RUSTIC GLAM FARM WEDDING | Janee + Alex | Can a perfectionist plan her wedding long distance? With a secret weapon like hers, anything is possible.

Today’s wedding rocks my socks right off my feet.  Seriously, I’m sitting here, sockless and drooling.  We haven’t featured a wedding quite like this little gem in a while, and I’m pretty pumped to get things started.  Alright, LET’S DO THIS!

Mamas.  They really can rock.  I think I totes lucked out in the mama department; she’s the bees knees, and I really treasure the relationship I have with her.  She has a great sense for what’s right and wrong, has always steered me right when I’ve needed steering, and we can talk about anything.  And guys, you can imagine the topics we’ve tackled, if you’re a regular reader here.  So yeah, I’m pretty pleased that the stork dropped me off on her porch.

Here’s the thing about mamas: the great ones know when you need a little help.  My Mom (along with my wonderful Dad who is equally as great as my Mom, but the discussion of whom does not advance the purposes of this post) offered to babysit Mr. McPuppypants from Sunday night to Monday night while I had to be a busy busy worker bee.  She had a sense I needed the time, and it turned out to be an enormous help.  I was hesitant to relinquish the puppers, but the fact was, I needed the time, to work, to travel, to generally focus without a painfully adorable puppy by my side all day.  Because you can’t take puppies to fashion shows, kids.  They’ll steal the spotlight.  Also, they’ll likely poop on the runway.  I’m sure it’s a combination of both factors that prohibits their attendance.

Anywho, I brought up moms today because Candice and Travis Cossel of Serendipity Studios submitted the MOST PERFECTEST rustic farm wedding, and the mama involved in it is a bit of a supermama.  You see, our bride Janee was in Michigan for medical school throughout the planning of her entire wedding… a wedding that was going to take place in Idaho.

Welcome to dilemmaland; population Janee.  Right?  Actually, not so much.  Of course, turning that planning frown upside down required two things:

  1. Willingness to relinquish control (which is pretty darned tough for a perfectionist, BELIEVE ME) and;
  2. Trusting that everything will turn out alright, and that your mama can do a bang-up job, too.

Janee entrusted to her mama, Sue, the hands-on bits and pieces that would make up her wedding day… and I have my opinions about how it turned out.  But I think I’ll have you guys be the judges. :)

By the way, Janee’s STILL in med school, so here’s the loveliest little run-down of Janee’s big day, from who else but her MAMA!

As we all know, planning a wedding is stressful enough, but planning a wedding long distance adds challenges of its own.  I had one year to help plan my daughter’s special day but our situation was different – we were planning it miles apart.  Janee was beginning her first year of medical school in Michigan and the ceremony was to be held in our home town Eagle, Idaho. Thank goodness for today’s advanced technology because I quickly learned how to cut and paste pictures from magazines sending it via email and texting ideas by phone to speed the process up.  Following many hours of phone conversations, thousands of texts and e mails – one of the most important days in my daughter and her fiancé Alex‘s life came together with perfection and pizzazz.

Knowing my daughter as most mothers know their daughters, I knew Janee had high expectations and would want every detail perfectly thought out.  The tiniest details from the type of stamp to be placed on save-the-date invitations, how the ribbon should be wrapped on the caramel apples, what flavor of homemade pies would have to be decided.  I knew that Janee and Alex wanted an outside wedding that was to be glamorous yet rustic, one with lots of fun, great food and drinks, an evening with good music and unique decorations to create those memories that would last forever.  Janee had always liked the way I would decorate so she entrusted me with many of the little things that would complete the wedding.

As time drew closer the wedding was soon becoming a reality.  Eventually the venue was picked, the colors were chosen, the food sampled, the DJ interviewed and the invitations customized by the bride herself.  Shopping at many wedding boutiques between here and Chicago Janee decided to design her own dress that would describe her personality and the look she desired.

Finally the day was upon us and the couple was married beside a big red barn that was hidden in a small, quaint community built in the early 1900’s.  There were old wooden fences, rustic metal gates, antique farm equipment, oak trees, and white picket fences to make the guests feel instantly warm and comfortable. There were wooden signs that had ‘WEDDING’ painted on them at the entry way, there was pails of wine, beer served in mason jars, home made jam passed out as favors along with caramel apples.  Cracker Jack boxes on display for the kids to grab while they colored and glued masterpieces on the children’s table.  There were apples in crates to be eaten and pencils wrapped with raffia for games to be played, every flavor of pie to be tasted.  The menu consisted of sliders, corn on the cob, salad and the best tasting potato salad this side of the Mississippi.  The list of could go on and on…

It was the most amazing day for Janee and Alex, which was my goal.  Without the many friends and family that helped make it a success it would not have been a success.  Thanks to you all!

Before we go, some words from Candice, their fabulous photographer:

Alex and Janee’s wedding was like being reunited with old friends.  It had been awhile since the last time I had been able to spend time with them.  However, it was like no time had passed and they were both as sweet as ever.

I was so impressed with how much thought and care had gone into every bit of this wedding all while Janee was attending her first year of medical school.  Of course, this was thanks in large part to her amazing mom, Sue.

The one thing that you couldn’t help but notice was just the overwhelming feeling of joy at this wedding.  It was all around and spilling out of all of those involved.  Constant smiles, laughter, and happy tears abounded.

The wedding was a long time coming and I don’t know if I could have been as patient as these two amazing people.  But it was all worth it.  A beautiful day, a beautiful wedding, and beautiful couple. And the best is yet to be.

And now, the gorgeous film of this beautiful day, shot by Travis, the cinematographer half of the husband and wife team that make up Serendipity Studios!

So… how do you guys think Janee and her mama did?  They’re quite the team, eh?  Eh?

