Handcrafted Philadelphia Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

We sure made up for such a short week with beautiful weddings filled to the brim with inspiration! Wrapping up the week is Veronika and Bryan’s DIY wedding, shot by Carina of Love Me Do Photography. They did everything themselves – from the beautiful table runners made out of vintage doilies to their paper goods.

We wanted to tailor the wedding to exactly what fit us, as a couple, best. We omitted anything that we didn’t want to do (such as a bouquet/garter toss or first dance). We wrote the ceremony, including excerpts from the velveteen rabbit (I’m a huge fan of children’s books) and the poem “I like you”. We’re both huge beer fans, so we included a variation of the wine-box ceremony, using beer instead. I wanted a huge dance party for most of the night, and we definitely had that; my dad and stepmom didn’t leave the floor the entire night, and i got to see my 78 year-old grandmother dancing to Salt ‘n Pepa. Our family and friends played a huge role in the day, and it made the entire experience so special to Bryan and I.

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hipster philadelphia wedding
hipster philadelphia wedding
hipster philadelphia wedding
hipster philadelphia wedding
hipster philadelphia wedding
hipster philadelphia wedding

Almost everything for the wedding was DIY. All of the paper goods (menus, favor tags, drink dispenser tags, program fans, guest book table instructions, sparkler wrappers) were all designed and printed in my home. Bryan made all of the drink concentrates (grapefruit-mint and blackberry) and peach iced tea. With the help of two friends, I cut, ironed, sewed, and goccoed 100 napkins. The 250 cocktail napkins were also goccoed with the same heart that we used on the dinner napkins. I collected vintage frames to use for the table numbers, and using chalkboard paint, made the backs into chalkboards. the bridesmaids hair flowers were made by a friend, as was my garter. Bryan constructed the entire bar (and I sewed the bunting!) and arch that we stood under during the ceremony. We also made the photobooth backdrop, and used our own cameras, lighting equipment, and computers. We made the cake-stands out of milk glass plates and candleholders, as well as wood plaques and branches.

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hipster philadelphia wedding
hipster philadelphia wedding

With the help of my mother and grandmother and friend, I collected over 300 doilies and sewed them together to make the runners. They were starched and ironed a couple of days before the wedding. All of the jars for the flowers, the typewriter, milk glass and birdcages, were found by me through craigslist, flea-markets, and countless hours of searching thrift stores. I also found the various tables that we used for cupcakes and the ceremony at thrift stores and flea markets, antiquing them to better fit the feel of the wedding.

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hipster philadelphia wedding
hipster philadelphia wedding
hipster philadelphia wedding

I asked each of the girls to pick a light pink dress to wear, and whatever color gold or silver shoes they wanted. for presents, I found each of them a white vintage beaded clutch (1920’s – 1950’s) and a beaded necklace. They looked absolutely stunning!

My advice for brides planning to arrange their own flowers is to take however long you expected for florals to take, and multiply that by 3. it took about 11 hours in 1 day to do all of the flowers, including 7 boutonnieres, 4 bouquets, and 4 large arrangements – as well as approximately 220 bottles and mason jars. Also, be sure that you have a cold room to do the arranging; we don’t have central air, so this was a problem. Make sure you buy a stripper (to get rid of thorns and leaves) and have lots of trash bags ready. Try to stay organized with tubs of water; group the flowers by color or size. I chose many different types of flowers/greenery, but stuck with the same color scheme so everything seemed a bit rustic.

Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):

Venue: Colonial Dames / Photographer: Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Dress: Jim Heljm / Wedding shoes: Bagdley Mishka Randee / Garter: handmade / Hair flowers for bridesmaids: Bernadette Paolucci / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie and Express / Groom’s suit: Indochino / Cufflinks: Halloween / Flowers: DIY, purchased wholesale from Pennock Florals / Cupcakes: Flying Monkey / Officiant: Reverend Pamela Brehm / Caterer: Shackamaxon Catering / Hair: Lena Guard / Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy / Bluegrass Band: Wanamaker Lewis Band / Pint Glass Favors: Custom Glassware

15 comments
  1. Harvey Designs

    i LOVE the velveteen rabbit! such a cute wedding. Thanks for sharing!

  2. thegirltyler

    I adore this wedding! Would love to know how/ where they got the custom glasses done. My fiance and I are big beer fans and a custom pint glass would be a fantastic favor.

  3. Katherine

    LOVE the bridesmaids’ dresses! Choosing those can be such a delicate situation. Leaving it up to the girls to choose is a great idea :) Plus you know they will feel comfortable in whatever they decide to go with.

  4. Rosa

    absolutely stunning! and inspirational, I might add! I was worried about my own upcoming wedding and how skipping on things I typically loathe about weddings as a guest (garter toss, first dance, etc) would fair. But glad you were able to omit those things and still have a beautiful wedding & fun reception!

  5. forget me knot weddings

    This is an adorable wedding! Love all the details and the lace burlap table so great! Love the cup with their logo too!

  6. Chelsea @ Lovely Indeed

    This has to be one of my favorite weddings you’ve featured recently. Most definitely bookmarking this for tons of DIY inspiration. Good job, all! xo

  7. lydia {ever ours}

    love the theme of that heart throughout their paper goods!

  8. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    This has to be my favorite wedding I’ve seen in the last few months. Very sweet and low-key and beautiful. Those bridesmaids dresses are AWESOME.

  9. Kate

    I love their blue silhouettes! They’re such a nice personal touch.

  10. TheWeddingSecret

    Love the bridesmaids Dresses! (and the brides of course!)

    Kate x

  11. Dana

    I love everything esp the cute invitations. The pictures are glorious and truly capture the joy of the celebration.

  12. Jule - Partyspace.com

    I love everything about this wedding! I love the color scheme and the simplicity of it all. I love the bride’s dress and I love that the bridesmaids’ dresses are super light pink, but aren’t the same. It’s a fantastic idea! I also am impressed by all of the DIY items. Beautiful!

  13. Tessa

    One of my co-workers turned me on to your wedding and I cannot express enough how truly fabulous it looked. I admire your attention to detail and the passion you instilled in all our your “DIY” items! I myself am planning on having a vintage themed wedding and from someone who was so inspired by what you did I was just wondering, are you interested in selling any of these items from your wedding? Just thought I would ask!

  14. janelle

    the bride looks so serious and almost sad.

  15. April Field

    Thank you for sharing and showing me pictures of the colonial dames, definitely going to check that out as a potential venue for my wedding!

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