A Handmade Backyard Wedding

Get ready for adorable handmade detail overload! Today’s wedding is absolutely filled with amazing personal DIY details (I had the hardest time narrowing them down!) Where do I even start? The amazing teacup chandelier? The lantern send off? The vintage car centerpieces? The guitar guest book? There is just so much to fall in love with in this wedding! Which detail is your favorite?

Today’s gorgeous bride Chelsea shares:

After being together for so long, since middle school to be exact, we knew the time was approaching when we would commit ourselves together forever.  I was finishing my last year of college and ideas were already over flowing in my mind (and my sisters) before even getting engaged.  Three days after the announcement, we went to work without wasting anytime.  Spring was approaching fast and that was the dream season for Corey and I. We knew we wanted a relaxed, low-key wedding with just our closest friends and family, garden party style.  We sat on my parent’s porch, which is where we got married, and talked about our dream wedding months before we were engaged.  We picked a random date, May 19th, and said that was our dream date to get married.  A day late, but we were determined to make our dream happen. We wanted a backyard wedding filled with antique gems, daisies, and smiling faces.  We went on talking the entire night and I can truthfully say we were granted our dream wedding. 

An important thing to the both of us through the planning process was to make it our own.  We wanted to incorporate each of our personalities with different aspects of the day, but also as a couple.  Little details are my favorite and our wedding day was filled with them.  My mother and sister were my life savers throughout this entire process.  I also have to give a big thank you to Corey.  He helped in so many ways I would have never thought possible. How did I get so lucky? We did most of it on our own in a short 6 months and it would not have happened without them.  Our décor was mostly DIY, thrifted, or stolen from my mom and sisters homes.

It was also very important to us that we were able to enjoy each other throughout the day.   I have so many favorites of the day and its hard to pin point my absolute favorite but one of them was going off to my Nana’s house down the street to take our one-on-one pictures.  It was fun to be able to get away from the madness and flirt with my new husband! We took the advice of others and asked our catering company to fix our plate and had it at our table waiting for us once we made our entrance. We waved to our guest and went to our table before greeting anyone.  We wanted to be sure we were able to enjoy each other and the wonderful fresh and organic food.  This was perfect and I am thankful we listened to others. It gave us just enough time to take everything in to be thankful for each other and all of our friends and family who shared our day with us.

Last but not least, the very most important thing on our wedding day was to enjoy our company and have a blast.  After all it was the most wonderful celebration of our lives!  We certainly celebrated to the fullest and I wish we could relive our special day over and over.  It will forever count as the most magical day of our lives.  May 20, 2012, you rock.

Photography | Brett & Jessica

Planner | Parties By Bash

Caterer | Green Planet Catering

Desserts | Sweet Memories

Flowers | Raleigh Farmers Market

Shoes | Toms and Urbanog