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Rachel + James

(September 6, 2019 in Coeur dAlene, ID)

This blog post is a personal account of our real bride Rachel's wedding day. Her vision for the wedding was simple - neutral colors, greenery, and white flowers. The venue was already beautiful, so they didn't need much decoration. The maid of honor made the wedding cake, and the photographer they chose made the experience seem easy, natural, and fun. On the day of the wedding, it rained, but they had a backup plan. However, the rain stopped, and they were able to stick to their original plan. The ceremony was emotional and intimate, and the reception was filled with dancing. The bride's #1 tip for future brides is not to stress about the little details as they are not worth the stress.

Rachel looked GORGEOUS in our Angelina gown by Willowby. This is a classic A-line fit with beautiful floral motifs scattered throughout the soft English netting tulle skirt. The lace bodice has a slightly dropped waist and is edged by pearl beading that accentuates a delicate pearl belt. The v-neckline is so flattering on this gown and is mirrored by a v-shape in the back.

By our real bride, Rachel:

What was the vision for your wedding? 

My vision was pretty simple! I knew I wanted neutral colors and greenery for my decor. My Pinterest board was very much like that! I wanted white flowers, a ton of greenery, creams, ivory, and natural/neutral colors. Luckily with our venue, we didn't need much decoration/florals because it was already so beautiful! My maid of honor/best friend made our wedding cake, she is so so talented and it made it that much more special. I was torn between 2 photographers, but immediately knew when the one we picked was the right choice because she made the experience seem so easy, natural, and fun! As for the venue, I have known that that was the place I wanted to get married since I was in middle school, been in love with it ever since!

How did it go the day-of? 

I woke up on our wedding day to pouring rain! I wasn't worried because that was in the forecast, and we had a backup plan that we were happy with. My dad and I went on a run together as soon as we woke up, something we always have done together! After I got my hair done, I went to the venue to see all my bridesmaids getting ready. My college roommate/one of my bridesmaids and best friends did my makeup. We all listened to music and did our best to relax and enjoy the time we had together. And the RAIN STOPPED! Our original plan was now a go so I was very relieved and it made it seem that much more real! I got in my dress, and that was when I finally realized, "Oh my gosh this is really happening right now..."

With those little bits of nerves, my bridesmaids and fiancé's sister and myself had a little dance party before we headed out for the ceremony, completely calming my nerves and now allowing me to get to be completely excited. I couldn't wait to see James as we did not do a first look. Both my parents walked me down the aisle and it was the most surreal, beautiful moment of my life: seeing everyone I loved in one place, and having the two strongest people I know walk me to the person I was about to marry! James's sister married us and it was the most incredible, emotional, and intimate ceremony. I didn't envision it any other way. Then the night began! Cocktail hour, pictures, dinner, speeches, first dances, and alllll the dancing! We could not have been happier with how everything turned out!!

What is your #1 tip to future brides?

My best tip is to try your best not to worry and stress about the little details. More than likely you and your guests won't notice them and it is not worth the stress!

Dress: Angelina by Willowby

Photographer: Heidi Patin of Through His Eyes Create

Flowers: Beehaven Flower Farm

Hair: Jordan Walstrom: J. Miller Salon

Venue/Coordinator: Settlers Creek/Gabe Varellav