Aly and Zach’s Heartfelt Wedding

IMG_9515Aly and Zach’s wedding is first of three featured in the first issue of Northwed Magazine. It’s been such an honor to feature their sweet story. They first met studying design at Western Washington University, and you can catch their adorable engagement session and movie-like proposal story here.

When it came to planning their wedding, they made sure that they day was centered on what they both hold to be the most significant: the love they share for Christ and their families. The strengths and talents of loved ones were on full display with the day’s DIY elements – from the flowers and décor to the courses and cake. Keeping the place that they met close to heart, almost every vendor they did hire was based in Bellingham. The bride and groom put their design-inclined minds together to ensure that all the factors of their wedding were tied together with beautiful branding.

Their first look was nothing but joyous. Every bit of anxiety Aly had been harboring on the morning of dissipated as soon as she saw her soon-to-be husband. Zach, not one to typically shed tears, was overcome with joy as well. “When he saw me, he gave me the most genuine look… I will never forget the love I felt as he cried seeing me as his bride for the first time. It was one of the most special moments of my life.” Aly recounts.

A favorite moment of Aly’s was her surprise singing performance dedicated to Zach. He’d requested her rendition of “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West, but she’d previously dismissed the idea due to her anticipated nerves. However, she decided that the reward would be worth the risk. She was right, as her performance brought tears to Zach’s eyes once more.

Another memory they’ll cherish is their 15-minute post-ceremony escape to soak in being husband and wife away from the crowd. Sitting in Zach’s grandfather’s truck, they shouted in celebration and shared a glass of wine, moments that can only be described as surreal. Simply put, “marriage is the best.”

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Don’t forget to check out the first digital issue here.

The Details:

Photographer: Shelby Payne Photography
Flowers: Contemporary Floral (bouquet and boutonnières)
Venue: Tazer Valley Farms
Officiant: Jeff Potts, Canyon Hills Community Church
Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Marie Makeup
Hair Stylist: Brooklyn Matthysse of Something Different Salon
Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia from Bellevue Bridal Boutique
Groom Attire: Men’s Wearhouse 
DJ: Janie Kelley
Videographer: RP Imagery

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