Simple and easy. This was the goal for local Spring Valley couple, Missi and Cody Koebke, who celebrated their wedding on July 26, 2014.
As the couple began planning for their special event, they decided to host the wedding and reception in their own backyard, keeping it simple and easy.
Cody explained the ceremony was held in the back of the property with a small gathering of 60 family members.
They were blessed with a beautiful summer day, much to the relief of the Koebkes.
The country scheme of the celebration was created using straw bale seating and round bales as the backdrop. Candles were hung from shepherd’s hooks to create a warm atmosphere and a cattle panel was used to fashion their wedding archway.
The decor was the perfect setting for pictures of the new family.
The couple’s shed served as the perfect venue to host 300 of their friends and family for a fun reception.
According to Cody, the key was staying local and asking for help.
“Rely on your friends for help,” he recommended. “Don’t try to take on everything yourself. And if you can stick with your local businesses, let them help you out.”
The Koebkes received much of their help from Scott Hurley of Parties Made Simple out of Grand Meadow, which meant they were able to relax and know the details were in capable hands.
Hurley provided the chairs, tables, an impressive trailer bathroom for the guests and a bounce house to entertain the children.
As owner of Ody’s Country Meats, Cody was able to prepare the delicious food himself while Hurley served the meal, allowing the couple to enjoy the event.
Local D.J. Brandon Hanson of Spin Drive added to the festivities with his music.
“The easiest part was having everything on site. Ninety percent of the people that came were family, friends and customers. Everything was in one spot so no one had to drive anywhere except home at the end of the night,” Cody noted.
The unpredictability of summer weather was the most difficult detail of hosting the backyard wedding, according to the couple.
And though they were fortunate to have a perfect summer day for the event, they did have a back-up plan involving tents and moving the ceremony to the shed.
In the end, however, Mother Nature was gracious enough to give her own wedding present to the couple with an amazing, picturesque sunset.
“Everything turned out great with a simple and easy atmosphere and everyone had a lot of fun,” Cody concluded.