Vintage DIY Wedding in Kansas

We have another beautiful wedding for you all today! Julie and Colt’s vintage DIY wedding was full of handmade details that we are drooling over! Their special day was captured by Jackie Cooper Photo.

Vintage DIY Wedding

Bride’s Comments: “Our wedding really was a complete labor of love. I personally designed and crafted almost every single detail of the wedding, while working a full-time job. Excluding the last couple months before the wedding (I was laid-off from my job), I succeeded in starting my own vintage Etsy store during that time.

“I know they say to share the load, but I personally have a hard time asking for help since everyone is so busy with their own lives. And then there is the control-freak side of me (created in part by my career as an interior designer) and a tight budget that also contributed to the extreme DIY.

“On my list? The wedding invitation suite and programs, the holy matrimony sign at the ceremony, twenty-six ruffled burlap table runners, the various table banners and signs, the vintage glass vases and mason jars  that I found at estate sales and thrift stores, the music playlists for the wedding and reception, and selecting and customizing the wedding ceremony and vows, just to start.

“I loved my something blue and something borrowed—I found a vintage hankie on Etsy that my mom hand-stitched our wedding date on with blue hearts; I ‘borrowed’ a wheat penny from my coin-collecting dad which has his birth year and was minted ‘D’ for Denver, but we decided it was ‘D’ for Dale, his name. I put the penny in my shoe to complete the old saying. My fiancé (and now husband! was my rock and guiding light, supporting me with all the projects but also knowing when to tell me to quit on others. He helped me sew the runners by hand-stitching the ruffles before ‘pulling’ them, painting our cornhole games in our wedding colors, and cutting the wood slices for our centerpieces.

“We had some wonderful friends that made our wedding possible by helping with the decorating and day-of to-do list. All of the hard work would have come to nothing if they weren’t there to make it happen!”

Vintage DIY Wedding

Vintage DIY Wedding ceremony, cake, reception

Advice for Future Brides

“My advice for other brides and grooms? Spend some time figuring out what your priorities are and what your style is. Focus on those once you figure them out.

“Invest in a good photographer—you can create all the details you want but if you don’t have someone who is talented there to capture them, you will most likely forget them as the years go by, even if you happen to have a chance on your busy day to enjoy them.

“Don’t pay attention to the nay-sayers. More than once I had someone be negative when I shared my ideas with them. Sometimes I think other people just can’t visualize someone else’s ideas, regardless, your style won’t be the same as anyone else’s, and that’s okay. It’s your wedding—make it yours and most importantly, enjoy it! We did everything we possibly could to make our wedding day as stress-free as possible but it still flies by so incredibly fast. Enjoy it and savor every moment that you can.”


Wedding Ceremony: Bartlett Arboretum, Belle Plaine Kansas
Reception: The Barns at Timber Creek, Winfield Kansas
Photographer – Jackie Cooper Photo
Hair – Salon Q, Wichita Kansas
Cake/Dessert – Rita Deyle of R-Cakes, Wichita Kansas
Caterer – Pig In, Pig Out, Wichita Kansas
Florist – The Flower Factory, Wichita Kansas
Wedding Dress – Wtoo Brides by Watters, I Do Bridal & Tux, Wichita Kansas
Veil/Hair accessory – Loveybyisha
Jewelry – Mani Designs
Shoes – Chelsea Crew
Bridesmaids’ dresses — Target
Groom’s suit – I Do Bridal & Tux, Wichita Kansas
Ties – Tux and Tulle
DIY resources – Paper and More

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  1. What a fabulous DIY wedding! The table runners look great (and you’ll never be short of one for a party!)

  2. What a beautiful wedding, and such wonderful advice for brides-to-be!

  3. My daughter is getting married at the Barns, the way you decorated is beautiful. Job well done! We are making our invites too. Can you tell me where you found your fonts? I really like the one used for your names.
    Thank you!

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