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Handmade Weddings: With a Little Help From Their Friends

Sep 22, 2010

by Angie Johnson

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Angie and Tyson live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with their two dogs Spidey (a Chow-Lab mix) and Mary (a Boston Terrier). Together they run a local business, Headquarters Galerie + Boutique. Angie, also known as Norwegian Wood, runs an Etsy shop where she sells clothing and accessories. Tyson sells his original artwork and prints through his own Etsy shop. Angie is addicted to fashion blogs, while Tyson prefers blogs of the pulp horror persuasion. Despite their diverging taste in Internet content, they share one major thing in common — each other.

When Tyson and I got engaged in 2008, the first thing we decided was that we wanted to invite as many friends and family members as possible. Sharing such a special moment with the people we love was of the utmost importance. Since both of us have large families and many friends — most of whom live in or around Montreal — we decided that an informal country style wedding would be the most cost efficient way to deal with an extensive guest list. As Tyson and I are self-employed, our wedding budget was very modest. We knew right off the bat that we would have to get creative. But really, would we want it any other way?

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The first thing we decided on was the location. My parents live just outside of a very small town in rural Manitoba (population: 300). They have a large yard, so we knew this was the perfect solution. From there we thought about what was truly necessary for people to have a great time. We came up with three essentials: food, drink and shelter.

Food and drink were easy enough. We decided that a giant tent was the best way to keep everyone warm and dry, in case of bad weather. We spent the majority of our budget on those three main points, giving us the opportunity to be creative with everything else. We wanted this day to be a true reflection of us as a couple. Time and time again we felt pressure to do things a certain way. In the end, the question we asked ourselves was, “Are we doing this because we want to, or because we think we should?” By keeping this question in our minds while making decisions, we were able to stay focused on creating the wedding we truly wanted.

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The bright colours of the wedding are an homage to Tyson’s colourful art, as well as a practical solution to the problem of finding affordable seating for so many people. The orange, yellow, and turquoise chairs belong to the town where our wedding took place. Growing up, I spent several nights arranging and stacking those very same chairs at town events in our local hall.

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We took the DIY approach to almost everything. We created our own table arrangements using mason jars filled with flowers from my mom’s garden and greenery cut from the ditches along my parents’ yard. We even snuck in some canola from my grandpa’s field — sorry, Gramps! With the help of my bridesmaids, I did my own makeup, hair, and nails. The cake was made by my sister, and the cupcakes and macaroons were the creation of my bridesmaids, Yana and Elaine. Prior to the wedding, I held a few crafting parties with my bridesmaids. Together we created the decorations, as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses which we cut from a vintage Butterick sewing pattern.

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My dress was a vintage find at a used clothing wholesaler that sells clothing by weight. Thankfully, tulle is quite light so my dress ended up costing around $5! I accessorized with a vintage belt and jewelry, as well as a headpiece I made myself. One of my favorite details were the laser cut wooden medals made for the entire wedding party. This was a collaboration between myself and Mike & Judy of Miji. I was so happy with how they came out — just as I imagined them! After many requests, we’re now offering versions of them in both of our shops! 

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[Metal tins from Tucked Away Treasures, Sellohollicmom, and MagiaMiaForget Me Not Ring by curlygirlglassCustom Made Wedding Book by BROUNDOOR]


Yes, we are indeed a crafty bunch. However, for quite a few items we went straight to Etsy to get what we needed: the cake topper, our rings, vintage quilts, metal tins, and even my corset

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The ceremony was short and sweet. Our large bridal party filed down the aisle playing “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” on kazoos — yes, kazoos. Tyson’s brother officiated and his little sister was the ring bearer. Our parents and elderly relatives sat on chairs, while the rest of our guests either stood or spread out vintage quilts and took a seat on the grass. After the ceremony, the guests mingled around my parents’ yard, and then filtered into the tent for dinner, speeches and dancing.

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In lieu of hiring a band or DJ for the event, we created playlists on our iPod titled, “Dinner/mingling,” “First Dances,” and “Dance/party.” We received many compliments on the music, and felt happy to hear all of our favorite songs throughout the day. This method also made for some serendipitous moments, such as when the entire wedding party approached the buffet to start the meal and “Crimson and Clover” cued up just as everyone began walking. Pretty epic song to start a meal!

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Because I am a designer, photography is very important to me. I felt it was crucial that we hire photographers who truly understood our style and the look we wanted to achieve. I was so happy when I found Jake and Jess of KampPhotography. They were exactly what I was looking for. After all, if you’re going to invest so much effort in planning a magical day, shouldn’t it be documented perfectly?

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Handmade Weddings | Weddings Category

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286 comments

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 7 years ago

    The food and seating look wonderful!

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 7 years ago

    Wow! I love the bright colors! Congrats to you both!

  • denizgunes

    denizgunes said 7 years ago

    GooD Job!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    This is fantastic! I absolutely adore your colors! And I love how you got your guests involved! Brilliant! It goes without saying that the photography is breathtaking as well! ~Wren ZenAndCoffee.etsy.com Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! ~~ Custom Orders Welcome ~~ <3

  • Pinkpjs

    Pinkpjs said 7 years ago

    This is exactly what weddings should be about - the people & the love!

  • TheVintageRecycler

    TheVintageRecycler said 7 years ago

    Best wishes to you both. What a lovely dress and a wonderful price! To have such friends and family around you is indeed a blessing!

