The second I saw this wedding, I couldn’t wait to post it. Filled with retro details and a fun attitude, Leslie and Ross’ day is exactly what a backyard wedding ought to be: laid back, refined, and non-stop good times. Thank you to June Lion Photography for sharing this very inspirational (and seriously stylish) day with us!
What was your vision for the day?
The feeling both of us wanted to create for the wedding was one of comfort and elegance. We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and have fun. My vision was a vintage backyard picnic celebration. We collected and thrifted vases and embroidered table linens for months before the wedding, adding unique details to the day. Our fathers built the arbor over the creek for the ceremony. There were some games for people to play, paper boats they could write wishes on and send down the creek, a campfire later in the evening, and good music throughout. It was important to us to incorporate our love for music into the day, and it was so meaningful to have our friends and family share their talent: two of the groomsmen performed our processional song, my brother played the father-daughter dance, and both of our uncles played during the reception.
Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?
We held our wedding celebration in Silverton, Oregon where we both grew up and met. We were married outside at Ross’s parents’ house where Silver Creek runs through the backyard. It was a setting that was both beautiful in nature and symbolic of the roots of our relationship.
Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?
We found out a couple days before the wedding that Ross’s mother had arranged for 17 doves to fly after the ceremony, and indeed they did! It was quite amazing. Another surprise of the day was that my bridesmaids converted our tent trailer into a romantic Moroccan-themed honeymoon suite. It was breathtaking.
How did you know your partner was “the one”?
We have been friends since high school, but didn’t start dating until mid-college. In the 5 years we dated before he proposed, we became best friends and I began to realize he’s the guy I saw myself growing older. We have a relationship built on trust, honesty, laughter, and love need I say more!?
Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?
Don’t over stress, make lists, and accept the help from your family and friends. The biggest advice I have is that on your wedding day, the time will move so swiftly and taking moments to embrace that you are marrying the man of your dreams is important! Also, do not let yourself become worried or stressed over ANYTHING on the day of the wedding; it’s going to be a beautiful union of two people, no matter what.
Photographer: June Lion
Dress: Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon
Shoes: BC shoes
Groom’s Attire: Reveille
Catering: The Blossoming Lotus (pies/ice cream/cookies were all homemade)
Flowers: Three Stems