Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Lauren & Shawn

May 5

Private Home, Merritt Island, Florida

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Our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We got married at my mom and step-dad’s historic house.  It was the perfect location because it is home.  The house is absolutely beautiful and perfect for a wedding.  It was also special because my mom and step-dad were married there too.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I worked really hard to make our wedding special, personal, and also budget friendly. During the planning for the wedding I found out that I was a lot craftier than I ever knew.  One of my favorite things ended up being my bouquet.  I made it myself out of antique brooches and earrings, a lot of which originally belonged to family members and friends. It made it that much more special knowing that people who loved us contributed to it.  I also made about 300 pinwheels, some for favors, some for centerpieces and some for cupcakes and they were precious.  I made all of our centerpieces also, I used mismatched vases, candle sticks,  and votives that I collected from antique stores, yard sales and thrift stores.  I also painted some myself and even layered some mason jars with fabric.  We had pictures of Shawn and I as children on each table as well.  My step-mom made all my table number pennants and everything came together beautifully, I loved our table arrangements!

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

As complicated and stressful as planning a wedding can be I really tried to not let any of it get to me. I knew that things weren’t going to be perfect and that was okay.  Also, make the wedding personal.  More than anything, I wanted our family and friends to leave our wedding and say “Wow! That was definitely Lauren & Shawn’s wedding!” We had so many personal details that it made it so much more fun and unique!

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DIY Spring Wedding at Krippendorf Lodge, Ohio

Posted by Jeffra on Jun 12, 2012

Rachael & Brian

May 11

Krippendorf Lodge, Rowe Woods, Milford, OH

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What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Bride: The wrap around porch, stone patio, and surrounding woods made the lodge the perfect location for our outdoor wedding. It felt very secluded and magical.

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What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?

Bride: Our three favorite details would probably be: The invites that I designed, each one was assembled by hand,  the twinkle lights hanging above the patio during the reception, the twig and lace wrapped flower vases on each table that I made.

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Megan & Jason

September 10

Shakamak, Indiana

Jason and Megan met thru 4-H and their love of cattle. They both went to the state fair showing their cattle and ended up meeting and falling in love. Since cattle was such a huge part of their story they decided to have a “cow themed” wedding. They had chocolate covered cows, sugar cookies in the shape of cows, and the most beautiful cow cake toppers. They also decided to have a logo for their wedding which had the saying “Lotz of Love.” Lotz is the couples last name. All the wedding details and decorations where DIY by the bride and her family. When she first got engaged the brides father had expected to spend a large amount of the budget on a wedding decorator and planner. However, the bride knew exactly what she wanted and decided she could do it on her own..with a little help from her family.

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Candlelit Chapel Wedding in Texas

Posted by Jeffra on Aug 15, 2011

Shelby + Stephen

December 2010

Big Sandy, Texas

From the Photographer: “This amazing couple DIY’d or borrowed every single thing for their amazing wedding! It took place in an old civil war chapel in the middle of nowhere Texas, with a completely candlelit ceremony. The bride and her family hand made candle holders out of card stock so every guest could hold one while they said their vows. Family and friends made pies, cookies and other treats for their reception & lots of people contributed antiques for their all-unique centerpieces.” -Love Caryn Photography

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Photographer: Love Caryn Photography | Reception Venue: Old War Chapel | Dress Store: David’s Bridal

Real Shabby Chic, DIY Wedding: Jenn + Adam

Posted by Jeffra on Sep 27, 2010

Jenn + Adam

April 2010

West Hills, CA

From the Bride: “Adam and I were especially thrilled at how our wedding turned out. This was the biggest DIY project we have ever taken on, and almost surprised at how well it all came together. We spent months scouring thrift stores, flea markets and ebay for all of our decorations. I actually became a little obsessed with gathering all of these things and making terrarium centerpieces that our house was packed to the brim with trinkets and little plants, at one point I swear we could have opened up our own store. But, we made our budget work for us by cutting costs on the things that usually cost the most, for example having my dress made by a dressmaker instead of buying it from a store, having my sister try her hand at a wedding cake, and going to the local flower market and making all of the bouquets myself! We hired friends as photographers, singers and make up artists, we are so lucky to have such a talented group of friends and family. All in all we loved our wedding, it was small and intimate and yet so much fun!” -Jenn

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Photography: Dacia Lamb Photography

Wedding Coordination: www.justwenderful.com

Details: DIY

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