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Ruby + Matthew

(September 28, 2019 in Zillah, WA)

In this blog post, the writer shares their vision for their wedding, including their color scheme and their decision to go with an outdoor garden venue in central Washington. They also give tips on how to choose the right vendors and share their experience on how to roll with the unexpected on the big day. Most importantly, the writer emphasizes the importance of keeping things in perspective and remembering the reason for the celebration. If you're planning a wedding, read on for some great advice!

Ruby was breathtaking in our Taylor gown from our Honest in Ivory Private Collection. This is a gorgeous fit and flare gown made out of comfortable crepe material! It has a flattering sweetheart neckline, a belt that helps accentuate the waistline and romantic off-the-shoulder straps. This wedding dress is completed with buttons that go all the way down the back and an absolutely stunning train. This gown is beautifully classic and timeless.

By our real bride, Ruby:

What was the vision for your wedding?

I started by picking out a color theme and ended up going with dark green, navy, and ivory, with the accent colors being gold and black. I found two photos on Pinterest that I loved and ended up using them as my inspiration. Everything came together so nicely and honestly rivals my original inspiration pics. 

Do your research and narrow it down to your top two vendors in each category and make a decision. Hosting a wedding is a big feat and you want to make sure you vibe with all of your vendors! 
We went with an outdoor garden venue in central Washington that was absolutely stunning. Le Jardin of Zillah was already so green and colorful so I didn't need to go wild with adding additional decor or flowers. The owners were so helpful and didn't set a ton of restrictions on us. The deciding factor was being able to access the venue for three days versus the traditional 10-12 hour rental from other venues we looked at. 

I ended up meeting our AMAZING photographer Elizabeth of Sage and Scarlett Photography while working a styled shoot at Honest in Ivory! We didn't want heavily filtered/ trendy photos that will go out of style in a few years and we loved that her style was light and bright. Not only was she great to work with but her work is truly beautiful. Liz perfectly captured our wedding - you would have never known that it was 40 degrees and 20 mph winds! Do yourself a favor and check her out - she's THE BEST! 

Basically: do your research, stalk their portfolios, meet in person, and go with your intuition.

How did it go the day-of?

The day of was AMAZING but you know when everyone tells you that things never go as planned... and you think, pshhhh not at my wedding. Well - it's true! Leading up to our wedding there was a freak storm coming through that predicted a high of 50 degrees, rain, and high winds. Let me remind you that we were planning an outdoor garden wedding.  

We, and by we I mean my amazing husband and his family scrambled to get outdoor tents from Pullman all the way to Yakima at the very last minute. We ended up getting a bunch of outdoor heaters, setting up a coffee/hot cocoa station, and making sure to have a well-stocked bar. Things happen and you just have to roll with it! 

We had a beautifully culturally blended ceremony with traditional vows and incorporated the lazo into our ceremony. The Lazo is a tradition in which the bride and groom are linked together to symbolize the ties of love and unity. This is usually a part of traditional Mexican weddings and added a nice touch!

What is your #1 tip to future brides?

I have a few: 

1. Don't drag out your engagement. 

2. Honestly, as much as you plan something will always go wrong. Be flexible and remember to be kind to everyone around you because it's only one day. YOU GET TO MARRY YOUR BEST FRIEND AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS! 

3. Don't go into debt for ONE DAY! We were fortunate enough to be able to pay all cash for our wedding with savings and the help of family. I have friends that racked up credit cards and put themselves in a bad spot.

Dress: Taylor from the Honest in Ivory Private Collection

Veil: Stephanie by Sara Gabriel designs

Photo: Sage and Scarlett Photography

Flowers: Blooming Elegance Yakima

Suits: Mr. Tux Spokane

Bridesmaid dresses: Lulus Bridal

Venue: Le Jardin of Zillah

Hair: Payton from V Boutique and Salon

Makeup: Holly Koyle

Bartenders: BarTab LLC

Cake: Kerri's Cakes 

Earrings & Bracelet: Olive + Piper

Wedding Planner: Creative Lizzy

Alterations: Nina Cherie

Carnitas: Carnitas Supreme

Chicken: Rosauers

Cheese Enchiladas: Fiesta Foods 

Rice: Puerto Escondido 

Tortillas: La Nacional

Chips: URM