Brittani & Scott’s Fun and Feel-Good DIY Wedding
Brittani and Scott kept their summer wedding cozy and stress-free because simply becoming husband and wife in the company of their loved ones was number one on their list. Most of their details were handmade and DIY-ed by themselves, their family and friends including the bridesmaid dresses sewn by Brittani’s mom, the flowers arranged by Scott’s mom, and the cute cupcakes with shrinky dink toppers made by a close friend, which made their celebration an intimate and meaningful family affair.
I’m so glad we’re able to witness this inspiring and feel-good wedding today courtesy of the talents of Stephanie Haller who had this to say about the couple and their special day:
Brittani and Scott were a photographer’s dream couple: giddy, giddy, and giddy! Brittani’s infectious smile and Scott’s easy-going nature made this slightly-warmer-than-normal Seattle day such a joy to photograph. These are two kids who are clearly LOVED by everyone they come into contact with. The 15-minute absolutely hilarious slideshow was one of the most touching things I saw all year. I was honored to be a part of such a family celebration.
It’s time to get to know the lovely couple. Here’s the pretty Brittani with the deets:
Scott and I had both grown up in the same small city, but despite having mutual friends we didn’t meet until 2009. We began dating shortly thereafter and had a fantastic year getting to know each other. Scott proposed one year from our first date, and I didn’t hesitate to say yes!
The first look:
Aww, I love the way Stephanie was able to capture this precious moment!
More from Brittani:
We both knew that we wanted to keep it casual with a lot of personal touches. We didn’t want anything that contradicted our personal taste or our beliefs, just because they were a tradition. Our main goal was to become husband and wife and have a great time enjoying the company of our favorite people.
We kept most of our decorations and details handmade and had so much help from our family and friends. My mom made the bridesmaids dresses and Scott’s mom works at a flower shop and took care of all the arrangements. We wanted to personally connect with our guests so as a seating chart, we printed off a picture of every person attending and put them on a bulletin board. When guests walked in they had to find their picture, which had their table number on the back.
Also, instead of buying cake toppers our friend made “shrinky dink” art off pictures that we had chosen. She was also the one who made our fun-flavored cupcakes.
Our bride lets us in on other ways they personalized their celebration:
I also really liked the idea of a photo booth, and are lucky enough to have a talented friend who painted a giant picture of a beach in Thailand on canvas (which we happened to visit while on our honeymoon!). We hauled in some props and my sisters friends volunteered to take pictures of guests. They turned out great.
Oh, and we made Mad Libs! I remember playing these with my cousins when I was younger, and wanted to do something similiar for the wedding. I made a story for the guests to fill out and printed them on pretty paper at Kinko’s. We read these on the plane for our Honeymoon, and could NOT stop laughing!
Thank you Stephanie for sending this beautiful celebration my way, and congratulations to Brittani & Scott! Thank you for sharing your special day with us.
Photographer: Stephanie Haller Photography
Dress: BCBG Max Azria
Birdcage veil: David’s Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Nina Shoes
Grooms suit: J. Ferrar
Church: Manette Community Church
Reception site: Bremerton Sons of Norway Heritage Hall
Cake Designer: Gluten Free Bakery and Market
Catering: Two Blocks Up
Flowers: Flowers to Go
Bride and bridesmaids hair: Danielle Branes
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: Classic weddings, DIY weddings, first look, handmade weddings, US weddings