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Handmade Weddings: Off the Beaten Path

Mar 19, 2012

by revenant handmade and vintage goods

Tasha Moss has been crafty her whole life. A web geek by day, she spends much of her spare time knitting, sewing, and obsessing over everything from the 1930s through the 1950s. She blogs about her vintage-filled life and escapades at By gum, by golly! 

In June of 2011, our home state of Illinois began offering civil unions. My partner and I decided it was the perfect time to officially get hitched, and we did it the first month the law went into effect. I admit it was pretty exciting to go the clerk’s office to apply for our license.

We’d been together more than nine years and knew that we didn’t want our wedding to be a huge affair: not big, not expensive, not lengthy. We wanted a little ceremony in a private spot with our immediate family. We decided it would be a guerrilla wedding before we even knew there was a term for it. We would just scope out a spot, hold the ceremony, hope we didn’t get in trouble, and all go out to a dinner afterwards to celebrate.

The spot we picked was a large nature preserve tucked in the middle of Chicago. The space was perfect, as it had several paths winding through woods and wetlands, which we thought would be fun for grown-ups and kids in the family alike. On a Friday afternoon, we figured we could easily find a secluded spot away from other park visitors.

Because of the nature of the wedding and dinner being held at a restaurant, the planning was blissfully simple and incorporated the DIY and vintage elements that Mel and I so love. For our ring bearer pillow, I bought a vintage handkerchief from Vintage Clothing Dreams and embroidered our names and wedding date. I secured two ribbons with buttons, used a ball of yarn as a makeshift pillow underneath, and placed it in a pine needle basket made by my step-grandmother. Our two nieces shared the duties as our ringbearers, holding the basket together.

Mel and I wore lots of vintage for the ceremony, including Mel’s hat, shirt and 1940s hand-painted tie and my 1940s cowboy boots. For my something blue, I wore my great-grandmother’s handkerchief tucked into my belt. My wedding dress – a non-traditional printed cotton dress from the 1940s – came from ReEnhabit. It was just the right amount of casual and fun that I was looking for, with a kicky built-in peplum to boot. My jewelry consisted of family pieces, except for a carved white celluloid bangle, which was my own contribution, from Vintage Great Gets.

My mom, whose shop is called That Clever Clementine, knit my wedding shawl out of a gorgeous skein of silk/wool yarn from Yarn Chef. I knew that I certainly wasn’t going to need a shawl in the middle of June, but I absolutely wanted to have a wedding shawl, even if I only wore it for a few minutes.

The day of the wedding we met in the parking lot of the nature preserve with our photographer, Kimmy Noonen, and our small group. It was a gorgeous day – warm and sunny. We were thrilled because Plan B was simply Plan A with umbrellas.

We all meandered through the preserve until we found a grove of trees Mel’s sister thought looked nice. We held our short but sweet ceremony, with Mel’s father presiding. A few minutes later we were married, and we all happily continued along the trails, capping off the afternoon with bubbles. After the ceremony we went out to a Southern-inspired restaurant with family and friends, went out for drinks later that evening, and spent the night in a gorgeous hotel overlooking the Chicago River.

During our entire wedding proceedings we only saw two other people, so it was as private as could be and didn’t even cost a dime. It was a gorgeous place to get married and really felt like a special spot for everyone who attended. Mel and I decided that on our first wedding anniversary, we’d like to go back to walk along the trails of “our” nature preserve. It sure was ours on our wedding day.

All photos by Kimmy Noonen.

Thanks to Tasha for sharing her special day! Do you have a handmade wedding to share? Submit your photos to our Flickr group.

Handmade Weddings Weddings Category

1950s Shirtwaist Dress...Vintage 1950s Leighton of Dallas Casuals Black Shirtwaist Dress
1950s Shirtwaist Dress...Vintage 1950s Leighton of Dallas Casuals Black Shirtwaist Dress
Beautiful vintage Acme wing tip leather cowboy boots with cut outs, circa 1950's.....
Beautiful vintage Acme wing tip leather cowboy boots with cut outs, circa 1950's.....
Vintage 50s black white GINGHAM shirtwaist dress / Red hanky in pocket
Vintage 50s black white GINGHAM shirtwaist dress / Red hanky in pocket
Vintage Handkerchief Vintage Lace Hankie Tatting Wedding Hankie
Vintage Handkerchief Vintage Lace Hankie Tatting Wedding Hankie


  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 5 years ago

    Lovely! Congratulations!

