Lacey and Chad share the beautiful details of their flower- and love-filled wedding day.
The Scene: April 20th, 2013, at Maple Hall in La Conner, WA
From the moment Chad popped the question, we knew we would get married in my quaint little home town of La Conner, Washington. In the spring, this area of Washington is well known for its flowers!
Our day was filled with beautiful blooms, from photos in the famous tulip fields to the daffodils from my family’s farm surrounding us during the ceremony and reception. My amazing mother and father stored 5,000 stems of daffodils for the wedding! A girlfriend of mine was able to transform buckets of daffodils into the beautiful flowers we had throughout the venue. I loved hearing guests comment that they had never seen so many blossoms in one place!
We envisioned our day representing not only our families, but also, of course, who Chad and I are. We both work in the wine industry in eastern Washington, so we used wine barrels to create our alter and corks throughout the decor. The “rustic elegance” theme–as my mom dubbed the decor–also included burlap, white and cream throughout.
Guests enjoyed wine from Goose Ridge Estate Winery and Milbrandt Vineyards (our employers), as well as craft beer from Horse Heaven Hills Brewery in Prosser, Wa. We loved keeping our menu, decor and style local. At the end of the night, each guest was given bunches of daffodils to enjoy for days to come.
My Wedding Stylist: Chelsea Hobbs, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite
I am blessed to have an amazingly talented best friend whose style I adore and, lucky for me, she is also the manager of the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Seattle! I could not wait to try on dresses in my appointment with Chelsea. My mother and grandmother accompanied me, and as soon we walked into the suite, we were warmly greeted and invited to browse.
Chelsea and I discussed the budget and she guided me through choosing some beautiful gowns to try on. Although there were three other brides trying on gowns, getting alterations or having final fittings, Chelsea and the whole staff made me feel like the only bride on the floor. Chelsea even talked me into trying on the gown that ended up being “the one”!
My Look: I wore a strapless lace dress by James Clifford (style J1820), with a pearl necklace and Valentino patent leather bow pumps. The gown was delicate and feminine with lace appliqué and the most gorgeous train I have seen.
In my fittings, Toma, the alterations specialist, was able to fit the dress like it was handmade only for me; it was hard to watch her cut open the sides of the dress, but she was able to work magic! The bustle Toma put together was the perfect height and showed the lovely lace piece that flows down the train.
The scalloped lace at the bottom of the dress was the cherry on top, the perfect length to show off my shoes a bit! Chelsea helped me find the perfect shoes (Valentino…my heart!) and bridesmaid dresses and helped my mother find her dress as well. And on my wedding day, I was blessed enough to have Chelsea by my side as a bridesmaid!
My Bridesmaids: The girls wore the Donna Morgan ‘Donna’ dress in ‘Candlelight’, a soft shade of ivory. The bridal party got ready at my cousin’s beautiful Victorian farmhouse. Spending the morning getting pampered with my girlfriends was an amazing way to celebrate! We were also able to go to a nearby tulip field for photos. The bright red and yellow tulips were an amazing, eye-catching background against the soft chiffon ‘Candlelight’ color of the bridesmaids dresses.
Our Favorite Moments: Chad and I met while attending Washington State University and knew our Coug spirit also needed to have a part in our day! We loved our WSU-themed photo booth and an amazing Coug carved cheese block (which our friends loved as well). Exiting the party to the fight song was definitely a memory we will both cherish.
Photography by Sara Welch Photo
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