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Lynette + Javi

(October 12, 2019 in Liberty Lake, WA)

Welcome back to the Ivory Blog where we share about our real brides weddings! Todays blog post describes the vision for the author's wedding, which revolved around having a fun, casual celebration with family and friends, good food and drink, and games. The day of the wedding was designed to have more celebration and less logistics, with the ceremony held early in the day and a morning wedding reception. The author's #1 tip for future brides is to have fun and surround themselves with people and things that bring them joy, without stressing about making everyone else happy.

Lynette looked absolutely stunning in our Alexa gown by Willowby. This gown is a gorgeous A-line fit with a stunning titanium-colored liner with soft layers of tulle over the top of it. The skirt has gorgeous dahlia motifs with sequin details scattered throughout for a little bit of sparkle. The bodice is a gorgeous deep-v plunge with a stunning double waistband made of delicate velvet ribbon. The ribbon ties into a dainty bow in the back and the baby train completes this boho, whimsical gown.

By our real bride, Lynette:

What was the vision for your wedding?

The vision for our wedding revolved around FUN! We are very casual and most enjoy our family, friends, and good food and drink (especially beer). I procrastinated everything, as usual, and luckily had my friends sit me down and force me to choose colors, decor, etc. We chose our vendors based on a place we could fit all of our family and friends to celebrate all weekend and just have a really fun time. With little vision at the start, it ended up perfect. The weather cooperated with us (it had SNOWED the weekend before) and our guests said it was the most fun wedding they've ever been to. The event was family-friendly with about 50 kids in attendance (out of 200 guests). We had games and an outdoor fire, and the favors were temporary tattoos.

How did it go the day-of? 

We wanted more celebration and less logistics. Having been a bridesmaid a few times I wanted our ceremony to be early in the day so we had a morning wedding. Close friends and family arrived for the rehearsal dinner and stayed the night at the beautiful and spacious Zephyr Lodge. Breakfast was catered by an amazing chef while the bridal party started getting ready. Guests arrived and the ceremony (officiated by a good friend who is a hilarious comedian) lasted only a few minutes. The party was a blur with plenty of BBQ and drink to be had. We returned to Spokane in the late afternoon and checked into the Davenport, gathered with a few friends for dinner downtown before heading to the after party at an amazing bar downtown for dancing and a chance to get a little wilder with an adults-only party. Brunch the next day wrapped up the weekend beautifully. We had a unique bridal party made up of nieces, nephews, and the children of close friends, their ages ranged from 2 to 10 years old. We chose to do this so we could have a manageable bridal party (I have four sisters and seven BFFs that I would have wanted). So the sisters and friends dressed in the color scheme for some amazing photos but we kept the processional short. Our wedding was very non-traditional and we could not have done it without our many talented friends and family!

What is your #1 tip to future brides? 

Have FUN! From every aspect of planning to each moment of the day surround yourself with people and things that bring you joy. Don't stress about making everyone happy, that's impossible, make yourself happy!

Dress: Alexa by Willowby

Venue: Zephyr Lodge

Photographer: Ifong Chen

Hair: Hilary Atwood

Makeup: Courtney Hershey

Catering: Red Lion BBQ

Dessert: MiFlavour

Beer: Icicle, Bale Breaker, Black Label Brewing Company

Officiant: Deece Casillas

Rings: Icona Jewelry