Special thanks to the bride and groom’s families – you were wonderful! Also, many many thanks to Stephen Woosley who did a FANTASTIC job as second shooter.
Isn’t she lovely?
I cannot even guess how many times I explained an idea for our wedding to someone and they gave me the ‘You’re weird’ stare with a forced smile or a “Ohhh…that’s..different.” Friends, family, cashiers, coworkers. They all gave the same response, mostly. This facial expression was usually present:
Or one of these:
In a way, I took those faces as compliments. They don’t get me! I’m so hip and mysterious and mystical with my wedding planning! Yeaaaahhhhhh.
I wanted it to be different. Not typical, autumn, or orange. I even had a folder with photos of what I did NOT want at all: The Untouchables Folder. There was a strict No Mums or Pumpkins policy. See image below.
The key to making our wedding unique was in the little details. Knowing that, I decided to do every wedding DIY on the planet. The year before the wedding, I thought I’d be able to do 6,375 DIY projects single-handedly while working two jobs. In the last month before the wedding, I came to reality. Sadly. I had to cut out a lot of cool ideas, but ended up with some core DIY projects that I really loved.
1. Wedding Shoes
(photo by Jarnett Photography)
These were, without doubt, the most popular element of our wedding. Apparently people thought I made the entire shoe? No, sadly I’m not a closet cobbler. All I did was put maps on the shoes. I got a pair of white flats and used Mod Podge to glue on strips of atlas pages. I hot-glued satin ribbon bows to the tops. It took a few hours to do each shoe, and probably about ten days for them to completely dry. It was worth it! They were so comfortable and meaningful. One shoe had maps from Texas, where Josiah grew up. The other one had maps from Virginia – where I grew up.
2. Heritage Table
(photos by Jarnett Photography)
Josiah and I both have parents with long marriages. Both of my grandparents have been married for over 50 years, also. To me, this is the epitome of celebrity status in today’s world. I wanted to put a spotlight on all these lengthy marriages and honor them. I designed cards with their names, anniversary, number of years of marriage, and advice from the husband and wife. On the table, we displayed the cards in front of their wedding photo. It was so hilarious asking my grandparents for their advice – they all had PLENTY to say (that I couldn’t fit on the cards!) I’ll treasure these words forever.
3. Atlas Piñata
(photos by Jarnett Photography)
This was so fun to make. I bought a basketball piñata from Hobby Lobby and ripped off all the orange and black tissue paper. Then Josiah and I cut out a TON of hearts from atlases. I used Mod Podge to glue them on in layers, inspired by this. If I was doing it again, though, I’d just use one little dot of hot glue. The Mod Podge made the piñata too durable, and it took some really really hard swings and some hard core bashing on the ground to finally get it to break! Pounding a little piñata with a metal baseball bat into the concrete while wearing your wedding dress? I call that great stress relief.
In conclusion, I’ll share more later – this post is getting entirely too long! Go away! Read some books. Be inspired!
Promised you there’d be more 😉
These photos could go on for days, but I picked out a few that highlighted the time after the ceremony…
Lindsay’s handkerchief was made out of her mom’s wedding dress – so sweet!
And a hug from her mom…
I can’t believe this day is over and they’re married now – it seems so strange, but we always knew it would happen eventually. 🙂 Let me give a BIG SHOUT OUT to Janette Bolan, my second shooter for the day. She kept me sane and was such a big help!
This one below is of my favorites that Janette took from Bryson and Lindsay’s first look at each other before the ceremony:
Stay tuned for Part 2!