Jordan & Paul | Real Weddings
Surrounded by breathtaking wine country, Jordan and Paul became husband and wife in an elegantly rustic ceremony with unmatched panoramic views.
Jordan, tell us about the location.
We had always talked about getting married in a meaningful place—and for us that place was Lake Chelan [in north-central Washington State]. Paul and I both grew up vacationing in Chelan every summer with our families and have continued that tradition as a couple.
We chose to marry at Karma Vineyards because of its natural beauty and for the experience it offered our guests—from the panorama patio where our ceremony was held (complete with a 180° view of the lake), to the vineyard patio where we served homemade margaritas and dinner, to the wine cave where we danced the night away. We loved how Karma provided our guests with a new and beautiful setting at each stage of the evening—not to mention their wine and catering are some of the best in Washington!
What was the theme or inspiration?
Effortless elegance with rustic elements and romantic lace. The color palette was perfect for our summer wedding: light grey with gold accents and pops of vibrant oranges, corals and pinks in the florals.
Tell us about your favorite moment.
We wrote our vows separately to keep them a surprise for the ceremony, but we both said very similar things about why we love our relationship and each other. Hearing them for the first time was an unforgettable moment.
Another great moment was our reception debut. Paul and I took dance lessons leading up to our wedding, so when we nailed our first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” I was pretty stoked!
How did you know your dress was the one?
I knew the Monique Lhuillier Harper gown was “the one” because it had all the details I had always dreamed of: beautiful and lightweight Chantilly lace, an open back, an “illusion” neckline and a detailed waistline. I also loved that the dress came with the option to add an overskirt train, which gave it a very classy and sophisticated look.
I had my appointment at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite with Lydia Bolster and I tried on so many beautiful gowns, but I always had the Monique Lhuillier dress in the back of my mind. Nordstrom was hosting an upcoming Monique Lhuillier trunk show, so Lydia was able to have them fly in the Harper just for me to try on and compare it to my other top choices. I ended up purchasing the dress at the trunk show, so Monique Lhuillier even threw in some custom alterations (we lowered my back just a tad).
The entire experience was so special! Lydia and the entire Wedding Suite were tremendously accommodating. She communicated every step of the process with me in great detail and was a wonderful host to my mom, moms-in-law and bridesmaids when we all came in for my final appointment.
We ended up getting the majority of our wedding attire and gifts from Nordstrom since it was so easy to one-stop shop. Lydia helped me find my boat-cruise and rehearsal-dinner outfits, jewelry and hair accessories, and bridesmaids’ gifts. We also purchased my husband’s grey Armani suit from Nordstrom, and he still gets a ton of use out of it.
Any advice for brides-to-be?
Look at a lot of photos from other weddings (in bridal magazines, on Instagram, etc.) to get inspired by the designs, poses and landscapes. This really helped us communicate to our photographer and videographer what we wanted.
Planning a wedding is a labor of love and can sometimes seem never-ending, but make sure to enjoy the process as much as possible. I included my husband in the decisions that were important to him (the dinner menu, playlist, and beer making!) and took the lead on other things like our invitations and website.
Where was the honeymoon?
Since we spent an entire week in Chelan for the wedding (we rented a big beach house for our wedding party), we decided to keep the winery theme going and went to Sonoma, California, for a four-night “mini moon” after our wedding. We’re planning to go on our official honeymoon to Italy later. We can’t wait to explore Europe together for the first time!
Photography by Ben & Molly
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