Rebecca and James share mutual friends who introduced them to each other at a get together. After that meeting, the pair began spending time with each other and that soon evolved into a relationship.
Their engagement transpired after Rebecca bought James tickets to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival in Oregon. James planned a surprise dinner before one of the shows at the restaurant Alchemy. After the meal, the waiter brought out a crème brûlée with a diamond ring sitting atop a raspberry. “James told me he picked this restaurant because alchemy is about transforming one thing into something greater…just like us,” shares Rebecca.
The bride and groom were disappointed to have their original photographer cancel just a few months before the wedding. “Luckily, we were blessed that our photographer, Meagan from Meagan Lucy Photographers, was available,” says Rebecca. “We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer!”
Rebecca and James enjoyed a romantic and intimate ceremony at The Firehouse. “When we said our vows, it was like everyone else was gone, and it was just the two of us,” she remembers. “We wrote our own vows, which included an Irish prayer. We also had our immediate family walk down the aisle before us. This was special to us as we wanted to honor our family.” The officiant also had both Rebecca and James secretly write what they loved about one another and read it to them during the ceremony.
The reception was held in the courtyard at The Firehouse. “They did such an amazing job transforming the area from seating for the ceremony, to tables and dance floor for the reception,” says Rebecca. “We really think that The Firehouse did an amazing job setting up the tables and décor. The courtyard already has an incredible ambiance. Everything was better than we imagined.”
While the couple planned for everything to be perfect on the big day, they admit that not everything went according to plan. In the end, however, the day was filled with love and laughter. “It was a really great time with everyone socializing and dancing. We wanted a disposable camera on every table so people could take pictures of whatever they liked. It was so much fun developing the film!”
— Darren Elms
Rebecca & James's Wedding Resources
Grand Palatino in Rom
Ambasciatori in Florence
Boscolo Bellini in Venice
“A Song for You” by Leon Russell
“If” by Bread
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel
White cake, vanilla buttercream frosting
White Hydrangeas, Vendela Roses, LOTS of Eucalyptus
Guests received a copy of photo booth pictures, and another set was put into an album by Temple Photography for us.
We loved all our vendors, but the ones that stood above and beyond were:
The Firehouse and Randy Bowling, their special events manager. First, the Firehouse is superbly classy and elegant. The outside courtyard where our ceremony and reception was held, is absolutely stunning. They have string lights wrapped around the trees, and the space doesn’t need a lot of dressing up; it is beautiful on its own. Second, Randy made the whole process seamless. They say the only one who knows something is wrong at your wedding is you, but Randy made it feel like nothing was wrong! He was there every step of the way, and gave you whatever you needed to make you feel at ease.
Meagan Lucy was absolutely the sweetest. She was timely, didn’t rush you and made the photographing experience feel natural.
Deanna of Reel to Real Films will quite literally give you the shoes off her own feet!
Rebecca: Plan the wedding together. It can be a very stressful process and it is so important to feel supported and reassured in your decision-making. The decisions you make together will make the wedding feel much more intimate and special. I was fortunate enough to have someone just as interested in the planning as I was!
James: Make sure you get all alterations done at least a week before your wedding, in case your seamstress closes early the day before your big day!