Rustic Wedding, Olympia WA

Jessica and Brandon had the perfect rustic wedding! Their day included creative personal touches that I loved and that really showed off their DIY skills. Here are some examples. Brandon’s groomsmen opted for hand-tied fishing lures instead of flowers. The couple used vintage teacups, books, and scrabble tiles to create the decor and fun games for guests to play during dinner.  Jessica’s dress even has a DIY element. This lovely dress was a Goodwill find! After a few alterations, this thrift store find was perfect for our lovely bride to be.

Additionally, the bouquets were designed by each bridesmaid and they chose their own dresses. The groom built all of the signs which Jessica hand-lettered. Even the venue was DIY. The wedding was held at Brandon’s Uncle and Aunts home. The front yard was the perfect spot for the ceremony and the barn held the reception. The property had lots of acreage with fields of tall grass and woods. All of these spots made for some great photo opportunities.

This rustic wedding was all about celebrating with the people loved by both the bride and groom. That included a very large wedding party! I loved that everyone chose their own attire and it all worked so well together. It was fun to photograph this giant group and see all of them interact and share laughs with Jessica and Brandon. As the night went on there were many funny and sweet moments. I loved the toasts, their glow stick exit ( some groomsmen decided to pelt them with the glow sticks), and the first dance.

The barn walls and stacks of hay made for some lovely photo backgrounds for dancing and cake cutting. I, of course, have to mention the cake cutting. Brandon and Jessica held nothing back and smashed cake in each other’s faces! Just one more example of how much these two people love life.

Thank you both for letting me participate in your beautiful rustic wedding.


Here are some details from the bride:

  • Where did you get your wedding dress and who designed it?
    My good friend and bridesmaid, Angie, actually picked up my dress at a Goodwill about 4 years ago. She brought it up to me as a potential wedding dress but I refused to really try it on until I got engaged. She brought it up when she came to visit and after trying it on I loved it! I had it altered by a lady down in Vancouver where my parents live to fit and add some sheer straps with detailing I picked out at a fabric store. The designer of the dress is Madeline Gardner.
  • Where did you get your suit/tux and who designed it?
    Brandon got his pants and shirt from Macy’s.
  • Where did you get your accessories (hair, jewelry, cuff links, wedding party gifts, veil, etc?) If you found them in an etsy store please share a link with me?
    My hair was done by Amanda Mason. My hairpiece was from Etsy: The necklace I wore was my Aunt Bonnie’s, who passed away when I was a child and my uncle had saved her necklace for me for when I got married. The gold bag I carried our rings in was my great grandmothers. Brandon made all of the boutonnieres out of fishing tackle because he loves to fish. My makeup was done by Danika Lav, and I think she did a fabulous job 🙂
  • Where did you find your wedding party attire?
    Our wedding party picked their own attire. The girls were allowed to pick their own dress in the coral/peach/pink color scheme.
  • Who was your florist?
    My florist was my good friend, Elisa Cresto.
  • Who made your wedding cake and other sweets?
    Our wedding cake was made by our good friend Amy Burn.
  • Who was your caterer?
    We had EZ foods cater our appetizers, dinner, and drinks – people loved the food!
  • Who was your DJ?
    Our DJ was my brother-in-law Nick Maupoux with help from our friend Houston Cresto.
  • Jeweler?
    Shane Company for the bride’s rings and Brilliant Earth for the grooms’.
  • Officiant?
    Erin Flinn, a friend of mine who I should’ve met a million times before, but ended up meeting when we both started teaching in Longview, WA.
  • What were some DIY projects you put together?
    Almost everything! Brandon made all the chalkboard signs and I did the handwriting for each of them. The photo wall and arbor for the ceremony were built by Brandon. I designed our centerpieces and my mom planted all the succulents in the teacups. I created our programs in adobe illustrator. We came up with the photo booth and our friends Becca and Manny Rodriguez supplied several of the props. My sister made the heart streamers. It was a community affair.
  • Why did you choose your venue?
    We chose our venue because it was a family farm. Our aunt and uncle are a big part of our lives and they volunteered their home and farm for the ceremony and reception. It’s a beautiful location and holds a special place in our heart. We spend a lot of time out there already and loved having the cozy, familiar venue.