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My husband and I got married in April on a day that started out with gray skies and tornado warnings.  We had spent so many months planning, creating, and pulling together all of the details for our wedding and were terrified that the day might literally be a wash.  But half an hour before the ceremony was to start, after a morning of me running around like a crazy person, the skies cleared and we got married on the rooftop of a historical downtown building in our hometown of Greensboro, NC.  Surrounded by friends and loved ones, our hearts were so full of joy and excitement and our amazing photographers, Joey and Jessica Seawell, did an incredible job capturing all of details and moments of our big day.

We are diy, craft, and design lovers to the fullest extent and knew that we wanted our personal touch on as much of the wedding as possible and this week I want to share some of the details and work that went into our “woodland modern” themed wedding that truly was a labor of love.  I am going to start with the fashion because it was one of the most fun things to work on.  I had an idea in my head for a long time of the dress I wanted to wear on my wedding day.  Though I did not have any specific style or designer in mind, I knew that they finished product had to reflect my enormous love of color.  I ended up finding a simple silhouette at Davids Bridal and with the help of my mom and my friend Allison, of NosillaV Vintage, we created exactly what I had in mind. My jewelry was from Macy’s and my mom altered it to have a grey ribbon that matched my feather hair clip from Aldo.

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We have really wonderful friends and siblings that made up our wedding party and they are just as unique and creative as us so we wanted their personalities to shine through as well.  With this in mind we simply chose a grey color palette for the party and asked them to pick what they would feel their best in.  The girls got their dresses from various stores including J.Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Macys, and Calvin Klein. We got our shoes from the Lela Rose line for Payless and had them all custom dyed in different shades- this was probably my favorite detail of all!  My mom and I created the jewelry and hair accessories for all of the bridesmaids.

The boys all wore Kenneth Cole pants and shirts and added their own accessories.  The groom also wore a Perry Ellis vest and his grandfathers pocket watch.  I really loved how everyone’s looks came together in a way that was especially their own but had a cohesive feel.  I think it is great for couples to think out of the box on wedding attire, make their own changes to store bought items, and let the personalities of their wedding party really shine.  We think they looked great!!

Tomorrow I will be sharing some of the handmade elements we designed and crafted for our wedding!