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!
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.