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Pretty Ohio Fall Wedding: Natalie + Erik

Natalie and Erik’s recent pretty Ohio fall wedding is gorgeous! Their wedding was in Fostoria, OH at the West Independence United Methodist Church. Brittani from Brittani Gonzalez Photography captured plenty of amazing photos and tear jerking moments! Take a peek…

Ohio Fall Wedding

Ohio Fall Wedding

Fall Wedding in Ohio

Brittani tells us, “Natalie and Erik traveled all the way up from Georgia to get married surrounded by friends and family. Their devotion to each other and their faith oozed everywhere. They are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph.”

Fall Wedding in Ohio

Fall wedding in Ohio

Fall wedding in Ohio

Ohio Fall Wedding

Ohio Fall Wedding

Ohio Fall Wedding

Ohio Fall Wedding

Fall wedding in Ohio

Fall wedding in Ohio

Ohio Fall Wedding

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Wedding Vendors:

Food: Greenbriar Catering Carey, Ohio
Flowers: Greenbriar florists Carey, Ohio
DJ: Time warp Mobile DJ Service (Joe Lowery) Findlay, Ohio
Cake: Deena’s Cakes and Cookies Fostoria, Ohio
Azalea Bridal in Snellville, GA
Ceremony/Reception: West Independence United Methodist Church, Fostoria, Ohio

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Handmade Real Wedding: Vicki & Tim

Earlier today, we introduced you to our Real Bride Bloggers, all of whom we’ll be following along with as they plan their wedding day. One of those Bride Bloggers is a recently-wed bride named Victoria (Vicki), who found her wedding photographers, Cat & Al of BG Productions Photography & Videography, from The Bridal Book here at Emmaline Bride. We are so excited to share her wedding with you today! Since Vicki provided us with an in-depth look at her day as told in her own words, we figure it is best for her to tell you the beautiful story as it unfolded. So, without further adieu, take it away, Vicki!

Handmade Real Wedding: Vicki & Tim

“As I sit here after the wedding holding onto as many memories as I can, I am getting floods of comments of how special our wedding was from start to finish. We knew how meaningful the wedding would be just from where we got married – Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania. It’s a vacation spot of my husband’s family for a couple generations now. His whole family rents houses for 2 weeks over the summer, and it’s an amazing chance to bond with everyone. I knew it would be the perfect wedding spot. Everyone could rent houses together and make a weekend out of it! The ceremony would be at the Tabernacle, an outdoor, giant gazebo and the reception at a dinner theater/restaurant among the trees. I was sold when I saw the high raftered ceilings that reminded me of a barn. The space was a blank canvas, so my work began.”

I had a year and 5 months to execute an amazing party. I knew I mostly wanted to do things handmade, because my husband (so fun to say!) and I were paying for the wedding. Our priorities were awesome food, an open bar, and the best photographers out there who I found in the preferred vendors section of Emmaline Bride (Cat & Al of BG Productions!). The rest of it fit in where we could.”

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Invitations

I made these myself, with assembly help from family members! We wanted to convey a relaxed and fun mood from the start! I used thick kraft paper and designed the invitation myself, down to the poem in the middle. The RSVPs were also a special touch, with funny responses! The assembly was done with the help of some awesome family members, cutting off the extra paper at the bottom, folding the invites, and tying it all together with light blue and plum twine.”

Here’s the wedding day as it unfolded, along with DIY details along the way…

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Bouquets / Boutonnieres

Going along with the no fresh flowers, I led my bridesmaids to believe we would be carrying bouquets of dried lavender. But I ended up getting them customized clutches from Allisa Jacobs (who I found in the Marketplace on Emmaline Bride) as their gift and what they would carry down the aisle. Functional, cute and reusable! For the boutonnieres my MOH pitched in and made guitar pick boutonnieres, since my husband was in a band, along with 3 of his groomsmen. I also made boutonnieres with leftover burlap, twine, lavender and baby’s breath for the moms, grandparents and aunt (who “officiated” our self-uniting ceremony).

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Escort Cards

This was a decision that kept changing, even with the last weeks of planning! I wanted to use something like pallets to tie twine to and attach cards to that. However, I ended up using a blanket ladder from my grandmother, tying twine across and attaching 100 hand cut leaves (using the leftover bottom scraps from the invitations!) and wrote everyone’s names and table names on them.

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Centerpieces

I knew I didn’t want to use real flowers because I felt that it was a lot of money that could be spent elsewhere! I used blue mason jars, tied with plum and brown twine (our colors were plum/lavender and light blue) filled with dried baby’s breath and dried lavender. The mason jars were placed on a wide piece of burlap fabric with 2 candle holders (from Ikea!) with electric tea lights. A very special touch was the wood burned table name signs (all places in Mount Gretna) that I did myself using Harry Potter chapter font! On the topic of wood burning, I also wood burned wooden planters to use for the s’mores bar.

