Rustic Vintage Wedding from Erica Rose Photography

Oh, how I love the rustic vintage wedding from Erica Rose Photography I’m about to share with you today. I can’t get enough of the sweet bride and groom, which might explain why I chose to overload this post with pictures of them :) But don’t worry, I went overboard on the detail shots too. Like the bride’s beautiful BHLDN dress, lace shawl and jewelry, the mismatched, yet perfectly coordinating bridesmaids dress in shades of beige and gray, and cowboy boots. The groom and his men all wore jeans!! He wore a dark gray vest and light beige coat. The men wore darker coats. And it was really quite the perfect look. There was a supremely pretty ceremony site with a weather beaten board backdrop, lace ribbon draped entrance, chiavari chairs, and thick fur blankets that kept guests warm. A conveniently mismatched reception where no two tables looked the same in decoration, all resting beneath a tent strewn with thousands of twinkle lights. You know, I think the reason I love this wedding so, is that it’s magical. Rustic magic and true, true love. Oh, what a pretty post it makes for :)

bride and groom, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

Britta and Cody met while attending the University of Iowa at the house of one of Cody’s teammates. Something about her must have caught his attention because the next thing Britta knew a mutual friend of theirs was asking if it was ok to give her number to “that tall guy over there”. She said yes, but didn’t really think too much of it.

The next morning she had a text from Cody, and a few days later they went out on their first date. But because she had a sorority meeting and he had football practice, it was more or less of a meet up than an actual date. They met at a local burger joint where she had a diet coke and he a full meal. She believes he liked that she was a cheap date ;)

rustic wedding invitation, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

bride getting ready, morning of the wedding, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

beautiful BHLDN wedding dress and lace shawl, fur coat from Nordstrom, bridal attire, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

custom cowboy boots, lace shawl from BHLDN, there is only you and me rustic note tag, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

bride getting ready, morning of the wedding, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

Their first kiss was at his house in Iowa City. It wasn’t after any special date really, it just happened. And it was wonderful. Britta just remembers feeling butterflies… and lots of them :)

wedding dress by BHLDN with glitter belt, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

BHLDN wedding dress, beautiful bridal portraits, white mum bouquet tied with sheer white ribbon, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

boutonnieres, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

Britta wasn’t looking for a relationship when she met Cody, but after just a week of talking every day/night, Cody took Britta to meet his older sister and her new husband. She was kind of terrified, thinking, wow, he must really like me if he wants me to meet his sister! That night they all watched a movie and talked and later that night, Cody and Britta had that conversation that all couples have. They stayed up talking for hours, like they were best friends, like they had known each other forever. That’s when she knew there was something between them.

bride and groom, first look, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

bride and groom, first look, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

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bride and groom, first look, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

The first time Cody asked her to be his girlfriend she told him no due to the fact that she hadn’t even really told anyone they were dating yet! A week later, he asked again, and she said yes! They made it Facebook official, and that was that :)

BHLDN jewelry, wedding dress by BHLDN, peach rose and white peony bride's bouquet, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

It was a really simple act on Cody’s part that made Britta realize she was falling for him. She’d been complaining how gross her car had become (winters in Iowa tend to be a bit messy) and how she just didn’t have time to get it washed. So one day, Cody drove Britta to work in her car. She came home later that day to find that it had been completely detailed… inside and out!! Cody had done it all, didn’t bring it to a gas station to do it, but spent hours cleaning her car. No one had ever done something so thoughtful for her before. She was hooked :)

beige and gray mismatched yet perfectly coordinating bridesmaids dresses, BHLDN wedding dress, cowboy boots, peony and rose bouquets, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

groom's attire, men's attire, dark gray vest, light gray tie, beige blazer, jeans and cowboy boots, white rose boutonniere, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

wedding party, men's attire, dark coats, jeans and cowboy boots, beige and gray mismatched bridesmaids dresses, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

beige and gray mismatched yet perfectly coordinating bridesmaids dresses, BHLDN wedding dress and lace shawl, cowboy boots, jean and leather jackets, bride and bridesmaids, bridal party, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

They said “I love you” that first summer together. She’d come over to his house for dinner and later that night when they were alone, he looked at her and said something about how when she walked in to his place that night it hit him. But before he actually said the words he asked her if she loved him too. She told him she did and the rest is history!!

bride and groom, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

bride and groom, kiss hidden behind cowboy hat, BHLDN wedding dress and lace shawl, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

