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Handmade Weddings: Five Sisters = One Amazing Day

Jun 2, 2009

by superduper

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Ann Marie Popko, a.k.a. superduper and cocktailparty, lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans and has been designing accessories for almost 20 years.  Her professional creative life includes hair accessories and hats, Mardi Gras costumes, nature photography, pecan cookery and newsletter writing. In this installment of Handmade Weddings, Ann Marie and her family share their story of putting their creative brains together for their sister’s big day.

There are five sisters in my family.  Growing up, our parents always encouraged creativity, and as adults living in the age of Etsy, the Popko family operates seven Etsy shops!  When our little sister Crystal announced that she was going to get married, we all pulled out our specialties (and learned a few new ones) to grant her wishes in style.

The Shower

Crystal’s creative mastermind jumped into gear as soon as her boyfriend John proposed.  She is incredibly talented; she studied sculpture at her university and has a thriving Etsy shop, popko, where she sells her butterfly wing and fused glass jewelry. It was no surprise that she would design her own wedding, or that she would enlist her uniquely creative family to carry out her vision.

The bride-to-be chose a delicious pink and orange color scheme, so our crafty Mom, a.k.a. sewsoft, whipped up 40 cheerful cotton napkins and cooked all of the food for the shower. I made my Love at First Bite sweet and spicy pecans, put them in white organza bags for all of our guests, and designed custom photo hang tags to make them extra special.

The Ceremony

The August wedding was held in an historic 1820’s building on top of a mountain in western Massachusetts. The stunning panoramic view of the Connecticut River Valley was glazed with sun and sparkled all around with bright blue skies. John painted plenty of signs to make sure all of the guests found their way up and down the winding mountain trail.

The ring bearer was our year-old nephew Julian, and his job was to carry token rings up the aisle in a nest created by our sister, April (his mommy and Crystal’s maid-of-honor).  She decorated a straw nest with marabou feathers, ivy, birds and miniature eggs. 

April also used leather, buttons and embroidered ribbon to create tiny lederhosen suspenders for Julian to wear — a nod to our eastern European heritage.

I designed the bride’s hair accessory, the “Velvet Kiss,” made with peach velvet millinery leaves, antique silver sequins and a tiny spray of ostrich feathers.  It was made to highlight the peach details in her sandy-metallic wedding dress. The groom and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres I made to coordinate with Crystal’s hair accessory.  The great part about all of these accessories is that they are everlasting mementos of a special day, unlike fresh flowers which usually don’t make it past the conga line!

The wedding bands were designed and created by our sister Monique, a.k.a. gurlygirl, using the lost wax method.  She hand-carved the rings out of wax, cast them in white gold and set the stones. (In a nutshell…she’s a professional metalsmith and it’s not as easy as it looks!) Since John spends lots of time around trees as a leader of adventure and sports trips, Monique carved a leaf texture into his ring.  Crystal was inspired by a 50-cent thrift shop ring and asked Monique to recreate it as a continuous golden circle of hearts and diamonds. 

The Reception

As guests walked into the reception (a rustic red barn a few miles down from the mountain ceremony), they knew right away that this was a handmade wedding.  It was my job to grow flower boxes full of wheat grass to use as bases for the seating designations.  I had never grown wheat grass before, but when the bride asks, one must deliver!  Big sis Monique hand-wrote each guest’s name on a card and attached them to twigs we had gathered from the yard, and then we stuck the twigs in the grass.  It was a fresh and lovely welcome to the festivities and it wasn’t very expensive to create.
Guests were asked to write well-wishes and advice for the newlyweds on one of 100 yellow cardstock birds (lovingly hand cut by our mom and sister April), and hang them on a tabletop wish Ttee.  Also at the entrance was a wonderful clothesline display of images featuring Crystal and John throughout their six years together leading up to their wedding.

The maid-of-honor designed the cake toppers. She gave Crystal’s lovebird a veil (I guess because the bride didn’t wear one herself!) and she gave John’s a flotation vest and a paddle (he’s an avid kayaker). The dinner tables were decorated in the pink and orange color scheme, and we created everything on the tables: hand-etched glass vases with rocks picked from our beach in Cape Cod, leaf-shaped table numbers, menu cards, flower arrangements, centerpiece plates. We were a hardworking and faithful crew!

