Nicole + Lee’s Handmade Wedding
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love this picture below of Nicole and Lee before the wedding. I think it represents perfectly what a DIY wedding is all about.
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!
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