One sunflower yellow kind of day, Josh and Megan took their vows and lived happily ever after. But, wait! You are not leaving without seeing how everything went so well. Since this wedding is of country feels, the leather boots, chalkboard signs, burlap, and lace, were all merged to create one great manifesto. I had most delight on their little lantern table centerpiece, which Megan took the time to paint it with yellow and gray. What a hands-on bride we’ve got here. Cheers to the Do-it-yourself-er brides! I now know that yellow will bring wedding nostalgia to this lovely couple. Check out the photos below! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Guthrie!
The Album Story
Megan and Josh met at and Applebee’s after being forced to talk to each other by their friends. Neither of them had any intention of dating anyone but decided to make an exception. Megan did much of the planning for the wedding while Josh was out of state for the military, and both were happy when he arrived home for the wedding.
After looking for a while they found the perfect spot for their wedding outside of the valley where it was a bit cooler at a beautiful vineyard in cottonwood/verde valley area.
They were excited to share the day with their closest friends and family, some in from out of state. Megan and her bridesmaids did much of the prep work for their country chic wedding and because of all of the work they put in the day of the wedding ran very smoothly. They created the centerpieces, asile decorations, bridal flowers and bouquets, boutonnieres, cake topper, candy buffet, top your own cheesecake station, chalkboard signs, table numbers, bubbles, and guest puzzle.
The theme for the day was country chic. Megan didn’t want to take away from their beautiful venue and made great choices to make things feel put together and minimalistic at the same time. Color choices were sunflower yellow and gray and there were great textures with burlap and lace as well.
Wedding Outfit Inspiration
The bride said yellow is her favorite color because it is so happy. She wanted to stick with more of a gold tone for the fall season.
Megan: As for the gray, I asked Josh to pick out a “manly” color to go with the yellow. He didn’t care and approved gray to match with the yellow. For the bridal gown I wanted something sexy but romantic, ivory and all lace with a vintage style. I also love the trumpet flair so my Allure designer gown fit the bill perfectly. I also wanted to feel like a bride and my cathedral veil with lace trip was the perfect accessory.
The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects
We purchased the gray table linens from www.tableclothsforless.com instead of renting them, it was more cost affective. We also purchased the custom printed beer koozies from www.totallyweddingkoozies.com.
The most amount of work went into the lanterns for the centerpieces. They were black lanterns of varying sizes purchased at hobby lobby. We took the glass panels out and spray painted them the gray and yellow. I did get them with plenty of time to get them all painted so I wasn’t up all night for a marathon painting session. Most of the wooden based were borrowed from the venue but we did get a couple of the at hobby lobby as well.
The picture frames were various styles and sizes purchased at Kohls and we printed out different engagement pictures for each table. The bridal flowers, bouquets, boutonnières and aisle flowers were all artificial flowers purchased at hobby lobby. There was no issues with wilting, colors not matching and we were able to transport them easily to the wedding. They were just put together however we though they looked good and and wrapped.
My sister coordinated the cheesecake station and made the cutting cake for us. She also made the wire tree topper, inspired from pinterest. I did the candy bar with bags of yellow candy from party city and hard from hobby lobby as well. Our guest book puzzle was found on Etsy.
One of my bridesmaids did all of our chalkboards the morning of the wedding while we were getting our hair done.
Highlights From the Ceremony and the Reception
The highlights from the ceremony were the glowing bride full of excitement for her groom. I also very much enjoyed the wine blending ceremony followed by communion/prayer. It was such a natural fit for the venue and a very special moment for the couple to “be alone” during the ceremony itself. As I was shooting I was also struck by just the right amount of decorations to go with the theme and venue itself. Everything lent itself to the natural beauty of the countryside. Even the table at the front of the ceremony was a large tree trunk from the grounds. The last highlight of mine from the ceremony was at the moment they were declared husband and wife and the amazing look of joy on the brides face before their first kiss and the impromptu dip of the groom added to the joy of that moment.
Reception highlights included fun grand entrance dancing from the bridal party. The couples first dance as husband and wife was full of laughter and meaningful looks and hugs. The parent dances were touching and emotional. The sunset was beautiful background into the twilight and the twinkling lights lent wonderful ambiance. Dancing and fun was abundant but faded quickly into the darkness, quiet, and stars when we stepped around the corner for the sparkler pictures.
Overall the love that Josh and Megan have for each other was evident in all aspects of the day as was the love that their family and friends have for them together.
Favorite Part of the Day
My favorite part of the day is always watching the groom while standing at the alter waiting for his bride followed closely by the time we get with the 2 of them for pictures of them as husband and wife. I also really enjoyed the quite of the night when we stole the bride and groom away for the pictures with the sparklers.
A Memorable Moment
I think the most memorable part of the day for the bride and groom was their first dance. All of the pressure was over and they were able to be present with each other in the moment.
Photographer: Life’s Story Studios
Other Location: Alcantara Vineyards and Winery
DJ: Push Play Entertainment
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