It was a beautiful August day in Snohomish and Craven Farms was in full bloom as Melissa and Daniel married on August 17, 2012. Heidi Michelle Photography captured the final getting ready details and evening celebration which was full of beauty.
With final getting ready preparations complete, Melissa's bridesmaids followed her out of the bridal room at Craven Farms as she was about to have see Daniel for the first time that day.You could tell they were in true bliss once they finally got the chance to see each other before photos with their bridal party and families.
One of the red barns at Craven Farms stood as the backdrop for photos. Below Melissa takes a turn with photos of the Daniel and his groomsmen. Melissa's five brother's also jump in for a photo opportunity (top photo, bottom row, boys in gray).
As guests arrived Melissa and her flower girls did a little coloring to wipe away any pre-wedding jitters.
After parking at Craven Farms guests walked past an “Our Love Story” chalkboard informing guests of a few key dates throughout the couple’s relationship. A small wooden antique wagon from Craven Farms was used in place of the traditional gift table. A birdcage sitting next to the wagon was used for cards. Guest were then led underneath an arbor that had been covered with hanging mason jars, twinkle lights and a burlap “Happily Ever After” sign leading to the ceremony lawn.
When the clock struck seven o'clock, the processional began! Family members, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flowers girls, ring bearers and Melissa's brothers all made their way down the aisle which had been decorated with scattered rose petals and baby’s breath arrangements tied to the aisle chairs with burlap.
Melissa and Daniel said their I Do's underneath a corkscrew willow arbor created by Vintage Lilli. Surrounding the willow arbor, rustic wooden pillars from Craven Farms were topped with potted plants. Hanging lanterns held pillar candles for the candle lighting ceremony involving Melissa, Daniel and their moms.
While guests enjoyed appetizers and beverages, Melissa and Daniel signed their marriage license. The Best Man found a few props from the nearby outdoor photo booth to sign his name. Beverages for the evening included assorted sodas, a trio of beverage jars with fruit infused waters (orange+lime, watermelon+mint, strawberry+basil) and a root beer float station served with dessert later that evening.
In addition to appetizers and beverages, guests signed a custom made fingerprint guest book tree using ink pads in various colors and played yard games on the lawn and table games on cocktail tables scattered around the outdoor patio area near the reception barn.
With the sun setting, Melissa and Daniel took a few more pictures beneath the glow of the late evening sun.
As the newlyweds stole a few kisses during pictures, guests filled tables both inside the reception barn and outdoors on the adjacent lawn. Tables were decorated with centerpieces featuring bunched burlap overlays, stacked books, antique miniature bottles, mason jars with floral and candles. Inside the barn, the Heritage Wall displayed family photos hung with twine and clothes pins and a burlap scripture sign.
With the opening of the barn doors, Melissa and Daniel were announced into the reception. The Father of the Bride welcomed guests and toasted to the newlyweds. The cutting of the cake opened up a dessert buffet provided by The Cakewalk Shop & Twelve Baskets Catering.
With plates full of dessert toasts continued.
Following toasts and the bouquet and garter toss, family and friends were escorted outside underneath the stars for a slideshow and lantern lighting which was truly magical!
The festivities ended as guests blew straw wrappers at the bride and groom as they exited to their town car and drove off to the Tulalip Resort for their wedding night. Congratulations Melissa & Daniel!
Andrea really made everything happen and come to reality! It was a beautiful day! ~ Melissa
A big thank you to their fabulous team of vendors:
Wedding Coordinator: Pink Blossom Events
Ceremony & Reception Location: Craven Farms
Florist: Vintage Lilli (formerly Garden Party)
Photography: Heidi Michelle Photography
Catering: Twelve Baskets Catering
Cake/Dessert: The Cakewalk Shop
Hair & Make-up: Heidi Page
Ceremony Musician: Chris Coleman
Officiant: David Doran (Father of the Groom)
Sound System Rentals: Sound Source Seattle
Rentals: AA Party Rentals
A/V Rentals: Morgan Sound
Town Car Transportation: Rare Form Limo
Wedding Night Hotel: Tulalip Resort Casino