  • theclassicbaby

    theclassicbaby said 7 years ago

    Such a pretty wedding. You will lots of memories!

  • LittleRedCottage

    LittleRedCottage said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous....I love the photo op spot..with the banners and pinwheels...I have a friend who has a daughter getting married in a few weeks, will send her a link pronto!

  • skrocki

    skrocki said 7 years ago

    very pretty

  • stellaranae

    stellaranae said 7 years ago

    LOVE IT ALL!!!!!!!

  • HeartFeltByNina

    HeartFeltByNina said 7 years ago

    Thank you for your beautifully detailed contribution. Very inspiring. We are planning our own garden wedding now, hope it is as beautiful as yours!

  • ADGCORNERSHOP

    ADGCORNERSHOP said 7 years ago

    So Funny! Congrats:)

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    Im speachless...totally adorable, and I can't BELIEVE you only spent $5 on your dress! Every bride who goes on "say yes to the dress" should look at this amazing post and then re-think what's REALLY important about their wedding :)

  • AvaBlue

    AvaBlue said 7 years ago

    what a beautiful wedding you've created, really well done! and your photos are stunning.. congrats!!!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 7 years ago

    Everything was beautiful, how creative you are, HOPE YOU MANY LIFETIMES OF HAPPINESS. www.jusadreamin.etsy.com

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints said 7 years ago

    Beautiful!! I also love the idea of making playlists on an iPod to provide background music for the day (who needs a DJ?). I have also seen your shop name around Etsy and Norwegian Wood is a favorite between my boyfriend and I - We became close our freshman year in college because he often-times sat on my rug, biding my time, while I did homework in my dorm room ... We've been together for nearly 5 years now :) Congrats!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    I cannot believe how beautiful this is! I am in love with the $5 wedding dress and how gorgeous bride looks. Congrats :)

  • rebeccalouiseleis

    rebeccalouiseleis said 7 years ago

    Your dress was unbelievable! so beautiful!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 7 years ago

    How beautiful! Congrats!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    I love this wedding dress and of course stories... Congrats!

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 7 years ago

    I wish more couples were this recourceful and creative! Love the whole idea :) beautiful!

  • kellyemeraldhart

    kellyemeraldhart said 7 years ago

    I want my wedding to be as natural and easy going as this.

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor said 7 years ago

    that was really a joy to read & see. congratulations!

  • trillity

    trillity said 7 years ago

    Wow. What a lovely wedding.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    ... love these handmade wedding so much. gorgeous.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    "Are we doing this because we want to, or because we think we should?" So much money could be saved if every couple asked this question more. Beautiful. Congratulations.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 7 years ago

    A Beautiful and creative wedding! All your personal touches made it especially festive. I Love the guests seated on blankets on the lawn!

  • cookielouisepleaze

    cookielouisepleaze said 7 years ago

    It all looks so dreamy and totally makes me want to get married all over again...to the same mister of course!

  • friendlygesture

    friendlygesture said 7 years ago

    It all looks perfect and wonderful. Congrats to the couple!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Such creative planning and a lovely story...thanks for sharing the magic with us!

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof said 7 years ago

    One of my favorite weddings to date...I love following the Handmade Wedding stories. So eco-friendly and creative...warm wedding wishes to you both!!

  • perebags

    perebags said 7 years ago

    Oh I love this! Your wedding looked to so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • ballandchain

    ballandchain said 7 years ago

    wow! spectacular!

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 7 years ago

    yay i heart norwegianwood! woohoo! love love love the colours! love the seats in the tent - such a great colourpalette! wishing you both continued joy, love + creative fun together!

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 7 years ago

    I love garden weddings

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    So creative and unique! Love the entire feel of it. Oh to do it all over again now that I've found Etsy.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 7 years ago

    Great garden weddings:O)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    absolutely charming and beautiful! even the guests are picturesque!

  • nakedangel

    nakedangel said 7 years ago

    sigh....what a beautiful bride!

  • DoubleTakeDesign

    DoubleTakeDesign said 7 years ago

    Love it! So light and fresh!

  • TartanSio

    TartanSio said 7 years ago

    I think your wedding might be one of the very few I've seen that seemed to be truly personal to the people getting married, with nothing done purely for tradition or because "it's the done thing". Well done on arranging what looks like a beautiful day :)

  • BellaPuzzles

    BellaPuzzles said 7 years ago

    Wow. I adore all these colors - together - for a wedding. Well done.

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 7 years ago

    Just another world. Love it!

  • AwakenJournaling

    AwakenJournaling said 7 years ago

    So beautiful and inspiring!! I hope to have a simple "etsy" wedding next summer and this article was very inspiring to me :)

  • ashleyh065

    ashleyh065 said 7 years ago

    Your wedding was beautiful! i love that natural/vintage look. I wish you both the very best. Your wedding photos are def inspiration to me and i look forward to my future wedding day!

  • BeSomethingNew

    BeSomethingNew said 7 years ago

    so beautiful!!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    Oh my, what an intimate wedding. so many things that I love....your bridesmaids helped you make decorations and dresses, you were able to save money, BIG TIME, on your dress, your family and friends were able to help contribute something to the wedding. how romantic.

  • montshaz

    montshaz said 7 years ago

    Lovely wedding-I bought a lot of stuff for my wedding this year on Etsy as well-it would be great to have a page where brides can share wedding photos with the items they bought on Etsy in them-I would have loved to see how other brides had used Etsy items in their wedding when I was planning mine.

