Choosing a unique location is a big trend for this year, breweries being a fun and popular option. I’m in love with this cute DIY brewery wedding from Keira Lemonis. With the bride wearing a gray gown and tons of custom graphic details, this wedding is filled to the brim with personality!
After 6+ years together, Joey and I wanted to celebrate the life that we had already begun building, and also throw one heck of a party for our friends and families who have shared that journey with us. It was our way of showing our appreciation for their support and encouragement, so every detail became a personal, heartfelt thank you. The overall look that we were going for was charming and quirky, with warm colors, lots of DIY decorations, a few vintage pieces and custom graphics that represented our relationship. We thoughtfully chose music, readings, and art that would eventually come together to tell the story of us.
We knew we wanted to be comfortable and still look like us, only a bit fancier. Joey and his groomsmen wore gray suits with yellow ties and boutonnieres made from pages of a book. As for my dress, I’ve always wanted a very soft, romantic look, so I chose gray as well. My mom and I found a Marchesa gown at Saks Fifth Ave described as “smoke colored”. It was lovely. I had a birdcage veil custom made by Tessa Kim in gray to match my gown, and I purchased a mustard yellow belt with matching hair bow from Etsy. My mustard yellow shoes were J. Crew. I chose a dozen dresses on Modcloth in all different styles and in shades of cream, blush, and taupe. My bridesmaids each picked the dress they wanted to wear and wore matching mustard yellow kitten heels.
Brown’s Brewery & Revolution Hall was the first and only venue we visited and it just felt right. This large, industrial building set in historical downtown Troy was filled with so much character and warmth. Despite the extra square footage, our ceremony was still sweet and personal. Our dear friend quoted lyrics from State Radio’s “Indian Moon” and my father performed “That’s All” by Frank Sinatra.
I’m a graphic designer so the overall look was really important to me. I wanted people to walk in and say “this feels like Joey & Katie”. We went for a vintage chic look with fabric bunting and retro suitcases. My friends, family and I made all of the decorations. I created about a dozen large typographical posters with lyrics from our favorite and we hung those on the walls. I also spent a lot of time designing our monogram to use on the save the dates, invites, and programs. For the centerpieces we used simple planters with glass bottles and in the spirit of our brewery-turned-wedding-venue, we gave our guests custom pint glasses as favors. Our guestbook was one of our old snowboards spray-painted gray with our monogram in the center of it.
One of my absolute favorite moments was when I surprised my husband for our first dance. A little over a year ago, his groomsmen and I secretly planned that we would blindfold him and they would take the stage to play our song “Bloom” by the Paper Kites. Seeing Joey’s face in that moment filled my heart with so much love. As we started to dance, we looked up at the balcony and around the room to see everyone smiling and taking photographs. It was such a sweet reminder of what this day was all about and how lucky we were to be surrounded by our amazing friends and families on that special day.
I’m so excited to end the week off with this super sweet engagement session from Photos by Sarah Beth! Denim and tulle make a pair as adorable as this couple, especially with all the charming vintage details. Seriously considering getting a tulle skirt of my own (it’s just too cute!)
Today I’m sharing the sweetest California wedding from Snapmotive. I love the contrast of the rich magenta florals with the white bridal party. But by far I am most in love with the blindfolded ‘first look’. I am a big fan of the first look (I wish I had done one myself), but this blindfolded version is so romantic and the perfect compromise so the groom still gets that aisle first sight.
It was honestly perfect. I married the best person I know, so how could it not be? Our goals for the wedding were to make it as relaxed as possible so we could concentrate on what actually matters, our marriage! Before the ceremony Sergio wrote a letter in our “Adventure Log” (which is our journal for our adventures together), and slid it under the door into our Bridal cottage. He also surprised me by asking me to be his wife with a letter in the “Adventure Log,” and those two journal entries will always be my favorite.
Sergio and I decided we wanted to pray together before the ceremony. I walked outside of the Bridal cottage to find my future husband standing blindfolded with a pink satin tie from my robe wrapped tightly around his eyes. Being able to hold him and pray together before the ceremony was one of my favorite moments, and also full of tears on my end.
Sergio and I decided that the song I would walk down the aisle to would be “At Last,” by Etta James. The song only seems fitting because we looovvveee oldies and – at last, my (our) love has come along. We sang it and listened to it countless times before the wedding as we anxiously waited for the day I would walk down the aisle and we would finally be husband and wife. Right before the ceremony began they put me in the restrooms and told me to wait so that Sergio would definitely not see me. I waited in the silent restroom for what seemed like hours while I danced and sang by myself so I wouldn’t go crazy with excitement. After everyone had walked down the aisle, they released me from my hiding place and I was at the door waiting for “At Last” to begin playing. When I heard the words, “At laaaaaast,” I almost died of sensory overload (but not really). Sergio sang the lyrics and waited patiently until I walked down the aisle, and those few minutes were some of our favorites.