The Sweet Vintage Wedding of Kyle + Danielle

Details, details, details – this wedding is all about them. Danielle and Kyle went all out when creating their DIY wedding masterpiece, and we’re lucky enough to get to share it all with you.

From Danielle, the bride: We knew right from the start of wedding planning that we would have a DIY wedding. The most obvious reason being my passion for details and the handmade touch DIY gives you, but I also knew I’d have to DIY because we couldn’t afford to hire a wedding planner or purchase a lot of already made items. Luckily, I had faith in my craftiness and I also knew I had some supportive family and friends that would try their hand at anything I’d ask.
Of course, planning a wedding is not without its up and downs, and we certainly had our fair share. Our August 12th wedding was pretty much a redo as our original date of October 6th just simply didn’t work out for so many reasons. As we tried to get planning again, we struggled to create a new budget, as we had already sunk some cash into our first venue, but once we did settle on the Stroudsmoor Country Inn the vision really came to life. I knew that I wanted the wedding to feel handmade, homegrown, and a bit rustic vintage. The Lawnhaven site at Stroudsmoor gave us a great backdrop for all of the projects I had in mind. I definitely used Pinterest, wedding blogs (including DIY Bride yay!), and wedding magazines to find inspiration for our wedding, but there were a few key elements that really inspired my color and material choices.
I’ve always been a fan of costume jewelry mainly vintage pieces, and I’ve had a special penchant for cameos. I love the soft pink and the bone color that you usually see them in, so that inspired me to incorporate those colors into my aesthetic. I definitely hemmed and hawed on using pink because I feared it was too typical or too girly and I wanted my future husband to have his stamp on things. Fortunately, he trusted my vision more than I did and said go for it!
The turquoise that I chose to accent the soft pinks and creams came from the mason jars at my favorite brunch place. The whole place has a really cozy feel, and definitely helped inspire my cozy, rustic wedding. I loved the way the softness of the pink melded together beautifully with the turquoise. Now, I had to find a way to keep my colors from looking too baby shower. Since, I had recently become obsessed with all the things you could do with burlap-it was the perfect choice. It’s an inexpensive natural fabric with a lot of great texture, and I knew it made the soft colors feel a bit more masculine. Now that I had colors and some inspirational elements to work with, I had to get my invitation, programs, favors, and other details sorted.
Stationery was an important detail for me. I really wanted the invites to set the tone for the big day, but budget was a concern. There were so many boutique paperies that offered just what I was looking for, but they were way out of my price range. I remembered that I had gotten a Christmas card that year from a friend that had them printed with The paper had a great thickness and the design was super cute so I went right to their website to take a look. After comparing some other stationer sites, I fell in love with a style on minted. The price was a bit more expensive than the other sites, but they had a lot more customizable options. I would totally recommend using them!
I wanted invites that were backed, but minted didn’t offer that feature. DIY project numero uno was finding a thick paper with texture to back the invites. I settled on a tindalo cardstock that mimicked wood grain. I purchased lined envelopes and the tindalo paper from lci paper outlet. They were great because they had so many tutorials, and kept me from making a few goofs. I had square invites that are awfully difficult to do inner/outer envelopes with so thanks to lci I found the right size envelope and the perfect paper glue.
Once I had all my invites, the process was trickier than I expected. Note to self: purchase a better paper cutter next time. I had to trim down the edges of my invite, as well as cut the cardstock to back. The measurements were tricky because you had to cut everything just so or you wouldn’t be able to fit them in the envelope so it was a very time consuming process. In the end, it was totally worth it (to me!). With my lace ribbon (purchased on a whim at Michael’s for $2 long before I had the invitations in mind), and my backed invite -the bundle was the perfect amount of romance and vintage chic! I put a bit more money into this project than almost anything else. I got the look I desired and I learned a lot in the process, but unless you have some serious patience and the invites are super important to you then there are definitely cheaper options out there. Total for paper, printed invites, lined envelopes, and cutter about $315.
As I continued my quest of paperie domination for my big day, I began to plan out the programs. I knew I wanted them much to the chagrin of my now husband (he ended up doing most of this project-bless his heart!) I found some kraft scrapbook paper with random designs and vintage lettering. Based on the size of the paper, I knew I could get about 3 long strips per page, which for a pack of 50 sheets was plenty for my needs (our wedding was only about 75 people). I purchased some off-white cardstock and set to figuring out how to print them at home. I used sample programs I found on the internet to give me ideas on what to include or how to lay them out. Once my husband figured out how to troubleshoot the printer, (cardstock could fit two of our program templates per 8.5 x 11 sheet) it went pretty quickly. I used the same paper glue that I used for the invites to mount the cardstock onto the vintage scrapbook pages. I purchased skinny beige ribbon at Michael’s along with a special stamp I found in the scrapbook aisle. The stamp punched a really pretty design onto the top and bottom of the invites. This process was the most time consuming because the stamp was a bit larger than the actual scrapbook strips and if you weren’t careful you could tear the design right off. After we punched two holes in the top and tied a bow, they were complete. Total cost for the program project was about $27.00, which was a steal compared to everything else I saw out there!
I purchased the cart for the programs long before I even knew what the programs would look like. I saw it on display at Christmas Tree Shops, and it was used a planter. I knew that it was the perfect rustic touch for the entrance to the ceremony space. For under $30, I got the cart and used tealights, moss, and a few accessories I already owned to finish it off.
