Alright, I know our wedding was months ago, but I’ve just recently been able to sit down and sort through all the photos! Thank you for the kind emails inquiring about it, that really meant a lot to us.
Since practically every aspect of our wedding was DIY, I wanted to start with a few details of the prepping that went into everything. It took an army of amazing friends and family to make our super low-budget wedding into something truly lovely.
While Wes and I started with creating our Save-the-Dates, designing and leterpressing our own invites, and went bottle collecting here in Brooklyn, my amazing mother started collecting a ton of items here and there at flea markets across the Midwest (they’re the best!)
She started by snatching up vintage handkerchiefs (seriously, I don’t think there are any more left in the state of IL) that she later sewed together to form our table runners. She then bought vintage farmhouse sheets that were patch-worked together to form our table cloths, and also scored great deals on old metal drink dispensers that we put our spiked summer drinks in. Martha Stewart’s got nothing on me ol’ mom!
Wes then began to create the central light fixture that was to be hung at our indoor/outdoor reception space. He ordered wires, sockets, bulbs and some sort of magical tool dip and went on to hand-make each of our 40 hanging lights one at a time! While he was doing that, I made and packaged pins for our guests and letterpressed dollies for the top our treat boxes.
I headed home to Chicago about a month before our big day to work on some projects with my family. While my dad, best friend, brother, and sister-in-law folded over 2,000 paper dollies, my mom, sisters and I started to string them together to make hanging garlands.
My mom and I then went into her garden and picked all of her lavender which we hung to dry (later to be used in the church), and then picked about 100 of her roses, pulled the petals and laid them out on two large screens for drying (which would later be used for our guests to toss). I had already prestamped cardstock, so when they finally dried, we packaged them up.
We then packaged up everything and some of it was shipped off to Georgia while the rest was packed Tetris-style into my parent’s car. Continued here:
Big Ol’ Wedding Post II & Big Ol’ Wedding Post III