Posts Tagged ‘handmade weddings’

Apr
07
Carly + Ryan: Laidback Handmade Lake Wedding by Kelley Jordan Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Kelley Jordan Photography; Ceremony Venue: Central Park Chapel; Reception Venue: Eldean Shipyard; Gown: Maggie Sottero at Becker’s Bridal; Hair: Jennifer Grace Bridal Hair Stylist; Makeup: Faces by Linda G; Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

Carly and Ryan were married at Central Park Chapel followed by a reception at Eldean Shipyard in Holland, Mich. on June 7. Carly looked stunning in a chiffon and lace gown complete with illusion lace short sleeves and a scalloped v-neckline. She donned her hair in an intricate chignon and carried a bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, and roses. Her ‘maids looked fabulous in short v-neck navy blue dresses. The groom wore a light gray suit with a blue checkered tie. His groomsmen complemented his look by donning gray dress pants, white button-down shirts, and matching neck ties. “We wanted our wedding to be simple, relaxed, and fun,” Carly said. “Since we wanted to get married near Lake Michigan, the chapel on the lake was a natural fit.” The couple tied the knot in front of 230 friends and family members in the chapel. Guests enjoyed drinks in koozie favors after the ceremony ended and before the reception began. “The boat shed venue provided us with a blank slate to be creative with homemade decorations and a lot of personal touches,” Carly said of the reception space. Personal touches included an oar guestbook for people to sign, a rustic lantern where guests could drop off cards, as well as photos of the couple. Guests sat at round tables covered in white linens, each featuring simple floral centerpieces and mini chalkboard table numbers. “At one point during our reception Ryan and I took a step back and just watched as all of our friends and family were there to celebrate us and our marriage,” Carly said. Everyone danced the night away and then sent the bride and groom off into their new life with a sparkler exit. Carly’s advice for couples? “Have fun with the wedding planning process.” See the full board here.

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Dec
30
Meredith + Nathan: Intimate Vintage Illinois Lodge Wedding by Rachael Osborn Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Rachael Osborn Photography; ReceptionVenue: Starved Rock Lodge; Planner: Something Borrowed, Something Blue; Gown: Mori Lee from Victoria’s Bridal; Hair: Shayla; Makeup: Brandi Paap of Bridal Brigade; Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse; Flowers: Hy-Vee and Sam’s Club; Invitations: Like a Cup of Tea, Mason Jar Design from Wedding Chicks; Jewelry: Gordon’s Jewelers; Shoes: Macy’s; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew; Cake: Kelsey’s Kakes 

Meredith and Nate were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru, Ill., followed by a reception at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, Ill. on June 29. Meredith looked stunning in an all-lace mermaid silhouette gown with cap sleeves, keyhole back, and a handmade sash. She wore her hair in an updo and carried a classic bouquet of white garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus, and dusty miller. Her ‘maids donned light blue chiffon dresses with various necklines. The groom looked dapper in a dark suit with a light blue striped neck tie and a boutonniere made by the bride. “We had a lot of fun putting together a wedding that would be meaningful to us and to our guests,” Meredith said of the planning process. The pair exchanged vows in front of 85 family members and friends in a traditional church ceremony. A reception followed at Starved Rock Lodge, where the couple went on one of their first dates. “We wanted a small, intimate venue and wedding,” Meredith said of their choice. The reception decor featured a vintage mailbox adorned with burlap bunting for cards, a large framed photo of the couple for guests to sign, blue mason jars which were the inspiration for the color scheme. “We loved this blue/green color and the vintage charm,” Meredith said. Guests looked to the handwritten chalkboard to find their seats at tables with white linens and mercury glass votives, white flowers, and wood slice accents. Guests danced the night away and posed for pictures in the photo booth. They indulged in a monogrammed two-tiered cake adorned with a mint banner cake topper and received chocolate-covered rock favors. Meredith and Nate did their best to keep perspective throughout wedding planning. “Above all, we always tried to remember that all that mattered were the vows we made to each other to commit the rest of our lives to one another and to let God be at the center of our marriage,” Meredith said. See the full board here.

