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Victoria and Daniel may have gotten engaged in Utah, and now live in Colorado, but when it came to choosing a place for their wedding, there was no place like home. Victoria grew up on a horse farm in Kentucky, and she and Daniel had run in the same circles (literally–they were on the same soccer team as kids!) since they were babies. They brought their families and friends together at the beautiful Goshen Crest Farm for a sweet celebration, complete with sentimental songs and details, Victoria’s dream Claire Pettibone gown, and even a surprise thunderstorm that led to some magical memories for the newlyweds.

Thank you so much to Whitney Neal for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I knew I wanted a Claire Pettibone wedding dress because I love her romantic, elegant, slightly bohemian style. I was lucky to attend her truck show in Denver at the Little White Dress Boutique. I had seen the Waverly dress online beforehand–it was the first dress I tried on and I knew it would be the one. The blue details, mix of texture, and fabric created a unique look that was a perfect fit for our big day.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did a first look and we believe it was the best decision for our wedding day. We wanted to have that special, quiet moment before the socialization and celebrations began. Our wedding ceremony started at 5:30 PM, leaving only a few hours for pictures, eating, toasts and dancing. Having the 30-45 minutes together before the ceremony to spend time with each other was the perfect way to connect and be present.

I walked down the aisle to “Such Great Heights” by Iron and Wine. The folk acoustic love song reminds us of our pure love that started when we were 16 years old.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We were so happy with the location of our big day. Goshen Crest Farm allowed us to get ready, get married, and celebrate all in one location. The outdoor ceremony had a beautiful view of the Ohio River and the barn reception space was spacious and had wonderful lighting.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our friend, Holly Graham, created our wedding invitation suite. It included a handmade map and agate watercolors, which went perfectly with the agate details on our wedding day.

The late-night summer thunderstorm was the most memorable moment of our wedding. The dance floor was in full swing and the thunder and lightening added a wonderful energy to our wedding reception. As the rain poured down, we ran out of the barn and into the rain. It was one of the most special moments we have ever had as a couple. We danced, laughed, and kissed in the rain.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Our parents have been friends since we were babies, and our sisters played on the same soccer team when we were young. We had been running circles around each other, but never officially met until our junior year in high school. A mutual friend came and picked us up and took us both to dinner. We instantly hit it off and have been best friends ever since. We were long distance in college while I was in San Francisco and Danny was in Ohio. A few years after college and 8 1/2 years into dating, we ended up in Utah, where Danny proposed.
Tell us all about the proposal! Danny took me on a three-day canoeing/camping trip down the Colorado River. It was January in Utah, so the river was empty and we felt like we had a corner of the world all to ourselves. On the second morning, I woke up to a card and a trail of rose petals leading up the side of a canyon and down to a small beach. The trail was lined with candles and I could hear Iron and Wine’s “Such Great Heights” playing in the distance. When I got to the beach, Daniel was in a suit and tie, and holding a ring.
When did y’all get married? July 26, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Around 180
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are currently living in Colorado. I am about to graduate with my Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and Daniel is about to enter his first year of Physicians Assistant School. We are enjoying life as a married couple and are looking forward to more adventures with our new puppy, Gus.

Photographer: Whitney Neal / Planner: Lisa Cofer / Venue: Goshen Crest Farm / Florist: In Bloom Again / Cake Baker: Mert’s Cakes / Rentals: The Event Company / Band: The Rumors / Paper Products: Hollydoodle Studio / Bride’s Gown: Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Accessories: Little White Dress / Hair and Makeup: Z Salon and Spa / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman and ASOS / Menswear: Jos. A. Bank

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Jordan Thompson reply

    Whitney!! These are awesome!! Beautiful job as always friend!!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    the cake is so unique! I love it!

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Oh y’all, I may not like cake, but these yummy photos have me rethinking my decision! From the classic white tiers to golden and gilded, and even the super-Southern armadillo groom’s cake, our couples this year got serious when it came to giving their guests a little something sweet to end the night! Holy yum, Batman!

Gold cake + backdrop | Lauren + Michael | Landon Jacob

Peach and pink sugar flower cake with banner topper | Rachel + Carl | White Rabbit Studios

Peony wedding cake | Tori + Will | Robyn Van Dyke

Trio of silver cakes | Rachel + Zack | Kristin Vining

Pearl wedding cake | Sarah + Nick | Pure 7 Studios

Ombre wedding cake | Amy + Bryan | Paige Winn

Classic coconut wedding cake | Sally + Steven | A Bryan Photo

Gold and pink wedding cake | Kate + Tanner | F8 Studio

Pink peony wedding cake with jadeite cake stand | Nichole + Ricky | Kristyn Hogan

Cutest armadillo groom’s cake | Brittany + Ryan | Brooke Images

Landon Jacob and Brooke Images are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Nicole reply

    YUM! That coconut cake is one of my all time favorites — so much amazing texture!

  2. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    LOVE the pearl cake and the silver cakes!

