Randy and Kelsey met while students at Central Washington University in 2014. Both now alumni, they wanted to bring their wedding back to the town where their love story began. As huge outdoor enthusiasts, Springwood Ranch in Thorp was the perfect backdrop for their big day, with hundreds of acres surrounding a historic barn with a river burbling nearby. In keeping with the natural theme, the color scheme was simple, consisting of greenery and natural tones. Ellensburg Floral created arrangements to match a whimsical green backdrop and the dark green bridesmaids’ dresses.

The day was a huge party from start to finish. The father of the bride spent the morning fly fishing in the creek, while the groomsmen played mini golf. The bride gifted the groom with American flag socks the morning of the wedding, and got a pair for herself, which they both wore that day along with their cowboy boots. The mother of the bride took a piece of the groom’s old work jeans and made a heart patch for the inside of the wedding dress as her “something blue.” The couple’s dog, Benelli, made her appearance with a matching floral collar for the ceremony and got to walk down the aisle with the groom’s sister.

The couple was married by the groom’s grandfather in an emotional ceremony. At the reception, the couple tied in their CWU roots by including DJs from “88.1 The ‘Burg,” the student radio station. They even got a surprise visit by Wellington the Wildcat when dancing began. Barbecue was served straight from an open fire BBQ pit, washed down with home-brewed beer created for the couple by a family friend. Treveri Sparkling Wine was served, naturally, as the bride works there part-time.

Guests enjoyed a snack bar during cocktail hour, including several types of popcorn, nuts, and candies. The “SnapShack” photobooth was set up outside for guests to get photo prints, and there were also horseshoe pits, basketball courts, and mini golf. Inside the barn, guests could fill out “wedding mad libs” and send well wishes to the new couple. A dessert bar was set up with a variety of Italian desserts to honor the groom’s heritage. A simple couple’s cake from Safeway was on display with greens decorated by the mother of the bride, and a custom cake topper. About 150 guests came from all over the country, and left with customized camo cozies and “dog treat” bags from the couple’s pup.