Real wedding: Sarai + Kenn

Sarai of Sweet Sassafras emailed me last week with pictures of her fabulous, handmade wedding, and I just had to share! I won’t gush too much, but this girl is now my craft-idol!! She made everything from her dress and hat, to arranging the flowers. Proof that you CAN have an amazing, handmade affair, and live to tell the tale! You can find more images and information on her site and on flickr.

Hi! I was recently married, and wanted to say thank you for all the
wonderful inspiration your blog provided in the last few months of
wedding planning. Our wedding was amazing, thanks in part to
inspiration from blogs like yours. :)

We had a very personal wedding, with lots of participation from our
friends and a whole lot of hand crafted details. A friend officiated,
another friend made the desserts, another did the sound and video, and
lots of people helped us set up and decorate. I made my own dress and
hat (we asked all the guests to wear hats), the invitations, the table
runners, the table numbers, the place cards, and arranged all the
flowers. It was an intense amount of crafting, but the final result
was so meaningful. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Oh, and we
had a photobooth, which I highly recommend!

[images from Sarai, photography by Jillian Kay]

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Real wedding: Jill + Jim

Jill and Jim‘s wedding just goes to show you dont need fancy colors or extra hoopla to make your wedding modern and sleek. Great fonts and simplicity go a long way.

[images from The Knot]

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Lela Rose

Man, I just love me some Lela Rose…her wedding collection is stunning.

[images from Lela Rose]

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The Dress…in an hour

In my opinion, trying on wedding dresses is the most humbling experience of my life. Essentially, you’re in a room with another person, practically butt naked, trying to squeeze into sample size dresses (if you’re a size 2, bless your tiny little heart), only to have them gather above your ample hips. Good god, if I never have to try on another dress it would be too soon. Luckily, the people at Junko Yoshioka are amazing and made the experience not so horrible. I pretty much had in mind what dress I wanted, but tried on a bunch just for the heck of it. It should be said that Junko does the most amazing wedding dresses I’ve ever seen. The whole time I’ve researched wedding dresses I’ve hated about 99.9% of them….either they were too poufy, or too romantic, or too sparkly….where were my simple, architectural looking dresses? I didn’t have to look much further than her website. Here were some of the ones I tried on…

After spending exactly an hour in the showroom, I had my dress picked out. Simple as that. Didn’t go to any other places, didn’t agonize over any decisions, I just knew which one it was going to be. So now that the dress is decided, I just have to kick butt in the gym to look good in it!

[images from Junko Yoshioka]

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