When coffee brings you together it makes for a perfect match. Well not sure if it was really the coffee but more Tyler’s sister Chealsea, who worked with Laura at Starbucks, that connected the two.
Laura’s dream of a guy who wore flannel and had a beard came true. And Tyler’s dream of a beautiful, sweet and loving girl, arrived at a time he was least expecting!
Finding a location true to them was important for Laura. Black Diamond Gardens seemed to be a perfect fit. A rustic, garden with a greenhouse as a reception hall…and the hopes of an outdoor candlelight ceremony even if it was October.
Laura & Tyler each got ready at the venue with the venue providing a special bridal cabin. It had a quaint lodge type feel. Tyler and the guys were a bit more casual as they dressed along side the grooms trailer. With the sun making an appearance they did their final dressing outdoors.
It meant so much for Laura to have her mom there to help her with some of her details. Assisting with her dress and earrings as her bridesmaids surrounded her with support.
Tyler’s mom, Danielle, owner of NEST interior design, helped execute Laura’s vision for décor. With a Harry Potter infused, romantic vintage inspired theme the greenhouse was transformed. Lemon infused olive oil favors for the guests that read ‘Olive our love to you’ were a unique way to display name tags.
Rich colorful florals dripped both out of her bouquet and around the venue. All with the most fragrant of flowers. I wish the photos were scratch and sniff cause I have never smelled such sweet aroma from a bouquet. Books and candles, old medicine bottles with flowers lined the moss filled tables. It was simply gorgeous.
The weather that day was warm with the sun shining down on Laura and Tyler pretty much all day. They couldn’t have asked for better October weather especially considering it was raining all week prior.
We were able to wrangle the bridal party and dodge traffic on the busy road to take in some of the fall foliage. They were all so excited for Tyler and Laura and each had such special friendships with them.
Finishing formals with the family and a having a chance to add in some candids of the cutest flower girl…who seemed to take a liking to my name rather than saying ‘cheese’ so the word of the day happened to be ‘ARRRRRRRLLLLLEEEEEEEENNNE’…she was absolutely hilarious (and made my day).
Laura and Tyler wanted a candlelight ceremony. I must say it was something that was abit out of my comfort zone as in October once it gets dark…it gets DARK. With the hopes of tiki torches lighting the aisle we quickly realized they weren’t staying lit. Another part of my job is to stay flexible and make what we had work. We did, and it was a calm, sentimental and absolutely beautiful ceremony. Mid-way they lit a unity candle and took a moment to enjoy the silence and the view of all of their family and friends who were there to support them. It was then they shared their light, and one by one everyones candle was lit and an amber glow lit up the night. Phil, the officiant, shared his experiences of both the couple and each individually. How he had seem them evolve into the people they are and how tender and genuine they are to not only each other but people in general.
With rings exchanged they shared a kiss and ran down the aisle as husband and wife.
They were ready to enjoy the reception and eat. And with a desert table like they had, I was ready for cake ;)
The reception was filled with toasts and tons of adoration. Listening to friend after friend and parents share stories of these two and their love made me tear up not to mention the bride and groom. Tyler’s little brother, Nathan, captivated the crowd with his admiration of his big ‘brudda’ and impressed everyone with his verbiage.
They shared cake and a kiss and then went into their first dance. After enjoying their guests and dancing for a while they were ready to exit and head to their honeymoon the next day. Everyone cheered as they left to an array of sparklers and I must say people could not be happier for them. They have a tender love and sweet gentleness towards each other and I love how Tyler tends to Laura.
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Venue:: Black Diamond Gardens
Caterer:: K & F Catering
Coordinator:: Emma Wehmann, Simply Serendipity Events
Décor & Florist:: Danielle, Erickson, NEST
Videographer:: Best Made Videos, Reid Johnson
DJ:: Rian Souleles
Wedding Gown:: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup:: Sorrinda Salon, Michelle Pieromonacl
Bridesmaids Gowns:: Etsy
Rentals:: Vintage Ambiance, Seattle Farm Tables, Cort Party Rentals
Officiant:: Phillip Manginelli
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography
Second Photographer:: Bob Chambers