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Handmade Weddings: Southern Intimacy

Jun 14, 2010

by dolangeiman

Dolan Geiman is a Chicago-based mixed media artist creating contemporary art with a Southern accent. He and his business partner (and now wife) Ali Marie manage their Etsy shop, dolangeiman, tour the country participating in art and craft fairs, and sell artwork to retail shops and interior designers nationwide.

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After seven years and five months of dating (but who’s counting, really?), Dolan and I took the plunge and were married on Friday, May 7. Thanks in no small part to the busy lifestyle that results from a full-time art career (we know you can relate) we opted for an intimate wedding with just the two of us and Dolan’s childhood pastor. Dolan’s preference might have been to wander out to the middle of a forest to exchange our vows, but I suggested an alternative: the flora–filled (but rain proof) Garfield Park Conservatory here in Chicago. Originally from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I don’t think Dolan would have ever imagined getting married in Chicago. So, though a low-key affair, we did our best to throw some Southern flair and down-home flavor into the occasion. Here are some details from our wedding along with some Etsy finds and inspiration.

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The wedding was a wonderful excuse for me to get gussied up and, through the process, support a few of our friends in the hair and make-up industry. Trisha Star, who applied my make-up, opted for all-natural products. Since Dolan and I run a green business, I’m also increasingly aware of such things, both professionally and personally. Here are a couple all-natural vegan make-up options: Vegan 10 Jars Mineral Makeup Kit by pinkquartzminerals and Vegan Rose Sugar Mineral Lip Tint by FrenchGirlOrganics.

Gia Tummillo did my up-do and thought of the button idea for my hair. The buttons were hand-sewn into my hair with needle and thread. Dolan, being a collage artist, loved their tactility and color. My buttons were purchased from Etsy sellers dirtybirdiesvintage, kandcsupplies, and kraftedkeepsakes288. There are also some great options in the Vintage Button Lot from LuckyWishesCharms and, for a retro/Americana-themed wedding, I love the idea of using these vintage game pieces from kelleystreetvintage in an up-do.

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Dolan’s mother, watercolor artist Lisa Geiman, had given me the cowboy boots as a present a while back, so we decided to start our outfits from the ground up. For a “something blue” idea, one could spin it with navy cowboy boots like these from JewelBoxTreasures. Dolan wore a pair of vintage Frye boots, similar to the Frye Campus Workboot from KingDogVintage.

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I’m not a big fan of wearing rings, so in lieu of an engagement ring Dolan had a friend (artist Adam Smith) modify his grandmother’s locket into an engagement necklace. You can commission something similar with Chicago-based Etsy designer Broad Street, who repurposes heirloom jewelry into one-of-a-kind pieces. Dolan’s sister, jewelry designer and Etsy seller breckengeiman, “hand-picked” my vintage floral brooch to complement my bouquet. For different inspiration, check out this woodland-inspired creation by gardensofwhimsy that would be lovely for bridesmaids.

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After recently attending our first Derby party, we’ve been obsessed with the equestrian prep look. For my evening bag, I purchased this amazing vintage carved leather handbag from Coronetweedsvintage. Dolan rocked a western-style suit adorned with cowboy accouterments. Men’s clothing, especially vintage suits, can be difficult to track down, so here are a few suggestions for custom-made items. For custom men’s suits, check out AJ Machete and Sons. For custom, hand-carved leather belts, see Fabulous Phil’s Custom Leathercrafts on Etsy. And, for fun, here’s a handmade cow bolo that was too cute to pass up, by bydorothylouise.

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My bouquet and Dolan’s boutonniere were created by Chicago’s Hello Darling, with the flower selection and arrangement co-designed by Dolan’s mother and sister. As an added bonus, the owner, Natalie Walsh, was kind enough to barter artwork for the arrangements. I loved all the primary colors used in the bouquet, and one of my favorite flower selections was the thistle. If we had done wedding invitations, thistle would have been a great theme for the Save the Date cards, like these by LePetitPapetier. Before deciding to work with a florist, our other idea was for Dolan to create a sculptural bouquet of colorful found objects, such as this lot of bright red shotgun shells from scenicnewyork

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My grandmother and my grandfather were married for over 75 years so I figured by wearing her wedding ring maybe some of their marriage luck might wear off on me! Dolan’s wedding ring was a modified version of this ring by Milwaukee-based mother and son team Wounded Line. Another idea we had was to commission a coin ring using a confederate coin that has been passed down in Dolan’s family. We conversed with Etsy seller SpiritualFlyer about the idea, but ultimately went with the rings above.