Crystal and John gave their 100 wedding guests favors from the heart. They made fresh strawberry jam and mango-ginger waffle syrup. (Can you believe that even the fruit colors are on theme?) Middle sister Noel hosted a wrapping party at her house, where we poured some wine and went to town with cellophane, ribbon and hang tags designed by Crystal. (Note the rounded corners on each tag, done by us with a special craft punch.)  Making all of these things for our sister’s wedding day was an extra special honor.  If we could do it all over again, I think we would…there are still two more single sisters in the family!

(Above Photo: Alan Arsenault)

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158 comments

  • terracottawarrior

    terracottawarrior said 8 years ago

    it is amazing

  • missindie

    missindie said 8 years ago

    How cute!! Great wedding ideas! :]

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    Don't you just LOVE weddings?!

  • terracottawarrior

    terracottawarrior said 8 years ago

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25828134

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    I looooove the woodsy theme!! Those hand-carved/cast rings are gorgeous!

  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 8 years ago

    Yay! A homemade wedding with 5 sisters! Very cool!

  • terracottawarrior

    terracottawarrior said 8 years ago

    so cool! unthinkable!

  • TigerVintage

    TigerVintage said 8 years ago

    SOOO pretty! Great job!

  • ZsBcreations

    ZsBcreations said 8 years ago

    Wow, this is so cool!

  • amyschulz

    amyschulz said 8 years ago

    Simply beautiful! If I would have known, I would have ordered my wedding set and rings for my wedding! Nice job :)

  • CollectionObsession

    CollectionObsession said 8 years ago

    What an amazingly talented family! Beautiful wedding.

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the wonderful handmade family theme. Congratulations!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 8 years ago

    wow what a beautiful wedding! Congratulations and your rings are beautiful so is your gown.

  • thehotcookie

    thehotcookie said 8 years ago

    I LOVE handmade weddings! What an amazing event - Great job!

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 8 years ago

    Absolutely stupendous! Sounds like it was joyous and lots of fun, which is what every wedding should be! Congratulations! (and love, love, love the wedding dress)

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh its ME! YAY! Thanks Annmarie for writing this article. It was such a fun day, I kept calling it "my biggest craft project ever". Thanks to my non-stop worker bee sisters! If anyone needs any advice on projects just ask!

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie said 8 years ago

    What an amazing family effort! Crystal, you are a lovely bride! Big congratulations!

  • galit

    galit said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 8 years ago

    yay! congratulations

  • SwedishGalsAttic

    SwedishGalsAttic said 8 years ago

    Wonderful--God Bless!

  • LaurieSarahDesigns

    LaurieSarahDesigns said 8 years ago

    What an amazing ring! Wow! Every bride should be able to design her own ring :-) Come stop by my shop - I'll help you design your dream ring too.

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 8 years ago

    Such a crafty family! I love that you're all on Etsy.

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 8 years ago

    God bless you both! Great wedding!!!

  • missevilkitty2

    missevilkitty2 said 8 years ago

    very cool

  • HaydenJ

    HaydenJ said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful wedding ~ love the wedding dress!

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 8 years ago

    I love the last photo the best!! Thank you for the article!

  • ArtsyFartz

    ArtsyFartz said 8 years ago

    Weddings..hmmm. It's nice to make it your own... literally, but i bet it was worth it....I know mine was and so was my sister's. Beautiful.

  • Wunderkind

    Wunderkind said 8 years ago

    Oh, I love the wheatgrass box idea....and can I have that adorable little boy in the lederhosen? So cute!!

  • Stellaltinaan

    Stellaltinaan said 8 years ago

    Wow, how cool is that. Makes me want to get married. Very creative family indeed, certainly unforgetable.

  • beadingjunkee

    beadingjunkee said 8 years ago

    Wow, what a sweet wedding! It's even better when your family has a part in every moment!

  • Greenbriar

    Greenbriar said 8 years ago

    Amazing!

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 8 years ago

    I love everything! Come do my future wedding!

  • dandelionland

    dandelionland said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the rings!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    Nothing like sisterly love! Congratulations, what an inspiration!

