Now, hosting a winter wedding held it's difficulties - the weather may be cold, it could very well rain, it would be hard to find flowers in season, the list goes on and on. But they were determined to make it work and planned their wedding to the very best of their ability. Luckily for them, their wedding day ended up being sunny, warm and absolutely perfect! They also utilized items from nature to minimize the stress of dealing with seasonal florals. This meant using things like feathers, twigs, branches, moss, and wildlife as decor, along with colorful accents of coral and turquoise.
Both Jessica and Sean consider themselves to be tattoo aficionados, so they thought it would be fun to have their friend (and tattoo artist) draw up their save-the-dates and wedding invitations which made them very personal to the couple! You'll see the tattoos come into play throughout the day, including the best man's speech during the reception.
The ceremony was held outdoors under a beautifully decorated gazebo. They used vibrant floral bouquets to dress up the venue which turned out very nicely!
With such a gorgeous setting, it was a must to get some outdoor photos showcasing nature's stunning backdrop between the ceremony and the reception. The sun was at the perfect place in the sky to really capture some great images of the newlyweds!
At the reception, the couple had all kinds of quirky and whimsical decor. Each table had a handmade wooden base with deer figurines, and table number cards were held up by pieces of rustic birch bark. You'll also notice deer antlers scattered throughout the day. This was inspired by Sean and Jessica's first home together which featured a taxidermy stag in their living room!
The photos below show the memorial vases and displays that they couple created in honor of loved ones that had passed.
As for the wedding cake, they went with a lovely three-tiered traditional cake, topped with a barn owl couple. Jessica said they chose the barn owls for two reasons; first that it went well with their woodsy, wildlife theme, and secondly because barn owls are known for mating for life which they detailed in the gold photo frame next to their cake.
During the speeches, the couple's best man surprised them with a fake sleeve tattoo as part of his speech. It was a hilarious nod to the newlywed's passion for tattoos!
They also hosted a dress-up, photo booth station for guests to take part in. They set up a magnetic board for guests to display their photos during the reception and then they could grab them and take them home afterwards!
Later on in the evening, when it came time for the father-daughter dance, the music started but Jessica's father was stuck behind a group of guests and couldn't get through to come dance. Jessica's grandfather was standing nearby and decided to help out and dance with the bride! Eventually Jessica's father made it up to the dance floor and her mother cut in to dance with her grandpa. So there they were, two daughters dancing with their fathers - what a memorable experience!
And of course, the bouquet toss and garter toss was a major part of the evening as well! The guests had a blast competing for the coveted items.
What a wonderful night full of fun, laughter and family. We wish the newlyweds the very best in the years to come! Thank you so much for sharing your big day with us.