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As you can probably guess by now, many of our friends are fellow creators and entrepreneurs, so our wedding was a wonderful occasion to support their businesses. Our wedding cake and cupcakes were prepared by Etsy seller tinycakes — note the amazing sugar buttons on the cake to match my hair! Stephanie and Tim of tinycakes were kind enough to stage our mini-reception in my office during our ceremony so that I could surprise Dolan with a cake and toast. The more significant surprise surrounding our wedding is the office itself: Dolan’s wedding gift to me was a surprise office makeover while we were out of town for an art fair. The tulips in the background, for example, are wooden tiles Dolan screenprinted and applied like wallpaper to the back wall of the office (formerly a closet). 

Studio_Rooftop1.jpgWhile the structure and style of our wedding is certainly not for everyone, I hope our photos and story give all you bride-and-grooms-to-be some ideas for a wedding that falls somewhere in the middle of eloping to $50,000+ wedding spectrum. I know early on in our own wedding planning it felt very black and white: you fly to Vegas or go for the whole shebang. The fun and excitement of the wedding planning came when we finally decided on what we wanted, realized there was an alternative, and then started building the narrative. And, actually, our wedding tale continues: we’ve had follow-up celebrations with my family in Indiana (to coincide with an art fair, naturally) and are soon leaving for Virginia to celebrate with Dolan’s family (and possibly explore some abandoned houses for new collage materials). It’s been a blast and we’re so thankful for the wonderful day we shared together.
 
To everyone with weddings on the horizon, I say create your own story and you won’t regret a moment. And I must add a little shout-out to my younger sister, Caley Walsh (editor of Fave Crafts), and her fiancé, Dave Concannon, on their recent engagement. I can hardly wait for her homemade wedding day cupcakes.

 Congrats Ali and Dolan and thanks for sharing your beautiful handmade wedding! Their lovely photos are by Laura Meyer Photography and you can see more on Flickr.

Handmade Weddings | Shop Local: Chicago | Weddings Category

Cowgirl with Pistols / Vaquera Sudoeste (Red) Print by Dolan Geiman
Cowgirl with Pistols / Vaquera Sudoeste (Red) Print by Dolan Geiman
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Vaquero Indigo Cowboy Art Print
Vaquero Indigo Cowboy Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Charro
Charro
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Mother Nature with Lynx Art Print
Mother Nature with Lynx Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Vaquera Sudoeste (Armadillo) Art print
Vaquera Sudoeste (Armadillo) Art print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Greenback Cutthroat Trout Art Print
Greenback Cutthroat Trout Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Animals of North America: Bison Art Print
Animals of North America: Bison Art Print
dolangeiman
$69.00 USD
Quail & Cactus Southwest Landscape Art Print
Quail & Cactus Southwest Landscape Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Mary of the Fields Print
Mary of the Fields Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Southwestern Cactus with Javelina Art Print
Southwestern Cactus with Javelina Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Cowgirl with Parrot Dress Art Print
Cowgirl with Parrot Dress Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Bear with Sumac Art Print
Bear with Sumac Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Humming Bird with Cactus Art Print
Humming Bird with Cactus Art Print
dolangeiman
$149.00 USD
American Heritage (Chief) Print on Paper
American Heritage (Chief) Print on Paper
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Poet of the Plains Art Print
Poet of the Plains Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Armadillo with Cactus Art Print
Armadillo with Cactus Art Print
dolangeiman
$149.00 USD
Tent Camping in the Mountains Art Print
Tent Camping in the Mountains Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Texas Longhorn Print for Modern Farmhouse
Texas Longhorn Print for Modern Farmhouse
dolangeiman
$69.00 USD
Oh Malta Birds in Tree Art Print
Oh Malta Birds in Tree Art Print
dolangeiman
$99.00 USD
Rose and Thorn Día de los Muertos Cowgirl Print
Rose and Thorn Día de los Muertos Cowgirl Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Our Lady of Guadalupe Art Print
Our Lady of Guadalupe Art Print
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Señorita (Flores) Cowgirl with Sugar Skull Art Print
Señorita (Flores) Cowgirl with Sugar Skull Art Print
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$129.00 USD
Burro Donkey in Cactus Patch Paper Print
Burro Donkey in Cactus Patch Paper Print
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$129.00 USD
In the Cattails Horizontal Bird Art Print in Neutrals
In the Cattails Horizontal Bird Art Print in Neutrals
dolangeiman
$129.00 USD
Lot of 1930's Vintage Game Pieces, Wood Discs, Circles, Numbers, etc. for Creative Use 80 Pc
Lot of 1930's Vintage Game Pieces, Wood Discs, Circles, Numbers, etc. for Creative Use 80 Pc
Sold
Vegan 10 Jars You Choose the Colors Mineral Makeup Kit
Vegan 10 Jars You Choose the Colors Mineral Makeup Kit
Sold
The Clara - enchanting woodland brooch - SALE
The Clara - enchanting woodland brooch - SALE
Sold
Western Wedding Poster, Guest Book Alternative
Western Wedding Poster, Guest Book Alternative
Sold
Coin Ring, New Guinea, 1935 One Shilling, Sterling Silver, size 7 1\/2
Coin Ring, New Guinea, 1935 One Shilling, Sterling Silver, size 7 1\/2
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Vintage / Antique Plastic Button Lot of Unique Ones
Vintage / Antique Plastic Button Lot of Unique Ones
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222 comments

