Today’s wedding is full of love, laughter, and DIY prettiness. Captured by Sur La Lune Photography, Haley + Seth DIY all their decorations. Coffee filter flowers? Check. DIY photo booth background? Check. Large piñatas that doubled as “hanging decorations”? Check. Come see for yourself how fun this wedding was!
Not only did Haley opted to not wear the traditional white, she and Seth also opted to get ready together and helped each other dress for their big day. Although Haley + Seth worked on many DIY decor projects, my ultimate love are the large coffee filter flowers that were carried by the flower girls. And how about them piñatas? What a fun, cool idea to have!
There is just something so romantic about having a photo shoot in the barn setting. The way the light filters in and the naturalness of it all… makes the photographs come out looking all sweet and beautiful. It is no wonder the rustic theme is such a popular trend. Dei Gratia Photography is sharing a selection of such romance in Courtney and Shane’s rustic-barn-old southern home engagement shoot with us today. Enjoy!!
Consider me floored. I mean it’s tough not to be in love with this beautiful garden wedding. Bathed in everything girly and pink while keeping it a touch rustic for the country boy groom? Well, this wedding is just drop-dead-gorgeous! Throw in some fantastic photos from Lizzie Loo Photography that captured the importance of family and smiles and it’s a total Wedding Alert. As in: “I’ve fallen and I can’t can’t get up to stop staring.” 🙂
Besides the contagious smiles and apparent love Hilary and Kevin share their love is only matched by their love for their friends fam. It can be seen in every last photo and in every corner of the wedding. (and did you count the size of this bridal party?) Hilary handcrafted the hairpieces for her maids and herself. She also was the creatrix of the darling flower girl tutus and their headpieces as well (so ADORBS!) From the trees to the table top all the decor was crafted by Hilary. I could gush for days over the floral pomanders at ceremony, and the paper ones at the reception were pretty spot on too! The simple centerpiece arrangements were more than just some gorge flowers and vases, those barrel lids were refinished by Hilary and Kevin themselves. Every last sign is a sign that the love runs deep in this fam. Held on Hilary’s aunt and uncle’s property, their ceremony was performed by Hilary’s aunt and Kevin’s uncle, and the fete was even catered by Hilary’s cousin.
Thanks Lizzie Loo Photography for sharing this pretty in pink wedding! Congratulation Hilary + Kevin!
This is a special week for me. I’m feeling very connected to our Real Weddings this week. Let’s see, we’ve had a baby and today I get the share the culmination of the love shoot that changed my whole outlook on engagement sessions. Remember these country cuties? (In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Seriously Sabrina E-sesh here.) For Tara and Justin, their big day has finally come and Seriously Sabrina has once again detailed all of the DIY details so beautifully I can’t help but grin from ear to ear like a proud DIY Mama.
This wedding truly is a barn burner, because the decorations are DY-NO-MITE!!! I just can’t get over how the Red Orchard Barn feels so cozy with its country touches yet stays so classy with the elegant draping and twinkling lights. (Have I mentioned that I think burlap and denim is my new favorite color combination? Yep, I said color… When something works you just go with it man!) And that altar!!!!! The hay bales, and garland curtain, and roses- Oh My! It can’t get any better! Unless of course it doubles as the dessert table backdrop too. Please excuse me as I faint with delight.
Seriously Sabrina has captured every little elegant rustic nuance from Tara’ s romantically ruffled gown and bubbled burlap wreath centerpieces, to the calendar guest book and Tara and Justin’s romantic tractor getaway. I am so thankful that this team has shared this amazing day with us! Congrats Tara + Justin!
Happy weekend everyone! After you’ve enjoyed this upcoming fantastic gallery of high flying fun, I hope you’ll plan a picnic full of DIY goodness since Seriously, Sabrina, has done it again. Not only have you convinced me that engagement sessions are a must, but that they can also share the lens with some whimsy DIY to make them even more perfect.
