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Handmade Lovebirds: April and Michael’s Real Wedding!

Posted January 12, 2011 | 16 Comments

We’re excited to show off these great wedding photos from Kristina of Kristina Hill Photography. Kristina’s sister is the lovely bride and the handmade details are amazing! Check them out for yourself after a few words from Kristina.

Kristina tells us, “April and Michael were married at the Stroudsmore Country Inn in Stroudsburg, PA and their wedding site was called Woodsgate. It was an outdoor chapel with wooden benches, surrounded by tall fall trees. My sister is a graphic designer and she designed pretty much all of the details of her wedding – programs, menus, logo, favors, etc.

Lastly, her invites were screen-printed vintage handkerchiefs and her response cards were mad libs (they were pretty cool!). It was all wrapped up with a tree bark printed paper ‘ribbon’. Thank you notes (which are mixes from their wedding night music, because all night people complimented them on how ‘unique’ and ‘them’ the music played was) printed on cd’s that look like records are in the works!”

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

Birdseed packets were designed by April and sewn by the groom’s mother with the old saying ‘”cause being single is for the birds”!

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

Favors/Place Cards were miniature journals (Anthropologie) with bookcovers made and hand stamped by April – each guest’s name was on the spine, table numbers on front & message on back! Family photos were strung throughout venue.

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

The Junior Bridesmaid/Flower Girl/Ring Bearer in one! Her flowers were sewn into dress so her hands were free to carry the rings.


Photo by Johnny Wolf Photography

Groom’s embroidered Converse and groomsmen embroidered ties (ties from an Etsy vendor, but embroidered by Nicole Licht of Astulabee www.astulabee.com)

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

Bride’s shoes & bride

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

Ring plate (Etsy) and Rings (the wedding band was two pieces custom made to enclose the engagement ring)

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

Guests signed in by stamping thumb prints on a tree (made by April) and signing.

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

View of table featuring menus made by April, Table numbers made by April and a close up of the menu (a spinning wheel that allowed guests to choose their entrees/deserts/etc).

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

Cake featuring cake toppers made by Nicole Licht of Astulabee – they were a gift for their engagement!

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

The bride and groom under a just married sign (made by the groom’s mom and April out of left over handkerchiefs from their invites)

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

Bride and groom on the groom’s childhood paddle boat!

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

Cover and back of program – also designed by April (inside and back are outrageous, too!) and sewn by groom’s mom.”

brooklyn wedding photographer - Kristina Hill Photography

If you love these photos and want to see more images from this Brooklyn wedding photographer, check out Kristina’s site http://www.kristinahill.com .

All images courtesy of Kristina Hill Photography. All Rights Reserved.










  • lexie

    awesome i love the ideas and the hard work you put into this

  • lexie

    oh yes april this is your friend

  • lexie

    I love this it was so beautiful and it was nice to be there

    • EmmalineBride

      Hi Lexie,

      Thanks for the comment! It looked like a beautiful wedding and you got to be there – awesome! Thanks for stopping by.

      -E.

  • Charlene Pearce

    April, you should be an event planner! everything looks great, congratulations!

  • http://www.petalpetal.com Brianne of PetalPetal designs

    Wow and I mean WOW! Tweeting this out to the universe as I type. Love the fun colors and thoughtful details!

  • Jackie Vancheri

    If there were ever two people that were meant to be… APril & Micheal are it. Every aspect and detail of their wedding was a reflection of their personalities & love for one another. The BEST wedding I have ever attended! Love you guys! xoxoxo

  • http://GeminEyeImages.com Susan Wacht

    Just fantastic the attention to detail by the bride, and, the gorgeous photos by Kristina Hill Photography!

  • Jess

    Thanks. You look beautiful in it! Congratulations, everything looks perfect!

  • April

    The gown is by J.Crew and it’s called Dune.
    I fell in love with it when I saw it, and when I tried it on I knew it was the gown for me!

    xo,
    April

  • Jess

    I am in love with this wedding!

    Do we know where her dress is from? It’s gorgeous!!!

  • http://www.laurenelisecrafted.com Lauren Elise

    A truly great DIY event!

  • http://loveyourway.net lizzie

    being single is for the birds…adorable. their whole wedding is lovely!

  • http://www.lovelyindeed.com Chelsea C.

    I LOVE this! The escort card/favor journals are absolutely inspired.

  • http://twitter.com/clubwedd/status/25331282317676545/ Wedding Club (@clubwedd) (@clubwedd) (@clubwedd)

    LOVEBIRDS April & Michael Tie the Knot with Tons of Handmade Details | Anthropologie-Esque Details, Hearts… http://tinyurl.com/4lsllej

  • Rachel

    Love the thumbprint tree!




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