Han Solo Finds His Princess Leia

May 27, 2011 in
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Photo by Camera Love Photography

Hannah Frels
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Hannah Frels resides in the Twin Cities area with her husband, Randy, and their lop-eared rabbit, Mr. Man. By day she is a bean counter and in her free time she enjoys all that nesting entails: decorating, gardening, cooking and being crafty.

At first glance, our wedding appears very traditional. You have a girl, a boy, a white dress, a church and a country club — pretty typical right? It’s all in the details where the originality of our big day lies. When we first started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted something classic and timeless with an emphasis on family, friends and those things that make us unique.

The wedding budget was also important because I had big dreams for our honeymoon. Randy loves to travel even more than I do, so I didn’t have to twist his arm too hard to convince him of what I thought was the dream honeymoon destination: Bora Bora, Tahiti. I had been saving that trip, like a precious little gem and now it was time to try and make it a reality. With bungalows and sunshine in the back of our minds, we began the planning process. Two big choices that really helped us on the budget front were the date we picked (off peak) and a morning ceremony followed by a luncheon reception.

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Wedding Invitations by 2bSquared Designs; Bridesmaids Flower Sashes by Uptown Urban Crafts; Bridal Hanger by Lila Frances.

Now if you live in the upper Midwest, you know that November can be a risky month for a wedding — old man winter can roll in at anytime without a moment’s notice. It is safe to say we got the last nice Saturday of the fall. The following Saturday we were counting our lucky stars as we watched about a foot of snow fall outside our window.

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Bridal Hair Flower by Alice Hart Couture; Bolero by Madelin Zero; Ring Bearer Pillow by Romancing Juliet.

For many girls, the most important decision of wedding planning is the dress. I guess I went about things a little backwards. I fell in love with accessories first and then picked the dress accordingly. My theory was to keep the main show (the dress) simple and then rock out the accoutrements. For example, I fell in love with two veils. I couldn’t pick and the only solution I could come up with was wearing both!

The ceremony site was a total no-brainer. [pullquote]I am a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, and like many Tommie girls I have dreamed of being married in The Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas since I first laid eyes on it as a student.[/pullquote] It definitely has a goose bump factor! Since the ceremony site was a representation of me, we wanted the reception site to signify Randy. North Oaks is where he grew up, he knows those woods like the back of his hand and he caddied at the golf course as a kid, so it was a perfect fit.

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May the force be with you! I can honestly say when dreaming as a little girl about my wedding day, Star Wars was nowhere to be found on my radar. Randy is a first grade teacher (insert pause for the typical “ahhh” response I get from most females). I think one of the reasons the kids love him so much is because they have similar interests. He would much rather eat lunch with his students versus getting the full 411 on last night’s episode of Dancing With the Stars in the faculty lunchroom. He has loved Star Wars since he was about 5 and has had an unwavering loyalty ever since. Now some may say that is nerdy, but the way I look at it, if that’s the kind of devotion he has to the things he loves, I am set for life!

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Abby Sauce by Abby; Bottle Tags by MM Graphic Designs; Table Numbers by Dingbat Press.

[pullquote]It seemed only fair that Star Wars make an appearance in our big day. I think he was very shocked when I agreed to having Han Solo and Princess Leia as our cake toppers.[/pullquote] The pink sakura flowers on the cake symbolized his love for Japan, where he taught English for three years after finishing his Masters. He considers it his second home.

I have mixed feelings about the concept of giving guests a favor. If we were going to do it, I wanted it to be something people would actually use. This is where Abby Sauce comes into play. My Mom has been a nanny for over ten years for two little girls who have found a special place in our hearts. Over several years of careful concocting, the younger of the two girls invented her signature dipping sauce. It started out as Christmas gifts for family and friends and after encouragement, they decided to bottle Abby Sauce. For our guests, each bottle of Abby Sauce was adorned with a favor tag created by MM Graphic Designs.