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 8 years ago

    I love the bouquet!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 8 years ago

    Yess a bride on boots. I love this. The buttons in her hair. It's great.

  • okaySK

    okaySK said 8 years ago

    the buttons in the hair is beautiful and so unique...

  • Morado

    Morado said 8 years ago

    Buttons in the hair is such a cute idea!

  • LIDOSkincare

    LIDOSkincare said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the photography and all the cute details ie. buttons on the cake!

  • LittleWeeShop

    LittleWeeShop said 8 years ago

    I Love the Boots! I wore my favourite rubber boots to my wedding reception. My Rustic Tree Ring Bearer Pillows are perfect for a western theme too... ... Check 'em out Partner!

  • vadjutka

    vadjutka said 8 years ago

    how cool idea with the buttons! they look fab!

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio said 8 years ago

    What a fun looking wedding! Congrats!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    The buttons sewn into your hair are brilliant! A beautiful couple. Congratulations.

  • HeatherBuchanan

    HeatherBuchanan said 8 years ago

    Oh what a splendid looking wedding! Such perfect and pretty attention to detail. Their shop is very lovely, too!

  • LIDOSkincare

    LIDOSkincare said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    wonderfully quirky wedding!

  • GuineveresCloset

    GuineveresCloset said 8 years ago

    This is beautiful! Congrats to a beautiful couple :)

  • VintageBeach

    VintageBeach said 8 years ago

    Cool wedding!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 8 years ago

    Love love love Dolan and Ali's monthly newsletter. So nice to see these wedding pics too. Congratulations, you two!

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 8 years ago

    Lovely, but casual. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • deepindigo

    deepindigo said 8 years ago

    So gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • dolangeiman

    dolangeiman said 8 years ago

    Thanks everyone! It's a delight to share our wedding with everyone. One more tip we have to plug. Our friend just launched her Etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/Previously. Check out her amazing, 1920s reproduction garters (authentic both in construction and with period-appropriate embellishments).

  • Chuletindesigns

    Chuletindesigns said 8 years ago

    beautiful wedding! Thank you for sharing!

  • MaggieGlynn

    MaggieGlynn said 8 years ago

    Fabulous wedding done exactly right - it's so personal! I wish you all the best Maggie

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 8 years ago

    How absolutely adorable :) And of course I love the buttons!!!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Ali and Dolan! Lovely wedding pictures - I can see your joy. Thanks for sharing the tips -- it really doesn't have to be a huge thing to be beautiful and meaningful. Love the photos!

  • seragun

    seragun said 8 years ago

    Congratulations

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 8 years ago

    Congratulations to you both!! Gorgeous wedding!!

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 8 years ago

    such lovely touches to a beautiful wedding! Thank you for sharing...

  • ShopWithCompassion

    ShopWithCompassion said 8 years ago

    So cute! I love these ideas! The button theme is adorable!

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 8 years ago

    pretty interesting. what does one do with empty shell casings? was this a shotgun wedding? :)

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    wow - love the colorful buttons in the hair! Great idea! Simply just a cute wedding with creative ideas!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Such a great story...I especially love the buttons in your hair & on the cake.......thank u 4 sharing u'r story!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    looks like a fun wedding. beautiful bouquet, cute dress and Dolan's ring is very unique.

