DIY Wedding

Our family began on May 27th last year.  

We had a DIY wedding reception.

Here are a few of our favorite things from that day.

Paper flowers Center Pieces
Guitar guestbook
Boylan's Soda in an antique Utility Sink
Antique Window Chalk Board Menus
"What love means to you"
"Two Love Birds" Pinwheels
Thread Spool Cake Topper
Photo Booth
Handmade Wedding Dress and Veil

We made over 300 paper flowers and glued them to branches to make the center piece arrangements.  We filled large mason jars with bird seed to secure the branches.

We put vintage records underneath each of the large flower arrangements.

My sister and her husband made our home made "Peg Board Games" using golf tees and then dressed them up by gluing buttons to the top of the tees.

We also decorated the tables with antique books tied together with string and teacups and saucers.

We left the guitar case open for wedding cards and any other money!  It was surprising how many people just walked by and would throw in a $20. Score!

Instead of having a wedding guest book we had a "guitar guestbook".  (Because let's be honest, who really goes back and looks at that book time and time again?)

For our table setting we used my great grandmother's silver and napkins from my parents wedding.  This added a really sentimental and personal touch to the decor.

I wanted to save all of the bottle caps so I could do (this) project.

We used an antique utility sink for the drinks.  It looked fantastic and kept the drinks pretty cold.  Now I use it in our bedroom to separate laundry!

I bought some old windows from an antique shop in Roswell.  I got some spray chalk board and then we made these.  It made for a unique way to share the menu.

The live jazz band made for such a classic atmosphere. 

Our first dance to "Embraceable You".

This lovely little idea came from my sister.  She is the one who did all of the paper signs by the way.  We loved going back through and reading the responses we got.  Its amazing how love is something different for everyone.

The cake was made by my best friend's mother.  It was an almond pound-cake with butter-cream frosting.

My aunt made all of the cake table decorations.  She made these pinwheels to go on top of the windows.  She made the cake toppers out of vintage thread spools and some of our paper flowers.  She also made two clay birds to go on top of the main cake.  My little bird had a veil on and John's was holding a guitar that said, "Murphy Rocks" on it.

Our friend Taylor did a photo booth for us.  One of my biggest regrets of the night is that John and I never even got to go get in it!!  It was such a busy night that we never even got to eat!

(My mother and I designed and handmade my dress and my veil.)

We left to the flair of sparklers and fireworks.  It was such a magical evening and I want to do it all over again!

And that was part of the beginning of forever...


Natalie said...

So pretty! I love all of you heartfelt little details. Thanks for sharing these!

grace said...

amazing details! thanks for sharing. i love how you incorporated all the old windows... very unique.

Rachael said...

Love everything about your wedding!
Wants to steal some ideas for the future! Have to get a husband first....anyone you know?
-My favorite part was the photo booth! Love it.

Courtney B said...

Oh crud. I am SO guilty of going back and reading my wedding book and what people write..more than once! haha!
You looked stunning on your day!
I love all the craftiness of your wedding! So amazing!

Kacie said...

so beautiful! you did such a lovely job!

Anonymous said...

you guys are the bomb. seriously, this is so so gorgeous. maybe you should run your own wedding company? you guys are the full package. john can play guitar, you can sing, and you and your sister can do the decor. instant win.

ps. if we had been best blog friends before, i totes wouldve driven out your way and crashed your wedding. just saying.

Unknown said...

Holy moly, this is the sweetest post. I absolutely adore every single DIY project you guys worked on! Everything turned out so beautiful. What an amazing reception!

kylee said...

i am obsessing over that chalkboard window you made. what a lovely wedding you had.

Eva Marie said...

Your wedding looks absolutely beautiful! You can tell you put a lot of hard work and made it as personal as possible, I love that. It reminds me of my own wedding.

Fantastic post!

Haley said...

is that all for real?? :D What a LOVELY reception!! I absolutely ADORED the personal touches...the guitar guest"book", your parents' wedding napkins, the notes for people to write what love is, and the photo booth. What a wonderful day it must have been!!! Thanks for sharing!

PS - i'm going to share this link with a blog-friend who is wantin to do a lot of her wedding DIY style...I know she is going to LOVE this!! :) :) :)

Jenna Griffin | Gold & Bloom said...

wow, i LOVE this! everything is perfect.

Jasmine said...

i love all these details! especially the guitar case for wedding cards and signing the guitar as a guest book! amazing!

Jamie Walker said...

The guitar is such a good idea I love it! Too bad I'm already married or I might ask if I could still it!

Sara said...

Did you know that somewhere in my apartment (in my boxes of stuff) is your bouquet? I caught it, remember?!?

(It has not worked yet.) ;)

Brittany-Trends250 said...

im seriously blown away by this!! amazing!

Jenni said...

This is kind of freaking brilliant. You should definitely win an award or something... like, submit this to a magazine or wedding blog, I don't know!!! But you guys did an AWESOME job!!!

Rachel said...

holy gorgeous! i wish i had thought of half of these ideas for our wedding! and your dress - you and your mom made it! so lovely

Rachel said...

holy gorgeous! i wish i had thought of half of these ideas for our wedding! and your dress - you and your mom made it! so lovely

Kandice Breinholt said...

i can't tell you how badly i would love my future reception to look like this! however, i'm too chicken that it wouldn't look that great with me thinking up all the ideas and what not, you know? did you have those same worries or? major props, though, seriously!! this looks absolutely amazing

Pearl said...

what a beautiful vintage wedding. I love all the details and the decor!


Unknown said...

I am curious to make paper flowers for Malibu wedding venues decoration on my wedding day. I am sure that must be interesting. Well, in your post antique utility sink looks amazing, can you share from where you got that? I would like to find that one for my wedding too.

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