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This lovely handmade wedding was sent by the bride, Nicole. Isn’t she beautiful? I know you all have been craving for a real(istic) wedding lately, so this sweet wedding should tide you over till Monday!

Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding

From the bride, Nicole:

Lee and I got engaged about 6 months before we got married. We wanted a short engagement, so we could focus on the important things and not get too caught up in all the other stuff. From the beginning Lee and I decided that we wanted to make this wedding 100 percent our own and hand make as much as possible. We picked our venue, the Pritchard Beach bathhouse, because my mother in law had her 50th birthday party there, and we remember how lovely and simple it was. Most importantly, it was a total blank slate that we could start from scratch with.

Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding

Because our venue was a city run space, we ran into a number of obstacles. First, we had to think of a way to liven up all the plain white walls. I found this amazing green fabric at Chitz and Co. in Vancouver, BC. I brought it back to the States, and asked my mother-in-law to make us these really cool panels of fabric that hung at different lengths. We used four panels on each side of the venue and hung them from piping that we rented. For the ceremony stage area, we only had a little bit of the fabric left so my mother in law, sewed a burlap border around it to sort of frame the green. I had decided to have a burlap aisle runner, so this tied in nicely. About 4 months before our wedding i started making paper carnation garland to decorate the space with. I tried to make at least 10 a night. I made about 400 of them just to be on the safe side. Lee, my mother, and some friends helped with this towards the end.

Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding

My dress, was made by Alison Hartford, at Manuel Mendoza in Vancouver, B.C. She is amazing, so sweet and super talented! All of my jewelry, except the earrings were purchased from Indouible Vintage Market on Etsy. The piece in my hair is actually a vintage broach that I jimmy rigged with some tulle and a clip. All the fresh flowers were done by my friend Michael, at Buckets here in Seattle. He is so great! The day of the wedding me helped me decorate the typewriter “guest book” table.

Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding

For lighting, Lee and I really wanted to use pillar candles on the tables, but the venue prohibited open flames, so we had to brainstorm a bit. Lee actually drilled holes in about 50 different shaped pillar candles, and then melted the edges so that they would look more realistic. Then we placed flickering LED tea lights in them to look like burning candles and put two on each basswood round centerpiece. Also, on each table we had small little albums of friends and family, that were decorated with paper and fabric flowers and bugs (ooo adorable), by my good friend Trisha.

Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding
I love this picture below of Nicole and Lee before the wedding. I think it represents perfectly what a DIY wedding is all about.
Seattle Vegan Handmade Indie Wedding

Lee and I have both been vegan for about 15 years, so it was important to have a vegan cake that tasted and looked really good. Marisa Lown from The Radical Cupcake did a great job. The favors on the tables had small wood slice tags that I found on etsy as well. Inside the boxes were vegan chocolate chipotle and mint truffles that my father in law’s partner, Craig, made. The vegan catering was done by the amazing, Carmelita. Kathryn Neuman and her staff did an amazing job! The food was all Latin inspired because my family is Bolivian.

Last but not least, Kyle Johnson, was our amazing photographer. The photos speak for themselves! For some of the shots outside, he used an old vintage film camera, and they were just amazing. We did not really want to do any posed photos because it’s just not our thing, so we asked Kyle to do all candid shots. Its amazing the stuff we ended up with, sooo many great photos of Lee and I, and just amazing photography of our friends and family and most importantly THE PARTY!

Wedding Vendors (Seattle, Washington)

Venue: Pritchard Beach Bathhouse / Photographer: Kyle Johnson / Vegan Catering: Carmelita / Vegan Cake: The Radical Cupcake / Custom Made Wedding Dress: Manuel Mendoza

17 comments
  • this is so beautiful & artistic! i love the typewriter idea-did they have the guests type their messages with it? if so, that is so different & creative!

  • Amma

    Gorgeous…

  • This vegan wedding is romantic and ethereal in an accessible way – love the dress and authenticity. Another great find Amanda!

  • love it! her dress (and her) are gorgeous! I love that picture of them before the wedding. Such a special moment to capture.

    We also had a 6 month engagement and I totally recommend it.

  • OMG. I love these pictures! The way he is looking at her is so sweet. And, their tattoos really go with the attire they chose.

  • Album Boutique Team

    What a beautiful wedding and I adore all the DIY touches. The last picture definitely captures the mood. Great job and thanks for sharing!

  • I’m saving this wedding to my file. My Husband and I looked at a number of Seattle bathhouses, I saw how they could be dressed up, but he didn’t. If only I had photos of this wedding to show him back then!

    It was probably more like the sleeping bum on the beach that made him say absolutely not. Didn’t bother me!

  • Her dress is one of the prettiest I have ever seen, and having worked as a wedding planner’s assistant, I have seen a lot!

  • Jamie Wyckoff | Julia’s Poppies Design

    I adore the photography. The vintage feel is PERFECT for this wedding. Truly beautiful- every last detail.

  • I was at this wedding and it was beautiful. Especially the dress – Nicole was the prettiest bride I have ever seen. And the handmade vegan truffles in the box with the wooden tag were amazing. We still have the tag hanging on a wine bottle that says “Lee & Nicole” with the date.

  • Sarah McGlothlen

    This wedding was very relaxed and warm. It was a joining in every sense of the word. Not only of a lovely couple but of family and friends. You can see the love and care on the faces of everyone in the pictures. And who are those adorable little girls?

  • Susana

    I am the mother of the bride and YES it was totally do it yourself..Nicole had a vision for the wedding and all along she tried to share it with me…at times my ole rutine wedding habits shaded her vision, but at the end she did it HER way..and they both got the wedding they wanted! So glad to have a daughter that is unique, creative and yes very, very georgeous! Nice site!!

  • Heidi

    Your wedding was so perfect. Thank you for inviting me!

  • lo

    wowwww!!! lovely pics…
    fantastic blog!!!!!!!!!!
    lo.

  • It’s very inspirational.

  • i would love that vegan truffle recipe — sounds divine…as does the wedding!

  • Lynez

    This pictures are beautiful,everything look so Perfect.. Great inspiration for my future wedding thanks.