DIY Heaven!

This beautiful bride designed everything herself, and came up with an all around sweet and effortless look throughout the entire wedding day.

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Bride “Kate’: I wanted our wedding to be foremost about family, but to also be a really fun and comfortable atmosphere. I also wanted to do most of the decorating on my own, rather than hiring out, to give the day a more “homey” or handmade feel. I wanted soft colors, lots of fabrics, paper, and a good deal of storytelling (Landon and I were both journalism majors in college). I tried to combine the colors, fabrics and words to create fun decorations that our guests would remember.

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We were married in the front yard of my parents home in Happy Valley, Oregon. I’ve always wanted to have an outdoor wedding, so when my parents moved 4 years ago into a home with 1.5 acres of land surrounding, I knew that was the spot. Having our wedding at home was not only meaningful, but very, very convenient. We didn’t have to transport any food or decorations, which made for a fairly simple setup and teardown process..

One of my favorite details was incorporating our parents and grandparents’ wedding photos. I suspended them above the guest book table with painted dowels and ribbon.

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The guest book table had two typewriters that guests could use to type little notes to Landon and I! One of the typewriters belonged to my great aunt, who used it to type birthday letters to my siblings and I when we were younger. The other was given to me as a graduation present from my grandparents. It belonged to my great grandfather, and was made in 1925! I took them to a local typewriter shop before the wedding to have them checked out and to get the ink replaced. I printed a little “L&K” monogram on standard printer paper to use in the typewriters.

We served strawberry shortcakes instead of traditional wedding cake, which tasted delicious and looked beautiful! My mom, again, made the shortcakes and had a very able kitchen staff to execute the plating of them during the reception!

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The story of the table flowers is one of my favorites from the entire planning process. My mother-in-law works at the local Curves and posted a flyer on the bulletin board asking women to drop off any cut flowers from their yards they were willing to donate on her porch. When she came home that night, her porch was overflowing with all different types of GORGEOUS flowers! Landon’s aunts and uncles arranged the flowers in glass jars, which were each painted with a table number and used as the centerpiece on each table

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