From the bride:
Goodness, where to start? Casey is so caring, sweet, funny and thoughtful. He loves my family.He has a great sense of adventure- we are always exploring somewhere new. He’s always game to try something different. I think the most attractive thing about him is that he is solid.He’s a man of his word. When he makes a commitment, it’s guarantee that he will follow through. He treats everything with honor. When he listens, he really listens to what is said. Those are attributes that are not found easily in today’s world.
In the spring, we took a vacation to Cabo San Lucas.We went out for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner to Siempre at Pacifica. After a six course meal, we went for a walk on the moonlit beach. Talking about life and where it was headed, Casey dropped to one knee and proposed. It was totally unexpected and wonderful!
Our décor followed the theme of the property- rustic country. The wedding and reception were outdoors so we were able to create and play with different ideas. There were many handmade elements in our decorating, from our invitations to the family wedding collage in the vintage window frame to the heart shaped platform, made from reclaimed wood, where we exchanged our vows.Casey created and built our amazing lemonade stand.Not your kids lemonade stand- ours had lights and power with built in storage cabinets. Because the wedding site was half an hour from the reception (and difficult to get to) Casey’s dad drew a detailed map for the guests. We created all of the signage marking the way, using reclaimed wood. In keeping the theme of rustic country…. Danelle’s dad drove her to the wedding site in our 1955 Ford truck. We wanted to keep the reception area intimate. Because the flower gardens were in full bloom, we chose to keep the dining tables simple with a burlap tablecloth, handmade napkins, farmer’s market flowers and homemade blackberry jam (as favors). For lighting, in the garden, we strung reproduced vintage mining lanterns and outline the entire yard with soft white tealights. A friend who is a graphic designer wrote out the menu on a chalkboard that we created from a vintage frame. On the upper lawn, we wanted to create a relaxed guest friendly lounge for socializing and appetizers, as we were finishing up with our photo-shoot atop the mountain. With Sugarloaf Mountain as a backdrop, it was the perfect spot to sit, visit and sip on lemonade.
Wedding flowers: Bride's bouquet- white lilies, hydrangeas, dahlias, delphiniums and in the center, one Gerber Daisy. The men wore calla lilies. All of the flowers through out the reception were purchased at the local farmers market the night before the wedding.
Surround yourself with people who are supportive of you and your vision for your special day. Make sure that you take time out for yourself. It is easy to get so busy that you don’t make time to pamper yourself. It was satisfying to see our vision come together after all of the time and effort invested. It was wonderful to see how all of our guests enjoyed themselves.
Location: Chico, California.