DIY RUSTIC WOODLAND WEDDING | Apple Cake or Peach Pie, Anyone? | Sara Adams Photography

Sometimes I’ll wanna complain about something, and then I’ll remember that I write about weddings and sometimes reality tv on a blog whose mascot is my frenchie and I’ll immediately shut up.

Ok so so far this is my favorite wedding of 2013. hands down.  Really it should be obvious I like this one; it’s a DIY rustic woodsy wedding – I jerk off to these things.  I mean just look:

..right?  Seriously how beautiful is that?

But you know, there’s more to it than just the styling in this one.  I love the write-up the bride sent us.  Their relationship is so sweet and cool; they seem super in-tune with one another.  I definitely believe in all the couples we feature, it’s not that– I mean I wouldn’t– I don’t think I’d knowingly publish the wedding of a couple I thought was hurling inevitably towards divorce within 72 days of their ceremony or anything, it’s just–

They just seem like they’re not the type of couple who’d go days into a standoff over emptying the dishwasher.  With one of them falsely confident that it’s the other’s turn.

Because I got the last two times man.  The last two.  You KNOW this.

JK I’m three behind.

JK everyone in his family, we usually divide housework pretty evenly and I’m cooking him dinner tonight.

Liberty and Colin’s wedding was submitted by the lovely Sara Adams of Sara Adams Photography, and it’s just one of those really pretty ones you wanna get lost in, inspiration- and love-wise.  Jealousy-wise?  You’re going to be crying into your hands like the mascot at the end of this SNL skit featuring Bruno Mars:

One more thing- there’s really nothing quite as visually stunning as a woman covered in lotsa pretty tattoos.  And guess what Liberty happens to be? (besides smart/photogenic/great at writing/in touch with her feelings/seemingly quite grounded/and a haver of great taste obviously)

I mentioned a lot of qualities up there.  The below write-up is sorta what gave me that impression…

When I fell in love with Colin something shifted deep inside a secret place in my heart that I never knew existed. So when he asked me to marry him two years later it felt like an inexplicable moment that you never dared dream of, where everything in your life unexpectedly clicks together in the most profound way imaginable.  We both come from families of divorce and had each sworn off marriage long before meeting each other.  But once we were together it was like the puzzle pieces of our lives clicked perfectly into place and we just knew we were going to be together forever.  Making a decision to let go of your old, cynical ideals and pessimistic conceptions about marriage and opening your heart to the possibility of spending the rest of your life with your one true love was a hugely profound experience for both of us.  It was really important to us to have that joy and delight reflected in our wedding day.  And of course we also wanted to throw the best party of all time!

Our entire wedding was a DIY project, but we both work super hectic jobs so it basically took a village to make it all come together.  I did a ton of planning and crafting in advance and had a million spreadsheets to stay organized.  It was so much fun to spend time with friends and family working on wedding projects – those are definitely some of my favorite memories.  Colin and I created and assembled all the invitations ourselves, my friends and family and I made all the napkins and centerpieces, we hunted high and low in every thrift store we could find for all the vintage mismatched linens, vintage silverware, decor and serving ware and spent hours making bunting and swags, putting old photos in vintage frames, creating the boutonnieres and escort cards, getting all the wood rounds and bottles for the tables, and generally crafting our asses off.

One of the greatest things about planning a wedding yourself is that it gives you a lot of amazing opportunities to work together with your guy to create the most incredible day of your life and to learn how to compromise early on so you both get exactly what you want.  Colin and I had so much fun finalizing the menu, picking out the band (a great date night), doing the invitations and table numbers together, and figuring out all the little details.  We were such busy bees leading up to the big day that when I finally stopped doing stuff and started getting ready I was completely overwhelmed with emotion and appreciation for how much everyone had come together and worked like absolute maniacs to make our wedding happen.  It really spoke volumes about how much love was (and is) surrounding us and how hard our friends and families were willing to work to make our special day come together.

In the end it was absolutely the best day ever.  It was truly everything we’d hoped for and more. All of the most important people in our lives were there and you could really feel the outpouring of love from everyone.  Seeing Colin in his kilt for the first time as I came down the aisle is a moment I’ll never forget, and he’s told me many times since that the same sentiment holds true for him.  All the hard work and planning was well worth it – everything came together exactly as I’d hoped and even the unexpected moments were magical.  It’s not every day that you get married at a pine lodge in the woods and Bigfoot shows up!

