Jillian & Tommy

July 23, 2011 at Red Ridge Farms in Dayton

For Jill Tafoya and Tommy Allen, their wedding day was bigger than just the two of them—they were officially becoming a family. Nearly three years ago, Jill courted Tommy after spotting him playing hoops down the street from her parents’ house in Vancouver, Washington, and she wasn’t the only one who fell in love. Her then 2-year-old daughter, Ava, was smitten as well. Inseparable since their first date, Tommy proposed in the midst of a 15-mile marathon training run in March 2010, and later presented a ring to little Ava, as well.

There was no question that the wedding would be as down to earth as the new family laying down their roots. After selecting the Willamette Valley lavender farm and olive mill Red Ridge Farms for its “utter peacefulness,” Jill and her family set to work to create her dream vintage DIY wedding. Jillian requested fence scraps from a neighbor to build a dozen centerpiece boxes and crates to hold mason jars of bourbon sweet tea given to guests as they arrived. Her father hand-painted a wedding directory sign on a ladder set at the entrance.

When the sunny day arrived, guests were greeted with ceremony programs in the form of paper fans and took their seats while a violinist played. Tommy’s groomsmen sported tan slacks and suspenders, while Jill’s bridesmaids wore white summer dresses, including her maid of honor: now 5-year-old Ava. During the ceremony, “Tommy turned to Ava and presented her with a bracelet to remember the day we became a family of three,” Jill remembers.

Delicate shades of green and lavender added to the breezy style of the heartwarming event. Guests dined on eclectic antique and thrifted dinnerware that Jill collected for the wedding, and they wrote their well wishes on postcards and placed them in a vintage mailbox, serving as the guestbook. Three adorable wooden figures sat below a banner proclaiming Let Them Eat Cake, made from buttons found at Goodwill.

After spending the rest of the night swing dancing, the new husband and wife jetted to Maui while Ava stayed with family, and spent seven days unwinding from the wedding excitement. Now home in Vancouver, Tommy is back to work as an energy consultant and Jill as a full-time mom. They hope to add a new addition to their happy family soon.

Bride’s dress: Maggie Sottero from Bridal Exclusives | Bridesmaids’ dresses: J.Crew, Ava’s dress from Charlotte’s Weddings & More | Cake: Beaverton Bakery | Cake topper: Knottingwood | Caterer: The Bomber Catering Co. | DJ: Paradox Productions | Flowers: Malissa Manning | Formalwear: J.Crew | Hair and makeup: Erin Overbay | Hairpieces: Si Jolie | Invites and programs: Anders Printing | Photographer: Kimberly Kay PhotographyRings: Kassab Jewelers 

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