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Photographer: Karen Feder Photography
Signage: Christi Peterson//Dress Designer: Allure Bridal//Shoes:Anne Klien//Dress Store:Bride to Be Consignment//Groomsman Attire:Dockers//Etsy Designer:Earrings Nation//Jewelry:Goodman Jewelers//DJ:Joshua Peterson//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Kenneth Cole//Reception Venue:Land of Promise//Dress Store:Our Shop Too//Cinema and Video:Rachel Vondrachek//Hair Stylist:Steller Hair Company//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Tie Bar//Bakery:Wuollet Bakery//
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FROM THE COUPLE:
From our invitations and decorations to our rings and vows, everything in our wedding was personal and creative. My graphic design skills enabled me to create our invitations, RSVP cards, and programs. During a wedding crafting party I held, my friends and I transformed the programs into fans with beautiful, blue ribbons. I’m so glad we did this since our wedding turned out to be on the hottest day of the year. I also designed some framed posters that we placed throughout our venue. Pinterest inspired our seating card arrangement, while Kyle’s love for Parks and Recreation inspired our “seat yourself, fan yourself, and spray yourself” chalkboard signs. One of my bridesmaids also made us a personalized corn hole set for our guests to enjoy.
For our primary colors we chose blue and green because those are our favorite colors. Kyle selected the perfect green for the groomsmen’s ties from The Tie Bar. I, however, love so many shades of blue that I decided to have my bridesmaids wear dresses to form a gradient. We kept the flowers simple, using mostly greens and whites. I ordered a box of greens, baby’s breath, and white roses from Costco. My mom found the beautiful blue hydrangeas for my bouquet at a nearby farmer’s market. My bridesmaids and I made all of the bouquets ourselves, wrapping them in green floral stem tape from Michaels.
The invitations are my favorite detail from our wedding. In fact, I framed one and have it on display in our apartment. I spent many hours working on them, and decided to include elements from our wedding rings within the design. My ring is an heirloom from Kyle’s great-grandmother. It was made in the early 1900s with a unique “wing” shape on the right-hand side. I re-created this shape and included it towards the bottom of our invitations. Kyle’s custom designed ring features a continuous wave running through the center of it. Half of the wave is smooth, while the other half is rough. This symbolizes that both the easy times and the hard times work together to form a beautiful marriage. This wave also represents his love for water and swimming. To portray this element, I made a gradient wave pattern at the bottom of our invitations.
ADVICE FROM THE BRIDE
I would say to simply be yourself. At first I got really caught up in comparing my wedding to other people’s weddings. I dove down the Pinterest vortex for a while, and my wedding plans started getting more and more elaborate. This is when Kyle stepped in and saved the day. He helped me remember that this was our special day, and we could do whatever we wanted. If you find yourself comparing your wedding to other people’s weddings, just remember that your wedding should reflect you and your fiancé’s personalities. Make it special for the two of you. If you do this, you’ll always look back on it with fondness no matter how simple or elaborate it ends up being.
Another piece of advice would be to delegate, delegate, delegate. At the beginning I was trying to do all of our DIY projects by myself, but I ended up exhausted. So instead, pick your top three most important projects to do by yourself, then delegate the rest to other family members or friends.
I also learned that sometimes paying the extra money is worth saving yourself (and your friends and family) the added stress of trying to do it all yourself.
One final thought. After you’ve planned and planned and planned, make sure you simply enjoy your wedding day.