It took an episode of The Bachelorette to inspire Rocklin native Jesse to pop the question to his then girlfriend, Tricia. “During the show, Jesse was pacing the floor and acting very restless. When it was time for bed I walked into the room first and to the right of me I read, ‘Will You Marry Me?’ with a yes and no check box,” she says. Yes, Jesse painted this on their bedroom wall. “In my pajamas and makeup-less face, I turned around and Jesse [was] down on one knee proposing with a beautiful ring. I asked for the paintbrush and checked the yes box!”
Both Tricia and Jesse wanted a romantic vintage wedding, one where they could create everything so that it was something they could be proud of. “We booked all of our vendors in the beginning and then relaxed for a few months while we had some downtime,” says the bride.
“Our favorite part of the planning [process] was shopping at yard sales for six months straight collecting all of our wedding pieces and making décor.”
The couple chose a valley with beautiful scenery for their ceremony. With nine bridesmaids, five groomsmen, the officiator and the bride and groom, it was a challenge to fit the whole wedding party on their homemade platform—but to the delight of the guests in attendance, they did it.
The backyard setting for the reception was warm and romantic. Lights, including crystal chandeliers, were strung everywhere, to help create the vintage elegance they desired. A memorable moment was watching people on the swing made by Jesse. Guests also took plenty of images in the photo booth and others danced the night away. “We don’t remember many people just sitting around,” shares the bride. “Everyone really enjoyed themselves!”
Tricia recalls walking into the reception and seeing both her and Jesse’s vision come together as one of the highlights of day. “Everything flowed really well and our guests seemed so happy,” she beams. “It was rewarding.”
Tricia & Jesse's Wedding Resources
I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
Lemon cake with cream cheese frosting.
• The groom made a beautiful swing made out of wood, painted in a light pink glittered paint, white silk rope and adorable silk flowers covering the rope. This made for a unique piece for guests to swing on and a good photo prop.
• The photo booth was set up at the altar, which overlooked the valley. They kept the photo booth enclosure off and used the natural scenery as a background.
• The bride and groom used a vintage couch as a lounge area with a beautiful crystal chandelier hanging above (estate sale finds).
• The photographers (Eleakis & Elder) were amazing. They worked amazing together and were a FUN two-person team. Even with nine energetic bridesmaids they were patient and managed to capture every important moment. We couldn’t have imagined our day without them there!
• The wait staff (Conway Creations & Events) were extremely helpful. They went above & beyond making sure the bride/groom had everything they needed. They were attentive to the guests. They made sure to keep the venue tidy throughout the reception. Best wait staff ever!
Plan earlier than you think you should, book your vendors early in advance, check groupon/living social before booking a photo booth (always good deals for that), hire a day-of wedding coordinator (even if you are a DIY bride) and don't do anything last minute.
We would have written out a checklist with "things to do" to hand to the Day-of coordinator so that nothing is missed. As the bride/groom you are unable to be there on the day of your wedding to set up, so it's out of your control.