  • MyMEMENTO

    MyMEMENTO said 8 years ago

    looks amazing and so unique :))

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 8 years ago

    So adorable! Love the buttons! Thanks for sharing!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 8 years ago

    Such a unique idea! buttons theme for wedding!

  • ShannaMicheleDesigns

    ShannaMicheleDesigns said 8 years ago

    What a thoughtful, personal yet romantic wedding. Love this article, thanks so much for sharing and congrats!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 8 years ago

    What an adorable looking wedding, it's so refreshing to see a little colour at a wedding for once! It reminds me of when the huzbin & I got married. We were in the process of moving from the UK, and decided to make a detour in Cypress to get hitched! It was just the two of us and the lady from city hall... such a relaxing way to get married, plus we were already there for the honeymoon. Congratulations to you both! <3 Andrea

  • SCRAPdannymansmith

    SCRAPdannymansmith said 8 years ago

    you guys look beautiful.....all the happiest wishes for you both !

  • VirginiaGeigerJewels

    VirginiaGeigerJewels said 8 years ago

    I am obsessed with old buttons these days! I need to incorporate them into my hair accessory designs! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    what an adorable couple! ps. the buttons in the hair are the perfect touch!

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 8 years ago

    All the best to both of you! Beautiful & colorful & fun fun flowers. : )

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 8 years ago

    super cutie

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 8 years ago

    Love this wedding, fantastic!!!!

  • KingDogVintage

    KingDogVintage said 8 years ago

    Like everyone else I'm in love with the button up do. (And I was thrilled to see my vintage frye boots in the related items! zuh?)

  • KingDogVintage

    KingDogVintage said 8 years ago

    Definitely in love with the button up do. (And hey, my vintage frye boots in related items! sweet!)

  • TintedVintage

    TintedVintage said 8 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 8 years ago

    very unique -love it!

  • victoriousyouth

    victoriousyouth said 8 years ago

    awesome, thanks, i'm going to a summer wedding and have no idea how to dress. great inspiration!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 8 years ago

    Handmade weddings are so much fun.

  • bnazar

    bnazar said 8 years ago

    Love the hair detail!! And the cake too ;)

  • honeyblossomstudio

    honeyblossomstudio said 8 years ago

    Love the wedding boots!

  • soberwear

    soberwear said 8 years ago

    as a wedding minister, I tell the couples: IT'S YOUR DAY AND YOUCAN HAVE IT JUST YOUR WAY! I LOVE your sense of style and freedom!

  • RememberMoe

    RememberMoe said 8 years ago

    Loved the details, including the boots, the buttons, and the bouquet! All the best!

  • PetalPetal

    PetalPetal said 8 years ago

    What a sweet, lovely wedding!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 8 years ago

    Love the button hair accessories!!

  • blackbirdcreative

    blackbirdcreative said 8 years ago

    Love the simplicity and elegance! Who knew? Wishing you the best on your marriage!

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your wedding! Buttons in your hair looks so cool! And your cowboy's boots are so sexy! :)

  • Floralina

    Floralina said 8 years ago

    So true to create your own story for your wedding. Make your own rules.

  • Vanittas

    Vanittas said 8 years ago

    So sweet! Her hair was great! :)

  • PierogiPicnic

    PierogiPicnic said 8 years ago

    Congrats you two! Couldn't be happier for you. <3

  • thecardboxdesigns

    thecardboxdesigns said 8 years ago

    Love it all! So inspiring!

  • Melmems

    Melmems said 8 years ago

    I love the short dress and cowboy boots look! Was the dress an Etsy find as well? Congrats on your marriage!

  • anthologyorganic

    anthologyorganic said 8 years ago

    awesome photography!

  • bluskies312

    bluskies312 said 8 years ago

    I love the buttons in hair idea!

  • VintageScriptPress

    VintageScriptPress said 8 years ago

    Great photography congratulations to you both!! Love it!!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 8 years ago

    Interesting!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 8 years ago

    beautiful!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    Awww....romance Etsy style! Congrats to the newlyweds!

  • CherylHowes

    CherylHowes said 8 years ago

    just you two....wonderful

  • UnaOdd

    UnaOdd said 8 years ago

    Gorgeously handsome and uniquely stylish couple. Fabulous photography.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 8 years ago

    so fun to see my new friends featured here...who knew! great article and they are just as colorful in person!!!

  • PearandPeacock

    PearandPeacock said 8 years ago

    So lovely!

  • designgirl19

    designgirl19 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, best of luck to you both...

