Jamie DeBell and Steven Moore decided to self-produce every detail of their wedding day -- not an easy task when you live on different coasts. Their secret weapon? One talented groom who plans events for a living and owns Steven Moore Designs.
They chose to wed at a friend's circa-1900 barn in Lynden, Washington, because it was different from anything they'd seen. By sharing inspiration boards and emailing countless photos back and forth, the cross-country pair honed their rustic-goes-regal look just in time for their October nuptials.
The couple's bespoke monogram was based on the packaging of legendary Parisian patisserie Laduree and set the tone for the stationery. "Calligraphy can feel so formal, so we tempered it by using humble kraft paper," says Steve. The invitations were embellished with wax seals, vintage postage stamps, and custom maps he watercolored.
Jamie and Steven held hands in their friend's barn for a photo-op. The groom, in a Calvin Klein suit and Salvatore Ferragamo tie, designed and sewed his bride's duchesse silk-satin gown after the one she'd originally ordered arrived five inches too short. "It was a lot of pressure, but it turned out to be a good thing," says Steve.
The band led everyone to the barn, where boxes of French macarons waited at their seats. The reception vibe was created with rustic elements that were offset by elegant touches: Tall tapers stood in antique candle holders, and baby's breath was used en masse for a dramatic effect.
After dining on duck and pumpkin gnocchi, loved ones gathered in a dessert lounge. The cozy space created by the couple was equipped with lots of pillows, multiple cakes, and tons of macarons by Judy Tallant of Tallant House.
After dinner they cozied up on their reupholstered vintage couch and cut into a tiered cake that was set before them on the coffee table.
Jamie holds the book of messages between her and Steve that he had bound for her as a gift. The title "NYC Visit" was the subject line of her very first missive to him via Facebook. "Everything is in there," says Steve. "The good, the bad, the ugly. I didn’t edit anything out; it’s our story."
As the evening came to an end, friends and family headed outdoors to say good night to the happy couple. “Jamie's mom loved the wish lanterns in the film "Tangled" and suggested we use them," says Steve. "At the end of the night, each couple lit one, and we set them free before driving away."
Event Planning and Design, Flowers, and Bride's Gown: Steven Moore Designs
Day-of Coordinator: Michelle Engvall
Catering: The Fork at Agate Bay
Stationery: Dolce Design
Calligraphy: Christy Schroeder
Four-Tier Cake: New Renaissance Cakes
Lanterns: Wish Lantern
Rentals: ABC Special Event Rentals by Cort
Bread: Bakery Nouveau
Photography: Michele M. Waite and Kim Hayes of Michele M. Waite Photography
Hair: Shiloh Wiggin at Honey Salon
Makeup: Stephanie Young, 360-305-9622
Rolls Royce Rental: British Motor Company
Videography: Cabfare Productions
Macarons: Judy Tallant of Tallant House