If you love bright and colorful, you will fall for today’s DIY wedding from Maison Meredith. There are tons of great details (read hundreds of amazing fabric flowers) and a seriously adorable couple that make this wedding so much fun. I just love this color combination too!
Adam and my vision for our wedding was a laid back, care-free, fun party with our family + friends. Neither of us are really very fancy (although Adam does love getting shnazzy with a suit + tie once in awhile), so we chose a local bar with low lighting + a laid-back feel for our reception.
Another key to the day was that I’m pretty crafty–not the conniving, black trench coat kin but the creative, hot-gluing kind!! Hehe. At one point, my roommate even made me a hot glue gun belt–I mean, we don’t mess around when it comes to crafting. I decided early on that I wanted to make all fabric flowers with thrifted shirts, sheets, blazers etc. for the decorations, centerpieces, and bridesmaid’s bouquets. I LOVE thrifting + this was the perfect excuse to take a tour of all the thrift stores in the greater Madison area. I started hoarding (mostly hideous) fashion fabrics from all decades in the wedding colors–salmon, lime + teal. One of the best things about doing so many crafts was that it gave an opportunity for friends, roommates, sisters, + my mother-in-law to have a hand in creating details for the day. I had a lot of scissor hands help me cut our over 3,000 circles for all of the fabric buds. It was a couple of months-long process of cut circles > sew circles into a flower > glue flower on fabric base > twist wire stem > glue flower onto stem > “yay it’s finally a flower!!!” In the end we had over 500 flowers that graced tables, boutonnieres, + bouquets. It was the perfect crafty touch of flair that I was hot-gluing for.
There was one more project that I drooled over while perusing vintage weddings on Pinterest–the beloved brooch bouquet. Being my thrifting self, I went shopping only to find most brooches sang to the tune of $8 each. Sigh. With the final bouquet needing over 80 brooches, my thrifting heart just couldn’t justify spending that much cash. So I went to my other love for advice–Ebay. We’ve been friends ever since I could create an account on my 18th birthday. I started bidding wars with other brides for brooch lots in my wedding colors + collected around 100 brooches (averaging about $1 each). Some of my favorite brooches were the non-Ebay ones I got from my mother-in-law that were her grandmothers–such a special sentimental touch. When my Ebay bidding had subsided, a bridesmaid helped me turn the brooches into flowers by adding wire stems. Then my (even more crafty) mother assisted in the assembly of the bedazzled blooms. No more drooling over Pinterest–I had a real bouquet of my own to drool over!
Cooking has been a big part of our relationship, so we were pretty picky when it came to the food + where it came from. We wanted our food to be fun + memorable, rather than, say, fancy food they’d serve at Prince Harry’s wedding. We love local food + supporting local farmers, so we knew we wanted to incorporate that since we were spending some serious coin. I had heard of a wedding with a burger bar + I thought it was genius (sorry to all you chicken-breast-wrapped-in-asparagus-lovers out there). A couple tastings (read: free burgers) later, we landed on a caterer that would give us local meat burgers with local bacon, guacamole, and bleu cheese among other toppings … oh, + sweet potato fries on the side. It was fitting to feast on one of our favorite meals together for the first time as husband + wife.
One way Adam and I soaked in the day was by chatting with a lot of different people at the reception. We wanted to ask “How have you been?!” to different people, so we parted ways for a bit to divide + conquer if you will. My advice to my to-be-brides out there would be to not be worried about splitting from your boo for a bit during the reception. You’ll be with your new hubby for, well, ever, so take the time when this unique blend of high school friends, playground pals, + great aunts are all together to celebrate you saying “I do.”
Photography | Maison Meredith Photography | Venue | High Noon Saloon | Caterer | Blue Plate Catering | Rentals | Bucky’s Rentals | Gown | Vera’s House of Bridals