  • jorgensenstudio

    jorgensenstudio from jorgensenstudio said 5 years ago

    I love how simple this wedding was, all about the couple and none of that extra fluff that couples spend so much money on when doing a wedding. so charming and wonderful memories without spending thousands of dollars. good for you :)

  • AgelessThings

    AgelessThings from VintageAgelessThings said 5 years ago

    Lovely. In this day and age, it's nice to see that it's not all about the money. It's about sentiment and memories. My husband and I were married on the beach after a rainstorm. As we said our vows a rainbow appeared. Best to you both!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Vivid and fun!!! Congrats!!!

  • rickjorgenson

    Rick Jorgenson from DesertLeather said 5 years ago

    What a cool wedding! and what a beautiful setting! I love all the vintage look you put together. Good luck to both of you!! Congrats and love for forever!

  • Apseed

    Ira from Apseed said 5 years ago

    Simple beauty! Congratulations!

  • Mershel

    Mershel said 5 years ago

    Best wishes to you both! What a fun and beautiful wedding!

  • mmechur2009

    Melissa said 5 years ago

    Amazing concept! Congrats!

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 5 years ago

    Shows that simple and inexpensive can be even lovelier than a $20,000 wedding. I'm in awe. Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    Janelle and Jason Ethridge from NomadCraftsEtc said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful story and what a gorgeous wedding!!! This is exactly how I picture a do over wedding with my hubby! (we were married at the justice of the peace no actual wedding) Congratulations to you both-have a happy happy long life together!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    Gabe and Athena from BlueRidgeWoodworking said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your perfect wedding. As I keep telling people, it is not about the money spent or an expensive dress or over the top party. It is a moment for two people to show each other how much love they have for one another. Keep it simple and sweet!

  • franstradingpost

    Frances Royal from franstradingpost said 5 years ago

    FANTABULOUS ~( :-D ) I do so hope this will inspire others to have DREAM weddings without the unnecessary expenses so often incurred. Many blessing in your life together!!!

  • OddandOld

    OddandOld from OddandOld said 5 years ago

    this eems so right love pure and simple happy days x ... ***

  • shughesslc

    Stephanie from PaperQuirks said 5 years ago

    I love this! Thank you for sharing - I hope this inspires so many other brides that this special day doesn't have to be over the top.

  • CobyCorners

    Coby Corners said 5 years ago

    This post was really nice to stumble upon. What a unique, creative and refreshing wedding! Congratulations and wishing you both many happy, healthy years ahead.

  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    Katie from GardenDaisiesStudio said 5 years ago

    I love it! So simple, yet beautiful. What a perfect location and love all of the vintage and handmade touches :) Congratulations and best wishes!

  • ThatCleverClementine

    MsVicki from ThatCleverClementine said 5 years ago

    As the mother-of-the-bride, I am (of course!) so thrilled to see this! They are a pretty nifty couple ... and it was one of the best weddings ever.

  • FormerGloryDesigns

    Sophie Allen from FormerGloryDesigns said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous idea! Feel totally inspired :)

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 5 years ago

    Simple and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • ThimbleThief

    Gracie from ThimbleThief said 5 years ago

    What an amazing wedding! Stories like this make me so happy!

  • fireant01

    fireant01 said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your love, Mel and Tasha are two lucky people!

  • subtleacts

    subtleacts from subtleacts said 5 years ago

    Such a lovely story and wedding! Congratulations and best wishes to the two of you!

  • MuseandMurse

    MuseandMurse said 5 years ago

    Aww, love it! We actually did something very similar on the shore of a small lake. Surrounded by grass, trees and water, you can't beat that! :-)

  • captaintightpants

    Nicki said 5 years ago

    So wonderful and simple! What a lovely couple and beautiful pictures. It looks like it was a fabulous day! This kind of wedding day (to me) blows the highfalutin kinds out of the water! Love love love:)

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    You two look perfectly vintage! And a ceremony amongst the trees! Beautiful!

  • PaperAltar

    PaperAltar from PaperAltar said 5 years ago

    Congratulations !!

  • 2TrickPony

    Rachel from 2TrickPony said 5 years ago

    what an awesome idea! congratulations to you both.

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful wedding, congratulations!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Such a nice idea! A beautiful setting that I'm sure money can't buy, fab!

  • janegge

    Jan Egge from Customartandcraft said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, wishing you only the best in harmony.

  • Celtess

    Bobbijean Xandra Thury from Celtess said 5 years ago

    It looks like you had a beautiful day! And that green dress...just fantastic! Congratulations to you both, and well done!