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The DIY touches of our wedding included the “family tree,” which held pictures of all the great loves that have come before us: parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The moss letters that hung on the entrance to the reception, the moss table number holders, guestbook sign, and our “thank you” sign were also made by hand. My “I heart RF (Randy Frels)” tank was a handmade gift from one of my bridesmaids.

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Finally, November 6th holds additional importance — not only was it our wedding day but it was also my Grandma’s 82nd birthday. My parents were married 30 years ago on what was my Grandpa’s birthday. If I believed in luck I would say we were on the right track! In honor of it also being Grandma’s special day, we had a birthday cake adorned with Yoda, to symbolize experience and wisdom. It was a perfect addition to an already wonderful celebration.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    Lovely. Thank you for sharing your special day.

    4 years ago

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts says:

    yah! beautiful bridesmaid dresses too!

    4 years ago

  • LakesEdge

    LakesEdge says:

    I totally love the cake :) Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Beautiful!!! So unique! Thanks for sharing and congrats!!!

    4 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:

    Oh gosh.....my boyfriend would love this idea haha- not even kidding! he built a storm tropper costume last year for halloween addentical to what was used in the movies for a costume contest! lol what a beautiful wedding and fun couple making it all the more personal~

    4 years ago

  • HellYeahISew

    HellYeahISew says:

    I love the Star Wars stuff! It's subtle incorporation with all of the tradition is a great display of your love for one another.

    4 years ago

  • ilLUMIEnate

    ilLUMIEnate says:

    I love the whimsy!

    4 years ago

  • DawnCorrespondence
  • Jashme

    Jashme says:

    Creative and Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • LittleWeeShop

    LittleWeeShop says:

    Just love that you included your husband's love for Star Wars. I don't think weddings need to be full of frilly girly everything - You're partners so why not celebrate what you both love. Love your hair prep photo - looks like you've got a real genuine smile. My photographer capture one like this of me... my profile shot that I just adore as I'm have a whole hearted laugh. Do or do not.. there is no try.... Great wedding wisdom too. Give it your all. Congratulations on your big day.

    4 years ago

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick says:

    Great story! Thanks for sharing! :)

    4 years ago

  • Handamade

    Handamade says:

    This is so awesome! My son is a a fan of Star Wars too since he is 2yrs old. Still have all his star wars stuff. Thanks for sharing you story. it's very unique.:)D

    4 years ago

  • baublesnfripperies

    baublesnfripperies says:

    Aww! How sweet! I may have to save this idea for my wedding.

    4 years ago

  • BohemianEnigma

    BohemianEnigma says:

    what is it with boys and star wars? i will never understand ;-] such a beautiful wedding! may the force be with you! <3

    4 years ago

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve says:

    Love it! :) Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • SacredSymbolStudios

    SacredSymbolStudios says:

    Loved your heartwarming story. Wishing you All The Best!

    4 years ago

  • LennyMud

    LennyMud says:

    Congratulations! What a wonderful wedding! Hope you have a lifetime of happiness together!

    4 years ago

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart says:

    Very unique. I love all your ideas!

    4 years ago

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 says:

    Thanks for sharing your special day and special guy with us:) Enjoy your life!

    4 years ago

  • heirloomsbylaurie

    heirloomsbylaurie says:

    I knew which weekend you got married before you even said it -- November was a real wake-up call this year! And you got a *beautiful* wedding out of it. The details (even the ones we didn't see here) sound fantastic, AND you got to celebrate a birthday at the same time. Awesome. :) I'd love to see more brides go the handmade/DIY route. (BTW: also a big sci-fi fan here, so loved the topper!)

    4 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns says:

    Congratulations!! So happy you followed your heart and designed a unique wedding that reflected the two of you! Best Wishes!!!!

    4 years ago

  • BlackArrowsForever

    BlackArrowsForever says:

    I absolutely LOVE THIS! yay!! <3

    4 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    Beautiful and classic plus Star Wars! I love it!

