The steady pour of rain didn’t put a damper on these outdoor nuptials. A day filled with nostalgia and sentimentality, Tasha planned every element of her and Jon’s wedding and even the smallest details held significance.
The morning of the wedding, Tasha and her bridesmaids, donning monogrammed robes, enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere at Tasha and Jon’s home in DeForest. A special guest for the morning’s pre-wedding festivities? Tasha’s best friend and matron of honor’s 6-year-old daughter, who was just the cutest thing ever. She had her own role in the wedding, but also hung with the ladies in the morning and got her hair done with lace woven into it, just like Tasha’s.
Meanwhile, Jon wanted a Mad Men-esque slicked-back look for his hair, so, after a quick stop at the salon (hehe), the guys headed to the hotel to get ready. And by “get ready” I mean smoke really fancy cigars Jon had made for the groomsmen and have an elegant lunch at Culver’s before getting dressed for the wedding.
The ceremony and reception took place on Tasha’s parent’s farm in Portage, WI under two large tents. The ceremony itself was under a special tree that has grown with Tasha. After coming through a set of old doors with her dad, Tasha and Jon said their own written vows amidst trees with hanging lanterns and birdcages filled with flowers.
The reception was held under a different tent with pieces of furniture, vintage family pieces, family pearls, and old family photos everywhere you looked. Tasha and Jon had their first dance under a shower of confetti. Then, the rest of the guests joined in for a killer dance party led by a club-style DJ.
Now, let’s not waste any more time talking about the love and commitment and exquisitely-planned wedding, yada yada yada. Let’s get to the good stuff. The food. If you know one thing about weddings, it’s that the food is critical. You have a crappy buffet and the whole thing is ruined, might as well file for divorce right now. But what we have here, ladies and gents, will knock your socks off. They had a massive spread for dinner including a fish boil, fried okra, and cooks roasting potatoes. Each table had a different pie. There was a snack bar with popcorn, a s’mores bar, a candy bar with custom bags made for the candy. And the pièce de résistance, a beautiful cake that Tasha decorated, topped with her handmade cake topper.
Even though Tasha paid special attention to the cake, it didn’t play the traditional pivotal role in the wedding reception. In lieu of the customary cake cutting ceremony, Tasha and Jon opted to make and feed s’mores to each other. Not sure exactly how that would work? No worries, we have a helpful guide for you.
Urban Anchor’s Guide to a Cake Cutting S’more Smushing
- Have a custom-built fire trough.
- Light Bunsen Burner-ish flames.
- Impale marshmallow, or marshmallows in Jon’s case.
- Roast mallows. Or, ignite them and observe flames rising at an alarming rate.
- Blow out each other’s flaming marshmallows (get your minds out of the gutter!).
- Assemble s’mores. Take great care to get the chocolate to marshmallow to graham cracker ratio juuusssttt right.
- Delicately feed s’more to your new husband or wife, taking great care not to get the gooey goodness on the bride’s dress.
- Kiss. Awwwwww.
Tattoos and Lace. That’s it, the name of my new band. Or, the unofficial theme of Tasha and Jon’s wedding. One or the other.
Again with the “everything in the wedding has meaning” theme, Tasha pinned a piece of her dad’s suit from when her parents got married to her dress. I’m 97% sure that is denim. Meaning her dad got married in a Canadian tuxedo. Fantastic.