When Erica and and Matthew started planning their wedding, a large destination affair, but after rethinking their approach, the couple decided a more intimate dinner party in small Idaho hometown was a better fit. With a keen eye for crafty details, Erica set to incorporating personal touches, without getting too caught up. Our favorite idea that Erica came up with was the ceremony program, which she printed on paper bags and served popcorn in! What a fun and interactive way to charm your guests! We know you’ll love this cozy wedding shot by Rebecca Hollis Photography and designed by the Attic.
From the bride, Erica:
We originally started planning a large wedding in AZ and quickly realized it wasn’t going to be as personal as we wanted, so we decided to plan a smaller affair in the charming small town we live in. It started with personal touches on our invitation, referencing things that are quintessentially “us”- baking cakes and climbing mountains. I have an art background and a not so small obsession with crafting and design, so something smaller where we could really personalize it was very exciting! Everything from the welcome bags with homemade jam and local honey, to the ceremony programs (popcorn bags printed with the program on them), to the personalized Jones Sodas and the family wedding photos from 3 generations, made the day truly special. The other great thing about moving the wedding to our town was that we could exploit..errr, utilize the talents of our amazing friends. It was great to see how many people jumped at the chance to offer up their skills so that we didn’t have to compromise a thing.
The reception, which was truly beautiful, was inspired by Matt’s southern roots and my love for details. We had a menu of comfort food: mac n’ cheese, mini burgers, and grilled cheese and tomato soup with 3 kinds of cake, donut holes and peach pie for dessert. The reception space, a great little restaurant on Main Street, was decorated with tree branches, antique chairs, a sofa, and lots of twinkling lights in the trees. We treated it like we were planning a fabulous dinner party, so we didn’t get caught up in all the things that “had” to happen. A friend spun Motown records for us and we had a small dance party after dinner and everyone was free to relax and mingle.
One of our favorite parts of the evening was our first dance. Our friend learned Paul Simon’s “Nobody” and played/sang it as we danced under the trees surrounded by all our friends and family. We felt so lucky to have so much love and support.
Vendors: Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography // Event Designer: the Attic | A Vintage Rental Company, Wedding and Event Design & Styling // Floral Design: April Sutton // Musicians: Melinda Schab and Christine Cavanagh, Charlie Sutton // Invitation Designer: Prints Underground // Dress and Shoes: BHLDN // Accessories: April Look // DJ: CJ Clark // Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein // Officiant: Barry McGarrah // Event Venue: Andriette’s Bed, Book and Bicycle // Restaurant: Bloom // DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Citizens for Cake and Craft