Swooning over this gorgeous and rustic DIY wedding!
Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker July 25, 2018

Romantic and Rustic Handmade Wedding

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“Tyler and Courtney enjoyed an intimate, sweet wedding with their closest friends and family. I have known Courtney ever since we were freshmen in college, so it was so special to be able to capture her wedding day. Tyler and Courtney are perfect for each other and the love just radiates from them! Their ceremony was so sweet, complete with a unity braid and the couple singing a duet together. The song they sang was called “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West. They sang it because it had always been a dream of the bride’s to marry a man who also liked to sing so they could sing together on their wedding day. Turns out, her groom has always wanted them to sing a duet too.” –Third Floor North Photography

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

My favorite wedding day memory was getting ready and our first look. This time is filled with such excitement and anticipation. It was a great time to spend with my girls and to dream about what the wedding day was going to be like. Our first look was also a very memorable time. I cannot describe how nervous I was to walk out to meet Tyler. The look on his face is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

The goal for my wedding was to create a rustic wedding of my dreams that did not break the bank. My family and I did many DIY projects to help with the cost. I found many wedding inspiration pictures from Pinterest and magazines, then my family and I tried to recreate those ideas ourselves. Some of our DIY projects were our Unity cross board, table center pieces, wedding aisle signs, wreaths for the reception and front doors, our popcorn bar, photobooth station and aisle floral arrangements. One of my maid of honors designed our cake topper and our Bride and Groom chair signs. We also re-purposed and reused items from other weddings to help create the look for our wedding such as the burlap runner and the wood chargers and cake stand. We also took an old dresser I used when I was a baby and re-purposed it to create a beautiful cake table.

Did you have something old, new borrowed and blue?

For my something old and borrower, I wore my mom’s wedding dress, but I had it altered and redesigned to match my dream wedding dress. My something new we’re my wedding shoes and jewelry and lastly, my something blue was my garter.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

My advice for brides going through the process {especially those trying to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget!} is to come up with a list of items that are must haves. Spend your money on those items and then do not be afraid to be creative! Pinterest is a wonderful place for wedding inspiration, but before you buy research how it can be made. Not only do you save money, but you also make some wonderful memories in the process. -Courtney, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Third Floor North Photography // Venue: Providence Baptist Church // Wedding Planner: Coast to Country Events // Florist: East Beach Flowers // Catering: Bobby's BBQ // Cake: Tutu Cute Cakes // Invitations + Portrait Painting: Beverly Gurganus Fine Art // Engagement Ring: Gemological Services // Bride's Shoes + Bridesmaid's Attire: David's Bridal // Bride's Jewelry: Mariell // Hair: Abracadabra Salon // Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: JC Penny // Ties: Bows-n-Ties // Guest Book: Red Berry Guest Books // Flower Girl + Ring Bearer Gifts: Green Melon Studios

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