  • avintagebride

    avintagebride said 7 years ago

    Wow this looks like right out of early 70's late 60's I love the laid back feel and style..love the bridemaid's dresses..unique!

  • elitas

    elitas said 7 years ago

    Love it all!!!! just gorgeous! Congrats!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 7 years ago

    FABULOUS! I love, love, love reading these handmade wedding features! Every single one has been so inspiring.

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    Wow how fabulous! - Congrats to the happy couple and thanks for sharing with 'etsyville' :)

  • Maddenphotography

    Maddenphotography said 7 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  • wallflower21

    wallflower21 said 7 years ago

    i love the ipod idea. how does that work?

  • AREjewellery

    AREjewellery said 7 years ago

    It looks gorgeous! And I love the medals - cute idea!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 7 years ago

    Norwegian Wood is fabulous! How exciting to see Angie and Tyson's beautiful wedding. Love their style and the pictures - so warm and personal. Congrats you two!

  • wallpusher

    wallpusher said 7 years ago

    Love this wedding! So much of the bride and groom went into it!

  • Selloholicmom

    Selloholicmom said 7 years ago

    Love this so much, it is beautiful!!!

  • minxabroad

    minxabroad said 7 years ago

    This is a gorgeous wedding...exactly as it should be done, without pretention and yet so individual. I love the way you kept your focus, by asking yourself along the way if that is what you wanted or is it what you thought was expected. That is the perfect way to achieve a wedding that remains true to yourselves. Just goes to prove a wedding doesnt need to be a most stressful event to plan like so many I see. Best of luck to you both for a long happy life together!

  • tantancharms

    tantancharms said 7 years ago

    What a gorgeous and amazing wedding! In my opinion, this is what a wedding should be, fun, filled with family, friends, food and music. They made it extra-special with all their DIY touches...lovely!!!

  • Selloholicmom

    Selloholicmom said 7 years ago

    OH!! I just realized Angie, also known as Norwegian Wood (my light just clicked on)!! This is gorgeous and I am so proud of you, this pulled together beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing, congrats to you both, wishing you a lovely married life :O)

  • IchaPhotography

    IchaPhotography said 7 years ago

    Wonderful handmade wedding article! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • photographicamy

    photographicamy said 7 years ago

    Your heartfelt, creative, thrifty wedding and description brought happy tears to my eyes! I love to see such a genuine gathering!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 7 years ago

    these weddings are sooo beautiful, makes me want to the wilderness and do it all over again. Gorgeous

  • bklynstitch

    bklynstitch said 7 years ago

    So gorgeous! The picture with all the girls dancing is precious!

  • ElementsInCadence

    ElementsInCadence said 7 years ago

    What a unique and special wedding day! Glad to have read about it. Congratulations!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 7 years ago

    That is the most wonderful wedding! How fantastic that you did so much with so little! It was all gorgous and I'm sure a ton of fun.

  • dinachole

    dinachole said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! You both look so happy. If I ever get married, I would hope to have a wedding like yours -- very personal, low cost with an elegant touch! LOve the pic of you in the tall grass field - and those colorful community chairs! Priceless.

  • NovemberRoseAtelier

    NovemberRoseAtelier said 7 years ago

    How adorable - from beginning to end! Very creative!

  • artsgallery

    artsgallery said 7 years ago

    Awesome! ~Art

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! Luv that it isn't the carbon copy weddings of traditional mundane. Beautiful! LeafandInk.com

  • Peapodtreasures

    Peapodtreasures said 7 years ago

    this is sheer perfection. So amazing. good job, guys.

  • TrimKo

    TrimKo said 7 years ago

    Dreamy, makes me wanna get married again! te he he

  • essimar

    essimar said 7 years ago

    This is my most favorite handmade wedding blog post ever. The photos, color combinations and craft are all well composed and nothing looks cheap. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom! I love it!

  • damenandroscoe

    damenandroscoe said 7 years ago

    This is the prettiest wedding. I can't believe the dress was $5!!!

  • treasureagain

    treasureagain said 7 years ago

    I think we could be related...or at least have very similar tastes in things!! WOW, so amazing and beautiful! CONGRATS for planning your wedding to fit YOU! You did a lot of work, but it looks like it turned out wonderfully! The part that you will remember the most is having so many you love there. Great work and best wishes to you both!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautiful piece.

  • NatalieBriggs

    NatalieBriggs said 7 years ago

    I love reading about these creative weddings. Such great use of colours and hues. It looks like so much fun!

  • LeatherLazymonday

    LeatherLazymonday said 7 years ago

    oh i love this style so much visit my shop, my puppy shall be your gift http://leatherlazymonday.etsy.com

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 7 years ago

    Love the happy people, love the colorful chairs, LOVE the desserts. Looks like you had a wonderful and very memorable day!!

  • myrakim

    myrakim said 7 years ago

    <3 this wedding!

  • ourhobbytoyourhome

    ourhobbytoyourhome said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!!!! Very Beautiful.

  • GreenOwlCrafts

    GreenOwlCrafts said 7 years ago

    wow everything is so amazing, love it!

  • hyacynthe

    hyacynthe said 7 years ago

    wow, what a beautiful event. I love all the pics!

  • muddyfingers

    muddyfingers said 7 years ago

    wow! makes me want to do it all over again...love your creativity and originality, just wonderful!!! :)

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 7 years ago

    This wedding looked whimsical and fun!!! I wish I could have attended. Congrats!!!!

