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The Handcrafted Wedding Bride: Photo of the Day

bride getting married holds her favorite wedding book, The Handcrafted Wedding

Planning your wedding? The book, “The Handcrafted Wedding” is being held up by this bride on her wedding day as today’s photo pick. The photo was captured by Michelle Gardella Photography and is just one from this Americana Inspired Wedding. The Handcrafted Wedding is described as, “Bursting with creativity and fun! The Handcrafted Wedding is an idea book with more than 340 concepts, ideas, styles, and projects to take your wedding day from mundane to magnificent. The details are the heart of a wedding and in The Handcrafted Wedding you’ll discover how to incorporate the romantic details of your unique story into an event that captures the essence of your relationship.” By author Emma Arendoski, Editor of Emmaline Bride. Buy the Book Here!

The Handcrafted Wedding Bride

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Handmade Connecticut Wedding: Michele + Nick

This handmade Connecticut wedding is something special you’re sure to love! The couple, Michele and Nick, craftily worked handmade details into their Connecticut wedding to make it pop. Their wedding ceremony was held at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church (in Avon); a bold reception followed at the premier Farmington Gardens. Michele and Nick’s wedding was captured avidly by Michelle from Michelle Gardella Photography. Find out – from the bride! – which handmade details made it into the wedding after the click…

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DIY Rustic Wedding: Maggie + Stephen – Part Two

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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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!

first look - maggie + stephen (photography by Michelle Gardella Photography)

Maggie + Stephen’s Real Wedding: Part One

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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One of the most memorable moments of the wedding day is getting ready. The bride shares in those excited, anticipatory moments with her mom, Maid of Honor, and bridesmaids as she gets her hair and makeup done; meanwhile, the groom, Best Man, and groomsmen get ready and share in a celebratory toast. Since these moments are so unforgettable, we’re sharing the ‘Getting Ready’ portion of Maggie and Stephen’s Real Wedding today as a prelude to the ceremony and reception. Michelle of Michelle Gardella Photography captured this couple’s anticipation so vividly that one can almost feel like they’re in the room. Watch as the bride receives a special note from her groom, gives her father a teary “first look”, and smiles with bridesmaids as she prepares to walk down the aisle in 3…2…1…

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