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This laid back vintage-inspired wedding was sent by Veronica, who you may recognize a few of her DIY projects we shared here a little while ago, including her gorgeous Easter Lily backdrop that she made for the altar. From the bride: We were married at my parents’ house, my childhood home, and I immediately imagined a very old-fashioned, personal wedding.  We never lost sight of our guests during our planning – we wanted them to feel comfortable and happy and very much a part of the day.  I always, prefer vintage over new and brought in as many vintage elements as I could.  I wanted it to feel special and handmade and for each guest to know I had made something just for them.

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My first purchase was the vintage wallpaper that we used as table runners and everything was built up from there.  I seriously DIYed the entire thing.  The bouquets and boutonnieres (for the wedding party and all of the guests), decorations, table numbers, menus, the stamped napkin placecards, etched water bottles, tote bags for overnight guests, our invitation suite, the chandelier and altar and much more . . . seriously everything.  I even made my dress and veil.  My mom made the beautiful beaded necklaces my bridal party wore, and two of my aunts potted all of the centerpieces (those flowers are still thriving, by the way!).  My dad completely transformed the backyard – dramatically changing the landscaping and even taking down sections of the fence.  It was DIY MADNESS!

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Veronica’s advice: Our rentals were not in great shape unfortunately – pretty rusty and there were even some holes in the roofs of the tents.  I would really suggest researching your rental company ahead of time and making sure they have top quality items – that was something I really took for granted. And as for fun advice – make sure to look around and take it all in – the love and the happiness is so overwhelming. It still warms my heart when I think of it.

Handmade Backyard Wedding Vendors (Sandwich, IL):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Private residence / DOC:   Lisa Gordon / Florist:  Johnson’s Floral and Sandwich Floral / Photographer:  Innerlight Photo / Dress and Veil:  Veronica Sheaffer / Shoes: Aris Allen /Jewelry: Handmade and Target / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay and Jasmine / Groom’s suit: Formally Modern Tuxedo / Caterer: The Catering Gourmets / Wedding Cake : Sweet Sensations / Transportation:  First Student

Check out Veronica’s DIY Entries on how to make her gorgeous accordion wheel DIY rosette table numbers, her bridesmaids’ DIY fabric bouquets and her jaw-dropping Easter Lily altar backdrop.

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17 comments
  • What fun! Those table numbers are too cute!

  • Made her own dress??!! AWWWW! It’s absolutley beautiful too! What an all-round sweet wedding!!!

  • Alexia

    So sweet and pretty! I love when brides do their own decor, it’s so much more personal! xo

  • This is just truly inspirational! We’ve only 47 days or so until our wedding, and I’m really impressed with all the beauty you created yourselves. Congratulations!

  • i love the second dress of her looking in the mirror.

  • Everything about this wedding is so unique . . . the headpiece is totally awesome

  • Oh I’m partial to vintage; dress is beautiful and to think you made it! The groom looks very dashing as well.

  • such adorable decor!

  • The fans with the little illustrations are just perfect. So much inspiration here! Thanks, guys!

  • Absolutely beautiful – what a gorgeous bride! x

  • kim ingram

    I wanted to write you and let you know that I LOVE what you did with your tables.

    Can you please tell me more about it? How you did and it and where you got the wallpaper from?

    I would love to do something like it. Thank you so much for sharing you wonderful day with us. Thank you for your time and have a great day!

    Best,
    Kim

  • the third shot of the bride is amazing! she looks like a fairy.

  • Thanks everyone for all of your sweet comments!

    @kim – I bought the vintage wallpaper on Ebay. I was very lucky to find 7 matching rolls, but I think it would have been just as awesome to have a different pattern at each table. I did have to steam the wallpaper, by the way, because it had been rolled up for so many years – I just used a garment steamer once the paper was on the table. Best of luck with your planning!

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  • jenn

    hey!

    absolutely love this wedding!!

    I have been hunting for what seems like forever for a different and vintage inspired table design, especially table numbers. I just love it.

    just wanting to know if the lace effect chandelier is DIY? if so how did you go about doing it?

    also, the pin wheels, did you incorporate them into other aspects of the design? I was thinking of using them as a backdrop to the cake.

    thanks

    jenn

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