  • Earmark

    Earmark said 8 years ago

    oh wow! this is gorgeous!! love how the balloons look, great attention to detail!! Thank you for including our Better Together banner too! WOOHOO! :)

  • LoveErica

    LoveErica said 8 years ago

    PoPkO was telling me about this! The story is so cool and everything looked beautiful! You guys are very inspiring! (:

  • LuLusWoobies

    LuLusWoobies said 8 years ago

    This is really lovely! Congratulations :)

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 8 years ago

    Very sweet!

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 8 years ago

    wish i knew you amazing ladies! wish i was getting married all over again. i love weddings.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Cool! Wonderful wedding! I love the wedding bands. Congrats!!

  • pinkdandyshop

    pinkdandyshop said 8 years ago

    what an awesome wedding!

  • aekeith

    aekeith said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Crystal! You were such a pretty bride! You and your family did such an amazing job :)

  • brianslittlegirl

    brianslittlegirl said 8 years ago

    what a wonderful wedding!!! Truly inspiring. :)

  • babymomo

    babymomo said 8 years ago

    So beautiful and unique!

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 8 years ago

    What a great wedding...great ideas!

  • StacyRaeT

    StacyRaeT said 8 years ago

    Truely a Handmade Wedding! Absolutely wonderful!

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 8 years ago

    Thanks all! I was in love with my dress too. I put out an alchemy request before I finally bought this one, but its always a good idea to look to etsy first! @wunderkind, the wheatgrass took about 1-2 weeks (i dont remember since I delegated that one! @vanessa, we talk on the phone almost everyday, and the conversation usually contains some etsy topic, our businesses or some new project we can work on together.

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 8 years ago

    Your wedding dress is amazing, I love this handmade wedding story. It's touching how the whole family came together and worked to create a special and meaningful day.

  • LycheeKiss

    LycheeKiss said 8 years ago

    Great article! Most beautiful colorful wedding I've ever seen. very inspiring, loving couple, family, friends and brilliant handmade, too.

  • Morado

    Morado said 8 years ago

    the photographs are wonderful! I make roses which can be used in weddings...just convo me :o) http://twitter.com/MoradoShop

  • IrinaPhotography

    IrinaPhotography said 8 years ago

    It's so cute!-) Photographs are very good.-)

  • jmliss

    jmliss said 8 years ago

    wow, so lovely. Live the rings!

  • SWANclothing

    SWANclothing said 8 years ago

    wow from me too! i especially love the heart ring and the barn!

  • thingsbuilt

    thingsbuilt said 8 years ago

    fabulous!

  • theivorymagnolia

    theivorymagnolia said 8 years ago

    fabulously handmade wedding details, love it!

  • hazelandhunter

    hazelandhunter said 8 years ago

    how sweet is that little bird nest ring holder? just perfect!

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 8 years ago

    congrats! how fun you all pulled together for this special day

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 8 years ago

    @IrinaPhotography my family took all of the photos except for that last one. There isnt a day that you will see us without our cameras! Monique made the rings so special. It was July...in New Orleans...when she had to carve the wax it kept melting on her! She worked her heart out for us. They will be an heirloom someday.

  • CrazeeChick1

    CrazeeChick1 said 8 years ago

    These ideas are awesome! Ill keep them in mind while i'm working on my own wedding!!!

  • melihah

    melihah said 8 years ago

    WOW...INSPIRING!

  • SmeetaSupplies

    SmeetaSupplies said 8 years ago

    WoW! Congrats Crystal/popko and family! :D Your wedding looks fabulous and definitely very memorable!

  • cyn775

    cyn775 said 8 years ago

    It truly was an amazing and beautiful day. Every detail was thought out and well crafted. Like most things that come from the Popko clan, pretty little touches of whimsy were everywhere. I still have my little hand written match box in my purse in case I need some quick romantic inspiration. Love you ladies.

  • ExQuisiteInVitation

    ExQuisiteInVitation said 8 years ago

    One word, "Beautiful!" Congratulations.

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps said 8 years ago

    Wow! This is so nice. I was almost crying tears of joy for you :-) Thank you for sharing and everyone in your wedding and family looks so happy. I eloped and spent less than 500 dollars for my spur of the moment wedding, but if I had to do it over I would grab inspiration from you - congrats!

