Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker November 22, 2017

DIY Wedding | Nick + Hannah

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“No donut walls, Chuck Taylor’s or butterflies swirling around the wedding party. I mean I adore these things at wedding and will Instagram every second while stuffing pastries in my purse. But my heart is more of a timeless Betty or Bernadette. This is why I love Nick and Hannah’s wedding. Everything was perfection without obsessing over details, accessories or over-the-top props. No giant Jenga or Corn-hole necessary! No rosewater cotton candy machine needed! This wedding gives me such a 1940’s Grace Kelly vibe and the best part about it is the fact that Hannah wasn’t ‘Grace Kelly Vibe’ fussy…she was precious and it just showed in every smile captured. The entire wedding just felt classic, rich and deeply authentic to who this couple is. *Swoon. Handsome groom. Breathtaking bride. Giddy guests. Enveloped in a clean palette of creams, greens and golds. However, he would be up once the music got thumpin’ because as the bride put it “IT. GOT. TURNT”. God, I love her…can we work together every weekend?!” –Sarah Libby Photography

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

Oh gosh, how do I pick just one? The whole day was so wonderful! One lasting memory that I have from our wedding day was the reception. During the planning process, my husband and I decided that we wanted our reception to be super wild and fun! We definitely accomplished that goal. We had lots of family and friends fly in from the Dominican Republic and so we had lots of latin music and the dance floor was full all night long! Another one of my favorite memories was just being so giddy and excited during the ceremony. During the sermon, our priest had us turn around and take a look at all of the people who came to support us in our marriage, and it was such a special moment. We felt so loved and supported on the biggest day of our lives thus far.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

I had lots of people help with the DIY projects for the wedding. We arranged our own flowers which was a HUGE MONEY SAVER! I recommend it to every single bride I meet. My event designers did a lot of the DIY projects. The backdrop behind our cake, seating chart backdrop, and some of the centerpieces were all hand picked magnolia tree leaves that were spray painted gold. Our theme was “Organic Romantic” and I believe these magnolia leaves were the perfect touch! We had tons of natural, organic elements that were glitzed up with gold and sparkles.

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

My something old and blue was a beautiful Tanzanite ring that belongs to my mother-in-law. I felt so honored to get to wear this beautiful pice on my wedding day. I also wore a pair of my mom’s earrings that match my engagement ring. My something borrowed was a hair clip that 2 of my best friends have also worn on their wedding days!

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Your guests are not going to remember what your day looked like, they are going to remember how they felt. Do not sweat the small stuff…something will go wrong and it will still be beautiful! Stay true to you {and your budget}. At the beginning of my planning, I was constantly looking at pictures of weddings that were obviously way above my budget and subsequently comparing my choices to theirs. DO NOT DO THAT. You can have an absolutely beautiful day at any price point! -Hannah, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Sarah Libby Photography // Venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral // Event Designer: Leigh & Louise Design // Flowers: Flower Moxie // DJ: Banks Entertainment // Videographer: Glorious Day Films // Catering: The Meat Market Refectory // Invitations: Shutterfly // Rentals: Marianne's Rentals // Engagement Ring: Israel Diamond Supply // Bride's Attire: The Bridal Boutique // Bridesmaid's Attire: Rent the Runway // Bridesmaid's Jewelry: Francesca's // Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Warehouse // Hair: Ann Elyse Salon + Spa // Getting Ready Tanks: Shop Luv Olive

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