    4 years ago

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign says:

    It's wonderful to see that you chose the various elements of your special day based on things that both of you truly love! Sounds like you have a great foundation for a wonderful life together! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox says:

    Congratulations !

    4 years ago

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry says:

    STAR WARS!!!! WE ARE ALL ABOUT IT!!!

    4 years ago

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek says:

    Congratulations! ... and thanks for your story!

    4 years ago

  • TheTreasureHuntress

    TheTreasureHuntress says:

    Thanks for sharing "your" story. Very inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc says:

    That is actually a funny story. Nice to see that the November wedding did not deliver any weather surprises and... that the Force was with both of you! Best of wishes in your marriage!

    4 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Oh yea November in Mn can be tricky, happy your day was awesome. Enjoyed reading your story and perusing the photos your wedding was incredible. Liked all your extra touches, wish you much happiness too and success with your etsy shop too......:)

    4 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Lovely article, Thanks

    4 years ago

  • ClothandPatina

    ClothandPatina says:

    Omg, what a sweet story! And what a fun wedding day! Wishing you much happiness & love!

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    How cute, what a beautiful wedding I can see what you mean about the little touches bringing a big personality to your day!

    4 years ago

  • rebourne

    rebourne says:

    I agree with the previous responses, what a way to combine your personalities and passions! While we planned our wedding, I felt like my husband was interested, but only for the sake of keeping me happy. Grandma's cake looks delicious!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    adorable!

    4 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    great story, great photos, great fun! congratulations!!! xox

    4 years ago

  • lacepetals

    lacepetals says:

    i love all the men posed as action figures. so clever!

    4 years ago

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns says:

    Too cute! Congrats and thanks for sharing!!

    4 years ago

  • dustystepper

    dustystepper says:

    Great combination of his-and-her stuff! Some weddings are ho-hum....this ones looks like a home run!

    4 years ago

  • MyEverAfter

    MyEverAfter says:

    All I can say is: 'Aaaaaaw!" ;)

    4 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle says:

    ha ha :) Star wars.. funny. I am thinking whether I would have let my husband to do that in our wedding. I am not sure :) cute though. Looks like you guys had lots of fun. Congratulations on your wedding.

    4 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    Wow - Just loved all the photos, what a fabulous time! - Rozzie :)

    4 years ago

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime says:

    Wonderful.

    4 years ago

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques says:

    I am a dork - my eyes watered up reading this. I love weddings. I'm sure these two are going to have a blessed life together, so much LOVE.

    4 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    So sweet. Mazal tov.

    4 years ago

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns says:

    Congrats on your creative, way fun, beautiful event! All the Best, Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

    4 years ago

  • filofashion

    filofashion says:

    Really so sweet! Congratulations !

    4 years ago

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife says:

    LOVE!! Amazing. :-) xx

    4 years ago

  • perebags

    perebags says:

    Such a beautiful wedding!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    4 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Great article and beautiful photo's! All the best to you both! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • mermaidwedding

    mermaidwedding says:

    Wonderful and beautiful article and wedding! Thank you! AND yes a handmade wedding is in the works for my daughter, Jillian! This fall on the Rainbow River here in Florida. Google this river and all shall see the beautiful fresh water spring that creates this peaceful paradise. It's a secret...shhh... I am creating the invitations and decorations. Dad is building the dance floor. Lights shall be strung between the Live Oak trees, lanterns shall be lit on the dock. Food is made by a beautiful, wonderful friend who feels that 100 people attending is a snap (I am so thankful for her!). Jillian asked my best friend who officiated our wedding back when to officiate hers; a sign of good luck! The river, as I mentioned, is a fresh water spring and to our family is another sign of a fresh beginning! (we took our kids camping there since they were babes in arms). Now all we hope for is a gorgeous day for this hippie hoedown wedding!