  • boozyloozerton

    Jenn from boozyloozerton said 5 years ago

    Love it. Nature and Vintage

  • SomsStudio

    Som from SomsStudio said 5 years ago

    It is beautiful that you chose to do something meaning and unique. What a wonderful wedding you had!! Congratulations!

  • CraftyStitches

    Jennifer from CraftyStitches said 5 years ago

    Way to go ... that clever clementine is a fellow CREST Artisan :) AWESOME. :)

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals said 5 years ago

    so beautifully simple. Chicago nature preserves are the best. congratulations.

  • Abrefi

    Abrefi from Abrefi said 5 years ago

    simple with a class, congrats......

  • AlpineGypsy

    Heidi from AlpineGypsy said 5 years ago

    So. Absolutely. Romantic! My wedding was a similar affair. Tiny, in a beautiful green backyard with lots of camp chairs in the yard. It was the best! No need for excessive frills, just lots of laughter & love. Congratulations to you and yours ♥ Heidi ♥

  • JLMould

    JLMould from JLMould said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your big day. I just love the vintage feel that you had.. I wish you all the best. Jessica Lynn

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios said 5 years ago

    Some people spend such enormous amounts of money for one day. It's refreshing to hear your story of how a beautiful day full of beautiful memories doesn't have to cost anything. Lovely story! Congratulations to you both!:)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    Fabulous! And you two look great!

  • uniquefabricgifts

    Unique Fabric Gifts from uniquefabricgifts said 5 years ago

    Lovely and romantic wedding! Congratulations, wish you the best.

  • ConstantlyAlice

    Danielle from ConstantlyAlice said 5 years ago

    Perfect ;) The pictures are just beautiful, Tasha!

  • Pickseeville

    Siobhan Haines from Pickseeville said 5 years ago

    you two are just FABULOUS!!! Thanks for sharing your love...

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • HibouCards

    Anne-Claire R. from HibouDesigns said 5 years ago

    really nice! That green dress is so adorable and perfect :)

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood from mythunderstood said 5 years ago

    Adorable! Best wishes and thanks for sharing.

  • auntyjuju

    justine Reynolds from Juslapuce said 5 years ago

    If i ever got married this is the simple and sincere way in which ive always wanted to do it aswell. I love the photo of you all meandering through the wood together and 'Together' being the operative word! Congratulations to you both! P.s The tie is sublime.

  • LuLusWoobies

    LuLusWoobies from LuLusWoobies said 5 years ago

    I love it! And without all of the hoopla that makes most weddings such an uncomfortable spectacle! So proud of you :) Congratulations!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Congrats on your life together! Lovely wedding! Great ideas!

  • Jitterbuggin

    Jitterbuggin from Jitterbuggin said 5 years ago

    Congratulations Tasha and Mel!! Lovely setting!

  • imitsybitsy

    Dusty Nees from AtticDustAntiques said 5 years ago

    What a romantic wedding! Best wishes to you both for a long and happy life together. You put thought into it, which made it extra special, rather than spending the big bucks. Smart!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern from TresChicNmodern said 5 years ago


  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Congratulations you did your wedding just the way that you both wanted to and that is so very special. I love your dress the whole entire style is really I really like the hair.

  • sweetpeaknitstudio

    Victoria Nesbitt from folkloreyarn said 5 years ago

    Congrats! What a lovely wedding- so unique :)

  • kshechtm

    Katrin Shechtman said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! you two look gorgeous together!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Simple and Sweet indeed~ much happiness to you both.

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign from topsyturvydesign said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful, heartfelt wedding! Simple, nostalgic & sentimental. Congratulations!

  • whiterobinvintage

    Kari from whiterobinvintage said 5 years ago

    I'm in awe, what an inspiring post, THANK YOU so much for sharing your day. I'm a true believer in a wedding day should be about two people in love, sharing their moment in front of family and friends. SIMPLE. PERIOD!

  • AlternativeBlooms

    Alternative Blooms from AlternativeBlooms said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! - Amy

  • weezieduzzit

    weezieduzzit from weezieduzzit said 5 years ago

    Its wonderful to see a wedding that stayed focused on the love instead of getting caught up in the stuff. It looks like you two have your hearts and minds in the right place, congratulations. :)

  • nineacesdesign

    DianaLoyd McCollum from NineAcesDesign said 5 years ago

    What a lovely wedding! Pictures were great! thanks for sharing, and the best of luck to you both for a wonderful life together!! Diana

  • dharma8designs

    dharma8designs from dharma8designs said 5 years ago

    Such a lovely story and I am inspired by all the love on the board.

