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Farm wedding in Kitsap County

They wanted a casual, classy, country feel to their wedding. “Down home without the banjo,” Jennifer calls it.

WHO: Jennifer and Peter
VENUE: A friend’s farm
SEASON: Summer
THEME: Country

UNIQUE TOUCHES: Jennifer and Peter’s plans to attend their high school reunion together took them in a new direction. “He picked me up, but neither of us wanted to go to the reunion,” says Jennifer. “I asked him to give me 10 minutes. I packed my sleeping bag, tent and fishing rod and said, ‘Feel like catching a big one?’ We spent two days in the Olympic Mountains going fishing, hiking and camping. We’ve been together ever since and not for one moment wished we would have gone to our 10-year reunion.”

To encourage the country flavor, their wedding invitation stated, “Boots encouraged, not required,” and most of their 160 guests came in country garb. A band performed country music during the reception.

DÉCOR: The couple spent every weekend for four months getting a friend’s farm ready for the wedding. They planted flowers. Peter and his friend made horseshoe centerpieces for the tables, plus horseshoe hangers in the barn.

Jennifer’s mother made curtains for the ceremony and to frame the entrance of the barn, plus seat covers for hay bales used in the photo booth. Peter’s mother made burlap table runners edged with lace.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: The couple’s sense of humor was incorporated into the vows. “We wanted people to laugh and have fun,” says Jennifer. The vows included, “I promise to never go all-in with our life savings at the poker table. I promise to love, honor and cherish you, even if you pick a kicker in the third round of fantasy football.”

During the ceremony, the birds, turkeys, goats and horses all made their usual noises in the barnyard.

“I wanted it to be magical, like a dream,” says Jennifer. “We wanted to create another world for people for one night, and I think we accomplished it.”

Photos by Jeanne Phinney Photography

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Published on March 31, 2016.

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