Planning Bio
Tory & Andrew


About Us

How We Met

We were both in the same calculus class in college.  We first met during a study group for the class and soon became good friends.  We started dating and were eventually engaged.  About four years later, after both graduating from college, we are now planning our wedding!


About Our Wedding

We both love nature and the outdoors and are planning a casual yet elegant wedding at Gale Woods Farm.  Summer yard games like ladder golf, bean bag toss, bocce ball, badminton and croquet will follow the reception, and we will roast marshmallows and make s'mores around a fire once it gets dark!




Wedding Dress For Sale


Pics of Us

Us at our first wedding shower watching Andrew's nephew help us open some of the presents 

Us at our second wedding shower with Andrew's nephew again



Planning Photos

Inspiration Collage

Rustic, elegant, classic yet unique, romantic, country picnic, antique/vintage


Color Palette

 Chocolate brown, sage green and cream with sky blue accents; The color palette was inspired by nature.


Gale Woods Farm

 Ceremony site overlooking Whaletail Lake

Near pavillion overlooking the lake

Pavillion exterior & interior


Past Weddings at Gale Woods Farm


Bridal Bouquet Ideas


I love soft, romantic flowers.  My bouquet will be peonies (if available), roses, hydrangeas and green berries.  It'll overall be quite monochromatic with light greens and creams but with a variety of flowers and textures and hand tied with exposed stems.


Sisters' Bouquets Ideas 


Our sisters' bouquets will each be one or two types of flowers, and all of the bouquets will be different.  They'll be in a range of creams and light greens.


Bout Ideas


The elements of the bouquet will be incorporated into the bouts.  I like a cream flower (especially roses, peonies or hydrangeas) with green berries and leaves as accents.


Bouquet and Bout Detail Ideas

I'll have pearl pins for the wrap of my bouquet and our sisters' will have bow ties.  The bouts will have simple wraps with a subtle tie.


Ceremony Decor Ideas


We've got all the materials to make an arbor/trellis out of birch wood and plan on constructing it closer to the wedding date.  We may also have potted plants to the side of the arbor/trellis and natural grass on the aisle chairs for our ceremony decor if the budget and time allows.


Centerpiece Ideas

We're having 3 different types of centerpieces--flowers, hurricanes with a candle and natural grasses.  Each type of centerpiece will be surrounded by votive candles.



 For the floral centerpieces, I love soft, romantic flowers combined with more unsual, rustic-looking elements.  I like flowers like roses, hydrangeas, anemones and calla lillies mixed with berries, greenery and less common flowers like scabiosa pods and fern curls.  Like the bouquets, the floral centerpieces will be a range of greens and creams but will also have browns and accents of blue (with flowers such as nigella and antique blue hydrangea).  I especially like the variety, texture and arrangement of the flowers in the upper left and right images and the types and rustic style of the flowers in the other images. 

Galvanized metal pails from Ikea to use as containers for the floral centerpieces

The 2nd centerpiece will be created with natural grasses (that we have collected from both of our parents' lands in the country) in wooden containers. 


The 3rd centerpiece will be vintage-looking hurricanes from Pottery Barn with pillar candles.

I also found lanterns (bottom two photos) that we'll use on the picnic tables outside of the pavillion. 


Reception Decor Ideas



The guest tables will have chocolate brown linens, and the other tables will have sage green linens.  We're renting white wooden folding chairs from Apres for the reception.


We'll have a variety of cold beverages such as iced tea and lemonade in large jars (from Target) available before the ceremony and during the reception.



We've made a few grapevine wreaths for the large sliding doors of the pavillion and plan to make a few more once it gets nice again.  Both of our parents were planning on discarding the grapevine from their woods so it worked out well.  We may have a floral wreath on each of the two entry doors of the pavillion. 


Reception Decorative Lighting Ideas


I love these hanging candle holders and lanterns.

Andrew and I created hanging candle holders with three sizes of mason jars, metal wire and twine.  We're planning on hanging them from the tree behind the pavillion and from the shepherd hooks on the path to the firepit.


