We have another beautiful Washington wedding to share with you all today! Ashley and Nick had a french country farm wedding at Lord Hill Farm that had tons of DIY details and some amazing chalkboards!
Here is what Ashley had to say: “The inspiration for our wedding was french country with a touch of safari. Nick and I got engaged in South Africa and Africa has always been very special to Nick. When we went in May, it was my first time there, and I instantly understood why Nick felt such a connection to Africa. It is a truly magical place full of beauty and excitement and it is unlike anywhere else in the world.
“Nick and I were initially going to have our wedding at Nick’s parent’s farm in Redmond, WA. Their home had a french country feel, filled with beautiful antiques and gorgeous details. They also had a farm that included a mini horse, cow, alpacas, dogs, kangaroos, reindeer and even a zebra. It was a very special place. The home had been on the market for a year when we got engaged in May, we figured we would plan a wedding in September and there should be little to no chance of a sale before then. However, an offer came through in Mid July and the farm was sold in Mid August.
“On to plan B! After looking around the area, we found Lord Hill Farm which had many of the same features we loved about Nick’s family farm. Lord Hill Farm is an old dairy farm with lots of trees and flowers and a beautiful view of the mountains. The reception was held in their newly renovated barn that had that same country feel that we initially wanted. Our wedding was on September 7th, which turned out to be one of the most beautiful days of the year, getting close to 90 degrees and gorgeous sunny skies, it was magical.”
Overall Wedding Theme
“Our wedding was at 6pm in the afternoon and on the invitation we told our guest that is would be a Sundowner Gala. When you are on safari in Africa and the sun begins to set, everyone stops what their doing, grabs a drink and maybe an appetizer, and watches the sun set. It is a beautiful time of day and it also happens to be the time of day we got engaged in Africa, right before the sun set. After the ceremony our guests were invited to a cocktail hour outside on the lawn where we had lanterns and simple decorations set up, just like you may experience at a sundowner on safari.”
DIY & Details
“Signs that had favorite quotes, menus, and the timeline of our relationship. We also used several of the antique and unique items from Nick’s family farm to incorporate that french country feel that we wanted. Nick and I are both pretty low maintenance people, and neither of us ever thought we would get married so we wanted our wedding to feel the same way, effortless yet beautiful. Instead of spending hundreds, even thousands of dollars on flowers, we got our flowers from a local nursery and saved a lot of money. Barb and Stephen printed some of our favorite engagement pictures and placed them around the reception hall, also an inexpensive touch that made our day even more special.”
Advice for Future Brides
“My advice to brides is to relax, don’t stress to much about all the details. Some things are bound to go wrong, or not according to plan, that’s just the way it is. Enjoy the moments as they come, sometimes it’s the hug that someone gives you or the sweet thing that someone says, or the laugh that you share with your new life partner. A wedding is just 1 day in your life, it’s the days after the wedding that matter most, try to keep that in perspective.”
Venue: Lord Hill Farm
Photographer: Tonhya Kae Photography
Dessert: Snohomish Pie Co.
Event Design/Planning: Barb and Stephen Whipple, Plume Wedding Concepts
DJ: Chris Jones, Energetic Events
Band: Nabi’s Ghanaian Band
Hair and make up: Karina Sepulveda
Shoe Designer: Prada
Dress Designer: Maggie Sortero
Grooms Attire: Black Baroni Couture Suit with Vest
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Dark Purple Strapless Donna Morgan Dress
Groomsmens’ Attire: Black Baroni Couture Suit with Vest