  • iheartnorwegianwood

    iheartnorwegianwood said 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the kind and thoughtful comments! We had such an amazing day, it was exactly how we hoped it would be. Another plus side of a $5 dress: You don't have to be stressed about ruining it all night, or during photos! It was so nice to be able to just do whatever I wanted and just NOT WORRY! :)

  • elissamay1

    elissamay1 said 7 years ago

    Loving the overall look of this wedding! The couple looks gorgeous and the decor just shines!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 7 years ago

    This is gorgeous! I want my wedding to look exactly like this... well done! :) and of course congratulations!

  • LilliansGarden

    LilliansGarden said 7 years ago

    Just darling and wonderful in every way.

  • creationsbyingrid

    creationsbyingrid said 7 years ago

    Wonderful Wedding Pictures. The setting seems sooooo peaceful and i love the Wildflowers.

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding! Best wishes to both!

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 7 years ago

    This is my dream wedding. Ugh! I love this. I am so happy for you two. This is just so lovely.

  • purposedesign

    purposedesign said 7 years ago

    Loved this wedding story! The wedding medals are amazing!

  • leighmade

    leighmade said 7 years ago

    looks like such a fun wedding!

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor said 7 years ago

    very inspiring, I got married 31 years ago today and My Mom planned the whole thing! that's the way it went back then (lol) So happy you had a lovely time. Actually we did too...I'm from Manitoba originally as well. Congratulations!

  • ReaLifeStories

    ReaLifeStories said 7 years ago

    Congrats! You can feel the love through your words!

  • sugarflowerdesign

    sugarflowerdesign said 7 years ago

    SO lovely and happy! You can absolutely feel the warmth coming off the screen from the happiness and handmade feel of it all. Best, best wishes!

  • ringbinder

    ringbinder said 7 years ago

    Wow I hope that my wedding is like this. It's so sweet. I love every thing.

  • LilliansGarden

    LilliansGarden said 7 years ago

    A wedding I would love to attend :)

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 7 years ago

    wow! this was my wedding to a T! we've often said that the title of our wedding should have been, "with a little help from our friends." we created everything with the help of friends and a lot of ingenuity and elbow grease. we even used my parents beautiful rural backyard! our friends and family also provided the food--we had an amazing pot-luck which added such a wonderful layer of meaning to the reception!

  • HomeStudio

    HomeStudio said 7 years ago

    Now that's a wedding!

  • okaySK

    okaySK said 7 years ago

    such a beautiful wedding wow.

  • rule42

    rule42 said 7 years ago

    Wow! I love that you did everything yourselves! I will be directing friends to your story when I hear whining over tight budgets :O)

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 7 years ago

    So lovely! Congrats Angie and Tyson!

  • RoseyFinch

    RoseyFinch said 7 years ago

    Amazing and so inspiring! Everything looks so lovely and perfect :) Congratulations!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 7 years ago

    Very well thought out..beautiful...and fun.

  • monniemoo

    monniemoo said 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  • ThreeShinyJs

    ThreeShinyJs said 7 years ago

    What a beautifully adorable wedding!!

  • MyNovember

    MyNovember said 7 years ago

    Soo gorgeous! Fantastic work making the wedding of your dreams on such a reasonable budget.

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans said 7 years ago

    such a lovely, thoughtful, and unique wedding.

  • nellgleason

    nellgleason said 7 years ago

    I would LOVE to got to a wedding like this. Absolutely beautiful!

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 7 years ago

    Such a lovely day that you had!! Wow what a terrific event and so special. The items that you picked and made were perfect!

  • LynLloydDesigns

    LynLloydDesigns said 7 years ago

    The beautifulness is overwhelming! Congrats!!

  • habituate

    habituate said 7 years ago

    what a gorgeous wedding! congrats!

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 7 years ago

    finally bridesmaid dresses that don't suck :D

  • Annabellesmommy333

    Annabellesmommy333 said 7 years ago

    Absolutely LOVE everything about your wedding!!! I love the vintage twist and all the details you guys did an awesome job. I am a photographer and I love the simplicity and the entire vibe so wish one day when I get married I will have a wedding as unique and genuine as you the two of yours was, Congrats!!!

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns said 7 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE thr bright colors and vintage feel of this wedding. So very unique!! Thanks for sharing!

  • vintup

    vintup said 7 years ago

    WONDERFUL WEDDING! =) Congrats!

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 7 years ago

    Love the vintage feel and how individualistic and the setting is in nature. Perfect! Congratulations!

  • PinkMoustache

    PinkMoustache said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! I am starting to plan a winter wedding for next year on a very tight budget and am looking for ideas to incorporate into our own DIY approach! Thanks for sharing!

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!! The photos are incredible! And the groomsman in the aviators is cracking me up LOL

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    I love to see these creative expressions of love... with friends and family!

  • merrydaledolls

    merrydaledolls said 7 years ago

    I love this story! So refreshing to hear of this couple's creativity. Congratulations!

  • songbirdandtwig

    songbirdandtwig said 7 years ago

    Love this wedding! It looks very intimate and meaningful.

  • maechevrette

    maechevrette said 7 years ago

    Awesome! I bet your guests enjoyed your big day just as much as the two of you :)

  • annastrunk

    annastrunk said 7 years ago

    Best wishes on your wedding! I loved reading about your special day and about your DIY approach-I have to say that the photos are gorgeous and it looks like you are all having such a great time-that is the true measure of a wedding!

