Ben and Erin’s DIY Autumn wedding was held in a barn at Tuckaway Cove, a historic event space on Tellico Lake in Greenback, TN. Their main inspiration came from family: past, present and future.
“We love antiques and the stories that come from finding them”, explained Erin. “From an old camera that was probably used at a wedding in the early 1900s, to the one grandpa used in the 50s, to a briefcase that may have been used for a young couple’s honeymoon, or even the hat great grandmother would wear almost every Sunday. It is all very special to us. All the props on the tables came from our own collection.”
This was a proper DIY wedding with almost every element being homemade by someone in the family. The cake was made by the bride’s mother and the flowers were found in a local craft store and via bulk order websites. They did all the arrangements themselves, although the bride’s bouquet came from a seller on Etsy. They even had DIY catering with the groom’s mother making everything from scratch!
Bri and Kristian’s wedding had a subtle 1920s vibe with rustic minimalism, natural elements, animals and earth tones.
The bride wore two dresses, both very affordable. “The first was a Vintage 1920s, heavy silk gown with hand embroidery which I found through my friend at Trunk of Dresses. I wore this dress for my ceremony. The second was really special. A cotton crochet dress inspired by the 1920s as well. I wore it with a simple nude silk slip underneath, bought at Aritzia. I wore this for the photos and the reception.”
“Our main inspiration for the day was these naturally shed antlers that we found and used as centrepieces”, she continued. “They were really the inspirational focal point for us. We basically started with ‘barn’, ‘1920s’ and ‘antlers’ and built everything else around that. We also wanted to ensure we didn’t spend money on anything unnecessary, and instead focused on the things that were really important to us.”
Vasilia and Joe’s wedding had an old timely feel. It was held in a friend’s back garden and all their guests dressed in their 1920s inspired finest! “Before we started planning, we sat down for an hour or so and each quietly broke out our thoughts for every aspect of our vision”, said the bride. “We quickly realised that we had very similar, if not the same thoughts on almost everything. I can’t say that anything in particular inspired us other than our desire to make a unique experience for our guests that showcased our personality and taste, without the regular formality and stuffiness of a wedding.”
“We asked guests to participate by dressing up in their best twenties gear, and did they ever! Our guests played a huge role in making our wedding work so beautifully. We had lawn games, romantic string lights, a photo booth I had set up with vintage frames and props (complete with a vintage suitcase I found at a nearby antique store), and a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce. The location also had great meaning as the ceremony was held at my best friend’s (Jessica) parents house (her dad drove us to our first look in his Rolls, and he hand painted the tire behind us which has a secret meaning to us).”
Jessica and Kanoa’s Hawaiian wedding took place on Maui. Their ceremony was conducted in both Hawaiian and English by the groom’s cousin. The bride was inspired by lots of vintage elements.
“I’ve always felt like I was born in the wrong era”, she said. “I would’ve loved to be the age I am now in the mid 60s/early 70s. I tried to incorporate that vibe when designing my wedding dress. My favourite movie is The Virgin Suicides; I love the modest yet gloriously romantic dresses in that film. I also promised my mom that I would cover all of my tattoos for our ceremony, hence the higher neckline and long sleeves (which I absolutely adore). As far as the other details of the wedding theme, Kanoa pretty much gave me free reign. Autumn is my favourite season, so I tried to stick with the vintage theme and incorporated dark reds and rich fall colours. The dinosaurs just sorta happened on their own!”
Maggie and Dean’s wedding was inspired by their love of the great outdoors, so much so that the bride’s sister-in-law dubbed it as a Moonrise Kingdom themed wedding!
“Our wedding was kind of a fusion of a couple of things that were important to us”, explained the bride. “One aspect was our love of the outdoors, and all the camping and fishing we do. We blended that with our enjoyment of vintage style.”
“A lot of our bonding as a couple was done while spending time outdoors, so we wanted to make it feel like ‘camp’ for all our guests. Also, for our second date, Dean took me to a dive bar that had a dance party, fuelled by a DJ playing all vinyl records from the 50’s and 60’s. DJ Junior, better known as Jeff Roberts, held those dance parties once a month but he eventually moved from Pittsburgh to Nashville. When we got engaged, we asked if he would drive to Pittsburgh, with his record collection, and DJ our wedding. To our shock and delight, he agreed. We wanted to relive that date at our reception, and let all of our guests enjoy the great party that comes with dancing to music from that genre.”
When Amy and Dominic started to plan their Pittsburgh wedding, they had only a few non-negotiables – they wanted a simple and elegant wedding that that focused on sharing their love and commitment with those dearest to them.
“We didn’t go into the process of planning with a clear theme, but I think our personal aesthetics naturally imposed themselves on the planning process”, explained the bride. “This boiled down to a wedding that was minimalistic (him) with a vintage flare (me). Crafting a day that was authentic, intimate and meaningful served as guideposts for all the choices we made.”
“There were a lot of little details that made it special to us. Overall we just tried to stay true to who we were in all of the little choices, as well as the bigger ones. I think that given the pressures couples face from family and friends, not to mention the wedding industry itself, it is unique to just stick to what you really want and not let others influence your choices.”