Emily and Alex had a breathtaking DIY wedding in Massachusetts with loads of DIY details and a laid back atmosphere! Their special day looked so fun and upbeat – it really seemed like a wedding where a lot of fun was happening!
Here is what Emily said about her wedding: “Our first wedding was at the City Clerk’s office in Brooklyn, on June 30, 2011 with our immediate family present, followed by a raucous night out with wonderful friends at our favorite neighborhood bar. Though the paperwork was out of the way, we were still eagerly and excitedly planning a much more personal ceremony and reception for 2012, on our first anniversary.
“As I adventured into wedding planning, I was starting with a clean slate. I never collected images of dresses as a child, nor did I harbor grand ideas about centerpieces and swans. I wanted to have a party to celebrate our partnership, and to have our most favorite people in the world as our guests. Our community of family and friends shaped everything about who we are and this celebration was for them.”
“The concept for the design was neutrals, natural materials, and simplicity so that the natural beauty of our people would stand out. I designed and created our paper goods and decorations myself. This saved a whole lot of money, but also allowed us to tailor each detail to exactly what we wanted. Sewing a thousand feet of garlands for the tent, cutting and assembling invitations, stamping place mats and favors individually, painting glue and then glittering numbers and dessert signs- it’s a heck of a lot of work, but I couldn’t be happier with the product. For someone planning and creating a wedding, it is important to know your limitations and to prioritize, but be empowered by your ability, too. Choose things that you know you can do and do them well. Leave the rest to professionals. And choose the best photographer you can afford, because no matter how much time you put into crafting or organizing, it all disappears after the day itself.”
What groom wouldn’t love this wedding? A beer truck with seven beer taps!
Venue: Private Residence
Flowers: Katy Drinkwater Floral Design
Caterer: Smokey’s Longhorn Catering, Inc.
Beer: Ipswich Ale Brewery
Desserts: Potluck – our guests really pulled out all the stops!
Band: Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess
Bride’s Dress: Ivy & Aster
Bride’s Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita
Bride’s Earrings: Elephantine
Bride’s Hair: Friend
Groom’s Suit: Purchased at Couture in San Francisco
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Groomsmens’ Ties: The Hill-Side