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Plum and White DIY Wedding by Jason Jarvis as seen on Hill City Bride

Here at Hill City Bride, I get submissions all kinds of ways… from photographers, from other vendors and sometimes, just sometimes, I get them in my most favorite way. From brides themselves!

I leave my Dropbox open all day while I am working (shameless Dropbox plug here… it’s an amazing online storage place so that things don’t have to take space up on your computer!), and I see folders go in and folders pop out as I share with our designers and many photographers. A few weeks ago, I saw a folder from Kate pop in with her very own wedding. It made my day that a bride would reach out and share her wedding with me, so in turn, I want to share it with you. If you are a bride, don’t be intimidated! Feel free to send me a link to Facebook photos or your photographer’s blog as I adore sharing real weddings with other brides to be for inspiration.

Here is what Kate had to say about her DIY wedding day…

Our wedding was completely DIY. Aside from the assistance of Heidi at The Trivium, I planned and designed the entire wedding myself. As a graphic designer, I created our invitations and design elements at the wedding. I often refer to my husband as my Superman, which was intertwined throughout our wedding. Also, he always jokes he got my ring from a Cracker Jack box, and he surprised everyone when he pulled out the box to give me my ring.

The patch was my something blue. McCay is my maiden name, and it was from my father’s military uniform. He wore it every day to work, and it was always what I remembered growing up. The blue ribbon that is behind it is from my mother’s wedding dress. She sewed it on the night before our wedding.

All of the round balls with paper petals on them were created by my mom and me. I saw it on Pinterest, and it took months to make enough for the wedding. We punched out the petals from scrapbook paper and pinned them to styrofoam balls. I made the toss bouquet that the flower girl caught, and the lace wrapped around the bottom is from my mothers wedding dress. My actual bouquet I carried had lace from her dress as well. My mom helped me make the outfits the bridesmaids wore getting ready, and I made all the hangers for their dresses and mine.

Wow! Kate (and her mom) did a lot of work. I also love the fact that the venue owner was a great help to her during the process. So fun! Ok, now take a peek into Kate and Josh’s special day. Enjoy!

Celebration Wedding Gown by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridesmaids Gowns by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
The Arrangement Company Flowers by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gift to Father of the Bride by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Superman Wedding Touches by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridal Portrait by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groomsmen by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Walking Down the Aisle by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Cracker Jack Ring Box by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Unity Candle by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceremony by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Kissing Bell by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Photo Booth Guest Book by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Signage by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Magnolia Foods Wedding Cake by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Dancing Flip Flops by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Beverages by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Table Marker by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
The Trivium Ballroom by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Candy Bar by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple at Trivium by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Newlyweds by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Just Married Car Decorations by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Sparkler Exit by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

 

There are so many things to be drawn from Kate and Josh’s day, and I’ll just list a few that popped out to me that I hope you caught:

  • I adore the fact that Kate gave her dad a photo of her along with a sweet, handwritten frame. Giving a daughter away is an emotional thing for a father, and I love that Kate put enough thought into giving her dad a special memento.
  • What a great idea to actually TELL guests when the couple plans to leave! Their “sparkler exit” sign let all of the guests know when the big event would be. I know I’ve been at many weddings wondering if I should go (because of kids at home) or stay because maybe, just maybe the exit would be soon. It’s great to let guests know exactly when they can celebrate and send the couple off.

Vendors:

  • Connie - Kate did a wonderful job keeping her same design down to the little details. As her Mom I would say, having a DIY wedding it gives you great memories of time well spent being together and the joy of being part of a story that will be past down from generation to generation.
    If you are planing a DIY wedding make sure you have time to set aside to complete your projects well before the wedding. So when the big day comes you can enjoy your family. I am so very proud of Kate planning her wedding and it went off without a hitch.

  • Deborah {Wedding Thingz} - Love the DIY elements!

  • Olivia Fischer - Beautiful wedding dress and lovely bouquets ! Excellent Photography too !

Intimate Backyard Wedding by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride

I adore this gathering. It’s beauty, the simplicity. It all speaks as to who this couple is and what their goals were for their day. I know that there are many brides out there who just crave a small, intimate wedding… ones who just want to revel in the one they love and celebrate with the ones truly closest to them. A feeling that you experience at the holidays when you are gathered with those whom you love the most.

