Crafty Reclaimed Wood Wedding: Chase + Aaron

bride and groom

Chase + Aaron are both super creative and love creating things together. Aaron’s background is in architecture and Chase is a graphic designer and together they run a pretty rad etsy shop, Inkwise full of handcrafted wood and paper goods – so it’s no surprise their wedding is full of gorgeous handmade details. They made everything for their wedding, from the invitations to the wood walls to the cake stands to the bunting + more!

The biggest inspiration for their wedding day was old, reclaimed wood! They got tons of old fence boards and together cut, sawed, sanded, hammered, drilled, painted and laughed. In fact, if they  saw an old fence being replaced, they would literally stop the truck, jump out, and ask the people if they could have the old boards! :) They made the backdrop for the ceremony, centerpieces, and the wood walls with quotes painted on them all out of wood that others had gotten rid of – love how resourceful they were! :) Big thanks to Let’s Frolic Together for the photos and congrats to Chase + Aaron!

wooden wedding invitations

ruffle wedding dress

outdoor wedding

wooden palette backdrop

wooden palette backdrop

Man oh man! Where to even begin with a favorite memory?! It was the best having all of our closest friends and family with us... that is something that will truly never happen again. It's something to soak in. It truly is beautiful. Of course, I will never forget walking down the aisle to Aaron. It is just that feeling of "My, my, my! That there is the man of my dreams and we are going to be married in just a few moments!"

wooden palette backdrop

bride and groom dancing


striped bridesmaid dresses

babys breath bouquet

bride and groom

yellow grooms tie

vw bus bride and groom

vw bus bride and groom

cards box

mason jar

love photo wall

my beloved nail string art

My favorite project was the “My Beloved” sign. We plotted out what we wanted it to say and in what typeface and then printed it out. Then, we transferred it to the wood panels (which we found and nailed together), with chalk. After that we painted in “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine”. Then, we nailed around “My Beloved” and got to wrapping the yarn. It was definitely a process, a very long process, but we were SO happy with the end result. It was wonderful being able to make something together for the wedding, because we are constantly creating together anyway!

my beloved nail string art

my beloved nail string art

And their wedding day film by Amari Productions

Enjoy the process, don't get overwhelmed, make as much as you can, borrow things from friends, and if you've wanted something at your wedding since age 6 (like cotton candy) GO FOR IT! At the end of the day, you are still marrying your best friend, and people aren't going to notice if things aren't exactly how you envisioned it. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Chances are, your friends and family probably want to be involved, so let them! It will take stress off of you and will make those people feel included, but don't be afraid to say "yeah... chair sashes aren't exactly my style...".

photography: Let’s Frolic Together // venue: Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center, California  // coordinator: Tera Williamson  // cinematography: Amari Productions // catering: Phil’s BBQ // officiant: Mike Winter // hair: Meschelle Eagerton  // makeup: Alisa Healy // floral: Chase Kettl, Sarah Severns, Betsy Brandt-Kreutz, and Donna Kettl // dj: Aaron Kettl, Peter Moore, Evan Krough, and Chad Martin //  mc: Jon Lasse // attire: Sue WongAnthropologieTheoryTom’s Shoes, Betsy Brandt-Kreutz // reclaimed wood installations, signage + paper goods: Bride and groom, Aaron Kettl and Chase Kettl! And On Etsy!

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  1. What a fun couple! After watching the video, I feel like I need these folks as my friends! Everything looks beautiful, especially all of their wood projects!

  2. The details of this wedding are AMAZING! So unique and so crafty! The use of reclaimed wood is terrific – hooray for them! Thank you for sharing :)

  3. i’m loving all the wood elements, but i’m especially loving the “my beloved” sign. what an amazing DIY project.

  4. That my beloved backdrop is AWESOME. =)

  5. perfection. from the bridesmaid’s dresses to the invites & decorations. SO AMAZING. that the photos are simply beautiful!!

  6. Great vintage look. Love the shot of the bride and groom in the VW.

  7. This seems like such an awesome wedding. The pairing of this creative couple and the skilled and creative photographer resulted in photos that are so special. The love, and emotion that was captured and oozes out of these photos is wondrous!

  8. The sign is super awesome! Love this wedding x

    most of the peple definitely want to have wedding like this.
    Its too romantic. The sign, car, invitation card are amazing ………

    Your guests will never forget your stunning affair.

  10. The first picture is absolutely adorable! Love that they incorporated so many personal details in the wedding – and there are so many of these details. What a talented and adorable couple.

  11. Another nice set… good use of depth of field here. Good work!

  12. Stunning! The photos really capture every little detail of the wedding, so precious.

  13. such a stunning wedding and great photography!

  14. The pictures are beautiful !!! Thanks ;).

  15. Another nice set… good use of depth of field here. Good work!

  16. what type face did you use for the the my beloved sign??


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