Teri and Patrick's wedding day vendors:
Photographer // CS Photography | Videographer // Stang Films, Eric Nelson, stangfilms.com | Venue // Family Farm | Caterer // Christiani's Catering | Cake and Dessert // Raquel Pasteleria | Floral // PepperHarrow Farm | Hair // Ashley at Elements Salon & Studios | Makeup // Beauty of All Faces | Wedding Dress // Watters & Wtoo | Men’s suites // The Black Tux | Ceremony Music // Graceland College Student Violinists | Reception Music // Steve's Mobile Music | Rentals // Des Moines Rental | Decor // NAFASI Interiors | Breakfast // Chris Cakes
While attending a baseball game for a Peace Corps alumni event, Teri locked eyes on Patrick. Luckily Teri’s friend worked with Patrick at the Peace Corps headquarters. Her friend was immediately on a mission and played cupid.
When it came time for the proposal Patrick took her back to the place where they exchanged their first “I love you.” Surrounded by 100 candlelit luminaries, she immediately said YES. Next, they enjoyed a bottle of
champagne, while calling their parents to share the exciting news. The whole proposal was a huge surprise to Teri. She thought they were crashing someone else’s proposal since it was her idea to take the walk! Patrick was able to put the idea in her head through weeks of hints and slight nudges.
Teri and Patrick’s relaxed personalities came through when they started planning their wedding. They had a colorful, bohemian wedding where they asked their guests to put their guard down and try something new. This meant people who normally rent a motor-home or stay at a hotel were now going glamping. People who never rode the train were now riding one across the country. And people who normally microwave jiffy pop were now shucking their own organic popcorn.
Instead of a traditional reception, they wanted their guests to enjoy an intimate weekend, sharing laughter and meaningful conversations. They provided meals, accommodations, complete with a hand-built dance floor and altar, which Patrick's father created from recycled temporary school classroom trailers.
It was overall super unique and personal, turning the whole farm into a wedding venue and glamping hotel. With Teri's background in interior design, she was able to pull together a one-of-a-kind look, sourcing
materials from her business NAFASI interiors.
For the couple, it was a fun experience to dream up the perfect wedding festival, plan 6 different parties for their guests and create many ways for them to have fun while building relationships with each other.