The Palomino Wedding

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An intimate affair

“Steve and I met through a mutual friend who was trying to set us up. At first, we weren’t interested in each other because of certain life circumstances… even though we were mutually attracted to each other.”

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“After several months of seeing each other at church and interacting among the same friend group we eventually decided to start seeing each other.”

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“After 5 years of dating, Steve proposed in Snoqualmie Falls near Seattle, WA on December 30. It was a special proposal because that was where he first told me he loved me.”

Engagement

“6 months later we were married!”

I would best describe this wedding as a true “rustic-chic” wedding. It is the perfect balance of outdoor landscape, greenery, and elegant detail.

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Look at the lace detail and buttons on the back of this dress, absolutely gorgeous!

Groom Getting Ready

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The groom wore a cobalt blue button up, with dark gray dress pants, brown leather suspenders, an ash gray bow-tie, and a yellow boutonniere for a pop of color.

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This couple decided to do a first look with each other before the ceremony began. This only added to the intimate feel they wanted for their special day.

First Look

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The ceremony was held in an old barn on the property. The curtain you see below with the greenery and flowers was hand made, and the bread and Bible for their communion was placed on a dresser to the right of the barn.

Ceremony Decor

 

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“We wanted to ceremony to feel intimate, kind of like an elopement. So we only had 25 guests present (our immediate families and a few friends). It made the ceremony so special to us!”

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“We had our small group leader at the time, Jimmy Robeson, officiate. He knew us so well and wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. He even played the guitar for us while we took communion.”

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You can feel the joy of the couple through this beautiful picture

Husband and Wife

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A bouquet doesn’t have to be more flowers than green; look how beautiful this one is! All that was needed was different colored flowers to add a touch of color.

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“It’s so hard to pick a favorite memory! I was just so happy to have my family and closest friends with us. One of my favorite memories was probably the time between the ceremony and reception.”

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Solo Groom

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The couple was able to ride to their reception in a vintage car, which made for timelessly romantic photos

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“My family friends chauffeured us in their classics Chevy car and drove us around for a bit. We had a good heart-to-heart about marriage and it’s a conversation I will never forget.”

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“Our reception was really small too. We had 85 guests attend and it was in a big backyard. We had been in love with the idea of an intimate, small backyard wedding and made it happen! The house was my godparent’s house in San Marcos off Twin Oaks.”

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The bride and groom graciously provided plenty of guest activities, and even put together a take home gift of mason jars.

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Did I mention how much I love the idea of adding furniture to the reception decor?

Leave a Note

The couple brought a type writer so guests could leave them a personal note…

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And they even printed out ad libs for the guests to fill out!

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The dinner consisted of freshly made tacos, with a side of rice and beans (a California favorite)!

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Esco Gelato served Italian Gelato for dessert, and they also had a cupcake table

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A common, false, assumption I hear is that intimate weddings are typically more boring, right? WRONG! Intimate weddings consist of your closest friends and family, which means you are free to let loose and be yourself. Do these pictures look boring to you?

Dancing

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Money Dance

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“The best advice I can give to future brides planning their wedding is to make your wedding how YOU want your wedding to be. Don’t be pressured into doing things how your friends and family tell you to. No matter how good their intentions may be, you don’t want to regret planning your wedding a certain way.”

Dress: David’s Bridal, Venue: Private Residency, Photographer: Dawn Charles, Food: Taqueria Jalisco, Dessert: Esco Gelato

 

Tori

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