Crystal Gardens Wedding
This wedding sent from Heather Roth Fine Art Photography has a couple made in DIY heaven: one supremely crafty bride and one carpenter-by-trade husband who made together one truly beautiful wedding day. The guestbook postcards were given to one of the bridesmaids, who has been mailing them to the newlyweds in small handfuls ever since their nuptials. What a sweet way to reminisce their wedding day!
From the bride, Kate: Joel and I met 4 years ago on a four-wheeling, fun-loving country weekend trip away with mutual friends. We’ve been together ever since. He supports my crazy creative side that leaves our kitchen table covered in bits of paint, moss and beads. I support his dream to live on a farm. Together, we wanted a wedding that was completely us. We wanted our guests to leave knowing that everything from the ceremony to the cake was special to us. And I think we did exactly that!
Joel and I can easily be described as a hands-on, do-it-yourself couple. He’s a carpenter by trade and I dabble in a bit of everything art & crafty and have since I was little. I’ve always been really in love with hearing stories from the past, learning about where our families come from and shopping vintage. We both love to garden, he loves to grow vegetables & I love flowers. So from the minute he popped the question I knew our wedding would be filled with DIY, special touches with a vintage flair. We decided to combine our favorite things and to have a vintage garden wedding.
We decided to have an outdoor ceremony on site to keep it simple and we decided to personalize our ceremony by asking a good friend of mine, James Love to officiate. We were able to completely customize our ceremony to include things that we thought were special and meaningful including a wine and letter ceremony, music by really close friends, a ring warming ceremony by our parents and personalized vows. Our ceremony was perfect for us. And as much fun as I had at the rest of the wedding, the ceremony was easily my most favorite part!
We created a unique guest book by using vintage postcards I found from a antique store that was closing. We invited all the guests to write us a note and drop it in the mailbox which we had placed on the table. All the postcards were addressed to us and stamped. One of my bridesmaids took them home and has been mailing them to us a few at a time. We love getting the mail and finding sweet messages from our family and friends.
I wanted to make sure to include special touches that reminded me of my family. At the reception we used my parents toasting glasses from their wedding 36 years ago. My Mom and I use pieces of her wedding dress to create flowers for my DIY dress sash (my “something old”). We also used pieces of her dress to create a ring bearer’s pillow. Keeping family memories close by was so important to me. One of my grandmothers passed away almost 10 years ago and the other only a week before the wedding. I wore my late Grandmother’s pearls for the ceremony (my something borrowed) & I included pictures of both of my grandparents in a vintage locket on my bouquet to keep them close by. For my something blue, my mom stitched our wedding date into the lining of my wedding dress with blue embroidery floss.
Advice for future brides? Don’t forget about the ceremony. Make it as special and meaningful as possible. After all, that’s the reason you’re having a big party later on, it should mean something to the two of you! Oh, and ask for help. There are always lots of people offering to help you and sometimes it’s hard to give up control but ask for help so you can enjoy the process!
Location: Edwardsville, IL / Wedding Photographer: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Crystal Gardens / Wedding Flowers: Les Bouquets / Wedding Dress: Galina Signature via David’s Bridal / Wedding Veil: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Etienne Aigner / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Bride’s Hair: Dana of Treo Salon / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Musicians: Lauren Connolly and Phil Hoffman / DJ: Party Time / Officiant: James Love