Are you, or do you know anyone, who’s planning a wedding long distance?  How’s it going?

xoxo!  - Alison

Serendipity Studios is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view this listing, click here.

Photography: Serendipity Studios / Cinematography: Serendipity Studios / DJ: DJ Daves Mobile Entertainment / Flower: Eastside Florist / Dress: Bonny Daws (custom made) / Venue: Hidden Springs Barn / Catering: Linda Jo Puffy

Label(s): Blue, Color, Mr. McPuppyPants, Red, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Samantha S. on April 12, 2011

    beautiful wedding! i love the rustic country theme!

    i will be planning my wedding long-distance over the next year. My wedding will be in Cleveland, where most of my family lives. But I will be planning it from Zurich, Switzerland because I will be starting at Master’s program there in the fall.

    I’m nervous about planning it long distance, but I have the summer to scope out my options so that when I start planning in the fall I will know what I want.

  2. erin * sparkle & hay on April 12, 2011

    ohmy LOVE it!!!! the details are fab & her gown is out of this world!!

  3. I just love all the country touches and who doesn’t love CrackerJack!

    Just beautiful!

  4. Alison on April 12, 2011

    Erin – Her gown really is incredible. I’m such a sucker for lace backs and straps :)

    Diane – seriously. Doesn’t that crackerjack ring shot just kill you? So fab.

  5. Yes, the socks were knocked off!! Such details that REALLY work! Great cohesive design!
    Images Rock!
    I love the bride’s dress.
    Where did the popcorn boxes come from?
    Great wedding!!!

    Joyce Goeppinger

  6. Meliza on April 12, 2011

    Holy. Crap. Holy Crap!

    HOLY CRAP!!!!

    I love my Mama, but daaaaaaaaaaang. This Idaho Mama has definitely set the bar high.

    I’m somewhat planning a long distance wedding in San Diego, CA while I reside in San Francisco. Not that far, I know! But, when you start to add up the travel costs for the planning (not to mention, we don’t own a car so the 7 hour drive is pretty much out of the question) it really starts to dig deep into the wed-budget.

    My mom lives outside of the country so she can’t really help too much with the planning. Her ideas have mainly been for us to just go to city hall. Which, we don’t quite want. So, my future-in-laws are definitely stepping up and helping us out where they can (I’m a lucky girl!) with local vendors and are amazing enough to let us use their backyard as our venue! I’m gonna have to pass this post along to my MIL! *cough*hint*cough* ;)

  7. Meliza on April 12, 2011

    P.S. I LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOOOOOOVE the fruit barrels/tubs/bushels(?)!!! What a lovely touch!

  8. Tom on April 12, 2011

    Amazing! I love every bit of it and I’m so jealous of the photographer! The video was perfect, so well done in every respect. I truly loved the emotion of the groom. I wish all my clients had this much joy, passion, and unabashed emotion! Thanks so very much for sharing!

  9. Kristen on April 12, 2011

    So many of the details I personally love. My favorite is the floral arrangement in the white stock pot.

  10. Alison on April 12, 2011

    Samantha – Wowzas. Zurich to Cleveland is quite the haul! A bit more intense than Michigan to Idaho :) But I have faith that it’ll all work out. As a rule, you readers are uber intelligent peeps, who can pull of damn near anything. But I’ll send you some positive vibes, just in case ;)

    Meliza – So glad you love it so much! It’s quite lovable; I’m right there with ya ;)

    Joyce – Glad you dig it! And we’re checking with the bride re: the popcorn boxes. :) I did a quick google search of ‘popcorn boxes’ and that yielded great results; you might want to give that a go in the meantime!

  11. Alicia @CharityWedding on April 12, 2011

    LOVE this! And I love that her Mom not only was willing to do so much but did it so fabulously! My Mom was more annoying (don’t tell her) than helpful as she always had something to say about my choices! Plus if I had given her full control- well I don’t even want to know what things would have looked like. She is fabulous but does not have good taste.

  12. Shannon on April 12, 2011

    Um, is that a little ring bearer picking his nose in their first kiss pic?? OMG. hahahaha I LOVE it!

    Her mama did such a great job, it looked like a gorgeous and fun day!

  13. Lena on April 12, 2011

    What an amazing mama, and a gorgeous wedding! I love that she did the write up-so perfect!

    I must confess, as much as I love my mama and would let her take control of anything else, my wedding will not be one of those things I entrust to her. I said, “Wouldn’t jam favors for a brunch wedding be perfect?” and she replied, “I think eclairs would be better.”

    See my point?

  14. Candice Cossel on April 12, 2011

    Thank you all so much for the compliments. We couldn’t have asked for a better couple, or a better day!

  15. Lauren Elise on April 13, 2011

    LOVE the popcorn, jam, and cracker jack details! Yummers :)

  16. BR on April 13, 2011

    Love the details! Love that cracker jacks made an appearance and her dress is just divine. Her mom did an amazing job.

  17. In love with this!! The apples, cracker jacks, and gorgeous fall colors make for the perfect rustic feel. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Angela @ Swatchbook Weddings on April 13, 2011

    Just absolutely IN LOVE with the wedding!

  19. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on April 24, 2011

    Firstly the bride looks STUNNING!!! And how incredible that her Mum organised all this for her. I for one couldn’t give up that control but I bet Janee is glad she did with such a beautiful result!!

  20. Whitney on July 10, 2012

    I just stumbled upon this and I must say this is exactly what I have in mind for my dream wedding, give or take a few decorations. I live in Idaho and have been struggling to find the perfect venue for my wedding. Could you tell me the exact place this is and if they are a wedding venue???

  21. Sierra on November 18, 2012

    I am also looking for this type of venue, was this in Idaho?


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