To me, the best weddings are the ones that are simple, handmade, and filled with love. Today’s wedding from Diana McGregor is the perfect example. This couple kept it relaxed and focused on what really mattered to them, taking the stress level down and the fun level up! I love how they made a list of guidelines to keep them on track. Also, I really like how they organized their ceremony, with bridesmaids and groomsmen on both sides!

We got engaged on April 27, 2013 and were married on September 1, 2013— a four month engagement! In my mind, it was the perfect amount of time. Right after we were engaged, we talked about what we wanted in a wedding and what was most important to us, so we made a list:

-We wanted it to be a day where we celebrated the people who love us, our community. Yes, it was our wedding day but we wouldn’t be together if it weren’t for the ones celebrating with us. 
-We wanted our vows to tell the truth. We didn’t know what it meant to love someone “in sickness and health” or “to have and to hold” but we did know what it meant to make realistic commitments to each other. We wrote our vows and they focused on our commitments to growth and allowing each other to be who they are. 
-We wanted to throw a dance party. Dillon and I both LOVE to dance. Move over wedding traditions if you’re going to get in the way of dancing! 
-We didn’t want to go over budget and go into debt because of our wedding day. We are firm believers in spending only what we have, even if it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event like a wedding.
While planning, we came back to these four points. If something we were thinking about didn’t line up with these ideas, we tossed it! 

modern wedding invitations | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

navy bridesmaids | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

balsa wood bouquet | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

gray and blue groomsmen | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

balsa wood bout | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

We didn’t want our bridal party to spend more than $75 on their outfits. We got the ladies’  dresses on zappos and the guys’ pants from Banana Republic. Everything is totally re-wearable and our gifts to them was their jewelry, ties and suspenders. I put all the flower arrangements together 2 months before and 4 days before the wedding. The bouquets and boutonnieres were made with balsa wood flowers and they were super fun and pretty. They’re even getting used again— decorative pieces in our house! I wore my great-grandmother’s wedding dress from 1932! My mom also wore it in 1975. I modified it a tiny bit and added lace, too.

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

pick a seat not a side | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

The wedding was unique because we tossed the idea of a sit-down dinner and instead had a more “casual cocktail dinner” which was a total hit! Guests were able to watch the pizzas be created from Fist of Flour pizza and choose a dessert from Lexi’s Frozen Custard. The truth is, wedding dinners are sometimes awkward! The bride and groom decide seating arrangements three days before the wedding when they’re completely stressed out and that means you get seated next to the groom’s high school friends who you just met for the first time. Our theory was, why not let people talk to who they want to talk to and leave when they want to leave— all without feeling awkward about it?! So we had table space that you could sit down at if you wanted but if not, you could stand to talk with your friends. And it was a BLAST! 

reception directional sign | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

succulent centerpieces | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

simple centerpieces | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

menu board | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace

The simplicity of the day was awesome. This is how it went: ceremony, dinner/dessert/drinks, three speeches (welcome, maid of honor, best man), first dance, dance party. That’s it! I guess all of the details I’ve planned previously encouraged me to be as low key as possible. All of this allowed us to be as present as possible. My motto for the day was to “let it go.” It was a little windy? Let it go. The hair dresser was late? Let it go. I spilled lipgloss on the front of my dress right before the “first look” with Dillon? Let it go.

handmade blue wedding | Diana McGregor Photography | Glamour & Grace-23

Photography | Diana McGregor Photography | Venue | Randall Museum | Caterer | Fist of Flour | Dessert | Lexi’s Frozen Custard | Make Up | Kelly and Tiffany Skin Care

What’s more wintery than a husky, snow, and snuggling with your beau? This engagement session captured by Snapmotive has all those things, making it super adorable! It really reminds me why I love winter so much!

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

winter engagement | Snapmotive | Glamour & Grace

I love a good backyard wedding and this one from Katherine Stinnett is too sweet! The perfect example of family and friends coming together to create a relaxed and intimate celebration.

When Matt and I began planning, there were a few details that we both agreed were important to us both: music, food, and fun. We wanted to have a party foremost, celebrating us both and the union we were making. Most of the decisions were made with that in mind. I had a limited budget, so we decided to hold the wedding in my childhood home backyard. My father had built a pegola there where my sister also had a wedding ceremony, so the setting was pretty perfect. My dad had passed away suddenly last December, so that made it all the sweeter. Having the wedding there saved us some money, which we put towards alcohol and a live band. My cousin records music in Nashville, so I had him put together a band of guys he plays with and they rocked it out for several hours that evening with lots of funky music!

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

I had no color scheme in mind and kept everything very non-matchy, just buying things that caught my eye. My bridesmaids were told to pick anything they felt pretty in; I love the way it all turned out and ended up flowing together, each girl looks perfectly herself! It’s great!

colorful mismatched bridesmaids | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

colorful bouquet | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

relaxed groomsmen | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic bout | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

The ceremony was short and sweet. One of my sweetest friends flew in from Texas to sing a song as the bridal party walked out. We had a couple of our friends read scripture dear to us. Then we spoke a few words to the people we love as they stood around us and read the vows we wrote each other.

handmade guest book and program | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

Matt lives most of his life through his stomach, so that was the one task I gave him when the planning began: come up with a menu. He settled on chicken and steak kebabs, macaroni and cheese, Greek salad, cornbread, and 3-bean salad. I had decided pretty early on that I’d rather have pies than a cake, so I had my aunt bring 24 different pies from my mom’s hometown of Winchester, Indiana.  The Wick family (of famous Mrs. Wick’s pies) were originally from the same small town and still have a restaurant called Wick’s. They sell their pies at a steal, and these were the ones my aunt brought down. The food preparation was a bit more complicated. I enlisted the help of my bridesmaids, aunts, grandma, and my brother’s chef girlfriend in order to get all the food made. A few pies were burnt in the process of getting everything made but it was all perfect!

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

All of the decorations were homemade by myself. I ordered old saris from a man in India that I used to make the table runners. The plates and trinkets on the tables were assembled after a few months of Goodwill runs every Saturday. I labeled all the food with chalkboards and craft paper that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I handpainted watercolor invitations with craft paper envelopes. It was so inexpensive and added so much. 

rustic centerpieces | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage plates and eclectic centerpieces | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

pie table | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

The best memory of the night was when the band was playing their last song I jumped in the pool that was located right behind us. Several people followed and the band played a few more encore songs! It was a great ending to the evening.

intimate handmade backyard wedding | Katherine Stinnett Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Katherine Stinnett | Pies | Wick’s | Dress | Badgley Mischka | Shoes | Gentle Souls | Earrings | Judith Bright | Men’s Attire | J. Crew

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