Today’s Wedding Detail spy is a beautiful hand-made wedding with carefully considered details that radiates warmth from every photograph. The couple in question – Shelbey and Stephen chose an old civil war chapel in the middle of nowhere Texas, with a completely candlelit ceremony. “Upon entering the church, each guest was given a personal candle that was used to pass a flame from our own unity candle to each person, until every candle was aglow along with ours symbolizing our love and need for each person there.” says Shelbey who along with her family hand-made candle holders out of card stock so every guest could hold one while they said their vows.
This beautiful event was captured in true rustic style by the very talented Love Caryn Photography.
But the DIY does not end there. “To say the least we tackled a ton of DIY projects, I just felt that it made the wedding ours completely.”
Shelbey and Stephen DIYed or borrowed every single thing for their wedding. Family and friends made pies, cookies and other treats for their reception & lots of people contributed antiques for their all-unique centerpieces. “Everything was handcrafted, We embroidered the pew scarves, and the linen and lace monogramed favor hankies, we made the boutonnieres for the boys out of buttons and pine cone rosettes, and the girls were flowers fashioned of ribbon and buttons all with a hint of dried lavender.”
Each handmade centerpiece was different; cones were made out of vintage scrapbook and filled with lavender and birdseed to be thrown as the newlyweds left, the programs were another DIY project – along with stamped tags for the guests to share their wisdom with the newly-weddied couple.
“My mother also made a wonderful entry monogram and painted barn wood signs to guide the guests from the highway to the church. We also set up the tables and reception tent ourselves. We also made the bridal party bouquets.“
“I hated to bring in a caterer that I barely knew when I had the option of using family recipes cooked by our families themselves. It really made the reception a more homey experience.”
Shelbey has this advice for brides-to-be:
“Don’t be afraid to decorate like crazy! Your preference matters the most, but definitely be open to new ideas they may inspire you to do things you’ve never imagined. Don’t stress. Even though the the details and planning of the wedding is important, just remember that you will be marrying the man you love so dearly and that truly is what matters the most.”
With thanks to Two Bright Lights
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