The Couple: Cole and Kim
The Wedding: 3.2.13 – The Windmill Winery, Phoenix, Arizona
The Photographer: Kym Ventola
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Cole and Kim: Vintage, DIY, Colorful!
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Cole and Kim: We are both adventurous, fun, and artistic, so we wanted our wedding day to incorporate each of those elements. Kim did a painting of us that we used for our wedding invitations, website and app. We knew we didnt want to stick to a color theme, so the decorations were inspired by spring! We are very drawn to vintage decor and fun crafts, so the DIY aspect of our wedding was inevitable. Crinkle fans from BHLDN were used to string a curtain backdrop and colorful vintage tins were filled with spring blossoms.
Family is hugely important to us, so we made sure to include our families every chance we could! Coles mom made our desserts, Kims Dad was our officiant, Kims Mom hand-built our wine-cork chandelier and helped design the invitations. Kims sister hand-built a photobooth from scratch and even made our wedding rings! Coles brothers greeted our guests and passed out maracas, kazoos and whistles so that everyone could make some noise as we shared our first beer as wives at the altar.
About halfway through our wedding planning Kims job moved us to Sydney, Australia! Finding a venue that had everything we needed was important. The Windmill Winery has a perfect vintage feel, and offers both indoor and outdoor locations for weddings and receptions. Their on-site coordinator connected with us on Skype so that we could pin down wedding day details.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Cole and Kim: Writing our own vows and having our families take part in our ceremony was a huge highlight. We had some friends from Germany, the UK and Australia who were unable to attend the wedding, so Kims parents reached out to them for video footage giving us marital advice and well-wishes! During the ceremony Kims Dad read a passage from a letter one of our friends in Germany had sent. He had everyone laughing and crying with us.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Ventola Photography and her imagery?
Cole and Kim: The wedding photographs were incredibly important to us. After pouring over dozens of websites we finally came across Ventola Photography. We fell in love with Kym’s photojournalistic style, and her sense of light. She is immensely talented and has international experience. Kym has a shining personality that made us instantly fall in love with her! She was kind enough to Skype with us from across continents to ensure that we would have a seamless wedding photography experience.
Thanks to Kim and Cole for sharing your wedding with us and to Ventola Photography for capturing it all so beautifully!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Kym Ventola
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Windmill Winery
Videographer/Film Maker: Matthew Bell
Officiant: Ric Leuwtyler (Kims Dad)
Invitation Designer: Kim and her mom, Sue Leutwyler
Catering: Gold Star Catering
Florist: Ric Leutwyler (Kim’s Dad)
Cake: Laurie Rodrigues (Cole’s Mom)
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Bridal accessories: Anthropologie
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: Modcloth
DJ: Joel Gibbs
Transportation: The Windmill Winery provided an antique car!
Rings: Elise Leutwyler (Kim’s Sister)
Photobooth: Elise Leutwyler