Fun DIY details and a rich fall color palette make this Virginia wedding captured by Stephanie Messick Photography a must see! The bride spent hours making the geometric centerpieces and the results were worth it!

I have always wanted a fall wedding. I just love everything about the season, especially the changing leave and the nip in the air that makes me cuddle up to my love to soak in some of his warmth. Brennan knew this was my favorite season, so it was only natural we would set sights on a November date centered around fall accents. We wanted our color scheme to complement the colors of the season, yet we had to include a few of our favorite colors. Deep blue is one of Brennan’s favorite colors, so we decided to make that our base color. To complement I asked to use gold, to pay homage to my alma mater, James Madison University. 

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

I wanted an elegant yet timeless gown. I am thankful that Bridal Elegance RVA was able to help me find a dress at a reasonable price that I was able to customize to my taste. I added a sequin-pearl belt and cap sleeves, which they were able to match the lace to my bodice. There is no other dress like it, which makes it all the more special. The bridesmaid dresses were a tough find. It was difficult finding a dress that was the right shade of blue. I also wanted to be able to give my ladies the option as to what style of dress they wanted. Funny enough, almost all of them chose the same style so we ended up going with the majority vote. Bonus: they had pockets!

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

Brennan’s mother, my sweet mother in law, repurposed the tattered rags of my baby blankets to make our ring bearer pillow. The pillow also included two buttons from my mother’s wedding dress. She used leftover lace from the blankets to make my garter, complete with a blue bow and another one of my mom’s buttons in the center. It held my something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue all in one!

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

I had the bright (HA!) idea of making DIY prisms as our centerpieces. The DIY video tutorial made them look like an easy, Sunday afternoon project. Boy was I wrong! Brennan made over 50 prisms of all shapes and sizes out of fishing line and gold pipes. We totaled the labor to around 22 hours. They looked amazing with the white floral wreaths and fairly lights inside of them. We are currently repurposing the smaller prisms by tying blue and gold ribbon through the tops to give away as Christmas ornaments this year.

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

I remember going to weddings growing up and being a little peeved when the cake was cut. 99% of the time, I would pick up a piece only to find five minutes later that the next tier had a way better flavor than the one I just settled on. We didn’t want anyone else to be put in that situation, haha. Being able to have many different flavors for folks to choose from and admire (and drool over) made cupcakes by Pearl’s Bakeshop an easy choice. 

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

DIY fall wedding | Stephanie Messick | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Stephanie Messick Photography | Ceremony Venue | Northside Baptist Church | Reception Venue & Catering | The Renaissance | Florals | Marylee Marmer Events | Coordination | Richmond Bridal Consulting | Desserts | Pearl’s Bake Shoppe | Hair & Makeup | Lou Stevens Glam Squad | Ceremony Musicians | Nancy Schneider | DJ | Chris Gibbons | Transportation | TNT Limousine | Cake Topper | Willow Tree | Wedding Dress | Bridal Elegance RVA | Groom’s Attire | Alain Dupetit | Bride’s Shoes | TOMS | Bridesmaid Dresses | The Dessy Group | Veil | Bridal Elegance RVA | Headpiece | usa bride | Submitted via Matchology

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