This month we wanted to take a look back at one of our winter brides so cozy up for this Rustic Winter wedding. Charlotte is such sweet gal and full of charisma so naturally she was the perfect pick. Her personality shines through during our interview while her pictures capture who Charlotte truly is!
Bekka: Charlotte, what was the inspiration for the design of your invitation and was there one thing you had to have to make it all come to life?
Charlotte: We were married at Log Haven Restaurant on December thirtieth, and I wanted our invitations to reflect both the rustic locale as well as the winter season. The natural colors with the bright red ink and backer, as well as the pinecone details on the invitations and envelope liners, really helped me accomplish that goal. I love those little pinecones. They were my favorite part of the invitations.
Bekka: Do you feel your invitation set the tone for your wedding and how?
Charlotte: Absolutely. We wanted to throw a great party for our friends and family, and I think the scripts on the invitations are fun and inviting. We also incorporated the simple, rustic theme of our invitations into our decorations. We used pine boughs, ivory candles, and red ribbons for the table and aisle decorations, as well as pinecones, of course.
Bekka: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Charlotte: Don’t be afraid to edit. There are a million ways to make great invitations. You can’t pick them all. Less is more.
Bekka: Your venue was Log Haven, what made you choose that location?
Charlotte: For a rustic winter wedding, I can’t imagine a better location! It was cold and snowy outside in the woods, but we were tucked in our cozy little cabin with our favorite people. It was incredibly warm and intimate. The candles, twinkle lights, and big central fireplace lit up the all the beautiful, natural wood in the restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing, of course, and I can’t imagine a more helpful staff. My husband and I live in Portland, Oregon and the wedding planner on-site, Faith Sweeten, was a lifesaver. She kept us organized and ensured that everything went smoothly. She thought of important things that never would have crossed my mind.
Bekka: When it comes to planning a wedding it takes so many great vendors. Tell us a bit about some of the vendors you used in creating your rustic chic wedding?
Charlotte: I feel really lucky to have picked the right people! Kelly Sansom, at Gallery Photography, was our photographer. He came very highly recommended and still exceeding our expectations. The pictures speak for themselves. Debbie Achter, at Abandoned Fields, is a long-time family friend and did our flowers and decorations. She has an amazing eye for color and aesthetics. The flower girls’ crowns and the berry boutonnières were my favorite details. Valerie Muhlstein and Nichole Forsey did hair and make-up for me and my bridesmaids. They made everyone look unbelievably beautiful and added tremendously to the fun of the day. Spending the morning with my favorite people AND these talented ladies was one of the highlights of the wedding. Michael Lucarelli played the classical guitar for our processional and recessional and made time prior to the wedding to learn the accompaniment and to rehearse the song that was sung during the wedding. He is so talented. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were by the music. Mario Bush was our DJ. That man knows how to keep a party going. I was planning on throwing my bouquet and having a big, dramatic exit, but Joe and I could not stop dancing. We had to stay to the end of the night. We were just having too much fun to leave.
Bekka: Looking back was there anything you wished you’d done different?
Charlotte: I wish I had trusted my instincts more and worried less about what people would think about my style choices. I was frequently overwhelmed by the number of choices I had to make, but it is only for one day. It’s important to remember that and have fun.
Bekka: How would you sum up your overall experience your wedding had for you and your new hubby?
Charlotte: It was a wonderful way to start our lives together! We were both so grateful for all of the kindness and love directed our way and all the effort that was made on our behalf. So many people contributed time, money, and talent to celebrate our union. So many people traveled from across the country to be there. At the end of the day, I really was overwhelmed with gratitude for, not only my handsome new husband, but also for all the amazing people in my life.
Bekka: Charlotte thanks for taking the time to talk with me and share all the fun details of your wedding!
See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Charlotte’s vendors:
Venue: Log Haven
Photographer: Kelly Sansom at Gallery Photography
Flowers: Abandoned Fields / Debbie Achter
Hair and Makeup: Valerie Muhlstein and Nichole Forsey
Classical Guitar: Michael Lucarelli
DJ: Mario Bush
We’re excited to have Lea Simmons-Hedstrom as our October Bride of the Month! Lea’s down to earth personality and love for nature’s beauty really showed throughout her invitations suite and into the décor and setting of her venue. Her simple, yet elegant, design for her invitations complemented the warm colors and soft texture of the paper pairing it perfectly with Log Haven's beautiful backdrops. Lea’s amazing team of vendors like Michelle Leo Events, Jacque Lynn Photography, Sax Romney, and Layers Cake made this wedding a favorite in our book!