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    MomsantiquesNthings said 8 years ago

    very sweet!!!

  • ApricotStreet

    ApricotStreet said 8 years ago

    inspiring, but not a fan of the style

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    The photography is incredible, great love story too thanks for sharing with all of us, the cowboy boots rock. Congrats on your wedding you make a great couple & team together.

  • ReclaimedObjects

    ReclaimedObjects said 8 years ago

    What a lovely romantic story!one that will be told for many years to come by your loved ones! Thanks for inviting us to join in your happy event!Since I'm a Texan I have got to say I simply loooove your boots!!!!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 8 years ago

    Dolan and Ali I am so excited for you guys! Being married rocks, and I still wish I had an Ali for my business.

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 8 years ago

    Lovely. Beautiful bouquet!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 8 years ago

    That looks like it was a lot of fun!Jennifer:)

  • tinahdee

    tinahdee said 8 years ago

    Crazy unique. Loved it!

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden said 8 years ago

    so romantic and beautiful! Congratulations :o)

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoopork said 8 years ago

    yay for chicago! and love! and weddings.. and finding someone to share your life with!! your wedding looks simply beautiful congrats :) *clinks a little glass* ...now kiss! hehe

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 8 years ago

    I love that you both supported Etsy artisans for your wedding. And your photos are fantastic! Congratulations and best wishes for a long lived union!!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding on the perfect scale - and the boots, those boots, gorgeous! Many congratulations with best of wishes.

  • Vidalbuttons

    Vidalbuttons said 8 years ago

    Love the pics! great boots!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 8 years ago

    romantic textural sensual everything we need to get married.....again!!! I wish I could just celebrate every year!!!!

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 8 years ago

    Hmmm, buttons and boots...Love them! ...maybe my next cake topper sculptures?

  • graycat26

    graycat26 said 8 years ago

    I loved reading this, thank you so much for sharing about your special day and how you made it more special with so many handmade touches. Congratulations!

  • PinkMoustache

    PinkMoustache said 8 years ago

    So sweet! Congratulations!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 8 years ago

    Best wishes for a wonderful life together!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    How perfectly intimate. The Conservatory is a beautiful place. A great start to happily ever after. Congratulations.

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! You two are so special!

  • ClassicWhimsyDesigns

    ClassicWhimsyDesigns said 8 years ago

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story! Congrats!

  • risamay

    risamay said 8 years ago

    Beautiful photos. Beautiful wedding. Beautiful couple. Beautiful story. Beautiful all around! Congratulations.

  • eliwill

    eliwill said 8 years ago

    adorable. great style.

  • GingersGirl

    GingersGirl said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!! Here is to a long and happy marriage!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 8 years ago

    oh wow! What a beautiful couple - love everything about their wedding -- and the buttons in her hair?! The boots?! Perfection!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 8 years ago

    i love the buttons in your hair with the matching cake! adorable!

  • percyhandmade

    percyhandmade said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous story! Love the buttons in the hair!

  • LizzieLuna

    LizzieLuna said 8 years ago

    I wish more people would simplify!!! ~ and...yeah Chicago :)

  • dweismei

    dweismei said 8 years ago

    congratulations! wonderful pictures, great ideas! i love the buttons in your hair! you two look so happy!

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 8 years ago

    Yes, that is really great with the buttons!

  • sassyfancy

    sassyfancy said 8 years ago

    Love this! Everything was beautiful!

  • CuteBabyDecor

    CuteBabyDecor said 8 years ago

    AWWWW WHAT A SWEEET STORY!!!

  • CuteBabyDecor

    CuteBabyDecor said 8 years ago

    AWWW WHAT A SWEET STORY!!! LOVE IT!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Beautiful wedding, I love the photos thanks for sharing it with us : )

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 8 years ago

    Omg this is AMAZING! I'm totally inspired I hope when marry my other half our wedding is just as wonderful!

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns said 8 years ago

    so charming!!!! loved the boots ;-)

  • miriadmoni

    miriadmoni said 8 years ago

    Wonderful!!! That's how I got married too....and I recomend it to everyone! Your art is awesome!

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 8 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • StarAniseRecipes

    StarAniseRecipes said 8 years ago

    this is so amazing! congratulations!

  • f2images

    f2images said 8 years ago

    Congrats to you both! Thank you for sharing your story. All of the details just make me smile!! Seriously, can't wait to show my hubby all of your pics...he will appreciate the southern charm!

