DIY Connecticut Garden Wedding at Burr Homestead
April 18, 2014
New England
Classic WeddingsGarden WeddingsSummer Weddings
This is one ridiculously crafty couple. To say this gorgeous garden wedding was a labor of love would be a serious understatement. They had their hands in just about every pretty detail captured by Collin Hughes sitting in this gallery. From the stunning invites to all the heartfelt details, this gorgeous Bride put it best when she said she wanted her day to look a little simple but wild. Mission accomplished.
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From the Bride...Rob and I said “I do” in the gardens of the Burr Homestead and then celebrated in a white tent surrounded by big old oak trees. We loved this spot not only for it’s beauty but because it’s just a few streets away from the Long Island Sound where we spend our weekends in the summer. Our style goal was for everything to look simple but wild because we feel these words best describe who we are as a couple. We're not the couple that has fancy things, but we're both designers so we tend to focus on the details of the things we do have.

We wanted to make our decorations ourselves with as many local things as we could find. We wanted to bring out things in our landscape, like the ferns we see on our hiking trails, rocks from our beaches, driftwood from our streams, so thats what we did. We created terrariums with mini fern plants and succulents for each table and used the same plants for favors so that each guest would take home a piece of the wedding. I had so much fun making the terrariums that I began filling antique vases that I borrowed from my brothers antique shop and driftwood that we found at a nearby beach with the extra plants.

Rob and I designed and assembled our own wedding invitations, each was printed on recycled craft paper and tied together with a piece of hemp. We created our own envelope inserts using vintage botanical prints. Since Rob is a graphic designer/illustrator he made all the table numbers and escort cards. He hand painted signs for us to put on the street and near the parking lot so that people could find our event. I made a wedding website for our guests to view details about our event but also learn the story of how we met and made it to match our invites. 

My mother made my rhinestone garter and the belt for my wedding dress. She also made the ribbon sticks for our guests to wave at us after the ceremony, the kids loved these. We used the same ribbon for backs of our chairs at the sweetheart table, we wanted everything to match.

This was certainly a huge undertaking, but I loved how it all turned out - it was my dream wedding.