We're finally getting back into the swing of things and we've been giddy as we receive more and more photos from some of our weddings back in 2013 and early 2014. This one holds a particular sweet spot in our hearts- it was the beginning of us literally joining a family. Michelle and Jonathan celebrated their sweet, intimate wedding in mid October at her parents' home here in Boise, and little did we know that within a 6 month period the other two siblings would also be getting married with us too.
Michelle's mom came to us just a few months before the wedding, a little overwhelmed with the planning and kind of on her own with Michelle living in Los Angeles. This would be the first wedding in their family (Michelle's parents eloped), and the whole soiree would be held at their house no less.
Both Michelle and Jonathan were literature buffs so the entire design began with their favorite books- and as we got to know the couple more and more, we were able to infuse it with some whimsical details that really reflected their personalities. A few of our favorites from our leading ladies at Ampersand Studios:
Michelle fell in love with one of our "love grows" favors that we had fashioned for one of our styled shoots, and it was such a sweet touch to see a potted succulent in cute mini-hat boxes at each place setting. The wedding party was made up of only family and very close friends- resulting in a guest list that maxed out at an intimate 75- so we were able to have Paperie and Pen hand letter the escort cards...love.
Favorite books and quotes made up table names and decor, along with gorgeous white and yellow fall floral arrangements by Matt at The Florist At Edwards. And the linens? Those were our favorite- they took on almost a wood effect yet with just enough sheen to keep it from getting too rustic.
The ceremony backdrop. Let's talk about that. Michelle and Jonathan got married in the front yard, with towering trees as their backdrop. We hung a variety of vintage birdcages in different sizes and ranging from teak wood to metal, and had them filled with flowers. We all stood back and just kind of stared for a second- the result, along with the bright flowers against the green trees, was equal parts whimsical and magical. This was our favorite ceremony altar from the year.
And why shouldn't a couple getting married feel like they're standing in a field of growing freesia and ranunculus?
Michelle's brother married the couple..
And her bouquet held a very special heirloom locket.
The welcome to Idaho welcome gifts were a hit.
The clear top tent was actually an addition on the morning of the wedding. With chances of rain increasing to near 40%, and much against what Michelle wanted we went ahead with a tent. But because it was October we were able to bring one with a clear top and string it with patio lights; it turned out better than anyone imagined and still gave Michelle her dinner party under the stars, even though it never rained.
All in all, the entire day was lovely. October is a beautiful month to be married in!