A gorgeous outdoor Columbia Missouri wedding that has us daydreaming of summer. We are absolutely adoring all the DIY details of this rustic and vintage inspired wedding. Love Tree Studios captured the entire day perfectly. Congratulations Ashley and Eric, we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
More about how the bride and groom got engaged and what they envisioned for their wedding:
Eric and I met in college at the University of Missouri when my sorority and his fraternity were paired together for “Greek Week”. Our groups of friends became inseparable after that and Eric and I began dating. We dated for several years, including two years of long distance dating. Last year, we were living in Kansas City near a park where my dog Nellie and I frequently went jogging. One Sunday morning, Eric asked to tag along. As we jogged through a rose garden, I noticed a picnic set up with champagne, orange juice and food! I was super confused and asking a lot of questions about why it was there with no one around…Before I knew it, Eric got down on one knee and asked me the question I had been waiting to hear for 5 years, while my dog ate the breakfast goodies! From then on it was a year of planning, planning and more planning.
I knew I wanted to get married in my home town of Columbia, Missouri, so my amazing mother took on a huge part of the planning process since I was still living in Kansas City. I wanted to get married in a location similar to where I grew up and my parents still live. Our engagement pictures were taken on our property, because I loved the beautiful scenery, wild flowers, ponds and fun props we found around my parents house (who are avid antique enthusiasts). We considered having the wedding at the house, but given the number of people we wanted to invite and the difficult logistics of it, we started looking for other options. We were able to find a very similar location about 5 miles east of my family home called Cedar Creek Resort. The property hosts a lodge, six cabins, a tented reception area, and a beautiful lake. Since our groomsmen and bridesmaids all knew each other and many of them were great friends in college, we knew this wedding was basically going to be a big reunion for everyone. We wanted everyone to feel very comfortable and relaxed and to be able to spend a lot of time together, so we rented the cabins and the entire wedding party stayed in the cabins from Thursday to Sunday. It was a three day party ending with a wedding celebration!
The theme of my wedding was relaxed and casual with light colors and a rustic, vintage feel. Eric and I are both extremely close with our families, and they are a huge part of our life. We wanted to incorporate this as much as possible in our decor, and do as much as we could ourselves (thanks to Pinterest and DIY wedding blogs!). Most of the mason jars came from my grandmother’s basement that she and my great aunts used for canning vegetables and pickles! We hung photos on trees from our grandparents’ weddings as an inspiration of the marriage we aspire to. The signature drink frames came from my other grandmother, and many of the milk glass vases came from Eric’s grandmother. My dad (with a little help from his neighbor and Eric), constructed the arbor and cut the cedar wood stumps to line the aisle. The chalkboard signs were all hand drawn by my one of my best friends, who happens to be my brother’s girlfriend. Not only did we save money by borrowing and making a lot of our decorations, but on the actual wedding day, it made it so much more special to see all of the special memories each element brought to the day.
My bridesmaids wore dresses and shoes that they picked themselves. Yes, this can sometimes go terribly wrong, but I knew that my friends all have a great sense of style and I had no worries they would pick the right dresses! I gave them a color scheme for inspiration, and told them they had to have some type of lace on the dress, and the girls all picked out amazing dresses! Letting my bridesmaids pick their own dresses also ensured they were comfortable and could re-wear the dress later. Only my maid of honor, Eric’s sister, and my mom had seen my wedding dress before the big day. One of my favorite pictures from the day is the reaction of my bridesmaids seeing my dress for the first time. The love and joy on their faces is priceless!
The flowers from Tiger Gardens were exactly what I had envisioned. I know very little about flowers, but I loved the look of baby’s breath and wild flowers incorporated with lace and burlap. The actual ceremony was very special and emotional for us. It was officiated by my long time pastor from the church I grew up in, and he had recently retired from our church. This was the last wedding service he would officiate, which made it emotional for everyone! My amazingly talented brother played the guitar (an acoustic version of Canon in D) as my dad walked me down the aisle. My brother also played during the ceremony, accompanied by one of Eric’s groomsmen, for vocals. They played “Danny’s Song” written by Kenny Loggins, which was a song played at my parents wedding. Our reception was a blast, with a delicious buffet from the Upper Crust, great music (DJ from Complete Music), and an entire table devoted to desserts made by Cherie’s Cake Boutique. The night was filled with dancing, drinks, and love. The entire day was perfect (including the weather), and we are so blessed to have had the most wonderful wedding day possible. – Ashley
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Photos By: Love Tree Studios | Venue: Cedar Creek Resort | Florals: Tiger Gardens | Sweets + Cake: Cherie’s Cake Boutique and Tea Room | Catering: Upper Crust | DJ: Complete Music | Wedding Gown: Essense of Australia