighting, and blue skies. As a pretty laid-back couple (more him, than me), we wanted our wedding to be classy & romantic, yet simple and comfortable. From the very first time, we visited Trezzi to pick up their delicious Italian food (before we were even engaged!), we absolutely loved the setting. If you havent been, well, well just let the pictures vouch for its chic, rustic beauty! Although Trezzis natural elegance eliminates the need for extensive florals and decorations, we were still able to add our own unique touch with the help of some amazing vendors. Most of our vendors were found through word of mouth, recommendations from family & friends, or Instagram!
How did it go the day-of?
Despite it being a global pandemic, our wedding day itself was absolutely perfect and truly, one of the best days of our lives! Celebrating our love, with the support of the people we love and care about, was incredibly special to us. It was such a blast to have *most* of our people, from many different seasons and stages of life, all in one place together for the purpose of blessing our marriage!
The four months leading up to the wedding were saturated with uncertainty, planning and re-planning, last-minute headcount reductions, and hoping and praying. At the end of the day though, Asa and I were certain that getting married on July 24th was what God wanted for us, and ultimately, what we wanted too! Despite all the speedbumps and deviations, COVID-19 was at the very back of my mind on the day of Thank you, Jesus! From hanging out with my mama, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and closest gals all morning while getting our hair and makeup done, to hopping in a limousine with the wedding party that night. We had the time of our lives. It was a picturesque day up in Greenbluff; blue skies, sunny, and mid-80s. As a couple, we chose to do a first look under the trellis of vines. It was perfect for us to have that moment together before the rest of the evening. Our ceremony was officiated by Asas dad, which was very meaningful to us. He also prayed over us before dinner, amongst our friends and families, and it was a moment we will always hold dear to our hearts. After the ceremony, we snapped a few last-minute family photos, and then it was off to join our guests at the cocktail hour and HAVE FUN! By the time the reception came along, there were no more anxious jitters; we were filled with pure joy and ready to party. From cheers-ing to the most heartfelt speeches that filled the room with both laughter and tears, a dance-floor breakout on the outdoor patio under the lights, and walking out as Mrs. & Mrs under bubbles, streamers, and the cheers of our people the day itself absolutely flew by! I wish we could replay it over and over again :)
It was so fun watching our guests mingle, laugh, dance, and feel a sense of normalcy despite the chaos in the world. In the end, the details that had to be changed in lieu of COVID restrictions, were things that A) werent noticeable to guests and B) didnt truly matter at the end of the day!
What is your #1 tip to future brides?
Because choosing just one is too hard...
1) Be present! Be present with each person and the moment youre in - its your wedding day!
2) If you can, hire a wedding planner and/or designate a day-of coordinator so that your bridal party and family are able to sit back and enjoy the special moments throughout the entire day right there with you.
3) Take a moment right after the ceremony to just be with your new spouse! We took a moment away from the crowd right after the ceremony, and it was a moment that just the two of us got to share together before celebrating with everyone around us. The glimpses of the quiet moments hold a special place in your head and heart as you look back on the splendor of the day.