My Best Friend’s Wedding: Part 2

January 12, 2018

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I’ve been dying to write this post for quite a while now, and am so excited to finally share the magic and goodness that was this wedding which can only be described as dreamy. These two are actually off on their blissful honeymoon in Belize, so perhaps they can relive this day while they’re sunning themselves on those sandy beaches (I’m not envious in the slightest…)  If you’ve been hanging around these parts for a while (thank you!!) you know that last summer was pretty memorable, for many reasons. One of those reasons? My dearest friends were both tying the knot to the loves of their lives. It was such a truly special thing to be a part of, and is a piece of time I know we will all always treasure. I wrote previously about my BFF Kass’s wedding right here (and believe will give you the urge to move to Montana ASAP) and am so happy to reminisce about my dear sweet Cally’s beautiful day. 

Apologies (again) in advance, because this post will likely be incredibly long. But you know what? True love deserves it. Am I already getting overly sentimental? Likely. WORTH IT. Because that’s just how amazing this wedding weekend was. Now before I get to ahead of myself, let me tell you just a bit about our sweet bride (and now Mrs. Burgett!), Cally. Growing up in a small town, Cally and I had known each other pretty much our whole lives, but we really became inseparable when we started high school, and joined hips with the other member of our tripod/girl gang/now bridepod/these nicknames are likely annoying but we’re stuck with them for life/Kass. The three of us couldn’t go anywhere/do anything without one another, and I’m so immensely proud of the beautiful women they have both grown into. And Cally truly is that, a ray of sunshine with a heart of gold so pure, anyone who knows her is so lucky to have her in their lives. She is an advocate for you always, will always lend an ear when you need someone to talk to, and on top of that: she’s insanely talented. So yeah, I’d say she’s pretty much the biggest catch out there.

And her now-husband clearly agrees. Enter: Scott. Scott and Cally met in college and I will never forget how legitimately giddy she was when she first told us about this cute football player her just had her heart all twitterpatted. It was adorable, and we knew then that our friend was falling hard for this one. Fast forward nearly nine years, different cities, different colleges, and different states, and Scott proposed to our dear sweet friend with one of the most beautiful rings I’ve ever seen on the shores of Kona in Hawaii. It couldn’t have been more perfect. In what world the stars aligned to have all of us going through this special time together, I’ll never know. But it did result in an epic duo bachelorette party for my brides to be!

Still with me? Good, because we haven’t even gotten to the best part: The Wedding. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? Back to September 2, 2017. 

The Rehearsal

One of the loveliest things about these two smitten-kittens day was that it took place near our hometown in the heart of Washington wine country, at Chandler Reach Winery. Chandler Reach is a stunning venue, and I highly recommend any Washington brides to check it out! I was so giddy as we were driving from Seattle over the pass, cold brew in hand (I really miss iced coffee right now…) and was SO excited to pull up to the wedding and essentially tackle Cally because wedding weekend was FINALLY HERE! Sidenote: these two had the best wedding hashtag, ever, #burgettingmarried. It really applies to so many thing beyond the wedding, so they win that award FOR SURE.

Okay, back to the rehearsal. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful eastern Washington evening, it was blissfully warm outside, and the energy was palpable. After the bridal party arrived, we all practiced walking down the aisle (#nailedit, by the way) and then it was time to head to the rehearsal dinner. Another reason this evening was so special: Cally’s family owns a beautiful winery themselves in our hometown, Mercer Estates. The rehearsal dinner took place there that evening, and it just made it that much more personal. We feasted, drank copious amounts of wine, and enjoyed the splendor and excitement of the evening together. The next part was so much fun, because the groomteam and bridal party split ways for the evening, and the bridal party–well, we know how to have a good time. 

We headed to the local watering hole of our hometown to celebrate our beautiful bride to be. There was (a lot) of singing (screaming? screeching? yelling? IDK, we’re not very vocally talented). There may or may not also have been shots of fireball consumed. But, I can say for certain that it was a beyond memorable evening with so much love flowing for our sweet bride. We all finally headed home to try to get some rest before the big day. 

