Emmy & Kirk’s Creative Laid Back Wedding


Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingEvery so often I get a wedding that I get so excited about that it makes my little toes wiggle with excitement when I post it. This reader wedding is without a doubt one of those. So, without further ado, I bring you Emmy & Kirk’s wedding at Larkspur Farm, Mount Vernon, WA. Hold on to your hats, this is a big post!

What made your wedding creative?
We tried to highlight things that we already love. For us some of those things are letterpress printing, fresh flowers, typewriters, having fun outdoors, photography and music: I took a stab at letterpress printing by enrolling in a great class at the School of Visual Concepts and came out with some lovely invitations. I love fresh flowers and try to keep a bouquet in the apartment, year round.
Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingMy belles (that’s what I called my dear gals who stood up with me) and I made our bouquets the night before the wedding. My mom, aunt, nieces and sister-in-law made the boutonnière’s.
Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingI made paper flags on barbeque skewers and used them as place markers for the ceremony. The idea was for them to stand in the place that the flag was and pick it up. One side read: Stand Here. Hold Me. The other side had our names and wedding date on it. Guests waved them after the kiss. Later a few guests also wore them in their hair.Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingWe collect vintage Olivetti-Underwood typewriters so we used one of them as our guestbook. We provided large index cards for folks to type on and my dad made a box out of dark walnut that we used as a rolodex to file them.
Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingWe did not predict how much the children would love typing. Most of them had never used a typewriter before and we received some sweet, hilarious notes.
Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingMy husband is in a band. Several of the guys from his band and another friend are in a bluegrass band called the Half Brothers. They played the Pixie’s ‘Here Comes Your Man’ as the gentlemen walked in. Then Kirk sang me down the aisle to ‘The Way I Feel Inside’ by The Zombies. That was a wonderful moment for me, walking towards the man I love as he sang soft and sweet just to me.

What made your wedding thrifty (whatever that meant for you)?
So many things…. Doing most of it ourselves and keeping the guest list small was the most significant way we kept costs down and the merriment up. My best friend and belle of the ball made our cakes.
Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingWe asked a good friend to be our preacher man. Together we wrote a simple, short, ceremony. We hired the resident photographer of Kirk’s band to take photos.
Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingLarkspur Farm has the most beautiful gardens so we played up the natural beauty of the place and took the minimalist route on decorations. We skipped the DJ and made an old soul playlist along with fun dance songs we solicited from our guests. Vintage rings kept things thrifty too. I was lucky to have the opportunity to use my grandmother’s engagement ring and wedding band set. I didn’t even consider dresses that cost a fortune and easily found a beautiful, comfortable and relatively inexpensive dress.
Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingWhat made your wedding sane?
Just reminding ourselves of what we stand for – adventure, commitment, friendship, fun, honesty, patience, trust, respect, love and teamwork – was enough to make us sane and even relaxed when things got hectic. Our awesome friends who lent both their hands to make the day fun. Our generous and helpful families who let our vision reign. And our truly fantastic caterers, Jessica and Mataio of Ciao Thyme, who kept the day running smoothly and served the most phenomenal (local and organic) food ever.
Emmy & Kirks Creative Laid Back Wedding | A Practical WeddingI love this wedding! I love everything about it. I love the typewriters, the earnestly typing kids, the band, the dress, the flowers, all of it. But more then anything I love the laid back and joyful feeling of the day. I’m leaving you with this picture of the bride relaxing and chatting, because this is what I want for each of us on our wedding day, to have a day we truly enjoy, and to spend time with the people we love as we mark a important milestone. Congratulations Emmy & Kirk, and cheers to you!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00174894872050076618 Marie-Ève

    Typewriters… Genius! For me, this is what it’s all about. I just love it when you post such inspiring, beautifully thrifty and individual weddings, which have absolutely no “trying to impress” factor. (Ironically those are the ones that totally impress me and blow me away.) Every time it makes me smile and say: Yay! It’s possible!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09086142807086386230 Mrs. Andi

    I am all about creative & new ways to do guestbooks! I love the typewriter idea, which would let guests stop by during the reception & make notes, not all thinking they have to sign as they walk in the door.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12633056996927758780 Amanda

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the typewriter guest book idea.

  • http://www.trulyengaging.com Heidi@trulyengaging

    “…we kept the costs down and the merriment up…” Love it! So much creativity. A wonderful wedding indeed.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10044595180736126664 Melissa

    I love this wedding!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06206689296805893265 east side bride

    I love it too. And I love the photos of the bride actually having a good time instead of posing….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06123337745430790122 angela

    Those bouquets are amazing.

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

    oh I LOVE that typewriter idea! total genius.

  • http://libudgetbride.wordpress.com Ariella (@LIBudgetBride)

    My friend found this post when I was talking about me being a laid back bride. I loved this couple instantly, but then I started to realize how similar we are. The typewriter guest book was on my top 3 list of ideas, our friend is our officiant, we are in the market for the perfect vintage wedding rings (my engagement ring was my fiance’s grandmother’s), we aren’t have a DJ and doing an iPod wedding and my fiance loves bluegrass and he was in a bluegrass band!

    They are like the way more awesome and creative West Coast version of us. Being that this was posted 2 years ago, I hope they are still as happy as they look in these photos.

    • Emmy

      Were still pretty happy, and now we are three.