  • areyoutakingmeout

    areyoutakingmeout said 8 years ago

    Wow this is certainly the way to go, weddings should be colourful! It's fun, quirky and colourful. This is the perfect inspiration for my wedding =). Thanks for sharing it x

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Go Girl! Nothin' better than wedding day lovins! Props to you for keepin' it original and real. May you two continue to have a lovely life together. Thanks for some great ideas! CHEERS!

  • angeladfischer

    angeladfischer said 8 years ago

    I can't tell you how much I adore EVERYTHING about your wedding! Such a lovely way to celebrate love!! Congratulations!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great article! Congratulations!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 8 years ago

    such a lovely creation!! I love it so much! Thank you for sharing this to us!

  • twigsandheather

    twigsandheather said 8 years ago

    Looking good!! Congrats

  • poppycottage

    poppycottage said 8 years ago

    lOVE their style!!!!

  • pinkphile

    pinkphile said 8 years ago

    wonderfull!!!!!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 8 years ago

    So sweet, so simple....simply beautiful! Best Wishes!

  • mosey

    mosey said 8 years ago

    oh my! i am IN LOVE with this wedding! the buttons sewn into your hair! the cake, rings, boots, belts!!!! congrats you happy people!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 8 years ago

    Absolutely adore this wedding style! You go Southerners!

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 8 years ago

    I think that is the sweetest couple I have ever seen in my life.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    A very beautiful bride!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 8 years ago

    Ali, I loved your article. My hubby and I eloped at sunset in the Arkansas mountains. We'll be married for 11 years...and no regrets...at all! We had two receptions in different states, too :) Love your pictures, your little wedding, and best wishes to you!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 8 years ago

    p.s. the sewing buttons in your hair...brilliant!

  • ForeverGlassFlowers

    ForeverGlassFlowers said 8 years ago

    So Creative and Fun! Love It!!

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 8 years ago

    Love the buttons in the hair!!!! Soooo fun!

  • Middleburg

    Middleburg said 8 years ago

    This was so lovely to read and for you to share... makes me want to cry... love weddings... congrats to you both!

  • farandtwee

    farandtwee said 8 years ago

    Just saw you at the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago this past weekend! Love your Art!

  • MireilleLagow

    MireilleLagow said 8 years ago

    So sweet! Congratulations!

  • kellyjsimpson

    kellyjsimpson said 8 years ago

    Wow! What an great blog. I REALLY want to start planning my wedding now! LOL. Guess I better wait for him to ask first though.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding. I love all of the great original ideas. :)

  • RichardandMelissa

    RichardandMelissa said 8 years ago

    Love weddings! Happy time!! Beautiful items and story! Love that southern style! Great! Thanks for sharing!!

  • SpiritMama

    SpiritMama said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • sarahryanstudio

    sarahryanstudio said 8 years ago

    Super stylish and creative. Nicely done!

  • sophiemomo

    sophiemomo said 8 years ago

    What fun! Great ideas!:)

  • CarolinaCottage

    CarolinaCottage said 8 years ago

    Love this! Ditto on the buttons in her hair.

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor said 8 years ago

    truly a refreshing approach to a big day. just wonderful!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 8 years ago

    Such a great story and adorably unique style. Very cute couple! Congratulations!

  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns said 8 years ago

    Such a cute couple! Love the wedding theme, the hair and the flowers!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 8 years ago

    What a fabulous wedding!! Great ideas - fun couple!! Congrats!!

  • HeatherBays

    HeatherBays said 8 years ago

    Ahhhh, that IS a cute wedding!!

  • AerieMountain

    AerieMountain said 8 years ago

    What a fun idea! I love the buttons in the hair!

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your wedding! I love the theme and the colors!

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I'm so happy to see that weddings that exude individuality and creativity are back- after all, wedddings are more than just a fancy party event. The bouquet says it all!

  • itsastitch

    itsastitch said 8 years ago

    Ummmm cutest wedding ever! I love when brides break from the norm :)

  • KristenVonHohen

    KristenVonHohen said 8 years ago

    Lovey. and Congratulations!!

  • NaiyaArtBoutique

    NaiyaArtBoutique said 8 years ago

    really super cute

  • xoxsmiley

    xoxsmiley said 8 years ago

    Congratulations to the beautiful bride and groom! What a charming ceremony you had. :]

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous! I'd steal all of your ideas, but I'm already married and he's a keeper! Best of luck to you both!

