Brad Dible — a nature-loving veterinarian — was more comfortable camping than charting seating arrangements. He "was admittedly not into wedding planning," says his bride, Toby Asel. "So my goal was to incorporate things that he and his friends would love into an otherwise traditional, but still down-to-earth and sentimental, affair."
The bride spent nine months planning their August 4, 2012, celebration in her hometown of Columbia, Missouri. A color palette of blush and cream kept the affair feminine, but it was sprinkled with details that the groom would like. "My approach was to tackle the big things first and then gradually hone in on details," Toby says. "This way, we never got overwhelmed and got to enjoy the process."
Brad proposed to Toby with a little help from their puppy, Hanley. "He had the ring on Hanley's rhinestone collar," remembers Toby.
Toby's traditional Priscilla of Boston gown featured feminine English netting and Alençon lace. In one of her Ivanka Trump pumps, Toby stashed a sixpence coin, a good luck gift from a bridesmaid she'd lived with in London.
Brad and his groomsmen kept their attire classic, but for one detail: the shotgun shell cufflinks that the bride gifted them at the rehearsal dinner! "They were a huge hit," Toby says. The two ring bearers, who did their job to a "t" during the ceremony, wore black suits with apple green skinny ties.
Floor-length Amsale bridesmaids' gowns in the softest shade of pink complemented the couple's color scheme. But while each woman wore the same color, Toby kept one thing original. "I wanted each bridesmaid to choose the style that made her most comfortable," the bride says.
Toby and her five bridesmaids carried hand-tied green-pink-and-cream bouquets of spray roses, Queen Anne's lace, quicksand roses, hydrangeas, and more.
The bride wrapped a blue butterfly brooch from her paternal grandmother and a rosary from her maternal grandmother around her bouquet, serving as her "something borrowed" and "something blue."
The couple wed inside the intimate and picturesque Sacred Heart Catholic Church. "I'd envisioned getting married there since I was a little girl," the bride says. Candles at the end of each pew illuminated the aisle. "My favorite part of the ceremony (other than walking down the aisle to meet my groom!) was my uncle singing Ave Maria while Brad and I lit a candle in memory of our grandparents," Toby recalls.
Guests moved to the Country Club of Missouri for the reception. "My sisters and I spent every waking moment of our childhood summers at the club swimming, playing tennis, and golfing with the other kids our age," remembers the bride.
Centerpieces of hydrangeas, Queen Anne's lace, spray roses, dahlias, and fragrant herbs such as mint and oregano topped the tables, alternating between tall arrangements and small, round clusters surrounded by candles.
Kent's Floral Gallery draped the chandeliers in greenery, roses, and branches, making sure every corner was "absolutely covered in gorgeous flowers with a spring garden theme," Toby says.
The couple served a traditional cake, with alternating tiers of vanilla, strawberry, and red velvet, all topped with cream rosettes. The big surprise was Brad's chocolate groom's cake, in the shape of a buck. "It was an absolute hit among the groomsmen," Toby says.
The couple took a spin around the dance floor to Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" for their first dance.
An 11-piece band, playing everything from funk and disco to rock, kept everyone on the dance floor. "It was absolutely packed from the moment the music started, up until Brad and I made our exit and getaway," the bride recalls.
Toby's father decorated the couple's getaway Polaris with a handmade wooden sign and antlers tied to its bumper, another nod to Brad's love of the outdoors. "It was all perfect," Toby says.
The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia, before settling in to married life — and welcoming their newest addition, a baby girl! "My best advice is to start with the big ticket items, then hone in on the details," says Toby. "And when the day comes, enjoy having all your family and friends in one place. It's rare to get so many people you love in one room!"
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church || Reception Venue: Country Club of Missouri || Wedding Planner: Lyria Bartlett || Bride's Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston, from Berrybridge Bridal || Veil: Kristina Eaton, Ltd. || Shoes: Ivanka Trump || Jewelry: Vincent's Jewelers || Hair & Makeup: The Clip Joint || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Suit: Black by Vera Wang || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Tadashi Shoji || Flower Girl Dress: J. Crew || Ring Bearer's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Blakeman's Fine Jewelry || Florist: Kent's Floral Gallery || Invitations & Paper Goods: My Sentiments Exactly || Music: The X Band || Catering: Country Club of Missouri || Cake: All About Cakes || Rentals: A-1 Party and Event Rental || Transportation: White Knight Coaches & Limos || Accommodations: Stoney Creek Inn || Photography: Love Tree Studios