It's been said that good things come to those who wait. Perhaps that's why Kristen and Jerry Bricko's wedding was so, well, good. The couple spent their entire two-year engagement making their dream — a DIY country wedding — come to life. "I had to finish college first," says the bride, 22, who met her now husband at her cousin's high school graduation when she was just 14 years old. Five years after they met, Jerry, now 24, proposed. "It was a beautiful day, sunny, and 60 degrees," recalls Kristen. "It was just the two of us, walking in a field."
With lots of help from family, the big day fell into place. The ceremony was held in Cocoran, MN and the reception in the nearby town of Rogers. Everything for the July 27th, 2013, wedding, from the invitations to the guest book and table décor, was homemade with the couple's country theme in mind. "I wanted everything to be simple, but unique," says Kristen.
To fit the day's theme, Kristen opted for a mellow look. "I'm not a sparkle or poof kind of girl!" says the bride, who chose an off-white dress by Pronovias, bedecked with delicate lace straps and flowing tulle. The underlying mermaid silhouette was only visible in the light. "I chose this dress because it fit my personality," she continues. "It was just right for our country celebration." Pastel pink earrings and coral cork sandals added a playful pop of color.
To complement the burlap-and-birch accents that adorned the venue, Jerry wore a brown tux, a textured vest, and an ivory shirt and tie. His ring belonged to his late father. "It's so meaningful that he's able to wear it as his wedding ring," says his wife.
Kristen carried a bouquet of white, orange, pink, and yellow blooms, including ranunculus and stock flowers. The twine-wrapped boutonnieres were made of wheat, greens, and feathers.
Bridesmaids wore Kristen's favorite color: green. And while all five women looked beautiful in the end, wearing handmade dresses from Etsy designer Amanda Archer, Kristen says that, "this was the hardest part of my wedding to plan!" Why? "It was hard finding bridesmaids dresses that fit our theme."
Jerry's groomsmen wore light brown ties and, to keep things casual, went sans vests. "I was hoping for suspenders," confesses Kristen, "but we didn't quite get to that detail!"
During their traditional Catholic wedding ceremony, the couple's three nieces served as flower girls. Ava, the youngest at only one year old, "sat down halfway down the aisle," remembers Kristen, laughing. "My grams had to go pick her up and help her the rest of the way!"
"I'll always remember walking back up the aisle with Jerry once the ceremony was over," says Kristen. "All I could thing was 'Phew! We made it!'"
The reception was held at The Crown Room, a spacious, rustic venue with exposed wood beams that run across the ceiling. Twine-wrapped mason jars overflowed with baby's breath, ranunculus, and stock flowers. Kristen's uncle made the birch-wrapped votive candles. Guests were seated at a combination of round and rectangular tables, topped with burlap runners.
Guests left their wishes for the newlyweds on a homemade birch coaster frame.
Pieces of burlap and twine hugged the buttercream-frosted cake. Inside were layers of marble cake with cookies and cream filling.
Guests nibbled on cupcakes of the same flavor, displayed on stands made of tree slices.
After the wedding, the Brickos honeymooned in Mexico, staying at the Valentin Imperial Maya resort. Since returning, the newlyweds have been at ease settling into married life. "Nothing was too shocking once we moved in together," says Kristen. "It's a transition, but so is everything in life that changes." That same laid-back attitude served her well during the planning process. "It is not about everything being perfect. It is about how perfect the day will be when you marry your best friend."
Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church || Reception Venue: The Crown Room || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pronovias || Veil: Amazing Alterations || Hair and Makeup: Simonson's || Bridesmaid Dresses: Amanda Archer || Groom & Groomsmen's Suits: Savvi Formalwear || Wedding Bands: Bride - Jared, Groom - His Father || Florist: Hadley Road || Invitations: Homemade, Paper from Anchor Paper Co. || Music: Brian Angelo || Catering & Cake: The Crown Room || Photographer: Kate Wenzel Photography