  • Tarapparel

    Tarapparel said 8 years ago

    Love love love the buttons in her hair!

  • sparklingtwi

    sparklingtwi said 8 years ago

    Such a neat idea. Too quirky of an idea for my wedding but very pretty :)

  • pitterpatters

    pitterpatters said 8 years ago

    love all the ideas. Since I make hair accessories of course I LOVE the button idea! Your wedding has so many personal touches makes it looks like you took alot of planning and care, makes a wedding so much more personal and enjoyable!

  • blouse

    blouse said 8 years ago

    i hope my wedding is this amazing! those buttons in her hair! those boots! ***sigh****

  • LoveOwlEyes

    LoveOwlEyes said 8 years ago

    Goodness. I'm obsessed with this. Love the flowers most!

  • JewelBoxTreasures

    JewelBoxTreasures said 8 years ago

    Love the non-traditional browns, boots & buttons & leather! Love the tradition of your Grandma's ring!

  • JewelBoxTreasures

    JewelBoxTreasures said 8 years ago

    I absolutely SALUTE you both in your choice of mixing primary colors with brown boots & belt! Bless you in your marriage & life!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 8 years ago

    Congratulation! All the unique touches contributed to a special and beautiful day. I've been to many an overpriced cardboard-cutout wedding, so the Handmade Wedding series is inspiring.

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 8 years ago

    oh her hair piece is adorable!!

  • StopTheClock

    StopTheClock said 8 years ago

    Looks perfect! Congrats!

  • ArletteMichelle

    ArletteMichelle said 8 years ago

    Unique Wedding..Love it..

  • gretchensgifts

    gretchensgifts said 8 years ago

    I wish Etsy was around when I got married....what a great selection of bridesmaids gifts.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    Love those wedding bands! What a fun wedding!

  • JustBakin

    JustBakin said 8 years ago

    Buttons in the hair is AWESOME!!!!!!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 8 years ago

    Lovely wedding and the buttons are cute like the cake :)

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    neat story, so well told. I love Dolan Geiman's art too

  • sillyturnip

    sillyturnip said 8 years ago

    What a fun and creative couple you make! Such beautiful ideas. Best Wishes to you both! Thank you for sharing this with etsy.

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 8 years ago

    What a fantastic use of both of your creative energies and talents to make a personal wedding. Love all the primary colors and the button theme! Gee, won't you too just have some creative genius child some day?!!

  • MarthaMae34

    MarthaMae34 said 8 years ago

    These pictures are beautiful, amazing details! So appropriately artistic!

  • athomewithhenry

    athomewithhenry said 8 years ago

    FANTASTIC!!! as someone who has never had the white dress fantasy and who (quite frankly) thinks the thought of a big wedding is mortifying, i love to see this. while aesthetically this ceremony is, of course, magnificent, what strikes me most is that it is (in my opinion) focused on EXACTLY what a marriage ceremony should be: the two people getting married! what a wonderful celebration of each other for each other and no one else. bravo! and many years of happiness ahead. xo

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 8 years ago

    How much fun was that?!!!! smiles...

  • HindLand

    HindLand said 8 years ago

    Oh I'm in love with EVERYTHING!!

  • AustinJames

    AustinJames said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautifully unique!

  • evamer11

    evamer11 said 8 years ago

    i love how you didnt have an engagement ring, but rather a necklace, its so unique and everything was so beautiful. i love to see weddings that are different and unique, but sometimes they get wierd, and this one was so cool! good luck to you both!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Congratulations you make such a beautiful couple and you did your way and that's very special. Lots of Blessings.

  • crybabycrafts

    crybabycrafts said 8 years ago

    Really cute :)

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio said 8 years ago

    I am LOVING the punches of primary colors - what an eye-catching and memorable way to personalize your wedding accessories! Way cool!

  • cocokato

    cocokato said 8 years ago

    congratulations!! very cute wedding, Love the flower arrangement and color coordinate!!!

  • studio35

    studio35 said 8 years ago

    beautiful wedding!

  • Alexisasha

    Alexisasha said 8 years ago

    C*O*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S! A beautiful, dreamy, original, natural, wispy wedding~ Have a wonderful life, 'cause it is! ~A

  • Alexisasha

    Alexisasha said 8 years ago

    A wonderful, magical, wispy, natural, creative wedding~ C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S !! It's a wonderful life, it truely is~ Blessings ~A

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 8 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • PrettyMuchArt

    PrettyMuchArt said 8 years ago

    How wonderful! Congrats!

