“What does it mean?” is a continuing series where we ask a blogger how they brought meaning into their wedding. Today we are honored to hear from Elizabeth Stirling White and her husband, Dave. Elizabeth is the blogger of David and Elizabeth and has an Etsy shop selling adorable pillows. They live in Australia.
I loved that our Wedding Day was a reflection of something we worked on together, our love and our story, and the people we cherish the most.
We wanted as many of the details as possible to reflect our journey together and us, this included the invites, the table decorations, the music we listened to and the words we spoke to each other. With creativity as such a big part of my identity, pouring all that I could into the day was a little like a reflection of my love for Dave.
As work has taken us to live away from our families, we did lots of the preparations together. I quickly worked out Dave had a strength in cutting things out, so would utilize this, as I sewed together invitations, bunting and napkins. It was great that when the day was all set up, we would stand back and look at what we had achieved together.
When Dave and I were dating, he went on a 6-week holiday to Canada (we're Australian, so its a mighty long way, away) with his family. When he returned, amongst the presents was a beautiful snow globe from Montreal of a deer, you can wind it so it plays, ‘You've got a friend in me.' This was the start of him bringing me back a snow globe whenever he traveled for work or with family. By the time we got married, the collection was around 30, so this became a bit of a theme throughout our day. I drew a picture of Dave and I in a snow globe, and this picture was on the front of our invitations, on the order of service, on the cake bags, and screen-printed on the napkins we made.
We wanted the day to reflect our story and not be like any other wedding. The ceremony was held on my parents farm, atop a hill where they’re soon to build a house. We love that it’s a place we go back to, and will always be special to us. We said traditional vows, but also wrote our own letter to one another, which we read as well.
The reception was in an old tin hall, nearby the farm, which had a barn like feel. We cleaned it up and laid out three long tables for our guests. Family dinners at home are one of our favourite things in the world. A wedding that felt like a great big family dinner (followed by lots of dancing) was one of the most important elements to us.
Having great photographers was one of the best decisions we made. Even still we pour through these photos remembering the details and special moments that we’ll always cherish about the day.
Thank you Elizabeth and David for participating on “What does it mean”. If you'd like to share your story, please write to Brittany at [email protected]
by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built