RUSTIC COUNTRY DIY WEDDING | … Uhhhhhhh can I haz it? Oh how I ADORE the mismatched bridesmaids look! | By Erica Ann Photography and Fine Art

Hellllloooooo, lovelies!  How goes it?  … Good, good that’s good.  Uhhh so HEY, hey…. you…. pssssst…… you…. yeah, you, over there…. hey you wanna see a wedding?

AWESOME.  I mean really?  REALLY?!  Ohhhh man, that’s awesome.  Awesome awesome awesome because I got one.  So this is PERFECT.  Man I’m, I’m just so glad you said so!  This really worked out well.  Also, I think this means we’re besties now…?  Also also, I’ll be turning in my Not Yet 100% Ridiculous membership card later.  Because all of that-ness that just went on earlier in the paragraph was just RIDIC ulous.  I’m worried though that they might not have alumni pins for when you’re out of the NY100%A club, because they probably don’t want to be associated with the people who aren’t in it anymore… seeing as we’re weird in a weird way now, instead of a cute way.  … Yeah.  Dang.

While I was writing that useless uselessness just now, “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child came on and The Bambino gave me the most judgmental look.  And so I changed it.  Bambino’s look, it said everything, and I knew what I had to do.  Because he was write and did I just say “write” instead of “right?”  Did I just do that?  WOW.  WOW, Alison.  WOW.

Ok ten more seconds have passed and so we’re safely listening to Adele now and I feel confident and cool enough to share this wedding with you now.  Submitted by the fabulous Erica of Erica Ann Photography and Fine Art, this rustic wedding “out in the middle of nowhere’sville” as Erica puts it, is the best something someone has slammed into my face’s eyes in the past what, day or two?  Sorry I see a lot of weddings; I know writing “I’ve EVER SEEEEN” is more effective, but you have to put it into perspective.  But a DAY is a lot of time and a lot of weddings in my world so that means this wedding is effing BRILL, as my British colleagues say (or don’t say, I don’t know.  Actually I hope British people don’t think Americans use “psychedelic” or “hip” anymore or ever… so maybe I’ll stop generalizing slang words onto an entire population).

Aaaaaaaand we haven’t even talked about the wedding yet.  Let’s do that.  Ok so THIS WEDDING is killer.  Why?  Well, for starters, here’s how one of you hilarious members of wedding parliament (that sounds better than*Twitter followers*) responded to a sneak peek of wedding on le Twittaire:

@alyssas@theknottybride Can’t wait to experience this amazepunch of awesomeness. To the face.”

That word.  ”Amazepunch.”  It is… it takes my breath away.  It takes my breath away, Miss Alyssa.  But beyond that, here’s what I’m so excited to share with you guys… I adore the simple but perfectly perfect way that they decorated their ceremony space/altar.  It’s small, and it’s lovely, and it makes their photos bring a tear to mine eye.  In addition to their beautiful, beautiful love which does that, too.  What else?  HER DRESSSSSSS.  Next?  The simplicity of the decor, which proves you really just need the RIGHT touches, not a gazillion touches, when it comes to making a visual impact with your decor.

Before we get to the point you came here… check out some words from Erica:

Last month I photographed a perfectly rustic, laid back country DIY wedding! And when I say country, I mean, out in the middle of nowhere’sville. (There’s not even cell reception, gasp!) The Dalles Ranch is a stunning wedding venue – with an amazing view of Mt Hood. Ashley and Curtis decorated with their beautiful DIY projects and garage sale finds. They filled empty windows with lace, sawed the legs off of tables to make their candle holders and collected tea tins to fill with flowers. (I can definitely get more info on the DIY project from the bride) Their family made all of the food with pulled pork, beans and salads. I can’t imagine a more personal, hand-crafted wedding! Oh, and even the bow-ties were handmade by their friends at Harding and Wilson. Seriously – way too cute.

And now heed the lowdown from our gorgeous bride, Ashley:

Curtis and I met during our spring breaks, I was in Nursing school in Portland and I came down to visit my Brother and Sister-in-Law in Corvallis where Curtis was going to school. My brother actually had a plan to set me up on blind date… but it wasn’t with Curtis. My mom accidentally spilled the beans about the blind date, we’ll just say I was completely opposed to this idea and it was obvious. However, later that night I met Curtis, he was a friend of my brother’s coworker. From that night on, the rest is history. I made the trips from Portland, he made the trips from Corvallis, and we just made it work.

