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Tree-themed wedding in Bremerton

Laura and David married at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Bremerton. The couple had met as students at Kansas State University, where they dated for four years. The church setting was the icing on the cake for the two. “Our ceremony site was beautiful and, for me, full of tradition, since it was always my dream to get married in a Catholic church,” says Laura.

After the service, the couple and their guests celebrated at Alderbrook Resort & Spa. “It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite thing about Alderbrook,” says Laura. “The food was amazing, the view unparalleled, and everything about the resort was just above and beyond what I could dream of,” says Laura.

Woodsy nature theme with a DIY attitude

A self-proclaimed “DIY fanatic,” Laura, along with her bridesmaids and her mother, had fun making a variety of items for the wedding reception. To create a classic romantic feel for their wedding and reception, the couple chose a natural, woodsy tree theme, and incorporated this into the DIY wedding items for the ceremony.

Felted acorns were attached to every escort card. Guests signed their names on a fingerprint tree. For anyone who didn’t want to press a thumb into an ink pad, leaf-shaped rubber stamps were provided. Laura and her bridesmaids created all the paper pieces. They also made props for the photo booth for guests to enjoy.

FAVORS: Laura and her mother enjoyed making caramel corn and chocolate toffee as favors for their 72 guests. A friend set up a candy buffet, in the couple’s wedding colors, so guests could scoop candy into hand-stamped, decorated bags.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: “My favorite part of the day was signing our marriage license,” says Laura. “I think that was the moment it all sank in, and I realized that this man I loved so very much who was standing next to me was now officially my husband.”

PHOTOGRAPHY: Aubin Ahrens Photography

CEREMONY VENUE: Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic church

RECEPTION VENUE: Alderbrook Resort & Spa

CAKE: Blackbird Bakery

FLORIST: Diamond Custom Floral

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Published on April 1, 2016.

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