Jadyn + Gibson
(June 26, 2021 in Boise, ID)
This blog post shares the vision and details of a simple, natural, timeless, and classy wedding that took place at two locations in Boise, Idaho. The ceremony was held in the English Garden at the Idaho Botanical Gardens, while the reception took place at BACON, a restaurant in downtown Boise. The couple intentionally selected vendors they knew and trusted, making the day even more special. The blog post describes how the day went. The couple opted not to do a first look, instead doing a first touch before the ceremony. The ceremony had unique touches, including two pastors officiating, and the couple wrote their own vows. After the ceremony, the wedding party took pictures while the guests headed to the reception. The reception was a fun, lively party with great food, drinks, and dancing, and the couple drove off in a classic MG convertible.
Our real bride Jadyn looked absolutely beautiful in our Florence gown by LaPerle. This gown is a gorgeous sheath fit and is made out of crepe material for a look that is sleek and yet comfortable to wear. This dress has a v-neckline, dainty straps, and a stunning low back with a dramatic train to top it off.
By our real bride, Jadyn:
What was the vision for your wedding?
Our wedding was always set to be simple, natural, timeless and classy. We went with greens, nudes, whites and blacks for all of our colors! This was always the vision and it was executed very simply and well. We did a dual location wedding: our ceremony was in the English Garden at the Idaho Botanical Gardens and then our reception was at BACON, a restaurant in downtown Boise. At the ceremony, we got the natural beauty of the garden: grasses, foothill views, wildlife, sun, etc. At the reception we got the urban aspect of our wedding through the downtown setting, downtown street lights, outdoor patio, globe string lights and a modern designed restaurant. We chose our vendors almost 100% as people we knew, loved and trusted. Every single vendor we either knew personally, or had been connected with them in some intimate way. BACON is my husband's family's restaurant. Idaho Botanical Garden is where we both grew up singing at for choir, going to with family, and visiting every winter for a Winter Gardens A Glow date. Our photographer, Kate, is one of our dear friends and mentors from our time spent in Spokane at Whitworth University. Lunatic Fringe is where one of my childhood best friends works, Addison, who did my hair and makeup for the wedding and pre-wedding. Brayden, our videographer, was one of Gibson's teammates at College of Idaho. Chip Cookies is right across the street from my office in downtown Boise and one of our favorite desserts EVER. Sound Wave Events was our DJ; when I was in student council in high school, I used them multiple times when planning school dances and we used them for my sister's wedding reception. Honest in Ivory was where I dreamed about getting my dress ever since it opened, and I did! LaNeige Bridal is owned by family friends of ours and they did all of the guys' suits.
How did it go the day-of?
Our wedding day was absolutely incredible. We got to celebrate with so many people who we love, care for, and admire. They made us feel so seen, overjoyed and special. We crafted the whole day so intentionally before, and thankfully when the day finally came, everything fell into place! The whole wedding party stayed in our family's AirBnBs that are right across the street from each other. The street was just full of celebrations. The morning of, the boys (Gibson + groomsmen) went and did a workout at one of our best friends gyms. We grew up being trained at this gym, so it is very very special to us and shaped us both greatly. They then went to a big brunch before they got ready. Down the street, the girls and I did a quick circuit workout and then had a time of Bible study, Starbucks coffee, and oatmeal- three of my favorite things. We then went to my parents neighborhood clubhouse where our makeup and hair artists met us. It was full of laughing, dancing, singing, and COVID test frantics. This was our 'thing' that didn't go according to plan. We had to get COVID tests for our honeymoon in Hawaii on the day of our wedding, but we somehow signed up for the wrong one. That being said, I got my test done one hour before I had to be at our wedding venue, with my makeup already done. After we were all ready, we all headed to Idaho Botanical Gardens. This is where we put on our dresses and started our pictures. One thing we did a little 'non-traditionally' is we did not do a first look. Gibson always dreamed of seeing his bride for the first time when she was walking down the aisle, so, that's what we did! Instead of a first look, we did a first touch where we held hands around a corner, prayed with each other and gave each other written letters. Then the guests began to arrive and were greeted by college teammates of Gibson and I's- College of Idaho Men's Basketball players and Whitworth Women's Soccer players. It was such a gift to have these friends be a part of our day in this way! Not to go into too much detail but a few unique things we did for our ceremony were: had both sitting and standing room; I was sung down the aisle by Gibson's dad with my brother-in-law playing acoustic guitar; we had two of our closest pastors do the officiating together; and, we wrote our own vows. After the ceremony, the wedding party and families stayed. We did the majority of pictures during this time, while the guests were all heading about 10 minutes away to downtown Boise to BACON. Our wedding party arrived after the guests, then Gibson and I made our entrance. Our reception was an absolute party in all aspects: food, drinks, dancing, toasts, etc. A few details about our reception: indoor/outdoor, mainly standing/cocktail style with a FULL dinner spread of food (mac and cheese, bacon sandwiches, salad, beef mignonettes, shrimp, artichoke dip, and a lot more), floor to ceiling picture vestibule - it was amazing. We followed the traditional dances in terms of first dance as a couple, mother-son and father-daughter, but we did not play any games during our reception because all we wanted to do was DANCE! Some unique things we did: our pastor prayed before dinner, we did all disposable alcoholic drinks to diminish back up at the bar, four speeches (MOH, BM, bridesmaid and groomsman), small cake made for us to cut while guests ate Chip cookies, drove off in a classic MG convertible and right before we did our send-off we did the garter and bouquet toss propped up on the car. We then drove off and headed to the Inn at 500 to stay at before our honeymoon in Maui! It was a beautiful, special, exciting day that was exactly true to who we are.
What is your #1 tip to future brides?
SOMETHING will go wrong. Embrace that before you even step into your day because you have no control over the little things. The only thing you can control now is how you are choosing to step into the big day. Once you have embraced that, you will be your most relaxed, comfortable self. This will allow you to have the most incredible wedding day, taking it all in, feeling all of the emotions that come with it. It will be the BEST day of your life- but it is only the beginning!