There wasn’t one single moment that alerted Britta to the realization that Cody was the one. It was more that there came a time when she knew that she couldn’t live without him, that her life wouldn’t be the same if he wasn’t there. He challenges her to be a better person, they are open with each other at all times, and he reads her like a book. No one knows her better and he is her best friend in the world.

bride and groom, BHLDN jewelry, white rose boutonniere, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

In January, Britta’s grandmother gave her an antique wedding band that had belonged to her Aunt. She in turn, gave it to Cody with the suggestion that it might make a great band for an engagement ring one day, if he had the urge to give her one, and if a setting could be added to it. A few months later, Cody suggested they go look at diamonds as he didn’t want to put anything on a family heirloom that she didn’t like. They went to a local jeweler and found a diamond she loved, but after that, Cody left Britta completely in the dark about everything, which drove her nuts. She hates surprises.

wedding party, beige and gray mismatched bridesmaids dresses and cowboy boots, groomsmen in jeans and dark coats, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

beautiful bridal portraits, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

The first week of May he told her, regretfully, that they were unable to attach the setting to the band, that the band was just too old and fragile, and adding anything to it would potentially damage the entire thing. Britta was sad, but hopeful that it could still be used as a wedding band. That conversation was two days before Britta’s birthday. She’d previously thought that he’d pop the question on her birthday, but after that conversation, her hopes were dampened somewhat.

bride and groom, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

bride and groom, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

bride and groom, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

wedding dress and lace shawl from BHLDN, beautiful bridal portraits, organic light peach rose bridal bouquet, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

bride and groom loving on a family member, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

The day before her birthday, Britta went out for margaritas with a friend. Cody met them after work but was anxious to get home the entire time. He claimed it was to change out of his work clothes, but Britta knew something was up, she just didn’t know what. When they got home she went to the bathroom and when she came out found Cody sitting on the bed beside an envelope. He claimed it was something 401k or something business-related and asked if she would open it for him. She didn’t have to look inside the envelope to know what it was. The return address of the jewelry store on the outside gave it away. But inside was her grandmother’s aunt’s ring with the diamond she loved attached. She doesn’t remember what he said (she was too shocked at how sneaky he’d been). She thinks he said those famous words at some point, but mostly she just remembers crying, and hugging, and kissing, and crying, and hugging some more. It was the most perfect proposal for her and we couldn’t agree more :)

beautiful outdoor ceremony site, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

beautiful outdoor ceremony site, lace ribbon draped ceremony entrance, organic floral arrangements as aisle decor, chiavari chairs, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

{From the Bride} We got married 5 months after our engagement. Fast, I know, but we knew we wanted to be married in the fall, and didn’t want to wait until 2013. I had always dreamed of getting married at our lake house in southern Wisconsin, and knew that it would be beautiful in the fall. After much discussion we decided to ask the local bar on the lake if they would be willing to let us have the reception there. They had never done anything like it before, but were excited and eager to begin the planning, sure that we would be able to pull it off. This meant the world to me. I had grown up going to that restaurant and was so excited that a piece of my childhood would be included on our special day. The next decision was finding a ceremony location. My mom had been to Northwind Perennial Farm before and suggested that we take a look at it. It was perfect.

beautiful bridal portraits, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

We spent the months leading up to the day collecting things for decorations, including candleholders, lanterns, lace, fabric, etc. etc. etc. Much of the decorations came from inspiration from Pinterest :) I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to decor, I think being a photographer, my attention to detail might be above and beyond normal. I had it clear in my head that no two tables were to be the same. I wanted different arrangements and “looks” at every table… I kept telling everyone I wanted it to look conveniently mismatched :) Thankfully my Mom was AMAZING and did a ton of the leg work for me. She is amazing and should seriously be a wedding planner.

weather beaten board ceremony backdrop, organic floral arrangement, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

gold framed chalkboard pick a seat not a side ceremony sign, outdoor ceremony site, lace ribbon draped ceremony entrance, organic floral arrangements as aisle decor, chiavari chairs, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

weather beaten board ceremony backdrop, organic floral arrangement, outdoor ceremony site, lace ribbon draped ceremony entrance, chiavari chairs, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

thick fur blankets to keep guests warm, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

My favorite moment from the day, beyond a shadow of a doubt, was our first look. We had our first look on the dock of our lake house and the moments leading up to it, and the moment itself I felt emotions I will never forget. I still get tears in my eyes when I think about it :) When Cody turned around we both started crying, overwhelmed with the emotions we were feeling, so happy to see each other. I will never, for as long as I live, forget the look on his face when he turned around :)

after ceremony toast, fire pit, high top bar tables draped for after ceremony mingling, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

