A Sweet School Themed Wedding: Stephanie + Jarred

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Stephanie + Jarred are both high school teachers and met while working at the same school so of course they wanted to incorporate some school details into their day! After discovering the composition book invites from Letter Box Ink, the ideas just started to flow – right down to the last-minute discovery of the awesome green school desk they found on craigslist the day before the wedding. Stephanie + Jarred spent countless hours crafting together before the wedding – Stephanie made the hairpieces, boutonnières + bouquets, and scouted out lots of glass jars. Since Jarred is an art teacher, he made their cake topper, designed + folded the paper plane programs, and built the teal arch and planter boxes for the centerpieces. Such a personal + creative wedding! Congrats to Stephanie + Jarred and big thanks to This Modern Romance for the super gorgeous photos!

school notebook wedding invites

glitter heels with feather shoe clips

peacock bridal accessory


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Processional: Vitamin String Quartet’s instrumental version of “In Your Eyes”

Recessional: “The Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine

First Dance: “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele’s (Bob Dylan cover)

bridal party walking

succulent and striped ribbon bouquet

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wedding map

succulent bouquet

paper airplane wedding programs

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The paper plane programs were designed by Jarred and printed at Staples on colored paper for around 20 cents/each. Only downside was that they had to fold them all but it did dave a lot of money – and they look super cute! :)

paper airplane wedding programs

marivon wedding ceremony

Walking down the aisle. It felt completely surreal having my parents on each arm, being surrounded by my close family and friends in such an intimate setting, and of course, Jarred waiting for me at the end of the aisle. I kept wishing I could press “pause” and just soak it all in for a minute.

Reading our vows. We wrote them ourselves but did not share them with each other until we were reading them in the actual ceremony. We both cracked each other up (and our guests) by recounting our first date, thoughts about each other, why we loved each other, and also made some very important promises – both fun and serious. Now, Jarred likes to remind me that I promised to try to accept his video games (he taught me how to play one on the plane ride to our honeymoon) and always clean the house up right before our guests come over. I like to remind him that he promised to stay awake past 9 and to always be patient with me, even when he is frustrated. He has yet to break his promise to make me laugh everyday.

I also have a very vivid memory of the very end of the ceremony, right as my grandpa said, “By the power vested in me…”, Jarred looked at me and said, “Holy shit, we just got married.”

marivon wedding ceremony

hello my name is...escort cards

reception space, wood tables

wood box centerpieces

pencils in a jar

old school desk

indoor/outdoor reception

The phrase “Love you forever, like you for always, as long as I’m living” had a very special meaning to me from one of my favorite childhood books, Love You Forever. We used it in our vows, on our invites, had it printed on red pencils for favors, and my Maid of Honor strung painted wooden letters around Marvimon with the words.

marivon house

first dance

There are a lot of details, pieces, and emotions coming together on your wedding day. Make sure you have a really competent coordinator who takes the time to understand exactly what you want because they can really make or break your experience. Also, never underestimate the amount of work that goes into DIY projects. It was really fun to have everything so personalized and meaningful but I was also up at 11 the night before my wedding, wiring together my bouquet.

Things will likely go wrong and you just have to roll with it. There were a lot of things that didn’t go as planned but for the most part our guests didn’t know. One of my friends told me later that she felt so comfortable at our wedding because it was so catered to our guests. We grouped our same-age cousins and friends together at tables, had Polaroid cameras at the costume photo booth, served tacos buffet style, and hired Huntington’s barista bar to serve drinks on the patio. We just tried to make the vibe as relaxed as possible and our family and friends caught on to that. My dad’s shirt fell in the toilet at Marvimon as he was getting dressed but I didn’t even know until the story came out the day after the wedding. Luckily, he had an extra (although a different color) on backup and he handled it without stressing anyone out.

photography: This Modern Romance // venue: Marvimon // day of coordinating + partial design: Jesi Haack Design // wedding dress: ceremony dress (long) from Maggie Sottero (purchased off-the-rack from Bridal Elegance in Torrance); reception dress (short) from Priscilla of Boston (purchased second hand from recycled bride) // shoes: bridesmaids from Nina; bride’s ceremony shoe: custom-dyed Badgley Mischka (turquoise heel); reception shoe: Stuart Weitzman (grey glitter heel) with feather shoe clip from Feathers and Frills  // bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan and Adrianna Papell (both from Nordstrom) // hair + makeup: 10.11 makeup // groom suit: Bar III suit (from Macy’s), Sperry Top Sider loafers // invitations+ paper goods: invitations from Letter Box Ink // catering: Huntington // cake and desserts: DIY by Deirdra Clark (my awesome sister-in-law whipped us up a Champagne cake the day before the wedding). All other desserts were homemade by my mom Michele, sister Amanda, Grandma Doris, Great Aunt LaVerne, plus two cakes from Cheesecake Factory // dj: Don Covel Entertainment // valet: jeffrey valet // rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

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  1. I love how every detail was looked after and matched together: looks great

  2. I am dying to know more about that aisle runner! It’s gorgeous! What was it made out of?

  3. Love! Did Jesi do the florals too?

  4. I adore this couples attention to detail and that vintage green desk, is to die for. How sweet and so relaxed for sure. Great detailing and style everyone, beautifully done!

