I LOVE when I get submissions from brides themselves, from girls who read this blog while they planned their weddings. And then when I see the submission is so full of gorgeous vintage details and DIY galore, I get giddy. I’ve been excited to share this wedding for weeks, and the day is finally here! A little backstory on this couple:
We met our freshmen year in college and 4 years later we both graduated with aviation degrees and our commercial pilot license. With hopes of flying and the great outdoors, we were beckoned to my husband’s hometown of Cordova, Alaska. He is a pilot for Cordova Air service while I fly aerial surveys for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.After a year of living in Cordova, Craig proposed under a very very cold winter star filled night. Since we live in Cordova a very remote town, with the only access being a 8 hour ferry ride or by plane. We decided to have it in Issaquah, Washington as a central hub of family flying in from all over the country.
Angela’s bouquet was made from a collection of vintage brooches that belonged to her grandmother, aunts, and her late mother.
I love these ‘first look’ photos!
Cordova, Alaska experienced a serious flood in 2007 and my husband was helping neighbors clean out their basement and found that cake topper among the rubble and sent it to me. He was a fisherman for 6 months out of the year for the first 4 1/2 years of our dating. He was out on the boat for days at a time and most of our communication was by mail, and one phone call a week. It was such a treat receiving the cake topper in the mail!
I know I posted a lot of photos, but there was just so much great stuff to share with you. So many pretty lacy and doily details and cool DIY elements. Here is some info from the bride:
One of the main themes of the wedding was flying of course with a vintage twist. We had banners throughout the venue with lyrics from song. Such as, Come Fly with Me, Fly me to the moon, Fly away with me…” I had a drink stand where Shirley temples, cherry coke, and Italian sodas were served. I also had a candy stand with an airplane hand stamped paper bags.
As for the DIY, the stamp was made by me and used also on the front of the wedding programs. Each table had an embroidery hoop with a state, to designate where to sit. We had vintage toy airplanes hung from the ceiling. My father made the frame of the altar backdrop and the lace are curtains on it are from Ikea. A friend and I made all of the bunting together and I also made the paper chains from vintage children’s books. Our photographers (also my cousins) made the photo booth backdrop from vintage bedding sheets. Most of the tablecloths are from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I bought a few from ebay and etsy that had states on them. I collected the suitcases since childhood, and some were my grandfather’s and my mother’s. We put baby’s breath in eyelet canisters from Ikea to line the ceremony aisle, and I made my bouquet from antique brooches that belonged to my late mother and my aunts and my grandmother from the 50’s. But I think the biggest accomplishment of the whole planning was the aisle runner. It include photos of us as children and a timeline of our 6 years of dating. It took about a week to cut all the letters out and about 24 hours of ironing to finish the 30 foot long runner. We also had a crossword puzzle in our programs and most of the answers could be found on the runner, so it gave everyone something fun to do while they waited for the ceremony!
Don’t you love all of these personal details? What is your favorite DIY or decor element? And if you want to know how to make that aisle runner, be sure to go here for the full tutorial.