For my place card holder, I used two antique shutters. The shutters were actually given to me by friends. They had a bit of peeling paint and cracks, which worked fine for my style. My mom and I purchased on clearance at Michael’s some crochet flowers and raffia. A little hot glue and they looked perfect (much to the dismay of our burnt fingers)! To get the shutters to stand, we used 2×4 wood pieces, shelf brackets and screws. I used a bit of leftover burlap that I draped to cover the wood and brackets in the back.
Another important factor for me was that the actual reception space would feel like we put our stamp on it, too. I didn’t want just a few flowers at the table, so I looked for a way to fill some empty space. There was a mantle in our space that was calling out for a little decoration. I needed something that wasn’t too bulky (we didn’t want to risk that it would fall off the edge from all the dancing) or anything too expensive. I used some mason jars that were given to me or that I was already using in my home. I used leftover flowers from the shutters and some burlap ribbon from my trusty craft spot, Michael’s. Once again, we used the hot glue gun to keep the ribbon and flowers in place. Once tealights were placed at the bottom, they created the perfect amount of ambiance and decoration. I was so pleased, and at under $10 they were a great cheap project!
I had seen a few photos on blogs, as well as a few shops on Etsy of Mr. and Mrs. chair banners, but at $25-$50 per pair before shipping, I knew I could create the look I wanted for less. A trip to Walmart proved that I was correct. The burlap was about $2 per yard, and I only needed one yard. I used ribbon that I already had, I purchased a bottle of silvery white fabric paint (about $4), and a paper stencil kit (about $10). I cut the burlap to size and taped the stencil in place while I painted the letter. Once all the letters were dry, I used a silver metallic sharpie (preowned) to outline. Burlap is really easy to cut or make holes in so I just stuck the end of my paint brush through burlap in the place I wanted to tie the ribbon. The paint and outline took the most amount of time, but for under 20 dollars I got the look I wanted. Everytime I look at the picture of the two of us sitting with our banners, I get so excited that I created it myself!
I had grand visions of the professional pictures, and most of all certain staged photos I wanted. I loved the look of all the dresses lined up perfectly perched on some pretty little hangers. I saw so many wonderful etsy shops with great personalized hangers. I had five bridesmaids plus my own hanger…I just simply couldn’t spend $25.00 per hanger to get the photo I wanted so much. I figured I could do a little personalization with my trusty metallic Sharpie and some pretty wooden hangers. I wish I could say that I took my time and really mapped out how I would draw the letters on and how I would apply decorations, but I just had at it! After trying my best to write neatly and swirly-ish, I felt they needed a little extra pizazz. I used some ribbon that I had from my mason jar project that had gone unused. Again, a little hot glue kept the ribbon in place (hot glue= answer to most things!). For my own hanger, I wanted even more pizazz, and found just the right amount in a floral bridal sash Michael’s (yea I kind of lived here during the planning/creating process). The sash was about $10, and I wasn’t sure if I should spend the money because I knew I would only be cutting it up and using a portion of it. After twenty minutes of debating, I went for it and am so glad I did. The raw silk flower and tulle was the perfect accessory! The hangers were about $6 for a pack of 8, so the leftover hangers are currently in use in my coat closet. As I mentioned, the ribbon was leftover, so total cost was around $16.00 for six personalized hangers! Love them!
The florals were also a huge part of the vision I had, and as you can see most of the projects up to this point I tackled on my own or with help from the trusty hubby and my dedicated mom. The florals- I can take absolutely NO credit for (Zero, Zilch)! We were so lucky to have the talented and amazing Aunt Lisa on hand to create all the ladies bouquets, guys boutonnieres, centerpieces, card box, and other floral decor that we had scattered about. Kyle’s aunt did all of this with just a few pictures and a few suggestions that I gave her about what I envisioned for our big day! She is seriously the most amazing aunt/florist ever! She used jars and vases I already had (boy giving all of the stuff I collected was hard, but sooo worth it!), and she then went about purchasing from thrift stores and salvation armies as much pink, turquoise and silver containers she could find. My future mother-in-law and Aunt Lisa also ran around looking for silver trays to put the arrangements on.
Literally, all I mentioned was that I was looking for a more “abstract, wildflower look.” I didn’t want anything too manicured, and I wanted various heights. As you can see from the photos, she went to town! Gorgeous ribbon and details-the perfect arrangements! I was pretty much kept out of this process completely (difficult for a control freak such as myself!), but what I do know is that she traveled from NJ to PA with buckets of fresh flowers. She arranged all of the flowers onsite in the hotel room. My poor mother-in-law slept with the air conditioning jacked all the way up to make sure the flowers wouldn’t wilt! I can’t thank her enough for her dedication! Without help from Aunt Lisa, we never would have been able to have such beautiful flowers. As much as I loved tackling the DIY projects and seeing my vision come to life, I knew I would be in no condition to do any floral arranging the night before or the day of. I could never have put together my vision the way Kyle’s aunt did. All I can say is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! We were both so pleased and thankful for the wonderful gift she gave us!
As much as it may seem the wedding was about creating a particular aesthetic, it truly was so much more than design and details. The day was about uniting as husband and wife and also getting to share that special moment with all of our friends and family. Even though at times the DIY projects became stressful, they were also what put everything into perspective. Everytime I mentioned my next project, there were always people who offered to help. We had so much support from family and friends that the end result was gratifying for not only us (bride and groom), but also our guests! Everyone pitched in to make our DIY rustic/vintage wedding an absolute dream!


