Happy almost holiday weekend!! I hope you all spend some time with family + friends and eat lots of yummy food! I’m on my way to spend the holidays with my husband’s family in Milwaukee, WI. Hopefully I won’t freeze! :) One more treat though first – a lovely wedding! Stacy + Paul were married at the Red Horse Barn in Huntington Beach, Ca. Stacy was inspired by vintage finds + found a lot of her inspiration from visiting her favorite store, Anthropologie. From Stacy, “We wanted our wedding to be unique, to be crafted from our own ideas. Paul + I had fun going to flea markets together and finding things we could incorporate into the wedding.”
The most memorable (and terrifying) moment of the wedding day was walking down the aisle. After all the anticipation of the planning, the journey to find Paul and being surrounded by all those I loved was overwhelming and amazing. Paul and I thought that the ceremony was the part that we wanted to get over with so we could party with family and friends, but as we began planning the ceremony it became the most important part of the day. We decided to forgo the traditional ceremony with things like the unity candle, and instead did a tribute to our grandmothers who have passed. Our mom's read words of advice that our grandmothers had written when they were alive and it was a very special and touching moment.
Love the balsa wood boutonnieres. :)
The name cards are SO FUN!
What a gorgeous wedding invitation to receive in the mail!
Stay organized, prioritize what is most important to you and let go of everything else. We couldn't spend a lot of money, so instead I spent a lot of time crafting everything. Although it was months and months of DIY projects, I enjoyed every moment.
A lot of the decor for the wedding we purchased with the intent of using in our home after the wedding was over. So much money goes into planning and paying for a wedding and it felt like a shame to just get rid of everything once the night was over. The frames we used in the gazebo are now hung in our bedroom, the wooden quotes of our grandmothers are now decorations in the living room. It is really neat to still be surrounded from memories of the wedding in our home.
Save money where you can. Weddings grow out of control real quick so pick and choose where to spend your money and where to save. We opted for a beautiful cake from Sweet & Saucy in Long Beach. To save on the cost of a cake to serve everyone, we opted for a smaller cake to serve 50 guests and then supplemented with different individual small bakery bites. All the flower decorations were done by me and my maid of honor in the garage a few days before the wedding. We purchased the flowers wholesale ad arranged them in mason jars. It really fit well with the whole vintage theme of our wedding and really helped to save on costs.
Stalk blogs and get as much inspiration as you can but make your wedding your own. It is your chance to show your family and friends exactly who you are as a couple. Good luck and enjoy the journey! It's a fast trip but an amazing one.
Photographer: Jeff Wallace
Event Planning: Jesi Haack Weddings
Cake Designer: Sweet & Saucy
Floral Designer: JL Designs (Carissa designed the bouquets)
Caterer: 24 Carrots
Reception Venue: Red Horse Barn
**update** Stacy is now selling items she created for her wedding in her etsy store!