Whitney + Taylor

(April 19, 2019 in Caspar, California)

What was the vision for your wedding? : We wanted an intimate wedding weekend that celebrated our relationship and the joining of two families. People arrived Wednesday and left Sunday, giving us all the opportunity to become one family. We wanted the ceremony itself to be very nontraditional! Minimal flowers, positive energy and loving vibes. After the ceremony we planned a sit down family dinner with tons of candles (umm... three dinner tables and over 300 candles...) Instead of dancing after dinner, we did a massive bonfire on the beach. Like I said, nontraditional!

How did it go the day of? : Oh my gosh. The day-of was absolutely perfect. The weather held out and gave us super moody lighting for our photos, something that Kat (best photographer/now friend EVER) and I had been hoping for since I told her the color of my dress! We had a backyard ceremony that included intention setting for our marriage from all of our family members - they held crystals from Priest Lake (my home town) and sea glass from Mendocino/Caspar/Fort Bragg (where Taylor grew up) during our ceremony and then dropped both items into a vase that we now have in our house. We had a whiskey barrel unity ceremony followed by a toast before we were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. After the ceremony we all loaded up into a shuttle bus that took us to a big family dinner overlooking the ocean. Later that night we went to a public beach and continued the party with a huge bonfire... and lots of whiskey! It. Was. The. BEST!!!!

What is your #1 tip to future brides?: Leave your phone at home. I didn't have my phone all day and it was incredible being able to take in all of the love and emotion the day was filled with. Rely on a couple of people to make decisions for you so that you don't have to have your phone - the day goes so quickly and it was so amazing to just go with the flow and enjoy every moment as it came, without having to be the one coordinating who was doing what to make the day run smoothly. **The only oops with this was for our first look - neither of us brought our phones with us so we weren't able to contact each other. Kat and I didn't see Taylor, obviously thought he was late, so while we were waiting for him we had our own photo shoot... turns out he was on time and thought I was standing him up!

 Photographer - Kat Wagner, Kat Skye Photography, Spokane, WA
Flowers - Winnie Pitrone, Flora of the Fields, Mendocino, CA
Venue - Carole Dutra, Taylor's Gramma, Caspar, CA
Restaurant - Albion River Inn, Albion, CA
Wedding Coordinator - Autumn Faber, The Wedding Witch, Mendocino, CA
Wedding Dress - Galatea, Willowby by Watters in Titanium, Honest in Ivory, Spokane, WA
Bride's Necklace - Custom Crystal Talisman, Christie Bogle, Workman's Daughter, Spokane, WA
Alteration Queen - Nina, Nina Cherie Couture, Spokane, WA
Bridesmaids Necklaces/Bride's "something blue" anklet - Mini East West Prism Necklace - Moonstone/ Custom Mighty Mini - Labradorite, Asha Patel Designs
Grooms Suit - JoS A. Bank, Spokane, WA
Groomsmen Suits - Generation Tux, Mystic Blue Suit

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