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Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers
Officiant:A Simple Vow//Makeup Artist: beauty by joy//Floral Designer: Budget Blossoms by Jillian//DJ:DJ Tooth//Shoes:Kate Spade//Dress Store:Kleinfeld NY//Dress Designer:Maggie Sottero Bridal //Hair Stylist:Monica Kitta//Bakery: prantls bakery//Caterer:Stone House Inn//Event Venue:The Barn at Fallingwater //Submitted via Two Bright Lights
FROM THE COUPLE:
Our wedding was over the top DIY. We were engaged 15 months, and literally every spare minute after work and on weekends was spent crafting, even Steven got in on the fun. We did so much crafting that the day before the wedding we realized that all of the decorations wouldn’t fit in our vehicles, and we had to rent a 15 ft U-Haul trailer to transport it all to the venue.
Our main theme was FUN. Since we don’t get to see many of our out of town friends/family as often as we would like, we just wanted to have fun and enjoy their company. The wedding decorations were rustic with a lot of chalkboards and burlap. We also had a cookie table, cupcake table, smores bar, giant Jenga, and custom cornhole boards for extra fun for our guests.
My favorite detail was our munchkin cat Dan being our ring bearer. We attached her picture to the ring box, which we passed through the crowd. She’s my baby so I couldn’t imagine not having a piece of her there.
White water rafting!! When planning the wedding, I knew right off that we didn’t want it to be a typical wedding day for our guests. Steven and I are from Texas and Oklahoma, but moved to Pittsburgh 3 years ago. Since the majority of our friends/family had never been to Pennsylvania, we wanted to show them a full day of fun. After tossing around several ideas and venues we decided on a morning ceremony and quick brunch, followed by taking all of the guests white water rafting in Ohiopyle, PA. We then ended the evening with BBQ and a more traditional wedding reception.
DIY can save a significant amount of money, as well as make your decorations one of a kind. The most important part for me was staying organized, and finishing one craft before starting another. Also, get your fiancé involved…he was skeptical at first, but the projects ended being a fun thing for us to work on together in the months leading up to the wedding.