It may be Monday, but that doesn’t mean the week can’t start off with a dose of amazingness. This time, it’s coming to you in the form of Ashley and Nick’s bohemian wedding, with was filled to the brim with handcrafted details put together by the bride, her friends, and family. Just trust us, you’ll be blown away when you see all they were able to accomplish for this sweet shindig! Leighanne Herr‘s images will take it from here to tell the rest of the story.
From the bride, Ashley: Most of my wedding was DIY. I have a degree in Home Furnishings so the decor part was a huge focus for me. Due to a desire to have my personal stamp on the wedding (and save some money) my family and I created most of the decor! My favorite DIY project was our floral wreath chandeliers. We got large grapevine wreaths from Hobby Lobby and used a mixture of floral and leaf garlands wrapped around to create a lush appearance. We hung battery-operated tea light candles around the wreath to make it a true chandelier. We had 6 hung throughout the reception space. I wanted to add dimension in the space and this was a great way to do so. My Aunt had a collection of manzanita trees and she spray painted them gold and wrapped the branches with fairy lights. She covered the shadow boxes that held the tree with moss and tucked real flowers into the base.
I knew all along I wanted the stage to be a focal point. We had a sweetheart table with a vintage candelabra and garland across the table with flowers tucked in over a sequined table cloth for a super romantic feel. Above us was a shimmery tulle canopy draped across the stage. The stage was flanked by 6′ tall real trees that my mom had cut out of our yard and dried out. We wrapped them with Christmas lights and potted them with concrete to get them to stay upright. I wanted them to be large to stand out on the stage. My favorite piece in the reception was the MR & MRS sign that my mom built using letters from hobby lobby and pieces of wood to make a shadow box affect. She used rope lights inside the box and hung the letters with fishing line to create a cool floating illusion. The soft light behind it made it pop on the stage.
I took the planning on by myself with the help of my Mom who project manages at work and my stepmom who is great with deadlines and timelines to keep things moving. My mom had timelines of every worker ready to go the day of. I had personally decorated every table used in the wedding and taken pictures of it beforehand so my mom had packaged each table up by box and labeled it with the picture to make it super easy for helpers to setup the day of.