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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

Find more real brides and see their weddings in our Real Weddings Section.

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…

bride and groom - b & w image - standing in front of woods.  groom in suspenders with bow tie - photo: michelle gardella photography

Handmade Connecticut Wedding

The bride, Michele, tells us, “Handmade aspects included the lavender bundles for the escort cards, the printed photos of our family weddings the signs for the drinks, and the sparklers. (Nick made the sparklers while I was getting ready for my maid of honor’s wedding. He’d be pretty excited if someone else used that idea!) For wedding favors, we ordered favor bags and filled them with handmade Italian cookies. To entertain guests, Nick made the ladder golf set. Some of the special items I used was a handkerchief, which my grandmother gave to my mom to give to me before she passed away. I used the handkerchief as a bouquet wrap. Nick’s wedding band used recast gold from his late grandfather’s wedding band, which was custom made in his hometown of Camden, Maine. And, last but not least, the old car was special as it has been my grandfather’s car forever; he even drove my parents to their wedding in it.”

white wedding shoes with bows - michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

bride's mom adjusting bow on wedding dress - michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

rustic boutonnieres wrapped in twine - michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

mom helping the bride get ready - michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

mom helping the bride get ready - michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

bride looking into mirror - michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

michelle gardella photography - Handmade Connecticut Wedding

Other vendors were:
Hair & Makeup: Headliners, Avon, CT
Boy’s Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse, Simsbury, CT
My Dress: Vera Wang, Boston, MA
Girls’ Dresses: J.Crew
Reception: Farmington Gardens, Farmington, CT
Church: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Avon, CT
Flowers: Datura: A Modern Garden, Middletown, CT
Cake, cookies, pastries: Mozzicato’s, Hartford, CT
Nick’s Ring: Etienne Perret, Camden, ME
Michele’s Wedding Band: Beckers, West Hartford, CT
Michele’s Engagement Ring: Long’s Jewelers, Burlington, MA
Band: The Soul Sensations

Find more creatively captured pristine weddings by Michelle Gardella Photography. You can also see her Connecticut wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Michelle Gardella Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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!

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

Ceremony - Maggie + Stephen (by Michelle Gardella Photography)

… 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.


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