Anna reached out to me from a recommendation from her aunt. Her aunt gets her hair done by my sister in law. Her husband also went to high school with my husband. We met about 6 months prior to their wedding and got right into planning. They were holding their wedding at the groom's parents house, which has a gorgeous flat back yard and is beautifully landscaped making it the perfect spot for Anna's vision of a rustic chic, but casual wedding and party!
Anna is a very sweet girl with quite the silly side. Tyler is very quite until he gets to know you. Anna had a vision and was pulling it together well, but just need a little help finalizing a few odds and ends and making sure nothing was forgotten.
Fast forward to wedding day. It was a perfect sunny North Bend Day - mid to high 70 was the forecast. My husband and I showed up at noon to start set-up. So much of the decor had already been set out by family. We jumped in to help finish setting up the tables and adorn them with a tablecloth, home made wood boxes that were filled with garden flowers and a heart table number. Simple, but made such a statement. The guest book was set on a old re-purposed dresser. It was designed as a message in a bottle. Each guest could write a message on a slip of paper and put it in the bottle. Tyler and Anna will then read the message at a later date. Hand drawn chalkboards were strategically set around the venue with fun phrases/sayings. An old car sat in front of the house, adorned with garden flowers. The thought and design of the decor was done so well.
Photos started around the property at about noon. The photographers style fit in perfectly with the rustic chic Anna was looking for. As well as they were all just having a really good time while taking photos which helped let so much of everyone's personalities shine through. Anna and her girls were in hiding by 3:30 pm, when guest started to arrive. We held the ceremony a bit due to late arrivals, but got started about 4:15 pm. It was a short ceremony, but fit them perfectly. After the ceremony, the guests were asked to grab drinks and mingle while the ceremony space was reset for the reception. It was a quick transition because so many guests jumped in to help move tables and chairs.
Once the space was flipped and guests had found their seats, Anna and Tyler were introduced into the reception and dove right into the breakfast buffet. Super yummy from what I heard. While guests enjoyed their breakfast for dinner, Anna and Tyler made their way around the tables to say hello to everyone. After the buffet, toasts were given by the maid of honor, a groomsman and the bride and groom gave a heartfelt thank you to their guests for joining them to celebrate their union. The toasts lead into the cake cutting which ended with a smashed piece in the grooms face and the bride running off to avoid the same. After a brief break to clean the dance floor, Anna and Tyler had their first dance, which led into a money dance. They started the dance each with a parent and then guests were invited up to break in, give the couple some cash and share a dance. The money dance finished and Anna and Tyler went right into the bouquet and garter toss. Anna did a traditional bouquet toss, but little did Tyler know, he was in for a surprise when he went digging to find the garter. Out he pulled some baby blue granny panties. His face was priceless because he thought he would be pulling a garter out to wrap around a football and throw. Anna looked just as surprised as he did to keep him fooled. Once he tossed the granny panties a football with the garter did come out for the actual garter toss. One more request from the bride and groom was a bridal party game of flip cup. The guys on one side and the girls on the other. They stated with a shot of fireball together and then into a round of flip cup...ultimately the guys one. The minute the dance floor opened, it was filled! The dance floor was full all night, with Anna owning it most of the night.
Once my duties were over, my husband and I were lucky enough to be guests and enjoy the party. Anna and I fell right into a friendship the minute we started planning together. She is someone I feel like I have known my whole life!
Thank you Anna and Tyler for allowing me to help plan and coordinate your wedding as well as enjoy your special day. I will enjoy watching you marriage flourish, your boys grow-up and our friendship continue. I look forward to the good times!
VENUE// PRIVATE RESIDENCE, NORTH BEND, WA
DAY OF COORDINATION// CASSIE RENAE EVENTS, LLC
PHOTOGRAPHY// FARM HOUSE SISTERS PHOTOGRAPHY
CATERING// THE MOOSE CATERING COMPANY
DESSERT// NEW YORK CUPCAKES
FLOWERS// COUNTRYSIDE FLORAL AND GARDEN
DJ// INJOY ENTERTAINMENT, WAYLON
OFFICIANT// CHERYL WEBER, PERSONAL FRIEND
RENTALS// NATIONAL EVENT PROS + VINTAGE AMBIANCE
HAIR AND MAKE-UP// CHARINA MALINAK
MAKE-UP// FLAWLESS BEAUTY BAR
BARTENDING// SELF SERVE BAR