    4 years ago

  • freshlypickeddesigns

    freshlypickeddesigns says:

    My boyfriend would flip out with joy if we had an even remotely Star Wars inspired wedding! Definitely clipping this to show to him.

    4 years ago

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique says:

    Oh how romantic is that!

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    looks fun. congrats

    4 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    congratulations to Hannah and Randy!! so much fun, and so touching too :)

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Great wedding theme, planning and just beautiful1 Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • DiTerra

    DiTerra says:

    So excited to see this on the Etsy blog, Hannah! Awesome!!!

    4 years ago

  • kumosgreetings

    kumosgreetings says:

    Beautiful wedding! Congratulations to both! :)

    4 years ago

  • mrswaves

    mrswaves says:

    Fantastic pictures & love your dress! Hope you had an amazing time in Bora Bora! We went there for our honeymoon and back again for our 5 year anniversary. xoxo

    4 years ago

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage says:

    just love wweddings!

    4 years ago

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace says:

    just beautiful and so fun! what a happy day! I know guys feel so left out of most of the wedding plans and to see both get involved is awesome, great way to start a marriage!

    4 years ago

  • louisatheG

    louisatheG says:

    Oh!!!! i just love it ! :) it is truly lovely to see two young people so in love :) i hope you will live a long and happy life together! ...and i love the story , great ideas:)

    4 years ago

  • meggancolleen

    meggancolleen says:

    so beautiful, your wedding story is :)

    4 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

    great story about your wedding...it's all those special tidbits and dreams are made of.

    4 years ago

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana says:

    Lovely wedding! Looks like it was so much fun.

    4 years ago

  • JingleDingleDangle

    JingleDingleDangle says:

    A perfectly wonderful read and a story fit to be retold. Loved the guys in their formal attire posturing 'Star Wars' perfecto.

    4 years ago

  • bohemianrag

    bohemianrag says:

    What a cute couple and story. I loved the cute Yoda B-day cake for Grandma! May the force be with you two!!! =)

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Lovely story. :)

    4 years ago

  • Happybee

    Happybee says:

    beautiful!!!! thanks for sharing!!!

    4 years ago

  • chalkoholics

    chalkoholics says:

    Very cool

    4 years ago

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar says:

    Great story!

    4 years ago

  • negexanant

    negexanant says:

    test

    4 years ago

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird says:

    Your marriage already looks very happy, and promises to be so for a very long time. Brings back memories of our happy wedding, and we're close to our 24th anniversary. :) Best wishes, and thank you for sharing your love story!

    4 years ago

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals says:

    beautiful handmade wedding. best wishes.

    4 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    Wonderful handmade wedding Congrats !!!

    4 years ago

  • mamma4earth

    mamma4earth says:

    Such a lovely wedding! Star Wars, wow, love it!!

    4 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    Great story! My friend had a Star Wars wedding too, they played the theme song right after the they were pronounced man and wife, it was great!

    4 years ago

  • cirkuskids

    cirkuskids says:

    absolutely beautiful. Love these "laidback full of love" weddings !! Thanks for sharing these pictures ! X

    4 years ago

  • cherrytime

    cherrytime says:

    very lovely!

    4 years ago

  • cakemates

    cakemates says:

    Awww

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    The love is in the details. Thanks for sharing yours. Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG says:

    Lovely bridesmaid dresses! Very creative ideas.

    4 years ago

  • vKnit

    vKnit says:

    I love reading about weddings here on Etsy! It's so wonderful to see the bride and groom choose handmade! Many congrats to you both!

    4 years ago

  • MeSweet

    MeSweet says:

    Just lovely and still quirky! Congrats to you and all of the family that will come together to love, honor and support you both.

    4 years ago

  • chocolatedogstudio

    chocolatedogstudio says:

    An incredibly personal wedding filled with meaning and memories. Best Wishes for the both of you.