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Additional Real Wedding Details

Ceremony Decor

The back of the Tabernacle had a big cross in the back of it (even though it’s not totally a church). So my dad made a PVC pipe frame and my MOH also pitched in big time by fabric painting our song lyrics on black fabric chalkboard style. The fabric was framed by light blue curtains, along with grapevine wreaths covered in baby’s breath and lavender (made also by my MOH).

My husband and I are not overly emotional, mushy or PDA kinds of people. So I wanted the ceremony to reflect that. I found the idea for Dr. Seuss inspired vows (a surprise to the guests!), and since we were doing a self-uniting ceremony, we weren’t limited by what we had to say. I found ones that I tweaked to include our personalities (i.e. would I love him even if a touchdown pass is blown? because we met playing football). I also used non-mushy readings: “The Art of Marriage” by Wilferd A. Peterson and “All I Ever Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. His aunt officiated the ceremony, making the it even more personal.

We had people hula hoop if they wanted to see us kiss (hate the glass clinking!). I painted a corn hole board with our initials and the “LOVE” sculpture design with the “O” in love with a football in it. A random special touch was the blue flower hair clip that was my great grandmothers. My husband and I danced to our song (“Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas) and broke out into “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. My husband and his mom danced to “Bangarang” by Skrillex (both dances were a surprise to everyone!). We used Jenga blocks for the guestbook because we’re both really into playing games!

All in all, I had some people say I was crazy for doing so many of these things myself (and sometimes I wondered as well if I was crazy!), but ultimately it totally paid off and I was able to totally embrace the weekend (and the day!). We were thankfully able to decorate the day before the wedding, with my whole family and bridal party pitching in to help! Everyone said it was the BEST wedding they’ve ever been to because there were so many personal touches. Everyone felt that every single thing I did, no matter how small, let everyone fully embrace the day and it also let me and my husband’s personalities shine through. There were of course minor hiccups, but with the help of my AMAZING photographers – who also became friends and wedding planners during the process – we were totally able to soak in every single moment. It does go as fast as everyone says it does!

Thank you for sharing your big day, Vicki! And a special thank you to Cathie and Al of BG Productions Photography & Videography for capturing these beautiful photos.

Groomsmen Mustache Flasks >> Photo of the Day

Say yes to groomsmen mustache flasks! These flasks are perfect for groomsmen gifts. They also make great props for fantastic photos. Just ask Alyssa and Brandon: this image is from their DIY Rustic Barn Wedding featured on Emmaline Bride. The team at Drozian Photoworks captured this awesome photo and wedding.

Groomsmen Mustache Flasks

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Blue and Gold Wedding: Sarah + John

This blue and gold wedding looks beautiful! Meet Sarah and John. This recently married couple had a blue and gold color theme for their Winnipeg wedding at the St. Boniface Golf & Country Club. Their wedding photos include friendly smiles, laughter, and lots of details! This gorgeous wedding was coordinated by Amanda Douglas Events. The photography is by Cristal Brooks Photography.

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Blue and Gold Wedding

blue and gold wedding theme

The bride Sarah tells us, “When planning our wedding we tried starting with a blank slate, no expectations, no theme, just went with what we liked as we went along. We both had a love for traveling, and had met backpacking overseas, so we wanted our wedding to tell our story. Not everything may have coordinated, or had a generalized theme, but it was accurately ours. A crazy, amazing and special adventure.”

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blue and gold wedding theme

blue and gold wedding theme

blue and gold wedding theme

blue and gold wedding theme

blue and gold wedding theme

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blue and gold theme for wedding colors

blue and gold theme for wedding colors

blue and gold theme for wedding colors

blue and gold theme for wedding colors

blue and gold theme for wedding colors

blue and gold wedding theme

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The coordinator Amanda says, “I was so honoured to not only coordinate but also be a part of Sarah & John’s wedding as their commissioner too. It was a fun and energetic day full of family (from near and far; many all the way from Ireland!) and tons of laughter and love.”

Photography – Cristal Brooks Photography
Coordination / Commissioner – Amanda Douglas Events
Florals – Fache Floral Designs
Venue – St. Boniface Golf & Country Club
Desserts – Jenna Rae Cakes
DJ – Platinum Productions

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All images courtesy of Cristal Brooks Photography. All rights reserved.

Courting by Piano >> Photo of the Day

We love this romantic photo of a groom courting his bride by playing the piano. What’s he playing? What’s she thinking? The photo’s classic details and timeless action is beautiful. Pamela and Jason were married at The Grand View Inn in New Hampshire. Wesley Maggs and Marthy Duffy from Boro Creative Visions Photography photographed the wedding and this romantic photo!

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Courting by Piano

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Spontaneous Tie Limbo >> Photo of the Day

This spontaneous tie limbo broke out between some friends at a recent wedding reception. You have to love these guys mad skills at busting loose and having fun on the dance floor! Hey, you want your reception to be lively right? So if you have the liquid courage, forget the limbo bar, get creative and limbo under the ties. Kendal from Kendal J. Bush Photography captured this sweet photo!

Spontaneous Tie Limbo wedding reception party

Spontaneous Tie Limbo

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