Handmade weddings are the perfect labor of love, where family and friends come together to help make a couple’s day as special as possible. This sweet DIY spring wedding from Brianna Wilbur is the perfect example. I love the pastel color palette and all the lavender details.
Our wedding was held on a windy early Spring day before Easter, just when the tulips were beginning to pop. We chose soft and airy pastel colors with bright locations to complement including lots of natural light. We knew it would be too chilly for an outdoor wedding, but wanted to create an earthy, outdoor feel, while still holding true to our desires for a church wedding and to have our guests feel comfortable and relaxed. I grew up in New Jersey and my husband grew up in Pennsylvania, so it was only fitting that our church was in New Jersey and we traveled across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania for the reception.
Although we did not have any heirloom details, we definitely wanted our parents and grandparents honored at our wedding. We each have three living grandparents and they all walked down the aisle to begin the processional at our ceremony. My grandmother is a talented seamstress and sewed all of the mint table runners with lace detailing on top for the reception tables. She also made her own dress for the wedding! My mother created my bridal sash by sewing a rhinestone applique on a ribbon that matched my wedding dress and it was just as perfect as the ones I tried on in bridal shops.
In all the weddings we ever attended, we both agreed that the ones we most enjoyed were those that were true reflections of the couple. That was our goal in planning our wedding. We hoped others would look at the details and genuine joy surrounding our day and think that it was a true reflection of who we are.
Our lavender toss church exit was certainly a highlight. We took the lavender theme to the next level when we literally were covered with it as our guests sent dried flowers flying through the air as we exited the ceremony. All the dried lavender was purchased from a local lavender farm.
There was definitely a lavender and lace theme resonating throughout our day, particularly in the DIY details. My labor of love for this wedding was the homemade soap wedding favors. I made them all by hand in lavender and honey almond oatmeal scents & wrapped them in lace before gluing on labels I designed. My now husband Chad, my sister (the maid of honor), and I created the aisle decorations. We spray painted peet pots gold, secured dried lavender and baby’s breath in the pots and decorated them with lace. I also wood burned hangers with the names of my bridesmaids as gifts and burned “Mr.” and “Mrs.” on two of them as keepsakes for my husband and I. DIY doily streamers, a Mr. and Mrs. banner, framed engagement pictures, and a painted “Welcome” sign designed by one of my bridesmaids were also handmade details created with love for our day.
Another favorite moment was when we slipped out of the reception at dusk when the wind died down to take silhouette photos. It allowed a few moments to ourselves at the end of the evening and had it captured on film from a distance with the most amazing result! We absolutely love those photos.
Photography | Brianna Wilbur Photography | Ceremony | Lebanon Reformed Church | Reception | Riverview Country Club | Florals | Deborah Moyer | Desserts | Christie’s Artisan Bread & Pastry Shop | Paper Goods | Messiah College Press | Dress | Casablanca from Bridals By Sandra | Bridesmaid Dresses | Alvina Valenta | Hair | CUT Artisan Hair Design | Groomswear | Macy’s | DJ | Celebrations Disc Jockey | Transportation | Aprodlimo Limousine Service LLC | Dried Lavender | Carousel Lavender Farm | Cake Topper | Don’t Toss It | Chalkboard Sign | The Fox and The Raven Studios
Emerald green has always been one of my favorite colors and I love how elegant it looks paired with cream and gold in this winter wedding shoot from Manda Weaver Photography. With gorgeous gold calligraphy and lush greenery garlands, it’s hard not to fall for every detail. How lovely is the hand-painted Mr and Mrs sign? And you really can’t go wrong with personal mini cakes. Such a cute idea!
Photography | Manda Weaver Photography | Venue | Great Oak Manor | Planner | White Oak Weddings and Events | Florals | Sherwood Florist | Calligrapher | Wild and Free Calligraphy | Desserts | Copper Pearl Confections | Rentals | Eastern Shore Tents & Events and Memorable Events & Rentals | Caterer | Stewarts Catering | Dress | Paloma Blanca from Annapolis Formal | Shoes | Bella Belle | Hair and Makeup | The Salon at Chestertown | Ribbon | Silk and Willow | Jewelry | Susie Saltzman | Ring Box | The Mrs. Box | Photography Assistant | Beya Johnson
There is something so timeless and chic about today’s San Francisco wedding from Milou + Olin Photography. With a stunning vintage manor as the backdrop, the romantic florals and elegant details shine. I love the printed linens that add so much character, while still being classic.
Matt grew up in San Francisco, and we’ve lived here for the past five years. We decided we wanted to keep our wedding in the area, but knew that San Francisco has unpredictable weather, so decided to look around the peninsula within driving distance of the city. We wanted a venue that had separate spaces for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing, included an outdoor component, and that still had good flow between the spaces. The Kohl Mansion in Burlingame was definitely able to check all of those boxes!
My engagement ring was made from the stone that Matt’s grandmother had in her engagement ring. We had the ring reset so it had a piece of her and also a piece of us. I also had my grandmother’s engagement ring set into a necklace which I wore on our wedding day.
We felt it was really important to work with people who understood us and our style well, and were really fortunate to work with so many amazing vendors who really got us. We also wanted as little stress as possible, and our amazing planner, Janece, was able to keep everything low-stress and really fun throughout the process. We also wanted to include both our mothers in the process, and they were extremely helpful and insightful as we planned!
We realized that the venue had a lot of character, and therefore wanted to keep everything else soft and romantic. We focused on blush, cream colors, and pewter for our main colors.
Our gift table was covered in lace that is from my mother-in-law’s side of the family. Her and her siblings each used it on their wedding days. We were able to layer it on top of one of our blush linens to make it a little bit of our own.
There aren’t words to describe how it feels to have all the people you love in one place. We were able to truly enjoy every minute with each other them throughout the day, and only wished time went slower!
Photography | Milou + Olin Photography | Ceremony | St. Cecilia Catholic Church | Reception | Kohl Mansion | Event Designer | Every Elegant Detail | Florals | Loop Flowers & Event Arts | Caterer | Melons Catering and Events | Cake | Pretty Please Bakery | Paper Goods | Aerialist Press | Linens | La Tavola | DJ | BIG FUN Disc Jockeys | Gown | Vera Wang | Shoes | Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses | Jenny Yoo | Hair | Jamie Zimmerman | Makeup | Makeup By Sarah Dean | Groomswear | Vera Wang | Lighting | Enhanced Lighting | Transportation | Corinthian