One of the highlights of the summer season was Joanna & Josh’s romantic, woodsy wedding at Beazell Memorial Forest in Philomath in early June. While looking through these gorgeous photos by Bethany Small, you will quickly notice that the flowers are killer (in the best way), because the lovely bride Joanna is one half of the dynamic duo that makes up Good Seed Floral Design. Taylor (the other half) created Joanna’s unreal bouquet, which I think is one of my favorite bridal bouquets ever!
Even though it was early June, the weather was HOT that day, but thankfully there was plenty of shade to keep everyone comfortable. Both the ceremony and reception were held inside the barn, which made for a fun room-flip during cocktail hour. Joanna and Josh incorporated so many unique touches in to their special day, read on to hear about all of the details…
Joanna had her 3 sisters as her bridesmaids, but she came up with a wonderful way to include her closest friends as well which you will see shortly. I also want to point out that they had an uneven number of bridesmaids/groomsmen -4 guys and 3 girls. I get asked a lot of it’s “okay” to have an uneven number and the answer is YES! There is no reason that you need to have the exact same number of bridesmaids/groomsmen (or even any attendants at all, if you don’t want to). There is so much that can be done posing-wise to make photos look fantastic even if the numbers are off.
Taylor of Good Seed also does some pretty fantastic chalkboard lettering, and did several signs for Joanna’s wedding.
I just had to include this shot of the rings because Joanna’s ring is soo beautiful and unique!
The bouquets looked flawless with Joanna’s sister’s marsala bridesmaid dresses, don’t you think!?
Joanna had many elements brought in to make her wedding exactly what she wanted, including trees for the ceremony to bring the outside indoors, and wooden benches all the way from Classic Vintage Rentals in Washington for guest seating. Sheer curtains with flowers hanging on fishing line, adorned with garland made the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. The bride’s dad officiated the ceremony which made it extra meaningful and added a personal touch.
After the ceremony, cocktail hour began outside which included drinks on the back deck, lawn games, and a photo booth for guests to keep entertained during the hour while Joanna and Josh did more photos and the room was flipped for the reception. At this point we moved all of the reception tables (which were staged against the walls) in to place along with the benches, and lowered the “let love grow” sign to be the focal point for the reception above the head table.
Upon arrival to the reception, guests were greeted with handwritten escort cards to let them know which table they were at.
Centerpieces consisted of gorgeous floral arrangements in wooden boxes, with gold painted wooden numbers in small log slices. Table runners were made up of various colors and sizes of ribbon to add some extra color to the ivory linens.
“Let love grow” is also the motto for Good Seed Floral’s business, so they were able to put these laser cut words to good use after the wedding which is always a bonus.
For another unique touch, leaves that were spray painted gold were placed on each of the guest’s napkins.
As I mentioned earlier, Joanna wanted to incorporate her closest friends in to the wedding even though they weren’t technically bridesmaids. She had them each come in a coordinating blush/nude dress and also had floral crowns and hair pieces made for them, and they carved out a time during cocktail hour to get some special photos. This is such a great way to include those special to you even if you can’t have everyone in your wedding party!
Joanna was such a stunning bride, and her Sarah Seven dress was just perfect for her! She was even going to have a custom dress designed, but then she came across this dress and just knew that it was the one.
In case you haven’t noticed by now, flowers played a huge role in the day… and the cake was no exception! Also I was kind of obsessed with the gold glitter on the cake… just perfect.
One of the highlights of the evening was when Joanna sang a very special song that she had written for her new groom. Joanna is a very talented singer/songwriter, and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house!
I’m not usually big on black & white photos personally, but I just had to share this photo of Joanna and Josh embracing after she sang her song for him…
And of course the evening wouldn’t be complete without a super fun sparkler exit! So much joy as these two set out for their new lives together…
Joanna and Josh, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day. It was definitely a day I will never forget and I am so, so happy for you two!
Joanna left me a super sweet review, so I thought I would share it here too:
“Becky was absolutely an essential part of our wedding day. She was extremely organized, helpful, and most importantly calm. She kept everyone around her on task and calm as well. Her helpfulness and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients is unparalleled. I would recommend Becky to ANYONE getting married. Have a wedding coordinator is so important for peace of mind the day of, and Becky is just the best.”
Vendors that helped make the day happen:
Photography: Bethany Small | Venue: Beazell Memorial Forest | Floral design: Good Seed Floral | Wedding Coordinator: Event Crush | Rentals: Destination Events, Special Occasions, Classic Vintage Rentals | Wedding gown: Sarah Seven | Groom’s attire: Banana Republic