Amy & Jared’s Twinkly Bright, Warm and Fuzzy DIY Winter Wedding
It’s already mid-September and I know some of you are already neck deep in planning your Christmas weddings so I have a gorgeous and almost entirely DIY winter-themed celebration filled with so much love, twinkly lights and holiday cheer for you today! Meet lovely couple Amy and Jared…
Adorable, aren’t they?? Pretty Amy told me that she loves winter, the look of bare trees, pine cones and Christmas lights all jumbled together. They got married five days after Christmas so they took to the season for inspiration, incorporating twinkly lights, pine cones, little Christmas trees, snow white baby’s breath, and silver and gold accents into their decor. To warm up the wintry theme, they added knit and yarn elements, and as a unique personal touch, party signage and labels were in the form of haikus penned by the talented Jared.
We are able to witness this beautiful celebration through the talents of Cole Gorman of Blest Photography (see more of his work that’s been featured here!) who shared on his blog that he got pretty emotional shooting this event:
Their day was so special, and I can honestly say without a shred of shame, that this tough guy actually got a bit emotional twice during their wedding day. The love and passion that Jared has for Amy, and the respect and commitment Amy has for Jared made quite a few moments impossible to hold back the huge lump that forms in your throat in light of such beauty. Their relationship exhibited on their day made me worship God more, for who He is and who He is to the Church! It was truly amazing.
Without further ado, please enjoy the eye candy!
Love these knit ties by LitKnits worn by the groom and his men!
Those lush baby’s breath bouquets look amazing against their indigo dresses!
Amy gave her bridesmaids matching funky rings. She also mentioned that she loves wildflowers but they’re a little harder to come by in the winter so they went with the beautiful tiny buds of baby’s breath.
These two are a couple of bookworms (evidence: their cute bookworm e-session also photographed by Cole!) so I love that they paid tribute to it via these non-first-look portraits. Let’s get to know them a little better — here’s Amy:
Jared and I met on a mission trip in college and soon became great friends. We have a dear love of books and reading. We both love to spend time cooking, making things, and hanging out with our lovely friends and families. We’re extremely blessed to have a wonderful group of people around us and to have God as the ultimate support system and Joy of our lives.
I just love this series of shots!
This one is perfectly directed — it seems like they could see each other through the wall.
Don’t you just love how in love they are? Amy shares a few details about the ceremony:
We decided to bring in a lot of our super talented friends to help us out. One of my best friends and one of Jared’s groomsmen lead worship. Jared’s oldest sister played the piano for a half hour or so leading up to the wedding (pride and prejudice soundtrack plus other lovely songs). Two of my best friends read scripture, and we had a close friend take our pictures. We used our favorite songs for the walks up and down the aisle.
Amy and Jared loves the look of Christmas lights so they decided to primarily use them for lighting up the reception. From this point on, I’ll let Amy take over so she can tell you more about how they made their celebration uniquely their own:
To warm up the Christmas theme a bit we incorporated fuzzy yarn into a lot of the decorations. The groomsmen wore hand-knit ties and we had yarn wrapped vases to hold more baby’s breath. As far as the mood, we wanted the ceremony and reception to reflect our personalities while keeping a comfortable atmosphere for our guests.
Jared’s a fantastic writer and outstanding penner of haikus (as you can see on his blog), so we decided that all of our labels (i.e. where to sit, what type of dessert, gift table, etc.) would be in the form of haikus.
(Such a neat idea!)
Our friends put together an awesome donut tree (the donuts were Dunkin Donuts, which are Jared’s favorite)! Everything else we pretty much did ourselves or delegated to others (delegation is your friend!).
We knew all of our friends and family loved to dance, so we focused on picking a combination of 90s throwback songs (Aaron’s Party, Gonna Make You Sweat, Good Vibrations- the Marky Mark version) and newer ones that everyone would love.
One moment that really stood out in the planning process was when Jared and I, after lots of stressful talks, decided that from that point on, we were not going to do anything just because of tradition or because everyone else was doing it. After that talk we really had the freedom to personalize our wedding day and focus on whatever we felt was important.
And now, some very helpful advice from the couple:
We had such a lovely wedding and reception and it was mainly due to all of the wonderful people that helped us. We truly were surrounded by love.
Please, please do not compare your wedding to anyone else’s. C.S. Lewis put it best when he said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” There is nothing wrong with looking at wedding blogs and Pinterest (in fact, I got a lot of ideas and insights from them), but after a certain point, they can drain all of the fun away from planning. There is always going to be another cool craft you could make or somebody who did something better. Going into such a special day regretting your flower choice is ridiculous. Mostly, don’t conform to what everyone says your wedding should be like. Just have fun with the planning and incorporate the things you love! Overall, we started off the planning process really poorly. It was extremely stressful and not very much fun. But after we had our talk, we redirected the process and just let go of a lot of pressures we were putting on ourselves. It is important to remember that the people who love you are going to be at the wedding for the simple reason that they love you. They just want to celebrate with you!
(I totally agree! Thank you so much for the insight, Amy & Jared)
Thank you, thank you Cole for sharing your beautiful images with us, and congratulations Amy & Jared! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous and inspiring Christmas wedding with us! Here’s wishing you a blissful married life!
Photographer: Cole Gorman of Blest Photography
Venue: Church of the Apostles, Raleigh NC
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen ties: LitKnits
Donut Tree: put together by friends
Everything else: handmade or delegated to friends