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Jes + Caleb’s Indie Wedding Part II

On to Part II of Jes + Caleb’s big day shot by For You Love Me

More from the bride, Jes:

I’m the kind of girl that always has a dress in my head I can never find. If we wanted to wait longer than 3 months I could of had it made, but it was more important for me to marry my love than to have the perfect dress. My idea was to have a knee-length dress that was simple, modern, and had sleeves. Impossible to find! Eventually I decided it would be done as a two-piece. The skirt and camisole were from J.Crew. The silk-organza blouse was by Boss Black at Saks. My hair and makeup were done by my close friends Laura and Monica. Laura also sewed together my hairpiece from some vintage netting and felt flowers we made.

Caleb wore a button down shirt from Express and a suit from ZARA. His boutonnière was two paper flowers that he made.
Hipster Pennsylvania wedding

We knew we wanted to get married in Lancaster, PA because it was a central location for us and our families. We also knew we wanted everyone seated at their dinner tables during the ceremony so we wanted a venue that would give us an open, modern looking space. Progressive Galleries in downtown Lancaster was perfect. It was a big room with awesome lighting and hardwoods and the staff was very willing to move artwork to accentuate the ceremony.

DIY handmade wedding Lancaster PA

Practically everything was DIY! The one that took the longest was the escort/seating plan. Caleb found vintage maps of six cities that had played a part in our relationship and designed table markers. I wrote up the “City-Story” for each map so that people could visit different tables and learn some interesting facts about our past year together. A matching seating chart at the door directed travelers to their destinations for the evening.

Caleb and I designed and printed our programs on mailing tags. Then we wired them together with a ticket for our Guestbook Photo Booth and a favor tag that told people where to go to get a handpicked playlist of music from our wedding. A bundle of tags were at each place setting. It was literally 3 straight nights of crafting but so worth it.

DIY indie wedding

All of the flowers at the wedding were paper. One of my favorite parts of the preparations for the wedding was gathering my girlfriends and the women in our families and having a Flower Making Day. I got some free books from a thrift store, black and brown card stock (even dryer sheets!) and we made all of the flowers by hand. Caleb even joined in. The flowers in my hair and for the Mother/Father boutonnières were made from felt. My bouquet was a small bundle of twigs with paper and felt flowers. My “Something Old” was a little collection sewing pins from the matriarchs in my family that have passed away. They held the ribbon around the bottom of the bouquet.

blue and brown wedding

I insisted on having our desserts catered by Flying Monkey Patisserie in Philly’s Reading Terminal Market. They did our Espresso Bean mini cake and 5 dozen cupcakes with flavors like hazelnut praline and peppermint candy. In addition, both of our moms baked a batch of cookies. Mine did Oatmeal Scotchies, and his did Chocolate dipped Mint Chocolate Chips. We served dessert with coffee and Tazo teas.

DIY paper rose centerpieces

By Far, my FAVORITE DIY was the Guestbook Photo Booth. In my own wedding-blog research I saw how a lot of photographers did a back drop “photo booth” with wedding guests and liked the idea. However, we didn’t want to waste a photographer on taking those shots all night. So thank goodness for Caleb, who is so inventive with computers. He rigged up a monitor, camera, computer and remote so our guests could take their own photo and actually see it as it was taken. We supplied them with a white board for notes and names and the result was pure, candid hilarity. It was a great way to get guest photos and something that entertained them during the evening.

Progressive Galleries Lancaster DIY wedding

Don’t think that because you have to cut costs in a certain area that it has to come off looking cheap. Our candle holders were little glass jars that our moms collected and our table cloths were cut the day of from a bolt of beautiful, heavy fabric we found for a dollar a yard. It can be done without blowing ten grand! Just keep it simple.

Wedding Vendors (Lancaster, PA):

Photography and Videography: For You Love Me/Venue: Progressive Galleries/Desserts: Flying Monkey Patisserie /Catering: Bride, Groom, Family & Friends/Invitations: Target/Music: Groom/Flowers: Paper flowers by Bride, Groom, Family & Friends/Bride’s Dress: Separates by J.Crew and Boss Black from Saks/Groom’s Attire: Suit from Zara, Shirt from Express/Wedding Ring: David Yurman

Jes + Caleb’s Indie Wedding Part I

Jes and Caleb created absolute magic with their wedding, photographed by Carissa of For You Love Me. Would you believe that they planned everything in just under 3 months with a budget $4,000? Believe it, because they did!