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 8 years ago

    so very cool!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    The sweetest story ever! What a magnificent celebration!

  • abushelandapeck

    abushelandapeck said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful and FUN wedding story!

  • MyCabinCreations

    MyCabinCreations said 8 years ago

    What a great story! Congrats!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    I love weddings, the bride looked beautiful!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful story!!! A truly lovely and special day :)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Wow, love this story!

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware said 8 years ago

    wonderful story!

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    WOW -- such amazingly beautiful creative thoughts that jumped to your minds -- good job ladies !! Happy Days ;)

  • LOOKAjewelry

    LOOKAjewelry said 8 years ago

    aMAZIMG! So many thoughtful and sweet details.. def. gave me some great ideas :) Congrats!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    :)))))))))))

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 8 years ago

    What an incredible day and such an amazingly talented family! I am sooo in love with Crystal's elegant and beautiful dress. Congratulations!

  • heartworksbylori

    heartworksbylori said 8 years ago

    Hooray Crystal! You were a gorgeous bride and I know so much love and hard work went into that very special day! Many blessings to you :)

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 8 years ago

    I'll say it again: Oh if I could re-plan my wedding! Etsy weddings never cease to amazing me.... I can't be more in love with this article/collection of beautiful things....:)

  • evihan

    evihan said 8 years ago

    gorgeous:-)

  • DreamcatcherStudio

    DreamcatcherStudio said 8 years ago

    I love the rings

  • FebystanDesigns

    FebystanDesigns said 8 years ago

    wonderful family! I have one sister and wish I had more after reading this article!!

  • MexicoPinkDesigns

    MexicoPinkDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! Very romantic <3

  • TheNebulousKingdom

    TheNebulousKingdom said 8 years ago

    I am amazed by this wonderful, magical wedding, and all the awesome ideas :)) I loved everything, and the Bride was gorgeous.

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver said 8 years ago

    Just lovely. I loved the lederhosen on the charming young gent!

  • younghairlove

    younghairlove said 8 years ago

    Now this is waht i call a fantastic and stunning wedding. The location is just amazing, the little thoughts of weel wishes, the stunning dress and the cool rings, this couple will go far they already look superb together. My best wishes to you both, amazing work and help from ur familly, wow. just wow.

  • mvegan5

    mvegan5 said 8 years ago

    So creative and beautiful! ;0) I just got married, and had 2 lovely etsy pieces in my hair!

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding! A gorgeous bride and handsome groom :)

  • PeeWeeandCeCe

    PeeWeeandCeCe said 8 years ago

    Beautiful, natural, lovely touches... how lucky you are to have such a caring (and creative) family!

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 8 years ago

    How lovely!

  • SouthernSweets

    SouthernSweets said 8 years ago

    I was recently married (September 20th) I used several fantastic Etsians, Greenwillow and Pactriss! Greenwillow made some custom color and monogram jewelry pouches and Pactriss made my aisle runner. Please check out these Etsians for a unique handmade, but great wedding!

  • SunMoonStars

    SunMoonStars said 8 years ago

    Crystal the article is great, I love it! Is that Skinner Mountain??? That is where my boyfriend and I went on our first date =0)

  • beccamari

    beccamari said 8 years ago

    Georgeous! Love every minuite of it!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    What a creative family!!!! That's great.

  • Jujie

    Jujie said 8 years ago

    Must of been a beautiful wedding!

  • Meranna

    Meranna said 8 years ago

    Nice to see the bride is not only talented and tasteful(as I can attest having bought two of her pendants) but also blessed in family and good looks ^^

  • babook

    babook said 8 years ago

    Beautiful day with Beautiful moment !!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

    lovelies!

  • connie4u

    connie4u said 8 years ago

    Amazing wedding!

  • janeeroberti

    janeeroberti said 8 years ago

    LOVE: the handpainted wood signs/trail markers, the lederhosen, the multi-generations of wholesome craft, and THE BRIDE's DRESS! LOVE that it is not white, but a natural khaki color, iridescent and wrinkly! You must tell us the fabric & designer, even if not "diy". PS I've marked bride's monarch necklace as favorite & must buy one soon. (I'm a monarch-saver myself w. outofcontrol wild milkweed garden.....)

