Driving around Louisville you may notice that business facades are a little less boring than they used to be. That is largely in part to design duo Amanda and Ty of State Champs. Wildly talented graphic and hand painting designers, Ty and Amanda are also in the midst of planning their wedding 2,300+ miles away. In just a few short weeks, one of Magbooth’s favorite couples will tie the knot on Whidbey Island just north of Seattle, Washington. We’re pretty stoked to be part of the guest list, so we decided to meet up with Amanda for a coffee and talk shop: wedding shop.
How did you choose your wedding venue?
My parents own a vineyard on Whidbey Island, but also that part of the country is very important to both Ty and me. I am from Louisville and attended college in Seattle. After college I made plans to move back to Seattle full-time when fate intervened and I met Ty a month before my move. So we began dating long-distance. It was very old school – writing letters and spending hours on the phone. Seattle is such a special place to me, it really shaped me into the person I am, so it was even more special when Ty came to visit for the first time. We fell in love there.
As artists, what details of the wedding are you creating yourselves?
We created the invitations, which we had letterpress printed by the talented dudes at Hound Dog Press, and did our own website using SquareSpace. There will be lots of hand-painted signs – like directional signs and the ice cream bar menu. We designed matchboxes to give with sparklers as a guest favor. OH! And, we designed soccer jerseys for the “Marital Cup” we’re hosting the day before the wedding. We found an all-white soccer ball that will then be our guest book at the reception. Soccer is just part of who we are. All of our family and friends love the game so we thought it would be a fun activity that everyone could do to shake the nerves and just relax.
What details do you think are/aren’t worth paying someone else to handle?
We’ve hired a day-of coordinator to handle all of the day-of stress. We’ve also hired a local florist – it’s just worth it. Arranging flowers is time consuming and we don’t have the resources and access to different flowers that a florist has. However we are setting up all of the decorations ourselves. We’re also handling the pre-ceremony cocktail hour. My maid-of-honor is a culinary badass so she’s doing snacks and then we’ll have three drink dispensers with a signature margarita. All the wine is obviously from my parent’s vineyard, and we’ll have beers from local breweries too.
What are your top priorities for the big day?
We are most excited to see all our friends from all over the place that we don’t get to see often. One friend from England has never been to America so we want to make this experience epic! Food and dancing are #1. There are so many things we don’t care about, but food is a big one. We’re still working on perfecting the playlist. The venue is our private property so we’re planning for the dance party to go on for as long as we want!
How much time/thought did you put into finding THE dress?
I LOVED trying on dresses; I never wanted it to end and I totally didn’t expect that. We went to three or four places in Seattle, a couple places in Louisville, and ended up finding the dress in Cincinnati. I was sad that the search was over. I did get a second dress for the dance portion of the reception.
What traditions are you incorporating or not incorporating?
We aren’t doing a garter or bouquet toss. We are keeping the ceremony as short as possible and not having a first dance or dance with our parents. It just doesn’t make sense with who our parents are – my mom is low key and we just prefer “party dancing” more than formal, in-front-of-everyone dancing. We wanted an ice cream cart instead of a cake, but our parents wanted cake so we’re getting a small cake to cut and serve to our parents. We decided not to see each other before the ceremony – I’m so excited for that moment! We’re also not doing posed photos. Our photographer is a close friend from high school who works for Free People photographing models. I just want those candid photos of the moments.
What advice would you give other brides? Anything you would do differently?
Besides eloping…Have some way to remind yourself throughout the process to be true to yourself and to your significant other. People are excited and want to be helpful but not all of their advice is great for you. The best day will come from making it fit you as a couple. We sent our save-the-dates by email, which sounded like a great idea, but they ended up in several peoples’ spam folders. If I could do that over, I would just do a simple postcard. Keep it simple – go get your pictures taken in a photo booth (ahem, Magbooth) and just do a postcard.