Wednesday, November 2, 2011

wedding - part one

my dream wedding has come and gone, but last week the photos showed up in my mailbox - mandy did an amazing job preserving every last detail and moment. now comes the hard part, choosing which ones to enlarge and hang...the kids won't mind if theirs are replaced, right?
since there are so many photos to share, i will break them up over the next few days as to not overwhelm you with all the awesomeness.
planning our wedding was equally one of the most crazy stressful yet rewarding moments of my life - months before the proposal even came we had been dreaming up our wedding - we’re diy-ers and we knew our big day would be no exception. i always knew i wanted my wedding in my aunts yard and in washington and august was going to be the best month to do it, when my january proposal of my dreams came i had to get to work right away with only eight months to plan.
i’d like to think we are proof you can have your dream wedding on a small budget paid in full - it just takes a lot of amazon, etsy, and pinterest perusing to nail down your details. i bought last seasons dress, made all of the decorations myself with the help of friends, borrowed a lot of stuff, shopped thrift stores like nobody's business, and used paper plates. everything was perfect and i promise my guests already don’t remember if they ate of paper or china.
knowing when to let other people do the work was my biggest struggle, after fighting with photoshop and my printer for a month i finally let a local boutique invitation shop help me create the invitation of my dreams and i compromised with my husband to spend the biggest chunk of our budget on the band - it would make him happy, be a treat for our guests, and support a up and coming seattle band. plus, that would be one less thing i would have to do or talk a cousin into (manning a mixer).
every detail of our wedding was handmade with love - we went out of our way to seek out and support our friends or family’s small business or dug deep in etsy.com to find truly one of a kind shops to complete our day. i guess you would say we went with a country shabby chic theme - where we dined picnic style on quilts and danced the night away under mostly starlight. of course our guests didn’t expect anything less when my cousin ended the evening for us with his fire juggling and my uncle with his giant bonfire.
i couldn’t have planned this wedding with out pinterest or greenweddingshoes.com - brides, you’ll find all the answers you are looking for here! the best advice i can give to someone planning a wedding: make lists of the photos you want to capture; print out a sheet of examples. there were SO MANY opportunities, poses, arrangements of friends, etc i wanted and didn’t get because i was so wrapped up in the day (which is fine too!). time was literally moving by at the speed of light and it was impossible to think or take anything in, so when you are scheduling your day - schedule time to take a breath and take it all in too!
easily, my most favorite moment of the night was our first dance - we were arthur murray drop outs who were sure we had it figured out after our first class. it is single handedly the most i have laughed with tim ever, we were a total disaster but we loved every second of it.
i hope you enjoy scrolling through the beginning of our big day...
you would never guess looking at these photos that stella had literally just gotten over the chicken pox the week before and rowan a split lip (that required several stitches) just five days before - talk about all that can go wrong will, haha. including the hammer than fell on my head when i was hanging the alter fabric piece!
pictured vendors: dress, my ringscake, programs, bridesmaids, zoe and rowan's dress, stella's dress, suits, mustaches, banners and pinwheels, shoes, candy, rowan's hair clip, hanger, large candy table glassine bags , smaller glassine bags, photo twine, and straws, and my hair piece.
everything else was made with love by our friends, family, or me. i am more than happy to share 'how-to' or 'what-we-dids' on anything you see.

20 comments:

melissa rohr said...

Your dress was gorgeous!! Beautiful pictures :)

melissa rohr said...

Holy awesomeness!  You did an amazing job! Mandy also did an excellent job capturing your day.  Can't wait to see more.

melissa rohr said...

thank you-i tried for something not even remotely similar to anything i had seen any of my friends wear! i will post the rest tomorrow and friday ;)

melissa rohr said...

Ahhh, everything is so cool!  Well done!

melissa rohr said...

I LOVE your silver Toms! And your cake was so pretty. I love all the personal touches your wedding had. Lovely!

melissa rohr said...

your dress was gorgeous - everything was beautiful!

melissa rohr said...

Absolutely stunning.

melissa rohr said...

gorgeous!

melissa rohr said...

gorgeous photos!! looked like an amazing day!

melissa rohr said...

gorgeous.gorgeous.gorgeous! and you wore sparkly toms! i love you already :)

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melissa rohr said...

haha, thank you! i am barely shorter than my husband and since you don't see them anyway i went with something flat, awesome, and that i could wear again :)

melissa rohr said...

it really was - thank you!

melissa rohr said...

thanks girl!!

melissa rohr said...

thanks! my cousin made the cake :) 

melissa rohr said...

thanks!!

melissa rohr said...

i know - she rocked it! some more will be up tomorrow :)

melissa rohr said...

thanks :) mandy sure knows how to capture a girls flattering side ;)

melissa rohr said...

thank you so much :)

melissa rohr said...

I love everything about this, especially those centerpieces :) Your entire family looks gorgeous, the little details are just perfect! Can't wait to see the rest of the pics!

melissa rohr said...

So fabulous.  Love love love....is all I feel right now.  Cake is so much fun....and I can tell you truly enjoyed this precious moment in time.  On to part 2!!!