Natalie + Josh
(June 22, 2019 in Spokane, WA)
In this blog post, our real bride Natalie shares her vision for a rustic, antique, and perfectly imperfect wedding day. From spool tables and quilts to hay bales and cowboy boots, every detail came together beautifully. On the day-of, the wedding was even better than she could have imagined, with the best people surrounding her and her husband. Her #1 tip for future brides is to do what feels right and good for them and to make sure it's their day, no matter where or how they choose to celebrate.
Natalie looked absolutely gorgeous in our Anna gown by Willowby. This is a stunning A-line gown with a gorgeous, soft tulle skirt. The top is made of beautiful geometric crochet lace that accentuates the waist and bust. A flattering v-neckline goes into dainty shoestring straps.
By our real bride, Natalie:
What was the vision for your wedding?
My vision was all things rustic, antique, and perfectly imperfect. My vision included spool tables and quilts and hay bales and cowboy boots and lace and antlers and market lights. I wanted anything but precision. I even left all of my nine bridesmaids to choose their own style of dress, with only slight direction on the color scheme. Every small and large detail of the day came together SO beautifully.
How did it go the day-of?
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and even better than we could have imagined! My mom and I did a really thorough job of ensuring that by the time the wedding day rolled around, everything had been taken care of or assigned to somebody else so that we could sit back and just soak it in. My husband and I have seriously the best tribe of people surrounding us, so on the wedding day we were able to give up the reins and just let the day roll without worrying about a thing. I had many highlights in the day, but one of my favorites was standing up at the altar beside my (almost!) husband, looking out into the crowd of our St. Thomas More church, and seeing so many people from so many different parts of our individual and combined lives all smashed into pews together smiling and looking back at us. I may be biased, but WE HAVE THE BEST PEOPLE! After the ceremony, we invited our guests to follow us up north about 15 minutes to our reception venue. The reception was even better than I'd hoped it would be, and I knew it would be dang good. It took place at Schmidt Cattle Co., a working cattle ranch turned wedding venue. It sparkled and it 'moo'ed and provided the best setting to party with 350ish of our nearest and dearests. AND OUR DANCE FLOOR. Wow, it just didn't stop!! The entire day had a feeling I wish I could capture in a bottle and feed off every day. It was love, it was magic, and it was the best day of our lives. Josh and I still talk about our wedding almost daily, and we hope we never tire of doing so.
What is your #1 tip to future brides?
I'm an advocate for doing what YOU want and celebrating the day however feels right and good for you and your other half! Buy the dang dress you want, serve the food you want, eat cake, don't eat cake, there's nothing that's right or wrong. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise. There is no "right way" or "wrong way" to do your wedding. Whether it's in the church hall, or country club, or on the farm, make sure it's YOUR day! Soak it all in. It passes in a flash.