Kate & Colemine’s Wedding Weekend


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

There are some weddings out there that make you think something like, “How ever did they find that deep shade of eggplant for the brides shoes?” and then their are some weddings, every now and again, that you see and you say to yourself, “Self! I wish I was at that party, because that party is my kind of party.” Kate and Colemine’s wedding is one of the latter. This wedding was shot by today’s sponsor and photographer extraordinare, Jessamyn Harris.
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical WeddingThis wedding is one in many ways my dream wedding: they rented out The Wellspring Renewal Center for a whole weekend and had all their friends and family come and stay and hang out and help them throw the whole shindig. They had simple taco fixings for dinner (mmmmm….), friends did flowers, every one pitched in for a dessert buffet, and lots of live music. And, did I mention, other then Jessamyn (a personal friend of the couple) they had no vendors (which is a little bit of a day-dream for me… even though we have great wedding elves).
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical Wedding
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical Wedding
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical Wedding
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical Wedding
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical WeddingIt will tell you a little something about me that the picture of this wedding I’m most excited about is probably this one. They served local wine! Wheee! We are doing the same, and serving awesome Russian River wines from vineyards we know and love like Rochambeau, above.)
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical WeddingThey made a little lounge for people to chill at during the reception.

Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical WeddingBefore dinner people went down to the river to hang out.
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical Wedding
Kate & Colemines Wedding Weekend | A Practical WeddingAnd the party, the party… hanging out, listening to live music, kids running around, glowsticks? I’ll take that over perfectly prepared favors any night of the week (and twice on Sundays).

Congratulations Kate & Colemine, here is to many long and happy years!

Now go check out the whole wedding, and the slideshow at chez Jessamyn Harris.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://2000dollarwedding.com 2000dollarwedding

    Wow! That wedding looks so relaxing and fun. I wish I had been invited! Thanks for sharing, Meg.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05650363231006892289 Mrs. in May

    The thing that impresses me about weddings like this is the confidence of the bride. OHHHHHHH how I desire to be carefree and confident that it will all just come together! It is really fantastic and everything looks beautiful and the bride just looks so at peace and happy. please keep posting weddings like this, it makes me realize that I am taking the whole wedding thing way to seriously. You can have NO VENDORS and things will be absolutely great and the wedding will be about the union and the people sharing that moment with you, not about the monogrammed programs or the bustle of the dress, the things that I am obsessing over! Looking at weddings like this help me to take a deep breath and remember what it is all about. Thanks!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09384044696343954901 DomestiGals

    Absolutely lovely! I totally agree Meg, that looks like a party to which I would have loved to be invited! Thank you so much for sharing! Jen xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12095127115348973647 Jessamyn Harris

    sweet! I’m glad everyone likes it (and, yes, it was a great party – I haven’t even posted the pictures of my husband playing on the see-saw with about 8 children!).
    Roshambo wine is great, and so cute looking. Oh, and besides me, they also hired a couple of bands, all friends also, and had Coalmine’s band, the Spindles, entertain guests the night before the wedding.

    And, any wedding that has optional river nightswimming has me SOLD!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02562415667946656537 BEL

    oh i love the “lounge” area – what a great idea!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17949914197114000898 African-American Brides

    Awesome, adorable wedding! I really love the cupcakes and the local wine.

    Erica

  • Desaray

    Chalkboard inspiration: Wouldnt it be cute if each guest could get a slate, write a message and then be photographed with their message? Like a guestbook? Or hang three great, big chalkboards and have guests draw and sign? Chalkboards are expensive, I think, but there is always chalkboard paint on wood . . . Thanks for letting me freestyle in your comment section.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10290371849149893673 kate

    Hey, wow, that’s ME!!! Thanks so much for posting our wedding! My style is really all over the place, which was kind of frustrating to the mothers. So when I said a “gypsy” theme would have to do, everything came together. Colors, river, music. . . it’s really the type of wedding I’ve always wanted to attend. And it was such a high to be surrounded by folks I love SO MUCH. Highlights include swimming with everyone before the wedding, self-portrait booth with props (thanks Jessamyn and comedy guru Doug Nunn!), aunts frosting cupcakes, moms and grandmas putting together flower arrangements, guys hanging lights. . . all the preparation was just as much fun as the main event!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08087468442324617161 Mama Krystal

    this one is fabulous! LOVE IT.