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Country-chic garden wedding in Poulsbo

Beautiful farm hosts country-style wedding.
WHO: Margo and Joshua
VENUE: Llama Rose Farm, Poulsbo. Update: Venue now called Empress Hill
SEASON: Summer
COLORS: Gray and yellow
THEME: Multicultural with country chic

UNIQUE TOUCHES: Margo and Josh incorporated their families’ heritage and traditions into their ceremony. Instead of boutonnieres, the groomsmen and ring bearer wore maile ti leaf leis recognizing Margo’s father’s Hawaiian heritage. A Chinese lion dance was performed to recognize Margo’s cultural roots.

In place of a guest book, Margo’s mom placed fabric squares and pens on a table so that guests could sign the squares. She will make a quilt for the couple.

DÉCOR: “We loved Llama Rose Farm because it has picturesque, beautiful gardens, and the llamas and goats made it interesting and unique,” says Margo. “It was a naturally gorgeous location that did not require a lot of other décor.”

The reception tables were created by using burlap and twine. Hawaiian flowers — proteas and orchids – were part of the décor, along with Northwestern hydrangeas, Queen Anne’s lace and craspedia.

Centerpieces were made of mason jars wrapped in twine and smaller jars decorated with paper flowers — all placed on a chevron table runner. A paper flower garland was wrapped around the ring bearer’s wagon.

FAVORS: The couple planned to have the 70 guests toast marshmallows for s’mores during the reception, but it was too hot on their Aug. 4 wedding date. Instead, s’more packages were favors for guests.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: During the reception, one of the groomsmen gave a speech. “It was one of the best speeches I have ever heard,” says Margo. “It had everyone laughing, crying and smiling. It’s something I will never forget.”

With 70 guests, the couple was able to spend time visiting with all of them. “It really made the event intimate and relaxed,” says Margo.

Photos by Brandi Welles Photography

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Published on March 3, 2016.

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