Rustic Country: Vintage Travel | Real Wedding
Hi lovelies! Happy Saturday :)) Need a bit of real wedding inspiration and an inspiring ‘meant to be’ love story to get you through the day? Of course you do! Take your time and enjoy lovelies, this one’s a goodie! Beautiful outdoor wedding in Nebraska. Pinterest in real life… from century luggage tables that the groom custom made to a reclaimed barn wood and trunk head table, to vintage theatre style chairs and a custom made mason jar chandelier.
We met in Vegas. At noon on a Sunday. At the Planet Hollywood pool.
Lona was in town with the Knox sisters as an honorary member of the family for the weekend. Jason was on day 5 of 5 with three of his friends from Ohio. Here’s how it happened:Lona: I decided to meander from the pool chairs and hang out by the pool’s edge for a while. As I started to pull up a spot, I looked up and saw a guy in a nearby lounger. “He’s hot.” I thought as I automatically walked over and proceeded to put my towel by the edge directly in front of him.
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Jason: So I was there laying in the sun and not paying much attention to anything, when this beautiful girl appears right in front of my chair. I immediately say out loud “Thank you God” and then lean over to my friend Kelly and say ” I have to talk to this girl”. After a few words of encouragement from Kelly, I get up and nonchalantly jump in the pool.
Lona: After a while (forever), said Hot Guy, got into the pool. He was the only one in it, I was the only one by the edge. Obviously, we wanted to talk. But, he wasn’t saying anything.
Jason: I am in the pool now, but when I come up from under water the girl of my dreams has a friend with her. I think to myself, ‘now I have to break the ice to two girls?’
Lona: Finally, a friend of the Hot Guy came walking into the pool and he shouted a greeting, to which I chimed in. (since he was taking so long to make a move) After that, our friends all congregated and we hung out. I overheard him asking my friends my name (secret smile) and I knew he was interested. (yay!)
Jason: Yes, thanks to Jenny for forgetting her key, I was able to say something funny and show this beautiful girl that I did in fact know how to speak.
Lona: From there, we were inseparable. We hung out until his flight early the next morning and two days later, I booked a trip to Columbus, Ohio for less than two weeks after we met.
Jason: By the way, I knew that day that this was the girl that I was meant to be with.
Holy crap, what a sweet ‘meant to be’ story!! Over to Lona now who explains all about their beautiful day.
I fell in love with the fitted, basic design of my Justin Alexander dress. The gorgeous alencon lace in ivory and light gold gave a country look that made me feel comfortable and beautiful at the same time, I wore my dress with rustic cowboy boots made by Corral Boots. I LOVE these boots!
We had a subtle country/travel theme to our wedding celebration. Mason jars, colourful daisies and sunflowers, burlap, and vintage luggage.
We bought large round bulb white lights that we strung across the guest chairs/dance floor. We hung mason jars on custom shepherd’s hooks – some had candles in them and the ones lining the aisle had red, yellow, and orange Gerber Daisies.
The chairs were old folding chairs – found at many old country churches in the US. Inside our tent, the tables had burgundy linens with burlap runners and jars of orange sunflowers. The groom custom made many of the details including: a mason jar chandelier that hung in the middle of the tent, the bride and groom table (made out of barn siding and two large trunks as legs), and really cool bar height tables with vintage luggage as the tops. He’s so creative!!
We had a stack of vintage luggage at the entrance of the tent. Jason modified the top suitcase to hold an Ipad in the opened lid. The Ipad played photos from our courtship and the open suitcase served as a card holder.
Jason bought a country western style tie and vest from a huge country store in Denver, Colorado. He also wore his fancy cowboy boots and a tux he’s owned for a few years.
We borrowed an incredible 1945 Studebaker pickup truck from a family friend to drive my grandparents and I up to the ceremony site. It was so perfect.
Our wedding photographers Travis and Katie were amazing! Even under less-than-ideal conditions (cold and light fading quickly!) they captured the story of our day and of our love perfectly. Truly artists!
We LOVED the work Linda at Butterfly Bakery did on our wedding desserts. Not only did she design and bake an amazing cake (with barn siding fondant design), she also made several very yummy pies. Including a pear cranberry that was so good!
My bridal bouquet was designed by Bouquets and Bling out of Lincoln, Nebraska. I chose these two ladies for their creativity and attention to detail. They delivered a beautiful bouquet that was rustic, yet gave that color pop I was looking for!
If we could impart any words of wisdom to future brides & grooms? It’s totally, 100% cliché, but…enjoy every minute. Try to stop and soak it all in throughout the day. Take a breath, smile, be thankful for all your family and friends…and your new partner…and take it all in. It goes by so fast!!
My most memorable moment? Wow, that’s tough! For me, it was the moment I pulled up in the back of the truck and saw my groom waiting for me at the end of the aisle. Talk about butterflies!!
Jason and I have lived the last 2 years ‘on the road’ traveling for work. We also love to visit new places together and have been lucky to see/experience so many cool places in the US and abroad. Both of us love country music and I’m proud of my small-town Nebraska roots. SO, we thought a country/vintage travel look was perfect for our celebration.
Thank you so much Lona and Jason for sharing your beautiful day with the WTW blog. I love the subtle travel theme and rustic, country styling, it’s so adorable when couples use their own lives as the inspiration for the styling of their wedding day!
What do you think lovelies? Tell me your ideas of how you plan to personalise your wedding day! WEDDING AWESOMENESS CREDITS >>>>>>> Photographer: T. Free Photography Venue: WunderRosa Winery Brides Dress: Justin Alexander – style #8627 Hair & Make-up: Atlantis Salon & Spa Florist: Bouquets and Bling Cake: Butterfly Bakery Music: Cactus Hill Band Equipment Rentals: Nostalgia Rentals
WEDDING AWESOMENESS CREDITS >>>>>>>
Photographer: T. Free Photography
Venue: WunderRosa Winery
Brides Dress: Justin Alexander – style #8627
Hair & Make-up: Atlantis Salon & Spa
Florist: Bouquets and Bling
Cake: Butterfly Bakery
Music: Cactus Hill Band
Equipment Rentals: Nostalgia Rentals