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A Folksy Ohio Wedding at Grandma and Grandpa’s House

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When Ashley and Andrew decided to keep their Ohio wedding intimate, DIY-friendly, and full of their favorite details, they knew that taking it to their grandparents’ house was the way to go! The couple kept it small and invited less than 20 of their immediate family members to join them in a personal handfasting ceremony and an incredibly epic dinner party. Ashley’s light pink beaded gown from BHLDN paired with turquoise jewelry and a flower crown created a perfectly boho folksy bridal look. We love how Coley & Co Photography captured Ashley and Andrew’s entire wedding, including an unique, forest-inspired reception area!

The Couple:

Ashley and Andrew

The Wedding:

Private Residence in Ohio

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We feel very strongly that a wedding can be whatever you want it to be, so we did the things that made us happy and made sense and left it at that. This is not always easy, particularly when making decisions that may not make sense to others – no one wants to offend or upset people they love. We knew we could not manage the planning or cost of inviting all of our friends and an enormous extended family to the event, so after a lot of difficult consideration we decided to spend our wedding day with immediate family only. Having less than 20 people present opened up a lot of possibilities and allowed us to have the intimate, personal ceremony we wanted. After the fact, we feel confident that it was the right call.

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Oddly enough, one of our favorite parts of the day was the time leading up to the ceremony. I love the fact that we got ready at home and drove to the wedding together. Getting super dressed up and cramming into our little, beat-up car to make the 45 minute drive where our closest family members would witness our marriage was weird and wonderful.

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I’ve always known that I wanted to get married at my grandparents’ house, and I am so happy that it ended up working out. My sisters and I spent a lot of time there growing up and my grandparents are very special to me. Walking through the woods with my family and chasing my nephew around the trees brought back wonderful memories. Having bridal photos taken in the house that my dad grew up in made me so happy. We were honored to be able to share the day with our families making new memories in such a beautiful place.

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I ordered my dress from BHLDN and it was beautiful but I knew it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. The waist hit me at an odd spot, and it was originally draped and had one shoulder. I raised the waistline and removed the sequined drape from the top, leaving the pink lining. I opened up the back of the dress and used the material I removed to create a second shoulder. I then purchased a lace topper in a similar shade and then it was everything that I originally wanted: Pink, sparkly and backless with sleeves and lace. I also made my floral crown the day of the wedding with some leftover floral wire and clearance Kroger flowers.

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We played John Fahey’s ‘Requia’ album while our family waited for us to arrive and while my dad walked me down the path to the ceremony. Last year, on a visit to Vietnam, Andrew and I took an overnight train down the coast and we share a very special memory of watching the sunrise over the Vietnamese countryside while listening to this album. It was beautiful and very fitting.

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Our dear friend Brad was kind enough to officiate our ceremony, which we completely made up after picking and choosing things off of the internet. The whole thing was (I think) about 10 minutes long and included two beautiful readings, one by each of my (Ashley‘s) sisters, and a ring exchange.

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The main portion of the ceremony was a Scottish handfasting of sorts, using the basic idea but incorporating our parents and grandparents by having them each come up with their own cord to make a binding.

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Neither of us wanted to use traditional wedding vows but we also hated the idea of sharing personal vows in front of anyone else, so we tweaked the traditional wording of the handfasting ceremony and those were essentially our only vows. Coming up with a ceremony for two people who do not like being on display is difficult, but doable. I think we found the perfect combination that worked for us, but it took a long time to get there.

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Planning a wedding is stressful at times, there is almost no way around it. I am a control freak who knows what she wants but is generally pretty bad at relaying that information to others. Looking back, I wish I could have let go of some of the control and let people help me more throughout the process. I got a ton of amazing help from my family but it was mostly toward the end when I was so burnt out that I was finally willing to accept it! In the end, it turned out that even the little things that weren’t *exactly* what I had in mind didn’t matter, not even a little bit.

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Andy’s bolo tie and the ring I wore on my right hand are family heirlooms. His great grandma and grandpa had a huge collection of southwestern jewelry and accessories and we were lucky enough to be able to wear some of their favorite pieces during our wedding.

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We DIY’d just about everything. It saves money and makes us happy and I have always had a great love of making things, so there was never going to be another option. In the year before the wedding, we gathered plates, glasses, silverware, vases and candlesticks from thrift stores for the reception. My mom picked up the gold & ivory chargers at a craft store a few days before the wedding. All of the flowers were purchased in the Kroger clearance section and arranged the night before or day of.

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We made all of the lighting from battery-powered Christmas lights, ping pong balls and a couple of t-posts. The flower chandeliers probably took longer than anything but were totally worth it in the end. They were made from silk flowers, embroidery thread and wire wreath frames.

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I sewed three tablecloths together to cover the long table and ran one giant roll of decorative moss down the center. The velvet green chairs that Andy and I sat in were from Craigslist.

