• Handmade Autumn Garden Wedding: Amanda & Eric

    autumn dreamy garden wedding by soda fountain photographyWhen I saw the photos of the flower girls in this wedding, I immediately thought of photos from Kate Moss’s wedding where she had lots of adorable little girls in white dresses and floral crowns. Then the rest of the photos showed a dreamy garden wedding, and I fell in love.  The flower girls, the bride’s braided-do, the gorgeous orange florals. All so swoon-worthy.  And pin-worthy. This one’s sure to inspire!

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    My advice for brides planning their wedding right now – be flexible … Things don’t always look or happen the way you imagined that they would, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  

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    Musical choices: Wedding Party Processional: God Only Knows by The Beach Boys / Processional: Such Great Heights by Iron and Wine / Recessional: Love is All You Need by The Beatles / First Dance: To Be With You by The Honey Trees

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    How did you make your wedding you? Our budget was fairly small because we had such a large guest list. I knew I could make it work, since my sisters and I had always drooled over weddings featured in blogs and details for sale on Etsy. I wanted a wedding with a vintage feel that reminded me of the old photos of our grandparent’s weddings and of my engagement ring (a family heirloom that once belonged to Eric’s great-grandmother). Most of the elements were handmade by my family and I, and some by the lovely vendors on Etsy. My Aunt made a really adorable cake topper for our cake with some of our favorite book titles. Eric and I scoured every used bookstore and antique store in the area for books to use as centerpieces. My mom, sisters, and I made a sweet photo display with family wedding pictures, a “Here Comes the Bride” sign for the flower girls to carry, favor tags, escort cards with little yellow crepe paper flowers (that took way too long to assemble!), confetti, and programs. We wanted our wedding to be warm, celebratory, authentic, and lighthearted.  A close friend was our officiant, all three of my sisters were my Maids of Honor, my sisters in-law read passages from a few favorite poems during the ceremony, and all of my little cousins were flower girls- we wanted everyone involved!

    This wedding sets such a great example of what you can do with a small budget if you use your (and your family’s) DIY skills & handmade artists – a wedding that is personal, unique, and YOU.

    {Vendors} Photography: Soda Fountain Photography / Venue: Cantigny Gardens, Wheaton, IL / Cake: Cocoa Bean / Cake Topper: Sue Slowik (Amanda’s Aunt) / Favors/Lollipops: The Groovy Baker / Officiant: Tim Sitzmann (friend of the couple) / Florist: Fleur Couture / DJ and Photo Booth: Sounds Abound Entertainment / Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals / Bride’s Shoes: Joseph LaRose (vintage) and Toms / Bride’s Jewelry: vintage / Bride’s Hairpiece: Maddie Lu’s, Etsy / Garter: Rosebud Lips, Etsy / Tote Bag: Melangerie, Etsy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Bridesmaid Bracelets: Beazuness, Etsy / Ring Bearer Bowl: Paloma’s Nest / Umbrellas: Wal-Mart / Paper Goods: handmade by Bride & Family

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    5 Comments

    1. Posted Apr 3 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      So pretty! I just love that last photo of the bride and groom. Gorgeous!

    2. Posted Apr 3 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      What a cute couple! The bride’s bouquet with sherbert flowers is gorgeous!

    3. Posted Apr 3 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

      The flower girls are so adorable! Love the TOMS shoes and all the flowers. Such a lovely wedding!

    4. Posted Apr 4 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      I love the flowers and adorable details. Thanks for sharing!

    5. Christy Flynn
      Posted Apr 12 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Where can I purchase the dresses that the little flower girls are wearing?

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