Brittany & Beau’s Bright Yellow Sunflowers-and-Polka-dots DIY Wedding
Bright yellow sunflowers and polka-dots, crayons and old-school composition notebooks, a food truck, happy guests, and an adorable so-in-love couple… Intrigued? I’ll stop talking now because there are gorgeous photos of this charmingly-quirky poptastic celebration that are waiting to be seen!
We have Nichole Oldani of Oldani Photography to thank for said gorgeous pics and here she is to tell you more about Brittany and Beau’s special day:
Beau and Brittany met in Art School and it was love. Brittany designed her black and white wedding gown and head piece. She employed the help of her grandmother and together they sewed the gown and created the head piece. During the ceremony Brittany walked, no scratch that, danced down the aisle to “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce’. Beau and Brittany were married by a dear friend. The graphic colors of the day were truly representative of who they are and the large sunflowers were an unexpected surprise. They provided a “Guerrilla Street Food” truck for their guests. Guests were able to go to the window and pick what they wanted. (GSF was later featured on Food Network.) The DJ spun vinyl — no one was surprised.
About the couple, in lovely Brittany’s own words:
Beau and I met during our time at Community College in Florissant, Missouri 10 years ago when we were both studying Fine Arts. We followed our ambitions to other states but always maintained a sincere friendship. After one courageous-sappy conversation five years ago we professed our love and crossed state borders and began our relationship. Ultimately we ended back in the heart of it all in St. Louis Missouri and come back to our Midwest roots. Beau has kept up with his creative endeavors with his brother and best man on a blog called baseballcardvandals.com. I am working in the Natural Grocery industry selling consciously made products to conscience people and loving it.
From here on out, Brittany will take you through the details that made their wedding uniquely theirs:
Our ceremony started with a nice “POP” surprise instead of the traditional “here comes the bride” music, it was replaced by a live band playing the an instrumental version of the chorus to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”. This was captured with my favorite photo of the day of myself fist/bouquet pumping to the horns down the aisle.
The colors and design choices came from my love of bold and graphic elements. We were married in early September and it was 101 degrees so the bright golden yellow sunflowers were seasonal and yellow happens to be my favorite color.
My wedding look was an appropriation of a polka dot silk skirt and tulle hairpiece I made with my Grandma, worn over a beautiful dress by Max and Cleo.
Our loose theme was “Write your life with love”. Beau is a literary fanatic and it was important for me to include both of our passions in the wedding. This theme was represented with composition notebooks on the tables and the iconic golden Crayola box on top. Each place setting was marked with a customized pencil with the phrase “write your life with love” . The Composition books came with instructions to write well wishes to the Bride and Groom along with a coloring book style Character drawing by Jert of mrjert.blogspot.com to entertain guests of all ages.
My advice would be to ask yourself this over arching question in the beginning, “What is most important to me about my wedding?” and don’t sacrifice whatever your answer is because other things can be sacrificed to make what ever the answer is a reality. For me personally it was being able to invite all 250 of my closest friends and family. Once you identify this you can make pragmatic decisions about your budget, vendors, decor… It will allow all other decisions to fall into place. So I ended up with a DIY quirky Midwestern wedding with all my favorite people and no regrets. A wedding hack is to befriend some really talented photographers, musicians, makeup artist and designers. I could not have done it without them.
Huge thanks, Nichole, for sending her beautiful images my way, and congratulation, Brittany and Beau! I sincerely wish you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Nichole Oldani with Oldani Photography
Ceremony Location: Ben Rau Memorial Garden – Blanchette Park
Reception Venue: Ben Rau Memorial Hall – Blanchette Park
Caterer (Food Truck): Guerrilla Street Food
Wedding coordination: Anna Clark
Freelance Makeup Artist: Saheera Bhutto
Wedding DJ: Lee Kratzer
Image submission via Two Bright Lights