The bride, Jes has provided some great advice and insight:

Caleb and I spend our first six months long distance -him in Nashville, me in Philadelphia. We traveled to see each other as much as possible and we both have a love of public transportation. Caleb’s sister Adalie took our engagement photos in a train museum and we used them in our invitations and that brought a theme of travel into the wedding, but we tried not to push its limits.

Hipster wedding in Lancaster Pennsylvania
Indie wedding short two piece wedding dress

Caleb is an Web Interface designer and is all about modern minimalism. I love vintage and modern styles. We wanted our wedding to reflect the pairing of the two — but mostly we wanted a relaxed setting for our family and friends that was simple and beautiful.

hipster wedding at Progressive Galleries Lancaster PA
hipster indie wedding

Caleb and I planned our wedding in a little under 3 months. And in the last week, we literally had nothing to do but wait for the big day. What helped us was that we decided everything in the first week. Once we had a plan, we put it into a calendar and took it one step at a time. Some days it got hectic and stressful, sure, but we tried to keep the real goal in mind: an awesome marriage, not a perfect wedding. Thankfully, we got both.

Wedding Vendors (Lancaster, PA):

Photography + Videography: For You Love Me/ Venue: Progressive Galleries/Desserts: Flying Monkey Patisserie /Catering: Bride, Groom, Family & Friends/Invitations: Target / Flowers: Paper flowers by Bride, Groom, Family & Friends/Bride’s Dress: Separates by J.Crew and Boss Black from Saks/Groom’s Attire: Suit from Zara, Shirt from Express/ Wedding Ring: David Yurman

Stay tuned for Part II!

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Weekly Wrap-Up

I stumbled upon Laura Dowling’s blog, and saw these French garden inspired wedding bouquets wrapped with braided leaves. I specially love the second bouquet on the right, with daisies and wildflowers.

French rustic vintage garden bouquet lavender wildflowers
Orange wedding bouquet vintage garden leaf wrapped

The weekend is upon us, and I hope each and every one of you has an utterly fantastic one! Now, on to some lovely links for your weekend…

Love these Freewheelin’ inspired wedding invitations.

A vintage Cafe love shoot

A newlywed walk of shame? Sign me up!

An Intimate Australian wedding with pops of orange.

A budget chic wedding with an amazing dress!

We have the winners of the Wedding Window giveaway! Even though the giveaway was originally for two 12-month hosting packages, Wedding Window loved your responses so much, they chose three winners!!!

Anna-Maria O’toole: Our splurge is definitely hiring our venue for 4 days but with immediate family coming from Ireland, England, Italy, Canada, the US and Pakistan. We didn’t want them to arrive say quick hellos and then be ushered out come 11.30pm. This way the guests can get to know each other, spend time with us and relax both before and after the wedding itself. The venue itself is an old monastery outside Rome on Lago Albano so if the sun shines it should be a fabulous holiday for everyone and with 4 days there can be no jetlag excuses to stop the party early. My personal spurge has been a pair off green sequin shoes from Kurt Geiger the only purchase for the whole wedding not from a sale rail!

Heather: My biggest splurge is budgeting to have 9 of my best friends as my bridesmaids – rather than a budget conscious choice of narrowing it down to my sister as my MOH. The more the merrier right!? I can’t wait to stand up there with those lovely ladies.

Bevin: My wedding splurge is my wedding dress. Costing a mere $400, I was able to find the dress of my dreams. My parents fell on hard times a few years ago, and I knew in the back of my mind that they would not be able to financially contribute anything to our wedding. So we have been engaged for 2 years now, saving up money, and are planning an October, 2011 wedding. Even though it will be small, I know that it will be full of love. And I can’t wait to wear my beautiful splurge of a wedding dress!

For those of you who didn’t win, Wedding Window still wants to offer you a little something! Through June 30th, Ruffled readers will receive $10 off any hosting term package of at least 6 months with the code Ruffled10.
In other important news, Illegal Wedding Fair is going on this Sunday, June 6th in NYC! A group of super-talented wedding professionals will be joining together to support same-sex couples right to celebrate their love. Don’t miss out on some incredible food, cocktails, and live music at a gorgeous Manhattan townhouse. To learn more, head on over to the Illegal Wedding Fair Website. Eat, drink, & demand to be equally married!!!
Last, but certainly not least, Oh So Beautiful Paper launched a new url and look this week. Everything looks absolutely adorable, so make sure you go check it out!

Photos by Katie Stoops

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