Following my post on DIY weddings, I wanted to share a little bit about mine! My husband and I were married two summers ago in an outdoor ceremony by the river performed by one of our dearest friends. We kept the guest list limited to people we both knew and had an "unoffical" wedding party of close friends and family we asked to stand beside us. We encouraged people to wear clothes they already owned or not to spend a lot on something new.
My sister designed our custom invitations which we printed on metallic paper and paired with square envelopes from Paper Source. A graphic designer friend hand lettered all the signs we displayed at the park and reception. A collection of our artistic friends drew pictures of us that we put together in coloring books for the kids. My husband hand cut beer bottles that we sanded into drinking glasses and sticker-ed with a waterproof label designed also by my sister.
The reception was in my mom's backyard. Her sun-room doubled as the food room then transformed into the dance floor as the night went on. We had a festive vegan taco bar made by our close chef friends that was made complete with homemade chorizo with potatoes and tempeh in a mole sauce. I get hungry just thinking about it! Instead of champagne we sent the boys in to town to fill growlers around with beer from our favorite breweries. Everything we served that day was local. The flowers that decorated our tables my mom picked up at the morning farmer's market.
A friend's sister in-law worked at an amazing bakery in town and gave us a great deal on our cake which was raspberry lemonade layered with fresh raspberries soaked in Grand Marnier. We also had 7 dozen cups of 13 varieties, because seriously, all weddings should have cupcakes! Another friend recommend her best friend for my bouquet, which she also gave me an fantastic deal on and put together an arrangement that perfectly complimented my dress and head piece. I should mention that my hair piece belonged to my great grandmother and that my mom wore it when she married my dad!
All in all the day was perfect, rain included(it's good luck, right?!) I wouldn't change a thing. It was a magical Michigan summer day that faded too fast into night. It that ended with my husband and I twirling by the fire while friends lite sparklers danced around us.