Sometimes when I view photos from real weddings, I just think, “Man, I want to be friends with that couple.” And Sarah and Emily are totally one of those couples. Their fall wedding at a Boise brewery started off with a first look and shared brews at a local German pub Prost! where they first met (is there any better way to kick off the wedding day?!) followed by a photo sesh with their wedding party in the beautiful Idaho landscape. The best part? They incorporated an Oktoberfest theme, complete with traditional German attire. Sarah wore a Dirndl (a Hochzeitsdirndl), and Emily wore Lederhosen. They also encouraged their guests to join in on the outfit fun (and many did!). “I studied abroad in Germany and received my Bachelor’s Degree in German, and it is 75 percent of my heritage,” said Sarah. “Emily was more than happy to oblige, particularly because she loved the idea of having a fun, non-traditional wedding where all of our guests would wear Dirndls and Lederhosen.
After their vows, they incorporated the German wedding tradition of log-cutting and then raised their glasses for a prost! as they made their way down the aisle as wife-and-wife.
“My favorite memory is us walking down the aisle after we were married, giant smiles across our faces and a pint of beer in our hands,” says Emily. “That photo, for us, sums up the entire feeling of not only our wedding, but our relationship.”
The brewery venue brewed traditional German beers and was decorated like an old German beer hall, so it was the perfect place for them to host their relaxed celebration. “We are both very laidback, casual people, so we knew we wanted the wedding to have good food, good music, and good beer without all the stress of organizing dinners and seating arrangements and rigid schedules.”
They opted for a food truck, made their own music playlists and just genuinely let people have fun. The result was beer pong competitions (all ages participated!), corn hole and dancing well into the night. “We had a blast at our wedding, and for us, that was the most important thing: to remember how much fun we had, and not little things that went wrong or could have been different.”