Vicky & Zach’s Baseballs, Buttons and DIY Crafts-filled Wedding
How can it be the end of November already?! The month just flew by, it seems, and I have the perfect feature to cap it off with! I just know that you will love this adorable couple and their baseball-themed DIY crafts-filled wedding courtesy of the talents of Jennifer Boyle Photography and here she is to tell us more about it:
Vicky and Zach have such a great backstory. They met online, but not at an online dating site like you might think. They were living hundreds of miles apart and they happened to be in the same baseball chat room at the same time. She loves the Cardinals and he loves the Mets. They started badmouthing each others’ teams, and just couldn’t stop, which eventually turned into flirting and that eventually turned into Vicky moving to NYC to be with Zach. For the wedding, most of the details were DIY, from the paper flowers to the wire sculpture centerpieces to the button bouquets and boutonnieres. The venue was the Water’s Edge in Queens, on the East River with an amazing view of Manhattan through the panoramic windows.
Love those baseball hide cufflinks! These were a gift from the bride to the groom.
Are you gushing over the whimsical details like me? They’re almost all DIY! Our lovely bride actually made the button bouquets and boutonnieres. Even their makeup was done by a friend of theirs, Amanda.
The couple did a first look:
Aww, I adore how in love these two are! I will now let the lovely Vicky tell you more about how they met:
Zach is a lifelong New Yorker and I was born and raised in the midwest (Missouri, mostly.) We met on message boards for internet website that makes cartoons out of video games, mostly by giving each other a hard time about our love of our baseball teams. He’s a die hard NY Mets fan and I love my St. Louis Cardinals. We talked for a couple years before I moved to New York and it’s been fantastic every since.
From this point on I’ll let Vicky tell you more about their beautiful wedding herself:
We didn’t decide on a ‘THEME’ but we did decide to make it as much DIY as we could. We didn’t want a cookie cutter ‘as seen on every wedding blog ever’ wedding. What we did want was for people to leave thinking ”That was SO them” which seemed to work out perfectly.
My bridesmaid Jackie made our button hair barrettes.
Our ring bearer carried a pillow shaped like a dinosaur that I made to house our rings, and he got to keep it. We walked the aisle to one of our dearest friends playing her accordion.
I decided to not use real flowers so we picked an easy to make origami style flower that Zach and I sat and made together with supplies gifted by my mom and Zach’s aunt.
My mother made wire flower sculptures for each table to stick with our craft flower theme. Our thank you cards were spin art made by another of Zach’s aunts.
From the start we knew we had to have baseball in our day in some way, that’s how the cake toppers with our team logos on them came about (painted by on of my bridesmaids, Jackie) and also the ice cream sundae bar served in our teams ice cream helmets, just like at the stadium. Everyone really pitched in help us make it our day, and the fact that so much time was put in by our families and friends definitely showed.
I asked Vicky if she had any insights or advice that she wanted to share:
Only that there is no ‘NORMAL’ when you are planning a wedding. Sure, there’s tradition but there are also opportunities to create new traditions. Every time someone told us we MUST do something because it’s how weddings work, we stopped to think about whether it was something we’d be doing for us or for the sake of tradition. We ended up shirking a ton of normal and inputting so much of our own ideas and loves into the day that just made it such a lovely and comfortable day for us. Most of all, have fun with it.
Thank you Vicky for sending your beautiful photos of this fun and creative wedding my way, and congratulations Vicky & Zach! Thank you for sharing your special day with all of us.
Photographer: Jennifer Boyle Photography
Venue: Water’s Edge, Long Island City NY
Hotel: The Z, Long Island City NY
Dress: Allure, bought at RK Bridal NYC
Suit: Black Lapel (bride’s note: these guys are a fantastic made to measure business)
DJ: 74 Events, Gary Hoffman
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
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