    4 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    So much fun. Congratulations

    4 years ago

  • StegosaurusMiller

    StegosaurusMiller says:

    I love how Star Wars was subtly thrown into the wedding. I also love the birthday cake! This wedding had a lot of character!

    4 years ago

  • DukeCreekStudios

    DukeCreekStudios says:

    ^^ inappropriate to register at etsy just to advertise here ldileg ^^ Great wedding feature!

    4 years ago

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself says:

    Wonderful wedding story!

    4 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    Your individuality rocks ~ great story ~ looks like a fun time!

    4 years ago

  • marciafrosty

    marciafrosty says:

    I was hoping that when it said "galactic inspired" that it would be much more Star Wars than just the light sabres and the cake topper. There's so much more that could have been done with that theme. I feel like there should have been more Star Wars or less, seems almost out of place to only have two elements, sort of random. She should've at least had Leia's buns! She would've been so cute. Sorry, it just looked pretty traditional to me. Looks like everyone had a fun time though and that's what counts. M

    4 years ago

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit says:

    Handmade wedding-perfect job for many etsy artists--love to see your photos and your reliance on so many etsy artists! All the best to you two and I am from Twin Cities originally---so enjoy the lakes for me too!

    4 years ago

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment says:

    Love the Star Wars touches & the birthday cake for the grandmother! Such delightful little touches; makes the day even more special. What a wonderful wedding story. :)

    4 years ago

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo says:

    someone on etsy has a great pattern for a knitted princess lea wig - that would have been a great touch! SOOO how was Bora Bora???????

    4 years ago

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 says:

    I have a feeling that my boyfriend would want a star wars themed reception. The boy can quote every line in the entire series. (I wouldn't mind :D)

    4 years ago

  • bombshellbettiesvint

    bombshellbettiesvint says:

    this is so sweet, we had princess leia and han solo cake toppers too! star wars love!

    4 years ago

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter says:

    Couldn't be much more special! Congrats! And thanks for sharing all the sweetness!

    4 years ago

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky says:

    I like it :) not too overdone. Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    A celebaration of your life made for a perfect day.

    4 years ago

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae says:

    Lovely!! Simply Lovely!!

    4 years ago

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD says:

    What a beautiful and wonderful day! Thank you. I am definitely going to take some of these ideas into consideration for my DIY wedding!

    4 years ago

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD says:

    What a beautiful and wonderful day! Thank you. I am definitely going to take some of these ideas into consideration for my DIY wedding!

    4 years ago

  • PeppermintNattyInc

    PeppermintNattyInc says:

    lovely photos and story--the title caught my eye because of the star wars reference. 10 years ago this fall i married my very own han solo and we also had a leia and han cake topper. :) here's to many years of wedded bliss.

    4 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    How cool and beautiful, my 9 year old son would LOVE the 'Star Wars' aspect of your wedding. Congrats, and take great care of each other ♥

    4 years ago

  • Hindsfeet

    Hindsfeet says:

    Very sweet! It reminds me of the Star Wars wedding my sister and her husband had in August 2000! They also had the light sabre arch and the Han Solo and Princess Leia cake toppers. They had bits of the Star Wars film reel incorporated into their invitations... they both worked in the film/movie industry. Her bridesmaids also wore purple, but I have no idea if that is Star Wars related (is it??)... I thought it was just the favorite color of her MOH. :)

    4 years ago

  • KitKatCabaret

    KitKatCabaret says:

    Wedding ceremony with futuristic flair. also bringing family together to celebrate special occassions Brings back lots of memories for me, I also thought Han Solo was a real hunk of a man and hero

    4 years ago

  • InMyCups

    InMyCups says:

    Getting married next week. We are doing everything DIY, having it in the back yard, one daughter is doing my cake, another one doing the flowers, etc. I love the idea of doing this on a birthday, I wish I'd thought of that. I would have done it on my dad's. It might have felt a little like he was there (passed away 12 years ago).