Couple: Danielle + Kyle Gamsby

Date: August 12, 2012

Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Photography: Tami Melissa Photography

Venue: Stroudsmoor Country Inn

The Southern Wedding of Sara + Tyler

We tend to not get a whole lot of opportunity to showcase many things relating to babies since we’re a wedding blog, but today’s wedding offered us a great opportunity to highlight an event that had a gender reveal with the wedding cake cutting!

From the photographer: Franklin, North Carolina was the mountain setting for this handmade backyard wedding full of DIY projects. The bride Sara, an artist, worked with her close family and friends to create vibrant details that made the atmosphere feel truly magical. The Victorian bed and breakfast where the event took place was transformed with a backdrop of hundreds upon hundreds of colorful ribbon and hand torn fabric strips. The bride had the vision to create a dance floor out the the home’s carport by weaving ribbon along the ceiling and completed the look with a disco ball.
Loved ones also joined together to create all of the signs. The paper plate garland was a sweet pink and white pop against the green exterior.
The “wishes tree” was another DIY project completed for the wedding. Branches were painted white and secured into a sweet white metal bucket with craft cement.
The bride wore a 1930’s wedding dress from a consignment store paired with shoes from Aldo.
As guests arrived they found wedding programs rolled up in a hand painted mailbox.
Sara chose Peacock colors for her wedding day which were incorporated into the flowers, table scape, cake, and attire.

The most anticipated moment of the night was the cutting of the cake. Guests were treated to the sweetest surprise as the wedding cake doubled as a gender reveal cake as well – a baby girl due February 6.

Couple: Sara + Tyler Shook

Date: September 22, 2012

Location: Franklin, North Carolina

Photography: melissa marie photography

Venue: Victorian Retreat

Florals: April’s Flowers on Main

Cake: Ingles

Shoes: Aldo

The Colorful Comic Book Wedding of Dayna + Aaron

Holy awesomeness, Batman! I could not be more excited for the wedding of Aaron and Dayna, with all the colors and creative design elements. The couple truly poured their personalities into their wedding, and they rocked the house with their epic nuptials.

