A Glamorous Outdoor Wedding at Fox Canyon Vineyards in Marsing, Idaho

Amber Carlson (31 and a teacher) and Justin Brown (32 and a software developer) had not been on many online dates before meeting each other. Although

Amber Carlson (31 and a teacher) and Justin Brown (32 and a software developer) had not been on many online dates before meeting each other. Although both were skeptical, they were encouraged by friends to carry on. “Justin was so cute in his online picture that I was nervous to meet him,” Amber says. The pair started dating and had their first daughter about a year later. On Christmas Day three years later, Justin popped the question with an Asscher diamond ring inside a wrapped gift box. Amber used trendy shades of gold, blush and ivory to carry out the feminine and timeless theme. The couple sought out an outdoor ceremony, despite a toasty time of year. “When I was looking at venues, I wanted the venue to be so beautiful that I didn't have to have any decorations," Amber says. "I really didn't want an arbor or anything like that. I just wanted a beautiful scenic backdrop.” Their venue was Fox Canyon Vineyards in Marsing, Idaho, near Boise, with wine barrels and small items as their only decorations. Amber wore a crystal-encrusted gown with a tulle skirt with minimal accessories, while her bridesmaids wore similar dresses of their own choosing in shades of blush or gold. The men wore gray slacks and vests with blush ties, but Justin wore a gold tie. Bouquets featured ivory with pops of blush and green, while Amber wore a crystal brooch attached to the handle for her something borrowed. Amber and Justin had their outdoor reception in the stunning outdoor scenery. They used centerpieces with the same blush and ivory flowers used in the bridal bouquet. She made gold and ivory table numbers. Tables featured ivory tablecloths, blush sequin runners and gold chargers. The couple danced their first song to “All of Me” by John Legend, while guests enjoyed Hawaiian-inspired food. When it comes to inspiring other couples, Amber and Justin had this to share: “We are still going strong because of communication and keeping passion in the relationship.” —Caroline Eubanks

"I love sparkle, and I found the perfect dress with an entire bodice encrusted with crystals and beads," Amber says. "It was fitted on top with a large soft tulle skirt. I didn't wear any jewelry except earrings because the top of the dress was so sparkly already. My veil was one layer, and I wore my hair mostly down, long and wavy, with a few pieces pinned back. I didn't want to look overdone, and wanted to look like myself."
"I also love vintage pieces, and I found a vintage gold filigree box which we used as a ring box," Amber says. "We also had gold utensils for our head table that I found in an antiques store."
"I wanted my flowers to be mostly ivory with pops of blush and green, and I knew I wanted some orchids in the bouquet because they are one of my favorite flowers," Amber says. "I found a picture on Pinterest and gave it to my florist, who is a wonderful family friend. She designed the bouquet and made smaller versions for the bridesmaids. I had a special crystal brooch attached to the handle of my bouquet, which has been worn by three of my best friends at their weddings. It was my something borrowed."
"Eight months after we started dating, we got a huge surprise and found out we were pregnant," Amber says. "Our first daughter was born August 2010. We didn't want to rush into getting married until we were in a better place financially, so we didn't get engaged until Christmas Day 2013. He brought out the ring as my final gift. I unwrapped it, thinking it was just jewelry and then saw it was a ring and he proposed on one knee. My ring is exactly what I always wanted: an Asscher cut diamond. They are a vintage cut and aren't very popular, so they are rarely in jewelry stores. But Justin knew it was what I always wanted, and he found an Asscher diamond ring online at Blue Nile. I love it."
"I didn't want all my bridesmaids to wear the same dress, so I told them they could pick what they wanted, as long as it was a shade of blush or gold. It turned out beautifully, with two of them in gold and three in blush."
"I wanted to choose colors that were feminine and timeless—something I wouldn't look back on and regret," Amber says. "I have always loved gold, so my theme was gold, blush and ivory. I also had lots of sparkle without going over the top, with blush sequin table runners and tablecloths. I used mercury gold for all the vases and candleholders."
In contrast with the blush bridesmaid shades, the groomsmen wore gray slacks with vests and blush ties. Justin wore a gold tie to set him apart from the rest of the wedding party.
"I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of 'A Thousand Years' [by Christina Perri]," Amber says. "The first time I'd heard that song, way before we were engaged, I knew it would be the song I walked down the aisle to."
"We wanted it to be outdoors, even though August is very hot," Amber says. "I wanted a venue so beautiful that I didn't have to have any decorations. I really didn't want an arbor or anything like that. I just wanted a beautiful scenic backdrop. When we found our venue [Fox Canyon Vineyards in Marsing, Idaho], I immediately knew it was the one. It was a winery overlooking a river canyon just outside Boise. The only decoration at the ceremony was a wine barrel, which held some items used in our ceremony, and blush and ivory rose petals sprinkled on both sides of the aisle."
"We did a first-fight box, which we nailed shut during our ceremony," Amber says. "We also gave a ring to our daughter, who was 4 when we exchanged rings."
"Justin and I have made it through tough times like financial struggles and having a child premaritally, which may have broken other couples apart," Amber says. "We are still going strong because of communication and keeping passion in the relationship. We make sure to always plan a getaway or a even a staycation at least twice a year and always have date nights. We support each other in whatever dreams or ambitions we have. We now have another daughter named Elle who was born August 2015."
"The centerpieces were gorgeous, small arrangements in blush and ivory flowers in gold mercury vases," Amber says. "I made gold and ivory table numbers. The guest table had ivory tablecloths, blush sequin table runners, ivory plates and napkins and gold charger plates. Everyone sat wherever they wanted, but I had names on each plate at the head table, which I made printing gold names onto ivory card stock and using corks to hold them up."
"Our first-dance song was 'All of Me' [by John Legend], which was a long first dance," Amber says. "Our food was Hawaiian-themed, catered by Kanak Attack, one of the first restaurants we went when we started dating. We played a shoe game where we had to sit back to back each holding one of each other's shoes. We had to raise the corresponding shoe to questions like 'Who said I love you first?' "
"Our three-layer cake was ivory, blush and gold, and I searched everywhere for a gold cake server set, which I finally found on eBay," Amber says. "It was the perfect final touch to our cake table."