I’m willing to bet that Sierra + Derek’s guests remember the couple’s family-style wedding as one of their all-time favorites. You can’t really go wrong with hotdogs, s’mores and a three-tiered red velvet cake, and the bride’s family farm leant an especially intimate and laidback feel to the Missouri celebration. My favorite part, though? The hundreds and hundreds of twinkle lights that make Sierra + Derek’s reception look positively magical. They were one of Sierra’s favorite parts, too — she even included Taft Electric in her vendor list! (Twinkle lights are the reason I’d consider an outdoor wedding, folks… don’t judge!) See more of the fun on Alec Vanderboom’s post, appropriately entitled “Married in the Forest.”
Describe your wedding cake: We served a three-tier red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and buttercream cream frosting. Not only delicious, but this was the aesthetic element that everybody said they loved most.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Figuring out the location was the most stressful part of planning. We wanted a destination wedding but some of our closest family and friends wouldn’t have been able to make it, so we looked for closer destinations. Deciding to have the wedding at the farm was actually more of a “concession” for us, but it ended up giving us the most beautiful wedding we could have hoped for.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? That feeling of excitement and anticipation right before my dad walked me down the aisle. Also, the overall feeling of joy and love Derek and I shared for each other and our families throughout the day. We looked around in awe at everything our families had put together. The wedding was such a labor of love!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’re looking forward to staying nestled in our new home for the next few years and then picking up and moving out west for new adventures.
Congratulations, Sierra + Derek! Sending you lots of love and warm wishes from the SW team.