  • purplmama

    Peggy from purplmama said 5 years ago

    Congrats Mel and Tasha! My daughter and her wife raced to the Rolling Meadows courthouse to get their license first thing that Wednesday morning! It was so exciting. Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us!!! You're a gorgeous couple!

  • SunnyDayVintage

    Sunny Day from SunnyDayVintage said 5 years ago

    Simple, joyful and meaningful - that's what it's all about.

  • sweetteasundries

    Jenifer from sweetteasundries said 5 years ago

    I LOVE the idea of wandering around to find the spot that feels right with your family and friends. My wedding was sooo stressful! Great job keeping the focus where it needs to be!

  • nudeedudee

    Kim Stewart from nudeedudee said 5 years ago

    Wow, congratulations you two! What a wonderful day! Great idea to host your ceremony in nature, so perfect. I'm so happy for you guys!!!!

  • Rt9NJvintageFun

    candy donnelly from Rt9NJvintageFun said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, life is so short, many happy days and evenings to you both. Thank you for sharing your experience, has put a smile on our hearts!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 5 years ago

    if only more couples would see the beauty in this...

  • houseoftelsa

    Thatiana from houseoftelsa said 5 years ago

    There's something so incredibly romantic and personal about a simple, down to earth wedding. Congrats to you! ♥

  • wwbc

    Barbara and Bill from OakworksStudio said 5 years ago

    Best wishes to you both! Thanks for sharing.

  • EastThomasLee

    Lee Thomas from EastThomasLee said 5 years ago

    This life is really interesting.

  • laralewis

    Laurie Lewis from ShopHedgerowRose said 5 years ago

    These handmade wedding features never fail to choke me up. :) Congratulations you two!!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 5 years ago

    What fabulously fun vintage elements! Congrats!

  • flintandspark

    Amy from flintandspark said 5 years ago

    You both look so happy! Congrats on your wedding!

  • HealthyReflections

    Christine Kramer from HealthyReflections said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, it looks like a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • kattailz

    Elizabeth from kattailz said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!! I just love the simplicity of your ceremony. Congratulations!

  • starstanford

    Star Stanford from Gypsydazzle said 5 years ago

    I love, love, love this story. A guerrilla wedding - awesome!

  • MadAboutColour

    Joanne Scantlebury Muckart from MadAboutColour said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!! Brilliant wedding!:) Many blessings to you both:)

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful & special wedding! Wishing you a beautiful life together!

  • AnnaBelleArts

    AnnaBelleArts from AnnaBelleArts said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing your wedding day :D

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Doing it the way you want it! Thanks for your story.

  • MissMartys

    MissMartys from MissMartys said 5 years ago

    What a nice story....with lovely real smiles! Peace and Love to both of you.

  • skeller11

    skeller11 said 5 years ago

    Tasha, you and Mel are awesome, and I so appreciate you sharing these photos and narrative of your wedding. Love!

  • mycherrytree

    vesna from mycherrytree said 5 years ago


  • Lizrs

    Liz R-S said 5 years ago

    This was lovely. Congratulations to you both. A beautiful wedding! Many, many happy returns to you both.

  • ElisabethSpace

    Elisabeth Percival from ElisabethSpace said 5 years ago

    It sounds like you two were able to create an intimate, seemingly stress-free wedding day that was full of love. What more could you need? Congratulations. :)

  • livfortoday

    Liv Gabel from MansionHouseRoad said 5 years ago

    Wow! so refreshing! I have never heard of a guerilla wedding but I LOVE it. I wish I could have another wedding just to try it out!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    So simple. So sweet. Congratulations!

  • 925maille

    Leslie Smith from 925maille said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on doing it your way! Wishing you all the best!

  • VintageChinchilla

    Emily Jones from VintageChinchilla said 5 years ago

    Awww! What a lovely wedding day! Congratulations [ & love the dress!! :) ]

  • alexandravaladas

    Alex Valadas from stitchandsmith said 5 years ago

    Yay! As lover of everything vintage - I love your wedding style - both of you looked adorable AND comfy in your own skin! Wishing you all the happiness! alex

  • stephanieannsmith

    Steph said 5 years ago

    All of the things that matter! What a whimsical and joyful wedding...definitely has inspired me to think outside of the box :D

  • SweetOliveSupplies

    Amy from SweetOliveSupplies said 5 years ago

    Sounds like a truly special (and stress-free) wedding, with a focus on what's most important. Congrats!