From the bride, Dayna: Without ever discussing it, my new husband, Aaron and I knew a lot of things about our wedding day the evening we were engaged. We knew we’d be financing the wedding ourselves. We knew we wanted a friend to marry us. We knew we wanted our professional wedding photographer friend to take our pictures. We knew my band (you can find video of the bride singing here) would be playing our party and that I would sing with them. And we knew that my graphic designer husband would be designing every piece of collateral for our big day. Having all of that knowledge in advance was a huge help in getting our wedding into shape very early in the process.

We also make decisions very quickly. On the recommendation of one of my bridesmaids, we looked at some pictures online of the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY and within two days, had put down money to secure a date with them. The Full Moon was the only venue we went to see and it turned out to be the perfect one for us. On the drive home from touring the venue, we picked our theme – Lichtenstein/’50s Romance Comic Books with a polka dots and stripes color palatte – and had already mentally created our invitations before we made it home. I selected my dress on my first day of dress shopping and never looked back.

Once we ran out of decisions that were easy to make, we focused on the rest with the understanding that we wanted a wedding that was different from any we had ever seen. We had a lot of help in coming up with wacky ideas thanks to a few of the less traditional wedding blogs. To avoid the cost of flowers, we decided on origami bouquets that could be created with the help of my crafty bridesmaids. I saw a blog posting about a tongue-in-cheek program to entertain and inform guests and ran with the idea. We picked and chose the most creative ideas and gave them a twist to make them our own.

Aaron viewed the build-up to our wedding as one gigantic art project. Our Save-The-Date invitation became a stop-motion video (which you can find here, in all its awesome glory). Our invitations were works of art by themselves. Our centerpieces, polka dotted flower pots that held wire trees hung with mini-Lichtenstein paintings that we encouraged guests to color and give back to us as a guest book substitute, took months to create, but ended up being worth every moment we spent painting and gluing them.

I said at the wedding that a DIY wedding is less “Do It Yourself” and more “Do It Yourself with the help of everyone you’ve ever met.” This turned out to be very true in our case. Our bridesmaids made their own bouquets, blinged out my bouquet, created my Muppet envelope box from scratch and even ended up working as our makeup artists on the day of the wedding. I ended up recruiting not only my band, but several other professional musician friends to work as entertainment for the evening. Our officiant worked with us to write our ceremony. Our friends put together their own reading of some of our favorite movie quotes about love. I oversaw the proceedings, but without them, the wedding we’d planned simply wouldn’t have been possible.

The day of the ceremony, we only had 3 hours to set up the resort before the guests arrived. To make sure we utilized every moment, I put together schedules for every member of the bridal party, plus our officiant and parents, that were highlighted to focus on each person’s responsibilities on the day. I also put together instructional packets with every task that needed to be accomplished and used pictures for illustration whenever necessary. Amazingly, we finished our set-up (in three separate locations) in under an hour.

Because we had so few vendors to deal with, so much time to prepare and so many people helping us (not only our bridal party chipped in – all of their significant others did, as well), our wedding day was pretty seamless. My husband and I were able to fully enjoy our special day without worry about anything going wrong and it truly was a perfect day for us – and we hope for everyone who helped to get us there.

Couple: Aaron + Dayna Webber

Date: September 23, 2012

Location: Big Indian, New York

Photography: Casey Fatchett Photography

Venue: Full Moon Resort

Ketubah: MPArtworks

Bridal Gown + Fur Shrug: Macy’s Bridal Salon by Demetrios

Necklace: Tiger Lilly Jewelry

Bridal Bouquet: Nerd Nuptials – with *extensive* upgrades and blinging done to original bouquet by bridesmaids (one of the best DIY projects, I think).

