Wedding perfectly 'shabby-chic' for Bellingham couple

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 6, 2014 

After making their vows, Ian and Samantha held a foot-washing ceremony to symbolize their servitude to each other.

TONI LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

For Bellingham couple Samantha and Ian Cross, their shabby-chic-themed wedding fell right into place.

Tastefully placed antique and pastel-colored furniture adorned the yard of the Bellingham house where they hosted their July 2012 wedding. For the reception, pink and white paper globes hung above tables covered in burlap, and lace decorations draped over chests of drawers and side tables with crumbling paint.

"It's hard to describe it without making it sound like a garage sale," Samantha says, laughing.

The bridesmaids wore tan-, coral- and peach-colored dresses to fit the rustic antique theme. A vintage, robin's-egg-blue Volkswagen Beetle served as a fun prop for photos.

"A lot of the inspiration came from the house we got married in," Samantha says.

Samantha says she loves the interior design of the house, which is owned by a family friend. Samantha interpreted the look into a vintage wedding with a modern twist, with the help of Charisma Events.

The homeowner, arranged flowers for the centerpieces, and A New Leaf Florist Shoppe put together the bouquets.

Ian works for Haggen, so the couple felt it was an obvious choice to have the grocery company cater their wedding.

"For dessert, we had a table of different things," Samantha says. "Another friend of mine went to town - we'd tested recipes for weeks and weeks and wound up with lemon bars and cookies and things."

Rather than hand out party favors, the couple decided to donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for each guest in attendance, in honor of a family member who fought off breast cancer.

For Samantha, the best part of the day was a foot-washing ceremony she and Ian did after making their vows to one another.

"We did that as a sign of our servitude to one another," she says.

Ian's favorite moment from the big day was being surrounded by family and friends during the reception, where both of his best men, his best friend and his brother all made speeches.

"I really liked finally being married after such a long time of being together," Ian says.

The couple met when Samantha was a freshman and Ian was a senior at Meridian High School, but they didn't start dating until after they were out of school. They have been together for six years and have a 3-year-old son, Keaton.

They plan to enjoy a honeymoon somewhere tropical once their finances and vacation time line up, Ian says.

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