  • kadydesigns

    Denise Vining from kadydesigns said 5 years ago

    Looks like a wonderful wedding! I loved that you kept it simple and really focused on what you really like which is Vintage style! So fun!!! Sometimes we get caught up in all the sparkly, frilly, over the top details that we lose sight of what the wedding is supposed to be about. Congratations and Best Wishes!!!!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 5 years ago

    What a lovely story and a truly smart wedding. Shouldn't all weddings be like that? It's supposed to be about the love, not the dollar sign! Congratulations.

  • muffintopdesigns

    cy and d from TheLovelySmith said 5 years ago

    people forget sometimes that it isn't all about the $100 cake toppers, or what colour the ribbon is on the garter belt that you wear under your dress... but it's about celebrating the love between two people. what a lovely representation of that! thank you for sharing with us, you two lovebirds!!!! xoxoxo

  • AltogetherLeather

    Anne from AltogetherLeather said 5 years ago

    Adorable! I love the picture of you two looking out on the water, and I love your dress and accessories! Congratulations and much happiness to you both!

  • Demina

    Demina from Demina said 5 years ago

    How beautiful! The simple things in life that make it all perfect. Have an incredible and wonderful journey together!

  • BrightSpotDesigns

    Bright Spot Designs from BrightSpotDesigns said 5 years ago

    It seemed so simple and meaningful to the couple involved. Just the way it should be! Best to you both!!

  • ReEnhabit

    ReEnhabit from ReEnhabit said 5 years ago

    I was so excited to hear that this fabulous dress was to be worn in your wedding - the picture you sent me made the rounds with friends and my photographer. We all loved it! But to see all these incredible pictures - I just keep getting the goose bumps! This is so perfect and beautiful and AMAZING! You both look fantastic - such a great vibe that reflects the playfulness of your personalities and the beauty of the event and the day. Congratulations! Coming up on one year! I am so proud to have been a small part of your wedding! Thanks for sharing your day with all of us! xoxo

  • IvorySilk

    IvorySilk said 5 years ago

    what a beautiful way to have a wedding. seems very peaceful and simple. perfect. xo!

  • NaturalPetProducts

    NaturalPetProducts from NaturalPetShampoos said 5 years ago

    How wonderful to see that yes often it's the simple things in life that are so awesome! Congrats to you both on a truly lovely wedding :-)

  • LandKbeads

    Linda Ray from LandKbeads said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Exactly what a wedding should be.

  • AmpleGoddess

    Ample Goddess from AmpleGoddess said 5 years ago

    What a fantastic idea for a wedding. You two just make for the cutest couple. Must be so wonderful after all this time to finally get hitched. A big ole congratulations and thank you for sharing your special day with us. So creative!

  • DestashWalrus

    Pamela Pollock from DestashWalrus said 5 years ago

    lovely story! my 2nd husband and i decided to do the same thing...albeit on a much smaller scale. we got our license in the morning and went home to change our clothes. we then drove up to Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County CA with two friends and someone to marry us and we found a spot overlooking the ocean, put a blanket down......we had a huge "take out" picnic that one of my friends provided.....we all read poetry and my intended and i washed each other's feet with scented water and it was a lovely affair. thank you for sharing your pictures and your love!

  • HomeMadebyRivka

    Rivka Berman from HomeMadebyRivka said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful and classy.

  • fivetenfifteen

    catie from fivetenfifteen said 5 years ago

    so sweet! so simple! and i read your mother's comment above. i LOVE this story. blessings to you both ♥

  • TwistedTinkers

    Marla McCoy from TwistedTinkers said 5 years ago

    In my mind, yours is what a wedding should be! The two of you seem to truly understand love. Thank you for sharing your story and adorable pictures. Many blessing for a bright and wonderful future together!!! M & D

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Congratulation! Beautiful wedding with fun colors!

  • maryrock

    maryrock said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding! Congratulations & many, many happy years to Mel & Tasha!

  • greatgrandmaagnes

    greatgrandmaagnes from greatgrandmaagnes said 5 years ago

    Love this! The green in the outfits is superb! Can't wait to stumble upon this local Chicago gem of a nature preserve as well! :)

  • emblematicdoodles

    Mary Catherine from MaryWeaverArt said 5 years ago

    Beautiful wedding. Love it.

  • AztecSunSilverMoon

    Diana Sweitzer from AztecSunSilverMoon said 5 years ago


  • coherenttrilobite

    nash s said 5 years ago

    beautiful, relaxed and romantic! congrats!

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 5 years ago

    Very lovely wedding and blog! I like the yellow sweater from your blog, so bad I live in Florida and don't get to use them anymore. I like the pattern, remaind it me my mom magazine from the 50's.