We will light the path to the fire pit so our guests are able to easily navigate from the fire area (where we'll be roasting marshmallows and making s'mores) to the pavillion after dark.

I love lots of candles to create a romantic glow.



The images above our some of the inspirations for our invites and the details such as the envelope liners.

I designed the invitations and inserts using Photoshop and InDesign.  (Some of the info--such as names--is changed in these examples.)  We placed the invites in sage green envelopes with a sage and cream small check envelope liner.  All the paper supplies for our invites was purchased from Paper Source.




The above images were inspiration for our fan programs.

I designed the programs using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.  (Some of the info--such as names--is changed in this example.)  The front will have information about our ceremony and the back side will have a chocolate brown and cream toile print.  The bottom rectangular shape will be a cutout, and we'll tie ribbon through this area like some of the examples above.  We purchased all the paper supplies for our programs from Paper Source.


Place and Table Card Ideas



The table signs will be similar to the idea and layout of mrs.julia.goolia's.  She had such great ideas!  But we'll use the font from our invites and programs, two of our wedding colors (brown and cream) for the font and paper, and birch log holders to personalize it to our wedding.


Photo Area Ideas

We'll display pictures of our families wedding photos, our engagement pictures and pictures of us and our families throughout the years.

Our framed engagement photos

Wood floor easel from Ikea to place our framed engagement pictures on



The activities will be similar to a summer family reunion or get-together.  There'll be lawn games, hayrides, playing cards and classic board games.  Once it gets dark, we'll also be roasting marshmallows and making s'mores.

Last year we made three sets of ladder golf for our wedding.


Left: We made all six boards and the bean bags to create three sets of bean bag toss games.

We'll be having hayrides for fun and to explore more of the park and farm area.



Guest 'Book'

In place of a guest book, we're having guests sign their names (and add a message and illustration if they choose) on fabric squares.  We'll be using the squares to create a quilt as a memento after the wedding.




Our favors for our guests will be small mason jars of honey.  Above are some of the inspirations for the favor details.

Andrew and I filled small mason jars with honey and created the check fabric squares for the tops and hemp ties to fasten the tags.  Like the other stationery, I designed the favor tags.  We got the majority of the honey from a bee keeper who has bees on Andrew's parent's farm land.




Left: bridal gown; right: shower dress from Melly

Cashmere wrap in chocolate brown

We're letting our sisters choose their dresses.  The guidelines we gave them are a classic looking chocolate brown knee or tea length dress that they can see wearing again.  We'd like each of them to have a different style dress.  Here are a few of the dresses (from J.Crew) that I gave them pictures of as ideas.

Left to right: my sister's dress by Jenny Yoo, one of his sister's dress, my Mom's dress (My Mom changed her mind about what she wanted to wear as the wedding approached and decided to wear a chocolate brown v-neck dress with ruching at the waist and a-line skirt.)

The groom and men attendants will be wearing white short sleeve collared dress shirts and black dress pants. 

From left to right: groom's tie (brown, blue and white), Dads' ties, other family attendants' ties, ushers' ties from Macy's, Kohl's and Marshalls




Nadri earrings from Nordstrom and hair comb from Regina B

 I'll be wearing a white double strand pearl bracelet that is being custom made by Che Bella.  It's similar to the one in the picture above but has a silver filigree clasp.

Swarovski crystal earrings similar to the above images are being custom-made by Che Bella for our sisters to wear for the wedding.  In person the crystals are very sparkly.

Our wedding bands



My clutch is the same style as the one above but in a silver fabric and metal.



I chose wedge heels since we'll be spending a lot of time outdoors.  I purchased them from Zappos. 



We'll have vintage umbrellas/parasols so we're able to still get outdoor pictures if it rains.  If it doesn't rain, we'll use them for shade and fun pictures.  We're renting the umbrellas from Bella Umbrella.


Hair Ideas



I like these styles for my naturally curly hair.  When the weather on our day ended up not being too hot or humid, I decided on a half up style with a side part and loose curls.


Makeup Ideas




I want my makeup for my wedding to be soft and natural-looking.



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