Destination I Do
Friday, February 1, 2013

Destination Wedding Washington: A Romantic Rustic Affair

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Brooks Scribner
Getting married on short notice is not always easy, especially with a destination wedding. But, with enough passion and perseverance, anything is possible, as can be seen by Katie and Pete’s gorgeous wedding at Lake Wenatchee in Washington. Katie and Pete were engaged and married in just about three months, leaving them with a short time frame with which to plan their wedding.

After doing their fair share of research on the web, the couple found The Brown Family Homestead and immediately fell in love with the place. It couldn’t have been a more perfect location as the area held personal significance for both bride and groom. Due to the amount of snow (up to three feet!), the wedding at the Brown Family Homestead was almost a no-go, but luckily the snow melted just in time for Katie and Pete to say their ‘I do’s.’

Thank goodness for the internet! Katie and Pete were able to stay in contact with their venue, vendors and guests via e-mail and creating a wedding website through Through the internet, guests were able to communicate with one another so transportation and lodging arrangements could be made.

Due to the time crunch, Katie ended up having to do her own makeup and pay a little extra for catering. Thanks to the help of family and friends, they were able to bring cupcakes, beer and wine to the venue themselves. 

This couple’s rustic wedding was simply bursting with personal DIY touches. The bride’s mother made table runners and tables were adorned with mason jar candle holders along with other candle holders made from spray painted tuna cans and clothes pins. “I found old wooden flower boxes at the venue and on the day of the wedding filled them with sunflowers and purple flowers from a local market and placed them around the dance floor,” the couple said describing one of their hand-made decorations. 

Katie and Pete want to remind other couples to let family and friends help with wedding logistics saying this: “Don’t let the stress of planning the wedding overshadow the awesome, life long journey you are about to embark on with your best friend and love of your life.”

Photography: Brooks Scribner
Venue: The Brown Family Homestead
Gown designer: Oleg Cassini
Florist: Pamela Goodwin
Catering: Armadillo BBQ and Treats by Anne Marie

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