2 of the most important vendors while planning our wedding were the venue and the photographer…
We knew we wanted to have the ceremony and reception all in one place because everyone was from out of town. This meant our guests would be spending at least 6 hours wherever we chose, so the place had to be great! We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony, but also wanted to know the venue had a Plan B in case it rained (a good Plan B wasn’t prevelant in many venues we saw.) Thankfully, we found The Garrison. Newly renovated with the perfect amount of elegance, rustic charm and lots of gorgeous property for pictures we felt good about our choice. Now, having experienced our wedding, I can’t imagine another place even coming close to how wonderful everything was. From the food, to the ambience, to the staff; we couldn’t have asked for anything better. The Garrison provides event coordinators you work with during the planning process (Todd was ours, and he was beyond helpful!) and they oversea the event the day of. I knew I was in great hands and could enjoy myself and never had a second thought about how things were going behind the scenes. The Garrison also has a spa which we used for hair and make-up (which I would definitely recommend to other brides). Included in your wedding package is a bridal suite and complimentary room for the night at The Garrison Inn, which were both great spaces for getting ready and for taking pictures.
They have gorgeous farm tables you can use for placecards, family photos, and guest book.
<Placecards Holders, A True Love Story Never Ends>
The Garrison printed the menus, one less thing for me to do!
One of things I loved most was how beautfully simple the room was, we just had to put a center piece on the table and that was it. The Garrison provided the votives.
Again, we kept the decor simple during our ceremony because everything looked great already (and our ceremony was going to be 15 minutes), which kept our floral budget down. The Mason jars then moved inside to the cocktail hour tables once the ceremony was over.
Cocktail Hour Room
I am a steak girl: the meat was cooked perfectly and the garlic mashed potatoes were ahhh-mazing.
I was able to use some items The Garrison already had, such as the birdcage for cards,
and the cake stand. Anything you don’t have to purchase can be a huge help!
<Cake Toppers, Cake by The Pastry Garden>
So, I LOVE pictures. I love taking them, I love looking at them, I love printing them, I love making scrapbooks, I love all of those things. So finding a photographer I knew would deliver amazing wedding photos (on one of the few days I wasn’t going to be taking pictures myself) was really important. I love the detail shots, but obviously, all of the people at your wedding make the day so special, so people pictures were just as important. Enter Uplift Photography. I loved their photos (they are a husband/wife team, love that) from the minute I saw them and Jade was amazing to work with. All of these photos were taken by Jade and Tim on our wedding day. I know I’m a bit biased but I’ve heard from others that they think they’re beautiful as well
<Ring Dish, Clutch from Zara>
<Bridesmaids Dresses via Nordstrom>
It was more than I could have imagined and truly one of the best days of my life.
Our other vendors who helped make our day great:
Florist: Bride and Blossom
DJ: Jade Entertainment, DJ Joey G