LOCATION: The White Oak River Bistro
RECEPTION LOCATION: White Oak River Bistro
CATERER: White Oak River Bistro
CAKE: Happy Cakes
PHOTOGRAPHER: Chalice Mills
FLORAL DESIGN: Chalice Mills, Kristi McNamara, and the bride
ANNOUNCER: Ryan Marshell
OFFICIANT: Bryan Hart
HAIR: Chalice Mills
MAKEUP: Kristi McNamara
BRIDAL GOWN: her own
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: their own
MEN’S FORMALWEAR: their own
from the bride:
Q. Winter weddings can be a little more challenging. What factors did you take in to consideration when choosing a venue?
The weather! I wanted not only the guests to be warm and comfortable but I didn’t want to be freezing in my dress!
Q. How did you choose the theme/style of your wedding and reception?
It was really easy for me to choose the theme. Christopher and I both love the rustic style and it was easy for us to pick decorations for the theme. I also thought rustic would be a good winter wedding theme without doing the “typical” winter theme wedding.
Q. You incorporated a lot of DIY projects. What were some of your favorites and where did you get the inspiration?
Pinterest! Most of our ideas came from there, we just put our own little twist on them. I don’t know if I have a favorite project! I know my least favorite was cleaning and painting all the wine bottles!
Q. Are there any things you wish you knew ahead of time and didn’t?
Ahead of time I wish I would have known how fast your wedding day goes by and honestly how much you as a bride probably won’t remember. So get a great photographer so you always have those memories, like my wonderful photographer and great friend Chalice Mills!
Q. What advice would you give to brides and grooms in the process of planning their special day?
I would tell them to just slow down and enjoy it! Planning a wedding can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Have fun and don’t worry so much about making things perfect. The day will be even more perfect then you can ever plan. It’s all about the marriage, not all about the wedding!