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 8 years ago

    Those rings are lovely and it's always fun to see cute little boys in lederhosen!!!!! xx

  • ClutchThat

    ClutchThat said 8 years ago

    Just beautiful! How wonderful to have such a creative family! Congrats to the bride and groom!

  • BlueSkyStudios

    BlueSkyStudios said 8 years ago

    Wow, thats just amazing! I've always loved popko's shop, so its awesome to get some background on her and her sister's shops. How fun! And what a beautiful wedding!

  • alicebinteriors

    alicebinteriors said 8 years ago

    great job...really classy!

  • superduper

    superduper said 8 years ago

    @janeeroberti...Crystal's dress was by Nicole Miller, we found it in New York on a fun sister's shopping trip! Thanks for reading!

  • lilipadcreations

    lilipadcreations said 8 years ago

    that is just so amazing! I have always been so happy that I eloped and did a simple party in SF, but this makes me want to do it up handmade style!! Perhaps my 10 year anniversary in 2011!

  • bunnywithatoolbelt

    bunnywithatoolbelt said 8 years ago

    Love this story--what an amazing family you have to come together like this! You are very very lucky to have so much love and talent in your lives.

  • lilybirddesigns

    lilybirddesigns said 8 years ago

    I just want to say how great it is to have these 5 wonderful sisters as my cousins. Since I was little, they have always inspired me. The wedding was amazing and it truly reflected the love that was poured into all of the details.

  • SugarMohawk

    SugarMohawk said 8 years ago

    SOOOOOOOOO LOVE BRIDES&WEDDINGS sniffsniff

  • ROBINDALMIRASJEWELRY

    ROBINDALMIRASJEWELRY said 8 years ago

    This is so amazing! Lovely lovely

  • chickadeebeads

    chickadeebeads said 8 years ago

    Hi Crystal, my fellow glass friend! :) What a wonderful surprise to see your wedding featured here! I feel like I was there in spirit after following you through the planning stages-you chose the perfect dress btw! Such a beautiful wedding that suites you and your beau perfectly!:)

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 8 years ago

    Super Duper Indeed!

  • themagicalbean

    themagicalbean said 8 years ago

    How wonderful that you were all able to use your amazing skills to make your sister's wedding so memorable!!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 8 years ago

    How cute!! The ring is gorgeous!

  • FelixandJayne

    FelixandJayne said 8 years ago

    great ideas and perfect timing...i'll be playing hostess in 2 weeks for a bridal shower. thanks!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Ooooh that's so special I love the brides wedding dress. Everything was so special and so pretty. How wonderful.

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 8 years ago

    just beautiful, the rings are incredible, thank you for sharing!

  • craftattic

    craftattic said 8 years ago

    What an amazing story. Brought a tear to my eye how you all came together with your crafts to make such a cherished day!

  • hiddenmoon

    hiddenmoon said 8 years ago

    stunning dress!

  • embot9000

    embot9000 said 8 years ago

    loved reading this! thank you for sharing, it just kinda made my day!

  • alisonkelleydesigns

    alisonkelleydesigns said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Congratulations to the bride and groom, your handmade wedding looked fabulous!

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 8 years ago

    The rings in a birds nest...adorable!

  • berrymorin

    berrymorin said 8 years ago

    I love the color of the bride's dress. How beautiful.

  • VintageBookStore

    VintageBookStore said 8 years ago

    Beautiful Dress, Beautiful rings, So inspiring!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    so beautiful!!! my mr and i just got married 2 months ago in a barn as well. i love handmade, DIY weddings!!!!!

  • ShesFancy

    ShesFancy said 8 years ago

    I'm in awe! What a talented family! These wedding articles make me want to plan my wedding all over again...

  • creamrose

    creamrose said 8 years ago

    This is soo amazing..well done everyone:)

  • heidibaldini

    heidibaldini said 8 years ago

    wish they had ETSY when i got married!

  • ShugaRose

    ShugaRose said 8 years ago

    What a lovely handmade wedding.. It's all worth the hard works! That is a beautiful wedding ring~!

  • glorygifts

    glorygifts said 8 years ago

    What a beautifully creative and unique wedding celebration! Blessings to you both! Amy:)

  • animalartista

    animalartista said 8 years ago

    Wow! My husband, my family and I did our wedding reception as well. I know what a fun/daunting task it it to do your own! But so worth it in the end! Great ideas for the whole thing!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 8 years ago

    great items!!

