Sara and Aaron’s Handmade Wedding
When Sara first told me about her DIY wedding ideas last summer, I couldn’t wait to see the decorations in person. While documenting their big day as their wedding photographer in Madison, WI over Memorial Day weekend, I captured photographs of every item she and Aaron, as well as friends and family, made lovingly by hand. Here are Sara and Aaron soon after their engagement in a photo taken by their engagement photographer.
Sara’s sister-in-law designed the wedding programs. She used a font that mimics the look of a manual typewriter, complete with mistakes (see the Recessional song title).
As one of the reception decorations, Sara’s friend made a wedding bunting to hang along the tents on the outdoor patio, and even installed them with help from her husband.
The handmade decorations that took the most time and effort were by far the more than 100 paper flowers that Sara started making a year in advance.
She even asked her florist to design her fresh cut flower bouquet to match the paper versions.
Sara and Aaron collected milk glass vases through the year at yard sales and anywhere they could find them to create the centerpieces, many placed inside bird cages they bought at Michael’s. Here they are lined up during the reception setup.
Sara’s mother knit each and every one of the doilies on the tables, using silk she hand-spun.
Imagine table after table of these unique and stunning centerpieces.
They placed one vase near the cakes (made by Aaron’s cousin, a Culinary Institute of America-trained pastry chef) and the candy bar.
Sara and Aaron set aside one vase of handmade flowers to have on the church altar as well. Sara and her mother made the ring bearer pillows from handkerchiefs that belonged to Sara’s grandmother.
As a guest book, Sara and Aaron bought a handmade state of Wisconsin on wood from Etsy and then placed a few Sharpies on the entryway table for guests to use to add their well wishes.
The guests completely covered the state by the end of the evening and now Sara and Aaron have the guest book hung in their home.
They also set out a pile of wands that Sara’s friend (who had made the bunting) put together with strips of fabric, so guests could wave them when the newly married couple made their entrance to the reception.
In addition to all the homemade decor, there were handmade gifts too, including this colorful cross-stitch that now hangs in their home. Sara’s sister made it using images that have meaning in their relationship.
All of their ideas came together so well, I couldn’t be happier for them. Sara is planning to come here this winter to teach a workshop on making paper flowers. Stay tuned for details.