Today’s beautiful wedding took place in Sherwood Oregon at a private barn. The barn is located on several hundred acres complete with a lake. Nick (the groom) is the guitarist for the Christian rock band Kutless and all his bandmates were groomsmen in the wedding. With Nick being a musician, music was incorporated into every part of their wedding. All the table centerpieces had music sheets and burlap under them and Allison walked down an aisle of decoupaged music sheets on fabric. And one of my favorite ideas – they served breakfast for dinner! All the guests dined on french toast, sausage, potatoes and eggs. They even had a cereal bar and instead of a cake, they served cinnamon rolls. Everyone toasted Allison + Nick with iced lattes and mochas! Congrats to Allison + Nick!!
From Allison, “Because Nick is a musician, and music has played such a pivotal role in our relationship, our focal point for the wedding decor was sheet music. I made the entire aisle out of it in fact. We really felt having that scattered throughout the venue was a huge reflection of us. Inside that element of decor were hymns; mostly hymns in fact. We both value our walks with God more than any part of our lives, and wanted Him to be glorified in our special day. We made sure that above all the decorations, food, and music, that God was the one spoken about. I felt that was portrayed especially well in our ceremony.”
Music: I walked down the aisle to “Arrivals” by Aqualung. It’s kind of our song, if we had to pick one. We exited to “Fire and Rain” by Mat Kearney.
I would have to say walking back UP the aisle. Yes, walking down it was magical and all a huge blur (especially through the tears), but walking back down was SUCH a celebration. It was our first steps as husband and wife, and we began our journey in that moment.
My advice to any couple planning your wedding, is to always have fun with the planning process. It's hard to not become stressed, but try your very best to make it LIGHT, and not a heavy burden. I would say what helped me the most in my planning was delegating almost everything, especially on set up day. I didn't help set up or decorate at all, and I'm so glad I chose not to. Do NOT be a bridezilla. Family will not like you, your bridal party will not like you, your coordinator will not like you, and YOU won't like you.:)
Soak every moment of your big day in. It is here and gone before you know it.
photography: Your Street Photography // venue: private barn // event planner: Janelle Mosser // floral design: form + line design // wedding dress: Charlotte’s Weddings and More in Portland, OR // shoes: Toms // hair + makeup: Tanya Sember from Tint in Portland, OR // catering: Blaine Mosser of Solid Rock Church Portland, OR