This couple's summer event took place entirely outdoors, and it was inspired by the venue's landscape.
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When Paige was studying at the University of Washington, she became friends her biology classmate, Jeremy—who ultimately introduced her to her future husband, Matt, a fellow undergrad. After about a year of getting to know each other at parties and group outings, the pair officially began dating.
Five years later, on December 16, 2016, Paige and Matt were traveling through Hawaii and decided to hike to a black sand beach at Waipio Valley on the Big Island. Once they finally reached the beach, they were covered in mud, and decided to find a secluded spot to sit down and have a picnic. Overlooking the surf, Matt began reflecting on the couple's relationship. "I had a moment where I realized it was happening," Paige says, "He asked me to close my eyes and when I opened them, he was still next to me, but was holding a little ring box. Saying yes was completely exciting and infinitely easy."
The couple spent the next year-and-a-half planning their flower-filled July 21, 2018, outdoor wedding at DeLille Cellars Chateau in Woodinville, Washington, just north of Seattle. With help from their day-of coordinator from Invisible Hostess, the couple invited 105 guests to share in their deeply personal, intimate wedding celebrating their relationship. Although they didn't select a specific color scheme for the day, they incorporated tons of flowers into the décor landscape while embracing the natural elements of the winery, including trees, ponds, and even alpacas. Following their nuptials, the couple took off on their three-week honeymoon to France.
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Paige accomplished something most brides only dream of: She found her wedding dress at her very first appointment. The "Belmont" gown by Sarah Seven, a crepe V-neck number with side cut-outs, was the third ensemble she tried on; just over an hour later, it was ordered. "I knew from the beginning that I wanted something simple, contemporary, and clean that I'd still love in our photos 20 years from now," Paige says. "I felt wonderful in that dress and danced for hours in it!"
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Paige had a vision of textural, loose, and non-traditional flowers for both her bouquet and wedding décor. She teamed up with Wild Bloom, who she trusted to achieve her vision—their team absolutely delivered. The bride "burst into tears" when she first saw her clutch. "It was just so perfect for me," Paige says. The bouquet featured lush blooms in shades of white, ivory, golden peach, burgundy, pink, and green; the stems were wrapped in ribbon.
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The Groom's Look
When Paige and Matt were visiting his brother in Los Angeles, Matt decided to book an appointment at Indochino to look for a wedding suit. He chose a blue three-piece ensemble with a ticket pocket and a slanted breast pocket. For a special touch, the inside of the jacket was embroidered with the couple's initials and wedding date. "I wanted the look of a formal suit with a color that would make it slightly more casual," Matt says. "The white thread running through the blue suit lightened it up and matched the tone of the setting."
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The Groomsmen and Groomsmaid
Matt's groomsmen wore dark blue suits from The Black Tux, Ted Baker oxfords, and The Tie Bar socks featuring different animal prints (these were a gift from the groom). Matt's groomsmaid wore a deep blue dress with a burgundy sash to match the men's ties.
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After visiting a few urban venues in Seattle, Paige and Matt chose DeLille Cellars Chateau; from the moment they stepped foot on the property, they simply felt that the locale was right—and it fit their vision for an outdoor wedding with plenty of space to host a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in different locations. "To be honest, it may have been the adorable alpacas they also have on their property that truly sold me," Paige admits.
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The first time Matt saw Paige on the wedding day is the memory that stands out for him the most. "Our photographers led me to a pond that was down a small trail from our ceremony site. I was so excited to see her that I had a hard time standing still," he says. "When I finally turned around and saw her, I was dumbstruck. I knew that she and the dress would be beautiful, but she was absolutely radiant." The couple took advantage of the calm before the storm and walked over to see the ceremony site before guests arrived, sharing a few words about their excitement to finally tie the knot.
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The ceremony was located in a grassy area surrounded by trees on the DeLille property; the space served as the perfect backdrop for the vibrant flowers that lined the aisle.
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A floral arch adorned with vines, textural greenery, and loose groupings of white, ivory, peach, and pink flowers was set up at the end of the aisle.
This couple saw the ceremony as an opportunity to invite their guests into their relationship and share their story. They worked closely with their officiant, Arissa Rench, who asked them to answer questions about their relationship separately so that she could incorporate their words into the service. "Whenever anyone talks about our wedding, the first thing they mention is our ceremony and how personal it was," the bride shares. "Hearing all the beautiful things Matt shared about our relationship and watching his face light up as I said my vows was the most beautiful thing in the world."
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The Cocktail Hour
The cocktail hour took place under a gazebo on the property, where guests had access to a full bar, along with DeLille wine; passed appetizers including avocado toast with compressed fennel, crispy risotto bites, and salmon BLT sliders on brioche buns were also served.
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Paige and Matt spent hours together finding rentals from Cort to fill their draped white reception tent. "We wanted to keep things simple, but stylish and luckily our tastes match," Paige says. They went with metal high back chairs paired with long wooden tables, dreamy chandeliers, white plates and napkins, and tons of taper candles.
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Tables were set up adjacent to one another to span the length of the reception tent; several centerpieces were spaced out on each tabletop. The textural arrangements featured the same pink, peach, and white florals seen throughout the ceremony. They were positioned low to the table to allow guests to enjoy unobstructed conversations over dinner. The space was dressed up with fabric table runners, taper candles, and small tea candles in bronze votives.
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Paige and Matt sat at the head table with their wedding party, overlooking the rest of the reception space. The family-style dinner included a kale and romaine Caesar salad, a smoked salmon, a grilled peach and basil salad, summer garden veggies, and an herb-crusted petite beef tenderloin with baby rainbow potatoes.
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The First Dance
The happy couple shared their first dance to Ray LaMontagne's "You Are the Best Thing." "We wanted something upbeat, but with lyrics we connected with," Paige says.
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Although Paige and Matt originally didn't want a wedding cake, Paige's mom found The Sweetside and went with her to a tasting. Paige fell in love with their sugar flowers and chose a white three-tiered almond confection with strawberry filling and vanilla icing, complete with cascading white, cream, peach, and burgundy sugar flowers.
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Guests celebrated the newlyweds with a sparkler send-off at the end of the evening—and then they were sent home with vanilla and raspberry macaroons, also from The Sweetside.
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Photography, Maria Lamb
Location, DeLille Cellars Chatea
Day-off coordination, Invisible Hostess
Flowers, Wild Bloom Floral
Stationery and calligraphy, Euni + Co
Catering, Lisa Dupar & Company
Bride's gown, Sarah Seven
Hair & makeup, Yessie Libby
Groom's suit, Indochino
Bridesmaids dresses, French Connection
Groomsmen's suits, The Black Tux
Groomsmen's shoes, Ted Baker
Rentals, Cort Events
Linens, La Tavola
Cake, The Sweet Side