My Wedding

You are cordially invited to my very own DIY wedding!
{November 14, 2010}

Planning our wedding was fun, kind of stressful and a huge learning experience all at the same time! Our families really stepped up to the plate and wowed us with their DIY skills- from making 200+ jars of jam, to creating decorations out of heirlooms, to catering a meal for 230 people, to creating bridesmaid dresses. Our family is unbelievable and we couldn’t have pulled this off without them! We made use of things we owned, things borrowed and things found at great prices and came in under our $5,000 budget!

Without further ado, lets take a look at some pictures!

We bought our flowers from Boulder Creek Flowers, a distributor of locally grown flowers. I wasn’t too concerned with having a specific type of flower, instead I wanted to have things that were in season and were loosely based on a yellow color scheme. My bouquet was a mixture of tulips and tuberose. The tuberose had SUCH a heavenly scent! Our good friend, Callan did such a great job on the arrangements!

My dress! Ah…I loved it! If I could find a reason to wear it again I’d jump at the chance. It was the first one I tried on and was exactly what I wanted: simple, lacy, and gorgeous.

My girls looked a-mazing! My awesome/fantastic/amazingly talented mom made their dresses from scratch! I found the inspiration over here, but there was no way in h-e-doublehockeysticks that we were going to pay close to $300 per dress! I loved the design of the dress because it was so versatile and could fit so many different body styles. Each of my girls wore theirs tied in a different way and each looked fantastic. We were able to find a sewing tutorial over here and in the end, the dresses cost around $30 each for materials. Score!

bridesmaid dresses

My girls and I wore TOMS wedges. I love the one-for-one mission behind TOMS, so to be able to support them by having 6 pairs of their shoes at my wedding was so cool!

My niece and flower girl, Livy, wore the 6th pair, Tiny-TOMS :)
(P.S. my mom found her dress for $7 at Target and my sis-in-law spruced it up with a big yellow bow on the back. So cute for a 1 1/2 yr old!)

We wanted to get something that our groomsmen wouldn’t have to break the bank on, that would look good with my girl’s dresses, and that they could wear again. We finally settled on a grey cotton shirt and simple khaki’s from the Gap, a yellow tie and Van’s (we even got itty bitty Van’s for our ring bearer and nephew, Zack!)¬†Josh’s getup was a little more challenging to find though since we wanted him to stand out a little. After much deliberation, we had him wear a white shirt, khaki’s, yellow tie and a sweet jacket we found on sale at Men’s Warehouse. We searched high and low for that jacket (seen to the left of the grey shirt below) and boy did it deliver. My guy looked dang good!

Our photographer, Sam Wells, is one of Josh’s best friends. His work is unbelievable and he made a point to catch the little details of our big day. Case in point, this shot of our rings on a cracked redwood round. Love!

Sam caught the soft, vintagey vibe I was wanting in our photos. He scoured our venue for the best sites and lighting and did a baller job (word usage straight from Sam’s vocab).

My sweet, sweet Aunt Jeanie made my veil. She added tiny pearls along the edge to add to the vintage feel.

Such a happy guy! He even shaved for the occasion (and hasn’t been clean shaven since haha)


The location and time of year made for some amazing photos, if I do say so myself. Our big day just so happened to land on the warmest day in November. Go us!

Our crew made our special day perfect. To have our closest friends surrounding us and cheering us on was amazing!

Josh’s sweet family:

My sweet family:

Ok, so now details of the ceremony! Our venue, Mount Hermon, is a camp & conference center nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains. The place holds special significance to both Josh and I individually but also as a couple. It’s where we live &
work, where we met, and where we started dating. So it was only fitting to have our wedding there! The ceremony was held in the Auditorium, a building that was built in the 40s or 50s. It has great rustic charm and fit our theme perfectly. The great part about having the ceremony there was that it didn’t need too much decorating. We used antique french doors, an original window that came out of my parents house when they remodeled, a bunch of mason jars that belonged to my grandmother, and a great piece of vintage furniture that we borrowed from a friend. Other than the lumber to build the frames that the jars and window hung from, we did not purchase any of the items seen on the stage!

Here’s a shot of the wagon Livy rode down in (Zack wouldn’t agree to sit with her so he walked along side haha). My dad made chalk boards out of some old gold frames a friend gave us. Super easy and super cute!

