GSS Featured Wedding Pro :: Melissa McFadden :: Bill & Michelle’s Wine Country Wedding

Melissa McFadden sent us this gorgeous wedding via Two Bright Lights (Hooray!) and we love it! There is so much to love about it. Melissa shares a little with us about the bride and groom and their wedding,  “Bill and Michelle live in a big city but opted to get married in the small wine community of Walla Walla. (Michelle’s family currently lives in Walla Walla where they run Ensemble Cellars.) Their wedding combined the elegance and details of a larger city wedding with the small-town feel of Walla Walla. The ceremony was held in their family church and the reception took place in the backyard at their family home (with portions built in 1865, it’s on Walla Walla’s national historic register). Flush with details like Appletini’s served from Mason jars, wine from the family winery, gourmet food for the adults, pizza for the kids, sparklers, glow sticks and a candy bar — the wedding was absolutely wonderful!”

We also were able to ask Michelle a few questions to get her take on the wedding. Thank you both for being so accommodating. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you on this feature! Without further delay….take it away, Michelle….

How did you and Bill (husband) meet?
We met in Walla Walla after I graduated from College.  I was looking for a short-term job before I took my permanent job in San Francisco.  I went up to get a job at the Vet’s the local Muni course and Bill was working up there.  We worked together for a few months before we ever dated.  I moved down to San Francisco and he drove the 11 hours every other weekend to see me.  After 8 months of driving and a lot of miles on his car we both decided to more to Seattle so we could be together.

How long have you been together?
Bill and I have been together for a little over 6 years before we got married.

How did Bill propose?
Jan. 30th Amazing! It was a private “concert” Bill played the piano, his cousin played the guitar and my dad played a song on the violin.  He decorated the church where we would later get married with candles and twinkle lights. The night was filled with a movie “snippets of our photos and my favorite movies” and he played 4 times between the video.  We followed it up with a champagne toast.

What sold you on having your wedding at Walla Walla?
Bill and I met in Walla Walla and it’s a beautiful place to have a wedding.  We planned a golf day and a wine tour on top of our wedding so that guest would make the 4 hour trek from Seattle and Portland.  The wineries are a wonderful place to visit and having a wedding at home was just what I wanted. (Ok reception at home)

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?
I found the dress in an upscale bridal store in Portland…. (forgive me I don’t remember the name I have had the dress for 7 years… another story all to it self :)) it’s a simple Amsale gown that I fell in love with the moment I put it on!

How did you choose your wedding color palette?
Purple was for the grapes in the vineyard, green was for the grass (my husband was a golf pro for 18 years, now in finance) and the linen the men wore keep the look cool and casual.

What song did you dance to for your first dance as husband and wife?
We took dance lessons at Arthur Murray and learned to Salsa so I changed dresses to a BCBG so everyone could see our moves.  We choose By Your Side by Sade.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”?
My something borrowed/old was my mothers veil, my something blue was the “I and Do” gems on the bottom of my shoes, and my something new was the earrings I wore made from a local jewelry maker in Kirkland.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?
Don’t stress about the details, you can’t let the little things get to you the day goes by too fast to worry about one little thing.  Take time to thank you guests for coming your night will fly and I hated that I couldn’t talk to each guest. Also spend time with your new groom; it was the best thing we did to take the time to see each other. It’s silly but you are so busy.

What was your favorite part of your big day?

So many pieces but we actually broke all the traditional rules and spend the night before the wedding together at a B&B (Abeja winery) and in the morning we got up relaxed and ate the amazing breakfast they provided outside so we had time together on “our” big day.  Best thing we did!

We love the get-away car! Tell us more about that :

We had two, we borrow a friend and her old car and she drove us from the church to the reception site (it was wonderful and only stalled three times :)) and when we left our reception we borrowed a golf cart because Bill was a golf pro for so long it was only fitting that we left in a golf cart!

Thank you so much Melissa for sending us this submission via Two Bright Lights for your super speedy responses and sharing such an amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Michelle, for taking the time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Bill a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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Photographer: Melissa McFadden Photography
Caterer: Someone’s in the Kitchen
Floral Designer: Amore Floral Designs
Reception Venue: Private Residence
Dress Store: Nordstrom
Dress Designer: Amsale
Other: Abeja Inn & Winery
Ceremony Location: First Presbyterian Church
Linens and Coverings:
Equipment Rentals: Sun Rental
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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