  5. I’ve seen school-themed weddings before but never this creative. Paper airplane programs, Hello My Name Is seating cards, red apples set on tables? Love it all!

  6. all the details are amazing! love the ribbon on her bouquet!

  7. Just absolutely precious! The stationery details are to die for! I especially love the paper airplane programs… so creative!

  8. I love her vibrant veil! The bouquet is to die for, as is the photography!

  9. that tilt shift shot coming through the curtains is really cool!

  10. I love the pencils for favors. I would love to do something like that myself but can’t find someone who does custom ones that look so classic. Where are these from?

  11. What a sweet wedding, I love the use of succulents in the bouquets, what a unique idea!

  12. Aisle runner is the Saralisa fabric from Ikea (approx. $8/yard if I remember correctly). It is now decorating bulletin boards in my classroom and will hopefully be made into pillow covers at some point. Pencils were from orientaltrading.com. (I had used them before to order pencils for my AP students.) I made the bouquet myself. Thanks everyone for your compliments! :)

    • Hi Stephanie….your wedding was absolutely lovely….all the details are amazing! We are having a semi-travel themed wedding (my fiancé is a pilot). We were going to do paper airplanes to throw as an exit and separate programs…until I saw your amazing combo deal. Do you have a format for creating those to be printed? If so, do you mind sharing. Our wedding email is preissnerwedding@gmail.com Thanks so much!

  13. Also, my mom did the succulent bowls and planter boxes which we now have in our home and on our porches. :)

  14. this is gorgeous! such an original theme idea but still classic and elegant!

  15. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all of the details, it made me feel like I was there. Stephanie and Jarred are two of the most lovely people on earth and they so deserve each other. What a gorgeous wedding and bride! I love all of the details!

  16. her dress is just stunning :X

  17. I love the theme! It’s a perfect idea for high school sweethearts!

  18. Fantastic shoot! Great look to the photos too.

  19. I love the striped ribbon idea. It’s so effective, and love the stripy bridegroom’s tie which puts the whole theme together. I think stripe ribbon would work really well on chairbacks too, it’s an inexpensive DIY option for a homemade wedding.

  20. All the details are amazing. Great photo shoot.

  21. Stephanie’s style is so gorgeous! I loved everything she wore – headpiece, dress, and her shoes.. (love love love her shoes!)

  22. What a brilliant wedding. I absolutely loved the theme; everything about it was stylish and unique and if I ever got married I would want something just like it. The wedding couple looked amazing and the photos were out of this world. Top marks!

  23. I loved the ideas in this wedding. It is so organic and natural. It’s obvious that the couple made their personalities shine through in every detail of their wedding. Thanks for sharing :)

  24. What an amazingly beautiful wedding. I love the natural, yet vintage feel to this wedding. Stunning wedding jewelry and I ADORE those shoes. x

  25. I’d love to find out where she grabbed that navy striped ribbon. I want something like that to go around the base of each cake layer. Can you help me?

  26. What a fun quirky idea for a wedding theme – I LOVE it!

    I have linked to your post in my round up of the 10 best craft ideas and activities for paper planes: http://hodgepodgecraft.com/2013/07/the-10-best-craft-ideas-and-activities-for-paper-planes/

    Thanks for letting me share!
    Gude at Hodge Podge

  27. Hello, I am wondering where Stephanie got her arch done? Is it from the rental service?

  28. My husband built and painted the frame of the arch to match the flower box centerpieces he made. Jesi Haack’s interns added the decorative, curved white pieces. They were a thin bendable plastic.

  29. Those paper aeroplane order of service are amazing- had the same idea as we’re not allowed confetti!! Then I saw these- do you have the artwork to share?!? It would make my day :) My email is orvasmith@hotmail.com xx

  30. I absolutely LOVE these ideas!!! My fiancee and me are both teachers as well! I was wondering if you have a format for those awesome paper plane programs. If you do, I would LOVE a copy daniellenrojo@gmail.com.
    Thank you for sharing all your ideas!!

  31. There is so much I love about this wedding! Every piece is simple yet fitting. Love the pencils!


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