Whitney + Tate’s Woodland Chic DIY Wedding

The definition of chic DIY Wedding was met at Whitney and Tate’s woodland chic lakeside wedding set high atop Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton, Arkansas.  Whitney and Tate’s wedding took place on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

As an Accountant, Whitney was looking for ways to maximize her spending and did much of the planning herself.  Her tablescapes were the epitome of DIY elegance.  Whitney wanted a variety of colored glass wear as well as metal details and searched for months prior at antique shops for the perfect finds.3b8a95093b8a9506
One of my personal favorite elements was the hand-crafted bar made from wood and recycled bottles by Whitney’s father-in-law.  Not only did this element look amazing, but he even added a lighting feature, so that when plugged in it illuminated the space.
Interview Done By Day of Coordinator to the Bride & Groom
1.  How did you meet?
2. Anything interesting you would like to tell us about your wedding day?
3. Do you have any budget saving tips or advice for other brides-to-be?
4. What was your favorite thing about your wedding and why?
Tate’s answers:
1. Technically, we met at work, but I really got to know the woman I fell in love with spending two days with her before I moved to Colorado.
2. One of my groomsmen and I forgot the shoes to our tuxedos.
3. Be prepared to go over budget.
4. Dancing with my bride.
Whitney’s answers:
1. Ditto! What he said ??❤️
2. We had our “first look” at Petit Jean’s grave site. Don’t knock it till you see it! It’s beautiful.
3. Make a list of wedding day priorities and explore your options. Spend money where it matters and save where it doesn’t matter quite as much. Be creative. Don’t do trendy. Do y’all. AND have fun with it. Specifically, spend the money on a good photographer. You get what you pay for where they’re concerned and their photos are how you’ll relive you’re special day for years to come!
4. My favorite thing about our wedding was dancing with my groom outside to the music being play inside our reception. We had a table set up outside with food for the two of us so that we could eat before the reception fun began. After we finished eating, Tate stood up, extended his hand and asked me to dance. I love his spontaneity! Time slowed down for those next few minutes. We danced to Unchained Melody. It wasn’t a song we requested be play at our reception, but now it’s a song that will forever be special to me!
See more gorgeous pics from this Woodland Chic DIY Wedding!
Chic Woodland Cake
Bridal Party
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Appetizer Table3b8a9813 3b8a9791 3b8a9806 Bride & GroomSparklers for wedding send off!
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Dream Team:
Venue: Petit Jean State Park  (www.petitjeanstatepark.com)
Wedding Coordinator: Meredith Events (www.meredithevents.com)
Photographer: Natalie Gray Photography (nataliegrayphotography.zenfolio.com)
DJ and Photobooth: Central Arkansas Entertainment (centralarkansasentertainment.com)
Food and Bartender: Personal Touch Catering (www.facebook.com/Personal-Touch-Catering-175871532524729)
Wedding Cake: Ed’s Custom Bakery (www.facebook.com/edscustombakery)
Flowers: Fifty Flowers (www.fiftyflowers.com)
Event Rentals: Let’s Celebrate!
Acoustic Guitar (ceremony): Matt Paul
Beer and Wine: Lake Liquor (lakeliquorar.com)
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