Allan House Wedding by Francis Joseph Photography
January 9, 2012

This charming Allan House wedding by Francis Joseph Photography is filled to the brim with crush-worthy moments, sweeter than sweet details and fabulous blush hues (SWOON), but what I am loving most about this DIY affair is that every.single.moment was completely designed and crafted by the gorgeous bride and groom... and all with the help of their devoted family and friends.  Yep, many a Sunday was spent crafting away... and the result is nothing short of fabulous with their paper goods, lovely florals, darling linens (and more!) combing for one BEYOND gorgeous day.  Click here for even more.

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From the Bride... When I first started down the path of planning our wedding and someone would ask the question "what are your colors?" I would get really nervous, and awkwardly shift from side to side and say "maybe green and blue and red, or yellow, and also purple, or whatever.  I am not really good at this kind of thing."  Which is not entirely untrue.  But then I just started looking at pictures of weddings and crafts on Etsy and finding little things here and there that caught my eye, and committed them to memory.  For example, I found a wedding that used the multiple floral print napkins that I loved, and Travis and I found our awesome cake topper on Etsy.  Like I said, I am not great at this sort of thing, but I am good at knowing what I do and don't like.  AND I have the incredible fortune of knowing some really beautiful and talented people who really ARE good at this sort of thing. 

With the help of one of my best friends, my sister-in-law, and my maid of honor's mother I pieced together all of the little details I liked into kind of a vintage/country chic look with wildflowers and blush, vintage tones.  We started to iron out the details of the tables first.  We borrowed and purchased old and new tea cups, saved bottles and jars, and collected little ceramic birds from craft stores.  I knew I wanted a more wildflower look, meets vintage roses to go inside the assortment of cups and vases for the centerpieces.  We shopped for a variety of floral fabrics and my sister in law and friend's mom sewed every napkin by hand.  We used that same fabric to make flag garland to hang around the wedding site, and again to make the sewn ceremony programs.  The cake topper also managed to pop up in several other places.  A drawing of it by one of our friends was used on our save the dates that another friend designed and printed for us.  My husband and I took pictures of the cake toppers in various places throughout my parents' home, and a friend of ours printed the pictures to make into handmade stone coasters as guest gifts.  My maid of honor's mom helped us choose the flowers, and she designed all of the floral arrangements!  One of my best friends helped design the escort cards, tags for the gifts, thumbprint sign, and table numbers.  We had "Sunday Craft Day" meetings where our friends and family would get together and work on the napkins, burlap table runners, programs, coasters, centerpieces, etc.  It was certainly a "Do It Yourself" venture, however it took a village of people we love to pull it off.  Their fingerprints were all over our wedding, which made it just about the sweetest thing.

Wedding Photography: Francis Joseph Photography / Catering: Whole Foods / Flowers: DIY by Bride's Friends & Family / Wedding Venue: Allan House / Wedding Dress + Veil: Modern Trousseau via Unbridaled / Bride's Boots: Old Gringo from Allen's Boots / Boys' Suits:  Nordstroms The Rail / String Quartet: Arundel Ensemble / Cake Topper: Buildersstudio