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article... refreshing!

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 8 years ago

    wonderful shoot & article...i find this more appealing and just down-right-more-authentic than an ordinary traditional wedding.

  • farandtwee

    farandtwee said 8 years ago

    oh yea! and May 7th is my BDAY!! Congrats!!! - love a Chicagoan and a fan!

  • H2OCouture

    H2OCouture said 8 years ago

    Beautiful and Unique! Love the photos!

  • Gemjen

    Gemjen said 8 years ago

    So cute!!! I love handmade weddings!

  • greengirlieusa

    greengirlieusa said 8 years ago

    I absolutely love it!!!

  • feesk

    feesk said 8 years ago

    Unique and adorable wedding- Love the bouquet of buttons in her hair!

  • encountre

    encountre said 8 years ago

    Loving it!!!

  • ktolve

    ktolve said 8 years ago

    love the buttons in that hair, ive been making some button accessories that will fit right in with that!

  • dzmajik

    dzmajik said 8 years ago

    This made me want to have my very own handmade wedding! Brilliant ideas, loving the buttons! Right on!

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 8 years ago

    I love everything! what a marriage! And I thought that my marriage was modern!

  • myfavoriteplum

    myfavoriteplum said 8 years ago

    sweetness xo

  • LivWild

    LivWild said 8 years ago

    So cute!

  • bebeandalice

    bebeandalice said 8 years ago

    congrats to Ali and Dolan! super great couple..all the best to them and their future!

  • kgcdesigns

    kgcdesigns said 8 years ago

    The buttons are great...Love the boots also congrats much love!!

  • yorkiema123

    yorkiema123 said 8 years ago

    I love the bright colors! Congradulations. The Flowers went so well with your wedding plan!

  • weddingheaven

    weddingheaven said 8 years ago

    Handmade weddings are so much fun. I love this~~

  • CroSheaCreations

    CroSheaCreations said 8 years ago

    What a fantastic and creative wedding!

  • Snazziedrawers

    Snazziedrawers said 8 years ago

    The boots are fabulous! I feel like I want a redo for my wedding!

  • reflectionsjewelry

    reflectionsjewelry said 8 years ago

    Your hair looked great....and, of course, as everyone else says, the buttons are adorable :)

  • mark13148

    mark13148 said 8 years ago

    Nice items!

  • KDjewelry1

    KDjewelry1 said 8 years ago

    Love the boots!!

  • foxconscious

    foxconscious said 8 years ago

    The cowboy boots are genius! I think the best weddings are when you really make it your own.

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! The boots are fantastic!

  • justanns

    justanns said 8 years ago

    Cute! Boots and buttons, I like !!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 8 years ago

    Very unique and creative!!! Just love to see something different and not another cookie cutter wedding. Congradulations! Many Happy years together!!!!

  • stephanielevy

    stephanielevy said 8 years ago

    yay! I love Ali and Dolan! An amazing creative team and I wish them allllll the best :)

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 8 years ago

    the buttons look great, very nice idea, I love her pictures!! ;)

  • gatheredcomforts

    gatheredcomforts said 8 years ago

    Love the vintage wedding look, wishing you both the best!!!

  • kittykelly

    kittykelly said 8 years ago

    One of the coolest weddings ever, I suspect. :)

  • cherrylippedroses

    cherrylippedroses said 8 years ago

    ...good grief...that is one of the most precious well thought out ceremonies I have ever seen...AND...honest...personable...sweet...didn't cost ten thousand dollars...AND...these youngsters will VERY likely make it to their GOLDEN 50....;)))CLR...wish I could see that!

  • aquacitrine

    aquacitrine said 8 years ago

    that button hairpiece is amazing! lovely photos! :)

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 8 years ago

    many a bride from Montana can be found wearing cowboy boots and getting married on the side of a mountain...

  • simplychiclily

    simplychiclily said 8 years ago

    These are cute ideas! Love the pics.

  • tiffanisaxtondesigns

    tiffanisaxtondesigns said 8 years ago

    Seriously fun wedding! I can gaurantee that there is not one guest who didn't have a fantastic time!! Your style and photographs are amazing!

  • CassiopiasCreations

    CassiopiasCreations said 8 years ago

    I love the simplicity of the wedding clothes, the bright, dominant colors of the buttons & flowers! It gives it just the right pop of uniqueness!!

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