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This adventurous couple met in the 7th grade, started dating after a waterfall jumping invite, and have travelled all over the world, living in tents in National Parks, working on organic farms in Europe, and eventually getting engaged in Spain. They planned their wedding mostly from an internet cafe in Ecuador. Their handmade wedding was done with the help of friends and family and truly reflects who they are. We’re loving the bride’s Ivy & Aster gown (bought from Preowned Wedding Gowns) and the dried flowers that hung in their ceremony space.
Photographer: Beth with Jen Yuson Photography | Dress: Anemone by Ivy & Aster from preownedweddingdresses.com | Shoes: Jezebel by Chelsea Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: assorted | Men’s ties: Tiebar | Groom’s suit: J. Crew’s Ludlow in grey Irish Linen | Venue: Yesterday Spaces, Leicester, NC | Cake: Buffet (wanted the vegans and glucose intolerant to have dessert too). They were homemade by my aunt, cousins, family friends, and my mom. (The center Applestack Cake is my grandmother’s recipe. It’s pretty famous at potlucks in the Smoky Mountains. My mom baked the cake because my grandmother was in the hospital (she’s all better now). She had to run back and forth to the hospital letting my granny taste the sauce to get it right! Her recipes are in pinches and tastes not written on cards) | Cake Topper: Handmade by Mother of the Bride | Catering: Luella’s BBQ, Asheville, NC (had great vegetarian options!) | Invites &Programs: Marcus designed the invitations in photoshop using a watercolor of the Great Smoky Mountains and a field of poppies that my grandmother painted. Bride wrote out the program on a chalkboard made by bride’s dad | Bouquets and boutonnieres : Judy Garry at Your Vase or Mine | Centerpieces and other decorative pieces: From family’s and neighbor’s gardens arranged by bride’s aunt, mother, cousins | Music: Bluegrass! Family friends, Marc Pruett (currently playing banjo for Balsam Range), his wife, Anita, and two others. They made playing our wedding their gift to us. Anita baked a cake too! | Officiant: Long-time friend, Andrew Crosson | Favors: made by Groom’s sister | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Parade, Asheville, NC
Processional: Canon in D Major- Pachebel
Recessional: The Four Seasons Autumn I Allegro- Vivaldi
From the Bride: Here’s our “about bride/groom” and “how we met” that we wrote for our wedding website (mywedding.com/robertstaylor). Marcus wrote about me and I wrote about him:
The Bride: Rachel is a bonafide Appalachian girl with a heart of gold. She is the sweetest lady that I will ever meet, and I’ve known that for some time now, so it’s time to tie the knot. Rachel is a certified scholar, wears cowgirl boots like it’s her job, and runs like the wind. A skilled cook that (almost) always makes healthy choices, Rachel is a connoisseur of the finer things in life (especially quality dark chocolate), including but not limited to a good rioja, a malty amber, the nooks and crannies, and a dericious stir fry. She is full of adventure, which suits my personality well, and is always willing to try something fun and new, even if it’s dangerous or challenging, which is the only kind of woman I want by my side. Rachel is the most caring, considerate, and bodacious babe on the planet and I’m proud to make her mine. She’s much smarter than me, which often leads to my downfall but also ensures that I’m always with a wise companion. I’m proud of her ambition, envious of her good looks, and excited to get the chance to call her family my own.
The Groom: Marcus has climbed the highest peaks in Wales, England, Ireland, Germany, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and possibly others. It’s tough to keep up with this wanderin’ man. He was born in a log cabin on a mountain in Fairview, which seems just right. He’s six feet tall and can grow a pretty sweet beard when he’s motivated. He’s never been lost, really. He enjoys bluegrass; the music that is. He rarely bluffs when playing poker and has enviable pool and wii skills. A couple of years ago he was the smartest guy at ASU and would be again if he ever went back. His favorite color is green to match his thumb, love of nature, and eyes (depending on the day). He’s funny, interesting, witty, and wise and knows all the best riddles and puns. He’s brilliant and an amazing teacher, especially when it comes to energy, mountains, and trees. He’s pretty much the most awesome person you could ever hope to meet.
How we met: We met at A.C. Reynolds Middle School many years ago in one Academically Gifted program or another.
The story of how we got together is much cooler:
Rachel moved to Boone, where Marcus lived. Marcus said, “Hey Rachel, when you come to Boone, wanna go swimmin’?”
Rachel said, “Swimmin’!? Sure!”
Marcus said, “Actually it’s not exactly just swimmin’. There’s some jumpin off waterfalls too.”
Rachel said, “Hot diggity dog!”
And from that moment forward, every day has just been gettin better and better.
We’re adventurous wanderers. Our first place was a tent! One summer we drove across the US, visiting 14 national parks, camping all along the way. We moved to Wales and worked on an organic farm in Ireland for a bit then moved to Denmark. A lot of the wedding planning took place in an Internet café in Ecuador (a 45 minute hike and 15 minute hitchhike away from our house in the cloud forest).
Can you tell us more about the style of your wedding?
Simple and Authentic. Homemade and on a budget!
Can you share something we wouldn’t know from looking at your photos?
My mom was amazing! She was so helpful, a truly calming presence, and she made/decorated pretty much everything, including the 125 cloth napkins.
Laura and Matthew are a fun, adventurous, and creative couple who really let their personalities shine through in their wedding. They mixed their two backgrounds (Polish and Czech) and hometowns (Texas and Connecticut) and had a Texas style game night and lobster bake at their barn wedding in the bride’s hometown. That long description doesn’t even being to share all of the personalization they added to their big day. Read on for the fun facts of their day like how their siblings were a “Man of Honor” and “Best Lady” and how a generous neighbor who’s known for his Christmas display supplied all lights for the barn — and so much more! This wedding really defines what we mean when we encourage couples to plan a wedding based on who you are and not the latest trends.
