Q & A with the Bride:
How did you meet?
Sam and I met in a Brewery in Greeley called Weldwerks! Fits us well since we share a love for fun brewery environments and find ourselves at one of the many breweries in Northern Colorado on a regular basis. And of course, our dog Roger is always invited!
What is your proposal story?
Sam proposed in our apartment on Valentines day. We had just moved in and were getting all settled. Sam came home from school that day and said that he had dropped the bottle of wine in the parking lot and insisted on making another trip to the liquor store. I tried telling him it was no big deal, we don't need it but he would not let it go! So, later on we went back to the liquor store, picked out some wine together and went home. I was trying to open the bottle myself when he kept telling me that I needed to go sit down and let him pour it. I was like why? I'm right here its fine! Then in our kitchen he popped down and pulled the ring out of his pocket and I realized why he was being so insistent on going back to get wine and not letting me pour it! I loved his proposal. It was laid back and relaxed in one of our first nights in our new home together, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
Our wedding was a really special event for us. The wedding was at my (the bride) family's farm. This farm was established in 1897 by my Ancestors that came over from Sweden. The house was built in 1905. This farm holds a very special place in all of our hearts. It's where we all spent a lot of time growing up. My great grandpa, my grandpa, my mom, and all of us cousins spent countless hours playing on the steps of that house during the summer and nearly all holidays were spent in the house. My grandparents no longer live inside the house, but the property will always be special to all of us. It was an honor to be able to stand on those steps and marry my best friend.
The reception took place in the onion shed. We hung all the lights ourselves and did all of the cleaning and decorating. This area is still used regularly for farm operations- so thanks grandpa for letting us borrow it and make it pretty!
Another fact about the wedding is that one of Sam's groomsmen was the officiant! He really prepared a lot for the ceremony and went above and beyond what we asked him to do. It was fun to have a close friend of ours make the ceremony so personal for us.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
What was most important to us while planning was being comfortable and making it fun for everyone. Everyone invited to the wedding were people that we see regularly and are big parts of our lives. Our wedding was a big party for all of our closest friends and family.
I chose to splurge on the flowers for the wedding. Although I couldn't get the peonies I wanted, I still made sure the bouquets and centerpieces were what I wanted. I wanted simple yet elegant with the minty fragrance of the eucalyptus. We chose to skip having a DJ. We made a big Spotify playlist and hooked it up to my dad's speaker and let it run!
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)
My favorite part of the day was when everyone was done eating and everyone was dancing, playing lawn games, just having a good time. Everyone genuinely enjoyed themselves. My other favorite part had to have been when one of the groomsmen got carried away with the photo booth polaroid camera. We found him taking pictures of random things and lots of selfies! We got a large stack of hilarious pictures from him!
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
I (the bride) personally did a lot of DIY for this wedding along with my mother. My mom made all of the signs around the venue out of random wood we found laying around the farm. She distressed and painted them all! I made the centerpieces myself on my kitchen table. I drank all the wine for those bottles too :). After printing out the template, I put together all of the program fans. I also wrote all of the writing on the chalkboards around the reception. I think my favorite part was definitely the pallet wood bar. My grandpa and I picked out the pallets that were laying around the farm and he put it together all by himself! Me and my now husband stained it together. It will go in our house or backyard someday when we have room for it!