DIY Long Meadow Ranch Wedding
May 24, 2014
Classic WeddingsAl FrescoRustic Weddings
DIY touches are always sure to leave a wedding feeling intimate and personal, but there's one especially notable DIY in this wedding that has left me a little teary-eyed. The sweet Bride lovingly stitched a heart-shaped piece of t-shirt owned by a dear friend of hers who had passed away into her wedding dress, as to keep her close to her heart. If that's not just the best DIY ever, I don't know what is. See the entire love-filled gallery from JennaBeth Photography over here!
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From JennaBeth Photography... Colleen and Keith's wedding was just plain gorgeous! From their shining personalities and chemistry with one another to all of Colleen's DIY elements ALL throughout the day. Everywhere you turned there was a personal touch somewhere that was done, it made their day feel like them. Some of my favorite handmade items were the cut out t-shirt of a heart that belonged to a friend of Colleen’s that passed away sewn into her dress close to her heart, the handmade seating chart and to the heartfelt letter that Keith wrote to his Dad that also passed. It was such a joy to capture this day!

From the beautiful Bride… When Keith and I started planning our wedding we both quickly agreed we wanted to do something that was small and intimate, with close family and friends, but also
something that was fun and reflected our personalities. When we found Farmstead we agreed that it featured all of the elements we wanted, rustic charm mixed with fun quirks such as a giant moose head hung above the bar. We also knew that Napa Valley would be a great destination for our guests who would be traveling from near and far. Once the venue was set the rest of the decisions fell easily into place, which left me plenty of time to focus on all of the DIYs I had envisioned. My favorites were - The chalkboard signs I made for the bridesmaids to write down how we met, the curtain the florist and I made together for the backdrop to the ceremony and the the cigar box I made for Keith as his wedding day gift.

Our wedding day was as perfect as we could have imagined. Our ceremony started an hour late due to traffic in the valley, but it was nothing a little wine and appetizers couldn’t fix! Our ceremony was written by Keith and me and included many personal touches, my favorites being a Celtic hand fastening ritual as a tribute to my Irish roots and of course a wine ceremony as a nod to our wine country wedding. Our guests gathered around us under a walnut tree on church pews which made the ceremony feel even more personal and intimate. The rest of the night passed far too quickly, and consisted of dining on delicious farm to table food that none of us could get enough of, listening to amazing music performed by our talented guitarist, roasting s’mores over an open fire, and dancing the night away. Looking back, there is nothing I would change for the world!