We got engaged in March 2 days before our one year anniversary and we didn’t really think about a wedding date, we just enjoyed being engaged. Curtis is somewhat of a Type A personality and I am more of a fly by the seat of your pants, spontaneous kind of gal. So when we decided to set a date and it was only 2 months away, everyone thought I was clinically insane! Curtis and I didn’t want a Fancy pants wedding. We were both set on it being laid back, fun for EVERYONE and not extremely expensive. The one thing we agreed to adequately budget for was a photographer. We wanted someone who could capture the experience and not the poses. Someone who could surprise us with those photos that could actually take us back to those moments in time. It was, and it couldn’t have been captured any more perfectly!

The brainstorming began and much of it was based around sentiment opposed to extravagance. The decorations were simple yet beautiful. We went to rebuilding stores and used table legs to make candle holders (which is something my grandfather did back in the day). We also bought old farm windows and attached lace or chicken coop to them and had simple sayings or pictures attached. Our backdrop was a huge tree with one of the lace windows and the words “with all my love” attached. This saying was very special to me because my grandfather surprised my grandmother with her wedding dress and this was the simple note he placed on top of the dress. He then signed every card he gave her that way. Other decorations were bought at yard sales and second hand stores, old English tea tins and a collection of random clear glass candle holders.

The Groomsmen looked handsome in their custom made bow ties by Harding and Wilson- one of Curtis’ dear friends. As for the gals, each had of them have a very distinct and unique personality and I wanted them to feel comfortable in their dresses… so they got to pick their own and I was absolutely happy with that. As for my dress, I knew I wanted a cap sleeved, keyhole back all lace dress, and i found it! Flowers were put together by my mom’s good friend and most of them were out of her yard.

A couple of things I absolutely LOVED, we had a 2 story high bonfire to end the night. It was unreal, I had never seen anything like it. Also a friend of Cutris’ who was supposed to be in the wedding was deployed to Afghanistan, so we bought a cardboard cut out of Edward from Twilight and glued his face to it! Lastly my family was incredible. They made all the food, pulled pork, salads, baked beans. Everything was perfect.

I feel like I could go on and on just because I loved our wedding day SO much

My advice to brides… Take a chill pill, your wedding will be so much more enjoyable if you are able to be calm and collected, not to say there will not be bumps in the road, but it is all in how you handle these bumps that makes the difference in the experience. Also look into other options besides strapless dresses, there are many wonderful, not to mention affordable dresses out there! Lastly make your wedding unique to you, it doesn’t have to be exactly like someone else’s, it’s an expression of YOUR love!  - Xoxox Ash

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What do you think?  As usual here are some questions, muh friends, if you’re at a loss for words:

1. Are you digging that altar situation?  I love the decision to put quotes relating to love behind the ultimate exchange of love.  Seems, I dunno… what’s the word?  Let’s see– ‘fitting?’  Seems ‘fitting?’  Yeah that’s it.  ’Fitting.’

2. How do you feel about braided bridal hair styles?  Fan?  Not-a?  Ambivalent?  On the fence?  Oh wait that’s what ambivalent means.

3. What’s 1 + 2?  Sorry that’s just my spam catcher.

4. Do you adore how she looks in that dress as much as I do?

xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: Erica Ann Photography and Fine Art / Venue: The Dalles Ranch / Flowers: Karen McGunnis (Family Friend) / Bride’s Dress: Bridal Exclusives/Allure / Bride’s Shoes: Moxy / Hair: Sadie Tidand of New Vintage Beauty Lounge / Groom’s Suit: Billy London / Bowties: Harding and Wilson / Cake: Sidekicks in Albany, OR

Label(s): Blue, Color, Green, White

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  1. Abbey on January 13, 2012

    I have been looking for this dress! I have found variations, but this is perfect. Do you mind telling me where you found it? I would so appreciate an email!


  2. Emily on January 13, 2012

    Love this wedding! Those flower tins are simple but exquisite touches, I agree. It all came together so beautifully in the photos! And agree about the altar tree too, SOO CUTE. I have to do something like this!

  3. Sofia {Brancoprata} on January 13, 2012

    The hair due, the shoes… the dress… she looks perfect. The whole wedding is pure perfection!!!!

  4. Alyssa on January 13, 2012

    OMG THAT DRESS. I can’t get over that dress. I’m not even usually that much of a lacy-dress person but it somehow manages to combine the gentle flowy less structured feel of a lace dress with the AMAZING shape it gives her. Plus, I’m a sucker for the back of a dress and this one doesn’t disappoint. Was it made just for her? It had to have been. She’s picture perfect.