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It took a lot of effort from a lot of people to get these projects done and we really had no idea how it was all going to look in the end. When we pulled up to the house on the day of the wedding, though, I could not believe how beautiful it was. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I think it made barely getting any sleep the week of the wedding totally worth it.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Coley & Co Photography
Venue – Private Residence
Catering – The Berwick
Cake – Golden Delight Bakery
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – Alex Bridal

 

Congratulations to Ashley and Andrew, and a huge thanks to Coley & Co Photography for sharing this wedding with us! Want more perfectly forested wedding inspo? Then you’ve got to see this fairy tale cabin wedding in Northern Michigan!

xoxoGabby

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Alternative Inspiration for Your Desert Elopement

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Turquoise and antlers and feathers, oh my! This desert elopement shoot is the ultimate wedding inspiration for stylishly free-spirited couples. The floral and décor gurus of Fleurt Weddings rounded up Washington’s best vendors to build an elopement shoot that shows off the most popular eclectic boho trends like sexy bridal separates, edgy leather details, and chic turquoise jewelry. From a sweet ceremony under a birch arch to a musical serenade outside of a vintage bus, this trendy shoot photographed by Tiarra Sorte proves that you don’t need to have a big event to achieve the alternative desert wedding of your dreams!

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Tiarra Sorte
Event Design & Coordination – Blush Celebrations
Venue – Vantage, Washington
Floral Design & Decor – Fleurt Weddings
Desserts – Stone Layne Baked Specialties
Makeup & Hair Artist – Urbanista Weddings
Wardrobe Styling – Robert Blayne Walsh
Wedding Dress – Riki Dalal
Props – Vintage Ambiance
Transportation – Shutter Bus Co.
Calligraphy – Tara Bliven

 

A huge thanks to Fleurt Weddings for sharing this gorgeous shoot with Junebug. Want more desert wedding inspiration? Then you’ve got to see this Southwestern desert inspiration in Phoenix, Arizona!

xoxoGabby

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Vintage Rustic Phoenix Wedding at Agritopia

August 26, 2016 | gabby

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This Phoenix wedding at Agritopia beautifully channeled rustic romance! Vintage details like a blush pink palette, soft textures, and lace everywhere perfectly completed the couple’s elegant vision for their special day. Elizabeth’s off-the-shoulder Stella York gown with illusion lace long sleeves totally stole the show, while Dan wore a trendy grey suit for a more updated groom style. Matt & Tish Photography captured the couple’s day with a timeless elegance that couple will cherish forever.

The Couple:

Elizabeth and Dan

The Wedding:

Agritopia, Phoenix, Arizona

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When planning our day we focused on soft colors, simplicity, class, elegance and timelessness. We kept our guest list small and wanted to keep a small intimate feel with our close family and friends.

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When planning our wedding we looked at a lot of options, but at the end of the day we love how Agritopia looks (green, lush, simple, rustic) and its where we first really talked to each other and crushed on each other so the nostalgia and the vibe drew us there.

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Processional: Sleeping At Last – Sun (Instrumental)
Recessional: Sleeping At Last – I’ll Keep You Safe (Instrumental)
First Dance: Coldplay – Amazing Day

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I tried on many dresses and went to over five stores. The very last store I went to called Uptown Bridal in Chandler in where I found my dream dress. My mom actually picked it out and begged me to try it on (I initially did not want to try it on and did not think I would like it). As soon as I tried it on we all cried and decided it was the one! Definitely surprised me, but I loved the soft vintage style and was in love with the long sleeves! I didn’t want to take it off. I wore my mom’s pearl bracelet, and wrapped a piece of my mom’s wedding dress lace around my bouquet.

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Our advice: Don’t stress. Stress is not worth it. Work hard on planning and collaborating together on the day and then enjoy the moments. Don’t let the little details or the imperfection of all the humans involved (including you and your spouse) distract you from loving and soaking in every moment from the day.

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For DIY projects, Elizabeth‘s dad made the donut holders for the donut towers, her mom and sisters painted and hand lettered all the signs and table numbers, and her mom handmade the blush drapes at the wedding altar.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Matt & Tish Photography
Venue – Agritopia
Floral Design – Stems From Love
Catering – Queso Good Food Truck
Dessert – Bosa Donuts
Officiant – Tyler Johnson
Invitations – Chris Vimini
Makeup Artist – Melissa Defer
Hair Styling – Kim Cornwell
Wedding Dress – Stella York via Uptown Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Sorella Vita via Uptown Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Topman
Groomsmen’s Apparel – H&M
Rings – Ganem Jewelers

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Dan, and a huge thanks to Matt & Tish Photography for sharing this wedding with us! Want more Phoenix wedding inspiration? Then you’ve got to see this navy blue Phoenix wedding among cacti!

xoxoGabby

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