Before my now husband asked me to marry him, I had never imagined the details of what my wedding would look like. This blank canvas allowed both my husband and I to land on what each of us wanted. The styling and print materials described below is all about natural beauty on a budget. The perfect mix of each of our worlds. 🙂
Both Joel and I feel most ourselves surrounded by nature. The overall feel of our wedding day was to encompass who we are as a couple growing together. Our wedding weekend was at a lodge on Lake Michigan. All the senses were considered to make the atmosphere calm and casual for a soulful celebration. The scent of lavender, the feel of soft champagne and blush-toned textures, and the expanse of the night sky and lake water was the inspiration behind all wedding details.
Save The Dates & Wedding Website
We sent postcard Save the Dates with a link to our wedding website for further details. We got so many questions and RSVP’s early on in our engagement so the website was a great hub to direct everyone to. A mix of Lust Script for the headlines and a sans serif for the body copy was used throughout for a bold yet classic twist. Plus, LUST. 😉
Invitations & Thank You’s via Paperless Post
I didn’t go all out with custom paper invitations like you might think a designer with an obsession for paper would. Beauty on a budget, remember? 😉 I picked the best within our means and was super pleased with their custom options and RSVP tracker. We saved a lot on invitations and reply cards going this route. We sent 50% of invites by email to our digital-savvy guests and 50% by snail mail for the rest of our guests. I HIGHLY recommend Paperless Post to brides looking for convenience and cost savings.
I created an illustrated map of the grounds for our guests to anticipate location of each event throughout the weekend. With a lot of guests traveling far distances it was important to me I give them enough time to plan accommodations. The Unplugged Wedding sign was handmade by my Mom. A stone ceremony symbolized the collective support of our families and community on our journey and my cousin did a reading from Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.
A poem written for us by my dear friend Meghan
I also created cabin illustrations. Mismatched vintage plates were the main decor at tables. Foraged pine branches and colored glass sconces complimented them. Peacock chairs, macrame, and abalone shells held foraged flowers and had a very earthen feel. Handlettered directional signs pointed to what was where in each building. We made them out of an old fence piece we had lying around.
After the sun went down most of our guests were in the chalet for dancing and drinks. Bistro lights, pine branches, and our initials lit up the bar while more pine branches and lights filled the ceiling (thanks to both of my Dads!). Rustic signage of our new last name and love quotes filled all of the walls (thanks to my Mom and Aunts!) for a warm and cozy fall celebration feel. My bouquet was made of eucalyptus, star thistle, and lavender. I could smell the calming scents all night long. Our DJ was THE BEST. If you’re looking for someone who can read the room and basically your mind for what to dance to next, Eric of E+E Productions is your man.
Photography by Leigh Ann Cobb Photography