To start the weekend off on the right foot I want to share this travel themed wedding that has a lot of personal details! Jennifer and John were definitely DIY masters as their wedding was overflowing with homemade decor!
Here is what Jennifer said about her wedding day: “After several years of airplanes and adventures in our long distance relationship (we had 3,000 miles of continent between us), our wedding was designed as a nod to our cross cultural relationship. John is a first generation Canadian, his family immigrated from Holland. I am an American and we met in Uganda. It is a celebration of our motto that life is a journey — marriage simply begins a new chapter of that journey.”
“I never really considered my budget to be small. In fact, I was honored to have almost $7000 to use. With almost half of that devoted to the photographer, all my dream decorations, food, and festivities had to come out of an even smaller budget. Occasionally I felt the pinch, but I’m thrilled with what I was able to do for less than average.”
“We designed our wedding around the inspiration found in a 1970s National Geographic: full of adventures, experiences, and muted colors. I threaded that theme throughout the day by letting our guests (who flew in from literally all over the world: British Columbia, Holland, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Arkansas) experience a horse drawn carriage ride to the ceremony site, creating the adventure of a woodland wedding ceremony (complete with spiders and squirrels!), all while filling the day with pops of happiness yellow.”
“I chose to use maps everywhere to enjoy not only the many miles we’d traveled full of adventures as a long distance, multi-cultural couple, but also to symbolize the continued journey as we continue our life together (we started the journey with a honeymoon road trip across the country — 3200 miles in twelve days).
“I collected globes from friends and family, I used mod podge and vintage maps to create our cake topper monogram, I cut photos out of National Geographic to create the bunting streamers. I painted vases yellow and filled them with pinwheels made of maps. I scoured thrift shops and collected 50 picture frames, repainted them yellow, and lined the pathway with these symbols of adventures-yet-to-be-had, photos-to-be-taken. I collected vintage suitcases and filled them with part of my collection of National Geographic.”
“One of John’s uncles handed us ice cream (homemade & delicious!) as we were finishing family photos; we slipped a few feet away from the crowds and sat down on the front step of the cabin we’d converted into a reception hall.
“Sitting there with our ice cream, we watched my cousins play lawn games, we heard the ice cream machine clunking through its routine, we saw family becoming friends and friends mingling with family. The nieces were playing with flowers and pinwheels, the littlest cousins were weaving through the party on bicycles, and everyone was reveling in the day. So many smiles. That is the perfect moment.”
Advice to Other Brides
“Dr. Seuss said it well, ‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?'”
“To other brides wanting to create a unique, memorable wedding day, I say DO IT. You have a vision unlike anyone else, so follow it! In my case, the very people who couldn’t fully grasp my vision of a middle-of-the-woods-with-burlap-roses wedding (and questioned my decisions along the way) are the same people who had loads of fun at our wedding and raved about it for months afterwards.”