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Everyday Wedding – Ian & Annalisa

It’s safe to say that I adore this wedding! The celebration of Ian and Annalisa was actually the first real wedding that I chose for our 2014 issue of clutch, the bride’s guide to have and to hold.

What set it apart? Well, there are so many unique elements. I love the groom’s attire (a kilt and his military jacket!), and this wedding also oozed with DIY touches and tradition… truly, that is what caught my attention the most. This event truly honored the heritage of both Annalisa and Ian, which combined Filipino traditions with Scottish kilts. Add a decked out pooch and adorable flower girls, and it’s just perfect!

“While almost everything was a DIY project, it truly was a monumental effort by so many friends and family that brought our vision to life for our wedding day. I’m a designer and Ian is an engineer so it was a lot of fun for us both to have these DIY projects,” offered Annalisa. Here are some of the DIY projects to keep an eye out for:

  • Annalisa made her own bridal bouquet, bridesmaid lanterns and flower girl hair wreaths for her bevy of nieces.
  • Vintage china, vases, books and candlesticks were collected over time to use for place settings, centerpieces and decor.
  • Ian and his groomsmen built the dance floor and hung the globe lights.
  • The flower arrangements were made by Annalisa’s aunts.

Enjoy this glimpse into their special day, which was photographed by April B Photography.

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  • Photographer – April B Photography
  • Rentals (chairs/linens) – Lynchburg True Value
  • Bride’s Gown – Designer Maggie Sottero
  • Bride’s shoes – Traffic
  • Bride’s Wedding Band – The Irish Walk
  • Cake – The Sweet Lobby
  • Caterer – First Run Catering
  • DJ – Barry Tosh
  • Flower Girl Skirts – Princess Doodlebeans on Etsy
  • Groomsmen Attire – Express
  • Hair Stylist – Jim of This and That Hair Studio
  • Invitations – Minted
  • Makeup Artist – Stephanie Humphries
  • Officiant – Rev. Lisa Noelle Abend
  • Venue – Acorn Inn Bed & Breakfast, Nellysford

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