Southern charm meets glam at my own 2014 real DIY wedding in Roswell, Georgia.
After debating about whether or not to share my own wedding, I finally decided to share my wedding day with the world! I felt it was relevant to back up my claim that I am, in fact, a DIY bride by showing you my wedding from 2014. This wedding feature is proof that an average girl like you and me can plan and make most things, if not everything, for an amazing wedding day. I did it and so can you. Enjoy.
Getting ready was one of the best parts of my wedding day. I remember sitting down in the chair and telling the make up artist to “beautify me” with the biggest smile I think I have ever had in my entire life. Let the glamification began! And yes, I created a name for getting dolled up.
As for the ceremony, I walked down the aisle a blubbering mess. My nerves were shot and I was actually shaking. I remember being in the bridal room completely alone and freaking out with no one to calm me down since the entire bridal party had already went ahead in the processional. Once I finally got down the aisle to my groom, all my nerves were calm and I was ready to marry my love!
Would you have ever guessed that those big pink ceremony arrangements were completely made of tissue paper? Yes. I swear. They are not real flowers. I went crazy on the DIY tissue paper projects. My mother and I made hundreds of tissue paper flowers by hand for all the centerpieces. It was crazy. The quote for these arrangements were a little more than I felt comfortable spending at the time for real flowers, so I got creative.
I was super excited about the reception after we took pictures. I was so anxious to see all my DIY projects in action. I mean, I made so much, from tissue paper flower arrangements and escort cards to cookie bar favor bags and DIY brooches. I have to admit, when you are about to see everything you spent hours, even months creating, you get excited.
Funny story. While playing the shoe game at our wedding, the question of who would be the one to get the spiders came up. Would you guess that it would be me? Yes Ladies. My amazing, manly husband is not good friends with spiders at all. As a matter of fact, he’d probably run away screaming like a girl begging me to go get it. But I must admit that when the question of who snores the loudest came up, allergies in consideration, I would be guilty of that too.
I had a really great time at my wedding. There were times that I got stressed and overwhelmed just like any other bride during the planning process. Through it all, I found ways to alleviate stress, find inspiration, and get creative. I would not trade any of the experiences I had planning my wedding because those experiences inspired me to create Make Me Married. Because of those experiences, stress and all, I can now inspire you. I wish you peace, love, and happy planning.
Photographer: Forever Photography | DJ + Lighting: Spectrum Entertainment | Venue, Linens, Day of Coordination: Roswell Founders Hall of Roswell, Georgia | DIY Wedding Décor + Event Design: The Bride | Bridal Party Flowers: Rittenhouse Designs | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Jim’s Formalwear | Hair: DIY’d by the Bride | Make Up: Adria Gainer Smith | Wedding Cake: Sweet Carline’s Cakes