When it comes time to make your big day come together don’t feel like you have to rely on conventional customs or what you think others might expect of you.  I didn’t have a color scheme – I let the flowers and the beautiful outdoor setting be the colorful aspect of the decor and chose muted tones for everything else that would allow the natural elements of our surroundings to stand out.   In carrying with the mismatched theme my bridesmaids each wore different cream dresses that were nothing remotely close to a traditional bridesmaid dress.  I found a local garden society that was willing to provide all the flowers for a nominal fee and my girls arranged all the flowers themselves.  And to top off all these nontraditional principles, I decided to wear blue panties to represent my “something blue”.  Let your day be as unique as you are!  And revel in every moment.

And a bit from Sara Adams:

Liberty and Colin met while working for the same company in Hood River, OR. Their wedding day combined their love of the outdoors and all things vintage. It was held at Bigfoot Lodge near Mt. Hood Oregon, with sweeping views of the mountain and surriounding forest. Additionally, Colin’s family is Scottish, so he was married in the kilt that his Scottish grandfather was married in. Friends and family helped DIY many of the decorations as well as all of the desserts! The wedding is a little bit rustic, a little bit glam, and a lot beautiful.

Thank you Liberty and Colin for sharing your beautiful day with us.  Much love and happiness to you both!

(P.S. — do you have a tattoo artists you can recommend, if you don’t mind me asking?  Yours are awesome, I can’t look away.)

One more thing Liberty– I’ll let you know whenever I’m within 50 miles of you so that you can file a restraining order.

So this happened recently.  For the record- he put himself in there.  He’s starting to love cuddles and closeness a lot more than he used to.  And when I’m not available, clearly a guitar case is a quality substitute.

So tell me you guys, do you plan to involve your family and friends in the creation of your wedding?  And if you’re already married, did you include family and friends?  How did it work out?

xx, Alison

Photography: Sara Adams Photography / Hair – Ashley Allen / Makeup – Kristi Fuhrmann / Dress – Enzoani / Band – Boy and Bean / DJ – DJ Clint Kuper / Bouquets and Corsages – Lucy Gorman at Informal Flowers / Table & Aisle Flowers – Bridal Party / Caterer – Jeannie’s Love of Cooking / Pies & Cupcakes – Mother of the Grom / Cake – Gloria Blancato / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Venue – Bigfoot Lodge

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

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  1. Kristine on January 13, 2013

    Lovely wedding! Your jam jars are just like the ones I’m making for my wedding, love seeing how cute these look, exactly what I’m hoping mine turn out like. :)


  2. Anastasia on January 13, 2013

    whoa this is fantastic!

  3. Ashleigh from Marry Me Metro on January 14, 2013

    Kilts, pies, AND a dancing Bigfoot?!? Now that’s my kind of wedding! :)

  4. michael on January 15, 2013


  5. Wedding Splendor on January 15, 2013

    Do you know what I found surprising? The traditional part involved when it si about a bride with such a tattoo on her back also in contrast with the romantic, demure and fancy style of the wedding dress…never judge after appearances…congrats!!!

  6. Flower Expert on January 16, 2013

    Such gorgeous flowers – and so many personal touches that are easy DIY projects! The moss covered letters, the beautiful bouquets!

  7. Magic Wand Place Cards on January 29, 2013

    Super pretty! I love the kilts added such a great Scotish feel. All the home baked goodies also were beautiful. Geat job!!

  8. Attorney on August 17, 2013

    WONDERFUL Publish.thanks for reveal..much more wait .. …

  9. Robert Knapp on January 3, 2014

    Perfect wedding photographer! The photography here is great.

    I see a lot of this woodland DIY style here in Oregon as a wedding photographer. Its a clever homage to local style.

    Very well done. Thanks for posting.

  10. Loving all the woodsy elements in this wedding, it all works so well together. Really beautiful, congrats to the couple!

  11. Yummy! What a tasty wedding haha. ;)

  12. Mel on July 8, 2014

    Those invites were amazing. Who did them?

  13. Classic Wedding Invitations on October 13, 2014

    What an amazing setting for a wedding!!! Love the decorative touches!!

  14. Arena Bloom on March 1, 2015

    lovely back tattoo and elegant flowers displayed here were extremely appealing and should deserve a big wow.


  15. Deci on April 24, 2015

    I’m ridiculously hungry now:(

  16. Felix Films on January 15, 2017

    this is fantastic!

  17. DJ Staci on February 13, 2017

    How to dance with Big Foot lol!!! Love, love, love her black sash on her dress :-)


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