    4 years ago

  • InMyCups

    InMyCups says:

    Oh, and congratulations! It looks like it was a great day!

    4 years ago

  • ForeverCherishDesign

    ForeverCherishDesign says:

    Congratulations! I love the "family tree" idea!

    4 years ago

  • Piggy

    Piggy says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your big day with us. :)

    4 years ago

  • midoridesigns

    midoridesigns says:

    Great story and thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • EklektikosByStar

    EklektikosByStar says:

    Wow, this home made wedding of yours got my attention, as I too broke the mold on some of my wedding particulars (over 30 years ago). For example, I have a rather large collection of frogs, and a loving ceramic pair (given to me by my eventual husband) ended up on the top tier of the cake. When the cake decorating friends showed up from out of town with all the pillars and roses for the carrot cake (that was made by another local friend), those frogs were a bit of a surprise. But the guests adored them, and they looked really swell beneath the trellis! Mom made my skirt and camisole, also the dresses for a bride's maid and flower girls; friends supplied acoustic music; groom and best man had custom tie-died shirts; and come to think of it, I designed the wedding invites, which had a frog playing the harp! Flowers were picked along the way to my parents home in the woods, some roses from in their yard ended up in my hair... Thanks for bringing back some of my own special memories. May your marriage last as long as mine has!

    4 years ago

  • Lamblegs

    Lamblegs says:

    I enjoyed reading about your wedding day experience and preparation. I love things that are on a budget and handmade. That's what makes it "your" day and makes it unique. Anyone can buy a bunch of manufactured goods but putting homemade touches to it with creativity is what stands out.

    4 years ago

  • ckwok88

    ckwok88 says:

    Very lovely story and great use of handmade elements at your wedding. I hope for health and happiness to you all!

    4 years ago

  • babeecrafts

    babeecrafts says:

    So beautiful! My hubby and I also had a Han and Leia cake topper along with a "May the Force Be with You" banner (a surprise addition by my sister)! We'll be celebrating our 13th anniversary in a few weeks. May your creative wedding set the stage for a marriage full of creativity and whimsy!

    4 years ago

  • Tina669

    Tina669 says:

    Lovely. Thank you for sharing your special day.

    4 years ago

  • GraphicAnthology

    GraphicAnthology says:

    Wow. I love the balance of traditionalism with the whimsy of the star wars theme! It's really cool that you guys took a moment out of your big day to honor your grandmother's birthday and make it extra special for her as well. I wish you and your husband many happy years!

    4 years ago

  • BabaMoon

    BabaMoon says:

    loving the identicle men v star wars figures image! very cool! i think my fiance will be jealous when i show him this lol! we're getting married next year! congrats, happy birthday to your grandmother and what awesome pictures thanks for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • SusieBrandJewelry

    SusieBrandJewelry says:

    Tell your husband, I am naming my child Leia. My husband to be is from Belgium and his grandmothers name is Leia. I secretly, adore Star Wars and thought this was a perfect way to us the Princesses name and totally get away with it. Hehe Before ready your blog post, I made a treasury list called, " Handmade for the wedding day" because I am off to a fabulous wedding this afternoon and was inspired by the wonderful feeling weddings give. Susie Brand

    4 years ago

  • iworkartwork

    iworkartwork says:

    Very very nice! I like Yoda B-day cake!

    4 years ago

  • thoughtfulcreation

    thoughtfulcreation says:

    Nice! My name leia only spelt leiah!! hehe... I am getting married next april.

    4 years ago

  • indigobjects

    indigobjects says:

    May the Force be with you. Thanks for sharing your special day.

    4 years ago

  • BrandybuckClothiers

    BrandybuckClothiers says:

    Very sweet article. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    mm.. abby sauce

    4 years ago

  • Danideng

    Danideng says:

    So lovely , wonderful day !

    4 years ago

  • buttonsandbottles

    buttonsandbottles says:

    I love the cake! The best for both of you!

