July 4th Rustic Wedding by Courtney Bowlden Photography

When: July 4, 2014 | Where: Swiftwater Cellars, Washington | Theme: July 4th, Summer, Rustic, Vineyard | Colors: Red, White, Blue

About the July 4th Rustic Wedding

Full of red, white and Blue, we have Brittany and Keith’s July 4th Rustic Wedding to celebrate the American holiday today on KV! Held at the Swiftwater Cellars in Washington, the couple celebrated their union with an intimate wedding with only close friends and family.

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“Swiftwater Cellars has a very sophisticated, rustic feel so we wanted to embrace that with our theme/decor. The outdoor platform area where we got married had a look similar to an open barn and we added a chandelier and beautiful white fabric that draped down the sides. We also added a few chandeliers to the inside area where we had the reception along with candles in glass ornaments that hung from the ceiling. The reception area also somewhat looked barn-like. They had big barn doors that they opened up and gave a beautiful view to our guests.

Because our wedding was on the Fourth of July, we also tied in a little bit of “themed” details as well. All of the groomsmen, and our dads, had American Flag socks on under their suits. Our gifts to our guests were custom mason jars with red, white and blue chocolates inside and our wedding cake had red, white and blue layers when we cut into it.

My husband and I made a lot of the decorations for our wedding which was really fun to do together. We created all the signage together on old wood that we found and we also made little paper fans for our guests to grab while they were being seated with information about the wedding printed on them. For our guest book we had a large log slab that our friend cut for us. We also had a Photo Booth and the guests would stick their photos in a custom wooden book along with sweet little messages.

For the ceremony, we asked my Uncle if he would get ordained and marry us. We were absolutely thrilled when he agreed. He knew that family was very important to the both of us so he tied in little family touches as well. The rose boutonniere that he had on his suit was grown from my Great Grandmother’s garden and the tie that he wore was my Grandfather’s who passed away.

Overall, we wanted both of our families to come together and get to know each other, we didn’t want a production wedding. We all had a great time and the staff at Swiftwater Cellars was more than helpful and so fun to work with. Courtney Bowlden was also such a joy to work with and she captured our special day perfectly.” – Brittany

About the Couple & Proposal

Brittany and Keith met in College in Santa Barbara, CA – she played on the Women’s soccer team and he played on the Men’s baseball team. The proposal took place at Salish Lodge (Snoqualmie Falls, WA) on November 2, 2013.
“I thought I was being super sneaky and planning a special dinner and night at Salish Lodge for Keith’s birthday which was coming up. He grew up in Monterey, California and had never been to Snoqualmie Falls so I thought it would be a nice surprise.

We arrived at the lodge, and Keith immediately wanted to go look at the falls before our dinner reservation – keep in mind, it was November in Washington and not only was it freezing, it was also raining. Nevertheless, he insisted that we go before dinner, so, we walked out to the falls lookout area. After we looked around for a bit, there was a little bridge next to the lodge which he led us towards. As we were walking, he stopped and when I turned around to see what he was stopping for, he was on one knee. Little did I know, he was the one surprising me! He even got us a special table in the restaurant that looked over the falls and moved our reservation out because he had hired a photographer to capture the whole event.

After the proposal, we even hopped a fence (I was in heels) to venture down closer to the falls and get more pictures. It was extremely special and he caught me totally by surprise.” – Brittany

Wedding Planning Advice

“My advice for anyone getting married, is to not get uptight over the little things while planning. It will be a special day no matter what happens. “ – Brittany


Photographer:  Courtney Bowlden Photography//Floral Designer: floralaura//Cake Designer: lush desserts by amy//Event Venue: Swiftwater Cellars//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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