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DIY Wedding: Bonnie + Alex at the Carousel


Let your heart throb for this DIY wedding! This DIY wedding is the creation of two artists, Bonnie and Alex. Bonnie the bride and Alex the groom went all out collaborating, crafting, and creating perfect handmade elements that detailed their DIY wedding. This beautiful bride and dashing groom not only designed a most splendid handmade wedding but chose the quintessential wedding photography team Michelle and Thomas from Michelle Gardella Photography to photograph it. With the ceremony overlooking New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound, Bonnie and Alex shared their vows on the sandy beach at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT. Housed inside the reception area were delectable hors d’oeuvres adorning burlap table cloths, mason jar centerpieces, and a personalized Alex + Bonnie cake topper in front of the park’s famous Carousel. Ready and willing to answer your wedding questions and provide detail into her DIY wedding is Bonnie! Find out what she has to say after the jump…

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Bonnie tells us, “Alex and I are both artists. Coming from a DIY family- planning a wedding was going to be the ultimate DIY project of my life- and I couldn’t have been more excited (besides the prospect of marrying my best friend and the love of my life). Being together for 8 years now, Alex knows how obsessed I am with DIY projects. Why spend money on something when you can just make it yourself? That has always been my motto. True, it usually takes twice as long than expected to make it- but sometimes that’s how long it takes to put all the love into it. There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you made something yourself.

Our Handmade ventures started off with our Save the Dates and Invitations. With the help of my ridiculously fabulous and uber talented sister in law, Olga Levitsky (a fellow illustrator) they were a true labor of love. Olga also sculpted our cake topper with sculpey clay to match our characters she illustrated. After impatiently waiting for it to dry… I sat down and painted it in one day. This was one of my favorite projects. Seeing it on top of my mom’s delicious homemade chocolate cake was priceless. She also made the beautiful cards sign we had hanging over our basket for cards.

To thank our wedding party, I made all the girls jewelry to wear and Alex bought the boys cufflinks from different artists on Etsy. The day before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I picked some wildflowers in the back yard and raided the farmers market for the rest of what we needed. We stayed up late making our own bouquets and boutonnieres for the boys.

We were so fortunate to be able to have the talented Michelle and Thomas Gardella and their third shooter for the day Megan Labarbera (who snapped a lot of these details!) all capture such a special time in our lives. Michelle and Thomas are two of the most amazing, beautiful fellow artists that share our love of everything DIY. When you meet the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and you have a celebration to share that love with your friends and family, you really want Michelle and Thomas there. When a visual image causes another sense within you to engage- it is truly remarkable. Looking back at the photos, I can smell the ocean, feel the sand on my toes and the butterflies in my stomach start right back up again. I am so lucky to have met such astonishing talent and beauty- and we are forever thankful.”

Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park

Location: Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, CT
Date: 9/2/11

Some handmade elements:

– Cake handmade by bride’s mom
– Handmade flower girl dresses
– Handmade bridal clutch
– Mad lib cards in lieu of guest book
– Burlap tablecloths
– Handmade place cards
– Even right down to the sangria, her grandmother’s recipe

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If you’re looking for more breathtaking photos and someone to photograph your DIY wedding, than checkout the highly talented photography team of Michelle and Thomas, from Michelle Gardella Photography. You can also view Michelle’s preferred photographer listing in The Bridal Book at Emmaline Bride.

All images copyright Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Connecticut Engagement Shoot: Tracy + Tom

We’re head over heels for engagement shoots that show off a couple’s chemistry. This Connecticut engagement shoot featuring Tracy and Tom is no exception! Michelle of Michelle Gardella Photography did a beautiful job capturing these two lovebirds throughout many Connecticut hot spots, including an aquarium with some of the sweetest shots we’ve ever seen. Michelle fills us in on some background details of the day. Take it away, Michelle!

“This engagement shoot with Tracy and Tom in Mystic, Connecticut was so much fun! We started at the Mystic Aquarium and one of the beluga whales came right up behind where they were sitting and starting posing for the camera! He even made a kissy face at the glass. We saw jellyfish, sting rays and tons of tropical fish. After a healthy lunch of french fries, onion rings and hot dogs we made our way to the historical Mystic Seaport. This is an incredible outdoor marine time museum filled with character. After exploring the old boats and vintage charm it was off to the center of town for ice cream cones along the shore. This couple loves to laugh and it was a photographer’s dream capturing their chemistry. They are getting married this coming winter (there is a photo set of the numbers 12-10-11 from the buildings around town) and their day is going to be filled with handmade love! Can’t wait!”

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Thanks, Michelle, for sharing this beautiful engagement shoot with our readers. Tracy and Tom – you are such a cute couple! Best wishes as you prepare for your wedding day!

Michelle Gardella is a preferred photographer in The Bridal Book. View more of her gorgeous photography at her website.

A Love Story: Julia and Matt's Handmade Wedding

This weekend we’re featuring a lovely handmade wedding! Their love story and wedding day was captured by Connecticut wedding Robin Dini, from Robin Dini Photography.

Robin tells us,

“Julia and Matt met at Julia’s 16th costume birthday party in their hometown of Cheshire, CT. Ironically, she dressed as Juliet. After dating through high school, they moved to Boston for their respective art school careers and parted. They reunited in 2007 and Matt proposed to Julia in Davis Square, Boston. Their wedding was an orchestration of many childhood memories together with their new lives today. For this reason, Julia and Matt styled their wedding by focusing on the celebration of family and friends, their history, and the timelessness of love. Julia wore her prom shoes! They created a memory table featuring a scrapbook of old photos, surrounded by framed pictures of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days.

Both working artists, they chose their color palette to reflect the warmth of spring, the CT seaside, and a fresh twist on vintage. Their palette: pearls and champagne, peaches, silver and pool blue. They worked with other artists to keep the details personal and handmade. Julia sketched and designer friend Abigail, of Gloaming Designs, handcrafted her airy-white headpieces. For the girls, she and Etsy crafter, Morgan of Little Lovelies designed long stranded pearl necklaces with antique blooms.They worked with illustrator friend and letterpress guru, Emily Goodale, on the invitations. Church programs were designed and stitched by friends, Liz and Gareth Leifheit. Old-time jazz played through the afternoon. It was a day to unite two hearts, two families, and “something old” with “something new”.”

To see more beautiful couples and their lovely wedding photos, check out Robin’s website here.

All images courtesy of Robin Dini Photography. All Rights Reserved.