Bry and Matt have double the wedding beauty today. Their intimate ceremony for family and friends was on a snowy winter day in McCall. They followed it up with a lavish reception for all their friends and family featured today on IDoWED.
When a couple envisions what an intimate, do it yourself winter wedding may look and feel like, I think ours is a sweet representation. Our special day was with a small group of close family members and took place at a cozy lodge in the mountains.
What started off as a vision for a simple wedding turned into so much more. A lot of hands-on love was poured into creating our special day. First we designed the invitations to set the rustic and wintery style and feel, then handmade the programs and the menus to match.
My sister, also my maid of honor, maid our wedding cake from scratch, and my dad surprised me with a handmade cake server (with sweet engravings) he found on easy with matching forks. Our 18 guests received welcome bags filled with champagne, hot chocolate, homemade Mexican wedding cookies, and a few Idaho treats.
We wanted the tables to sparkle and be festive, but not scream Christmas time, so we layered several kinds of evergreens, hurricanes (re-used from my sister's wedding) filled with faux snow and cranberries, mercury glass, and pinecones. Instead of traditional flowers, we opted to use larger pinecones as the centerpieces that we spray painted gold.
One of my favorite touches of the weekend was a lovely hanging "chandelier" that my sister made. She and my best friend filled large, clear ornaments with faux snow and then hung them from a suspended tree branch over the center table. It was a beautiful, delicate, fixture that my sister envisioned and made happen for the wedding day.
In honor of my grandmother, who was unable to make the journey across country for the wedding, I wore her vintage fur shawl. She loved that. It truly was an intimate and special day that we will always remember.