Dagny & Andrew’s Cute, Colorful and Cozy DIY Eco-Friendly Wedding
Happy Friday everyone! This is still virtual-me-from-the-past filling in for present-me as she’s still probably soaking up Tokyo as much as she can, knowing her. No worries, she should be back with a fresh post on Monday if her — my — brain has already switched back to regular programming mode by then.
Before this post went to strange places, I was going to tell you all about Dagny and Andrew, the totally adorbs couple who had the super cute ice cream sundae engagement session, and their awesome wedding. By awesome I don’t mean huge, luxurious, and fancy — in fact it was the complete opposite. Their non-traditional celebration was simple, colorful, small, and eco-friendly, as Dagny herself described it to me. Filled with so many artistic elements & meaningful personal touches while surrounded by people they love, it couldn’t have been more perfect for the creative twosome. What’s more, everything was executed for under $3,000. I did say it was awesome didn’t I?
Again we have the fabulous Karina Picache of OhKarina Photography to thank for the beautiful photos on this page. Please enjoy!
You’ve already met Dagny & Andrew via the ice cream sundae e-session I mentioned above but what you don’t know (yet) is that artistic Dagny made Andrew’s tie and that equally creative Andrew made his dress shirt! I also love how they did things their way and dressed up in the same room, unintentionally staging their “first look” right then and there!
I’ll now turn you over to the lovely Dagny so she she can tell you more about their wedding and how they personalized it:
Our best friend officiated our ceremony and we collaborated with her to write the entire thing from scratch. We incorporated traditions that spoke to us from many different religions. The ceremony was just 15 minutes long and held at a local pond so we had a few surprised hikers witness it as well!
Our immediate family was directly involved in each of our vows; my sister performed a song on her ocarina to symbolize our love of music, my mother-in-law read a poem that my late grandfather had written, my father presented a work of art depicting our adventures, my brother-in-law led our hand-fasting with cords he had knotted himself…
… my mother led our unity ceremony in which we planted flowers, my father-in-law led our ring warming and my sister-in-law made a patchwork scarf at our request to drape over us and symbolize our promise to keep each other warm and safe for always.
<3 all these couple portraits!
My dress is a vintage piece from the 1960s that my sister found on Etsy. I chose to go with a nontraditional dress partially because it was going to be a warm day and also because I didn’t want it languishing in the closet – I wanted to be able to wear it again. It didn’t hurt that it cost me less than $70!
This has got to be one of the best ring shots I’ve seen!
I’m a very creative person so it just seemed natural to DIY as much as possible. Andrew made his own dress shirt and I made his linen necktie. My friend Roxanne and I spent hours filling our living room with giant tissue paper pompoms. We picked our flowers from a neighboring field the day before and arranged them ourselves.
We chose not to do any favors. When we did have to purchase anything, we made an effort to choose items that could be reused afterward in some shape or form and would have a minimal impact on the environment. We collected old china from thrift stores for our plates, used cloth napkins which we already had and borrowed extra serving spoons, dishes and tables from family.
It was very important to us that no one go into debt for our wedding, so our total budget was $3,000. This meant a lot more work for us, but a lot less guilt and a much smaller impact on the environment and our wallet!
After our ceremony, our 23 guests (immediate family, grandparents and a handful of close friends to represent our far-flung community) made their way over to my parent’s home where we held a potluck with music playing softly in the background, pretty fairy lights strung in the trees, and burlap table runners held down in the breezy weather with mason jars filled with sand and tea lights. We played horseshoes and yard jenga, hula-hooped and made s’mores late into the night! (I got chocolate on my dress, but I didn’t even care.)
Words of advice from Dagny and Andrew:
Planning a wedding is an incredibly vulnerable experience, and there are so many things that the industry tries to convince us we need in order to have the perfect day that just aren’t always necessary. Keep a list of your priorities, and whether those priorities land heavily on a glamorous evening or a simple backyard potluck, make sure you keep in line with your own needs and no one else’s whenever possible.
Huge thanks to Karina for sharing her gorgeous images of this beautiful backyard wedding my way, and congratulations to Dagny & Andrew! Here’s wishing you guys a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Karina Picache of OhKarina Photography
Bride’s dress: Apple Branches Vintage on Etsy
Bride’s shoes: ModCloth