Happy Monday everyone! I’m excited to start the week off with this adorable camp wedding! I just love the idea of you and your closest friends + family having a fun weekend together at a summer camp and that is exactly what Becca + Brooks did. From the happy couple:
Brooks and I started out by asking ourselves questions about what this wedding would mean and what kind of marriage it would honor. Our community is hugely important to us, as is our commitment to finding a gentle way to live on this planet, so our goal was to find a balance with these two priorities in sight. Having the wedding at Camp Mitchell was a given, as it has been an important place in Brooks’s life and our relationship. So, from all of these inspirations, our Arkansas, thrifted, potluck, picnic, beer-in-a-canoe wedding was born!
Most memorable moment of your wedding day? For me, it was either chopping up pounds and pounds of meat in the kitchen with some of my best friends and Feist playing in the background, or the few minutes Brooks and I spent alone on the cliff right after the service ended (exactly at sunset… so pretty, and so not even planned that way). They’re both memorable for different reasons ;)
Any advice for those planning now? Tap into your talents. I love to sew, and my mom has a serger, so making the altar linens and bunting was a snap. The wedding really became a creative outlet for me when I needed one. Believe in what your community is capable of. My bridesmaids threw me a crafting shower in lieu of a more traditional one, and we got 200 handmade invitations knocked out in 2 hours. Also, we faced a lot of doubts about the potluck dinner, and even though not a lot of people signed up on the registry we made for it (using alternativegiftregistry.org ), it was a smashing success, and our people came through to give us the most amazing dinner (and bacon-inspired pies!).
Roll with it. When we realized how hot it would be on our wedding day, we just switched up the schedule. Dinner (in the AC) happened first, then the ceremony, and by the time the party moved outside, it was quite comfortable.
Sometimes, being a two-dress bride pays off… like when someone accidentally splashed some red wine onto my dress at dinner. I had a back-up for the ceremony!
We just moved into our first apartment, and I love having decorations from the wedding that fit our style so well that they look perfect in our home. It was also fun giving away strings of cranes and bunting (and leftover wine) to friends that helped tear down the next day.
Venue: Camp Mitchell, Petit Jean Mountain, AR
Wedding Dress: The sleeveless dress was from casual living (my mom found it for me!). It was originally very white, so I tea-stained it, and it came out perfectly. The one with sleeves is a swimsuit cover up I got on sale at Target for $13 and added the pleated fabric to the V-neck so it wasn’t quite so cleavage-y.
Bridesmaid Dress: They all wore their own.
Hairpieces: Made by Becca
Groom Attire: Linen shirt and khaki pants from Old Navy, bowtie from Ben Silver
Floral Design: My stunning sister, Lisa Gee. She used to work in a floral shop and do fancy weddings, but now she lives in Japan.
Music: The Boomers
Catering: Self-catered and potluck. We provided the meat dishes (hamburgers, barbecue pulled venison, and blueberry steak tips) sourced from Brooks’s Uncle Bill’s small family farm, and the rest was potluck.
Photography: Katie Day Photo
Thanks so much Katie for letting me share this super sweet wedding today. Katie is located in Springfield,Missouri and available for travel worldwide. You can see even more from this wedding here on her blog. :) And best wishes to Becca + Brooks! Your wedding looked so fun and full of love.