A few months before the wedding, Jessie and David sent out Save the Date postcards with their engagement photos on them. David has some graphic design experience and so he created not only the save-the-date cards, but also the wedding invitations with much collaboration from Jessie (and a little input from me as well). Jessie chose to celebrate the Dutch part of her heritage and used a delft theme for the wedding. The invitation and bridal jewelry are resting on the skirt of the wedding dress in this photo.
Jessie's friend Kristin (Kristin Sue Photography) is a fabulous photographer and so Jessie asked her to be the photographer for the wedding. All of these photos I am sharing today are by Kristin and her husband Mike. I share them here with her permission! She also took the lovely engagement photos!
There were many preparations that took place days, weeks and months in advance of the wedding. One of the smaller things was to wrap the wooden flatware in napkins and tie them with a twill ribbon.
We worked on these big crepe paper flowers for months, but they didn't get finished until just an hour or so before the ceremony! This is my foster-daughter-in-law, Marcy, who did a fabulous job of making them bloom at the last minute! She deserves an award for creative problem solving under pressure! They did not want to stand up, and she figured out a way to make it happen!
All the family was there the day before and the morning of the ceremony to do things like set up chairs and create the wedding arbor.
They also strung the lights across the driveway where the dancing was to take place. Zach and Becca are both 6'-0" tall, so they were our guides as to how high we had to string them. Jonathan was terrific at engineering all the little things that made this all come together! Zach and Becca ended up with plenty of headroom after Jonathan was finished!
The flowerbeds were looking lovely!
Flowers were the only area where we encountered problems regarding the wedding (both of the crepe paper and real variety!) Jessie had chosen to get her bridesmaid bouquets and table bouquets from a vender at the farmer's market, who was going to supply us with lots of daisies and bachelor buttons. Then three short weeks before the wedding, she backed out in favor of doing a bigger wedding and left us wondering what in the world we were going to do on such short notice. Daisies turned out to be almost impossible to find and bachelor buttons were non-existant. The florist who was doing the bridal bouquet, corsages and boutonnieres came through with a bucket of blue delphinium for us at the last minute and extra anemones, but they couldn't find daisies either and the delphinium alone were not enough for what we needed.
Then Jessie's friend Denise, who works for an organic flower business in Boulder, offered to find us some white and blue flowers. The season of blue flowers was past its prime and she wasn't sure if she would be able to find any. When we went to pick the flowers up the day before the wedding, we discovered that she not only managed to find a huge bucket of blue bachelor buttons, but there was also a huge bucket of beautiful white cosmos, another of mixed white flowers and greens in white and silvery green and yet another bucket of white lilies and phlox! They were her wedding gift to Jessie!
Early morning on the day of the wedding, my sister and I drove from Greeley to Lafayette to pick up the bridal bouquet and the rest of the flowers and then hurried home to create bridesmaid and table bouquets as fast as we could! Jessie wanted a wildflower look to the bridesmaid bouquets, which made my job "slightly" easier!
Holly and I worked like crazy for about two hours to get all the flowers done. The bridesmaid bouquets turned out lovely despite my lack of experience making bouquets!
How glad I was that we had prepared all the mason jars ahead of time with blue glass marbles in the bottom and a bit of blue twill tape tied around the necks. They turned out truly spectacular! And we had enough flowers left to do several more large bouquets, which we used on the dessert and food serving tables!
While we were working on flowers, the bridal party was busy getting dressed. We chose to have the photos taken before the wedding ceremony, so we scheduled a "First Look" for Jessie and David that took place early in the afternoon.
David and the groomsmen got ready downstairs while the girls got ready upstairs.
Jessie's hair is long enough to sit on, and she keeps it in a long braid most of the time. Her online moniker is "BraidedWonder" so she knew she wanted her hairstyle to have a braid in it somehow. We looked at lots and lots of ideas and tried out a few. But I despise working with hair and it never seems to do what I think it should, so when Jessie's friend Rose offered to help, we were delighted! She did a great job of styling Jessie's hair in a way that accommodated both the lovely beaded piece and the veil for the ceremony!
I helped Jessie into her dress and her Maid of Honor, Cassie, helped to get the dress laced up.
Jessie loves bling, so when we found these comfy sandals, Jessie knew they were the perfect ones to go with her dress. The cork soles meant that walking on the grass was easier and her feet stayed nice and comfy for the entire celebration!
David had quite a wait while the girls were getting ready!
While the girls were getting dressed, Jessie gave them their gifts - a pearl necklace in an enameled shell box ~ to celebrate the fact that these lovely friends are Pearls of Great Price in her life!
At last Jessie was ready and so were the bridesmaids! Jessie was a bit emotional to suddenly realize that the day she'd been waiting for was here at last! I think this is my favorite photo of her from the day.
The finishing touch was the bridal bouquet of white anemones, plumosa fern, wax flowers, lisianthus buds and eucalyptus all tied with a delft blue ribbon.
David was waiting under the trees for her. We got to watch from the bay window. A sweet moment!
They make each other smile and bring out the best in one another.
Kristin had them reprise the engagement photo. Just lovely!