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Rustic vintage wedding at Kitsap park

Repurposed and refinished old doors create a unique ceremony site

WHO: Mecca and Matthew
VENUE: Kitsap Memorial State Park, Poulsbo
SEASON: Summer
COLORS: Plum, mustard and brown
THEME:  Rustic vintage with a “free-flowing and fun” vibe. Matt and his groomsmen wore purple Converse All Star shoes tagged with their nicknames.

UNIQUE TOUCHES: The couple included their children from previous relationships in their ceremony. “We wanted to let everyone know that our union was not just about Matt and I, it was about our children as well,” says Mecca. “We wanted everyone to see the love that we truly share for each other and our children.”

Games, coloring books, crayons and Play-Doh were provided to children during the reception.

DÉCOR: With help from his father and a friend, Matt stripped, stained, painted and burned three doors mounted in frames that became the focal point of the ceremony site. Mecca’s mother shopped for decorations at antique stores. The aisle was lined with ivory paper cones filled with lavender and baby’s breath.

SPECIAL MOMENTS:  Mecca’s aunt died the day before the wedding, so before the ceremony the couple lit a candle and prayed in her memory.

Wedding photographer Theresa Aubin Ahrens noticed the gloomy weather and a forecast for rain on the wedding day. Mecca took her advice and rented vintage umbrellas. When she did, the forecast changed and it was a dry, pleasant day. “This is three for three for me,” says Theresa. “The rainy day forecast changes after receiving umbrellas. It’s the best rain insurance ever.” Despite the dry weather, the wedding party made good use of the umbrellas  — as photo props.

FAVORS: Guests had their photos taken in the photo booth, where they received photo strips to take home.

Photos by Aubin Ahrens Photography
 

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Published on March 31, 2016.

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