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Caitlyn and Matt chose not to have a bridal party for their wedding, but had the cutest group of flower girls and ring bearers, all wearing dresses and bow ties made by the bride. They didn’t want a traditional wedding and kept their day laid-back with a reception at a local brewery. They kept their decor simple, but still super cute, with many DIY details such as their gold painted vases and marquee lights.

Photographer:  Oldani Photography//Specialty Foods:Frostbite Ice Cream//Floral Designer:Mossy Creek Farm//Reception Venue: Schlafly Tap Room//DJ: TKO DJ’s//

From their Photographer:

Caitlyn and Matt were married with no bridal party. It defiantly wasn’t due to lack of friends and family, it was because they didn’t want to lose focus on the meaning of the day. After their first look they were surrounded by their loved ones while they exchanged their vows under the Music Stand in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO. Post ceremony congratulations and family photos wrapped up, we were off to photograph the bride and groom around the city. It was such a blast. With our photos finished it was time to get to the party at Schlafly Tap Room. The bride made the flower girl dresses and the boy’s bowties.

From the Couple:
How did you meet?: After 2 years of living in the same town and attending the same college, mutual friends introduced us at a mardi gras party a few years later.

What attribute/s drew you to your groom?: Matt is so easy going and fun! He is always making me laugh and keeping me on my toes!

What attribute/s drew you to your bride?: Caitlyn is an extremely passionate and loving person, once I got to know her better I discovered how fun and intelligent she was and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with her.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues?: We didn’t want a traditional wedding at all. Matt lived near Tower Grove Park while we were dating and we both really enjoy the farmers market there. When looking for a ceremony site The Music Stand was an easy choice. After stressing about finding a reception venue and perusing the internet repeatedly, we decided to go to The Schlafly Tap Room for dinner. While there we asked to see the upstairs and fell in love with the room. It has so much character and we knew it was perfect right away!

Did you have any DIY elements? If so, where was the inspiration?
We had a few DIY projects. I made the flower girl dresses. I really enjoyed making them, but after the third dress I realized it was more work than expected. I love how they turned out and that the girls felt pretty in them but if I had managed my time better the hems might have been a little straighter :) I used the Georgia Twirl Top/Dress by Shwin Designs. The only adjustments I made was to even out the hem (I didn’t like the different lengths) and add a Peter Pan collar. I can’t get enough of the Peter Pan collars.

For the boys I made each of their bow ties. It was way easier than I thought it would be. I only spent an hour sewing, learning how to tie them took a lot longer. I used the free Mix and Match Bow Tie Pattern from Delia Creates.

The light up M & C from our reception we also made. We bought cardboard letters from JoAnn and I used an exacto knife to cut the front portion of the letter out. Then we spray painted and popped lights through the back. It was fairly easy but time consuming and semi terrifying each time we poked a light through. The cardboard was flimsier than expected. This was a last minute project and it is probably my favorite thing that we did.

We provided the vases for our center pieces. They are just dollar store vases mixed with tin cans and spray painted different shades of gold. It was very easy and inexpensive.
The wall of fans was another easy project. My mom and I completed it in two days and the key to our success was hot glue and staples. This was another inexpensive project, our only cost was the pretty scrap book paper.

The heart garland that was strung along some of the tables my mom sewed for us. She just took the leftover paper and a heart paper punch to make the hearts, then sewed them together.
The invitations were also DIY. We kept them pretty simple so it wasn’t too stressful but it was time consuming. Paper Source was a huge help. I got an envelope lining kit, heat embosser and stamps there. The little added details made them look more professional.

What was your biggest challenge to overcome while planning?: The biggest challenge we had in planning was to not get caught up in other people’s expectations of what a wedding should be. At the end of the day we wanted to be married and to have a laid back, fun day. Every time planning got stressful we reminded each other that the other details were unimportant.

What was the most memorable moment from your wedding?: Right after speeches and the first dance our DJ called everyone in the room onto the dance floor. It seemed so awkward and cheesy at first and everyone was nervously looking around. We got into a huge huddle and he started playing what seemed like the slowest version of Shout (a little bit louder now…) that I have ever heard. I remember shooting Matt a terrified look and him reassuringly squeezing my hand. As the music picked up everyone started laughing and having a great time. I love to think back on that moment. Matt and I are so lucky to have started our marriage out surrounded by the people we love most smiling, laughing, and just being happy together. If the DJ had asked us if he could do this I would have said no because I tend to stay away from anything that puts me in the center of a room. I’m so glad he didn’t give us the option.

