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Hello! I am Sara Gray-Foreman.
I wanted to create this website for brides who are interested in doing their own DIY wedding. By looking through my gallery you'll get many ideas that you can twist to fit your own personality. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me. I will give step by step advice.
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The cake table is one of the most important displays at a wedding. Everybody loves cake! I decided to go with a smaller two tier naked cake as "our" cake. I used a lovely cake topper from BHLDN. And because I went with a smaller cake I was able to have several different cakes, each one had it's own flavor and texture . I even added a couple pies from Whole Foods. Each cake went on a cake stand, all of them at mismatched heights. When having different cakes, labels are very important. Remember small details are important! I had custom labels made from an Etsy store called HanWriting. It was a simple and elegant calligraphy. The chandelier really tied everything together. I rented it from Timeless Vintage in Louisiana.
For the reception, I used wooden farm tables from Pure Vintage and wooden chairs from Event Rentals. The whole design of the wedding was to give it an antique/old world look. Each table was to have an eucalyptus runner (seeded and willow), brass candles (all at different heights), terrariums (all different colors of copper, dark metal, gold), small brass birds, leather bound books (due to my husband being a huge reader), and dainty single stem vases throughout. For cutlery, I used gold trimmed glassware, gold rimmed plates, gold silverware from Event Rentals and burgundy cloth napkins. Everything came together perfectly.
I have always loved the idea of being married underneath an arch. I searched many estate sales for one but came up empty. I ended up finding one through Hayneedle.com. It was fairly cheap too. The arch was intended to be wrapped in jasmine vine. Tip: if you are trying to get full coverage make sure you start at least a year in advance. I planted the jasmine too late and had to scramble at the last minute. I went with layers of eucalyptus and wax flowers. The wax flowers themselves symbolize a long lasting love, so what could be better than that? I attached silk garden roses to add more of a visual for the guests and two white lanterns rented from PureVintage.
Weddings are an extremely joyous time where everyone is dressed in their Sunday Best. So having a fun backdrop is needed. Of course I wanted to use a professional photo booth but in order to stay on budget, creating a back drop was a more affordable option. I spent a lot of time researching the most perfect backdrop and in the end I went with my own design. I have always been interested in interior design, so I went with a living room setting. It was a hit! Through Timeless Vintage I got the ruby tufted couch. I used floral prints and an antique gold mirror to create a more delicate scene. Add a flower arrangement and Viola! Your backdrop awaits!
When having an outside wedding it's important to have a wedding timeline, especially if you decide to opt out of programs. Honestly, I forgot all about programs until it was too late to order them. Any who, I have always been a collector of those old wooden windows, you know, the ones you see by the dumpster or on the side of someone's house. I had the most perfect window that had the most perfect amount of chipped paint. It took me a good 6 hours and a million trys to complete the timeline. I included the time of the ceremony and reception, the cutting of the cake, father/daughter dance and a playful note. Tip: Do it early, like 2 months in advance then just put it away for safekeeping.
With my guest table I got my initial inspiration from Pinterest. To make it fit more with my theme I went with a small buffet table from my mother in law. I used an Underwood typewriter, with a typed sign asking people to please sign our guestbook. Etsy really come in hand for a lot of the accessories. I used a couple of Etsy shops PleaseAndThanksCards for the guestbook and EnchantedQuills for the feather pen. I finished the look with a beautiful lace runner off to one side with a tiered candle holder holding it in place.
This project ended up being one of my most time consuming. I started researching wedding invitations and what fit the style of the wedding. I really liked the simple cursive calligraphy on deckled paper but the price was not anywhere near my budget. I ended up recreating the invitation I liked most and spent way less money. I went to Etsy and looked through handmade paper until I found the most perfect floral paper from WhiteDragonPaper. I ordered a sample that came with four to choose. Measuring correctly is very important so please take your time. Since I have a little experience with stamps, I decided to go that route. I used another Etsy shop Paperlux to create the most beautiful invitation. I used ColorBox Chianti ink to give me a nice burgundy color. Then I used an embossing powder and heat tool to raise the ink, adding beautiful texture. In my set, I included an invitation, a RSVP card with our wedding website, and a picture of me and Jonathan. The envelopes were from PaperSource with a sage envelop liner. I used Zazzle to find the most perfect vintage stamp. I finished the set off with a dark plumb wax seal and a return address stamp. I would recommend starting this project off as early as possible. I waited until three months before my wedding to start and I had a few breakdowns! Tip: Order some extra just in case you mess up. I believe I spent about $500 on invitations, everything included.
My mother did a great job designing this project! She is where I get my talent from. I knew I wanted to have two wooden distressed doors at the main entrance for people to walk through. She draped a beautiful tulle runner over each door, she then added flowers to each side. The doors came from an antique shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana called The Market at Circa 1857. They have plenty to choose from ranging in all prices. Tip: Clean the doors before hand, most have been stored for a long time and will be dirty. You can even apply fresh paint and new handles.
Since I went with a buffet style reception I added name tags. Especially for the desert table. I had 6 different cakes and pies. I went with a simple calligraphy name tag from an Etsy shop called Hanwriting. I kept the color black to keep with the old-world theme. It was a small detail that added such an elegant touch.
I am glad I went with a separate table. It gave me some very sweet memories that I will always cherish. We both wrote private vows and read them together once we sat down to eat. It was magical! Here we have the Sweetheart table from Pure Vintage. The china was a gift from Jonathan's mother, passed down from his grandfather. We had two large floral centerpieces with an ivory runner. I also incorporated brass candles and etched crystal glasses.
The ceremony and the reception were at the same place so in order to separate the two areas we added another set of doors that led you into the ceremony. My sweet grandmother had these doors built. We added two concrete urns with massive ferns. The entrance looked a tad bare so we added the two small signs on matching holders. Each door was finished with vintage crystal door handles. The urns I found on Craigslist for $60!
The lighting ended up being a huge DIY project. At first we were quoted $5,000-$7,000 for the lighting, which was completely out of our budget. My father was able to recreate the lighting I wanted by several pictures I should him. Measuring was very crucial when completing this project. It was amazing to see how professional it looked.
I had my bouquet created by Crystal Vase Flowers. I wanted a wild and very full bouquet with anemones, garden roses, ranunculus and lots of greenery. Make sure you provide your florists with the color scheme as well as pictures of the style of bouquet you would like. I absolutely LOVED my bouquet.
Instead of doing the traditional large wedding cake we opted for a two tier naked cake. We topped it with an adorable BHLDN rabbit cake topper. When it comes to wedding cakes have a little fun. Do something that shows your personality. The cake stand came from an estate sale.