{Real Weddings} Suzanne & Kenny's Best Day Ever at Boojum Tree

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! I am so thrilled, overjoyed and delighted to share with you all today this beautiful couple's wedding, as I'm friends with the lovely bride!! I love being able to feature weddings...more so when the wedding is of a personal friend of mine, and it's an honor that Suzanne was up for my sharing her wedding here on Savvy Deets Bridal.  More than the beautiful wedding details you will soon see, Suzanne has also shared the story of herself and her dashing groom, Kenny, and all the details that went into their special day. Get ready to pin what you see below, by the way! Suzanne designed and created many details, even made the wedding cake!

Won't you please sit a spell, check out the lovely details and styling, with the help of Event Planner Jayme Carlson, and gorgeous imagery captured by Phoenix photographer Erika Shafer.  Enjoy the love story, details and overall beautiful wedding of Suzanne and Kenny at Boojum Tree:

How we met...

We met on match.com. We were engaged about 5 mos after our first date and married 1 day shy of the first anniversary of our first date. At the brunch following our wedding ceremony, my mother-in-law told us that she and my father-in-law were married exactly 1 year after their first date. They are getting ready to celebrate their 53rd anniversary!

The proposal

Kenny proposed after a 2 week business trip. We went to Richardson's, one of my very favorite restaurants, the night he got back and he proposed at dinner. I can't say I was totally surprised because we worked on my ring together, but I was on cloud nine!

The planning process and vision

We had talked about eloping. And we talked about going to St Croix for an elopement and honeymoon (and having my cousin marry us on his boat there) but the time away prohibited that from happening. I didn't want to get married in Phoenix...I wanted something a bit different. We tried to get a beach wedding together, but plans weren't falling into place. 
I had heard of Boojum Tree and we decided to go check it out. I fell in love with the place and knew it was the place for us to get married the minute we saw it! It was everything I was looking for...unique, picturesque, rustic...it was almost like bringing a far away location to us! 

We planned this in about 2 months. We had wanted to get married soon, and thought December was a good month. So 2 months it was.  Jayme Carlson was a God send! She was the coordinator and although I knew what I wanted, she kept me in check and made sure that all was beautiful and it all went smoothly the day of.  I didn't want my family to help...I just wanted everyone to relax and enjoy the day!

I love crafting and I love weddings, so I had a blast creating the details that went into our wedding. We had a very small gathering, just 9 family members attended. But that didn't didn't stop us from pulling out all the stops! Best Day Ever was our theme.

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The color palette & theme

I wanted something casual and rustic...but colorful. I wanted to tie the beach and bright colors into the venue. I had seen a bouquet on Pinterest that captured every color I had in mind, so that determined the color palette. It all fell into place after that. Our main colors were grey, yellow with touches of peacock blue. Gold and pearls...

I wanted to create corsages for our mothers that they could keep and wear on another occasion if they desired. So I made fabric flowers out of linen and then tied with a silk silver ribbon. I put them in cigar boxes and included notes in each box then tied them with a white silk ribbon and a tag.

There were fresh flower bouquets for me and my Matron of Honor (my sister). They were made by Camelback Florist and mimicked the bouquet I saw on Pinterest. They were tied with a peacock blue ribbon that matched my shoes.

I made our invitations. I found just about everything at Paper Source to make them. I used a charcoal invitation folder, and inserted a flat panel invite. I created maps for the 2 venues and printed them on the backs of map paper (it was actually map wrapping paper) then I folded them and wrapped them with a belly band. Those were inserted into the folder with the invite for the brunch. The whole folder was wrapped with a peacock ribbon, then tied with a yellow ribbon. I created envelope liners using the same map paper and had stamps created with a favorite photo of the 2 of us.

The dress

So we wanted to keep it simple. And I bought a dress i found online. But I was never in love with it. So...a week before the wedding (yes a week, Thanksgiving weekend, no less) I grabbed one of my girlfriends and we went out to find another. I found THE perfect dress. It was comfortable and beautiful...and was so much more fitting for me and the venue. My sis was my MOH. I let her pick her own dress and she found the most amazing blue color to wear...

The details of what I was wearing: something old (Kenny's grandmother's handkerchief was tucked in my bride's Bible), something new (my dress - it was purchased ONE week before the wedding), something borrowed (pearl earrings that I borrowed from my dear friend, Linda) and something blue (my shoes! i couldn't resist when I saw them!). The blue shoes weren't so comfortable, so I opted for grey converse for after the wedding. I laced them with yellow ribbon to tie in with the wedding. I made a garter that included a Seahawks charm...that was all for Ken!

