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Jessica + Bryan

(September 20, 2020 in Leavenworth, WA)

Planning a wedding during a pandemic can be quite an adventure! In todays blog post, our real bride Jessica describes her vision for her wedding which changed several times due to the pandemic. Originally, the plan was to have a 200-person wedding at a winery, but eventually, it turned into a small elopement in Leavenworth surrounded by nature. The bride's priority was to have a romantic day filled with loved ones, and the vendors were accommodating throughout the process. The day-of went smoothly, and the bride got to spend time with her friends and family before the ceremony. The ceremony was described as magical, and the bride felt loved and surrounded by family and friends. Her advice for future brides is to remember that the day is about marrying your best friend and not to get too caught up in the fluff.

Jessica looked absolutely stunning in our Sylvia gown by Wtoo! This gown has a beautiful lace bodice with flattering ruching details. Off-the-shoulder straps add a romantic element to this beautiful dress. The skirt is a soft English netting that drapes gorgeously and flows into a lovely train. Jessica added our Celeste duet as a belt to add a little bit of sparkle and accentuate her waist.

By our real bride, Jessica:

What was the vision for your wedding?  

Much like all 2020 brides, the vision for our wedding changed more than once. From a winery with 200 people, to eloping with our families to Leavenworth, our wedding couldnt have changed more. Regardless of the backdrop and the number of guests, we knew we wanted our day to be romantic, surrounded by nature, and filled with the people we love. Even though everything about our wedding changed, our amazing vendors joined us for the ride!

How did it go the day-of? 

The day of was nothing like I imagined it would be; it was so much better! Bryan got to spend the morning golfing with the guys and I got to hang out with my mom, sister, and two of my best friends who also made the trip. Instead of checking the clock to make sure everyone was staying on track with the timeline, I got to drink my coffee, write letters to my family, and write my vows out on the porch looking out at the gorgeous mountains. Once we all got dressed and ready to go take pictures abs our first look, the day continued to run smoothly. My amazing friends and mom decorated the table and ceremony area with beautiful florals and candles. They truly brought my vision to life and I couldnt have been happier or more grateful for them! Our ceremony was simply magical, with the sun setting behind the mountains, birds chirping, and no wind! Looking back at our family and closest friends sitting in the audience, we knew we made the right decision in eloping and have never felt more loved!

What is your #1 tip to future brides? 

It is so easy to get caught up in all the Pinterest-perfect weddings, the decorations, the color of the napkins, etc. but when you are forced to change your plans and your vision, the only thing that remains the same is you getting to marry your best friend. All of the fluff is always fun and dont get me wrong I enjoyed planning my big wedding, but am so thankful for the choices we had to make! Our day was about our marriage, our love story, and being surrounded by the people who will continue to love and support us for many years to come!

Dress: Sylvia by Wtoo by Watters

Veil: Lillian Veil by Sara Gabriel Designs

Duet: Celeste Duet by Sara Gabriel Designs

Photographer: Amy Stone

Videographer: Krysta and Nick

Hair & makeup: Alexi Sage

Flowers: Firehouse Flowers

Venue: Namu Lodge