Being a wedding photographer herself, Julie had experienced so many weddings that when it came to planning hers, she definitely had an advantage. Julie and Trent’s tied the knot beautifully in their Nature inspired outdoor wedding.
Nature Inspired Outdoor Wedding
Once they found their venue, they knew they wanted to play off the beauty of the surroundings by adding rustic details and colorful flowers. The couple tackled a few DIY projects that added a special touch to the day. Julie designed the invitation suite and programs herself and Trent and her friends helped her assemble them. They also arranged the centerpieces for the reception themselves and Julie’s uncle cut all of the cedar rounds that they placed underneath the vases.
“My dress… I am still in love with it. It was simple and comfortable but still elegant, flattering, and had awesome detail in the lace and the neckline. I think every single person complimented me on my dress and said it looked amazing!”
“I loved my flowers so much. Our florist, Vogue, put together the corsages, my bouquet, and some large arrangements. For the table centerpieces and all the other miscellaneous vases, we bought DIY bunches from Vogue and my girlfriends helped me put all of those together. I had the idea to put fairy lights inside the flowers, for a fun and magical touch when it got dark!”
Favors – Non Edible
“Favors – I ordered succulents and the pots from Amazon, and we put those together along with the little labels that I printed myself.”
“Table centerpieces and other misc flowers – bought DIY bunches from Vogue and my friends helped me put those together the night before the wedding. Cedar rounds for the table centerpieces – one of my uncles cut all of those for us, so that was something special for us to use.
Invitation suite and programs – I put everything together myself in Photoshop using flowery graphics that I bought from Etsy. Then I printed and assembled everything myself. Trent helped me glue all of the programs together, and then my friends helped me finish them up with the ribbons.
Favors – I ordered succulents and the pots from Amazon, and we put those together along with the little labels that I printed myself.”
Wedding Planning Advice
“Don’t put too much on your plate, because it is a lot of work! I wanted to DIY everything I could, but it ended up being so time-consuming that I would definitely advise others that it’s ok to pay vendors a little more to make less work for yourself!
For example, I rented a bunch of decorations from Paisley & Jade, and instead of paying the $100 something delivery fee, I wanted us to pick up everything and take it ourselves. We ended up having to rent a trailer to bring everything, and in hindsight I would have definitely paid extra for the delivery.
The other biggest piece of advice is to 100% get a coordinator, at least for the day-of. At first I thought that I knew a lot about weddings, and my wedding was going to be on the simpler side so I wouldn’t need one, but I’m so glad that I changed my mind and had Hannah there as my coordinator! She knew what needed to be done as the day went along, and vendors were able to go to her to ask questions instead of coming to me or one of my family members.
My other advice is to relax, have fun, and not worry if little things go wrong. In the end you will be married, and the day will fly by so fast that you need to enjoy all the moments.”
Venue: Seven Springs VA | Day-of Coordination: Hannah Marie Events | Officiant: Dream a Little Dream Weddings of Virginia | Catering: Capt. Rob’s Pigalicious BBQ | Vintage Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Floral: Vogue Flowers | Doughnuts: Duck Donuts | Band: Another Level | Videography: Louis Handler | Beauty: Megan Sadler | Transportation: James River Transportation | Accommodations: Seven Springs VA | Photography: Don Mears Photography | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s Attire: Macy’s | Engagement Ring: Diamonds Direct | Wedding Ring: Diamonds Direct | Submitted via: Matchology