    Bonfire = super fun finale

    1+2=3. But don’t quote me on that one :)

  5. liz on January 13, 2012

    I had that same dress for my wedding. It’s beautiful! It looked incredible on that bride. I am a size 14 and it looked great on me too, so it’s not a dress that only a skinny person can wear. It’s by Allure Bridals and it’s style 8764. I got mine at House of Brides. Here’s a link to the dress.

  6. Isabelle on January 13, 2012

    I love love love the braided look. In fact, if I did one thing differently on my wedding (no REAL regrets) I would have a beautiful braid like that one.

    That last shot is great. Casual clothes, bonfire, love.

  7. William Ray, Editorial Director on January 13, 2012

    Great post!


  8. paint colors on January 13, 2012

    Love everything! That’s just me and my future hubby, casual and earthy. Though you wouldn’t know it by how we are going to tie the knot. Too cold here this time of year for outdoor weddings though. Her hair is so gorgeous! Taking that braid picture with me for my practice updo next week. And that teal color they used for candles and in her hair… would make a beautiful master bedroom color. Such an exciting time!!!

  9. Kate N. on January 13, 2012

    When I tell my dad about friends’ weddings that I’ve gone to that are super fancy and nice and huge he says “well, you’re getting a bonfire. I can afford that.” and so I’m so very happy to see that this couple celebrated this way! Also I LOVE that their guests (and the bride at the end!) are wearing jeans and just being so casual and joyous! It’s perfect!

  10. Lena on January 13, 2012

    That dress/shoe combo is brill. This entire wedding is an amazepunch. See me using the new buzz words?

    But really, holy hell, this wedding is gorgeous.

  11. Nicole on January 13, 2012


  12. Everyone else has said it.. but ohhhhh that dress!! It’s amazzzzzzzing!

  13. Keri on January 14, 2012

    So gorgeous! Love the wedding dress and the mismatched ‘maids look!

  14. Rhys Wheatley on January 15, 2012

    Ooh, I love these!

    Love the emotion and colours, they have a kind of vintage look but not overdone.

    Also props to the photographer for doing such a good job in what looks like challenging light (hard light), as he’s use this light to his advantage to create beautiful rim light!


  15. Elise - Bridal Dresses Mentor on January 15, 2012

    I love this whole wedding style! (Especially the dress!).

    This is the kind of wedding I picture my mother to have if she ever decides to marry again.


  16. Ann on January 17, 2012

    Such a stunning bride – congratulations!

  17. Amy Jacobus on January 17, 2012

    Wow. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I am also a huge fan of mismatched bridesmaids.

  18. Kelly on January 17, 2012

    Her lace wedding dress looks so beautiful!!!!

  19. Tim Duncan on January 18, 2012

    WOW. THAT DRESS. Where can I find it!? It’s stunning! And the bride’s hairdo is gorgeous! Lovin’ the color scheme she used! :)

  20. Sabina on January 19, 2012

    Having a mismatch for your bridesmaids dresses is definitely an interesting idea…but I don’t think I would choose it for my wedding.

  21. Tegan (That's Amour) on January 24, 2012

    Wow this wedding is 100% gorgeous! I love her hair-do and I badly want those shoes!

  22. Stephen on January 25, 2012

    A bonfire! AMAZING!

  23. Courtney on January 27, 2012

    Several things here…
    1. Those are my wedding shoes.
    2. Love the blue. So many rustic weddings lately fall into the same color scheme so it’s nice to see this stand out.
    3. She is gorg and so is her dress.
    4. I love how simple but perfect everything looks.
    5. The bonfire is killer.

  24. phyliss on January 31, 2012

    What a charming country-style wedding! I love the mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and the beautiful rustic details in the decor… It’s so refreshing compared to the usual “fancy” bridezilla weddings!

  25. Barn Weddings on February 8, 2012

    What a lovely wedding gown and the wedding session was just so marvelous. You do have a great pictures. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  26. Jen on February 10, 2012

    The dress looks like it is ALLURE 8764

  27. Angela on May 26, 2012

    I just LOVE those shoes…..please, please, please tell me where I can purchase some for my own wedding. I’m in Australia but I’m willing to buy the same pair from anywhere in the world and have them sent to me.
    Stunning bride and bridal party… everything about your wedding :-)

  28. Peta on July 13, 2012

    I LOVE this dress….I have been looking everywhere for this type of dress. Where did she get this? Does she want to sell it??

  29. enloop on August 20, 2012

    got a few pangs of jealousy going on … that whimsical hair by Sadie, elegant gown in the natural setting with those dazzly-rustic shoes and the most beautiful people in the woods. AND a bonfire – come on!! these folks are happily eternal

  30. crocs 価格 on September 7, 2013

    ダウン キッズ


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