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While planning their wedding, Alyssa and Jesse determined that their goal was simplicity. “Jesse and I wanted the wedding planning to be simple,” says Alyssa.

The couple married in a rustic-themed wedding in the bride’s parents’ backyard, overlooking Dash Point Park in Federal Way, on Aug. 15, 2015. With a guest count of 21, the pair kept the wedding budget to $4,000. “We didn’t want to spend a lot of money because we’d just bought a house,” says Alyssa. The guest list included immediate family and the couple’s closest friends.


THEME, DÉCOR: Friends and loved ones picked up flowers at Pike Place Market and then arranged them into bouquets, boutonnieres and other floral arrangements. One of the friends had professional flower-arranging experience. Flower colors were orange and pink, while other décor colors were shades of beige, brown and pink.


GREEN ELEMENTS: “My mom did all the decorating for the wedding, and she did an amazing job,” says Alyssa. Alyssa’s mom found most of the used and vintage décor ideas on Pinterest. She searched Craigslist, Etsy, online secondhand sources and local discount stores to find decorations. She also borrowed items from friends. With those resources, she transformed the backyard into a sweet little vintage-garden oasis.

While planning the wedding, she would send texts to Alyssa with ideas. “She really understands our taste, so I knew we were in good hands,” says Alyssa.

The couple painted old doors to use as a backdrop for the ceremony. Candle-filled lanterns decorated with baby’s breath lined the ceremony aisle.

For the escort cards, Alyssa’s dad cut big branches into wood cylinders and made a slit in each to put the cards in. “They were so sweet, and everyone loved that little detail,” says Alyssa.


WINE DOUBLES AS GUEST BOOK: Instead of a guest book, the couple had a special bottle of wine for guests to sign. Alyssa and Jesse are saving it to drink on their one-year anniversary.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: Alyssa’s sister, Alexandra, is studying in Austria, so she couldn’t attend the wedding in person. Instead, Alyssa’s aunt used FaceTime on her iPad so that Alexandra could watch the ceremony — at 2 a.m. Austrian time. “That was so special to me, and I love that we were able to do that!” says Alyssa.

Jesse is a dietary manager for a health and rehabilitation facility, and Alyssa works for a university while she studies for her MBA. They make their home in Puyallup.



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Published on March 14, 2017.

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