High school sweethearts James & Ashley were married at Crane Arts in Philadelphia in October. Despite the Autumnal time of year, the couple didn’t want an obvious colour scheme – they wanted a rainbow!
“Our wedding was very DIY”, wrote the bride. “My husband and I can be crafty when we want to be and this wedding really let our creative juices flow. I hand painted all of the sugar skulls and signs while Jim was busy building the dance floor and the entranceway. We also got some old doors from my grandmother, painted them and used them for the ceremony backdrop. One thing I am particularly proud of is the beer bottle cap heart that we screwed to a pallet. We of course drank all of the beer ourselves! I also found some amazing Day of the Dead fabric that we used to make the photo booth, Jim’s bow-tie, and I also wrapped the flower bouquets in it.”
Matt & Kellyann had a homemade wedding in the historic Colonial Dame, a mansion in Philadelphia. The DIY details included the escort table, some decorative pinwheels made from origami paper, the chalkboards, the ring bearer’s book (an actual book instead of a cushion – inspired by The Clash’s Combat Rock album art, and as a nod to Kellyann’s bookish nature), the printed napkins and the invitations.
“We had been to mostly black tie hall-type receptions that followed ceremonies in churches, and wanted something that fitted us a bit more”, explained the groom. “We aren’t affiliated with any religion, and wanted something in a garden. We found the venue through our photographers, Love Me Do, and once we had that, the rest was sort of shaped around it. The venue was perfect for our small party size. The layout has lots of smaller rooms for exploring. As soon as we took a tour of it, we knew we had to have it there.”
Emily & George’s rustic autumnal wedding was sent to me by Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography and I simply fell in love with all the personal touches.
The bride wore two dresses, the first, her Mother’s wedding dress from 1977, and the second, a vintage-inspired short number by Avioanni. She also wore vintage jewellery. “The necklace I wore in the church was the same one that my Mom wore on her wedding and it was my Great Grandmother’s (my Mom’s Grandmother),” the bride wrote. “The earrings I wore in the church were the ones my Grandmother (my Dad’s Mom) wore on her wedding and were given to her by my Grandfather. That was an amazing discovery. The jewelry I wore at the reception was also my Grandmothers but a little more modern looking. My aunt, Kathy, was amazing and loaned me most of the jewelry and told me some great stories along the way.”
The reception was held at Front and Palmer, Philadelphia. “We loved Front and Palmer from the beginning,” explained Emily. “We loved that it was a converted barrel factory and that the catering was part of the venue. We really liked the chandeliers, the wood floor, and the staff was just amazing!”
Instead of real flowers the couple opted for the paper variety. They bought them from Flowers from the Garden and loved the fact that they could keep them after the wedding. They also DIY’ed what they could with the help of friends and family.
“Amanda (of Love Me Do Photography) and my brother, John, made the candle centerpieces and did all the decor for the reception. John also made the card box – not just any card box, but a scale model of our house! Amanda also made the glitter backdrop for the photo booth. We bought the glitter in bulk from Southern Importers and used about 9 pounds of it!”