This indie-chic New Years Day wedding has all the personality you could ask for in an intimate winter wedding. The handcrafted pieces show such love, care and creativity. The wedding party looks fun, relaxed and straight-up-adorable with their mix-and-match styles and uber-creative boutonnieres and bouquets. You MUST check out the gallery for all the stunning portraits from the couple’s first look shot by the amazing Ulmer Studios. They make me woozy with romance!

handmade new year wedding

From the bride, Bailey: We really just wanted the look to be US. We wanted to have things that represented our style, our likes, our personality. We love the earthy feeling.. we love antiques, vintage-everything! And everyone said when they walked in, the Mill just screamed Taylor and Bailey.

handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding

Those amazing bouquets are all made out of PAPER FLOWERS. Isn’t that incredible? And I’m absolutely ga-ga over the boutonnieres the couple handmade for the groom and his groomsmen. Made out of buttons, feathers and twigs, they really set the tone for the aesthetics of the whole wedding.

handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding
Because the bride is in pharmacy school, the couple chose to incorporate vintage apothecary jars into their centerpiece decor. What a great idea! They look lovely with all their different shapes and sizes. The couple also constructed the pennants from fabric and clothes from Goodwill and crafted all the paper pom poms.
handmade new year wedding

handmade new year wedding
Any advice for brides to be? See your future spouse BEFORE the ceremony. Get ready, go see them. This helps SO much in getting rid of weird butterflies, anxiety, etc… and this is the ONLY HOUR that you get to spend with that person ALONE. It is SO important!
handmade new year wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Chattanooga and Nashville, TN):

Wedding Venue: The Mill / Wedding planner and Event Designer: Kirsten Hawkins / Florist: DIY / Photographer: Ulmer Studios Photography/ Wedding Dress: Vineyard Drew by Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: Nina Paladin / Bridesmaid Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Groom’s suit: Vintage / Band: Concerning Lions / DJ: Eric Coomer / Caterer: Chef Penelope / Wedding Cake: Hermitage Bakery / Centerpiece pottery: Merideth Walter / Wedding invitations: Daniel Hall / Videographer: Bride and Groom passed around their camera and had everyone film the festivities (the couple are videographers and were able to edit their own wedding video!)


Comments (24):

  • Sapphire Coast Weddings on May 21, 2012

    Wow, what an amazing theme and they pulled it off beautifully. The bride and groom look great!
  • Amber -Ulmer Studios on March 4, 2011

    Katie, I will ask the bride where she got it. I do know that it is her friends that she borrowed. And Katie.. you are in Knoxville?! Awesome!! Not far from us in Nashville! :)
  • Sue Venables on February 21, 2011

    I really love the graphic wood block, wedding invitations. I think they look amazing. Well done. Great Work.
  • Katie on February 10, 2011

    OMG!!! Love the veil!! I'm from Knoxville--can I find it anywhere around here?? Love, love, love the wedding! Tooooooooooo cute!
  • bailey bowman on January 24, 2011

    @Liz - thank you! that is awesome that your parents have that anniversary! :) it's a wonderful day! @colleen - nature is the way to go! and the Ulmers captured everything so well!
  • Liz Crockett Hicks on January 23, 2011

    Bailety, What a most unique decor. My parents were also married on Newe years day...1934!!!
  • colleenmariep on January 14, 2011

    ah, love the pinecones and natural elements, feathers!! as much as i try to like modern styles, i always go back to nature! guess i'm more bohemian than i think. thanks to ruffled for always putting out great pics! i used to go to several wedding blogs each day, now it's pretty much down to this one.
  • jessica rai on January 13, 2011

    So happy to call this couple our friends and it was such an honor to be in the bridal party! What a beautiful day :) & the Ulmers did a great job of capturing all the details & fun!
  • bailey bowman - the bride! on January 12, 2011

    oh my goodness! i put my name as crick earlier and not my new name! i am ashamed!! fixed it though.. ah! i am so glad you all love our wedding! @lauren - i have wanted that dress since before taylor and i even got married! the flowers were definitely a favorite. i have them in a vase now (as do all my bridesmaids)!! and the shoes -- @Amma -- I've wanted blue shoes for 2 years or so as well!! :) they were great and comfortable! i even bought a pair in brown!
  • Laura Reaux on January 12, 2011

    What an adorable wedding & gorgeous photos!! Love the details SO much. Beautiful bride, too. :)
  • Jen Hecht on January 12, 2011

    That dress is exquisite! The whole wedding is gorgeous! Just lovely!
  • Amber-Ulmer Studios on January 12, 2011

    Hey everyone! Thank you again SO much for the wonderful feedback on our images! Here is the tutorial that I found & sent to Bailey so we could make the bouquets! So glad everyone is finding inspiration!
  • Erica Ann Photography on January 12, 2011

    Oh my gosh, the flowers and boutinnieres are amazing! Loving all of the hand made details! Plus, it looks like a good time too.
  • Jenny on January 12, 2011

    Would also LOVE a DIY post on the paper flowers. It looks perfect for my future sister-in-laws wedding in May!
  • Amma on January 12, 2011

    Stunning, Stunning wedding - I am totally in love with Bailey's shoes. There is so much attention to detail I adore all the little touches.
  • Sarah Goodwin on January 12, 2011

    I love the beauty created by the natural details featured at this event.
  • Ulmer Studios on January 12, 2011

    So honored that this wedding was published here!!! This couple holds a special place in our hearts as they are dear friends of ours! Amber Ulmer & Bailey had an incredible time coming up with a lot of the details that made this wedding so Taylor & Bailey! @Jamie we will be adding a link to the flower DIY shortly! Thank you so much for all those that have commented so far! It really warms our hearts! -Josh + Amber
  • Debbie @ Bridalhood on January 12, 2011

    Love this wedding - the paper flowers, buttons and feathers, wood cuts - DIY and rustic, my favorite!!
  • Alejandra - Imaginale on January 12, 2011

    The grooms' men outfits were perfect! The whole wedding had such a beautiful, rustic feel to it.
  • jamie on January 12, 2011

    i would love a DIY for the paper flowers...they are so pretty!! :) Love the entire feel of this wedding <3
  • Janie Crick on January 12, 2011

    You guys look absolutely wonderful. I'm trying to think of more creative adjectives to use for such a lovely couple. Good thing I'm related to you. The Ceremony was absolutely moving and the reception.....ha. Well, we'll just have to wait for those pictures to get released. I hear the Titanic was merely just a highlight along with some dance offs. Hats off to ringing in the New Year with a memorable wedding!
  • Lauren Kelly on January 12, 2011

    I absolutely adore this wedding! All the details make it feel so personalized. Beautiful way to start a marriage.
  • bailey crick on January 12, 2011

    this post is amazing! i am SO glad you guys featured us!!!! thank you!
  • Maggie @ Black and White {Side by Side} on January 12, 2011

    GORGEOUS! I love their charm! The feathers & twig accents especially.


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