The first signs of spring have arrived here at The Preserve, and you know what that means? Wedding season has begun. With that we give you this June wedding that was delicate and timeless in its beauty. The focus for Mike and Alana was on their 200+ wedding guests as well their sweet well behaved fur baby Alton.
Fresh food by the Common Man, light cocktails, and a jammin' band made their guest experience perfection. Read a little about their once in a lifetime "lovefest" straight from the bride and groom themselves. See the full gallery here, and check out their wedding video at the end of this post, go get the tissues...that first look gives us all the feels.
How DID YOU fIND The Preserve?
Facebook! A girl I went to college with (& was friends with on Facebook) posted about the new venue.
Why did you and Mike connect with The Preserve?
It was important to us to have a place that we could 'take over' for the weekend if that makes sense - that was ours to share with our family & friends & not have to worry about sharing space with other events/weddings going on. The property was gorgeous & gave us a beautiful canvas to really make our own. The barn was large enough to fit the over 200 people we were planning to have at the wedding - & the fact that we could have our beloved fur baby, Alton, with us all weekend running around the large property, sealed the deal!
Was youR weekend different from other weddings you have attended and why?
It was such a warm, welcoming weekend from start to finish - & I think our guests picked up on that. We actually still get approached by people who attended telling us that it was the most beautiful wedding - down to the last detail - but so laid back & welcoming at the same time. Which is EXACTLY the feeling we wanted everyone to have.
You could feel the love in the air the entire weekend, between us (the bride & groom), between our guests & us - between everyone. It was a lovefest!
The property slowly transformed from the time you booked until your big day, what was most surprising when you arrived?
That pavilion! The pavilion on the side of the barn was a pleasant surprise when we went for our last site visit before the wedding. We loved it so much that we decided to host our rehearsal dinner & welcome party underneath it - with marshmellows & all the fixings for s'mores to roast over the fire!
What was the overall feeling you wanted to create during the weekend? Do you feel you succeeded?
Oh gosh, if I had a dollar for every-time I told our planner I wanted the vibe of our wedding to be 'rustic luxe' or 'rustic elegant', I could have paid for the entire wedding with that :) Mike & I both really wanted it to be in a barn, but still feel classic, elegant and light. Between the hanging votives throughout the barn, the candles in the centerpieces/throughout the venue & the whites/blushes we incorporated via the flowers, draping & other details, I think we definitely succeeded!
If you could do anything different would you?
Stressing about such minor details! I'm fairly certain no one noticed that we walked in at the :34 second mark of our introduction song :)
Wedding Dress | Willowby Waters
Bridesmaids Attire | The Dessy Collection in Blush
Bridesmaids Robes Silk and More shop on Etsy | https://www.etsy.com/shop/silkandmore
Groom Attire | Tom James
Groomsmen Ties | Vineyard Vines
Brides Jewelry | Etsy Four Threads': https://www.etsy.com/shop/FourThreads
Caterer | The Common Man
Florist | Free Range Floral
Photographer | Eric Snyder Weddings
Videography | ARA Wedding Films