From the photographer:
For Jamie and Philip’s engagement shoot I made 20 DIY kites from scrapbook paper and yarn. I also made one large DIY kite from dowel rods and fabric and secured the frame of the kite using glue and tying the joints with yarn. The kites were tied to a huge tree on the grounds of a Montessori school where the fun loving couple showed their engagement by standing under the kites, swinging on a large rope swing, and capturing cute portraits of them on a blanket in the grass.
Even though I’m seriously crushing on the kites that Sabrina made for this shoot, I’m just as smitten with Jamie + Philip’s story. Why all the kites you ask? That’s how they got engaged. Go ahead, let out a big “AWWWW!” like I did, then fold your hands and under you chin and stare and smile at the fun and whimsical styled shoot that this adorable couple has created. Now go ahead and skip into a sweet weekend of DIY, kites, swings, picnics and loved ones!
I confess. I skipped on an engagement shoot. At the time it seemed like a good place to cut some bucks, but now that I look back I think engagement shoots are more than just a practice run or a means to great save-the-dates. In reality they are love shoots. Love for each other, love for your photographer and their style, and love for the places that say everything about you as couple. After seeing these shots from Seriously Sabrina that capture the sweet love of Tara and Justin, I think I want a do-over.
From the photographer: “Tara wanted their engagement session to be county chic with elements that capture their personalities and life together like denim jackets, cowboy boots, diesel trucks, John Deere, tractors, and plaid shirts.” These types of shots are as diy as ribbon wands or mason jars because it’s these details that represent you as couple.
Tara and Justin’s sweetness is hard not to capture, but Seriously Sabrina seriously shows why engagements sessions are a good idea. While it’s hard not to like an these photos, (You have to check out the whole gallery to see this cute couple bathed in dreamy lighting!) an engagement shoot also gives you the opportunity to get a feel for your photogs style. It’s always a good idea to let your photog know your likes, dislike, must haves and don’t; so what better way than reference your love shoot.
Congrats Tara and Justin! Thanks for sharing your special moments with us!
Sometimes I feel like engagement sessions get the shaft in the grand scheme of wedding planning. Which is a bummer, because they can play such an important role in the journey to the wedding day. Not only do they create an opportunity for important bonding time with your photographer, but it’s a chance to connect with your partner inside the giddy haze of post-proposal excitement . You get to cuddle, make smoochy faces, and wear coordinating outfits – now that is a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
In the case of Lindsay and Zach, not only did they get pre-wedding time with their photographer to get comfortable in front of the camera, but they were also fortunate enough to utilize the location of their wedding to shoot their engagement photos. An outdoorsy couple with a strong country vibe, they made great use of the bourbon barrels and beautiful grounds for a stunning gallery of images.
The wedding of Luke + Laura is rustic central. I’m in a fit of swooning over the soft palette, the lighting through the slats in the barn during the ceremony, and the low-key lantern release during the reception. The entire wedding was designed and pulled together by the couple, their family, and friends – they even brought in church pews for the ceremony in the barn!
There is something so swoon-worthy about candlelight, which abounds in the wedding of Dwight and Angelle. The warmth highlights the elegance orchestrated by the personal touches of the couple, and the palette of rich wine colors in their Kentucky church ceremony and reception at a nearby restaurant.
Location: Bowling Green, KY
Photographer: Joshua McCoy from Joshua McCoy Photography
Katie and Joey had their wedding at the historic L&N depot in Bowling Green, KY.
Couple’s Names: Katie & Joey Location: L&N Depot – Bowling Green, KY, USA Projects DIY’ed : Everything except for the cake Photographer: Paul Rowland Photography
Notes from the photographer: It was a gorgeous day, and everything down to the last detail was planned perfectly (coloring books for the children? Brilliant!). They broke with tradition and wanted to have pictures done together before the ceremony–I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look on Joey’s face when he viewed his gorgeous fiance in her wedding dress for the first time. We managed to sneak away at some point during the reception as the sun was setting on their first evening as husband and wife – the light truly was amazing and helped make for some memorable images. Congratulations and I wish you both the best on your move to Ohio!