  • HeyChica

    Hey Chica from HeyChica said 5 years ago

    I came across your lovely blog one day by accident. Congrats on your unique wedding and here's to more adventures in the future!

  • MadrinaVintage

    MadrinaVintage from MadrinaVintage said 5 years ago

    GORGEOUS! Congratulations!

  • marysgranddaughter

    Cindy Steiler from MarysGranddaughter said 5 years ago

    I love the dress with the cowboy boots! Congrats and may your life together be long and happy! xoxo

  • osuzanna7

    Suzanna Nielsen from EyeMusic said 5 years ago

    How pretty and simple and vintage. Loved it.

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 5 years ago

    Great wedding! congrats!

  • jpspringfiel

    Pearl Springfield from ZoeGraceBlooms said 5 years ago

    I'm always so inspired by events that truly share the personalities of the persons involved! Such a unique, beautiful wedding. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful future...

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding! Amazing :) Congrats!

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  • recycledideas

    recycledideas from recycledideas said 5 years ago

    Congratulations to you two! Your wedding makes me smile. (Am a little envious too!)

  • CheriesArtsnCrafts

    Cherie from CheriesArtsnCrafts said 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness, this is SO very beautiful!! Congratulations you two love birds!! Thank you for sharing this most special time in your lives! Blessings to you both for a long and wonderful life together!

  • Sherryberry1964

    Sherry said 5 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress!! Congrats!! :>)

  • allybstudio

    Lexie Schroeder from allybstudio said 5 years ago

    This is my favorite handmade wedding story yet! Congrats you two and thanks for little butterflies your story has planted in my heart.

  • loliecraft

    Lolie Jane from loliejanevintage said 5 years ago

    Wow, this is a beautiful wedding!! Congratulations.

  • agoodhome

    Anna Addcox from agoodhome said 5 years ago

    I love the idea of just picking a spot on the spur of the moment! And a beautiful spot it was, too! You should definitely visit on your anniversary :)

  • klinker

    Annie from klinker said 5 years ago

    yay for guerilla weddings! that's exactly what we did and hired a taco truck for food. it was lovely and your day looks lovely as well. love your style and flair, best to you and yours.

  • AdoroMe

    Isabel from AdoroMe said 5 years ago

    Yey!!!! Congratulations!!!

  • goodluckcleo

    Alexa Hayes from goodluckcleo said 5 years ago

    I love the bright, fresh spring colors!! green is the new white, for sure! <3

  • soundsofthesea

    Heather said 5 years ago

    Your day - your way! Good for you! All of the best in your days ahead! :0)

  • IrisJewelsonEtsy

    Iris Jewels from IrisJewelsonEtsy said 5 years ago

    Great story. Love your dress and blue ring.

  • PaintedHorse

    susi from PaintedHorse said 5 years ago

    What a sweet wedding and post. Thank you for sharing... Be happy - love each other!

  • OneWhiteRabbit

    Tracy from OneWhiteRabbit said 5 years ago

    Love it all!

  • NakedRatDestash

    Julie from NakedRatDestash said 5 years ago

    So awesome! Who cares about tradition? I love this wedding story!

  • lauraprentice

    Laura Wennstrom from laurawennstrom said 5 years ago

    Great story and I recognize the North Park Nature Preserve! My husband and I had our engagement photos taken there. Congratulations to both of you!

  • hattieshouse

    Christy from Vintagology said 5 years ago

    This wedding has to be one of the most refreshing, simple, understated, and meaningful displays of commitment made by two people in love! Just a breath of fresh air from the typical mass produced weddings that so many people get caught up in with all of the hoopla. Most couples forget the real reason of the wedding make a shared commitment to one another forever. Thank you so much for sharing and best wishes to both of you!

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Seems like it was everything you wanted.

  • bicyclemonarch66

    Sebastian Araujo from GentlemanlyPursuits said 5 years ago

    Bravo!!! From the very GAY state of Massachusetts!

  • giddyspinster

    rachel mahlke from giddyspinster said 5 years ago


  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 5 years ago

    Love the story! Congrats!!

  • MissJuJu

    Julia from JuJuBrand said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  • lilyladyblue

    lilyladyblue from lilyladyblue said 5 years ago

    gorgeous! Happy happy day! Endless congrats

  • lisasim

    lisa sim said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! What a lovely post! <3

  • brainfart

    brainfart from brainfart said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your special day ! A song sung by Nancy Wilson I Wish You Love . I dedicate to you !

