Getting engaged in November threw those plans out the window.
We didn’t want to wait until summer showed up in the Pacific Northwest, because frankly, there just aren’t any guarantees as to when that will happen most years, and nine months seemed like an eternity. To us, the marriage was way more important than the wedding.
We were ready to start our life together.
So, we opted for a February wedding, decided to make it simple and elegant and landed on a holiday weekend to make it convenient for our out-of-state friends and family to join us. We were determined to make the most of a winter wedding, and what ensued was a beautiful mess.
We spent the next 100 days getting things ready. We wrapped wine bottles with yarn (see the project here), dried flowers, spent lots of time working on the most frustrating DIY project ever (please, ladies, just buy your invitations – it will save your marriage, I promise), and laughed and cried our way through the process.
In the end, our wedding was lovely and perfect and everything that we had hoped it would be. It was a beautiful day, we were surrounded by family and friends and we laughed a lot. I couldn’t believe how perfect everything turned out, and how every minute we spent planning turned the day into something magical that allowed us to celebrate our relationship in a meaningful and beautiful way."
Favorite moment of the day: "Joel and I decided to write love letters to each other throughout the engagement season in journals. While we were getting ready, we exchanged these journals and were able to read what the other had to say. It was so lovely to read and I cried and laughed my way through all the letters while they were lacing up my dress. It was an incredible part of the day, and just made the anticipation of seeing him even sweeter.
Advice to future brides: Keep it simple. Everything doesn’t have to be a production. We settled on a few key elements, and it turned out beautifully. All that really matters is that you get married in the end.
I’m so grateful for how much help I had from our wedding vendors, parents and friends. I couldn’t have made it alone, and these wonderful people made our beautiful wedding possible.
Joe & Patience say: Joel and Brandy's wedding was our very first of the year and it sure was a great way to start things off! You just can't beat a beautiful venue, a loving family attending from all over the country, a dessert bar and even more importantly, a couple that is head over heels in love. We love when couples incorporate unique things into their weddings! Joel and Brandy had two of the most well thought out and loving details we've ever seen in a wedding.
The first was Brandy's bouquet. It was beautiful. Brandy made it out of the dried flowers that Joel had been giving her during their time dating. It was so cool that each and every part of her bouquet could be traced back to a specific time in their relationship.
The second was the gift they gave to each other while they were getting ready at Birch Bay. They had both been writing to each other in journals leading up to the wedding and finally got to see what each other said right before they were set to walk down the aisle and begin their life as a married couple. It was an absolutely beautiful moment to witness and even though we didn't see a single word of what was written it was easy to tell that it was all straight from the heart.
We are so honored to have been a part of one of the biggest days in Joel and Brandy's life. We can't say it enough, we get to photograph the very best couples and Joel and Brandy are right up there at the top!
Wedding Venue: Mount Baker Rotary Club
Officiant: Andrew Squires
Hair and Makeup: Carla Squires
Wedding Dress: Anastasia by Maggie Sottero (Gown and Glove)
Wedding Photographers: Joe & Patience
Ceremony Music: Jonathan Meek Music
Reception Music: Whatcom Sound
Decor/Setup/Cleanup/Bar Service: Ever After Events
Catering: Pure Bliss Desserts, Icing on the Cake, Barb’s Pies and Pastries and VIP Espresso
Cake: Lynn Shreve (mother in law)
Note: Learn how to make the yarn-wrapped wine bottles seen above here.