  • PetalPetal

    PetalPetal said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding! Congratulations!

  • mrsevesullivan

    mrsevesullivan said 7 years ago

    Beautiful Wedding! My husband and I had kazoos too. Love your pics.

  • Chuletindesigns

    Chuletindesigns said 7 years ago

    Lovely and beautiful. Congratulations!

  • welldressedcupcakes

    welldressedcupcakes said 7 years ago

    what a great job from start to finish!

  • DanaCastle

    DanaCastle said 7 years ago

    So gorgeous! I am in awe of how lovely your wedding was. And $5 for your dress... my jaw is still on the floor!!! :)

  • happydaisy815

    happydaisy815 said 7 years ago

    i loveeee this. i want my wedding to be this awesome. i am thirteen and this is making me want to plan my wedding right now:) love love love love the Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da on kazoos!!! i love kazoos<3 i am going to start planning right nowwww! this is georgeous!

  • hkpierson

    hkpierson said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing! My husband's and my 1 year anniversary is this week. In celebration, I'm doing a series of posts on my blog reviewing our DIY wedding projects: http://www.thezenofmaking.com/ Best wishes and congrats!

  • MagicalMysteryTuca

    MagicalMysteryTuca said 7 years ago

    Perfect! Lovely and unique!!

  • OneLoveBaby

    OneLoveBaby said 7 years ago

    completely spectacular.

  • Amber33

    Amber33 said 7 years ago

    LOVE THIS IDEA! BRAVO!

  • ecmull

    ecmull said 7 years ago

    Loooooove love love love it!! The photography is amazing. The dress is beautiful! I can not believe the dress was $5!!!!! Congratulations! Very unique! I love the ipod playlist idea as well! :)

  • iheartnorwegianwood

    iheartnorwegianwood said 7 years ago

    The groomsman in the aviators is my studio mate Marc Simard, who created our wedding album! There's a link to his shop in the post, he's awesome...and so fun to share a studio with!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 7 years ago

    I love seeing pictures of my favorite shops, their weddings, slices of their lives..so cool and inspiring. I heart this piece:)

  • NaughtyNaughty

    NaughtyNaughty said 7 years ago

    Such a cute wedding! I love it!

  • tuckooandmoocow

    tuckooandmoocow said 7 years ago

    This is gorgeous! What a fabulously affordable dress, WOW!

  • Loveybyisha

    Loveybyisha said 7 years ago

    So perfect! I love how this wedding was uniquely yours! Congrats :)

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 7 years ago

    So incredibly sweet! Congrats!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Wish you all the best! Cute wed!:)

  • sarahbirdspins

    sarahbirdspins said 7 years ago

    Beautiful wedding! Congratulations!

  • trimgoddess

    trimgoddess said 7 years ago

    Beautiful wedding. So great that you shared it with us all on etsy!

  • RagnazIdnar

    RagnazIdnar said 7 years ago

    Oh! Major swoon over the brightly colored chairs. They remind me of grade school. Handmade weddings are so romantic. <3

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful environment/atmosphere you created - thanks so much for sharing!

  • ctrlp

    ctrlp said 7 years ago

    This wedding is fantastic, loving the handmade details and it's no surprise they shopped Etsy for their handmade finds! Pretty photography as well! Congratulations to the lovely couple!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding and I can't believe you got such a gorgeous dress for only $5! Congratulations to you both!

  • ArtisanSoapSpa

    ArtisanSoapSpa said 7 years ago

    absolutely and simply breath taking and beautiful. Many blessings~

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Looks just perfect ! Thanks for sharing !

  • maijas

    maijas said 7 years ago

    that bottom picture is so tight. "T and A" hell yeah bro.

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 7 years ago

    Loved all the photos!!

  • Tiah

    Tiah said 7 years ago

    This wedding is beautiful and looked like a lot of fun. Makes me want to go back and redo my wedding. ;)

  • dkalvarez

    dkalvarez said 7 years ago

    I too was married in my parents yard to save money. It was the best part of my wedding. Anytime I visit I look out and remember that day and how special I felt. Your wedding dress was gorgeous as well.

  • maldemer

    maldemer said 7 years ago

    This is the kind of wedding I would want for myself !

  • songsparrow

    songsparrow said 7 years ago

    So inspirational. Love your style!

  • YellowRoseDBS

    YellowRoseDBS said 7 years ago

    Well done! Thanks for sharing!

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the photos. The wedding looked amazing and fun!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 7 years ago

    love love love!! every detail... :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    What a magical day your wedding looks fabulous!

  • Thresholder

    Thresholder said 7 years ago

    This is just my favorite. Really makes me want to get married again. I love everything.

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous wedding - love your photos - congratulations.

  • apekshaudeshi

    apekshaudeshi said 7 years ago

    I love the Photographs, does thephotographer have an etsy shop? Lovely Wedding :)

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 7 years ago

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding.

  • apekshaudeshi

    apekshaudeshi said 7 years ago

    I love the Photographs. Does the photographer have an etsy shop? Lovely Wedding though :)

  • RegalCottage

    RegalCottage said 7 years ago

    Because you poured your heart into it, I am sure that your guests will never forget your wedding. You made a gorgeous, unforgettable statement of your love for each other. Congrats, and best wishes!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 7 years ago

    Lovely photographs! Such a charming couple!

  • chia83

    chia83 said 7 years ago

    This wedding looked so beautiful and the photographs were amazing. Really love these highlights on handmade weddings.

