Colorful Sandpoint Wedding By Kena Helen Photography

 April 2, 2014

This wedding has been affectionately called “granny chic” by the bride, and before you start imagining something drab and dreary, think again! Richie and Audrey’s wedding is full of bright color, beautiful flowers and adorable vintage accents. With the help of friends and family, this couple handmade many of the decor items and infused their personality into every aspect of their wedding day. They were married at their home church in Sandpoint and had the reception at Dover Bay Barn with the talented Kena Helen Photography behind the camera. Here is what Audrey had to say about their big day: My husband, Richie, and I had a fairly long engagement (over a year), and along the journey to getting married had plenty of time to think about what we wanted in a wedding. We knew we wanted a ceremony that reflected our faith, and wanted our ceremony to take place at our church in Sandpoint. We also knew we wanted to celebrate our reception in a casual venue with all our family and friends. We loved the Dover Bay Barn for its space, and the rustic design (the barn even includes the old stalls for the horses). After choosing the venue, I often looked at Apple Brides for barn wedding inspiration. We knew we wanted a bright color scheme to reflect our personalities, but also wanted some vintage touches to match the barn. To my delight we both agreed on a mix of corals, yellows, oranges, and pinks for our color scheme. The bright, fun colors were perfect for a late summer wedding, and they reminded me of sherbet ice cream. He also agreed to my “granny chic” theme. I began collecting milk glass, tea cups, doilies, and lace. I also made doily buntings and paper flowers. Since so much of our wedding was DIY, we were fortunate to have support from our family and friends. My mom helped bake the cakes and pies, which was truly a labor of love. They may not have had that “perfect” bakery design, but they were such a special project that I shared with my mom. We had plenty of laughs, and a few tears in the process of baking all those goodies! Our friends worked tirelessly to make the barn just right. Our flowers were done by a friend of Richie’s family, and included dahlias, Richie’s late grandfather’s favorite flower. Our band, “The Dodgy Mountain Men”, were some of Richie’s college friends. We couldn’t have had the amazing day we had without the support of our friends and family. To be honest, the day was pretty surreal. I never felt such a range of emotions in my life. However, when I look back at our pictures I’m reminded of the happiness, joy, and most of all love that surrounded our wedding day.

Reception Venue: Dover Bay Barn
Photographer: Kena Helen Photography
Flowers: Kim Normand
Jewelry: June’s Jools
Band: The Dodgy Mountain Men