DIY Rustic Wedding: Maggie + Stephen – Part Two

Hello, hello! On Friday, we showed you part one of this incredibly gorgeous DIY Rustic Wedding. Today, we’re proud to reveal part two of Maggie and Stephen’s special day with the First Look, Ceremony, and Reception. And… the bride, Maggie, handcrafted all of the details herself (and she did an incredible job!) If you’re looking for DIY rustic wedding inspiration, today’s feature has it all: a barn reception, mason jar lanterns, chalkboards, a vintage suitcase card box, handmade chair signs, a vintage photo wall, and much more. Read on to reveal Part Two of this gorgeous wedding, beginning with a teary-eyed groom in a candid First Look. Enjoy!

The First Look

Maggie and Stephen decided to do a ‘first look’ and we’re glad they did: check out the groom’s candid reaction!

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The Ceremony

The ceremony took place at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Purple hydrangeas and white rose petals decorated the aisle-way and guests had the opportunity to get a jump start on signing the guest book upon arrival. (Great idea!)

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Maggie and Stephen included a few wedding traditions in their ceremony such as hand-fasting…

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… and a unity ceremony using sand.

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Married!

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The Reception

True to its theme, this DIY rustic wedding reception was held at Webb Barn, also in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Guests were greeted with DIY details right from the entry way with cork escort cards, hanging mason jars lanterns, chalkboards, bunting, a card box made out of a vintage suitcase, and more. Maggie made ALL of the DIY rustic wedding details herself, right down to the silhouette cake topper that we love oh-so-much. The happy couple opted for a sweetheart table that featured handmade ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ chair signs.

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A wall of old wedding photos from their family graced one wall of the barn underneath a sign that read, “And they lived happily ever after”.

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Look how gorgeous the barn reception looked at night all lit up!

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Maggie and Stephen snuck away for a few sweet moments under the stars…

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The new Mr. and Mrs. were given a grand exit with sparklers held by guests. Congratulations, you two!

DIY Rustic Wedding (photography by Michelle Gardella Photography)

These gorgeous photographs were captured by the always-inspiring Michelle Gardella Photography based in Connecticut. Michelle is a member of the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book. Visit her website to see more Real Wedding inspiration here. If you missed part one of this Real Wedding, check it out here.


-THE EB TEAM

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  • http://[email protected] Barbara@River Oaks Wedding Planner

    That’s wedding is awesome,thanks for sharing such a wonderful wedding.

  • Kerri Kalinski

    This wedding is SO gorgeous, I love it!!

  • Sarah

    This wedding is sick! Simply Amazing!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Dragonsflowers Dragonfly Expression

    Totally Fabulous!…Love all the details!