Glittering bridal shoes are where it’s at. Meaning, we adore sparkle around these parts and sparkles of the shoe variety are at the top of our list. This wedding is more than the Bride’s gorgeous heels though. It’s ripe with DIY details by Ink & Ivory (the Mrs. herself!) along with N. Black Design. It’s a sweet-as-can-be first kiss in the rain captured by Jacquelyn Poussot Photography that melted our hearts the second we spotted it and so much more. You can see it all right here.
From the Bride… One sunny day Nate proposed over a game of scrabble while we were on a picnic, near a fountain in our favorite park. He had picked the letters “marry me” out ahead of time and put them in his pocket, and when I was looking away, he arranged them on the board, with ring in hand. I cried happy tears for 20 minutes. Our whole wedding was a labor of love from start to finish. We did almost everything ourselves, which in the long run, requires a great deal of dedication and time commitment, but we found it to be much more rewarding because each task was a fun, bonding experience for everyone involved. We truly could not be more grateful for all of the time and love our family and friends poured into making our day perfect. The biggest piece of advice I have is even if you are a control freak, don’t be afraid to ask for help — you’ll make priceless memories with the ones you love in the little projects.
My parents live in the country on a lot of land that used to be owned by my grandfather. Nate and I spend a great deal of time there and the guesthouse B&B just up the road from their house has great sentimental value since it is where my mom grew up. Not to mention that the views are picturesque, so it was a no-brainer for us to get married there. Since it was an outdoor wedding, we wanted it to be earthy and bohemian, with a hint of vintage glam and sparkle. I was thinking gypsies in a field/eclectic/granny chic sort of thing. My mom and I spent months collecting vintage furniture and decorations and storing it in my parents’ garage. My family helped paint furniture and make the hundreds of feet of bunting out of spray painted kraft paper and twine to hang above the dance floor. I made my headpiece and veil as well as the hairpieces for all of the girls. I let my bridesmaids chose their own “neutral” dresses and shoes, and I was so pleased with what they picked.
Our wedding was spectacularly fun! Okay, I’m a little biased but honestly people are still telling me it was one of the most memorable weddings they have ever been to. It had been sunny and beautiful all day long, then as guests started to take their seats, the sky turned really dark and just as my dad and I were about to walk down the aisle, the sky opened up and it poured! And I’m not talking the typical little summer sprinkle — it was an effing downpour! Everyone was soaked, but they rolled with it like complete troopers! As soon as we had kissed and our officiant pronounced us man and wife, Nate scooped my soaking wet Nicole Miller-clad-self up in his arms and carried me up to the guesthouse where we held the reception under a tent. Girls, take note: If it rains on your wedding day, skip the mascara and just opt for fake lashes. It will make all the difference! The furniture and little details that we had spent tireless hours making were soaked and our gorgeous cake looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa because of the humidity. At one point, the caterer couldn’t keep his burners going because it was raining and blowing so hard. For one split second, I felt the slightest tinge of disappointment that our months of hard work was going to be ruined, but then I remembered how thankful I was that all our friends and family had gathered to honor us, and I felt so blessed and extraordinarily happy. I had just married my diamond-in-the-rough man, and nothing could possibly ruin the love high I was on! Eventually the rain stopped, the sky turned a gorgeous color, a rainbow came out, and everyone moved out from under the tent onto the dance floor. No one cared about their hair or how they looked because everyone was wet, and it allowed people to just let loose and dance their little hearts out to celebrate our love.
Wedding Photography: Jacquelyn Poussot Photography / Wedding Venue: Felicia’s Guest House in Mt. Vernon, Ohio / Event Design: Ink & Ivory (The Bride) + N. Black Design / Flowers: DIY by the Bride, Her Mother + Bridesmaids / Wedding Invitations: Ink & Ivory (The Bride) / Bunting, Table Runners, Cake Topper, Guest Buttons + Rock Candy Favors: DIY / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s Shoes: Bordello / Bridesmaids’ Hairpieces, Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres + Ring Pillow: b. poetic (The Bride)