What was your absolute “must have”?: Frost Bite Ice Cream! I’m not a huge cake person and really didn’t want cake. Matt loves ice cream so this was the perfect compromise.

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Today’s wedding is filled with so much love, color, and creativity! The bride and groom, along with the help of their family and friends, pulled this wedding together with so many handmade details from the ceremony backdrop to the cake toppers. Their personalities really shined through in their details, giving this wedding such a fun vibe!

Photographer:  Jono & Laynie [Photo + Film]//

From their Photographer: Sarah and Josh’s wedding was one of The Sweetest we’ve documented this year. It was the perfect combination of charming DIY elements and elegant vintage details. It was intimate and adorable and filled with so much LOVE – all the things you’d want to see on a wedding day. This wedding was handcrafted with love by all the closest people to the bride and groom. In the bride’s words….”My dress is a Pronovias, bought in B.C.; Josh secretly flew Emily (my MOH) out for a visit so we could go dress shopping! It was awesome …I wore Emily’s mums bracelets for borrowed. My veil I made myself, the food my mum made, the pies we made together and froze in advance except the strawberry rhubarb one! That one Emily’s mum made.. The flower ceremony backdrop was built by my brother, Steve, but the flowers were made by Josh and I, my cousins and brother and mum. The pennants my bridesmaid and I sewed. Josh styled the grooms mens outfits (he did good!) I made the cake topper… Josh and I made the invitations ourselves. Em and my mum helped assemble them. The string we used to tie them all was my great grandmas! We had this cool huge spool of it.”

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There’s prettiness everywhere you look in this wedding at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The venue alone is just gorgeous with the ceremony held under hanging Spanish moss. We’re loving all of the flower arrangements in blush, peach, and orange tones.

Photographer:  Whimsey Photography //Caterer: B. Gourmet Catering//Cake Designer: d’lish//Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens//Flowers: WildFlowers Inc.

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Katherine and Andrew met at school and wed at the Royal Conservatory of Music where Katherine had played recitals as a child. Their wedding was decorated with cheery pops of yellow from flowers to lemons, cute vintage elements, and escort cards made to look like piano keys. The bride and groom, with the help of family and friends, added so many handmade details to their wedding, and the result is simply perfect!

Photographer:  A Brit & A Blonde//Shoes:Amibah Abdul Jillil//Makeup Artist:Artisrhi//Bridesmaid Dresses:BCBG//Caterer: Daniel Et Daniel//DJ: DJ Floh Back Productions//Apparel:Garrison Bespoke//Ring Designer:Leif Benner//Dress Designer:Modern Trousseau //Invitation Designer:Palettera//Bakery:Paulette’s Original//Event Planner: Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events//Reception Venue:Royal Conservatory of Music//Band:Royal String Quartet//Floral Designer: Sweet Woodruff//Hair Stylist:Tyler Marr//Shoes:Valentino//

From their Photographer: Katherine and Andrew are a ton of fun. They met in University while studying law out East. They got married in beautiful downtown Toronto. Their ceremony was held at Trinity College Chapel at the University of Toronto, followed by cocktails and reception at The Royal Conservatory of Music. A most rad venue. The bride played many piano recitals there as a child. And the couple are both big fans of music.
The decor was modern, with hints of vintage and whimsical. Adore all those pops of yellow. Lemons played a big role in the decor – Kat & Andrew enlisted the help of their wedding party to scour Toronto for as many lemons as they could muster. They joked during the speeches that there are literally no lemons left in the city that weekend. Guests sat at long banquet tables, encouraging conversation and mingling while they feasted on dinner. Lisa from Sweet Woodruff did a great job marrying all the decor elements with an eclectic mix of floral arrangements made of ranunculus, anemones and dahlias, dispersed among mercury candles, bell jars and accents of lemons. Wine crates and even more lemons decorated the reception tables, while guests browsed a display of framed old family photos nearby. Guests were asked to sign the back of postcards – that were designed by the couple. Palettera created beautiful custom name cards and the lovely invitations. Guests found their seats by the super creative piano-key inspired escort card display (also by Palettera) hung on an old window frame. We loved this – such a nice touch since it the reception took place at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Rebecca Chan and her team helped bring all the vision and details that the couple had been working on to life. The reception set up was picture perfect.
The amount of DIY was astounding! With the help of friends and family – these guys got super crafty and it looked fab. The groom’s parents helped create the marquee lights. Which looked gorgeous all lit up during the reception. The rustic table numbers were constructed by the groom’s family. The Mr. & Mrs signs, the chalk board signage, the table decor – all done with love and smiles from the couple and their friends and family.