  • maidavale

    maidavale said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding! I love the handpainted signs. =)

  • Spillingbeans

    Spillingbeans said 8 years ago

    My sister just got engaged and this has totally inspired me. Thanks so much. I love crafty sisters.

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your beautiful handmade wedding, very inspiring! It's lovely to hear your talented family made the day so special and memorable!

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 8 years ago

    everyone is so nice! thanks for all the compliments! i have my hair clip that annmarie made on my dressing table and Im so happy to be able to look at it everyday and think about our party! if anyone wants anymore wedding ideas...ive got millions!

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 8 years ago

    What an awesome handmade wedding! Yay to all us crafters!

  • goldphoto

    goldphoto said 8 years ago

    This is a heartwarming and lovely story. Best wishes to the bride and groom. Terri

  • waisze

    waisze said 8 years ago

    what a fabulous wedding! lovely story too. congrats!

  • SoapScentsations

    SoapScentsations said 8 years ago

    Oh I want a wedding like that! Wait I'm already married! Just gorgeous!

  • CHenry

    CHenry said 8 years ago

    What a lovely wedding and such great handmade items. Congratulations and enjoy !!!

  • VitalTemptation

    VitalTemptation said 8 years ago

    Handmade wedding, such a wonderful idea!

  • carissamay

    carissamay said 8 years ago

    love this post! gives me something to aspire to i unfortunately have no sisters so Im gonna have to be a one woman band. those rings are way too out of my league though absolutely beautiful!!!

  • piperewan

    piperewan said 8 years ago

    what a sweet story!

  • shakyisles

    shakyisles said 8 years ago

    As one of five sisters and a lover of all things handmade, I just loved this story.

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 8 years ago

    That's totally awesome! Wish I has sisters.

  • ciaraobscura

    ciaraobscura said 8 years ago

    These Popko girls are amazing talent. I've known this family since I was about 6 and remember Crystal (the gorgeous bride)when she was a wee one and wearing the cutest little glasses. I adore this family and the ever beautiful array of art in their lives. A truly truly wonderful bunch... now go treat yourselves to some of their stunning work.

  • MelanieMathieu

    MelanieMathieu said 8 years ago

    Beautiful story. I love the wedding bands.

  • mandatherese99

    mandatherese99 said 8 years ago

    beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!!

  • ArtoftheMoment

    ArtoftheMoment said 8 years ago

    GORGEOUS!!!!!

  • GreighdayVintage

    GreighdayVintage said 8 years ago

    I adore her dress!

  • EmmaHadley

    EmmaHadley said 8 years ago

    Sooo beautiful and inspirational! I wish I'd had these ideas when I got married! Congratulations :D

  • gypsywitchdesigns

    gypsywitchdesigns said 8 years ago

    To have that much talent in one family, let alone in siblings, is fantabulous, but you 'girls' pull it off, and I don't just mean the wedding (Congratulations Crystal & John). You all should start an 'Etsy Family'!

  • epap213

    epap213 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful wedding--so creative and personal! My boyfriend and I are planning our wedding and just checked out both the Summit House and The Red Barn today! We love both but I wondered how other people did their ceremony at the Summit House. I googled it and came across your page. If you don't mind my asking, where exactly was your ceremony? Are you able to rent out the space? Would you recommend it as a good place for the ceremony? I'm originally from the area and of course love the beautiful views from the top but I'm wondering if it will work out well logistically. And while I'm asking...how was The Red Barn? Any info you'd like to share would be welcome! Thank you!

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 7 years ago

    Thank you all again for such well wishes and nice comments! I'm still receiving convos from this article and LOVE it. Please ask me anything, dresses, location, accessories, I love talking about weddings.

  • sassycrafter

    sassycrafter said 7 years ago

    Seriously. That dress is AMAZING! Would you be willing to reveal who designed it for you?

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 7 years ago

    thanks sassycrafter! its a nicole miller dress. it wasn't her bridal line, but that line is gorgeous too, and not as expensive as some wedding dresses. etsy has some gorgeous dresses too that I wish were around when I was shopping!

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