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When I first saw Chris and Kerry’s wedding photos, I loved the bright colors, handmade details, and I was dying to know the story behind the tree motif. Getting married in a somewhat traditional city, they had to make sure they chose the right vendors to pull off their quirky, personal day, and that is exactly what happened.

From the Bride: 

Chris and I are complete mountain lovers. Even though we are currently residents of Phoenix, Arizona and chose to have our wedding in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, we have always and will always love the mountains. The mountains are a big part of our love story. Right as we first began dating, Chris was offered a job in Breckenridge, Colorado. So for five out of the first six months of our relationship, we dated long-distance and traveled back and forth from Arizona to Colorado. One day when I was missing him, I decided to draw Chris a little picture of two pine trees alone in the mountains. Because he’s more sentimental than he likes to admit, he saved the picture and it became our main inspiration for our wedding years later.

We knew from the very beginning that we wanted anything but a traditional wedding. We wanted our wedding to be fun, colorful, and laid-back. Nothing formal or stuffy for us! We also wanted to keep it somewhat low-budget, which meant plenty of DIY projects, creative ideas, and handmade items. I knew right away that I wanted to use my same little sketch as the base of our invitations and that meant I was about to take on the giant project of making all of our invitations by hand. It turned out to be an entire summer’s worth of work (good thing I’m a teacher and had the summer off), but it totally paid off and was such a fun project. I think our invitations really set the tone for the wedding day: whimsical, bright, and goofy. =)

Our wedding date itself was decided based on one important factor: our honeymoon. We knew we wanted a winter honeymoon in the mountains and that meant getting married in December over my winter break. Once we had decided on a December wedding in my hometown of Cincinnati, we knew we would have to bring the mountains to us with our wedding decor. We wanted pine trees, pinecones, and plenty of color to represent our vibrant personalities. Our funky venue helped too!

December 30th, 2011 turned out to be exactly the kind of day we hoped for. No, it wasn’t a perfect, fairytale kind of day. Plenty of things went wrong (including the wrong ceremony chairs…they were hideous…and some music mishaps), but it was a real day like the rest of our married lives will be. Since we’re both a little cynical, we were most nervous about the ceremony. Who wants to share intimate feelings in front of a room full of people??? But the ceremony turned out to be the highlight of the day for both of us. We really made it “us” by using our favorite song lyrics for readings, writing simple thoughtful vows to repeat aloud to one another, walking down the aisle to some great tunes, and having a surprise ring bearer by hiding the rings under a random guest’s chair. Plus we got MARRIED! It was definitely an awesome day: I got ready with my mom and closest friends, had so much fun taking photos with my soon-to-be husband and amazing photographers, married my best friend in front of our favorite people, and danced the night away. So. Much. Fun.

Bride’s Dress: Neiman Marcus/Aidan Mattox | Groomʼs Clothing: Tommy Hilfiger (Macyʼs) | Cake: A Spoon Fulla Sugar | Venue: Venue 222 | Catering: Funkyʼs Catering | Flowers: Handmade Colectibles | Photographer: Christa Kimble | Videographer: Lane Kimble | Pine Tree Centerpieces: Quietude Quilts | Officiant: Phyllis Eid-Nienaber

This wedding is full of so many things I can appreciate in a wedding. Simple details.  Bold punches of color.  And, fun all around.  These are things I encourage of brides all the time.  Remember why you are getting married, and let those reasons show in the details and emotion of the day.  If you do that, your day will be memorable for everyone involved.

Wagner Photographics

Photographer: Wagner Photographics | Event Planner: Your Wedding by Jen | Floral Designer: Courtenay Lambert Florals | Reception Venue: Historic Properties Management | Cake Designer: Jerry’s Cheesecakes | Band: T-Sly Band