  • kbc10

    kbc10 said 7 years ago

    So sweet. Congratulations. I loved the bridesmaids dresses and the quilt sitting idea!!

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding ceremony... Congratulations :))

  • yardsailor43

    yardsailor43 said 7 years ago

    Love everything you did! And the photography was wonderful! Wishes for a great 50th Anniversary Party!

  • thepaisleyln

    thepaisleyln said 7 years ago

    i could just die over this wedding! how fantastic is that? Congratulations and wonderful job!

  • LunasaDesigns

    LunasaDesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful!! Love all the little details - like those great decorations hanging behind the chair and the color of those chairs... :)

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    beautiful and very creative!

  • philishastephens

    philishastephens said 7 years ago

    This was a really amazing idea. It is probably the best wedding I've viewed in a long time. To bring family and friends into the process makes it more of a social event and probably reduced a lot of stress on the bride.

  • bread

    bread said 7 years ago

    I want a peice of that cake,yum!congrats guys.

  • MeadowbelleMarket

    MeadowbelleMarket said 7 years ago

    What a cheerful & heartfelt wedding! That's what makes the day truly yours. I LOVE the colored chairs you used; even better that you stacked those very chairs as a child. The wedding party with kazoos is my favorite and most unexpected detail. 10 points for creativity!

  • KellyCreekGallery

    KellyCreekGallery said 7 years ago

    Very heart warming! This was a day I'm sure you 2 will never forget. You could see love in every photo. I was married in the early 70's and remember how wonderful things used to be with our wonderful carefree hippie days. It's nice to know there are people around who are on the same wave lengths! Absolutely beautiful!

  • sweetcookie

    sweetcookie said 7 years ago

    so pretty! and unique (could have used my save the dates! hint hint) great to see people march to the beat of their own drums!!! xo

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    A beautiful wedding I love what you did. This wedding reflects you all and you made it just what and how you wanted it to be. Congratulations!

  • hildes

    hildes said 7 years ago

    Fantastic and different wedding!

  • TheDoveAndTheLark

    TheDoveAndTheLark said 7 years ago

    What a beautifully wholesome wedding - congratulations to you both!! Wonderful ideas, beautiful dresses, accessories & yes, what a wonderful photographer to capture the moment of the beginning of your lives together as Mr & Mrs.... Thankyou for sharing x

  • TheDoveAndTheLark

    TheDoveAndTheLark said 7 years ago

    What a beautifully wholesome wedding with wonderous charm - A big congratulations to you both!! Gorgeous dresses, accessories and yes what a wonderful photographer to capture the moment of the beginning of your lives together as Mr & Mrs... Thankyou for sharing x

  • JanEleven

    JanEleven said 7 years ago

    So sweet. One of the best things is that in many wedding photos you could cover up the faces and not know who's wedding it is - yours is so personal and unique, and you will have memories that are only yours.

  • Underpinnings

    Underpinnings said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring and the photographer captured the mood perfectly! Love it!

  • STRUTHdesigns

    STRUTHdesigns said 7 years ago

    Ablsoutely stunning! What a great wedding!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Just too cool! How exciting!

  • MoonDanceTextiles

    MoonDanceTextiles said 7 years ago

    I absolutely adore your style and your wedding focus on what you wanted vs the "shoulds"...the photos are lovely and capture just the images I would want for myself should it be my day again...congratulations!

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 7 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful wedding - all your handmade touches made it look so lovely! Thanks so very much for letting us share in your special day! Best wishes for many many happy years!

  • thehotcookie

    thehotcookie said 7 years ago

    So beautiful! I love the vintage feel!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful - looks lively and colorful and I'm sure everyone had fun. Congrats to the newlyweds!

  • TheLeatherTH

    TheLeatherTH said 7 years ago

    A Beautiful and creative wedding.

  • jessicashiu

    jessicashiu said 7 years ago

    This is so beautiful and awesome. I only wish I had the same artistic skills! Angie makes for such a beautiful bride.

  • ananaifabric

    ananaifabric said 7 years ago

    I love the idea, i hope have my wedding like this, it's really nice do something with friends. Congratulations! and good luck! Hugs

  • aemorrell

    aemorrell said 7 years ago

    what a beautiful wedding! can i ask where you got the dress?

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 7 years ago

    Looks like a great time! Reminds me of when my husband and I got married in my parents' backyard. What a lucky find with your dress!

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 7 years ago

    what a lovely and unique wedding! my heart just melted.

  • dodelinedesign

    dodelinedesign said 7 years ago

    OMG I am freaking in love with this wedding. I adore the different colored chairs, the country/vintage feel - just breathtaking. Handmade weddings really are the best.

  • Spoolofplenty

    Spoolofplenty said 7 years ago

    Wow so pretty! Love the Dress!

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 7 years ago

    oh so pretty, congratulations ;o)

  • thepoetrystorepoet

    thepoetrystorepoet said 7 years ago

    beautiful, just gorgeous! and congrats! though i am still in the process of getting it up on my etsy site, for any of you etsy people looking to get hitched, or who know someone who is, the poetry store is available for hire at weddings! & for wedding poems for you & your guests! what does that mean? i'll write you and your guests poems about anything you want, on the spot, with my vintage red royal typewriter, on beautiful hand-selected paper. see the place cards/poetry frames i made for a & j's wedding & read a little about it here: http://thepoetrystore.net/events/the-poetry-store-does-weddings/ or, if you don't want to have me at your wedding, i'll make custom poetry art pieces which make a wonderful addition to every table! http://tinyurl.com/2c7d6f7

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 7 years ago

    I saw this on another blog and I'm just in love with how they did this wedding. It's just so sweet and fun!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Very nice! Congrats!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 7 years ago

    Delightful couple, wedding and story! Thank you so much for sharing... Be happy, love each other.