    4 years ago

  • glusk

    glusk says:

    Congratulations! Being married is the best

    4 years ago

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading says:

    this is great!

    4 years ago

  • RetroBabs

    RetroBabs says:

    May the Force be with you! Congrats.

    4 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    So lovely! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • NorthbyEast

    NorthbyEast says:

    I absolutely love that the formal, traditional wedding can be so effortlessly mushed together with something like star wars! I always try to keep the girly and the nerdy balanced in my own stuff, good inspiration, and Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Wishing you many more years of happiness together & (of course) "May the Force be with you." :-)

    4 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Wishing you many more years of happiness together & (of course) "May the Force be with you." :-)

    4 years ago

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry says:

    Great article, just lovely!! Best wishes!!!

    4 years ago

  • peppersprouts

    peppersprouts says:

    lovely photos! and a very lovely couple! Working on planning my own diy handmade wedding for next summer! It's so much fun!!!

    4 years ago

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible says:

    radical, peace and love karen http://www.etsy.com/shop/DevineCollectible?ref=si_shop

    4 years ago

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce says:

    Such a fun, creative wedding! And the bridesmaid's dresses are beautiful! Congrats!!

    4 years ago

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    To cute!

    4 years ago

  • WigglinWasabi

    WigglinWasabi says:

    I'm getting married next summer and love to read about toher's DIY and handmade weddings. It's important to my fiance and I that we both have an equal part in wedding planning, it was nice to read how you both were able to incorporate essential pieces of yourselves both as individuals and as a couple. Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable says:

    Aw. SuPer SweeT!

    4 years ago

  • backyardbirdsong

    backyardbirdsong says:

    lovely! What a fun wedding, looks absolutely gorgeous

    4 years ago

  • deLoop

    deLoop says:

    There's nothing better then a happy and fun wedding! A great way to start off together forever!! May that light hearted spirit stay with you all through your lives ... best advice I had on my wedding day ... dont take anything to seriously LOL

    4 years ago

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr says:

    WONDERFUL story!

    4 years ago

  • rochellefox

    rochellefox says:

    I absolutely love the "family tree" that you created with photos. What a great idea!

    4 years ago

  • EverydayCookies

    EverydayCookies says:

    Ahh....I love wedding stories like this one! My husband and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary on May 30th! Can you say HAPPY? Yep, that's us. There will be storms, there will be rough waters, but the one word you must keep at the tip of your tongue: forgiveness. May God bless your marriage.

    4 years ago

  • sallymarie81

    sallymarie81 says:

    Love it!!!

    4 years ago

  • natashaaloha

    natashaaloha says:

    Wish I would have had a handmade wedding. :) Best Wishes.

    4 years ago

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad says:

    wonderful!! congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • LittleLotusChildren
  • feifanOriginal

    feifanOriginal says:

    Beautiful, love you

    4 years ago

  • betholu

    betholu says:

    the most beutifull thing i read in your story (did not finished yet ) is that Randy ' your love , is a first grade teacher, i can imagine his sweetness and softness to you .you are blessed for it 'aswell'wish you the best.vanessa cuschnir

    4 years ago

  • marieowltoinette

    marieowltoinette says:

    I LOVE your Han and Leia cake toppers, SO cute and unique!

    3 years ago

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage says:

    This wedding is completely adorable! LOVE LOVE LOVE the Stars Wars additions!

    3 years ago

  • GeeZees

    Stephanie Morris from GeezeesCustomCanvas says:

    so lovely...beautiful wedding!!

    3 years ago

  • DebsRandomArt

    Deborah Erskine from DebsRandomArt says:

    Beautiful! I loved reading about your wedding and pray you have many happy years today...may The Force be with you. ;)

    3 years ago

  • SidonieYang

    Sidonie Yang from SIDONIEYANG says:

    What a touching story! And, it's totally great to have your personalities shine on your special day - it's not about how much money you spend.

    3 years ago