Interviewer: How is married life and do you feel any different?
Lea: Married life is amazing! I feel truly blessed to have found the perfect life partner and we couldn’t be happier. We had such an amazing relationship before the wedding and nothing really feels any different…other than getting used to saying a new last name.
Interviewer: Where did you get your inspiration from when designing your invitations and did you know exactly what you wanted or did you have a bunch of ideas?
Lea: I searched many different websites including Pinterest and came across a photographers blog in California who had the most beautiful pictures of weddings in vineyards. I fell in love with one of the weddings and took a lot of ideas from that wedding. We wanted a "winery meets the mountains" style of wedding.
Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Lea: The TWIG!! I had seen a twig when I was searching for ideas almost a year before our wedding and I had my heart set on having the perfect twig on the invitations. I wanted something simple and elegant to bring a little of Utah and the outdoors to our invitations and Ann found the absolute perfect twig for me. I was so excited when she sent it; I called my mom right away to tell her!
Interviewer: Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Lea: I had talked to a lot of my friends and family about them when they received them and they loved the colors and said the style seemed to fit my personality perfectly. I had a friend tell me the invitation looked exactly like me! I also had a lot of compliments on the pocket on the invitation. It seemed it was easy for everyone to keep everything together. I didn’t realize how handy that would turn out.
Interviewer: Some brides take the theme of their invitation and tie it into their wedding decor did you use anything from your invitation?
Lea: We had Ann design the invitation as well as a thank you note to tie together with ribbon on the place settings that had the same twig as the invitations. Which again I LOVED! The color and style of paper was the same. We felt the style worked perfectly at Log Haven.
Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your wedding?
Lea: Yes, it was the perfect way to tie together elegance, simplicity and nature. Our wedding was at Log Haven which has such an elegant romantic log cabin feel.
Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Lea: Don’t get overwhelmed by Pinterest!!! When I started looking at ideas I was so overwhelmed with all of the options. I would advise brides to maybe pick a single idea or theme and then start searching for ideas on Pinterest or in magazines that match the theme. It was also very helpful to have the initial invitation consultation with Ruth who was able to show me several examples. It’s a good place to start. Go with what fits your personality and have fun with it!
Interviewer: How would you describe your wedding day and was there anything that happened that you didn’t expect - good or bad?
Lea: I don’t even know how to express how amazing our wedding day/weekend was. We had perfect weather and all of our close family and friends were able to come from out of state to support us. The scenery at Log Haven just made it so magical. We had a waterfall, mountains, trees and beautiful flowers everywhere, what could be more romantic?! I was so stressed out that week thinking that nothing would come together as I had planned and I remember seeing the bus arrive with our guests and it hit me that everything was falling into place perfectly. I’m usually in charge of everything so letting other people take the reigns was difficult for me. We had such an amazing team that literally gave 500% and had everything set up better than I could ever have imagined. Our photographer took us in to do a look at the dining room before all of our guests came in and I broke down in tears when I saw how beautiful it was. It was my fairytale wedding for sure.
Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth and our proofing system?
Lea: It was such a pleasure to work with everyone at Ann Elizabeth. Ruth is an absolute doll! I don’t know what I would have done without out her. Every time I received a proof I was so excited because it just kept getting better and kept turning out exactly the way I had envisioned. I would hope that every bride could have the opportunity to find Ann Elizabeth.
Interviewer: Lea it was a pleasure working with you throughout the whole process and we are thrilled to have you as our October Bride of the Month!
See something above that you've absolutely got to have for your wedding? We're making it easy for you. Below is a list of Lea's vendors:
Venue: Log Haven
Photographer: Jacque Lynn Photography
Wedding Planner: Michelle Leo Events
Wedding Gown: Bought at Nordstrom Designer Carmen Marc Valvo
Flowers: Sax Romney
Cake and macaroons: Layers Cake
String quartet: Green Light Booking
DJ: Rob Ferre with Life of the Party
Invitations and printed reception items: Ann Elizabeth