When I saw this wedding for the first time, I thought it was gorgeous. Beyond gorgeous. One of those weddings that took it a step further than the "pretty" and was infused with so many FUN, personality filled details. And then I read that it was all DIY, all done on a strict budget and it was all designed in three months time! Holy wedding! I have serious props for this adorable bride for crafting an affair that looks so incredibly thoughtful and so beautifully designed. Click here to see lots of additional details!
Brent and I said “I Do” overlooking the McKenzie River near Eugene, Oregon – a setting that was both beautiful and emotional for us. Our dear family friends invited us to hold our wedding at their gorgeous property, Holden Creek. Picture five acres of rambling pasture complete with a red barn, rose and vegetable gardens, and sweeping views of the peaceful river. Their son, Ramsey, was Brent’s best friend; he passed away several years ago due to complications from diabetes. Having the wedding at Holden Creek helped make up for the fact that our best man wasn’t able to attend.
Almost all of the wedding was DIY, from the invitations, favors, programs, menus and decorations. And we planned it all in the less than three months! Looking back, I can’t believe we pulled off a destination, DIY, budget-friendly wedding in such a short amount of time – and it was the perfect day!
It “felt” exactly the way we wanted it too – casual, fun and filled with love. Brent set the tone by singing me a song he wrote as part of his vows (yeah, pretty much everybody cried). But, there was lots of fun and silliness too! We kicked off happy hour with games like “extreme croquette” and bocce ball. We also had an old-school band that got everybody out on the black and white checkered dance floor. At the end of the night, our caterer said our wedding was “oozing with love”, which we thought was a good sign since she does a lot of weddings!
Here are some of the DIY details...
Table Settings: We rented the linens, chairs, and dinnerware from a local party shop but spruced things up with personal details. There were two table runners – casual striped linen runners laid on top of strips of burlap, which we bought in bulk at a local fabric store ($100 for 100 yards). Each table was lit with a handful of mismatched blue mason jars, which we bought at flea markets and garage sales. At night, the light looked gorgeous shining through the blue glass! We also wrapped some of the mason jars with copper wire, filled them with sand and votive candles, and strung them through some of the trees. The flowers were in “copper” vases, which were really just metal flower vases that we spray painted with shiny copper paint. Oh, and to let guests know where they were sitting, we sprayed painted and old kitchen cabinet door with chalkboard paint, wrote the table numbers / names in chalk, and propped it up on an old easel.
Decorations: Handmade wooden signs led guests to the ceremony site, where they were greeted by a lemonade stand. For cups, we scoured flea markets and garage sales for mason jars. For happy hour, we set up a small tent in the middle of the field, hung twine from the poles and attached black and white images of our friends and family with clothespins. (My mom scanned a LOT of photos for this!) And instead of a formal guestbook, we asked each guest to write us a note on individual pieces of linen, which my sister later made into a quilt. We created a farmers market-like stand with baskets full of fresh fruit, bug spray, sunscreen and wedding favors, which we also made ourselves. The favor was a CD of our favorite love songs wrapped in a craft envelope that mirrored our wedding invitations. The cake stand was protected by an inexpensive mosquito net and lit with more flea market-found mason jars. Finally, we hung huge burlap drapes from the barn to hide the caterer’s tables and used some of the leftover strips to create runners for the dining tables. Burlap is so inexpensive! We bought 100 yards for $100 at a local fabric shop.
Photographer: Robert McNary Photography / Caterer: Marche Provisions / Florist: Family friend / Location: Family friends' house / Rentals: Party City / Band: Fun House / Invitation Design: Printable Press / Invitation Materials: Paper Source / Day of Wedding Coordinator: Bella Notte Events