Bridal Fascinator: TheRedMagnolia

Hair: Hair by Annaliese

Bridal Footwear: Heeler Dealers, Rock and Candy

Wedding Bands: Sziro Jewelry, Neta Wolpe Jewelry

Bridesmaid Dresses: My 50’s Vintage Dresses

Bridesmaid Petticoats: Sterling and Pearls

Bridesmaid Fascinators: Janine Basil

Bridesmaid Rings: Gabeadz

Bridesmaid Flasks: Liquid Courage

Bridesmaid Necklaces: Amazon Curated Collection

Cake: Adam Kowalsky, Full Moon Resort

The Gorgeous Sparkly Wedding of Jessica + Kyle

Jessica and Kyle had a stunning southern wedding in Tennessee, in a gorgeous modern space with great blue accents. I love the weddings that are full of romance, and end with one heck of a party. Jess and Kyle’s wedding party looked sytlin’ and check out the awesome ring bearer and flower girl. So awesome.

From the bride, Jess: Banners – I wanted to define the different spaces of the venue to create an easy experience for the guests to navigate (“Eat” on the buffet, “Drink” on the bar, etc.). I ordered some black chipboard pennants online and strung them together with twine. My aunt used her Cricut to make some die-cut letters for the banners. I wanted them to have a chalkboard look to go with our other signage and I love how they turned out! We also made a “Just Married” banner to string across our altar for the reception.

Happy Tears – I always boo-hoo at weddings so I wanted to add a special touch for guests by placing tissue packets with a custom seal on each of their seats. These required very minimal cost and effort to put together but I thought they ended up so cute.

Glass Slippers – I wanted a very specific look for my shoes – low wedge heels with a little bling – but after scouring the internet I came up empty. Actually, the exact shoe I wanted does exist, but it was Jimmy Choo! I. don’t. think. so. I found a great tutorial on how to “glitter-ize” any shoe by creating a mixture of mod podge and glitter and applying several coats to the shoe. I found the exact style of shoe I wanted on Amazon for $11. They went from black velvet wedges to gorgeous Cinderella slippers! For the finishing touch I added sparkly shoe clips that I got from Etsy for about $30. For under $50 I got my dream wedding shoes and it felt even more special since I made them myself.

Mossy Monograms – I wanted something on the door to create a personal experience from the moment people arrived. My mom and I got some large paper mache letters – J and K for Jess and Kyle – from Joanne’s and used spray adhesive and moss sheets to transform them into custom monograms to adorn our venue doors and match our garden wedding theme.

Wedding Wishes – I didn’t want a typical guestbook since they usually end up gathering dust in a storage box somewhere. I had seen some photos of wishing trees and thought were so beautiful. Our centerpieces all incorporated branches so it also worked well with our theme. I ordered manzanita branches and let our florist work her magic to set it up. My aunt stpeed in again with her magical Cricut machine and cranked out some kraft paper tags. We added twine to the tags and voila! Custom wishing tree. For a special twist, we decided our guest book tags would become a regular addition to our Christmas tree. We saved the box of personalized tags and read them each together as we put them on our tree a few weeks after the wedding. It was so meaningful and I can’t wait to get them out and read them every year!

Going Old “School” – I am in LOVE with the latest chalkboard trend so we bought some frames that matched our mercury glass accents and converted them to signs using chalkboard spray paint. We had smaller signs on the guest book and favor table and used a large sign to display our ceremony “program” (saving trees in the process!).

Once Upon an Altar – As much as I love our venue, the wall space behind where we would stand to say our vows was blank and a little boring. I wanted to have something special to create a more traditional feel, and a rustic iron garden screen found on sale at Hobby Lobby did the trick. We dressed it up with moss, fresh flowers, and string lights and, in my opinion, it made the ceremony seem magical. I have seen a ton of great ideas on Pinterest for DIY altars – I think it is such a great touch for the less traditional wedding venues out there.

Couple: Jessica + Kyle Fessler

Date: November 10, 2012

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Photography: JoPhoto

Venue: Emporium Center

Florals: Sassafras

Dress: White Lace & Promises

Cake: Daisy Cake Company

Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

Calligrapher: Evonne Ink

The Timeless Blue Wedding of Megan + Matthew

Happy Monday, everyone! Hopefully you all had a restful weekend of wedding planning or crafting. Today I’m totally digging on our bride Megan’s sassy pink shoes (hello cheetah-print bottoms!), and  all the vintage details she so put so much effort into collecting. The end result was a great vibe of sweetness and love – perfect for a wedding.