Northwind Perennial Farm, ceremony venue, orange mums, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

The day was perfect. Not stressful at all (that was sort of our goal), the time before the ceremony was spent taking both group and couple shots, giving us the opportunity to be with our close friends and family before all of the craziness began. We wanted our guests to feel that they could be as relaxed as possible, able to enjoy just being with each other. We encouraged “boots & jeans” on our invitations, and I think people LOVED the idea! The rustic feel was a perfect combination of the Iowa farm Cody grew up on, and the Lake Home memories that I grew up with.

burlap and lace table runners, candle lantern centerpieces, glasses overturned, conveniently mismatched reception tablescapes, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

ruffled lace and burlap table runners, long tables with chiavari chairs, candle lantern centerpieces, organic floral centerpieces, conveniently mismatched reception tablescapes, tent ceiling strewn with twinkle lights, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

lace and burlap table runners, long tables with chiavari chairs, candle lantern centerpieces, organic floral centerpieces, conveniently mismatched reception tablescapes, tent ceiling strewn with twinkle lights, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

Our ceremony was just family and close friends, and this gave us the opportunity to visit with people who were in from out of town before heading over to the reception. We had a time for visiting, appetizers, and champagne right after the ceremony, giving our guests the time to explore the beautiful grounds at Northwind.

sheer lace and burlap table runner, organic light peach floral centerpiece, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

lace and burlap table runners, long tables with chiavari chairs, candle lantern centerpieces, organic floral centerpieces, conveniently mismatched reception tablescapes, very simple table numbers, tent ceiling strewn with twinkle lights, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

lace and burlap table runners, long tables with chiavari chairs, candle lantern centerpieces, organic floral centerpieces, conveniently mismatched reception tablescapes, very simple table numbers, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

lace and burlap table runners, long tables with chiavari chairs, candle lantern centerpieces, organic floral centerpieces in mason jars, conveniently mismatched reception tablescapes, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

The reception was bigger and very backyard, rustic feeling. We had a pig and chicken roast which provided for some AMAZING food, and a great beer selection provided by the bar we had the reception at. The first dance was to Neil McCoy’s No Doubt About It. We hadn’t originally planned on this song, but a month before the wedding we were at his concert and both looked at each other and said, “That’s it! That’s our first dance song!”

bride and groom, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

All in all, besides the unexpected cold weather, the day was perfect. As a photographer, I knew that Erica would do an amazing job capturing all of the moments, emotions, and details of the day, and this gave me the ability to sit back and not worry about making sure I was mentally noting every detail. We are both so happy with how the day went and look back at the photos with joy.

bride and groom, organic peach rose bouquet, BHLDN wedding dress and lace shawl, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

bride and groom, organic peach rose bouquet, BHLDN wedding dress and lace shawl, groom in dark gray vest, light beige coat, jeans and cowboy boots, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

{Advice for Couples} Be honest, say when something is bothering you, keep what is important to you, important to you, it’s ok to have interests different from one another. Schedule dates, say “I love you”, compliment each other, appreciate the little things, think before you speak, trust each other fully… etc. etc. etc. ;)

bride and groom, boat getaway, rustic vintage wedding, Erica Rose Photography

Congratulations, Cody and Britta, and thank you so much for sharing your wedding and love story with us!! We wish you both so much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together! Many, many, many thanks to Erica Rose for sharing their very special day with us today!! We’re so thankful to have you be a part of our rustic month :) xoxo

Photographer: Erica Rose Photography / Ceremony Venue: Northwind Perennial Farm / Post Ceremony Champagne and Appetizers: Gooseberries Market / DJ: Bill Corey Entertainment / Reception Venue: The Lauderdale Landing / Rentals: Lakes Area Rental / Catering & Drinks: The Lauderdale Landing / Flowers: Northwind Perennial Farm / Groom’s Attire: Macy's / Bridesmaid Dresses: told to match dresses to ACE paint swatch / Groomsmen Attire: same as bridesmaids...just given general guidelines / Bride's Dress, Shawl and Jewelry: BHLDN / Fur Coat: Nordstrom / Bride's and Groom's Boots: Alcala’s Chicago

Comments

    • AlexandraAlexandra says

      Hahaha!! You win best comment of the day, my friend!! They totally made those cinderblocks look good!! ;) Thanks so much for reading, Katie!! xoxoxo

    • AlexandraAlexandra says

      Thank you so much, Erica, for being a part of our rustic month!! We couldn’t have made it look this good without you :) xoxoxo

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