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Katie & Nick - Happily Ever After!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Okay - so you may have already seen this fantabulous wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes last month, but of course I need to follow up with all the delicious dirt on the details! :) I have had so many inquiries following the great post on GWS and just general emails from brides asking for more information about the wedding, so I knew I had to share more here. Apparently this was the most popular post on their GWS that week that is was featured!

So, without further ado, I present the lovely Katie and Nick Radford! If that name sounds familiar it is because Nick just happens to be an amazing wedding photographer and it was that much more of an honor to work with him. I know that he works with so many great vendors, so when they asked me to be their planner, I was over the moon! And when they told me about their venue and vision, I was in heaven! Please enjoy these images by the uber-talented and fresh Hugh Forte - one of the most humble, easy-going photographers I have had the pleasure of working with. I don't know if he realizes just how incredible his work is! See for yourself!

 Aren't they the best looking couple you have ever seen? They're the epitome of beauty (inside & out!)

I love these first look shots - and the hug that they were captured sharing!

 And everyone in their bridal party was equally sweet, fun and beautiful! I love how Katie dressed her bridesmaids in dresses from H&M and paired them with the most perfect ankle boots.
Katie and Nick had a vision (rustic, woodsy, casual charm that stayed true to their venue - a nature center), a color scheme (brown, green and cream) and a whole lot of thematic items that they had picked up months prior to the wedding. They were trusting that I would help design a wedding around these items and use them as my heart desired. Dream come true, right! They didn't really have any wedding day stationery, and you know how important I think paper goods are in tying a concept together, so I took on the happy task of creating the programs and other signage for them.

For these programs, I used a free online template and printed them on kraft paper cardstock. I felt that this perfectly complemented their woodsy, rustic theme!

I also created escort card tags using the same font as the used on the programs and attached them with twine to the mason jars that worked triple duty as escort cards, favors and cups for guests. My team also punched out different color leaves (with embossed details) that served as meal indicators for the guest's Chipotle burrito of choice!

 The nature center was definitely GORGEOUS, but some aspects were a little too worn down by nature for a wedding. So, my team decided to burlap wrap every bench in the ceremony area and accent them with dainty grosgrain ribbons. It was a time consuming and labor intensive task, but SO worth it!

 The other large projects we took on for the ceremony included the pom garlands and altar installation, inspired by the coffee filter poms that can be found in Hello!Lucky's amazing book, "Handmade Weddings." When I first purchased this book, I knew I had to make those fluffy poms for something and was so excited when I realized it could be worked into Katie and Nick's wedding design. My team worked for days on tea staining 2000 coffee filters with 5 different batches of tea in order to create an ombre effect for the poms. We enlisted the help of Jane Jeon from Olive Hue Paper Goods and together we assembled the pom garlands and the installation of the pom altar/arch. 
I couldn't be happier with how it turned out and think it was the perfect way to dress up a nature center for a wedding!

We also rented some essential items from Found Vintage Rentals to complete the look of the wedding. This included a table (and chest) for their communion table and a door as the "beginning" of their aisle. The bridal party and bride processed through the door and down the aisle, making quite a grand entrance. We had M's Flowers dress up the communion table by having flowers look as though they were spilling out of the center drawer. We accented it with my Anthropologie cups (used for communion) and one of the many owls that Katie had purchased and given to me to use throughout the wedding. 

And you already know how much we like to dress up bride and groom chairs and honeymoon dance pin cushions... :)

Katie and Nick purchased bamboo-plates and bamboo-ware to continue their woodsy theme in the reception.  We supplemented these with more bamboo serving pieces from Classic Party Rentals, who recently started to offer such sustainable goods!

Nick used wood from trees that his friend had cut down and made the table numbers and tree stumps for ceremony accent pieces.
Nick even made the dance floor himself! The night before the wedding!! Impressive, no?
The dessert table used more rentals from Found and displayed delicious treats by Heather Addison from Heaven's Kitchen, with signage by yours truly. :)

We had the fabulous honor of being joined by two more talented artists to help Hugh capture the day in different ways.
The amazing Doug Boutwell joined us to shoot a few 8x10 film portraits of the couple and some of their bridal party. You can see the incredible images here.

The slick and styling Rog from EP Love came to represent Stun Gun and create an amazing Super 8 film of the day. Check it out!
Nick and Katie wedding - super 8mm - stungun from stungun on Vimeo.

And finally, I leave you with one of my favorite images of the lovely couple. It was such an honor to share in their planning and celebration and I feel truly lucky to call them my friends. They are seriously one of the sweetest, loving and considerate couples you could ever meet. Nick and Katie - I love you two to pieces!

Happi Team of Vendors:

Design and Planning: So Happi Together
Digital Photography: Hugh Forte
Film Photography: Doug Boutwell
Cinematography: Stun Gun
Venue: Oak Canyon Nature Center
Rentals: Double D Rentals and Found Vintage Rentals
Catering: Chipotle Mexican Grill
Florals: M's Flowers
Linens: Elegant Designs Specialty Linens
Lighting: Chiavari Chair Rentals
Ceremony arch/garlands design and installation: So Happi Together and Olive Hue Paper Goods 
Hair: Dianna Lopez
Makeup: Amy Clarke
Paper goods: Invites by Wedding Paper Divas and wedding day stationery by So Happi Together
Bridal gown: Debra's Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: H&M


ellen said...

ooooo i love the theme and colors and ribbons! and i love you and ur magic! you really are the wedding wizard!

Mary of The Simplifiers: Event Planning said...

You guys really did an AMAZING job with this wedding...the pom-poms, the simplicity of hanging ribbons on the bride/groom chairs and those ankle boots, don't get me started.

I love seeing other talented wedding planners weave magic...awesome job!

Gamos Prosklitiria said...

I really like the kraft paper cardstock selection for the programs.
Nice job

nancy {So Happi Together} said...

Thank you for your kind comments, Ellen, Mary and Gamos! We had so much fun with this wedding and couple - the details were just the cherry on top! :)

Ana G said...

Hi Nancy! I absolutely love the style of this wedding. I checked out the Venue online and saw that they do not do receptions in the same place. However, i really love the style of the reception and how it continued the "woodsy" theme! Would you happen to know/remember where the location of this reception took place!? I'm dying to have mine in the same space! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Hello! I am curious about the reception as well. As Ana G mentioned, the site does not allow receptions. Not sure if they did at one time, but would love to know if this was held at the same location or if it was somewhere else. :)


nancy {So Happi Together} said...

Hello ladies! Our reception was held at the same venue, but I believe they no longer allow receptions there. I think they made a huge exception for us (especially with the dance floor) and decided soon after that they could no longer host full weddings at the park. Sorry! Good luck!