Real Wedding: Victoria + Chad

::my first real wedding post:: 🙂

Meet Victoria and Chad.  The {lovely} couple married on June 27th at the Tree of Life Christian Center in Naches.  Tori was kind enough to share her wedding with me and now, I’m happy I get to share it with all of you.  Their pink and black damask style wedding was absolutely {beautiful}!  I love it . . . the simplicity and DiY touches that Tori added herself are truly inspirational to anyone on a budget or looking to make their wedding unique. 

Carrie Snider is the Central Washington area photographer behind all these colorfully captured images as she was able to show the true essence of Tori and Chad on their ::special:: day. . . Enjoy!

 bride and groom

For all her paper goods, Tori used a damask print she found online for inspiration as the black and white pattern  acted as a staple throughout her wedding.  Tori created all her paper goods using the easy-to-navigate Microsoft Publisher on her home computer.




{this way}

card box

{for you}

Jean-Damask for post

{the damask clipart – click for your own use :)}


The crafty bride even created her own aisle runner! Click on this image as well for detailed directions on how you can make one just like this.


|pure elegance*|

Tori’s {stunning} off-white, lace gown was {get this} made by her mother using a sundress pattern — what a crafty woman!  Tori knew the exact look she wanted on her big day and so, with specially ordered fabric, a hot pink sash and a brooch she found online . . . Tori’s gorgeous gown only cost her $120.00 and it looks amazing

brooch      Tori's Dress

{uniquely u}


The bride’s shoes were purchased at David’s Bridal and dyed hot pink. She also picked up a pair of metallic hot pink flip flops from Old Navy in order to give her aching feet a break post-ceremony . . . something she recommends all brides should do 🙂


{regal relief}

In keeping with her DiY theme, Tori ordered her flowers from Costco {two dozen roses for $16.99} and asked her friends {Alicia and Marie} to arrange all the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres the morning of the wedding. The two-toned bouquet {with a black ribbon wrap} matched perfectly with the bride’s hot pink heels!

shoes with bouquet

{perfect match}

Wanting a small wedding, Tori only asked her best friend Ashleigh to stand as her maid of honor while Chad asked his childhood friend, Jeremy to be his best man.  To honor each of their siblings, the couple asked their three sisters and two brothers to stand in as honorary attendants. 

honorary bridesmaids

{the bride and her honorary BM’s}

maid of honor

{Tori and her MOH, Ashleigh}

As far as entertaining the {young ones} at the wedding, Tori offered some advice to other couples saying that “something every bride ought to do is make coloring books.”  Using a template she found online, Tori asked her friends to pass out the handmade fun with a four pack of crayons to entertain her little guests during the vows.    


 .::ton of fun::.

For the favors, the bride and groom chose a couple options in order to accommodate both their male and female guests.  The first option {for the ladies} contained pear shaped scented candles wrapped in raffia with a picture of the happy couple adhered to the front of the favor box.    For the men {and the sweet tooth at heart}, they presented small chocolate candies packaged with a tag that read “Hugs & Kisses from the Newly Mr. & Mrs.”


{the perfect pear}

For the reception décor, Tori looked to Weaver Flower & Rental {located in Moxee} for inspiration.  Noting how “amazing” Jeanette (the shop’s owner) was in helping her put together her table layouts, Tori was able to rent everything from her linens to her chapel décor from Weaver {and at very reasonable prices}! 



recption 2

{hot pink}


{scintillating scene}

Below are a few more images of the delightful details that completed this wonderful day for Tori and Chad.




 .::pure sweetness::.

notice the chucks 2

{love the Chucks}





fave picture

{my favorite}


Thank you so much Tori and Chad for allowing me to share your lovely wedding with everyone . . . your images are simply charming and an inspiration to those of us who wish to add our own creative touches to the big day.  I would like wish you both a lifetime full of happiness and joy!







{the facts}

Names: Victoria Birdwell + Chad Blizard

Date: June 27, 2009

Location: Tree of Life Christian Center in Naches

Number of guests: 130

Flowers: Costco

First Dance Song: Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

Honeymoon: Plans to travel to Hawaii next summer

Photographer: Carrie Snider

Food: Roasauers

Cake: DiY gift from friends

Invitations: made using Microsoft Publisher

Formal Wear: Lin-Paul’s

Rings: Kay Jewelers

Hair: Roxxime Hair Salon (by stylist Ximmena)

Makeup: Brittany Stuckel-Hill, licensed esthetician out of Seattle





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4 responses to “Real Wedding: Victoria + Chad

  1. I loved photographing this wedding. I really had an elegant feel all the way around. It was uniquely Tori and Chad. Thank you for the feature and for highlighting their wedding day so nicely! Great blog!

    • Salley Walls

      Tori and Chads wedding was beautiful! I was sorry to not be able to attend but the pics on her FB/Mysp and on here make it seem I havent missed a thing 😉
      and Congrats on your Engagement Kadee!


  2. Michelle

    I was just wondering where did you get your shoes at? I have been looking for shoes like that. This wedding looked beautiful!

    • kadeeswedding

      Hi Michelle – the bride, Tori, said she bought the shoes at David’s Bridal and then paid to have them dyed. She also said she is willing to sell them – they’re size 7 1/2. Let me know and I can put you in touch with her! Thanks for reading!

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