From their photographer: Matthew and Megan are now living in Portugal as Matthew serves active duty in the Air Force. Their wedding took place in Rockwood, PA at The Hayloft in front of their friends and family members. The Hayloft has been a part of Rockwood, PA since 1896 and the natural settings of mountains, corn fields, make it a timeless location. Megan incorporated vintage family heirlooms with a bit of a modern twist. Her grandfather was a foreman, and you will see she created a “In memory of” table where she had his hat on the table with some photographs of him. Her grandma was a seamstress and she found a box full of her grandma’s buttons that she also displayed next to her grandpa’s hat in a mason jar. Megan also did all the center pieces for her wedding. She shopped at vintage shops for over six months finding books, tea cups, mason jars, old typewriters, postcards where guests could type a good luck message to the couple to bring out the vintage/modern feel to her wedding. Matthew and Megan had a wedding party of five bridesmaids and five groomsmen. The wedding was supposed to take place outside but due to a severe thunderstorm the even was moved indoors where it still was a gorgeous setting. After their vows we headed to a part of Rockwood, PA where an old rustic bridge had been established in 1830. Named the “Barronvale Bridge,” we shot some very non traditional couple photos.

Couple: Megan Bush-Lumm + Matthew Lumm

Date: Septemeber 30, 2012

Location: Rockwood, Pennsylvania

Photography: Lori Lee Photography

Venue: The Hayloft

The Grey and Yellow City Hall Wedding of Jane + John

I’ve been looking at weddings for years, and there’s a small detail from Jane and John’s wedding that totally threw me for a loop – they used avocados as seating cards. Using fruit as decor is clean, easy, and beautiful; it’s definitely one of my favorite elements to use. Using avocados is a fun new twist!

From the photographer, Meagan Ramirez: Jane’s wedding was one of the best do it yourself weddings I could have imagined. Even her dress she designed herself and had made at Lou Razon Couture. The desserts, incredible ice cream sandwiches, and flowers were even done by Jane and her family and friends. The attention to detail was amazing and the food incredible.

Couple: Jane + John Tucker

Date: August 10, 2012

Location: Fillmore, California

Photography: Meagan Ramirez, The Collective Photographers

Venue: Fillmore City Hall

Fajitas: Carli’s Bistro

Dress: Lou Razon Couture

Mens Attire: Friar Tux Shop

The Shabby Chic Wedding of William + Allyson

Another day with two weddings? Score! Y’all hit the wedding jackpot this week. This morning’s offering is a romantic wedding out of Texas. The soft light, the romantic draping on the ceremony arch, and sparkly brooch bouquet all make for a stunning event.

From the Bride: When we started planning our wedding, we really wanted a vintage, western, shabby chic feel. Our venue was the perfect space for us. It had the country feel we were looking for and the natural beauty of the outdoor ceremony was breathtaking. The small budget, which some would have found limiting, made our special day truly homemade, DIY, and heirloom inspired. My bouquet was filled with brooches and jewelry from grandmothers, great grandmothers, and aunts. All of the bridesmaids dresses were hand made from vintage lace slips. Everything was so sentimental and it made our day even more special.

Couple: William + Allyson Merrett

Date: May 27, 2012

Location: Gainesville, Texas

Photography: Meegan Weaver Photography

Venue: Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat

Tulle Flower Shoe Pins

If you feel like your wedding shoes could do with a little bit of sumpn’ sumpn’ don’t be afraid to grab a hold of some scissors and get creative. Making your own shoe embellishments is actually super fast, easy and cheap. You don’t even need fancy bits and pieces or tools.

Plus, if you make your own shoe pins, you can match them exactly to your wedding color scheme, the color of your husband’s eyes or use them as sneaky way to incorporate your “something blue” into the wedding. And since they’re completely versatile and movable, your DIY shoe pins can even tie the bridesmaids’ shoes together if your gals have chosen different styles. Here’s how to make the magic happen:


  • Chiffon or tulle material
  • Needle
  • Thread (in color that matches the material))
  • Material scissors
  • Hairpins
  • Shoes


Step 1: Cut two pieces of material

Cut two pieces of material. Each one should be a bit wider and approximately seven times longer than the hairpins.

Step 2: Fold material

Fold the material in a zigzag pattern.

Step 3: Slide into pin

Pinch the material in the center and slide it into a hairpin. Make sure it’s even on both sides and on both pins.

