Laura & Derek’s Fun, Fresh, and Colorful DIY Wedding
Happy Friday everyone! I know you enjoyed Wednesday’s Color Me Rad e-session so I’m back with even more of those happy hues in this fun celebration filled with bold and bright colors! Inspired by their engagement photos where they used large colorful balloons as props, Laura and Derek built their wedding around a fun, happy, and summery theme. Those e-session photos made their way into a lot of their DIY decor along with bright blue bottles which served as a unifying accent piece for the entire day.
We have Nicole Montmarquet Photography (who also photographed their e-session) to thank for this wonderful submission. Please enjoy!
About the couple and their wedding, in the lovely bride’s own words:
Derek and I had been together for over 6 years when we got married. We met in Hawaii while Derek was in the navy and I was working for the military recreation department. It was definitely a whirl-wind romance and we have been together ever since. Derek is originally from Ohio (youngest of 7, grew up on a farm). I grew up here in Massachusetts. I would describe us as a fun-loving , outgoing couple. We love to laugh (with each other or at each other). We love to travel and go on fun day excursions in our area (apple picking, beer tasting, etc.). We also love just snuggling on the couch. We both were sure that we wanted our wedding to be fun and relaxing yet special and memorable. Our type A personalities made the planning stressful at times but I think it turned out amazing.
There was no specific theme but it was important that everything flowed together. We found a couple accents that we loved (blue glass bottles and oversized balloons) and used them to unify the entire event. We kept the colors fresh and summery. I think we mostly wanted to avoid a stuffy, formal event and keep our wedding fresh, whimsical, and fun. The venue (ceremony and reception location) really helped complement our decor.
It was important to us to make our wedding personal so we made sure to put our “stamp” on almost all the details. I am a huge fan of DIY and making unique accents at an affordable price. Since I have a wonderful now-husband who is willing to help out, all the little weekend projects became a great way for my fiancé and I to spend time together.
We made sure to use photos of the two of us whenever possible. The table cards at the wedding as well as the save-the-date cards and invitations all used beautiful engagement photos taken by our photographer.
We made the table assignment chart ourselves, assembled all the favors, and created the wedding sign for the front lawn.
Instead of a traditional wedding book, we stuck with our blue bottle theme and had guests leave us “messages in a bottle” for our 1-, 5-, or 10-year anniversary. They are decoration right now in our apartment and I cannot wait to read them. And do not forget all the Riesling/sparkling water my fiancé had to drink to get all those blue bottles.
We also planned a dance for our entrance. We are by no means dancers but I think it definitely got the party off to great start.
Words of advice from the newlyweds:
Do not forget that the wedding is about the two of you. Make time to enjoy it. We did a receiving line at the end of the night as people left the venue instead of visiting each and every table. This gave us time to dance and enjoy our night and still thank all our guests.
Also, write your own vows if you can. We still did the traditional “I dos” at the end of the ceremony but we also wrote our own vows. Before writing, we can up with a sort of template for each of us to follow so that the vows complemented one another and were about the same length. The vows were still unique and beautiful but I think the direction helped make the whole thing less stressful. The vows were beautiful because they were personal and thoughtful. They are now framed at our house and are a great memory/reminder of the promises we made to one another.
Thank you Nicole for sending your beautiful work my way, and congratulations Laura and Derek! I wish you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Nicole Montmarquet Photography
Venue / Food / Cake: Harding Allen Estate, Barre MA
Flowers: Potting Shed Florist (Harding Allen Estates in-house florist)
Dress: Maggie Sottero- “Miri”
Bridesmaid dresses: Caradonna Bridal, Northborough MA (Dress designer: Bill Levkoff, Style 158)
Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Michelle’s South Street Salon, Westborough MA
Invitations: DIY through Minted.com
DJ: Bob Solano
Image submission via Two Bright Lights