Veronika & Bryan’s Thrifty & DIY, Philly Wedding

October 1, 2010

You guys seem to never get sick of a fabulously creative DIY wedding and neither do I. That’s why I can’t help but keep featuring them! You know what though? Veronika & Bryan’s Philadelphia wedding may be one of my favourites yet. SO MUCH thought and ideas went into this day, and doesn’t it show?

“Almost everything for the wedding was DIY,” the bride began. “All of the paper goods (menus, favor tags, drink dispenser tags, program fans, guest book table instructions, sparkler wrappers) were all designed and printed in my home. Bryan made all of the drink concentrates (grapefruit-mint and blackberry) and peach iced tea. With the help of two friends, I cut, ironed, sewed and Goccoed 100 napkins. The 250 cocktail napkins were also Goccoed with the same heart that we used on the dinner napkins. I collected vintage frames to use for the table numbers, and using chalkboard paint, made the backs into chalkboards. The bridesmaids hair flowers were made by a friend, as was my garter. Bryan constructed the entire bar (and I sewed the bunting!) and arch that we stood under during the ceremony.”

“We also made the photo booth backdrop, and used our own cameras, lighting equipment, and computers. We made the cake-stands out of milk glass plates and candle holders, as well as wood plaques and branches. With the help of my mother and grandmother and friend, I collected over 300 doilies and sewed them together to make the runners. They were starched and ironed a couple of days before the wedding. All of the jars for the flowers, the typewriter, milk glass and birdcages, were found by me through Craigslist, flea-markets, and countless hours of searching thrift stores. I also found the various tables that we used for cupcakes and the ceremony at thrift stores and flea markets, antiquing them to better fit the feel of the wedding.”

“The lights for the reception were hung by my stepfather, Bryan, and the groomsmen. Another groomsmen, a recording engineer, did all of the sound and djing for the wedding. Another friend made us our wedding website. One of my best friends is an extremely talented graphic designer, and helped us out a ton – with the programs, the menus, and the design for the pint-glass favors, especially. We were very, very lucky to have such a supportive (and talented!) group of friends and family to help us execute so many projects. It would not have happened without them. It was a crazy year (and particularly crazy 2 weeks leading up to the wedding), but it felt very special to see all of the hard work that everyone had put into the wedding”

Told you! Don’t you just love it! Full list of everyone involved after the ‘jump’

Massive thanks to Veronika & Bryan and their photographer Shannon for sharing this wedding

I featured Veronika & Bryan’s ‘Sweet Tooth’ engagement session back in December. Be sure to check them out too!

Photography Credit: Fromage Photography
Venue: Colonial Dames
Bride’s Dress: Jim Hjelm
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Garter: DIY
Bridesmaid’s Hair Flowers: Bernadette Paolucci
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: (they chose their own) Anthropologie and Express
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Cuff-links: Halloween
Flowers: DIY, purchased wholesale from Pennock Florals
Papergoods: DIY
Cupcakes: Flying Monkey
Catering: Shackamaxon Catering
Hair: Lena Guard
Make Up: Aleksandra Ambrozy
Band: Wanamaker Lewis Band
DJ: Jonathan Low (friend)
Linens (except tablecloths): DIY
Assorted Tables and Furniture: thrifted/antique
Glass Bottles and Jars: thrifted/antique
Pint Glass Favors: Custom Glassware – design by Jennifer Way