We were married on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th. That date has always held a special place in my family's heart. My grandfather was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. He thankfully survived...but it's always been a date that has been revered. So I was certain to include pearls in my earrings and bracelet. My mothers wore pearls...and the earrings and necklace I got for my MOH included pearls, too.

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There were fresh flower boutonnières for the men that attended the wedding (including the groom, best man and ring bearer). They included flowers from the bride/MOH bouquets. I purchased a silver token on Etsy for Kenny's boutonnière that said "Love You More" because that is what he always says to me. I attached tags with everyone's names to help personalize them a bit.

We wanted to to start the celebration before the ceremony began. So...we had mimosas available for for our guests. We had letterpress coasters made with S&K to set up on the bar and displayed them in a cigar box. It ended up being a very chilly December morning so we added coffee and Baileys to the menu!

We had some light snacks, too, that included biscotti that I made, lemon loaf and banana loaf bread made by my mom and salmon made by my stepdad.

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The ceremony

We had a typical Christian wedding. Our pastor did a wonderful job and it was very special. I wanted to keep it simple and I didn't want to add much more to our intimate family wedding.

My nephew was our ring bearer. We had the rings tied to a bible we borrowed from Ken's mom. My engagement ring is aquamarine and diamond. Aquamarine is my birthstone, and Kenny loves the ocean, and we had talked about an elopement on the beach so it seemed so fitting. Kenny's ring is Sapphire...also his birthstone and the color of the Seattle Seahawks (his other love). We had our rings custom made by AMI Jewelry.

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More savvy details

We had a brunch following our ceremony at Sierra Bonita Grill. We used their private dining room and my event planner created an unbelievable setup for us! We didn't have a special menu, but I did take their menu and redesign it so it matched our wedding. She set up the table to include cigar boxes with succulents, letter press coasters with "Bishop", photos of me and Ken and candles.
Instead of a guest book I got a big metal "B" (for our last name) and spray painted it brown. Then had everyone sign with a metallic pen. It hangs in our kitchen so we see the good wishes every morning!

I wanted to create a special place setting for every guest. So I made place cards using champagne corks and succulents. I stamped the names on the cards and used upholstery tacks to adhere the cards to the cork. I also created napkin wraps with decorative keys, yellow ribbon, and tags "Love is the key - our names and the date).

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The reception

We set up a memory table that included photos of our family members that couldn't be with us on that day for one reason or another.

I created gift bags with favors for our guests. The bags included a bottle of Kilt Lifter beer (a nod to Kenny's Scottish heritage) with a custom label I created with our photo and the wedding date. Of course we swapped the beer for root beer for our 2 underage guests. I also baked Norwegian butter cookies (a nod to my heritage) in a glassine bag with a label featuring our 2 dogs. We included a card with a thank you note for our guests and it was tied with a skeleton key that's a bottle opener (Love is the Key!). We took advantage of a truck in the parking lot of Boojum Tree to display the bags and to make it easy for our guests to take when they left the ceremony.

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Our cake - I love to bake, so I opted to make our cake myself. It was 2 layers of lemon with raspberry filling and 2 layers of chocolate rum cake. The icing was a simple cream cheese/buttercream icing and was decorated with succulents and a wooden cake topper I ordered from Etsy. I couldn't find a cake pedestal I wanted so I made my own. I found a brown cake plate and bowl from West Elm (they were on sale, no less). I loved the matte brown color! I inverted the bowl and glued it to the bottom of the plate with heavy duty glue. Then I used a gold metallic marker to write our theme, initials and the date. I want to use this cake every anniversary!

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As a wedding gift to my hubby, I got us matching Seahawks jerseys. Mine said "MRS BISHOP" and they both included the number 33 (his number from when he played college football). I gave them to him on our wedding night and we went to the game on Sunday. They were playing the 49ers and it was a game that couldn't be missed!

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Go with your gut! I had the most fabulous vendors...

Did you pin yet? There are so many amazing details! I love all the sentiments throughout, from the "I love you more" token, to the significance of the pearls. The place setting "cards" are so charming and rustic! 

Many thanks dear Suzanne and Kenny, for sharing your wedding images with us, and including your love story and savvy details. I'm sure many brides will be inspired by what you created. It did look like the "best day ever"!! Congratulations again to you both! 

Photographer: Erika Shafer//Ceremony Venue: Tasha at Boojum Tree//Event Planner: Jayme Carlson//Reception Venue: Tony at Sierra Bonita Grill//Jewelry: AMI Jewelry