Some couples paint the town red before their wedding. Heather and Ken Adams painted the barn.
They were married July 26 at a friend’s house in Custer, a sprawling 14-acre cattle ranch, but they had to put in a little elbow grease first. They helped paint the barn red, clean it and prepare it for their big day. They also helped plant flower gardens to provide a beautiful backdrop.
“She offered to have the wedding there, and we were going for the rustic country theme, so it just worked out,” Heather says.
The couple held their ceremony outside on a beautiful 80-degree day, then moved into the barn for the reception. They decorated the barn in country style, with hay and peanut shells on the floor and lights strung all around.
“I never liked country music until I met him, and that was something that kind of connected us,” Heather says of her and Ken’s country wedding theme. “It just really expressed who we are now.”
It wouldn’t be truly country without crafts, so the couple and their friends put together plenty for their decorations. They wrapped Mason jars and soda bottles with twine, painted birdhouses and wood signs for the wedding, and found old doors to use as backdrops.
“I was an absolute Pinterest freak for months coming up with things,” Heather says of the photo-sharing site that many brides turn to for wedding inspiration. “We made all our own centerpieces. That’s how the wedding came together: creativity and crafting.”
They started things off a little early, at 3 p.m., so Heather’s grandfather could make it. It was a day full of friends and family.
“It was nice to see everybody come together,” Heather says.
The couple’s 3-year-old son, Hayden, was their ring-bearer.
“It was awesome,” she says. “It was good to have him be part of it.”
Hayden did more than just carry the ring. As children are wont to do, he momentarily stole the show.
“I didn’t get to see it, but I guess when we were on the altar, he was quite the entertainment,” Heather says. “He put his hands on his hips kind of like, ‘What are you guys doing? Hurry up.’”
Heather’s sister-in-law made the desserts, and her sister-in-law’s aunt made the food. The meal went perfectly with the country theme: pulled pork sandwiches, meatballs, potato salad and Caesar salad.
“It turned out great,” she says. “It was fun that way. It had a real personal touch to it.”
For dessert, they had cake pops, chocolate-dipped strawberries, raspberries and cherries, and cupcakes.
Their wedding cake was a cheesecake, a nod to Ken’s sweet proposal. They were at Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor, dressed to the nines before a firefighters’ ball, when a server brought out the ring on a piece of cheesecake and Ken got down on one knee.
“I didn’t want dessert that night,” Heather recalls with a laugh. “I was full and he’s like, ‘Are you sure? What if we split it?’ I was basically forced to have dessert that night.”
Leftovers from their wedding meal went to fire stations, because Heather’s brother, Nick Longstreth, is a Bellingham firefighter.
“I kind of laugh to think of a bunch of firefighters eating cake pops,” she says.
Heather jokes that she and Ken did things backward. They already live together and had a child before their wedding.
But that didn’t stop it from being a momentous occasion.
“Actually, walking down the aisle for me, I broke down in tears,” she says.” We already live together, we already have a kid together, but this was the real moment.”