Who uses a Jenga game and a globe for a guestbook?
Apparently this sweet Navy couple who tied the knot at Fall City Farms in Fall City, Washington this year! Alexandra Knight Photography captured Caitlin and Ben's gorgeous day using both film and digital photography.
The couple went all out with 2'x2' love notes, creative tie-ins to their globe-trotting Naval ways and easygoing style, piling on the lovely details but still managing to keep their wedding lighthearted and fun.
We especially loved their use of baby's breath and candlelight for the centerpieces, and the use of family photos to decorate their venue, proving once again that less is more when it comes to decorating for a wedding.
Caitlin says: "We both wanted something casual, outside and relaxed. We wanted our family and friends to dress in what made them feel awesome, have a good time, and feel comfortable with the setting. The decor reflected our personalities and interests (nautical, travel, outdoors, rustic). We hoped the day would be filled with laughter, fun and love. And it was."
Asked about any advice to future brides, she said, "Enjoy the love and laughter at your wedding. It was so precious to have all the people you love in one place. Take a moment to savor the event, it goes by so quickly. Enjoy the food and cake; you deserve it – it's your wedding after all. Let your partner know you love them and just have fun!"
Alexandra (Alexandra Knight Photography) says: Caitlin and Ben are both in the Navy - as are many of their close friends and family - so involving nautical elements as a nod to their commonalities was important. It created a unique aspect to this wedding, as the nautical flags hung on the wedding tent combined seamlessly with the rustic and vintage decor details filling the tent and the yard for the ceremony and cocktail hour. We photographed many of the couple's portraits in front of an old propeller that sits on the hillside at Fall City Farms. Perfect! The weather was fabulous and we were able to explore a Christmas tree farm next to the venue for some more adorable portraits, too. Caitlin and Ben did not have a bridal party, which allowed the guests to completely focus on the wedding couple. Bridesmaids that have to get all dolled up and match to a "T" isn't Caitlin's style, anyway. This decision allowed her friends to be themselves, but still help out and have more fun as a result.
Caitlin was such a fun bride! She was having a great time as she got ready, cracking jokes, shrugging off details that didn't work out so great (like the fact that her first dress was ruined less than a month before the wedding, but she found another one that worked amazingly)! She walked outside to the ceremony with her dad, greeted by thunderous applause from her friends and family. What a way to enter your wedding ceremony. The smiles on everyone's faces all day were beaming, stress-free smiles and I went home already knowing this was one of my all time favorite celebrations. Cake cutting was a blast, dancing was silly and toasts were to die for. Every wedding should be this packed with glowing memories.
The details at this wedding were awesome. Caitlin and Ben used a globe and Jenga game as their guest book, asking guests to either locate themselves on the globe and leave a message, or write on a Jenga tile for them to keep for future games. The globe was perfect for this wedding, having so many of their guests also serving in the navy attending from posts and stations all over the world. The rustic setting was capped by beautiful antique furniture, tons of sunflowers, a vintage bicycle, chalkboards made out of old doors or picture frames and images of passed relatives showcased in adorable vintage frames.
The couple took the "love notes before the ceremony" idea and blew it out of the water. Ben's note for Caitlin was a handmade 2x2' card, complete with a painted heart to match the decor in the reception tent and loving words that only Caitlin's eyes got to see. The color purple was used by Caitlin in little pops here and there, including a small bit of purple in her hair, and many members of her family continued the purple trend in their attire for the wedding.
Caitlin's flowers were assembled by her step mom, and were adorned with a pendant with her mothers' initials, who passed away when Caitlin was younger. Her spirit was felt throughout the day. Caitlin described her something old as being her great grandmother's ring; her something new was the pendant on her flowers with her mother's initials; her something borrowed was her great grandmother's handkerchief and her something blue was the ribbon used to hold the pendant onto her bouquet.
Caitlin and Ben honeymooned in NYC, where they met, and moved to San Diego after returning from their honeymoon to take up their new jobs. I am so thrilled to have been there to celebrate their wedding with them, and am so inspired by their love for one another, as well as for their families. What a truly great and fun celebration! Congratulations Caitlin and Ben!
This wedding was photographed using a combination of film and digital photography. Canon 5D Mk II digital, Hasselblad 500C medium format film camera, Canon 1V 35mm film camera, and a Mamiya 7 medium format film camera.
Photographer: Alexandra Knight Photography
Hair & Makeup: Pinup Salon
Officiant: A Heavenly Ceremony
Music: Rogue Events
Groom's Shoes: Nordstrom Rack
Groom's Apparel: Nordstrom Rack
Bride's Shoes: DSW
Wedding Dress: Adorned in Grace Bridal
Alterations: Twice Blushed Bridal
Catering: Pecado Bueno
Coordinator: Dani Matthews, Weddings by Dani