For this Washington burlap themed wedding, we get to hear all the details from bride Caitlin! Take it away!
“Hi! My name is Caitlin and my husband is Tyler. We live in Spanaway, WA. I am so excited to share our big day: August 10th, 2012. I met my now husband online on PlentyofFish.com after a long hard split with my ex of 3 years. After a week of messages, the first time he texted me was when I was camping 6 hrs away, so I had to wait to meet him, but was so excited, because we had texted all weekend and had so much in common, and he loved that I was outdoorsy. When I met him, I told him I was having a hard time getting over my ex, and it would take time, and I thought I just wanted to be friends with him, but he stood by my side and within only a few weeks I was falling hard for his “momma’s boy” character. When he first read my profile online, which laid out the specifics of exactly what I was looking for, he told me that he could check off everything I wrote. Country boy, drives a truck, tall, athletic, bigger built, has a job… all the amazing qualities a hardworking country boy should have…in my opinion.
“The first time I met him in person I was sick. He happened to be driving in the city I lived in, and on his way home he asked if he could stop by to meet me. I told him I was in my sweats, hair thrown up and no makeup, but sure if you want to. When I met him it was just easy. I lived on the lake so we walked to the dock with a beautiful view of Mt. Rainer and chatted a bit. I knew he played on a summer softball league, and I played fast pitch since I was young, and played catch with my brother since I could hold a baseball, so I asked if he had his mitt. Surprisingly, he had it in his truck. So our first date was playing catch in my sweats all a mess and he didn’t even care. He was definitely impressed with my arm.
“When I started to fall for him, I wanted to tell him I loved him, but I didn’t want it to be too soon, so I would trace his heart with my finger. He understood what I met. Finally after only 3 weeks we were at a Mexican restaurant talking about our feelings, and I just blurted it out, and he looked at me, and said, “I love you too!” A few months later, I moved in with him, which I was nervous about, but something told me it was the right thing to do, and I thought I needed to take a leap of faith.
“We took a trip to Las Vegas the next spring with a group of friends and my brother, Ty and I were alone driving a rental car when I spotted a jewelry exchange store. I told him, come on hunny, let’s just look…. When we went in, they were having a sale. I went straight to the vintage estate engagement rings and picked one out. When I put it on, it fit perfect. I wore it for a few minutes browsing others and asked how much, and the sales lady told me it was 1/2 off $4000. I was like, “sold!” Since we had already talked marriage, he didn’t mind, and it was a such a spur of the moment thing, I told him I will just put it on my credit card. I ended up getting it for $1,800 after a few more rebates. I got it appraised when I got home, and it was worth $6,500! We scored in Vegas with that thing! I sent a picture only to my mom and she loved it. She was the only one besides my best friends who knew about it.
“Prior to getting the ring I had told him, that if we did get engaged I wanted to wait at least a year of dating, so after we got home, it sat in my night stand for 7 months…. (Even though I peeked a few times and tried it on a lot.) Finally about a year after we started dating, his birthday dinner he proposed at “The Melting Pot” in Tacoma, WA.”
About our wedding:
“I love the summer and the smell of farm country so we set our big day for 8.10.12 at a wedding venue in Enumclaw, WA, called “Genesis Farm and Gardens”. It was affordable and ended up being the perfect place for us. The guests loved it.
“We set our budget for $20,000. I planned it all myself since I am OCD; not really, but I am picky. I bought all the decor and handmade the signs, banners and started collected all the mason jars prior to even getting engaged, because I knew I wanted the turquoise ball mason jars for centerpieces, and it would save money if I started collecting things as I saw them. The colors we used were plum, turquoise accents and neutral creams/khaki. Ty called it my “burlap” themed wedding. I designed all the floral arrangements with my florists by going to the flower warehouse several times. We found an awesome caterer with AMAZING BBQ, and he even came to our house to give us a tasting. The cake was amazing, the ribbon detail wasn’t as planned but the lady actually sewed the ribbon into bows for it, and it turned out just right. Overall the pictures speak for themselves and the detail that went into it. One of my favorites is the live succulent garden with our initials in moss; I built months before the wedding took place in front of the head table. It turned out awesome!”
Thanks Caitlin for sharing so much about your wedding day. It looks like your wedding was a true celebration and we are all so happy you two found each other! Cheers to you both!
Wedding day vendors included:
Photos by: Imaginessence Photography
Edited by: Eye4Images Photography
Venue: Genesis Farm and Gardens
Cake: Creative Cake Designs – Kent, WA
Caterer: Double Barrel BBQ
Florists: Allyson Bentley
Linen/Tables: American Party Place- Tacoma, WA