Know Who You Are

Chris and Stephanie are self-proclaimed rednecks.

They like beer, big trucks, camouflage, bonfires, hunting, fishing, ATVs and enjoy the great outdoors for all it’s worth.

When it was time to plan their wedding, they knew exactly what they wanted … a redneck wedding. A fun event for their friends and family to enjoy and be comfortable. But most importantly, it was their wedding and they wanted to be comfortable as well.

Ultimately, that’s what a wedding should be — a celebration of the unity of two people in whatever way they want to celebrate it.

There are so many formalities, traditions and rituals with weddings that most of the time brides and grooms do them just because that’s what everybody else does. But who says you can’t roll up into your wedding on quads? Or have your dad fly in at top speed in an buggy? Camo vests for the groom and groomsmen, why not? How about a bonfire and a couple of kegs instead of a chicken dance, and whatever else a lot of DJs “have” to play at the reception?

For me, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear the couples that I work with say their wedding won’t be traditional, or some aspects of their day that’ll make it unique experience for everyone. That means new opportunities, reactions and moments to capture.

Know who you are and embrace it people.

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A Three F Wedding

Friends. Family. Fun.

Beth and Jason had this focus in mind and a big reason why they chose Elkins Resort on Priest Lake for their wedding.

Everyone could fly into Spokane and have their own cabin in a beautiful setting. And once there, they didn’t have to go anywhere except the main lodge for food, the ceremony and reception.

And besides convenience, the other perk was the fact that everyone could enjoy everything the area had to offer — quick hikes around the lake or to a peak.; a jaunt on one of the bays in a canoe, or a trip out to the lake for some fishing; beach volleyball; cigars on the deck; or naps in a quiet cabin. A lot of possibilities to do a lot, or nothing at all.

For the bride and groom, they were able to focus on themselves on their wedding day and have visitors drop by for mimosas or pizza while sharing stories from their childhood or adventures in college.

This type of an experience does wonders for a couple on their wedding day. It gets them out of the hustle and bustle of the typical business that can easily consume a wedding day experience. I would say this definitely showed as Beth and Jason were cool as cucumbers and thoroughly enjoyed their day from beginning to end.

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Life in Motion

When I met Gretchen and Drew, life was busy for them.

Two dogs, school, work, planning a wedding, and everything else that life throws at you came into play.

But then life got kicked up a notch … let’s say a bunch of notches.

Drew moved from Spokane to Fresno for a new job following his graduation, transitioning his comfortable life at home with his fiancé to a long distance relationship.

Gretchen was busy finishing her master’s program, getting everything in order to start her PhD program, working, prepping for a 1,000-mile move, interviewing for a new job in California, and all the while keeping her wedding plans on track.

Most of these major milestones for these two happened within a month’s time. Crazy.

This couple handled it perfectly. On their wedding day, you wouldn’t have a clue of the crazy upheaval going on in their life’s. And that’s the way it should be. A bride and groom should be focused on each other and enjoying their day. Let friend’s and family deal with the coordination and little hiccups that happen during the day. If you spent a lot of time planning, and have communicated your wants and needs with vendors, coordinators, planners, family and friends, there should be much else for you to do but enjoy and experience one of the best days of your life.

Now that Gretchen and Drew are comfortable in Fresno, and starting their new journey together, I’m sure they have a lot of life happening all around them. But on their wedding day, that focus was right where they wanted it to be.

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