Photographer: Katie Hartig Images (a dear friend of the Bride’s) | Venue: Powder Mill Barn: Enfield, CT | Dress: BCBG | Shoes: Tahari | “Best woman” dress: Alice + Olivia | Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse (*Groom’s look is a derivative of Wyatt Earp’s style as depicted in the movie “Tombstone”) | Cake: Dunkin’ Donuts “cake” designed and assembled by Bride’s father and stepmom | Cake Topper: Michael’s Crafts | Catering: Game Night: We did our own food. Wedding: Lobster bake by Swanson’s Fish Market in Fairfield, Ct. | Invites & Programs: DIY | Flowers: Sam’s Club | Music: DIY (playlists)
Matthew’s oldest brother played “Blackbird” by The Beatles on acoustic guitar when Laura walked down the aisle.
First Dance: “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke.
Father-daughter Dance: “Moonlight in Vermont” by Frank Sinatra, a favorite of Laura’s late paternal grandparents.
Brother-sister Dance: Matthew’s mother couldn’t attend, so he had a brother-sister dance with his oldest sister; they chose “Stand By Me” by John Lennon.
Can you tell us a little more about the style of your wedding?
• We like to call it “rustic eclectic.”
• We wanted the whole wedding weekend to feel like a modern-day barn-raising. It did!
• It was a DIY, ad hoc, joyful chaos. Loved ones congregated to our venue all weekend to cook, string lights, iron table clothes, move benches, decorate the wedding cake, weed-whack, you name it. (And when we called it a night, everyone helped break down the barn, including our 13-year-old nephew, who mopped the floor.)
Brie and Jon wanted a relaxed and fun wedding that’s basically like a big backyard summer party. They had pops of yellow throughout like the bride’s lace TOMS shoes, balloons, and lemon centerpieces. Since the bride doesn’t like cake, they had an ice cream truck arrive for dessert. If this cheery wedding doesn’t make you happy, this bride’s big smile will surely brighten your day!
Photographer: Evantide Photography | Dress: Alicia’s Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: lacy Tom’s | Men’s Shoes: Converse All-Stars | Bridesmaid Dresses: they chose any light yellow dress | Groom’s suit: Charcoal gray Kenneth Cole suit | Groomsmen: Charcoal gray pants and vests from Macy’s | Venue: Evergreen Gardens, Ferndale, WA | Ice Cream truck: Hank and Bubby’s | Catering: Rose DeGroot from Fairway Cafe | Invites & Programs: All things adorable on paper by Becky Haskell ‘Simple Expressions’ | Flowers: Kim Zylstra at The Backyard Gardener | Music: “10,000 Reasons” and “This Day” sung by Nate Beede (Brie’s co-worker is in the band Sonoma) | Planner: Alissa Hallet-McSharry
“This Will Be”- recessional
“Lucky” (Jason Mraz)- first dance
“It Won’t Be Like This For Long”(Darius Rucker) father/daughter
Who are Brie and Jon? I, Brie, am a first grade teacher. Jon is a fire lieutenant. We both live in Bellingham, Washington. We were set up by a couple that knew both of us. Brie got a Facebook message the night before her 30th birthday from one of her former student’s grandmas (No, I’m not kidding.) asking if she would be willing to be set up with this great guy that her husband worked with. Because it was the day before her 30th, she thought, why the heck not! Jon thought Brie was way out of his league and finally agreed only to get his co-worker off his back. He procrastinated on the date for a few weeks. He finally bit the bullet and the rest is history.
Can you tell us more about the style of your wedding? Our thoughts were, why not have a relaxed but fun wedding where our closest friends and family can gather to celebrate God’s faithfulness in our relationship and lives? We chose to throw out everything that you ‘had’ to do in a wedding and do the things that were meaningful to us. We wanted personal decorative touches, but also wanted to use the amazing beauty of the venue. We wanted our guests to enjoy, play games, laugh; basically like a big backyard summer party complete with ice cream, lawn games, and smores over the bonfire.
Can you share something we wouldn’t know from looking at your photos?
-Jon didn’t know Brie had been writing a journal during their whole relationship. She shared a few entries with him during their ‘first look’.
-Brie hates cake so we went with an ice cream truck instead. Way more fun!
-Being a little older and having been a part of way too many bouquet and garter tosses, we knew we didn’t want to do that. Instead we called up the people who set us up, thanked them, and gave them Brie’s bouquet.
-We had both sets of parents bring dirt from their house. During the ceremony they came up, combined the dirt, and then we planted a tree in the combined dirt from our families.
-We wrote our own vows together and then, individual letters to one another.
-We typed up both of our beginning Facebook conversations with Shelley (the woman who set us up), about a month worth of conversations, and shared it with everyone. It was embarrassing for both of us but absolutely hilarious. It was a definite highlight for everyone.
Lawrence and Kate wanted to keep their wedding budget as low as possible and we’re truly amazed at how they stuck to their goal and created such a beautiful wedding. They had a color palette of pale pinks and grey, and the bridesmaids wore the cutest striped dresses. They added little handmade details throughout that let their personalities and style shine through.
Photographer: Melissa Copeland Photography | Dress: Davids Bridal | Mens Attire: JCPenny | Venue: Castle Finn Winery, St. Marshall, IL
From their Photographer: Lawrence and Kate were an extremely sweet couple. Aside from great personalities they shared a mutual agreement for keeping their wedding budget as low as they could. They succeeded and still managed to have a gorgeous wedding. Although a low budget was their goal they did not skip out on having stylized details that made this wedding truly one of a kind!