I know dinosaurs might not seem like a typical point of inspiration for a wedding, but today’s bride shows just how easy it can be to take a non-traditional idea and make it into something extraordinary.
Caitlin Thomas Photography photographed the wedding at Pennsylvania’s Succop Conservancy full of sweet details and glitter signs!
From the bride, Lena: I have always wanted to have an outdoor ceremony and reception. When I started my search, I was a little bummed at the options in Pittsburgh. I finally came across Succop Conservancy and scheduled a visit immediately. We viewed the property in January when it was literally frozen over and had about a foot of snow. But even then I knew this was the place and we picked our date shortly after. We went and visited the site again in the spring and it was everything I imagined. It was so naturally beautiful that I knew I didn’t want to take anything away from that. Right away I decided that I wanted to do more neutral colors with decor. I used a lot of whites, creams and burlap material throughout the venue for decoration. I had my girls wear white dresses that they each picked themselves and tried to keep everything simple. I have a strange love for dinosaurs and knew that I also wanted to try to incorporate that into the wedding without it looking like a 4 year old’s birthday party. In the end, I just wanted people to attend and think that this could be no other than John and Lena’s wedding.
I tried to incorporate glitter, gold, and dinosaurs without taking it overboard. I also wanted a little bit of a rustic vibe as well and I think the entire day really embodied everything that I wanted. There were so many DIY projects that I did. The longest and most time consuming was the dinosaur and heart walkway. The dinosaur drawing is one that I’ve done for years and my husband actually got it tattooed on his ribs the first week we spent together. That project was just cutting out tons of tons of dinosaurs and hearts and gluing them to sticks. Other DIY projects was the bunting/flags that went in the reception area, cornhole boards, my save the dates, decor for the arbor and the entry way into the reception, wedding wands with bells, all the signage that was used at the venue (NOM, BAR, YAY glitter signs, Lena & John’s Lovely Love Story sign), my matron of honor found the small dinosaurs and spray painted them gold for me and the night prior we did tied all the place cards to each dinosaur, the mason jars that were spray painted gold/rose gold and all the centerpieces were done by me and my ladies.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? The best piece of advice for couples doing DIY actually came from my matron of honor and it helped tremendously with my planning! If you are doing projects think of completing those projects in terms of weekends and not how many days until the wedding. Weekends are really the time when you’re going to be able to sit down for an extended period and put some effort into getting these projects done. Also, no matter what, make sure you really enjoy your wedding day and don’t sweat the small stuff. There are always going to be a few things that go wrong or might not happen the way you expect it but it’s really not going to effect the day. Just sit back as and try to absorb and take in everything that is happening. It really does go by SO quickly.
Processional: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Ingrid Michaelson
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
First Dance:”Come Away With Me,” Norah Jones
My husband and I share a love for indie music, so we tried to include a lot of that. To get the party started on the dance floor we asked our DJ to play Chromeo, Two Door Cinema Club and Ghostland Observatory.
Wedding Location: Butler, PA / Photographer: Caitlin Thomas Photography / Wedding Venue: Succop Conservancy / Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Blumengarten / Other Flowers: Bride / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Wedding Shoes and Earrings: J. Crew / Hairpiece: Clarissa Boutique / Hair: Caitlin Killinger / Makeup: Clare Lozano of Ciel Cosmetics / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Rachel Roy, Nanette Lepore, and Urban Outfitters / Caterer: Medure’s / Popcorn: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company / Wedding Cake: Signature Desserts / DJ: Chris Bell / Officiant: Rev. Mark DeNuzzio of A Simple Vow / Wedding Programs: BisforBrown / Wedding Invitations: Smitten On Paper