On a beautiful Sunday morning this past October, Krista and her bridesmaids got ready in a private rental home (Homestead House) on Orcas Island as they tried to contain their excitement since later that day Krista and her fiance Jacob would become husband and wife. We can't help but gloat about what an amazing job Benjamin Edwards Photography did capturing their wedding day and invite you to take a peak!
Sticking to tradition, Krista and Jacob chose not to see each other before the ceremony but it was definitely a challenge for us to keep them out of sight of each other on the grounds of their ceremony location, Victorian Valley Chapel, as they were both so excited to see each other. While Krista was hidden in a small clearing surrounded by trees, Jacob and his guys wondered the church and surrounding field before they were back near the church to greet guests and usher them inside.
Krista was surrounded by her sister (Matron of Honor) and her life-long best friend (Maid of Honor) along with her twin Junior Bridesmaids who were so sweet and full of such joy!.
With the October weather still in her full glory, guests arrived at the church for the four o'clock ceremony. A vintage mail holder held antique inspired programs for guests to grab along with a small wooden box that held vintage handkerchiefs for guests to wipe their tears of joy. Glass cylinders filled with pillar candles in varying heights lined the aisle as local guitarist Gene Nery played classics like Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
With the notes of "Wonderful Wold" being strung, the processional began with family members, Jacob and his groomsmen and then transitioned into "For Love of a Princess" from Braveheart as the Bridesmaids, JR Bridesmaids (holding a burlap “here comes the bride” sign) and Ring Bearer (holding a burlap pillow) made their entrance.
Krista entered to “Storybook Love” from the movie a Princess Bride.
A ceremony filled with heartfelt written vows by the couple solidified that they were now one. After they sealed their marriage with a kiss, “When I’m 64” by the Beatles played as they walk down the aisle and rang the church bell.
As guests headed to the reception site, family photos were taken followed by photos of the Newlyweds!
Benjamin Edwards Photography captured some amazing shots both inside and outside the Victorian Valley Chapel along with a few stunning shots by an old barn nearby.
The reception took place at Oddfellows Hall in Eastsound, Orcas Island. Driftwood signs pointed guests inside the hall which had been filled with romantic garden inspired floral, birdcages, and candles by The Nest to give it an elegant yet simple feel of vintage beauty. Burlap and lace could be seen throughout as well. In place of a traditional guest book, a wooden “L” representing their new last name together was placed on the table for guests to sign.
Guests enjoyed the views of the sound and soaked up the last rays of the day during cocktail hour. Cocktails and tray passed hors d’oeuvres (warm goat cheese in phyllo, baked apple & brie in pastry cups, crab cakes, twice baked red potatoes with bacon) were enjoyed as Krista and Jacob made their way to the reception.
With dinner soon being served, guests made their way inside the hall. Details included mismatched vintage china that the couple had collected for each guests place settings; centerpieces featuring low cascading floral arrangements in silver vases surrounded by silver candlesticks topped with long taper candles in varying sizes along with birdcages and custom wood table numbers.
A sweetheart table for the bride and groom featured burlap Mr & Mrs signs, as well horseshoe Bride & Groom toasting flutes.
Old fashioned wedding chapel cookie cutters inspired by their ceremony location, Victorian Valley Chapel, were given as favors for families to take home that evening. Burlap pillows lined wooden benches inside the hall for a comfortable resting place throughout the evening.
The Newlyweds entered the reception to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars and were seated for a plated dinner featuring a starter of crab bisque and rustic breads, followed by a beef tenderloin or chicken breast entrée and chocolate dipped strawberries to accompany the Champagne toast.
A gorgeous cake made by local artist, Sugarbaby, stood on soft pink pedestal stand topped by vintage love birds. Accompanying the cake were dessert plates complete with specialty engraved cake knife server and Mr. & Mrs. forks.
Guests enjoyed the special first dances followed by hours of dancing. Fresh mini cinnamon and powdered sugar donuts were brought out as a late-night snack to end a celebration to remember! As the night ended, Krista and Jacob were sent-off by family and friends with a glittering sparkler departure!
Truly an inspirational wedding full of love and stunning details! Congratulations Krista and Jacob! Pink Blossom Events was honored to be a part of your wedding day!
Reception Location: The Odd Fellows Hall, Orcas Island
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards Photography
Bridal Attire: Amanda’s Bridal
Catering: Mary& Ron Russell
Ceremony Musician: Gene Nery, Guitarist
Reception Music: Ipod
Florist: The Nest
Wedding Night Hotel: Cottage at Cayou Cove, Orcas Island