Maggie and Shahul held their wedding at a private residence, complete with a wooded area for their ceremony and a lake, which made for lovely, waterside photos. The back deck was accented by a buffet station and a “sweets” table, and the long table was perfect for everyone to gather round for toasts, celebration and an intimate wedding meal.

Here is what photographer, Anna Clark, had to say about this wedding… Maggie & Shahul had a backyard, intimate wedding with 17 guests and the most beautiful details. For privacy reasons we can’t share the ceremony photos, but even without them you can see that this wedding is perfect. Her attention to detail is really what took this simple ceremony and dinner to the next level. I was so honored to photograph this wedding. It really was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever witnessed. 

I agree! I can just feel the sentiments that this gathering exudes. I hope that you enjoy this wedding and gain some ideas to plan your own intimate affair.

Wedding Gown by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridesmaids Dresses by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridal Bouquet by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Rings by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Invitation by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Getting Ready by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Marriage Altar by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceremony Setup by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Newlyweds by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride and Groom by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Reception by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Reception Table by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Long Reception Table by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Decor by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Table Decor by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Reception Decor by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Table Decor by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Catering by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Buffet by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Sweets Table by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Table by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Decor by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Cupcakes by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Toasts by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple Walking by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride
Newlyweds by Lake by Anna Clark as seen on Hill City Bride

 

 

 

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BMW Mystic CN Wedding

It’s a wonderful thing that if you find a photographer you adore, that most of them adopt the “have camera, will travel” attitude about life as is evidenced by this Mystic, Connecticut, seaside wedding shot by BMW Photography who hails from the charming town of Buena Vista, VA.

I adore how the soft colors compliment the seaside setting at Mystic Yachting Center where Rob & Annamarie held their wedding… a day that finally came after seven years of dating. As Brinn from BMW Photography said, “This couple’s wedding highlights everything that’s beautiful about New England- blue water, boat docks, and quaint seaside communities.” So true! Enjoy this lovely, seaside wedding today. 

Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Wedding Gown

Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Gown
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Wedding Veil
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Mother of the Bride
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Wedding Rings
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Bouquet
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Bridesmaids
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Flower Girl
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Cufflinks
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Bout
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Mystic Yacht
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Groomsmen
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Bride
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography -Wedding Vows
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Ring Exchange
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Seaport Wedding
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - New England Wedding
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Attendants
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Abbey Road
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Bride
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Bride and Groom
Couple - Hill City Bride - BMW Photography
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Couple
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Chapel
New England Wedding - Hill City Bride - BMW Photography
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Guest Book
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Rings
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Place Cards
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Table
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Wedding Decor
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Signage
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Chairs
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography- Tablescape
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Wedding Reception
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Wedding Cake
Hill City Bride - BMW Photography - Wedding Dance

I found these little cuties on a site called Mint Design Blog, and they are a perfect way to present tiny bundles of birdseed for throwing on the couple as they exit in wedded bliss. Just follow the link to get full instructions on how to construct these small bags along with a download for the tags … so cute! Just click HERE to go straight to Mint‘s original posting.

Individualized cakes at a reception are so adorable sitting at each place setting, but for the bride, who is considering her budget, having 100 tiny cakes made seems like a distant reality. Well, why not consider these cuties in the form of cookie cakes? They are much more economical, and your baker will probably thank you … after all, icing cookies is less labor intensive than wrapping 100 tiny cakes in fondant! I hope you find a little inspiration in these cuties, and have a wonderful day.

 

Photos from: Martha Stewart Weddings, Jessicakes, Cookie Creatives, Sugar Siren and Jessicakes 

 

  • Ha Propper - Way cool, loads of valid points, i enjoy anything to do with cakes and i enjoy constantly reading info on cakes! I am really interested in confectionary, so any info on cake making is great. i just love it.Your site is fantastic. Tips and tricks, thats what i want. Hope you have a great day. Many Thanks

  • Corinna - So cute! I’m such a fan of edible favors because I think they’re the most practical so syrup for autumn weddings, wine for vineyard weddings, and chocolate for any weddings are always a good idea.