Michelle & Brian’s Rustic and Romantic DIY Falls Cottage Wedding
Happy Monday everyone! I hope all your holiday preparations are going great. Today’s wedding took place in Falls Park, a beautiful outdoor setting in Greenville’s historic West End. Michelle and Brian wanted to celebrate their love with all their close friends and relatives as one big family, and they also wanted their wedding to show who they are as a couple. Each detail and element of the wedding had their names written all over it as the majority of the decorations were DIY projects by the bride and their family members.
I’m delighted to share this extremely lovely celebration through the talents of Nathan Bell of Richard Bell Photography (see his previously featured work). As you will see, the photos are just gorgeous. Please enjoy!
Are you loving all the creative personal details yet? There’s more to come. I also want to share the sweet words Michelle shared when I asked her to tell us more about the two of them:
I am the luckiest woman in the world to marry such a friendly, fun loving guy like Brian. He is always making me smile and laugh, there is never a dull moment with him. We first met in 2009 during an internship in the Hamptons, NY. It was the perfect romantic setting to fall in love. Everyday since then has been even better than the first. His family has always gain a huge spot in my heart. His mom, Pat, and sister, Amanda, helped fill the void of missing my mom during the planning process of the wedding. They really stepped up and helped all the little details come together. Brian’s sister, Amanda Wagner, was even my Matron of Honor.
And here now is their first look…
The wedding motif was navy and orange with the orange representing the bride & groom’s colleges, Virginia Tech (Michelle) and Clemson (Brian).
Michelle’s here again to share some insider info on their celebration:
Our wedding was a small get together of our closed friends and family. We viewed our wedding as not just a fun get together but bringing two families together as one. There was no theme for the wedding but we wanted to keep some it partially traditional while adding our personality. Brian actually gets full credit for picking out the colors for the wedding Navy and Orange, I just brought it to life.
There were many personal touches through out the wedding. During the ceremony we had a memory candle for my mother, Carol, who passed away when I was in High School. Our Pastor, Pastor Dave, was a close family friend and one of my bridesmaid’s father.
We wanted our wedding to be a celebrating of bringing separate friends and families from different backgrounds together. Our vision was to have our friends and families get to know each other and celebrate this wonderful event as one big family. Each person at the wedding was someone who has been with us through the thick and thin life throws at us. They have all affected us in a huge way and we were excited to see each of them.
The table “numbers” were the different cities that we have lived and visited. The favors was our favorite Carolina BBQ.
My dad Larry Dunn made the cupcake stand, Brian’s Aunt Judy Crommie made the envelope box, my Aunt Cheryl Young made the ‘guest book’ quilt, and my cousin Dante Sanders helped design and print out the save-the-dates, invitations, and programs.
(Before we end this feature, get ready for some seriously awesome portrait photography!)
Parting advice from the couple:
All the planning in the world can happen before the wedding but once the wedding starts just enjoy the moment and don’t focus on the things that went wrong or might go wrong.
Thank you Nathan for sending your dreamy-gorgeous photos of this wonderful wedding my way, and congratulations Michelle & Brian! Here’s wishing you a life of wedded bliss.
Photographer: Nathan Bell for Richard Bell Photography
Venue (ceremony and reception) / Catering: Mary’s Cottage at Falls Park, (Bride’s note: Candy Inman the Events Manager help everything come to life!)
Dress: Poinsett Bride (Greenville, SC)
Florist: Dahlia a Florist
Invitation: created by the bride and her cousin Dante
Cupcake tower: made by the bride’s dad Larry Dunn
Mini Cupcakes and Cake: Sugah Cakes
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: DIY weddings, first look, garden weddings, outdoor weddings, rustic weddings