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Y’all didn’t I say this wedding was amazing? Bright graphic details ruled the night at Katie + Max’s reception and most of them were handmade by the couple! Even their corn hole boards were designed by K + M and then painted by Emily Brown Lacroix at Merriment Events. Standing out from the crowd of plain white cakes is the couple’s three-tiered sweet concoction based on Damien Hirst’s “Albumin, Human, Glycated.” Art-inspired desserts? They’re now a favorite in my book. Biggest hugs to Jodi Miller Photography for sharing this fun day with us!

P.S. Love the details of this wedding? Be sure to check out Courtney’s recent post on Revel — a Shopping Guide based on Katie + Max’s style!

What was the biggest challenge you faced when planning your wedding? (From the groom) Finding an amazing photographer was tough. Katie and I both professionally work with lighting and photography, so you can imagine our expectations were pretty high. Luckily, we knew from the moment we saw the first few pictures from our engagement shoot, that we had found exactly the right photographer.
Favorite design element of your big day: We loved the cornhole boards, and just couldn’t believe how well they turned out. We did the design and Emily Brown Lacroix for Merriment Events painted the boards. They look so professional that I have a hard time believing that they weren’t bought in a store. Emily made large stencils from the design to paint the board. She color-matched the paint using swatches we had sent so that everything matched the colors we had been using for details in the wedding.
What was your reception like? We loved our reception! It was held under a Sperry tent in my parent’s front yard. It almost felt like a circus tent underneath, especially with all of the lights on. We chose to have a Southern comfort food buffet. Everything felt so open, and it was really easy to see everyone. After dinner, the band began to play. We didn’t have a dance floor, so everyone ended up dancing in the mud, which was awesome!
Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: We had three long tables that formed a U-shape. We chose to go simple with the white linens, and had many colorful details that popped out against them. Aside from the centerpiece floral arrangements, we made hand embroidered and stuffed muslin hearts for the place settings. Each one had a guest’s name printed on a little hot pink flag that was attached to the heart with a pin. We then made flags of a similar design and color to wrap around our blue striped paper straws. We designed some really colorful table numbers. For the buffet cards, we cut out the name of the dish from kraft paper and glued white paper behind it. We then finished it off by sewing a stitch around the edge of the paper. Toward the end of the evening, we were served mini pies. To embellish them, we made little hot pink flags again and wrapped them around toothpicks that stuck into the pies. One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the untraditional guest book. Instead of having guests sign a book, we thought it would be great if they signed a piece of art that we could display in our home. We bought a blank 18” munny, a vinyl designer ‘toy’, and painted a pattern onto it with our wedding colors. Using a munny also had significance to us because we love and collect vinyl art.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to remember to hold on to it. If your wedding doesn’t feel inspired, it runs the risk of being less memorable.
Describe your wedding cake: It was inspired by Damien Hirst’s “Albumin, Human, Glycated”. We substituted our wedding colors for the ones that were in his painting.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Making more movies, and pursuing our lifelong dream of relaxation, good music, good food and amazing friends and family.

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography // Planner: Merriment Events // Designer: Merriment Events, the bride and groom // Venue: Kilmarnock, Virginia // Florist: Merriment Events // Wedding Cake Baker: The Buttercream Bee // Mini Pies: Sweetest Thing Bakery // Caterer: Mosaic Unique Events // Bride’s Dress: Ouma // Hair Stylist: Avenue 42 Designs // Makeup Artist: Avenue 42 Designs // Bride’s Shoes: Delman Shoes // Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. // Groom’s Fashion: Al’s Attire // Paper Goods: designed by the bride and groom, invitations and save the dates printed by Thousand Pound Press // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Skyline Tent Company, Festive Fare // Linens: BBJ Linen and Classic Party Rentals // Ceremony Décor: Honeycomb Balls from Devra Party Corp., glassine bags from Garnish // Reception Décor: Table number frames from Ikea, napkins printed by For Your Party, straws from Garnish, cornhole set from Cornhole Worldwide, painted by Merriment Events, munny from Kidrobot // Lighting: Skyline Tent Company // Band: Northridge booked via Sam Hill Entertainment

Jodi Miller Photography and Merriment Events are a part of our fabulous Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Want more awesome details? How about these:
Melissa + Matthew’s DIY wedding chock full of colors here and here
Our Multicolored Wedding Details Pinterest Board

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Honestly, one of my absolute favorite weddings EVER. I fell in love with it all over again going through this post!

  2. avatar Saukok reply

    I can’t get enough of this wedding, it’s so happy!! Thanks for the x-link to us, Nicole!

  3. avatar Shelley reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Love that handmade weddings are becoming so popular and brides n grooms are so involved!

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    Wow!!! LOVE the use of color! So fun and cheery!!

  6. avatar Emily reply

    I love this wedding. It became the inspiration and jumping point for most of my planning. From the hanging lanterns to the flower girl pompoms, I loved the fun and colors.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! I’m SO glad you find this wedding inspiring – I can’t get enough of it, either!

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    These colors are great! Love the details.. and my favorite is the seat chart assignments!

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    Hi, my name is Amanda, I live in Brazil and am planning my wedding. I wonder what is the name of the print yellow table runner because I’m in love with her and I need to find it in Brazil to use in my decorating! This marriage is my starting point!

    Thank you!

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