I love backyard weddings! Maybe I'm partial because that's how my parents were married, but there is just something about weddings at home; they are filled with so much charm and personality! Keighley and Mark's event took place at his parents' home in Bend, OR. Keighley and her friends put together several DIY projects to ensure that this country wedding felt warm and inviting. Thank you to Sweetlife Photography for sharing this lovely day with us!
What was your vision for your wedding?
I knew I wanted my wedding to be outdoors in the summer and to have a relaxed feel, since it was in the country. I love crafts so I did have a few DIY projects for the wedding. My bridesmaids and I made all the floral arrangements and bouquets, and I handmade all the paper goods (with the help of my now husband). I had a few special things for the tradition "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" like my mother-in-law's bracelet and my grandma's pin on my bouquet.
Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?
Yes, we were married at the groom's parents' house, which is where his family had lived since he was in high school. When we got engaged and started talking about locations it was the first choice for both of us!
What was the most meaningful part of your day?
I have so many wonderful memories, but I think one of my favorite moments of the day was approaching the walk down the aisle. It was an overwhelmingly joyful moment to see Mark for the first time that day and to see everyone we love gathered to watch us get married and celebrate with us.
Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?
While planning for our big day we decided to have guests light sparklers for our departure. Little did we know that the groom's sister and mom had a different idea. His sister ended up driving us out on a tractor, through the sparklers, while our DJ played "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." Although I didn't plan for that, I loved it and the pictures of us leaving are awesome!
How did you know your partner was "the one"?
We were friends for three years before we considered dating and then dated for two years before getting married. When we started dating we already knew each other well, so I think we both knew it would probably be a long term thing. I knew for sure when we were visiting his family one weekend and everything just seemed to fit so well. Seeing the examples he grew up with and the person he is, I just knew I would be incredibly lucky to be his wife someday.
Any advice you'd give new brides who are just getting started?
Set a budget and then make a list of what is most important to you, like the location or photos or whatever it may be. Get those things planned first and then go from there. Don't be afraid to ask people for help, many are more than willing and have great connections!
Photographer: Sweetlife Photography
Venue: Private Residence in Bend, OR (groom's parents' house)
Dress and Accessories: Ella Bridal from Rosewood Bridal in Tigard, OR
Bridesmaid Dresses: Macy's
Groomsmen and Groom's Attire: Robert's on Wall Street in Bend, OR
Flowers and Catering: DIY