We hung different sized jars at different lengths to add interest to the dark back drop:

The sign that hung above us was the theme verse at Mount Hermon for 2010. I think it will always be a reminder to Josh and I of how good the Lord has been to us and continues to be!

One of the biggest highlights of the day was to have my now father-in-law perform the ceremony. His words were so sweet and so meaningful and will forever be a treasured memory of the day! Having his blessing over our marriage is so, so cool.

We had a 3 piece band (piano, violin and cello) that played a hymn compilation while our guests were filling the Auditorium. They also played Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” as we exited the building…so fun!

Right after the ceremony, we all headed out to take a group photo. I was so worried about the logistics of it, but it went so smoothly! We used this photo in our thank you notes and its a great reminder of how many people love us!

Now…on to the reception! Everything about our reception makes me happy- from the cotton candy and popcorn, to the photobooth, to the Arizona iced tea we used to toast with. Everything there was a piece of who we are and what we love. We had food that we loved and desserts that were to die for (no plain jane cake here). We had fun with the photobooth and even had s’mores for our guests outside. We had close friends playing music while our guests ate and I was serenaded by Coldplay’s “Green Eyes.” I wish we could go back to the day and spend more time enjoying everything!

Josh, a graphic designer, created this “brand” that we used throughout our wedding. Our guests first saw it on our invitations and then saw it again on this h-u-g-e sign that welcomed them to the reception. Once again, our friends and family stepped up and helped us big time when it came to painting this thing. Thanks guys!

They also saw the brand on their popcorn bags- thanks to a custom designed stamp from rubberstampchamp.com (we also used the same stamp on our thank you notes):

Our centerpieces were a simple 12″ x 12″ square of plywood with burlap stapled on, lace edging hot glued and a piece of colored fabric to top. We topped that with a fantastic centerpiece of in-season flowers made by Callan and a jar of pretzel sticks.

Along with a simple photo filled guest book, we created a fingerprint tree to remember the day. My incredibly talented sis-in-law drew the outline of the tree and Josh and I started off the fingerprints with ours that were turned into little bride and groom blue birds…adorable right? This piece now hangs in our home and will always be a reminder of that day.

Here’s the brand again on our favors…jam! My mom, sis-in-law Sarah and I made tons and tons and tons of jam! It was a long process but so worth it! Not only did we get to create something sweet for our guests, but I got to learn the art of canning which is definitely not something every girl knows how to do! We gave our guests options of strawberry, apricot, plum and blackberry. YUM! We displayed them in some antique suitcases and wooden boxes…all owned or borrowed.

Not only did my mom make my bridesmaid’s dresses, made tons o’ jam, and helped me with decorations, she also catered the reception! She is a woman of MANY talents and I am SO grateful for her! She was able to cook for 200+ people for around $2.00/person. Unbelievable! And boy, was it good….yum! For serving the food, we used old wooden fruit boxes with damask fabric liners (courtesy of Wonder Mom) and Jadeite borrowed from my friend Katie.

Both Josh and I have a slight addiction to Arizona Iced Tea. So, what better thing to toast with at our wedding?!

I didn’t want to go the traditional route of a huge iced cake for dessert, so we opted for a small two person strawberry shortcake for us and cobbler, pies and cheesecake for our guests. I don’t think anyone was disappointed in our choice!! Our cake was made by our lovely friend Patrice- she’s great and the cake was de-lish!


One of the funnest parts of the reception was our photobooth! My BFF’s husband used his camera with a tripod and guests dressed in items that we raided from Mount Hermon’s skit closet (it is a camp, after all). I made the mustaches from felt, hot glue, and dowels…they were a hit!

We handed out little cards that had a Picasa link where guests could download the photos. Our photobooth made multiple Christmas cards in 2010! :)

Our getaway was through a tunnel of cheering family and friends. It was a perfect end to a perfect day!

Josh’s fully restored ’54 Chevy was an excellent getaway vehicle!

We had a blast at our own wedding and I really think that’s all that matters. Our family and friends were such a huge part of our day and nothing would have been possible without them. It was perfect in so many ways and I wouldn’t change a thing…except maybe getting to eat more of our cake! :)

 

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