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This wedding sent from Heather Roth Fine Art Photography has a couple made in DIY heaven: one supremely crafty bride and one carpenter-by-trade husband who made together one truly beautiful wedding day. The guestbook postcards were given to one of the bridesmaids, who has been mailing them to the newlyweds in small handfuls ever since their nuptials. What a sweet way to reminisce their wedding day!

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From the bride, Kate: Joel and I met 4 years ago on a four-wheeling, fun-loving country weekend trip away with mutual friends. We’ve been together ever since. He supports my crazy creative side that leaves our kitchen table covered in bits of paint, moss and beads. I support his dream to live on a farm. Together, we wanted a wedding that was completely us. We wanted our guests to leave knowing that everything from the ceremony to the cake was special to us. And I think we did exactly that!

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Joel and I can easily be described as a hands-on, do-it-yourself couple. He’s a carpenter by trade and I dabble in a bit of everything art & crafty and have since I was little. I’ve always been really in love with hearing stories from the past, learning about where our families come from and shopping vintage. We both love to garden, he loves to grow vegetables & I love flowers. So from the minute he popped the question I knew our wedding would be filled with DIY, special touches with a vintage flair. We decided to combine our favorite things and to have a vintage garden wedding.

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We decided to have an outdoor ceremony on site to keep it simple and we decided to personalize our ceremony by asking a good friend of mine, James Love to officiate. We were able to completely customize our ceremony to include things that we thought were special and meaningful including a wine and letter ceremony, music by really close friends, a ring warming ceremony by our parents and personalized vows. Our ceremony was perfect for us. And as much fun as I had at the rest of the wedding, the ceremony was easily my most favorite part!

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We created a unique guest book by using vintage postcards I found from a antique store that was closing. We invited all the guests to write us a note and drop it in the mailbox which we had placed on the table. All the postcards were addressed to us and stamped. One of my bridesmaids took them home and has been mailing them to us a few at a time. We love getting the mail and finding sweet messages from our family and friends.

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I wanted to make sure to include special touches that reminded me of my family. At the reception we used my parents toasting glasses from their wedding 36 years ago. My Mom and I use pieces of her wedding dress to create flowers for my DIY dress sash (my “something old”). We also used pieces of her dress to create a ring bearer’s pillow. Keeping family memories close by was so important to me. One of my grandmothers passed away almost 10 years ago and the other only a week before the wedding. I wore my late Grandmother’s pearls for the ceremony (my something borrowed) & I included pictures of both of my grandparents in a vintage locket on my bouquet to keep them close by. For my something blue, my mom stitched our wedding date into the lining of my wedding dress with blue embroidery floss.

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Advice for future brides? Don’t forget about the ceremony. Make it as special and meaningful as possible. After all, that’s the reason you’re having a big party later on, it should mean something to the two of you! Oh, and ask for help. There are always lots of people offering to help you and sometimes it’s hard to give up control but ask for help so you can enjoy the process!

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Location: Edwardsville, IL / Wedding Photographer: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Crystal Gardens / Wedding Flowers: Les Bouquets / Wedding Dress: Galina Signature via David’s Bridal / Wedding Veil: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Etienne Aigner / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Bride’s Hair: Dana of Treo Salon / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Musicians: Lauren Connolly and Phil Hoffman / DJ: Party Time / Officiant: James Love

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We thought we’d leave you with bit more inspiration for your weekend, and this week’s color card is drenched in rich green hues. A whimsical forest fête by a lake is something I’d love to attend right at this moment. With a cocktail glass in one hand and a fabulous clutch on the other, feasting my eyes on fern and feathery details.

Colors: emerald, olive, lace and birch

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In case you missed any of our features from this week…

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A wintry Alberta wedding
DIY tutorial on photo canvas art
A handmade plantation wedding
Love vs Design stationery feature and giveaway
Styled shoot based on The Owl and the Pussycat
An English countryside wedding from Joanna Brown

This week in Recycle Your Wedding

BHLDN Crepe De Chine Gown
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10 Burlap table runners
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And last but not least, the winner of our Love vs Design giveaway is… Jared, comment #133. Congratulations, Jared!! We’ll be in touch shortly with more details.

Happy weekend, all!

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English Country Wedding

Vintage Weddings

This wedding sent by Joanna Brown of Browns Photography packs a serious punch. Not only is this sweet couple deeply in love, but they also have a taste for some awesome decor — how great is that reception tepee tent? Not to mention the precious Mr. and Mrs. tent as well! Make sure you settle in for this one… if you’re anything like us you’ll take a while to pore over these pictures!

