A Natural-Inspired Vintage Wedding at Jimgermanbar in Waitsburg, Washington

The simple, vintage decor in a color palette of navy blue and white was inspired by the natural rustic elements that this venue embodied, located not far from golden wheat fields and vineyards. Over the years of visiting Walla Walla, Washington, Alex Deesing (43 and an IT manager) and Shane Watkins (43 and in human resources) discovered Jimgermanbar, a tavern serving drinks and snacks in a historical venue. “Jimgermanbar is in a beautiful building from the late 1800s, with amazing rustic wood floors, a 20-foot ceiling, incredible architectural details and an energy that makes you feel comfortable, relaxed and inspired, all at the same time," the couple says. The ceremony took place outside the venue in a space enclosed by a wooden fence, with simple white folding chairs facing the altar where the couple said their vows of promise and commitment, captured on film and photographed by Mark VanDonge Photography. Both grooms wore colorful bow ties with circle patterns over white-checkered dress shirts and gray vests by Nordstrom. The reception took place inside the taverna, where simple wooden tables were marked with numbers written on recycled barn wood painted black and decorated with white trees that had crystal ornament favors hanging on its branches. We loved their idea for a guest book, where friends and family who attended the wedding wrote their personal wishes to the couple and posted it on a board made of wine corks. It reflected the simple, natural theme the couple had hoped and envisioned for their wedding combined with rustic, vintage elements. "We wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding day," the couple says. "It was exhausting and emotional, but really fun. We took a cue from the environment in Waitsburg and focused on slowing down, being sure to enjoy the conversations, savor the food and treasure each moment."