Hello Blue Ely friends! I hope your Wednesday is awesome. ;) A few weeks ago, the write up below was posted at Stillwater’s Community Connection website. I would like to thank Sherry and Courtney for giving us the opportunity to reach out to Stillwater and share some thoughts! This is the first of several posts on her site on how to get the most out of your events and photo sessions. Read on…
As wedding photographers, we tend to notice the little things. You always hear the phrase – “it’s all about the details”. And we believe that these extra little things help make an occasion fun, unique, beautiful, and memorable for everyone. This young couple that we photographed, Josh & Judith, came up with some truly inspiring details for their wedding and we want to share some of these ideas with you.
We market ourselves as fun, vintage, and creative photographers. So, we tend to attract brides that plan their weddings with a vintage and creative feel. Also, our brides make the most of their budgets with unique do-it-yourself details. Josh and Judith married at the backyard of a beautiful 104 year-old home in Muskogee owned by Josh’s aunt, Julie. Instead of paying for an expensive venue, they took advantage of family resources, allowing them to put more money into other wedding things. So be on the lookout for a home or backyard of a family member that might work very well as a venue or reception. We love outdoor weddings. I think the combination of nature with the formality and elegance of the day is enchanting.
The first hint of the uniqueness to Judith’s wedding showed up in guest’s mailboxes a couple months before the wedding. I loved her invitations! Judith collected vintage handkerchiefs and she and her friend designed the invitation on it and had them screen printed at Stillwater Screenprinting & Embroidery. Very cool idea!
And would you believe that Whole Foods made her organic bouquet!? They did such a terrific job with the flowers! Her mom even did her own creative spin by pinning the bride and bridesmaids’ bouquet with fun brooches. So cuuuuuute!
Judith painstakingly made the groomsmen’s boutonnieres. We love DIY brides! These whimsical boutonnieres were made from old book pages and green berries. They went great with the linen suits.
How wonderful that she painted her toe nails blue for her ‘something blue’. And she also added a fun twist to the men’s wardrobe by having them wear argyle socks that were in line with her wedding colors.
The centerpieces were white ceramic vases on top of silver trays filled with arrangements consistent with the bridesmaid bouquets. She also used old book pages to wrap small simple votive candles to give the reception an extra ambiance after the sun set. For more evening lighting, there were white Japanese lanterns hanging around the reception area that were lit up beautifully.
The mismatched floral china was a fun eclectic way to bring both a vintage theme and refinement to the reception dinner. Some mismatches can surely be lovely. ♥
A popular idea that always goes over well with guests is using mason jars as glasses. But what I loved the most was how Judith tagged straws (striped in her wedding color) so that guests could label and keep track of their drinks. Oh and she even let the guests take them home too, so these jars doubled as wedding favours!
Check out her cake topper, isn’t it so adorable!? She picked out a really fun one from an Etsy store and it even matched Josh’s tie :) And she also made these mustache props. They are quite easy to make actually and brings more fun and quirkiness to the photos.
Even with all these little details, she still wanted the ceremony area to look simple and clean. But knowing Judith there’s always a little bit of a surprise. The trees in the backyard created a beautiful natural arbor but I bet the guests couldn’t help but smile when they saw the vintage chandelier hanging from the trees. It added a magical touch to the ceremony. Again, it’s these little elements that make your day unforgettable and it doesn’t need to be costly. You can rummage through your mom’s or grandparent’s old stuff, check out thrift stores, or look online for DIY projects. :)
To discover more fun wedding detail ideas make sure to explore our website and blog. ;) Happy Hump Day!