Courtney Haeg and Devin Thomas first met in high school math class in September of 2008, and their hometown is full of milestones and memories. So when they got engaged eight years later, Devin knew exactly where to take his future wife to propose. “Devin got down on one knee on my parents’ brick porch—where we had our first kiss and first said ‘I love you,’” remembers Courtney.
“There were flowers, hanging lights, and our closest family and friends waiting inside!” The couple wanted to continue that intimate feeling for their wedding. They decided on Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum, Washington, as their venue, and invited their nearest and dearest for a destination wedding weekend with a relaxed atmosphere and stunning views.
“Devin is a graphic designer, and I work in corporate events, so when it came to planning our wedding, we made a great team,” says the bride. However, they did enlist the experts at Valley & Company Events in the planning and design process as they created an event that was equal parts organic (thanks to the setting) and modern (thanks to decor accents like brushed gold and marble).
And on June 17, 2017, it all came together with a feeling of sleek romance as Courtney and Devin tied the knot overlooking the mountains. Keep reading to see more of Jordan Quinn Photography's gorgeous photos—and fair warning: if greenery is your thing, you'll love this one!
Courtney fell hard for the sleek crepe material of her Theia gown, along with its plunging back, but what really sold her was its name. “The dress is called ‘Devon’!” she says, noting that the dress had the same name as her groom.
Olive leaf boutonnieres added an organic touch to Devin and his groomsmen’s French blue suits. “We wanted a crisp, classic look,” says the bride.
While it can sometimes be a struggle to dress the men in the wedding party, for Devin and Courtney it was the easiest detail. “We knew exactly what we were looking for,” Courtney explains. Devin’s slim-cut suit and Courtney’s sleek gown were a match made in wedding heaven.
The entire day had a modern feel, including the soft gray bridesmaids’ dresses from David’s Bridal. “They looked great on everyone!” says the bride. Candlelight played a crucial role in the wedding’s design, and one of the littlest guests was on-hand to oversee the placement of gold lanterns.
The venue's rustic gazebo was the perfect backdrop for Devin and Courtney’s ceremony. Clusters of greenery tied with gray silk ribbon and brushed gold lanterns lined the aisle, with mountain and forest views in the background.
Courtney and Devin honored tradition with their vows but also wrote letters to one another that their officiant shared as part of the ceremony.
After Devin and Courtney shared their first kiss, guests tossed flower petals and leaves over the departing newlyweds.
Inside the cellar, the 120 guests were seated at four long tables, creating an intimate setting. Crisp stone linens grounded the space, while tall arrangements of ferns, branches, and leaves floated overhead of brushed gold stands. Low cement vessels held moss and ferns, lit by the glow of pillar candles. Hexagonal marble tiles served as place cards, letting guests know where to sit.
Each place setting featured brushed white plates and white napkins. The family-style meal included a salad of baby greens, strawberries, and pine nuts, followed by flat iron steak, pan-seared salmon, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Instead of wedding cake, the couple served clotted cream topped with local fruits and berries, as well as the pair’s favorite dessert: milk and cookies!
“We wanted to keep things lighthearted and fun,” says Courtney. She and Devin choreographed their first dance to “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. “It has special meaning for us, because we actually met on the 21st of September!” the bride reveals. Choosing an upbeat song was the perfect way to kick off a dance party, too!
At the end of the night, Devin and Courtney made their getaway in the classic car the groom has had since high school—a Ford Fairlane 500 named "Betsy." Adds the bride, "Devin, his dad, and his brother fixed it up so we could drive it away when the night was over!”
Wedding Planner & Floral Design: Valley & Company Events || Venue & Catering: Swiftwater Cellars || Bride's Dress: Theia || Bride's Veil: Erica Elizabeth || Hair & Makeup: Erin Skipley || Bridesmaids' Dresses: David’s Bridal || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Tuxedo Club Seattle || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Robbins Brothers || Entertainment: Lucky 7 Mobile DJ || Rentals: CORT || Photography: Jordan Quinn Photography