Kristen and Josh have been working together for more than nine years -- back in college at the local coffee shop, and now at R. Wood, where Kristen handles the PR and blog, and Josh is an artist and manager. Since both the bride and groom have crafty backgrounds (Kristen also designs textiles for Surya rugs and does a bit of crafting, photography, and vegan cooking on the side), it was only fitting for them to throw a very hands-on handmade wedding. So with the help of their talented friends and coworkers, the longtime collaborators tied the knot in June 2008.
Early in the planning, Kristen and Josh decided on a tight budget. While they did end up exceeding the original amount, the couple managed to pull off a beautiful wedding for just about $3,000 -- again, thanks to the contributions and talents of loved ones. One of Kristen's first projects was making pennant garlands to decorate the outdoor space. She started eight months prior to the big day and ended up with about 1,500 feet of what she refers to as "peace flags." Kristen conceived the flags as a great way to bring in colors and patterns and use up her fabric scraps.
Claire Campbell played the saw and sang before the ceremony. Other friends played the singing bowls, conch shells, and the didgeridoo. The ceremony was written and officiated by their best friend, Dave Barnes, who had the crowd in tears thanks to the joyful and personal details he wove in. David's brother, Kevin Barnes, played one of the couple's favorite songs ("This Will Be Our Year" by the Zombies) as they walked back up the aisle as newlyweds.
Only seasonal ingredients from local organic farms (Woodland Gardens and Full Moon Farms) were used for the day's menu. Some ingredients (like radishes and baby turnips) were even grown in the R. Wood Studio. Friend Mimi Maumus's catering company, Home.Made Catering, put the gourmet vegetarian feast together. Nearly 400 plates and serving pieces were made for the wedding by the team at R. Wood Studio Ceramics.
To keep costs low, the rentals were kept at a minimum. However, chairs were rented for ceremony seating, and Kristen and a friend bought a large quantity of Mason jars to use to serve the beverages, later using them to can preserves and pickles. A few rustic tables were also made with planks made from fallen wood, refinished by a friend and set atop sawhorses. Vintage linens and baskets were placed around the grounds picnic-style.
In addition to keeping costs low and incorporating local produce, it was important to the couple to mind their impact on the environment. They made cloth napkins, used bamboo forks for eating the cake, and bought compostable cups for the wine and beer, which were then made into fertilizer for the R. Wood studio garden.
Rebecca Wood also enthusiastically offered to make Kristen's dress. After searching through swatches (rather stressfully), Kristen couldn't find a starting point to suggest. When Rebeccca brought in a patched-up bedsheet she found in an old farmhouse, not intending to suggest it as the actual dress fabric, Kristen knew it would nevertheless be perfect. The sheet had been stitched together numerous times, creating a delicate texture with a feminine pattern. Rinne Allen then hand-sewed flowers from various silks, linens, and beads in shades of white to attach to the yoke of the dress.
Location: Brick House Studio and Gardens
Photography: Rinne Allen
Peace Flags: Beauty Everyday on Etsy
Music: Claire Campbell on the saw
Music: Kevin Barnes
Officiant: Dave Barnes
Ring Pillow: Llubav Choy Duer
Bride's Ring: Erin Tracy
Groom's Ring: Elizabeth Scott
Vegan Cakes: The Grit
Catering: Home.Made Catering
Floral Arrangements: Rinne Allen and Rebecca Wood
Dress: Rinne Allen and Rebecca Wood
Tent: Hable Construction