Photographer’s Comments: “Braden and Halley’s wedding took place on the last beautiful fall day in October. Their wedding was extra special for me because Braden is my younger brother, and the baby of the family. He and Halley have been dating since high school; for nearly seven years!
“Halley was going for a fall vintage rustic vibe and nailed it. Pumpkins and candles were accented with burgundy flowers throughout the Mighty Tieton, and the string lights across the reception were the perfect finishing touch.
“They had the sweetest first look and we had a blast wandering through the town of Tieton for their portraits. Besides when Braden was caught playing Super Smash Bros in a backroom with the groomsmen, the most “like them” moment of the day was when I noticed their long-time friend and honorable third wheel of the relationship, Jordan, pulling up a chair to the bride and groom table to resume his position at their side. Jordan let them be for the rest of the reception, not intruding on the cake cutting or first dances, but did help to make an excellent toast.
“Finally, the sparkler exit! It was beautiful, and just as Braden and Halley hopped into their car to make a getaway, Jordan popped up in the backseat! Someone in the crowd shouted, “Jordan’s in the car!”. Howls of laughter later, and with Jordan retreating from the car, the night finally ended.”
Bridal Q & A
Q1: Tell us about your wedding!
“The theme of the wedding was fall rustic vintage. The color scheme was navy, burgundy and blush. To tie in the fall elements I used pumpkins of all sorts, fall leaves and dark colored flowers.”
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor
“To decorate the space I did a lot of DIY decorations such as the centerpieces, photo holders and the mason jar candles. I also borrowed decor from others that previously had a wedding.
“The ceremony had the fall feel with leaves and pumpkins going down the aisle and Cinderella pumpkins stacked at the front of the ceremony.
“The reception also tied in with the fall theme with pumpkin centerpieces. The rustic element was shown in the ceremony and reception area with the apple crates and strung lights. I also had lace table cloths and burlap runners to tie in the theme.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding?
“The florals for the wedding tied in the color scheme. I used burgundy and blush flowers in the brides maids bouquets and the centerpieces.
My bouquet made by John Gasperettis had a whimsical feel with different looking flowers but still tied in the color scheme with burgundy flowers. They played an important part by keeping the fall theme consistent.”
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way?
“What I mainly focused on was the music that was going to be played. I wanted a wedding where people felt welcomed to dance and their favorite songs were heard. I made sure the DJ played the most liked songs from my guests so they can have a great time. Dancing was one of my favorite parts of the day.
“What we also personalized was our ceremony vows. This was my favorite parts of the day because it was so special to not only share our love with one another but with other people we love as well.”
Q5: Let’s talk fashion
“Since the wedding was in the fall I wanted a dress that had long sleeves. Also I was going for a vintage feel with the all other lace and buttons in the back.
“The bridesmaids were all in dark burgundy long dresses. Since I thought it would be colder I went with a long dress that fit the colored scheme.
“The groom and groomsmen were in navy and had navy floral ties. The navy fit the color scheme and the floral tie is very popular right now which added a fun element to the guys attire.”
Q6: How did you meet?
“We are high school sweet hearts and also knew of eachother since ours sisters played softball together. We did not end up talking to each other until our freshman year of highschool. Then sophomore year I asked Braden to a dance and then about a month later he asked my father to date me.
“So on November 22nd, 2011 we started dating and dated for almost 7 years before getting married. On October 27, 2018 Braden took me out for a date night to a local restaurant in Pullman.
“We had planned to go star gazing just like how we loved to do in High School. After dinner, Braden drove me to the Snake River about 20 minutes outside of Pullman. The night was beautiful without a cloud in the sky.
“Braden led me the way to the top of a huge rock on the side of the river. That is when I saw the rock lit up in candles with a scrap book and a blanket in the middle of the rock. Braden had made me a book full of our memories, labeling each page with a date that was so special to the both of us. I was so in love with the book and and seeing all of the memories we made through the 6 years of dating.
“Then I turned to the last page, Braden had wrote on ‘October 27th, 2017…’, with a picture of our exact location. He then got down on one knee and proposed.
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
“The most anticipated moment of the wedding day was the first look. I spent hours getting ready and I could not wait for Braden to see me. Also I could not wait to see him dressed up in his suit. It was the sweetest moment because it became real that I was marrying my best friend. There was much preparation leading up to the day and that moment was so perfect.”
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice to share with other couples?
“My biggest concern was making sure that our guests had a great time. I soon realize that it is not all about that.
“What is most important is that you plan your day so you and your partner have a great time. It is the couples not the guests big day. You will want to make it extra special for the two of you so you have memories that will last a life time.
“Also, I advise to never underestimate the power of family and friends. If you need help with the wedding turn to the people that love you and they will do whatever they can to help. We had many people that contributed to our wedding that not only saved us money but added a personal special touch to the day.”