This sweet wedding was submitted by the bride herself, a loyal Oh Lovely Day reader.  When she emailed me the submission, she said “Since I’m 9 months past my wedding I have unfollowed every wedding blog except yours, because I love your posts.”  And if that wasn’t enough, she submitted a FAB wedding.  Plus, she also loves Dateline Mysteries with Keith Morrison (There was something sinister in the air that night…)  I’m sold!  And seriously, the fact that she said that might have made my whole week!  I hope to have Katie stop by again to feature one of her fantastic DIY wedding projects.

Some details from Katie, the bride:

What did you DIY for your wedding?
Our wedding was full of DIY projects because I have a crafting gene that I cannot suppress. Our cake stood on top of a mahogany crate that I found while my family was tearing down a barn for material earlier in the year. That same crate is now being repurposed as a shelf for pictures, a la Pinterest.  The table numbers were shingles that we found at that same barn and were wood-burned by my uncle. The chalkboard was also found at the barn, covered in sawdust. The seating chart was made from a $5 window I bought at an antique store and then busted out the glass and replaced it with chickenwire. The actual cards were made from tags and tiny clothespins that I bought on etsy.  Erica had suggested the week before the wedding that we should put it on an easel and then I remember that I had this old, very large, easel from my childhood that was still in my parent’s attic. The flowers were peach David Austen roses and ivory peonies, ranunculus, and hydrangeas.  The bridesmaids’ bouquets were reconstituted as centerpieces on half the tables. We placed them in large mason jars and surrounded the tables with tealights in pint mason jars. My rule of thumb was two candles for every guest – so we used 208 candles.  Our favors were homemade preserves that my family made together. The stamp for the top was bought on etsy. My grandmother and I were extremely close and she had just passed away in Februrary. She grew and helped pick the figs for favor preserves the summer before, so her love was preserved in those jars.  The wash tubs that held the bottled drinks belonged to her also.  I pinned her wedding band and my grandfather’s masonic ring under my dress, wore her pearls, and we had a table holding pictures of our parents and grandparents at their weddings.  
How did you make your wedding YOU?
I believe the only secret to throwing a good party is to plan it from the guest’s perspective. Brandon and I were certain of a few things when we started planning: It should be in the mountains, feel like a vacation for our friends and family, it should be intimate, and the food should be epic.  We wanted just family and close friends, but soon realized that was still a long list.  So we wanted to make it personal, to base our entire wedding on spending time with each of them in a gorgeous setting. We spent each night (even after the wedding) spending quality time around a bonfire with our favorite people – s’mores included. We insisted on inviting all of our friend’s children. As one flower girl cried walking down the aisle and the other tripped on her dress, my dad and I laughed and said, “We wouldn’t have it any other way.”  It might sound cliche, but our wedding was “US” because we made it about everyone else, in addition to us. We wanted a celebration, not a spotlight, and I feel that we were very successful.

I love that the bride used mason jars because her grandfather was an actual mason, and her grandmother grew and picked the figs for the preserve favors.  Since both had passed away before the wedding, that is such a meaningful way to honor them and have them present in their day!

I also think that is such important advice – try to think of from the guests’ perspective when planning your wedding.  How far will they have to drive, or will you have a shuttle so they can enjoy a couple of cocktails?  Are there enough bathrooms and bartenders so they don’t have to wait in line?  Is the food and music good enough so they can enjoy themselves?  The key to a great wedding is making sure your guests feel comfortable, thought of, and appreciated.  Wouldn’t you agree?
{Vendors} Bridal gown: Jim Hjelm / Bride’s shoes: Luchesse / Bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Banks / Photography: TimWill Photography / Venue: Hawkesdene Estate, Andrews, NC / Cake: Cakelady and Company / Hair: Libby Krask of Mint Salon / Makeup: Jennifer Lyons Hadden of Flawless Finish / Wedding Planner: Erica Prewett of A Big to Do Event  / Ring Pillow and Hair Flower: EmersonMade (Now Emerson Fry) / Flowergirl Dresses: Strasburg Children / Florals: Paul Brummer of Rooms in Bloom