Our Wedding // The Barbeque

our wedding welcome barbeque / a thousand threads
In honor of all of the barbeques I’m sure will take place this week for the 4th of July, I thought I’d share a few pictures from our wedding barbeque.

Before I go on, though, can we take a second to talk about the fact that “barbeque” doesn’t mean the same thing on the west coast as it does on the east?

our wedding welcome barbeque / a thousand threads
Here (in Maryland) it’s pulled pork, there it’s a cookout.

CORRECTION: Mark informs me that it’s really “more about slow-cooked smoked meats, not just pulled pork…” and what we call a barbeque in Oregon, they call grilling here. It’s very serious stuff, this east coast barbeque.

Whatever it is, though, I obviously haven’t accepted the change, so let’s just call the thing what it is.

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Our barbeque was essentially a rehearsal dinner, but since we’d already drug everyone out to California for the weekend (and everyone only amounted to about 30 people) we decided to have them all over the night before the wedding for a little welcome party. It was a great chance to connect with everyone as they came into town, and, of course, to keep the fun going as long as possible. We wanted the trip to be less like a wedding and more like a mini-vacation, and I think in a lot of ways we succeeded.

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The party was casual. We decorated the same wooden tables we used for the wedding day with air plants, linen runners, and tea towels wrapped with wooden utensils and tied with a little twine. Every guest picked up a welcome bag and enjoyed a barbeque buffet from El Rancho Market (originally we had wanted to cook it ourselves… but as it turns out, we already had plenty on our plates) complete with so much delicious food we could barely make a dent. We served some of our favorite local beer and hard cider and kept cozy by the fire. The weather outside was cold (and oh did we feel it during the actual rehearsal) but the farmhouse was toasty and full of friends.

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I have to thank our amazing photographer, Steve Steinhardt, for sticking it out in a chilly farmhouse room all weekend long to get us these shots… we’re so glad he was there to capture every moment leading up to and after our day.

Our barbeque was the perfect start to an amazing weekend that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

P.S. You can find all of our wedding details here, just in case you missed something or want to take another look.

5 Comments

  1. Posted July 2, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    still can’t get over how adorable that farmhouse is… such a great venue!

    • Laicie
      Posted July 2, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Thanks Juni!! I wish I could stay there all the time… such an amazing place.

  2. Posted July 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I love this so very much–what beautiful images, and a wonderful weekend.

    PS–”Barbeque” is grilling to me, too!

  3. Posted July 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I love every details of this. That farmhouse is so charming and cute and you made it so nice with all of the details.

    It’s funny you guys have different views on bbq. To my husband, bbq means grilling hot dogs and burgers. In Brazil, it means big pieces of meat (like top sirloin, for example), in big skewers with salad and rice as side dishes. Very different from American bbq! I guess it means something different in all parts of the world.

  4. Posted July 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Everything about this looks amazing!! Congrats!

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