Step 4: Slide pins onto shoes

Slide the pins onto the center part of your shoes and make sure that they are balanced.

TIP: If you worry about cutting and sewing around your wedding shoes (particularly if they’re white), you can always use a different pair to do the crafting and then move the pins to your wedding shoes once they’re done.

Step 5: Trim

Pinch the material to the center and trim it by half an inch. Repeat so that both pins look the same.

Step 6: Pinch and sew

Pinch the material up and sew the material from one side of the pin to the other until the shape is even and looks nice. Repeat with the second pin.

Step 7: Trim

Use the material scissors to trim both flowers on the pins to shape. Once you’re finished you can take them off and put them back on as you like.


Krysia + Michael’s Charming Backyard Wedding

Apparently this week of Real Weddings is the week of gorgeous and adorable nuptials featuring dogs and horses. I just cannot get enough, from the sweet dog on Monday, the horse and buggy on Tuesday, and the escorts for the bridesmaids from today’s sweet event. If I get married again, I’m most definitely including goats – I do live in Portland after all, I can get away with it. Perhaps some chickens, as well? Enjoy.

From the photographer: Krysia, Michael and their families put so many personal touches into this beautiful backyard wedding. Krysia’s parents offered their beautiful property for the wedding – they even prepared it especially for the event with new landscaping, all of which was done by Krysia and her mom. Special wedding party participants included the family’s pony, goat and dog, all of which walked down the aisle with a bridesmaid. Krysia and her sister prepared the pony’s mane themselves that morning, all done up with their hair and makeup, getting the pony ready, too!

The flowers, origami cranes and other decorations were all done by the couple and their families. They even prepared most of the food themselves ahead of time!

Couple: Krysia + Michael Esham

Date: June 18, 2011

Location: Massachusetts

Photography: Brett Alison Photography

Elissa + Casey’s Timeless Western Wedding

Are you sitting down? Awesome, because this wedding is epic. Get your fingers ready, because you’re going to want to Pin the heck out of this wedding.

From Elissa and Casey’s photographer: Elissa and Casey truly celebrated Park City’s Old Western heritage by encouraging guests to dress up for their themed wedding. Friends & family came as mountain men, gypsy inspired women, hippies and the gorgeous bridemaids as Old West saloon girls. Elissa had a special request – would I shoot with film and old cameras, which I loved. There is something about film that is still quite timeless. These photographs are a mix of both digital and film. The ceremony took place at the Zen Garden/Yoga Shop in Old West fashion, a horse and buggy took the bride and groom up to a cute house behind Main Street where the celebration continued. Elissa is a natural, hippie beauty & Casey a free-spirited soul…what more could a photographer ask for?

DIY Details

Invitation: The bride designed her own invitations. It was a collage of art and photographs.
Flowers: Were assembled by the bridesmaids. The flowers were gathered on a hike they took the morning of the wedding.
Brides Dress, Shoes, Lace Cuffs, Hat: The bride’s Aunt Helen added more elements to her Lazaro gown. The morning of the wedding she sewed the lace cuffs around her wrists. The shoes were vintage & bought from ebay.
Cake: The cake was baked by a friend and decorated with flowers gathered by the bridesmaids.
Bridesmaid Corsets: The corset base was bought online & then customized by each bridesmaid (each one added different elements from flowers, feathers, ribbons & lace).
Reception: The couple rented a victorian house in Old Town, Park City to have their reception in. Friends made all the delicious food (picnic/bbq style), their friends were the band & played out of the garage (Dead Horse Anonymous)
Rings: Her father’s and his grandmother’s
Photography: Going with the Old West theme of the wedding, the bride asked if I would shoot with a mix of old vintage cameras along with digital.
Ceremony: They were married outside a friend’s yoga/meditation center and then rode a horse & buggy to the house where the reception took place
Favors: Jars of local jam made by friends

Couple: Casey + Elissa Martin

Date: August 7, 2010

Location: Park City, Utah

Photography: Sparkle Photography

Venue: Zen Center

Wedding Dress: Lazaro

Bridesmaids Dress: McGrew Studios

Cake: Mariposa Kitchen

Musicians: Dead Horse Anonymous

Transportation: Rocky Mountain Outfitters

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