You’re going to love Erica & Ryan’s homespun, diy wedding…and you’re certainly going to love their story. I was over the moon to receive these gorgeous images from photographer Katie and even more chuffed when Erica got in touch with all the juicy details.
“Ryan and I originally thought we would just have a courthouse wedding, and then have a big party. Of course, our parents were not so thrilled with the idea. We also did not want anyone else planning or making decisions for OUR wedding/party, because we did not want it to be the same old wedding and the same old reception that we’ve all attended twenty times before. Nothing against traditional weddings, we’re just not traditional. We also were looking to keep it cheap simply because we think it’s silly to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a few hours. All we really needed was the two of us looking snazzy and an amazing photographer.”
They chose the Scout Statue, Kansas City, MO for their ceremony as the couple drove past it every day and felt it was perfect for them. For their reception Screenland Crossroads, Kansas City, MO provided the perfect mix they were looking for – reasonably priced and unique. “We had seen a couple movies at the theatre and instantly fell in love with the place- who wouldn’t love fully reclining leather movie theatre seats? It also went along with our Kansas City theme, as it is part of a small local chain of theatres. We met with the event coordinator, Bryan Williams, and he was more than willing to help us achieve anything we wanted to with our party. We loved all the vintage movie posters that cover the walls, and the leopard print carpet. Added bonus: cheap drinks since we planned on having a cash bar” Erica told me.
The couple added fantstic personal touches to make their wedding truely their own, everything from having Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ provide the food (one of their favourite restaurants) and to choosing doughnut from Lamar’s Donuts instead of an expensive traditional cake.
Erica’s dress was also a perfect reflection of her. “First of all, green has been both Ryan’s and my favorite color since as far back as I can remember” she began. “Secondly, I’m not particularly a fan of wearing white- I’m too pale. And I’m definitely not a fan of the oh-so-popular strapless wedding dress. There is a very small percent of brides who can actually pull that off. So I wanted something different, something classy, something fun – something me. I looked at a lot of dresses online and found two dresses I liked the top of one, the bottom of the other. So I sent them to my fashion and design genius friend Natalie Julich, told her what I wanted and that I wanted it green. She photoshopped the two together, made it green, and put my face on it and voila the idea was born. I knew Ryan’s mom had made a wedding dress before, so when Ryan and I told our parents that we were engaged, I asked her if she would make it. She gladly accepted. Through trial and error, she made the dress just right- green and fluffy! Not to mention gorgeous!”
Check out Ursula & Chris’ fantastically cool wedding. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw her Claire Pettibone dress (I wrote about these dresses a while back beacause they are called the ‘rock n roll bride’ collection!) Oh holy black tulle! “‘I fell in love with my ‘Midnight’ gown from Claire Pettibone’s rock and roll bride range the moment I tried it on. The mix of vintage style, beautiful beading, delicate embroidery and edgy black train make it a very special dress. I just loved the way my long veil looked against the slightly gothic black train. Breathtaking!” Ursula explained.
Amanda & Byron got married in April at The Lake House Inn – Perkasie, PA. The couple met while working at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia. He was the though security guard and she was the box office girl/cocktail waitress.
Their proposal story is so adorable I had to share it before you see their awesome tattooed wedding. “On a hot summer day in July 2008 we decided to drive to Hamburg, PA and hike up to the Pinnacle, which overlooks the vast Lehigh Valley” Amanda told me. “We are not avid hikers – we just like nature.
We started the hike up the trail which began as a small incline then transitioned to a steep climb. Our hike turned into more or a crawl (mostly for Amanda) as we pulled ourselves up the ridiculously vertical trail. After a few breaks and questioning our fate, we decided to hike back down the trail and find a nice place to relax and have our picnic. The climb down was just as difficult – but filled with laughter and exhaust we were having a wonderful time.”
Stand by for Las Vegas awesome – part deux! Jessica & John’s rockabilly diy fest. of a wedding makes me happieeee indeed. Not only does Jessica look ridiculously haaawt in her Oleg Cassini dress and homemade jacket but the whole affair was so personal and diy fabulous – who said Vegas wedding were tacky?
Jessica spent a lot of time getting her diy projects just right. She made everything from the decor to the flowers, from the gift bags to the table runners and photo booth. Here is a run down of the whole shebang…
Is your mind ready to be blown?!
Half way through the reception, Kestrin changed into a green vintage number. Made by Rebellion Dogs, Kestrin said: “It felt like I was wearing a ladybug tutu, an absolute dream.” She found it on a whim, just before the wedding, at Talun on Echo Park Blvd in LA..
Day 2 of the wedding started out early, at Palace Hotel, San Fransisco and after finding some cute vintage pantaloons, she and photographer Noa embarked on an impromptu 10 minute boudoir sesh! They them got dressed up again in their glad rags and headed to the Day 2 reception which was held at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco, an exquisite plant and tree store run by Jonathan’s older sister. About 300 guests attended.
As a general rule, I don’t like to feature weddings that have been seen on other blogs. I figure that if they’re on one blog you’ll have seen them and there is nothing more boring than seeing the same wedding/story over and over again…plus that’s why I started Thursday Treats, to give you a definitive round up just in case you’ve missed anything epic in blog land.
However, rules are made to be broken and when I saw Kestrin & Jonathan’s 2 day wedding, firstly on photographer Noa’s facebook and then on uber blog Style me Pretty I knew I’d have to share some of these images with you too. Incredible doesn’t even cover it.
The bride wore 3 amazing dresses. The first, a white Monique Lhullier number. ” It is based on Monique’s “Poetry” dress, and Kestrin requested a change from the original silk tulle trumpet shaped skirt into an A-line with a bustled train. The designers worked with Kestrin to get the exact shape she wanted, accentuating her waistline and de-emphasizing her hips. Before and after the ceremony she added a vintage velvet pashmina for warmth. Kestrin was absolutely STUNNING!” Noa said.