Nolan and Barry Rivera were married on July 16, 2016, at the Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo, surrounded by 160 family members and friends, many of whom pitched in to help with wedding tasks. The couple were engaged for a little more than a year. “It flew by,” says Nolan.
HOW THEY MET: The couple met in Bozeman, Montana, in June 2013, while they were training for summer jobs leading service trips for high school students.
VENUE: “The grounds at the Farm Kitchen were impeccable,” says Nolan. The large grounds were conducive to playing lawn games, enjoying the gardens or feeding apples to the horses. The ceremony was in an orchard surrounded by large cedar trees.
VISION: “We wanted a simple celebration of love: God’s love for us, first and foremost, then our love for each other and our families,” says Nolan. “We wanted there to be plenty of options for places that guests could gather, games to play, food to eat and jams to get down to.”
THEME, DECOR: Against the wedding decor of neutral earth tones, the wedding party’s attire added color. The bridesmaids wore blush and cream shades, while the groomsmen wore outfits in green, blue and brown.
One of Nolan’s favorite decorated areas was at the ceremony site entrance. There, beneath a tree, instant cameras were placed on a table with paper, so guests could take photographs and write love notes on the paper, and tape them into a memory book. On a jute clothesline, friends had used clothespins to hang cross-stitch hoops filled with lace left over from Nolan’s wedding dress. Also hanging there was a wood-burned sign handmade by Nolan. (Nolan + Barry, July 16, 2016)
The flowers were purchased at an area farm and were arranged by the cousins of the bride’s mother.
A friend of Nolan’s family served as the wedding coordinator, handling the events of the day.
GREEN TOUCHES: Nolan found an old glass door in her dad’s garage and used it for a table list to help guests find their seats.
Barry’s aunt recycles used paper into new, handmade paper. “She collects flowers and presses them into the paper to create beautiful greeting cards,” says Nolan. “We were so blessed by her help and couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to do the invitations.” Nolan’s dad and brother helped Barry collect ferns and cedar leaves for Barry’s aunt to use in the paper for the invitation cards. Nolan handwrote an invitation and photocopied it onto recycled copy paper to place inside each card.
The couple handmade much of the decor, using vintage items from Nolan’s parents’ attic: old mirrors and old doors.
The reception featured three food stations, representing Washington with a salmon dish, Iowa with pork chops and Texas with beef brisket.
Several family members and friends baked cookies for the wedding reception.
Nolan’s mom and a friend of hers created succulent centerpieces, using Mason jars and other jars purchased from thrift stores. “We liked the look of the layers of little rocks that I collected in Austin, from my parents’ property and from my friend’s property on Hood Canal.” Noelle wrote every guest’s name on a rock. The rocks served as place cards and favors. “I thought it would be a nice keepsake for them, especially since I really love collecting unique rocks,” says Nicole.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: Nolan wore Barry’s grandmother’s dress from 1958. When the couple first became engaged, they visited Barry’s family, and his mom and grandmother urged her to try on their wedding dresses. “I fell in love instantly with the potential for both for me,” says Nolan. She chose his grandmother’s dress because it was easier to work with. Nolan found a seamstress to alter the dress. “She treated this old dress so kindly and helped me keep the original essence of the dress while altering it a bit.”
Barry’s youngest brother was performing in an off-Broadway production of “Pirates of Penzance,” so he couldn’t attend the wedding. However, he sent a life-size cardboard cutout of himself. It stood during the ceremony and later “danced” on the dance floor. “Barry was surprised with his brother’s cutout and didn’t even notice it until nearly halfway through the ceremony,” says Nolan.
Nolan’s favorite memory was when Barry saw her for the first time in her wedding gown. “I also enjoyed feeling the joy in the air,” says Nolan. “Everybody was so happy to see each other and to meet one another. I loved hearing Barry’s vows that he wrote for me, and listening to my brother and dear friend Kate giving speeches later in the night.”
Nolan is a guide at a Montessori preschool, and Barry works with families at an early education center. They make their home in Austin, Texas.
This wedding was featured in South Sound Wedding & Event magazine 2017.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Genesa Richards Photography
VENUE: Farm Kitchen
CATERER: Essence of the Thymes
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