Relaxed barn wedding with floral bridesmaid dresses, a taco truck, and a killer sunset!
Erin and Matt designed a wedding day filled with their favorite people. They picked Labor Day weekend so they could spend as much time with the ones they loved most as they could! As we met these amazing people, we saw why!
The wedding party was killer in their mismatched etherial floral bridesmaid dresses. Which were a perfect match for the grooms who wore black suits! But, Matt stode out with his light blue suit! I am loving the way grooms are finding unique ways to stand out from the others. Putting their own spins on it.
The ceremony was filled with special touches, with a dear friend offended, spoken words that brought us to tears and beautiful singing! All in the beautiful Octagonal Barn! The reception started with a table filled with delicious cheeses, crackers, pickled spicy veggies, and meats. I devoured a plate Justin made for me! Dinner was the couples favorite taco truck in Madison! El Grito! YES, two weddings in one weekend with the same taco truck! We (and the guests) were in taco heaven!
Now, my favorite and yours! The couple’s words!
Tell us the whole proposal story!
Erin: Matt proposed at the first beach we visited after we moved to California. We’d been hiking and poking around all day, and we’re trying to find someplace nice to watch the sunset (which was pretty common for us, so I wasn’t suspicious). We first tried to find a beach bar that ended up not existing then eventually settled on a beach nearer to our home; Matt was nervously watching the sun go down as we drove there, which, of course, I didn’t notice.
He dragged me further and further down the beach, passing up perfectly good spots (or so I thought). He had remembered that my only request regarding a wedding proposal was that there were not a lot of people around, so he was looking for a private spot for the two of us.
Erin, What do you love most about Matt?
Matt is the kindest, most considerate person I know. I love his gentle nature, his quick wit, and being lucky enough to call myself his partner! He’s also a great dog-dad to Winnie. 🙂
Matt, what do you love most about Erin?
Erin is enthusiastic when I’m not. She lifts me up whenever I’m down. She pushes me to do things I otherwise wouldn’t do myself. She brings out the best in me, and I love every moment I am with her.
What would your perfect Sunday look like?
The perfect Sunday requires a perfect Saturday to balance it out. We typically have a more active Saturday and then Sundays are for sleeping in, low key walks and hermitting up. When we lived in California, our perfect day would end with a visit to our favorite beer garden for a drink and a giant pizza. We’re still looking for our Sunday place back in the midwest!
What memory stands out most from your wedding day?
We both danced a LOT during our wedding reception, which was one of our goals. During the last song*, we were slow dancing and somehow all the remaining guests ended up forming a circle around us as we danced. As we turned in place, we could see everyone gathered around us and we felt so loved. *Matt convinced our DJ to play one more song after this (BSB’s I Want It That Way) which REALLY brought down the house.
What was the best part of planning your wedding day!?
The FOOD! We love food so very much, and it was exciting to think about all the foods we loved that we were going to be able to share with our family and friends. In fact, whenever people asked me about our upcoming wedding, I would more often than not say “I’m just so excited about the food”!
In your own words describe your day from the night before, to waking up on your 1st day MARRIED!
Erin: I stayed in a beautiful Airbnb the night before the wedding, with a dear friend from out of town. Having taken care of most of the big details, I felt remarkably calm about the day to come. I woke up and wrote my day-of letter to Matt, and went over my vows a few times before people started arriving to get ready. The rest of the day is a blur!
Matt: I stayed at Erin’s mom’s house in Spring Green after getting talked out of driving to a hotel a few towns over. I was apprehensive because of the potential lack of private time prior to the wedding, but it worked out well.
What was the greatest challenge in planning your wedding? What did you feel least prepared for? What could you have done without?
Erin: The biggest challenge was probably the charcuterie board and crostini bar (x2!). I really wanted to have both those things and do them ourselves, but the prep both in the weeks before and over the wedding weekend was… a lot.
We had a lot of help from family and friends on Friday and Saturday – they turned my dream into a reality! I would say we could have done without all that stress, but people really seemed to like it!
What personal touches did you add to make your wedding day your own?
We made all the pickled things on the charcuterie board! That was a fun project we undertook, complete with a trial run of pickled things with tasting notes!
What are you looking forward to most about your future together?
I think we’re both really looking forward to buying our first home together.
Advice to future couples?
Set a few things that are really important to you, and try to prioritize spending your money there. There are lots of details that cost money, and it helps to have discussed what is important to you both when you’re making decisions about where to spend and where to save.
How do you feel about your experience with Natural Intuition Photography?
We feel great about our decision to work with Natural Intuition! We loved your photography from the start, and knew you would do a great job capturing all the moments and moods of our special day! It was really easy to communicate with you what we liked/didn’t like, and we felt like you were up for anything (even climbing into an old silo…!).