We’ve said it time + time again, but you can truly make ANY location into a ceremony location. Take for example today’s sweethearts, Elevia + Tim, who said their vows on an airport tarmac. Yes, you read that right! Benton Airpark in Redding, California served as the location for their creatively colorful day.
Elevia shares: All of our inspiration came from originality + staying true to our own individual creativity. We love to think outside the box and view things unconventionally. We wanted to inspire people at our wedding — to push creative boundaries and see that there is potential for beauty and uniqueness in anything. One of our main questions we would ask ourselves in this process was, “What if?” That’s how we chose our venue, getting married on a tarmac and having a reception in an airplane hangar. Why not?
With planes + helicopters taking off throughout the day, it was bound to be a show! Let’s see how they did it in the photos by Hannah Posey!
The Wedding Party
Bridesmaids in ALL white! This is a look we’ve been seeing more + more and we’re pretty darn fond of it.
How much FUN are these pops of red?! Snag a pair of our favorite red kicks below:
Don’t these gents look SO dapper?! We love how they’re all rocking floral ties! Check out our GWSxNeckandTie floral designs here! (and they are all 25% off right now!!)
Bride: When my grandmother turned around, winked, and mouthed, “You’re beautiful, honey,” right before I walked down the aisle. When I walked down the aisle and heard absolutely nothing but the sound of my almost-husband crying and laughing simultaneously. When we invited all the married couples to come join us a minute in to our first dance. And when I surprised my dad during our father daughter dance with a recording of my late grandfather playing piano.
Groom: Watching Elevia walk down the aisle. It was the first time I’ve ever felt an abundance of joy that made me cry and laugh uncontrollably at the same time. I felt like past, present, and future were all walking straight to me. And there was nothing I could do but feel the emotion to remember it forever. I experienced a love in that moment like I’ve never experienced before.
The Ceremony on the Runway
Elevia’s mom made the floral towers that served as their altar, and they had a close friend there to paint during the ceremony.
Processional: Blessings by Chance the Rapper (cover by Janae Julian)
Recessional: Same as the Processional — Blessings by Chance the Rapper (cover by Janae Julian)
First Dance: My Moon by Mary Lambert
E+T share: We chose primary colors because that’s where colors start — we took creativity back to the basics, and that informed a lot of our other decisions.
HOLY SMOKES. HOLY SMOKES. HOLY SMOKES. Can’t get over this beaded BHLDN gown!
Pops of brilliant primary colors GALORE! Floranthropist absolutely nailed the color palette, don’t you think?
Don’t be afraid to ask! Many of the things we were able to have for our wedding (including our venue) fell in our laps just by taking the risk to ask the question of possibility. Remember to take fun breaks. Make sure you cultivate play into planning! Planning a wedding is really one step at a time, so give yourself grace to not do everything all at once. Know that things will get better! Enjoy the process of creating together and get around other couples to remind you that this season is normal, and to encourage you that you’re going to make it and you’re not alone.
Elevia made all of the table runners and guests were encouraged to draw + write messages with the given crayons. (So fun!)
The head table had individual notes that Tim + Elevia wrote to each bridesmaid, groomsmen, and their respective spouses.
Edible flowers on a cake?! Yes please! This floral cake is by BTTRCRM.
The COOLEST! We’ve said it before + we’ll say it again — you can make any space into a wedding venue, so long as you use your imagination. :)
To see more from their colorful day, check out this clip from Alex Pugach:
photography: Hannah Posey // venue name: Benton Airpark, Redding, California, USA // florals: Floranthropist // wedding dress: BHLDN // wedding dress boutique: Anthropologie // bride's shoes: Express // videography: Alex Pugach // cake: BTTRCRM