Tuesday, August 13, 2013

{Jo & Juan}

Jo & Juan:
Thinking it was only appropriate to start the "real weddings" with my own. 
Juan and I are the true DIY couple. With myself being a fashion designer and Juan having a degree in Graphic Design, it was only fitting to start from scratch. 

***One piece of advice: 
* When planning your DIY wedding: Don't be afraid to ask for help. You cannot possibly do it all on your own, so call in the troops! Juan and I were both lucky to have not only people willing to volunteer, but also some amazingly creative family and friends.

The location was an easy pick. I grew up on a farm and always pictured getting married there, with weather being our only worry, we set the date for August 13th.
Starting with the invitations, Juan and I both created a whimsical "Wedding Wonderland" using watercolor as our base. We then used this design as the launching point for our color palette and theme for the entire wedding. 
Party favors (only costing 25 cents each) were flowers potted in soup cans finished with a colorful vintage label. Both the flowers themselves and labels helped to add color to the primarily white tables. Loved the look of these! Also, very easy for guests to take home and place on their windowsill.
Keeping on budget, my sister and I woke up at 5 a.m. to pick ten buckets of wildflowers for our centerpieces. These Queen Anne's Lace are truly my favorite flowers and better yet, they were free!

***My favorite moments:
*Hearing the sound of the trumpet while getting my photos taken. This was a sign that the wedding guests were arriving and that my big day had finally arrived.
*My maid of honor (my 15 year old cousin Sylvia) crying like a baby through the entire ceremony.
*Fireworks as a surprise wedding gift from my brother Jon.

 Keeping with the DIY theme, I designed and sewed my wedding dress, the flower girl dresses and the groom and ring bearers polka dot bow ties. 
I used my authentic 1950's yellow table to really pop the colors of the cupcakes and cake. While cooking/baking is not my forte, my cousin volunteered to create the amazing dessert display. This was something that couldn't have been more perfect! She really created something that fit my personal style and really complimented everything in the tent. As a wedding gift, she gave me the vintage crystal cake stand she used for my cake. I have to say it was my favorite gift and something I am hoping my children with use on their special day.
Lastly, all the amazing photos seen above were taken by my photographer Stephanie Lehnert.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to find not only a great photographer, but one who is truly easy and comfortable to work with. Our photos look natural and in the moment because that is exactly what they are. Stephanie could be seen literally running to capture those perfect moments.
Please check out more example of her amazing work at Novia Distinctive Photography 
Brides Makeup and Hair by Sarah Rupp