They say that home is where the heart is so when Brandi + Chris decided to get married they knew there was no better place to say their vows than North Carolina, despite living hundreds of miles north in The Big Apple. They found the perfect homey venue, with a little help from family down south, and turned their wedding into an opportunity to reunite with family and friends. Their backyard wedding is chock full of sweet details (how fun are those escort cards?!) and lot of design adorableness.

handmade front yard wedding

From the bride, Brandi. I was not the girl who had envisioned her wedding since childhood. In fact, I knew very little about weddings and had only been to a few in my life. But once we got engaged we knew we wanted our wedding to be laid-back, unique, and fun. Chris and I are both from North Carolina and consider it our home. Having our wedding there was a no-brainer, despite our living in NYC. I did some research online for outdoor locations and found the most perfect venue in Haywood Hall Museum House.

handmade front yard wedding

handmade front yard wedding

handmade front yard wedding

As an avid crafter and lover of vintage, I wanted much of our wedding to be handmade or vintage, when possible. I have a stockpile of new and vintage textiles that ended up coming in handy for our decor. I never really liked the idea of having weddings center around two colors, mostly because I knew I could never decide on just two! Instead of focusing our efforts on having everything match, we decided to just go with whatever looked good and inspired us. We ended up with a lot of blue, yellow, and grey, but never discriminated in terms of color.

handmade front yard weddinghandmade front yard wedding

handmade front yard wedding

In the beginning I came up with several DIY projects. I knew it was important not to overwhelm myself so I left some things, like the invitation suite and my bouquet, to the professionals. With the help of friends and family we made all of the ceremony and reception decorations, napkins (from vintage materials), table numbers, centerpieces, escort cards, and programs. It was truly a labor of love.
handmade front yard wedding

handmade front yard weddinghandmade front yard wedding

handmade front yard wedding

handmade front yard weddinghandmade front yard wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If planning a wedding is like a 2nd job, planning a DIY wedding is like a 3rd job! Make sure you give yourself enough time to get all of those projects completed. I was very optimistic about how long it would take to complete certain projects. It came together in the end, but I wish that I would have created a more reasonable time line in the beginning.

handmade front yard wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Raleigh, NC):

Ceremony and reception location: Haywood Hall Museum House / Florist: North Raleigh Florist, Becky Fendley / Photographer: Crystal Genes Photography / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston “Vineyard Trish” / Shoes: J. Crew / Earrings: J. Crew / Hair: Amanda Farris / Makeup: Madeline Fendley / Groom’s suit: Suit by Theory, shirt by H&M, tie by Tommy Hilfiger / Groom’s tie clip: Accurate Engraving and Gifts / DJ: Jason Huggins at Island Sound DJs & Video / Caterer: Durham Catering / Cupcakes: The Cupcake Shoppe / Wedding invitations: Lark Press

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