A Vintage DIY Wedding in Minnesota
Sarah and James
Before walking down the aisle, Sarah and her six bridesmaids got ready in the sewing lab of the college, where the bride studied fashion design and sociology. Adrienne snapped shots of Sarah's Peter Langner dress and these homemade silk flower boutonnieres on the same dress form Sarah used to create her collections during her undergraduate days.
For the ceremony, Sarah wore a necklace that her grandfather gave her grandmother on their wedding day. For the reception, Sarah changed her look with layered necklaces and pearl studs she made with the help of Jennifer Meyer Johnson of Che Bella.
The crafty bride also made the programs and invitations. She photocopied, scanned, and created collages of a few images from a copyright-free book of vintage floral illustrations. James helped with all the corner rounding and circle punching.
Two of the bride's brothers, Joseph and David, handed out the programs.
Another handmade element of the day was these fabric flags, made with some help from the bride's grandparents. The 165 guests waved them as Sarah and James exited the chapel, accompanied by an accordionist in honor of James's late grandfather, who was an avid player.
Portraits of the bridal party took place on the steps of the chapel. The bridesmaids wore Vera Wang dresses and held bouquets by Becca Dauska for La Tulipe Floral.
Escort cards (made by Sarah) were pinned to a patterned fabric tucked into painted frames.
The painted frames and sage-green card stock also appeared on the table numbers. Sarah managed to find time the night before her wedding (the rehearsal dinner was two nights prior to the wedding day) to make the centerpiece arrangements. With help from her aunts and bridesmaids, she created an assortment that included a combination of branches, wax flowers, moss, hanging amaranthus, and roses.
Sarah, her stepson Blake, and James posed for their first official portrait as a new family in nearby Rice Park. The park held significance for the couple, as it was the site of their engagement.