Vintage Inspired Handcrafted Wedding
This vintage inspired handcrafted wedding from my bloggy friend Dena of Hearts and Sharts is filled with so many unique elements, you won’t believe she nearly DIYed the entire wedding! She pulled off vintage in such an authentic way that you can’t help but feel inspired. You can truly feel the love and history behind each detail and photograph captured by The Minnericks Photographers in this oh-so-lovely wedding.
Location: Plano, Texas | Venue: Event 1013 | Season: Fall | Budget: Less than $1,000
From the Bride…
Inspiration for the day – Love. Family. Simplicity. I had originally wanted a simple wedding anyway, not a ton of flowers, just candlelight, mason jars and whiskey. But after losing Mom in April, my vision changed. It became very apparent to me that life is not things or status or any of that kind of nonsense. It’s about God, love, experiences and relationships; sharing moments with people you love. I just wanted everyone involved to know that we love them dearly. Weddings aren’t just about two people getting married; it’s two families coming together.
Many of the jars are true antiques and were dug up on family land in Texas. The land was the original site of a small town that has since moved 3 miles over. There’s an old dump pile in the back of the property where the townspeople dumped their trash before moving the town in the 50’s. I made new, vintage looking labels to put on them and then decorated them with lace that belonged to my grandmother. Several of the jars also have keys or gears on them that belonged to my grandfather (he was an Air Force Jet Mechanic and kept EVERYTHING).
Clayton, my then fiancé, built the photobooth, I made the mustaches on sticks, all the signage, buntings, the invites, RSVPs, the little packages at each place setting… all inspired by… all together now, PINTEREST!!! But I also already had a ton of stuff to do this with, the jars, the lace, the little knick-knacks… A lot of the lace on the tables was antique and belonged to my grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. The old luggage all belonged to my great-great grandmother and several trunks were my grandfathers from the army. The trunk in the very front of the building, the oldest looking one, belonged to my great-great grandfather, its from the early 1900’s, I think. The sign post next to it was cut by my dad from a barn that his dad built that is still (sort of) standing. I did the text for it and the bucket is an old milk bucket that dad used to use to milk cows. I made all of the bridesmaid’s gifts and took extra care in making sure that everyone was accounted for in our family pictures-on-a-string display. Two of my very best friends, Boss and Robert did the music for the ceremony and another bestie, Scott, introduced the wedding party. We chose the venue because it just went with everything. The idea, the mason jars… the candlelit wall at the ceremony. Sigh. Thank goodness for pictures, I barely remember a lot of this!
1. Proposal Story:
Saturday morning, October 8th, 2011 – He woke up early and got out of bed quietly and let me sleep in a bit. He woke me up standing next to the bed with a plate full of bacon and a cup of coffee. I sat up, ate breakfast in bed and a couple minutes later he came back in the room and asked when I was going to get up. “Uhhh, do we have plans today?” “Will you please just get up?” “Gimme a minute.” “PLEASE JUST STAND UP” Wondering what the heck was going on, I got out of bed and as soon as I stood up, he got down on one knee. Bacon, coffee, diamonds. Wonderful man. YES!!!
2. How many dresses did you try on before you found “the one”?
It was the first one I tried on, but tried on three others afterwards just to make sure.
3. How did you pick your wedding style?
4. How long did you have to plan it?
Oct 2011 – Sept 2012 but didn’t actually start planning until March 2012.
5. Did you DIY any projects? If so do you have a favorite?
Almost everything was a project. My favorite was probably all of the vintage bottles I dug up from family land and decorated with lace/burlap and trinkets.
6. Did you use a wedding coordinator? Would you recommend using one?
Yes and YES! Just make sure they get your vision – even if you have to draw diagrams, maps of venue set up, etc.
7. Favorite source for wedding inspiration?
8. What was your first dance song?
In My Life by Johnny Cash
9. Favorite Part of the Day?
The “first look” private moment with my soon-to-be husband and dancing with my Dad.
10. Advice or tips for those planning a wedding:
Stick to the budget 2. There is no such thing as being “too prepared”.
Vendors: Photography Minnericks | Venue: Event 1013 | Dress: Watters Too from Stardust Celebrations | Flowers: Buds and Blooms Garland, Texas | Pies: Mrs. Norma – she is a friend of Lashanda with Marshall Arts Entertainment | DJ: DJ Jesse – a friend of Lashanda with Marshall Arts Entertainment | Food: Red, Hot and Blue | Coordinator: Marshall Arts Entertainment | Makeup: Anita with Elan Makeup Studio
Don’t forget to stop by Dena’s blog, Hearts and Sharts for some fun and offbeat DIY project ideas! This girl is hilarious and her projects always have so much personality!
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