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Kansas Backyard Wedding

Real Weddings, Rustic Weddings

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Jessica and James’ downhome backyard wedding was an adorable affair filled with charming DIYs by Jessica, who is a Prop and Set Stylist by profession. Her attention to detail paid off with the beautiful floral choices, place settings and the giant balloons! Shot by David and Kendrick for Our Labor of Love. Peonies, balloons and riding boots. What’s not to love about this wedding?

 Bride and Groom with giant balloons
 Bride and Groom Kansas Wheat Fields

From the bride, Jessica: After our engagement we made a list of words to describe what we wanted out of our wedding. The words that continued to come up were celebration and romance. Intimacy was also a big one. Stylistically, we both have a thorough appreciation of shape and color, and we both share a vintage style; however, we also wanted to incorporate Jessica’s Kansas roots into the theme so “rustic vintage, with pops of color” felt right.

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I knew that I wanted to be in control of the wedding planning and that we would be doing the decor ourselves. My mother shopped and collected milk glass throughout our engagement for the table flowers. She also did a great job of getting dishes and cool vintage decor. We had acquired some beautiful vintage china from a dear friend. We used it and supplemented with other great vintage place settings so every place was different but they all had the same feel. I got an old radio from Grandma’s barn. A frame of my mother’s used to house Polaroids…I was really happy with the final look.

 Bride and Groom Kansas Wheat Fields
 Bride and Groom in the trees
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 Kansas Bride in cowboy boots
 Brides Pink and Green Bouquet
 Kansas Bride with Bridesmaids
 Sheet Music Bunting

Jessica’s mother had the idea for the bunting used around their upstairs and lower decks. She found some great vintage music books. With the help of a friend they cut out the pennants and strung them together with twine. The movement in the wind made them a hit!

 Kansas Backyard Ceremony
Kansas Backyard Ceremony
Kansas Wedding Flowers

I cleaned and separated all of the flowers the Thursday before (when they were shipped to us) but the day of the wedding I wasn’t able to do all of the arrangements myself. I left to get my hair done with only a handful of the table arrangements completed. Thankfully, my mother and her friends jumped in and finished the job. Don’t be afraid to let people help! I think it makes it even more special when your closest friends help you pull off something so amazing.

 Backyard Kansas Wedding Reception
 Backyard Kansas Wedding Place Setting
 Backyard Kansas Wedding Reception
 Polaroid Photo Strings
 Backyard Kansas Wedding Reception Balloons and Fabric Strings
 Backyard Kansas Wedding Cake

Advice for other couples planning their weddings now: Instead of looking at the wedding as something we had to do we tried to look at it as a celebration of something bigger than ourselves. We wanted to get our closest friends and family in one place and celebrate what love can do and how it can bring us together.

 Backyard Kansas Wedding First Dance

Wedding Vendors (Wichita, KS):

Wedding location: Jessica’s parents house / Flowers: the bride, ordered from Cut Flower Wholesalers. / Photographers: Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, Our Labor of Love / Wedding dress and veil: Purchased at Kelly’s Closet, the gown was by Amy Kuschel / Bride’s jewelry: Highland Row Antiques in Atlanta. / Sandals: Walmart / Makeup (eyelashes): Sarah Pennington / Hair and Makeup: Platinum Salon / Bridesmaids’ dresses: JCrew / Bridesmaids’ shoes: Target / Groom’s suit: Express / Groom’s Alterations: Ann at Avondale Expert Alterations (404) 299-0096 / DJ: Tim Utter, Loverly Brothers DJ 316-871-1628 / Caterer: Bella Luna / Wedding Cake: Tina Brooks at Cake Affairs / Invitations: Kirksey Wells Transportation: Prestige Bus Charters

Announcing the Prizes!

DIY Projects

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T minus 3 days till we close the gates for submissions to our DIY Contest…have you entered yet? Last week we presented you with the judges, now it’s time to highlight the prizes. First place winner will receive $500 and the sponsors for the second and third prizes are just as impressive. Second place winner will receive $300 from ModCloth to go on a little shopping spree.

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All you have to do enter is send over your best DIY projects that are wedding related with 4-6 images (images need to be at least 600px wide), instructions and a list of materials. Everyone around the globe is welcome to enter! Remember last day to submit your project is Sunday, October 3rd. Above are my picks if I won – and how I wish I could enter myself! That oversized bow hairclip would make a splendid veil tradeoff. We will come next week to highlight third prize sponsor – Silhouette Machine (a $299 value).

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Dreamy Grand Rapids Wedding

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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This gorgeous wedding stays very close to my heart being that I got married in Michigan. When I spotted Liz and Chris’ wedding on the Harrison Studio‘s blog, I jumped at the chance of sharing it with you. Liz’s cotton candy Vera Wang wedding dress is just beautiful for words. Thanks to Laura and Ben Harrison of Harrison Studio for the gorgeous photos and Aletha of Pearls Events who helped design and plan such dreamy wedding.

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My original vision fell through. We were two students at Michigan State University, planning our wedding in between classes and 3 am burnouts. What resulted was our simple-DIY-ceremony, and chic nighttime celebration where everyone could change and kick back. My fiancé and I have a love for books, so we used love stories in lots of different areas. Pages from Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays were shaped into cones used to hold the tossing rice and handed out to our guests. I also photocopied lines from one of our favorite love poems onto the same cardstock used for our invites, and placed it on our programs. We decided to use kraft paper for our programs since I love the natural color.

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I adore rubber stamps, so I couldn’t wait to make our place cards. After I dyed them in coffee, my aunt hand wrote everyone’s names beneath the vintage-looking stamp I found. Then I tied different scraps of ribbon around each hang tag with my maid of honour, so every place card was slightly different.

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For wedding favors we decided to make a personalized CD with songs that we both love and songs that really expressed our love. We made a playlist of 19 songs and put them in kraft paper cd cases with our thumbprints stamped in the shape of a heart. We also used a stamp of our names from Etsy seller Note Trunk. On the CD we used our heart thumbprints to personalize it even more.

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Chris and I chose “Easier to Be” by Lifehouse for our first dance together. Not only are we old lovers for the band, but the words narrated our feelings for one another.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t let anyone in on your vision until it’s finalized. And when I’d really get hung up on not being able to carry out my ideal vision, I’d remember: I’m getting married. Not wedding-ed. Remember what it’s about.

Wedding Vendors (Holland and Grand Rapids, MI):

Ceremony location: Ventura Pines Cottage / Reception location: Eve / Wedding Planning & Coordination: Pearls Events / Florist: Stems Event Design / Photographer: Harrison Studio / Wedding dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka / Cake: Cascade Confections