They waited until the last moment. The moment where the air stood still. When the last few beams of sunlight streaks across the world. Bathed in those last rays of the setting sun, Claire stepped barefoot through the grass of her childhood home. Jason waited for her at the end of the aisle, ready to start the rest of their lives side-by-side. As the sun finally eclipsed, Claire and Jason promised each other forever, under the thousands of twinkle lights that dripped from the branches.
Claire desired to have a small intimate wedding in her front yard lit up with lots of lights! She worked together with her mother to design and plan her dream wedding. They wanted a wedding that was relaxed, where everyone could come together to celebrate with the couple as the sun began to set.
The ceremony and reception were both located in the front yard of Claire’s childhood home. 80% of the decor was DIY, which was designed and put together by Claire’s mother, Karen. One major decoration for the wedding were the lights draping across the sky, above the long dinner style tables where the guests and family sat to watch the couple say “I Do”.
The bride’s bouquet had an assortment of greenery cascading down the front of the arrangement. The main focus were the white roses and the red and green berries that gave the bouquet a pop of color. It was also hand-tied, which gave the arrangement a “fresh-picked” feel.
The family provided a cold drink station with tea, lemonade and sodas in addition to a hot drink station with apple cider, coffee, hot cocoa and all the fixings. A s’more bar was a fun addition to the night’s festivities. One of the highlights of the wedding was when the couple ended the night with a sparkler send off and drove away in a 1969 Chevy Camaro which had belonged to Claire’s father when he was 16 years old.
The wedding fashion had an elegant flowy feel to it. The bride’s dress was a simple ivory, free flowing gown with draping sleeves and a grey silk flowered belt that gave the bride a hint of color. The bride walked down the aisle in blue barefoot sandals given to her by one of her older sisters. She wore pearl earrings given to her by her parents and an elegant single pearl necklace given to her by her husband. The groom wore a slimming dark grey suit and a fancy watch that his wife gave him the day of the wedding.
Claire and Jason grew up together in church. They did not start off as close friends, but merely simple acquaintances. After 16 years of no more than a hello or how are you in passing, Jason got Claire’s phone number from a friend so he could text her an innocent question. This led to Claire and Jason texting for 3 days straight and to Jason asking Claire’s fathers permission to get to know Claire on a more personal level. That same day, Jason told Claire he was in love with her. A year later, after a high school graduation party for Claire, Jason led Claire, blindfolded, into the botanical gardens. Unsure of what was happening, Claire took off her blindfold to see a pathway lit with candles. They walked down the path which led to a fountain with candles everywhere and lights draping from the trees. There, Jason got down on one knee and asked Claire to marry him. And she said yes.
The first look was the more anticipated part of the day for the bride and groom! This gave them a chance to have a more intimate moment by themselves before the wedding ceremony.
From Claire: Having a beautiful wedding is great, but what makes it truly special and memorable is having the people you love most beside you! Enjoy the day while it lasts and then make as many memories with your soulmate as you can and never stop loving!