Erin and Troy envisioned a casual yet refined party for their rustic wedding at Trinity Tree Farm, using lilac, navy with a touch of light pinks and metallics as the colors.
“We knew we wanted Troys brother to be able to wear his “dress blues,” so we were strategic about our color choices, putting the guys all in navy tuxedos. Our venue lended itself to a rustic vibe so we mirrored the woodsy outdoors in our table settings complete with wooden rounds, clean linens, votives and our favorite flowers.” – Erin
Purple Navy Rustic Wedding
“Troy planned an epic proposal – to this day, he says he put the trip in my head months before I suggested we go to go to the Carri bean with both of our sets of parents. Conveniently, the dates fell on our three year anniversary – should have been my first clue!
We booked the excursions and on the second day, we went zip lining over the rainforests in St. Kitts. After a full day of adventure, we raced each other down the final parallel zip lines – I beat him of course. I started to walk away and he said my name and as I turned he told me a story about a very wise Uber driver who had told us that the greatest gift in life is the ability to choose the person that you get to spend the rest of your life with. He got on one knee and in front of our parents and on video, he proposed, I cried and the rest of our zip lining group cheered! It was a beautiful day.
Troy later took the footage and mashed it up with our past photos, videos and a sound bite of him asking my parents for their permission to ask me to marry him. I’d like to think he raised the bar for other guys! It was amazing – so romantic and so well planned.”
“I tried on 30 wedding dresses, including 10 AFTER I’d bought my original dress. I ended up purchasing the dress that had been my favorite from my second appointment and after trusting my gut and changing the dress, I couldn’t be any happier with how it turned out. I purchased the belt off of Etsy and had it attached during alterations.
I wore pearls (necklace, bracelet, earrings) which were handed down to me from my late grandmother. My engagement ring’s center stone is one of a set of three, also from my late grandmother’s ring. I had the other two of the three stones made into earrings and paired those with round “jackets,” which were a gift from my father to my mother on their first wedding anniversary. They will have been married 31 years in February!
My mother and I created my veil from tool from her wedding dress and a lace which loosely matched the lace detail on my dress.”
Wedding Planning Advice
“My advice is to take it one day at a time and to prioritize the things you truly want. Do your homework before you speak with different vendors so you can get a real understanding of what you’re comparing before you make any decisions – do some research and what exactly is included in the venue cost, catering, rentals, etc. The worst case scenario is making an assumption and booking a vendor only to find out they have additional fees for things you’d assumed were included.
After you’ve asked all of these questions, compare all the vendors and made your decision, don’t overlook the process of reviewing the contracts – this is where you may find red flags, inaccuracies and issues so this is very important to understand every word in it.
By handling your main priorities first, whether its a specific vendor or location or date that you want, it gives you the opportunity to tackle secondary priorities like projects and ordering (or making) custom projects later once your budget is more concrete.
Don’t be afraid to rework your budget more than once as you start to nail down the actual costs in your area (e.g. the venues in your area might be more expensive than the % of your budget suggested on some wedding budget generators).
Don’t be afraid to try your hand at creating some things rather than just ordering everything on Etsy – this can get VERY spendy. Start by making a list of all the signs, crafts, invitations, favors you’d like “made.” While the lump sum cost of a cricut can be intimidating, it can save you hundreds if not thousands on custom decor.
Also, day of coordinators are worth their weight in GOLD! Our DOC handled all of the minor snafus on the day of the wedding and kept me (and my mother) from relaxing on the day of. She tracked down vendors, helped clean up and kept us on schedule after a delay related to traffic.”
Photography: Eva Rieb Photography | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Tree Farm | Reception Venue: Trinity Tree Farm | Day-of Coordination: Fitsum-ism | Floral: DIY by the Bride | Stationery: DIY by the Bride | Videography: Two by Two Studios | Wedding Cake: DIY by the Bride | Hair: A Top Knot Salon | Makeup: Makeup by Ceilidh | Catering: Crescent Moon Catering | Cupcakes: Cupcake Royale | Photography: Emerald City Photobooth | Floral: globalrose.com | Floral: FiftyFlowers.com | Floral: Costco | Ribbon: Hobby Lobby | Cake Topper: Etsy | Shoes: TOMS | Engagement Ring: Shane Co. Jewellery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy | Veil: DIY by bride | Watch: Citizen | Wedding Website: theknot.com | Bridesmaid Shoes: TOMS | Ring Bearer Outfit: Janie & Jack | Photo Booth: Emerald City Photobooth | DJ: DJ Suave | Floral: HopsDirect | Guest Book: Etsy | Wedding Dress: Romashka Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Veil: DIY BRIDE | Headpiece: amazon.com | Watch: Citizen