Swooning over this gorgeous handmade wedding!
Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker August 16, 2017

DIY Wedding | Ben + Sinead

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“Sinead loves brunch, she decided to have her whole wedding be brunch themed! 10 am ceremony, donut tower, mimosa and bloody mary bar, breakfast food buffet and more! Sinead and Ben were married in a historic post office in Hampton, VA. And almost the entire wedding was DIY! Sinead made all the florals with artificial flowers from Hobby Lobby! Bouquets, bouttoneires, centerprieces – everything! Sinead also had a unique wedding party with a “Man of Honor” as she called it!” –Audrey Rose Photography

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

My favorite part of my wedding day was when all of our friends and family stood during the ceremony to make promises alongside us. They promised to be our village, to live and re-live our greatest memories with us and to protect us always. Turning around and seeing the most important people in our lives, standing to promise to be there for both of us through think and thin… is truly what made our wedding day so special.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

What didn’t we DIY?! We did everything. The decor, the centerpieces, the flowers, bouquets/boutineers, the seating chart mirror, the signs, the cards box, the memorial display, the bloody mary bar {with help from our awesome caterers!} … literally everything! We built our arch together in the backyard and set up the head table in our garage. It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it!

Did you have a something old, new borrowed, blue?

For some reason, this wasn’t something I thought about until 5 days before the wedding, but we made it work.

For my something old and borrowed, I had a beautiful gold bracelet that belonged to my Aunt attached to my bouquet. Her daughter {my cousin and bridesmaid} and her husband, my Uncle made sure she was there with me when I walked down the aisle. For my something new, I had my dress, shoes and earrings! Lastly, for my something blue, I started to stress about having something blue, my Man of Honor reminded me I had blue eyes and sent me on my way!

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Have a morning wedding! You will have the entire day after the reception to hang out and hug your loved ones! That, and when you wake up at 4am, you don’t have an entire day to stress about the little things! Also, make sure it reflects you and your husband, don’t get lost in the little details and don’t you dare try to take everyone’s opinions as fact.

Have a designated hype man bridesmaid that reminds you who the bride is when these opinions come up while planning the wedding! We had a chant we would do when those times got stressful {my dress, their dress, shoes, timeline, food, a donut stand instead of a cake, colors, having a first look, a head table, all of it}. When people start to push back on your decisions, or lack there of, it’s nice to know someone is around that supports whatever you choose and reminds others to do the same! Bridesmaid: {Football stance} WHO’S THE BRIDE? Bride: Grrrr! I’M THE BRIDE! It was lighthearted and added humor to every stressful situation! -Sinead, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Audrey Rose Photography // Venue: The Historic Post Office // Catering: The Grey Goose // Desserts: Glazed Doughnuts // Invitations: Vistaprint // Officiant: Weddings by Susan // Rentals: Waterford Event Rentals // Engagement Ring: Reeds // Bride's Attire: Milk and Honey Bride // Bride's Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory // Bridesmaid's Attire: AliExpress // Hair: Hair by Drew Inge // Make-Up: Bella Vita Artistry // Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A Bank // Ties: Tie Mart // Invitation Design: Modern Stationary Co. // Perpetual Calendar Guest Book: Sara Gourley Art // Man of Honor Bowtie: Sun Kissed by Elle

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