  • RubyMarilyn

    RubyMarilyn said 7 years ago

    What a lovely wedding!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 7 years ago

    What a lovely vintage feel and look! And a beautiful dress for $5 tops it all! Congrats to you!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    Just down right lovely!

  • frogprincessdesigns

    frogprincessdesigns said 7 years ago

    What a lovely story!

  • KeepEvolving

    KeepEvolving said 7 years ago

    Inspiring and gorgeous...

  • madiedesignstudio

    madiedesignstudio said 7 years ago

    wonderful handmade things. congrats

  • missasboutique

    missasboutique said 7 years ago

    Lovely ideas. Thanks for sharing your story. I find die deco idea especially great ! I myself am having the wedding soon so your idea encouraged me a lot!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    So romantic! Congratulations & best wishes!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 7 years ago

    So beautiful. I love the style in every last detail. How magical.

  • greenpicklesshop

    greenpicklesshop said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous wedding! It looks amazing! I'm getting married this year and we are making loads of it and buying the rest handmade from etsy! It's so much fun and hopefully it will be beautiful and unique! Thanks for sharing! Love Aimee x

  • amandarinduck

    amandarinduck said 7 years ago

    Something I am dreaming about!

  • LeapARTandVintage

    LeapARTandVintage said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! the most colorful and charming wedding ever. the guests were very lucky to experience your special day!

  • catbun

    catbun said 7 years ago

    Awwww. Wonderful! So sweet! I would definitely agree that the photographer was a professional. The shots were perfect.

  • modhuman

    modhuman said 7 years ago

    I cannot believe that your wedding dress was only $5.00!!! I need to borrow it...soon for mine j/k Very pretty wedding and the photography is excellent.

  • MiaLynnCouture

    MiaLynnCouture said 7 years ago

    What an amazing wedding! The pictures are beautiful!

  • CandaceDesigns

    CandaceDesigns said 7 years ago

    I love EVERYTHING about this wedding. It's wonderful to see such creativity on a budget. You can create a wonderful memory without mortgaging your future. Very, very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  • Annadsouza

    Annadsouza said 7 years ago

    All very beautiful, dress, decor, photography - your bridesmaids are amazing and original.

  • ladybowp

    ladybowp said 7 years ago

    This is how I've dreamt of doing it!! I love it all!!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    Such a beautiful and colorful wedding!!!! Looks like great fun and photografs so well! Congrats!

  • missdesigner2010

    missdesigner2010 said 7 years ago

    So Amazing and beautiful... you are a crafty bunch! Congrats and thank you for sharing!!!

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce said 7 years ago

    Oh my word...I love this!!! Love the colors, love the handmade bridesmaid dresses, love the DIY effects...I love it all! The pictures just look so happy. :)

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 7 years ago

    You look beautiful on your perfect day!

  • ParisPhotographer

    ParisPhotographer said 7 years ago

    I'm a wedding photographer and would of been in wonderland photographing your wedding :p

  • ozzart

    ozzart said 7 years ago

    So fun!

  • piinkdesignstudio

    piinkdesignstudio said 7 years ago

    Absolutely charming! It may take a lot more time to focus on the details, but when your big day turns out this gorgeous, you realize it was worth every second. Great job making your day one-of-a-kind! We LOVE it!

  • blissthings

    blissthings said 7 years ago

    Fabulous pics of your beautiful wedding - best wishes for your future together!

  • kiwiaddict

    kiwiaddict said 7 years ago

    this is such a great story :')

  • joseyb

    joseyb said 7 years ago

    Handmade items, be it gifts or anything for some occasion always leave a great impression. A lot of hard work and heart is involved in creating these items and they also bring in much appreciation. :)

  • EmeraldPixie

    EmeraldPixie said 7 years ago

    If my husband and I ever renew our vows, I would do love to have a handmade wedding. I did make my jewelry to match my dress for my wedding, but that's it.

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh Angie you look so lovely! What a beautiful day!

  • SparklesNCharm

    SparklesNCharm said 7 years ago

    Great ideas so beautiful!!

  • weakeningcables

    weakeningcables said 7 years ago

    this is so gorgeous, congratulations!

  • jaclynlim81

    jaclynlim81 said 7 years ago

    Hi, was wondering if i could have your wedding song list? By the way your wedding looks so serene and beautiful.

  • byvjewelry

    byvjewelry said 7 years ago

    So unique and creative! Congratulations!

  • ldh13

    ldh13 said 7 years ago

    So great! Love it!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 7 years ago

    I love the peacefulness in every detail of your wedding. I cant wait to implement some of these ideas into my own wedding. Congrats and best wishes :)

  • Searchingforbeauty

    Searchingforbeauty said 7 years ago

    Oh my god! It truly looks like the PERFECT wedding! You make me want to get married, if just to decorate for the big day ;)

  • eurekapaprika

    eurekapaprika said 7 years ago

    The most beautiful wedding in the world!

  • kerriannshop

    kerriannshop said 7 years ago

    Oh... if I could do it over... Beautiful wedding!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 7 years ago

    Wow what a gorgeous event!