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From the bride, Kelly: We wanted a relaxed day without too many formalities where everyone could hang out and most importantly have fun. Also, I get bored easily so we wanted to have loads of stuff going on (we had fireworks, fancy dress photobooth, a DJ, an awesome band, a lindy hop dance lesson, old black and white movies, a cake competition and a hot tub (obviously!)). I guess it was inspired by all these festival/country house parties we go to a lot, events like the Last Tuesday Society , Wyndstock and Secret Cinema. I basically ripped off all the bits I loved best about them! I work in publishing so the wedding quickly took a literary theme too – all our stationary was library-ish and the table’s were named after our favourite books. My obsession with the mid 20th century meant it was always going to have a vintage vibe too. I think it was very English.

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[I’d describe my wedding as] English country house party. Quirky. Vintage inspired. Literary. untraditional, fun (I hope!)

As above, I was inspired by the trend for quirky, vintage-y house parties so it had, I like to think, a mid-century country house party, but in tipis with a hot tub! We didn’t really have a colour scheme but we did try to work with the spring colours generally around – primrose, greys and wisteria blues.

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I tried to do as much DIY as possibly. I made all the stationery myself. I typed all the invites on my 1940s typewriter which was a real mission! They were supposed to look like library cards. My step dad made the table plan. It was supposed to look like old library cataloguing draws and I made escort cards to look like cataloguing cards with the cataloguing number and book (which was the name of the table) on them. I got an old date stamp to stamp them all with (we used this on the order of service too). I made all the orders of service stealthily on my work printers! Henry and I made all the signs and i spent what felt like forever making paper pom poms and super gluing bunting out of old lace curtains from ebay because I didn’t have a sewing machine. We used a 1960s typewriter for the guestbook. My mum made the bridesmaid dresses by taking apart one of my favorite dresses which I’d found in vintage store Beyond Retro. We arranged all the flowers for the venue ourselves using flowers from my mother in law’s gorgeous garden and supplementing them with wild flowers from a brilliant florist call The Wilde Bunch.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?

I REALLY wish we’d had an event manager on the day. I event manage as part of my day to day job so thought it would be easy but I was so wrong! With so much going on on the day I don’t think I really relaxed until about 10pm, which was fine but it would have been nice to leave it to someone else by that point, especially when the band came up to me during dinner and asked for money to go down the pub!

Other than that, if you’re going to DIY start early – especially invites. I had no life for about 3 months doing those! Don;t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone loves weddings and are probably desperate to help you. I was overwhelmed with offers of support. I also think if people invest time in a day they have loads more fun.

If you have a back garden type wedding where you are doing everything yourself I really recommend booking yourself in for something the night before the wedding so you can take a step back from it all, relax and focus on what’s really important (especially then you find out the best men have run out of petrol on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and only made it in time because they managed to flag down an ice cream van).

Also, you can never have too many paper pom poms.

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Wedding Songs:
I walked in to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve and out to The You and Me Song by The Wannadies. Both really 90s songs! They were played by the Bristol String Quartet. We really wanted to sing at the wedding so everyone sang Stand By Me by Ben E. King. I was worried it might not work or that people would think it was odd but afterwards people said how much they enjoyed it. We didn’t have a first dance.

Location: near Bristol, England / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Brown of Browns Photography / Ceremony: Mansion House / Reception: groom’s parent’s backyard / Florist: Wilde Bunch / Wedding Dress and veil: vintage from Fur Coat, No Knickers / Wedding Shoes: Vivienne Westwood’s Lady Dragon from ebay for £50 / Jewellery: Rust / Hair and makeup: Isabel While of Bridal Styling in Bristol / Bridesmaid Dresses: handmade by the bride’s mother / Groom’s suit: Henry wore a bespoke suit from Saville Row taylor Oliver Benjamin it was supposed to be a modern twist on a ‘50s style. All the other boys wore dark grey suits of their own. The bride made Liberty print handkerchiefs for them all / Band: Brassroots / DJ: Ollie Lyles / Ceremony Musican: Lindy hoppers were Hoppin Mad, String Quartet were the Bristol String Quartet / Caterer: Catering was Anne Guy / Dessert: Cake competition and caterer served them all for pudding / Wedding invitations: handmade by the bride / Transportation: We had a 1948 Bristol bus from Quantock Motor Services

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