Diana & Steve’s Crafty and Artistic Eclectic Vintage DIY Wedding
I hope all of you had a great week but before we head to the weekend, I’d like to share with you this gorgeous, eclectic vintage DIY (budget!) wedding filled with so many fun, artistic details that the craft bride made herself with some help from family and friends. Here’s Carly Valentine Photography to tell us more about the day:
I met Diana a couple of years ago at a mutual friend’s bachelorette party. I knew that her and Steve had been dating for a long time, so I was excited for them when I heard they got engaged. When she asked me to shoot their wedding, I was thrilled! Diana is a photographer herself, so I was really flattered that she liked my work. She started sharing their vision with me right away, mailing swatches and inspiration boards. I could not wait to see everything come to life on their wedding day. They did not disappoint. It was so creative and lovely. They put so much work and lots of personal details into their day and it showed. I was especially touched by the super sweet and emotional outdoor ceremony. Diana and Steve’s friends and family were so ready to celebrate them and I loved capturing it (with my talented second shooter, Judi Stuffick). I’ll always remember how they just couldn’t stop hugging each other. It’s couples like this that make me love what I do.
Let’s get to know the couple a little better. Beautiful bride Diana is here to tell us more about the two of them and their wedding:
Steve and I met as teenagers through the guitarist in my band. We instantly hit it off, chatting until 2am on school nights. We met in person after a week of chatting on AIM (wow… remember?) and I knew that I was in trouble; I found my guy. 12 inseparable years later and we are finally married! We are best friends who still miss each other when we’re not together for any amount of time. It’s nauseating, really. We currently enjoy spending lots of time with our friends and our two adorable cats, Pizza & Sugar. Steve works as a recruiter for a Pool Management company and I am trying to work on my photography business outside of my every day job.
Our wedding in a nutshell? I’d say Eclectic Vintage on a budget, to put it simply. I didn’t want everything to be matchy-matchy, that’s just not me, as I’m a bit silly and bouncing all around. We wanted a relaxed feel, comfort food and great music. We both love history and the Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ has such a beautiful historic feel that we loved.
We personalized our wedding to fit our style and our personality as best as we could. I chose Yellow, Gray and Mint as our colors. I really feel like it added to the vintage feel and felt sunny and warm. I didn’t want to go with traditional fall colors, as we would have been lost in the backdrop of the changing leaves and red mill.
a) I knew I wanted a farmhouse or another historic place to set the tone and add a beautiful backdrop, and the Prallsville Mill is right on the Delaware River and was a halfway point between our houses when we were younger.
b) My bridesmaids all wore different dresses that they chose to suit their style in shades of gray and different shoes in yellow. I had a Maid of Honor and a Matron of honor (my sisters) and we skipped having a flower girl. My nephews were ring bearer and junior groomsman (respectively) and wore suspenders instead of bow ties like our grooms party.
c) My bouquet was made of fabric flowers made by my sisters. They are amazing and helped with so much, I am forever grateful.
d) We skipped the sit down dinner and went full on passed appetizers the whole night to keep the party going. Our drinks were served in mason jars with complimentary colored striped straws. All the tables had a hodgepodge of mason jars with wildflowers and candles. We got all of our jars from a family friend who was cleaning out his barn and gave us all of these vintage and amazing mason jars… I just went with it!
e) Steve and a friend started the blog, Dudes With Beards Eating Cupcakes, so I wanted our dessert table to be playful and whimsical and full of cupcakes. I had a cupcake baking party with friends 2 days before the wedding where we baked different flavors and had a blast decorating them. I made all the cake plates myself by painting plates and attaching them to faux mercury glass candle holders, which was my favorite thing to make for the wedding because they turned out how I had hoped for for much, much less.
f) I handmade all of the gents’ boutonnieres with flat magnets, felt yellow balls, ribbon, gray and mint feathers and wire. They were a last minute decision, but turned out so beautifully. All of the guys stood out and it added a pop of our wedding colors to their wardrobe.
g) We wanted to support our local apiary by buying and using local honey as favors. What started as a dream of little honey pot favors evolved into honey stick favors. Our budget didn’t allow for pricey jars so I got creative by bundling 3 honey sticks tied together with bakers twine that was used on our save the dates. I attached cute, handmade tags that I made in Adobe Illustrator and I also hand stamped the back with honeycomb & bees. they were printed, cut, stamped and tied all by me and I was so happy with the end result.
h) Our DJ was a husband/wife team that doesn’t play the top 40 club hits. They played what we wanted to hear and shared similar taste in music. As soon as we were announced husband and wife we played “Ceremony” by New Order and kissed and receded down the aisle together. They were so great in understanding what we wanted to hear and the feeling we wanted to achieve through the music.
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Diana’s parting insights and advice for those of you in the planning stage:
I would have to say, from beginning to end, the best advice I can give is to do what speaks to you and your style. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and do what YOU want and stick to it! At the end of the day, it’s your wedding and your memories. Also, be realistic and creative with your budget! There were ideas I wanted but couldn’t afford so I would always rethink “what can I do to make it work with my budget?”.
Thank you so much Carly for sending this truly inspiring and creative wedding my way, and congratulations Diana and Steve! Wishing you guys a blissful life together!
Photographer: Carly Valentine Photography
Venue: Prallsville Mills, Stockton NJ
Dress: Alfred Angelo
Hair Accessory: Vintage by School of Vintage
Rentals & Venue: through Brillman’s Rental Barn
Catering: Bitter Bob’s of New Hope, PA
Wedding DJ: All Nighter Sounds
Image submission via Two Bright Lights