  • clairebeargallagher

    claire gallagher said 5 years ago

    this is love. thank you for sharing that. wishing you both a beautiful future. xxx


    erika from lancerika said 5 years ago

    earthly,super sweet post :)) best wishes for a beautifuL and crafty life together:))

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country said 5 years ago

    I love these kind of "handmade weddings"....So creative, colorful, and especially FUN! A couple's special day should be FUN for them for sure, and a wedding like this is a great example! Congrats to the lovely couple! Cheers! "L"

  • nicolaclare7

    Nicola Rowlands from MsSpanner said 5 years ago

    so pretty - lovely green colours!

  • QuirkVintageClothing

    QuirkVintageClothing from QuirkVintageClothing said 5 years ago

    Your radiant smiles prove what a genuinely happy day this was - relaxed, personal, meaningful. Congratulations to you both, and much love and happiness in the years to come!

  • shuqi

    Emily Lim from shuqi said 5 years ago

    In nature wedding, i would say simple and romance. LOve it. Congratz!!

  • tweal

    tweal from tweal said 5 years ago

    Lovely story, sounds like a perfect wedding.

  • bellastwist

    Donna Mills from bellastwist said 5 years ago

    Simple, romantic and perfect. Congrats to you both!

  • loralyn1

    Laura King from LoralynDesigns said 5 years ago

    Love, love, love! I'm newly engaged and I think you just had my dream wedding. Thanks for the insipration!

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Sounds like you wedding was everything you hoped for it to be.


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  • Serenities

    Marcia Calcaterra from Serenities said 5 years ago

    An amazing beginning and may your lives always follow this path you've set! Congratulations!

  • thecosmicfrog

    thecosmicfrog from thecosmicfrog said 5 years ago

    love it. all of it. congratulations!

  • ReCurrents

    Susan from ReCurrents said 5 years ago

    So adorable, I can't even stand it! ;)

  • monicamdavis333

    Monica Altona said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Very lovely! Joyful!

  • jenkuehle

    Jen Kuehle from jenkuehle said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, sweet blessings and many many happy years together!

  • florasvintagecloset

    Madi from 15MadisonStreet said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Love the uniqueness .....

  • GBSCreations

    Sandra Bruce from GBSCreations said 5 years ago

    How Beautiful! Love it!

  • trudy13

    trudy13 said 5 years ago

    i had a great time at mine, but i sometimes wish i had taken the route that you did. you both looked wonderful! and so happy. congrats!

  • MarfDaze

    Martha Brown from MarfDaze said 5 years ago

    May the rest of your lives be one big honeymoon!

  • milocreativestudios

    milocreativestudios from MiloCreativeStudios said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!!! Congrats!

  • Zaheroux

    Megan Weber from Zaheroux said 5 years ago

    Many wonderful blessings to you both! Beautiful!

  • cyberbelle

    Cybele from cyberbelle said 5 years ago

    What a lovely wedding, and what a great new/old paradigm for a wedding. Very, very inspiring. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

  • eriny7

    Erin Elizabeth said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Well done. Your celebration is inspiring, creative and colorful! Many years of happiness to you! ~* ❤*~

  • TNTees

    TNTees from TNTees said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the style and the utter simplicity- Wishing you both the very best! Congratulations!

  • FleaMarketGal

    Stacie from FleaMarketGal said 5 years ago

    Great style!!! Congrats and wishing you a happy and healthy future

  • TotallyCherished

    Michelle Smithson from TotallyCherished said 5 years ago

    Handmade weddings are the best - so cute and adds the couples personality and style, which is often hard to do with globally manufactured products. Congratulations

  • garfieldhr

    iva from garfieldhr said 5 years ago

    This story made me very happy. Thank you so much for sharing it! These images radiate effortless joy. I am so happy for you two and wish you all the best!!

  • CherishedHearts

    Gertie from TheOldBlockHouse said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!!! And that tie - Love it!

  • BayMoonDesign

    Kathy Lindemer from BayMoonDesign said 5 years ago

    As mother to a future bride, I am struggling to keep my daughter within the budget. There are so many commercial things that you can buy, that really aren't necessary . I am incorporating many DYI items because I think that they mean more and can express what is important to you. I am glad to see you are grounded in what is important.

  • lisaboshell

    Lisa Boshell said 5 years ago

    This made me smile!! Thanks for sharing your special day. Congratulations and I wish you both much love, laughter and a future full of happiness.

  • simpleandcute

    Rissa from simpleandcute said 5 years ago

    Beautiful wedding. I love your dress. It's gorgeous. I wish you both a wonderful future together. :)

  • maudeandmabel

    maudeandmabel from maudeandmabel said 5 years ago

    Absolutely love it....congrats!

