A Formal Vintage Wedding in a Barn in Washington

Photo: Michèle M. Waite Photography
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Jamie and Steven

Michèle M. Waite Photography

Jamie DeBell and Steven Moore decided to self-produce every detail of their wedding day -- not an easy task when you live on different coasts. Their secret weapon? One talented groom who plans events for a living and owns Sinclair & Moore Events.

They chose to wed at a friend's circa-1900 barn in Lynden, Washington, because it was different from anything they'd seen. By sharing inspiration boards and emailing countless photos back and forth, the cross-country pair honed their rustic-goes-regal look just in time for their October nuptials.

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The Invitations

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The couple's bespoke monogram was based on the packaging of legendary Parisian patisserie Laduree and set the tone for the stationery. "Calligraphy can feel so formal, so we tempered it by using humble kraft paper," says Steve. The invitations were embellished with wax seals, vintage postage stamps, and custom maps he watercolored.

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The Fashions


Jamie and Steven held hands in their friend's barn for a photo-op. The groom, in a Calvin Klein suit and Salvatore Ferragamo tie, designed and sewed his bride's duchesse silk-satin gown after the one she'd originally ordered arrived five inches too short. "It was a lot of pressure, but it turned out to be a good thing," says Steve.

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The Bouquet


Along with Jamie's wedding dress, Steve also designed her bouquet of garden roses, anemones, and ranunculus.

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The Bridesmaids


Simple bouquets of baby's breath unified the bridesmaids' look. They wore dresses in neutral hues and different styles that Steve and Jamie found at Zara, J.Crew, and Vera Wang Lavender Collection. All were shortened from floor length to tea length for the occasion.

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Bespoke Banner


Jamie's flower girls, in Rebecca Cairelli dresses, posed with the bride. Rather than tossing petals, they twirled beribboned batons and carried a banner bearing the couple's monogram.

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The Littlest Guest


An honorary flower girl wears a headband that coordinates with the flower girl dresses, all of which were made by one of Jamie's dedicated bridesmaids.

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The Setting


Goats on the farm down the road from the ceremony location posed for a photo.

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Welcome Station


Rolled pashminas were set out for chilly guests to grab before the ceremony.

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Husband and Wife


White hydrangea aisle markers put a grand twist on the bucolic scene and framed the couple during the ceremony. Here, Jamie and Steve shared a kiss after the vows were complete.

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A Jazzy Transition


Steve had a four-piece band lead a parade of guests from the ceremony to the reception with a rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" -- an idea he had after spotting a band on a London street corner.

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The Reception


The band led everyone to the barn, where boxes of French macarons waited at their seats. The reception vibe was created with rustic elements that were offset by elegant touches: Tall tapers stood in antique candle holders, and baby's breath was used en masse for a dramatic effect.

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Baked Treat


Bakery Nouveau provided personalized bread for dinner.

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Sweets Time


After dining on duck and pumpkin gnocchi, loved ones gathered in a dessert lounge. The cozy space created by the couple was equipped with lots of pillows, multiple cakes, and tons of macarons by Judy Tallant of Tallant House.

After dinner they cozied up on their reupholstered vintage couch and cut into a tiered cake that was set before them on the coffee table.

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The Cake


Uniquely shaped tiers added whimsy to an otherwise traditional golden almond cake.

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Her New Monogram


Ever the romantic, Steve sent gifts to Jamie on the day of the wedding demonstrating the old adage "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." The "something new" was Jamie's feminine new monogram, which he had printed on note cards.

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Their Correspondence


Jamie holds the book of messages between her and Steve that he had bound for her as a gift. The title "NYC Visit" was the subject line of her very first missive to him via Facebook. "Everything is in there," says Steve. "The good, the bad, the ugly. I didn't edit anything out; it's our story."

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The Guest Book Table


The guest book table, set out in the wide-open field where the ceremony took place, was decorated with an antique silver candelabra and a flower-filled urn.

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Wish Lanterns


As the evening came to an end, friends and family headed outdoors to say good night to the happy couple. "Jamie's mom loved the wish lanterns in the film "Tangled" and suggested we use them," says Steve. "At the end of the night, each couple lit one, and we set them free before driving away."

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The Getaway Car


The newlyweds headed off in a 1957 Rolls Royce tied with paper pom-poms they made themselves.

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Happily Ever After


Jamie and Steve kiss in the window of the barn where they held their reception. "Everything was exactly how we wanted it," says Steve. "I can't think of a single thing that could have made it any more perfect."

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Event Planning and Design, Flowers, and Bride's Gown: Sinclair & Moore Events

Day-of Coordinator: Michelle Engvall

Catering: The Fork at Agate Bay

Stationery: Dolce Design

Calligraphy: Christy Schroeder

Four-Tier Cake: New Renaissance Cakes

Lanterns: Wish Lantern

Rentals: ABC Special Event Rentals by Cort

Bread: Bakery Nouveau

Photography: Michele M. Waite and Kim Hayes of Michele M. Waite Photography

Hair: Shiloh Wiggin at Honey Salon

Makeup: Stephanie Young, 360-305-9622

Rolls Royce Rental: British Motor Company

Videography: Cabfare Productions

Macarons: Judy Tallant of Tallant House

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