Okay, this is a good one, y'all! This Luxe Life submission comes to us from a high school friend of mine. Kori was pretty much the baddest chick I knew. She was so vibrantly, honestly herself at a time when the rest of us were just trying to fit in. I don't have a lot of high school memories without her in them...I always admired how kind and sincere she was, even when things got shitty. I wish I'd had the words then to tell her.
So, she married some guy who's just as rad as she is from what I can tell. They had this amazing wedding filled with personality and pizazz and she was nice enough to share it with us (and in her own words, no less!!)! So here we go!
The Bride's dress was a compilation of many ideas rolled into one. The veil was her "something borrowed. Something blue was in the form of her shoes and jewelry. Something old was her great grandmother's
wedding ring, and a vintage petticoat found on eBay. The new items included the lace shrug and Watteau train, trimmed and created from the length of the dress itself, converting it from floor length, to tea length.
Color theme was selected via the couple's birthstones. Sapphire blue for the bride and peridot green for the groom. These colors are not only reflected throughout the wedding decor but in the wedding rings as well.
No live flowers were used in this wedding, but hand created paper origami ones were! The bride spent many a winter night hand crafting her own bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets and 25 boutonnieres. Some of the items were inspirations from DIY wedding craft books and others were found in origami tutorials
online. Some words of advise--find a good glue that dries to paper quickly or you'll be sitting there holding your flowers together all night long. Scrapbook paper can be found anywhere, but the bride's favorite was found at Hobby Lobby, as it was easy to fold and bend and stayed in place the best.
Instead of a typical unity candle or sand vase, the bride and groom opted for an original unity painting which the bride painted herself using acrylics. During the wedding, they used a giant paint marker to sign their initials on a heart painted in the middle of a tree. Their painting is ceremoniously hung in their apartment living room now :)
Another unique feature of this wedding is that there is no maid of honor, but a man of honor! The bride's best friend from college stood up as her right hand man and her other girlfriends (one from high school, one from college, and one post college) graced her side just as loyally.
The guest book was sort of premade, and sort of hand made by the bride. It was created from one of K & Company's smashbooks.
These scrapbooks are pre printed with a theme, but then it's up to the scrapbooker to fill in the rest and "smash" whatever they can into it. A pen that doubles as a glue stick adorns the side, ready for guests to both sign a note, glue it, and smash it into the book! It also includes sealable pockets that are perfect for wedding programs, cards, and toast speeches.
Both the bride and groom took pride in helping design the cake. Not only did it fit the color scheme, but an inside joke as well. The bride works for Apple computers, and both of them are avid cyclists, hence the cake topper.
To save money and be generous at the same time, the groom opted to buy his guys their shoes (Classic gray Chuck Taylors) as their gift, as well as give them comfortable footwear to stand in all day. And let's face it,
the whole wedding was meant to be fun, a little bit trendy, and a whole lotta different a.k.a, not your typical Midwest wedding.
Other penny pinching and fun DIY projects included creating poster-sized menus to stick on the wall of the reception, a home-made photobooth which was a hit with kids and adults alike, and table centerpieces put together from glass vases from the local thrift shop.
Overall, the couple's goal was to throw a low-cost, fun, a-typical, and meaningful-to-them-wedding. They threw out all of the expectations and chose everything from the colors, to the cake, to everything, and made sure it was significant to them, even if there was hidden meaning behind it. Their best advice to other future wedding planners is this: Do not be afraid to go out on a limb and be creative and do what you want to do.
Side note---None of this could have been done alone, so a special thank you goes out to the imagination and help of friends and family who all pitched in to make a very special and flawless day.
More Kori + David cuteness! Enjoy!
All pictures submitted were shared with permission from
Photographer Hanna Jorgensen