  • marieowltoinette

    Marie Owltoinette from marieowltoinette said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh! So pretty--love all the vintage!

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry said 5 years ago

    "Guerilla Wedding" I LOVE IT! Congratulations to the happy couple! May the bliss you share now, be yours forever!

  • sjegan

    Sarah-Jane Egan from FragmentDesignsEtsy said 5 years ago

    Fantastic story so nice private and all you! Congrats, hope you have lots of happy years together :)

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello from JamieSpinello said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Love that cowboy boots! Best wishes

  • misponko

    Liudmila Rosario Ponko from PonkoWorld said 5 years ago

    Congrats!!! Love it!!

  • charmingliltrinkets

    Krissy S. from charmingliltrinkets said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! This is such a sweet article. And I love how you were able to have the beautiful wedding you wanted without breaking the bank. I feel like socially it's emphasized that you have to spend a small fortune to have a wedding now-a-days, or it's not "good enough". It's not about how extravagant it is. It's about celebrating the union of two people who love eachother. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • GrowingUpWild

    Kelly Engel from GrowingUpWild said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Such a beautiful looking day that fit exactly what you were looking for! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

  • PinkyLoco

    Missy Hendricks from PinkyLoco said 5 years ago

    I read comments all over the internet and just realized...This is where all of the positive people are! Not only is this an amazingly refreshing STORY but the comments are just as amazingly refreshing! I cannot tell you just how sad I get reading comments from other sites. I think I'm going to stick with reading comments from the wonderful supportive family here at Etsy! Congratulations to you both! May you have a lifetime of love, happiness and life's simple little pleasures!

  • BurkeHareCo

    Erica from BurkeHareCo said 5 years ago

    Really sweet!

  • braquelsbathroom

    Tyra from shopbelleandblaire said 5 years ago

    Great concept!!!

  • BreakTheRecord

    Stacey Iden from BreakTheRecord said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Tasha and Mel! What a beautiful perfect wedding day you had. Thank you for sharing your story. Cheers!

  • FunkyTreasures

    Danneel from FunkyTreasures said 5 years ago

    Simply "funky"! (that's a good thing) I love the step back and time! Beautiful,simply beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Colourscape

    Kelly and Adam from Colourscape said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous dress, and I love the tie! Simplicity at it's best. Who needs the flashy expensive wedding when all you need is each other, along with good family and friends?

  • xfictionprincess

    xfictionprincess said 5 years ago

    I would never even think to have such a spontaneous, simple wedding, but now I'm considering it! How amazingly beautiful =)

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 5 years ago

    Simple and beautiful. Congrats!

  • nowvintage

    Bobbie from nowvintage said 5 years ago

    wonderful!!! thank you so much for sharing it!!!

  • bettymoomin

    moomin said 5 years ago

    Congaratulations my darlings.....You both looked fabulous on your beautiful wedding day! Your wedding is what my fiance and I hoped to have but sadly british law is just rubbish when it comes to you wanting a wedding in a woodland or a field in the middle of nowhere :( But I am so happy that you got the dream wedding you both wanted and it didn't cost anything, which is brilliant and exactly what Im doing too.... No one needs to spend huge amounts on a wedding, its not about having the biggest and the best.......its allll about the one you love and being with them xxx

  • MelissaKojima

    Melissa Kojima from ArtistInLALALand said 5 years ago

    Oh, they look so cute. I love this vintage style wedding with lots of personal touches. Congrats to the lovely couple!


    NICOLE Dotto from DOTTO said 5 years ago

    OH my goodness, ladies. if impromptu guerilla style isn't the best idea for a wedding I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS. beautiful beautiful beautiful. congratulations!

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    Nicole Nicoletta from MintMarbles said 5 years ago

    beautiful pictures, congrats. so so pretty

  • glusk

    Tara Galuska from GluskDesigns said 5 years ago

    I had a guerrilla style wedding too and never even realized it until reading your article. Congratulations and all the best for the future!

  • suzanneartist

    Suzanne Urban from SmirkingGoddess said 5 years ago


  • BombshellShocked

    Niki Hughes from BombshellShocked said 5 years ago

    Hooray for Tasha and Mel! I'm so happy for you two! Wishing you a future full of love, happiness and fabulous vintage!! <3 Niki

  • sandboxcastle

    H Wang from sandboxcastle said 5 years ago

    Great story telling btw- this sounds so peaceful and beautiful :)

  • SteamBathFactory

    Gin Shakespear from SteamBathFactory said 5 years ago


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