Koko & Jared
Koko & Jared are a fun couple. I found this out during our engagement portrait session. We had a blast goofing off, finding cool spots, and having a little break in a downtown Coeur d’Alene pub. They decided getting into the water was a good idea to end the engagement session. It was cold and they, unfortunately, kicked up some stench buried in the silt. Despite the situation they found themselves in, it was hilarious. We laughed quite a bit and managed to get a great image from it. When it came to their wedding day, we collaborated on the locations and timeline, as well as all the important aspects they wanted to highlight. The plan for their wedding day was to have the wedding at their Catholic church.
Then a nice dinner, and the start of a reception outdoors at the Dover Barn. After that, they would transition into one of the most epic dance parties I’ve ever been able to document.
“I picked this venue because it was just what I wanted after having a formal Catholic ceremony,” Koko explained her venue choice. “I loved the idea of having an indoor and outdoor part to our reception. The tent with dinner was great and then upstairs in the barn for the dancing was perfect. The barn was able to hold all our guests and really get the dance party going.”
As she dove into the planning, the stress began to build a bit.
She stressed over the lights in the barn. She stressed over the table set up. The decorations on the fence, bridesmaids dresses, shoes, and earrings. Koko and three of her friends folded napkins for six hours.
Koko had a long engagement and began planning early. She was able to coordinate with her vendors and order anything she could on Amazon Prime. She was also able to plan times to knock out those little tasks ahead of time. Koko made Word documents and emailed them to everyone. But when it came to the actual day, it was much more complicated.
Despite the complications, all the hard work paid off.
The Big Day
The ceremony was amazing. It transitioned well as they went to their dinner and reception.
But, the dance party was what took this wedding up a notch. It was definitely a focus of the bride and groom.
DJ Dolph began to work his magic when I realized he wasn’t a wedding DJ. He was a full on club DJ. He mixed some great tracks together, kept everyone moving … a lot. After an hour or so, the inside of that barn was like a sauna and everyone was having a great time. The barn offered the raging dance party upstairs, and a little break downstairs.
“The best part of my day was right after our first kiss and getting to the reception to mingle and see all our guests. My second favorite part of my day was when we began our dance party, which was so amazing!”
If she had to do it over again, there’s not much Koko would change.
“I would just relax and plan as much as possible and then when the big day comes, just enjoy it. I’d also invite fewer people than we did. I would have been more strict with my parents and Jared’s parents about inviting just close friends and family.”
As they made their way downstairs, their guests began lighting sparklers for their big exit. You’d think that the energy would have been drained by that time, but everyone wanted to keep the party going.
That’s a good sign that all the hard work was executed perfectly.