The Prep

Before Cally arrived at the venue, the bridesmaids and friends of the bride all got together to decorate the bridal suite for our lovely bride. I think this is such a fun and sweet surprise for the bride to walk into on the morning of the wedding, it helps shake some of the nerves , and helps get the celebration of the day started on the right foot! P.S. if you want to know everything you need to nail getting ready on your wedding day, I’ve written everything you need to know, right here.  We popped bubbly, had the tunes blaring, and the sun was shining. It was the perfect setting for what would be a perfect wedding day. There were many Spice Girls sing alongs, lots of mimosas sipped on, copious amounts of dancing and so much fun girl time. We all gifted Cally with a special surprise on this morning, a scrapbook from all of her bridesmaids and nearest and dearest. Each bridesmaid created a page for the bride. Notes, pictures and memories filled each and every page for our sweet Cally, and giving it to her and watching her read the memories from her dearest friends was one my my favorite moments of the day.

At this point: makeup was done, dresses were on, and hair was quaffed. Yeah I said quaffed. It’s a thing. And can we just pause for a minute to talk about how gorgeous her hair was?! I mean…come on! She was an absolutely stunning bride (with a golden heart to match) Scott is one lucky man! After the best morning for our beautiful bride, it was time to walk down the aisle.

The I Do’s

I don’t know if there could be a more ideal place for two people to say I Do. Remember what I said about Cally being insanely talented? Well, she absolutely is. The arch that these two said I do under was SO stunning. She and her dad made the arch themselves (umm hi, give me your DIY skills!) and it was covered in hop garland. For those of you who might not know, more than 75% of the nation’s hops (i.e. what goes into making some of your favorite brews) is harvested right in the Yakima Valley, where we grew up and where this beautiful wedding was taking place. 

The sweetest part of this ceremony was that Cally & Scott chose to right their own vows to one another. I’m such a huge fan of brides and grooms who do this, it puts such a personal touch on the ceremony that really makes it unique to that couple. Their words brought tears to my eyes (shocking…I know) and were a true testament to not only their love, but their respect and admiration for one another. These two, I have no doubt, will have an incredibly happy, successful, full, and blessed life with one another. Now that these two were officially husband and wife it was time for the best part of the day…time to party and celebrate the new Mr. & Mrs!

The Party

If you haven’t caught on yet, the new Mrs. Burgett has mad creative skills. This wedding was stunn-ing! She did SO much DIY that would make any magazine-worthy wedding envious. From her hand lettered menus, place cards, and signage to their GORGEOUS backdrop, every detail about this day was so thoughtfully crafted and planned out. I’m such a sucker for the details, and Cally just nailed it.

This was also the first time I actually gave a speech at a wedding, and Kass (Cal’s other maid of honor and I) did it together. It was actually so much fun to write, but lemme tell ya, speeches can be a bit nerve-wracking! I suggest at least one glass of wine to ease the nerves 😉 

This reception had everything you could ever dream of for an epic wedding: many ridiculous dance sessions (including a rendition of Pour Some Sugar on Me), heartfelt and hilarious speeches, amazing food, endless laughter, and a couple who just started the rest of their lives together. To Mr & Mrs Burgett–it was an honor to experience this day with you two, I can’t wait to see what spectacular things the future holds for you both. Have a blast in Belize, you two!

This wedding was last summer, so a lot of our bridesmaids dresses are no longer available, but I adored the dusty blue and grey theme Cally went with. You can shop similar styles below!

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The comments +

  1. Amanda

    January 14th, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Can you give more information about the background the couple did?? I love it!!!

  2. Stephanie

    January 15th, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Hey Amanda! Thanks so much for stopping by, the backdrop was made out of yarn, actually! We hung it up on the day of the wedding, just alternating the lengths. There’s a great tutorial on pinterest, here!

  3. Megan Faulconer

    January 25th, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    What a beautiful wedding!

  4. Stephanie

    February 24th, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    It was so gorgeous! Thanks so much for stopping by, Megan!

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