  • havalazar

    havalazar said 7 years ago

    Best wishes to you both. Absolutely wonderful!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous!! lovelove

  • GrazedKnees

    GrazedKnees said 7 years ago

    Your wedding looked beautiful! Quirky but stylish. And the photographs are amazing - they look like they're from another era. Really inspiring.

  • 123SUNSHINE123

    123SUNSHINE123 said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful wedding, I love your paper hanging decorations and your colourful seating and hats of to the bridesmaids those cake look yummy

  • GREENWICHst

    GREENWICHst said 7 years ago

    This is so neat! Looks like such a fun wedding to attend and be a part of!

  • emadelinea

    emadelinea said 7 years ago

    ah, this was the most beautiful wedding ever!! i love the pics!

  • ezrascousin

    ezrascousin said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations you two!

  • SimplyWeddings

    SimplyWeddings said 7 years ago

    What a gorgeous couple! May you have a long and happy life together :-)

  • kaicree

    kaicree said 7 years ago

    Love this....very original and personal. The best to you both. Fun Fun

  • jessieabby

    jessieabby said 7 years ago

    So beautiful and fun!! I love it!

  • OneVintageLady

    OneVintageLady said 7 years ago

    LOVE! LOVE! the theme of your wedding. Very personable. Very loving.

  • mojewellery

    mojewellery said 7 years ago

    I just LOVE IT !!!!!!

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 7 years ago

    GORGEOUS wedding! Congratulations!! My fiance and I are focusing a lot on DIY for our upcoming wedding, and this got us sooooo inspired. :) Thank you!

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous wedding! Congratulations! My fiance and I are focusing a lot on DIY for our wedding and this got us so inspired. Thank you!

  • whiteserenade

    whiteserenade said 7 years ago

    Oh That's so me! Love the decorations!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderfully Done, the article and pictures were on target. Feel the love!

  • dottirosestudio

    dottirosestudio said 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing! What a wonderful wedding and so beautiful.

  • TwoBackFlats

    TwoBackFlats said 7 years ago

    DE-LIGHTFUL!!

  • kintique

    kintique said 7 years ago

    A wedding after my own heart.

  • RetroRummage

    RetroRummage said 7 years ago

    Truly inspiring, what a lovely day! I cant get over the cost of your dress, it was all beautiful!!

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 7 years ago

    Love the pin wheels for decor, love the owls memory book, brides photo is very serene, calm and quiet with beauty all on it's own

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 7 years ago

    I just love this wedding!!! The colors,the brides dress, the reception and the bright colored chairs!! It looks so like so much fun! Great way to show that with a little imagnation and some DIY skills you can creat the wedding of your dreams!!! Congrats to the Happy Couple!

  • zacsze

    zacsze said 7 years ago

    its such a lovely wedding!

  • JulietLove

    JulietLove said 7 years ago

    what a beautiful wedding :)

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 6 years ago

    right nice, DevineCollectilbe

  • lauraxiao415

    lauraxiao415 said 6 years ago

    so lovely

  • shabbymcfabby

    shabbymcfabby said 6 years ago

    Beautifully done...very creative! Congrats!!!

  • chearly

    chearly said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience! This is how I'd like my wedding day to be... unique, so personal, so romantic...! I love it all!

  • adeline629

    adeline629 said 6 years ago

    how wonderful!! i love it!!

  • bunnydee

    bunnydee said 6 years ago

    absolutely beautiful.

  • aristocratandthat

    aristocratandthat said 6 years ago

    I just love the brides made dresses, I too had a sort of a retro wedding , but mine wore black tea cup length dresses, the candies were all wrappped in retro paper in the middle of a silver tin with diamond rocks as each tables place setting ..

  • aristocratandthat

    aristocratandthat said 6 years ago

    I just love the brides made dresses, I too had a sort of a retro wedding , but mine wore black tea cup length dresses, the candies were all wrappped in retro paper in the middle of a silver tin with diamond rocks as each tables place setting ..

  • AnnaBelleArts

    AnnaBelleArts said 6 years ago

    Just Lovely. Congrats on your beautiful day :D

  • JuliaJove

    JuliaJove said 6 years ago

    I love this! Your wedding made me wish I had been there! It speaks of warmth, intimacy, family and lots of love. So much thought in every detail. Bravo! Great job and thanks for sharing your special day! Blessings, Julia

  • ElegantPartyBoutique

    ElegantPartyBoutique said 6 years ago

    That picture of you and your girls is "Priceless". Thank you for share all your beautiful fun filled ideas with us. Best wishes!

  • vintagerenewal

    vintagerenewal said 6 years ago

    Amazing!!! Love this wedding!

  • calgirl7

    calgirl7 said 6 years ago

    That was sooooo beautiful! Basically my dream wedding!!:)...Love the bridesmaids dresses and all of the wedding pics! Too adorable!

  • bayoubohemian

    bayoubohemian said 6 years ago

    I love the outcome of all the hands on creations. My hubby and I wed 3 years ago and made just about everything ourselves. With lots of help from our friends and family, from food to decorating, working from my notebook of ideas while using our handmade decorations. You can see our day captured by visiting lovehappyhandmadewedding.blogspot.com. My dear friends' wed in just a few short weeks and it will be a handmade vintage inspired deep south summer wedding. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • nataliedust

    nataliedust said 6 years ago

    I love the belt your wearing with your dress

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