Hello It’s a Bride’s Life readers! My apologies for being out of touch for so long. What a crazy summer it has been – between our wedding, honeymoon, work, my best friend’s wedding in Denver (less than a month after mine!) and more work…life has been non-stop insane…but in the very best way. I would love to share a recap of our oh-so-special day:
Stephen and I handcrafted many of our wedding day details, incorporating some things that we hold near and dear to our hearts: family, friends, adventure and traveling, bicycles, Philadelphia, locally-sourced products and all things vintage. Some of our favorite details included:
Our “altar” set up. I hand-dyed muslin two shades of yellow (in a bucket in our bathroom – glamorous, I know!) and then tore it into strips. We sourced the white table from Craigslist and then decorated it with vintage books, a terrarium that I made and a globe. The stage was flanked with two arrangements put together in old milk glass that I collected from thrift stores.
Our photobooth backdrop! My sister put this beauty together using streamers, a scissor and a glue stick…and 15 hours:
Oh, the cake! Our layered rainbow cake was created by our talented friend, Katie. She baked it in her South Philly home and then pieced it together and iced it at the venue. It was over 65″ long and it sat on a cake stand that I made using wood from Lowe’s, dollhouse shingles, spray paint (low VOC paint for the actual plank of wood) and glue.
My wedding dress that my mother made for me! We sourced the fabric from the garment district in NYC and found the pattern at a local craft store. She made the boxy lace jacket from the lace found on her wedding dress, and she sewed a 2011 penny into the pocket for good luck. Fun penny fact: it came from the Walgreens where Steve and I first met.
Homemade cookies. Stephen’s grandmother, Mema, baked these from scratch. We heard they were delicious, which makes sense because they were gone before we could even taste them! They sat on handmade cookie stands that I put together using candlesticks and plates from thrift stores.
Napkins sewed with love! Stephen’s mother sewed 120 napkins using three types of yellow fabric. We printed our dinner menus ourselves and we attached buttons for our guests to wear. The buttons echoed our rowhome wedding invitations.
My grandmother’s hankies! The handkerchiefs that my bridesmaids carried around their bouquets belonged to my grandmother, Erna.
Bicycle Sendoff! Our getaway vehicle was a bicycle pedicab. It definitely beat me attempting to bike away on a tandem bicycle in heels and a dress!
All in all, the day was lovely, fun and a true reflection of us as a couple. Next week, I plan to post two DIY mini-tutorials from our big day – flag drink stirrers and slide projector place cards! Thanks for sticking with me through my wedding planning journey! You guys are amazing!