Tara + Harris: A Crafty Virginia Winery Wedding by Aaron Watson Photography
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Real Weddings

From the Peruvian cookie favors to over 400 yards of ribbon bunting, you will not believe the amount of personal crafting time Tara, Harris, and family put into this cheerful Virginia wedding. The adorable couple (who met at a summertime “nerd school” between their junior and senior years of high school) enlisted nearly everyone they knew in creating the unique details of their special day, and the results are beyond impressive. Special thanks to Aaron Watson for sending these fun images over! We’re delighted to share the story.

The DIYing started with the ceremony. Harris’s father built, stained, and assembled the arch under which they exchanged vows. The moss initials were a surprise gift from the bride’s mother and aunt—the duo assembled them by covering paper maché letters purchased at a local craft store with moss mats. The ceremony fans (which depict the wedding party in cute cartoons) were designed by a family friend, printed at OfficeMax, and also assembled by the bride’s mother and aunt.

The overhead decor was one of the biggest DIY undertakings of the wedding. The bride’s mother, father, sisters, and aunts cut over 400 yards of ribbon and stitched them to longer streamers, which criss-crossed the ceiling of the reception space. “We loved how cozy and festive they made the large dining hall feel!” says the bride. Another DIY detail we love: the bride’s uncle used hundreds of corks gathered from friends, family, local wine bars, and even Whole Foods to create a commemorative “M”, which stands for the couple’s shared last name and now sits in their new home! The colorful candlesticks were made by wrapping industrial spools found at a local antiques shop with coordinating colors of yarn. Tara and Harris baked and wrapped the Peruvian cookies placed at each table setting themselves.

We’ll cap things off with some sound advice from the couple: “Spend more time planning the marriage than the wedding, as the latter will last much longer. Mix reasonable DIY projects with hiring the right professionals, and stay open to ‘Plan B’. Sometimes it’s way better than your original plan was!”

You Might Also Like: DIY Projects | Kristen + Ryan’s Purple Romance | Victoria + John’s Country Wedding

Photography by Aaron Watson Photography • Event Coordinator: Ashley Baber Weddings • Flowers by Sugar Magnolias • Venue: King Family Vineyards • Dresses from Poffie Girls • Band: Another Level

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