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Dec
16
Lisa Marie + Selim: Intimate Handmade Summer Estate Wedding by Samantha Ong Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Samantha Ong Photography; Gown: Truvelle; Groom’s Attire: Holt Renfrew and Banana Republic; Jeweler: Swarovski; Shoes: Mossimo; Photo Shoot Venue: Dundurn Castle; Bridesmaid Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid; Venue: Kretz Estates; Hair and Makeup: Irene Marshall

Lisa Marie and Selim were married at Kretz Estates in Burlington, Ontario, Canada on June 14. The bride wore a gorgeous flowy dress with a beaded bodice and chiffon skirt. It was handmade from fabrics found at the grand bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. She donned a high curly updo accented with crystal hair pins and carried a large bouquet of purple roses and greenery. Her ‘maids looked stunning in mix-and-match deep v-neck dresses. The bridal party also had their hands painted in henna to honor Selim’s Turkish heritage. The groom looked dapper in a gray three-piece suit, while his men wore gray dress pants, suspenders, and purple bow ties. The pair tied the knot in front of 100 family members and friends that traveled a great distance from many places to be with them on their special day. They exchanged vows under an arch made of branches and adorned with bright flowers and white tulle fabric. A reception followed at the estates. “We hand made our wedding ourselves from our wedding favors, bouquets, center pieces, wedding arch, invitations…It was really lovely getting to be so involved and have the little details be exactly how we pictured,” Lisa Marie described. Their reception decor featured a display of Polaroid pictures of the newlyweds, paper lanterns, and a big wire heart topped with flowers and a photo of the couple’s engagement. Guests sat at long tables with white linens, brown place mats, tiny birdcages, and chalkboard table numbers set inside mini succulent tins. “We found a lot of inspiration through Instagram and Pinterest , we fell in love with the more bohemian/DIY weddings,” Lisa Marie says of their wedding inspiration.  For dessert, guests indulged in a cupcake-shaped cake decorated with white rosettes and purple polka dots. Lisa Marie encourages DIY projects, but not too many. “Pinterest is a great source for inspiration, however thinking you can complete X number of projects on your own is somewhat wishful thinking,” she said. See the full board here.

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Nov
24
Anna + Travis: Handmade Intimate Backyard Michigan Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Dan and Melissa Photography; Gown: Alec Milano from The Wedding ShoppeHead Piece: Twigs and HoneyHair: Ellie at Basic Black SalonGroom’s Attire: Banana Republic, Gap, and The Tie BarFlowers: Lasting Expressions; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew; Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank,Gap, and The Tie BarFavors: Sanpedrocactus on Etsy; Caterer: The Fresh Palate; Chairs, Tables, and Linens Rental: JJ’s Rental; Venue: Private Residence; Reception Music: Lyle Tucker; Cake: Groom’s Grandmother, Rhonda Mundt

Anna and Travis were married in the bride’s parents’ backyard in Alpena, Mich. on July12. The bride looked radiant in a beaded cap sleeve gown with a side braid and a beaded crystal hairpiece. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses, two-tone chrysanthemums, waxflower, and bay leaves. Her ‘maids donned short sage green chiffon dresses with various necklines. The groom looked dapper in a dark suit and a navy blue tie, and his men looked handsome in gray vested suits with blue-checkered shirts and navy neck ties. “Getting married at my childhood home in northern Michigan was the most meaningful decision I made while planning this wedding,” Anna said. “I had had so many wonderful memories in my life with growing up in the woods, and this would be another one to add.” Anna and Travis’ ceremony was filled with sentimental homemade touches. The path leading to the ceremony was lined with wooden signs that denoted how close they were to the ceremony site, which was on the front lawn overlooking Thunder Bay River. When guests arrived they were encouraged to pick a seat, not a side by a framed chalkboard sign. They were given ceremony programs which served double-duty as fans. The 100 guests took their seats in white folding chairs, and watched as an adorable flower girl and ring bearer made their way down the aisle. Anna and Travis exchanged vows under a beautiful birch arbor that the groom and his father made together. “Standing on the river’s edge with the breeze blowing, the birds chirping, and even some canoes riding by while I stared into my husband’s eyes was probably my favorite part of the day,” Anna noted. After they officially tied the knot, guests were occupied by lawn games and cocktail hour as the bridal party went off to take pictures. Guests were given mason jars to fill up with mock mojitos, peach bellinis, or iced tea. At the reception, guests picked up succulent escort cards, and were given individual lunchboxes with a gourmet sandwich and other sides inside. They sat at round tables with white linens and burlap table runners. Each table featured a mercury glass vase with wildflowers and blue mason jars. “I had decided to make this amazing pinwheel backdrop for behind the head table at the reception…the end result became one of the most talked about pieces at our wedding. It was totally worth the effort,” Anna said. For dessert, the groom’s grandmother made three different flavored cakes including a carrot cake, adorned with a topper featuring the couple; a lemon-thyme cake, topped with lemon slices; and a naked cake, topped with berries. The night ended setting off fireworks and sparklers, an appropriate touch for the weekend right after July 4. Anna’s best planning advice? “Don’t over do it. Sometimes simple is better,” Anna said. See the full board here.

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