Our Wedding

You are warmly invited to our very own outdoor, western washington, DIY wedding!

We were lucky enough to grab a Saturday in mid-June at the Evergreen Garden’s venue near Bellingham, Washington. I know it sounds cliché as a bride to say our wedding location was perfect, but ours truly was! It felt like a secret getaway where no one would imagine one to be.

We wanted the day to be an intimate and relaxing experience for our guests since they are the most meaningful people in our lives. We felt blessed to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an afternoon celebration with them all at once!  To achieve this feel, our wedding planning was more of a wedding project. From our  invites, to decor, guest book, and even veil, everything was made by loving hands.

We took advantage of black Friday to purchase bountiful amounts of cardstock and fabric but didn’t start this charming project until January of 2010. I was still in school but Chris was recently graduated from his Master’s program. Because of our situation at hand, I became the designer and he became the executor. In the end, Christopher was a professional paper-cutter who taught me about keeping factory edges together. Oh, by the way, he’s also an engineer, as if that last part about edges didn’t give it away.

The most time devoted piece to the entire project had to be the making of my veil. I wanted it to be fingertip length with an embellished edge. To my surprise, such veils ran on average of $200, which seemed unreasonable when tulle is only a few dollars a yard. After some researched and mustard up patience I attempted and succeeded in creating a veil I’d feel timelessly elegant walking down the aisle wearing.

When guests arrived they were greeted with a homemade chalkboard sign {see first photo}, a display of photos, a prayer tree, and guest book. I’ve never seen the point in having a guest book at a wedding other than for collecting addresses, but I wanted our ‘guest book’ to be a way for us to creatively display all those who attended our wedding. The way we decided to do this was by creating a fingerprint tree. We purchased a few different colors of ink stamps and our guests signed in by making a figure print on the tree and signing their name near their print. Now we have a handsome canvas to display in our home.

The reception tables screamed northwest, but also gave away the fact that I was an education major who enjoys drawing and that we’re both game enthusiasts. Our intent was to provide a delightful time filler for our guests while we were taking pictures {Christopher and I opted to not see each on June 19, 2010 until I walked down the aisle}.

For our two o’clock wedding we served a light meal consisting of croissant sandwiches and variety of vegetables. We topped our guests tummy’s off with their selection of either a slice of cake or a cupcake {or both} baked and decorated by a long time friend of mine, it was her wedding gift to us. The cake was a piece of art, almost too impeccable to cut!

My girls and I began the wedding day with private dance parties in the bridal room which meant we couldn’t have ended the day without a public dance party. After Chris and I danced our first slow dance we kicked up our heals and immediately started in on country swing, our favorite! Our fellow swing dancers joined in while the song lasted. The rest of the afternoon was spent having some good old fashion fun while songs you cannot help but move to played over the speakers.

We bid our guests adieu by walking through their tunnel of hands and ridding off into the sunset in our half-ton red pickup truck. A blessed day indeed.


13 Responses to Our Wedding

  1. What a beautiful wedding! A June one always is 🙂 Thank you for sharing your very special moments.

  2. Erin George says:

    I love all your personal touches. Looks like a beautiful outdoor wedding, your natural themes are perfect. Hope you and your man are doing well 🙂
    Keep writing, you have a great voice.

  3. Lilian says:

    How cool! Looks like you had a great day.

  4. fashionelle says:

    I’m 16 and i’ve always dreamed of a huge wedding, but after watching several series of Say Yes To The Dress, i realized that the brides who have huge fancy weddings are less happy with marriage afterwards than brides who may have had a smaller wedding, but enjoyed every second of it. great work, keep blogging

    • I watch those too and though they are absolutely GORGEOUS weddings, I agree with you. I’m sure they don’t feel nearly as personal! I’m hopping to do a DIY wedding week some point this month :), keep checking in!

  5. love your wedding pictures!!! i hope my wedding will be as beautiful…

  6. beingzhenya says:

    Thank you for sharing, I loved the idea, I am getting married this summer, and was definitely looking into something like this!

  7. beingzhenya says:

    Exciting, I have subscribed, so hopefully I won’t miss it!

  8. beingzhenya says:

    Are you Russian by any chance?

    • No, I am actually swedish. 🙂 I have a very sweet friend who lived part of his life in the Ukraine and comes from a very Russian family. His parents enjoyed my first name when they met me. 🙂

  9. ashwyatt2010 says:

    Stunning Lena. You made a gorgeous Bride! How wonderful to see you so happy and how much fun you had! The decorations were beautiful!

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