Updated: Jul 6, 2020
This is a question that we have heard a lot in the past year, and it's a question we can't be more excited to start answering. When Ana and I started planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted to have as much of our personalities and interests incorporated in the day as possible. Our best friends were in our bridal party, our dogs helped walk us down the aisle, and we had two kegs and a bunch of local beers waiting for us at the reception, so we were off to a good start. But we didn't have a venue, a reception hall, or anything else figured out.
After months of searching, we realized that we couldn't find a venue we liked. After discussing placement, county regulations, and costs, we decided to build our own venue on our favorite piece of property in Washington: Ana's parents' home in Winlock. Our wedding was in October of 2019, and we, along with Ana's parents, started building a pole barn in April during one of these rainiest and frigid (especially according to my memory) that I can remember. Building the barn was one of the most challenging experiences that we have gone through, but it was so rewarding to see the progress and beauty right before our eyes. And as a bonus, Steve, Ana's dad, was going to get the nicest garage in the state once the wedding was over, so he was really excited about that too.
Almost immediately after we started building the barn, we started looking at what kind of tables and chairs we wanted to use for our ceremony and for our reception. Again, and true to form, after not finding exactly what we wanted, we decided to make our own tables and benches for both the ceremony and the reception. A quick trip to an amazing mill in Bremerton brought home an un-godly amount of the most gorgeous (and heavy) live-edge slabs that we had ever seen. Meticulously. over the next 7 months, Ana hand sanded the large slabs for the tables, and the smaller slabs for benches, and then I added the layers of polyurethane. We repeated this process twice for each table and bench, and once they were done we started researching how we wanted to add the legs. Ana was an absolute champ, and tried everything that we and the internet could offer until a solution was finally found: a local farm was selling round fence posts at an amazing price. We went and scooped up a truckbed full, and went to work marking, cutting, drilling, and attaching the legs and stabilizing pieces to the tables and benches.
Fast forward through a month of assembly line work, and our tables and benches were complete. They were organized many times, decorated, and ready to go for our big day. where they were absolutely gorgeous and worked perfectly. It was a cherry on top of a proud and loving day.
That's when we started to get the "So...what now?" question. And it was a good question. Should we sell our tables and benches? What happens if they don't sell- then what? After weeks of mulling it over, Ana came up with the idea of trying to rent them. We hadn't had luck finding what we wanted when we were planning our own wedding, and maybe we could help another couple find what they really wanted for their big day!
After months of planning, we are excited to offer our tables and benches for your weddings, business events, family gatherings, holidays, and any other kind of gathering that needs the rustic elegance our tables and benches can provide. We can't wait to hear from you, and look forward to making your special day as special as possible.