Do you have a fantasy wedding all planned out? Are you eying a dream dress, or have plans for a blow out party? Or do you want it at some over the top venue? Claire and Ted had dreams of a once in a lifetime experience for their guests as well as some amazing photos that would last a lifetime. With these goals in mind they were excited to find the perfect venue at the Spring Creek Ranch and the dream photographer in Ryan Flynn Photography. And the rest, it seems, fell into place.
With a gorgeous and organic color pallet of soft pastels this dream moments wedding is one you are sure to remember. If you are itching to see more, don’t forget to take a look at the full gallery.
We decided to get married in Winthrop after a road trip brought us up the Methow Valley in 2010. We knew that we wanted to get married there since it truly felt like the old west, and I’m not talking about the board walk and the miners museum. The warm light made it feel like the west, the rolling hills and big sky.
We wanted long days, and of course a dry, outdoor wedding. We wanted to take our guests to a special place, that they wouldn’t have otherwise experienced if it wasn’t for our wedding. We knew it had to be outdoors with a lot of open space. Spring Creek Ranch was perfect for just that. Large manicured lawn surrounded by alfalfa fields made it feel like our own farm. We also made a lot of the decorations ourselves.
We wanted our wedding to feel simple, but timeless and elegant. These are the same reasons we chose Ryan Flynn Photography as our wedding photographer. His photos have a classic and vintage feel without trying too hard. We wanted someone that used different mediums – film and digital. Ultimately we wanted our wedding pictures to look just as good 30 years from now, and not look ‘dated’ by trendy photography methods.
Check out this couples stellar idea for letting their guests know where to find nibbles and nosh! Giant light up signs are a must, and they also provide a fun way to light your reception after dark. We approve!
I wouldn’t really do much differently, we got really lucky. We didn’t taste our food or hear our band before the wedding day and they both worked out great! I guess the one thing I would change would be to prepare to spend at least 30% more than you think you are going to spend. That might not be the case for everyone, but it definitely was for us. Our ‘budget’ was to do everything as cheaply as possibly (for the most part, we splurged on a few items like photography) and we still spent a lot more than we had planned.
Photographer: Ryan Flynn Photography
Venue: Spring Creek Ranch
Cake & Caterer: Stew Diez Catering
Dress Designer: Shareen Bridal
Veil or Hair Accessories & Groom's Attire: J.Crew
Prop or Furniture Rentals: All Seasons Events
Bridesmaid Bathrobes: etsy | Flowers: Local | Live Band: Phil Woras, a local Winthrop musician and some of his musician friends
Read on to see how much this dream moments wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you. The bride and groom wanted to spend around 15k, and ended up spending around 27k. These are rough, but close to the actual cost:
Groom's suit: $450
Bride accessories: $400
Flowers: we got bulk flowers which cost $400 and had a friend do the arrangements
Groom Accessories: about $300
Decorations/gifts: we made all of them, but probably spent $250 on things like candles and candle holders