Trey and I are going to be celebrating our 5-year anniversary this week! I can hardly believe it’s been 5 years already. I know there are some of you who have been reading this blog for that long, but I have a hunch some you may be a bit newer. So I thought it might be fun to put together a little post for you of our wedding day with links to all the DIY projects, and also some tips I want to share for anyone who may be getting married soon out there. I must confess, I LOVED our wedding and there isn’t a lot I would change, given the chance.
Probably my favorite thing from our wedding (other than getting to marry my best friend, as obviously that was hands down the best part!) was my dress. My sister designed it and, along with a few other friends, made it for me. I know a DIY wedding dress isn’t for everyone, but I loved my dress SOOOO much. Since it was made for me, it fit perfectly and I felt was a good style for my body type. I felt so pretty in that dress. And it felt extra special knowing my sister and friends had created it for me.
You can read more about how my wedding dress was made here.
I put together a video about all my wedding DIYs and why I think DIY is so special.
My brother also had a hand in creating things for our wedding. I loved the letter pressed invites he designed. I still have the press from these hanging on our bookshelves in our living room. Doren also designed our wedding day program and reception menu/program.
I created this book for our rings to go in, that our ring bearer (our nephew, Ryland) carried during the ceremony. Trey and I met in college, and we were both philosophy majors. One of the classes we took together was philosophy of literature and we read Brave New World in that class. Or maybe I should say I read the book and Trey mostly would just ask me questions about the reading at the beginning of class. I am not sure he actually read the books (ha—I’ve outed you at last, Trey!).
Anyway, that was the inspiration behind this DIY. I still have this book in our living room. Of course you can’t read it anymore, but I have it on display (we own this book in paperback too). If you’ve never read Brave New World, it’s really good! Highly recommend.
My sister and our friends put together all the wedding day bouquets. I am terrible at floral design— like really bad. So I was thankful they did this. I LOVED how they all turned out. And we put together a post on tips for making your own wedding bouquets because it is a great way to save a little in your budget if you need. Great floral design is also totally worth the money if you have the budget, but it’s one thing we choose to just do ourselves.
We also had a pretty unique guestbook. We’ve had this displayed in both our homes over the years. I just rearranged things again recently though and I need to find a new spot to hang him—I still really love it!
Here’s my number one piece of advice to anyone getting married. Invest in your wedding photos!
We had an amazing, super talented photographer (hi, Sarah!). So that’s a big piece of it—find someone you feel comfortable around and whose style of photography you love. And then I totally recommend taking extra time to get great photos. We did some portraits on our wedding day (both of just us and ones with our family and wedding party). But we also chose to get portraits the day before as well. I know it’s not traditional and may not be the right choice for everyone—it’s totally up to each couple what they want to do. But I am SO thankful for the extra set of portraits we did because I love them so much and we never would have had enough time on our wedding day to get that many pictures together. Of all the photos Trey and I have together though I really do cherish our wedding photos so, so much. If you feel like you will be the same way, then it’s worth planning for and investing in.
We choose to have our ceremony outdoors (worth the risk of rain to me!) at my grandmother’s home, which is a small cabin on a pond out in rural southwest Missouri, about 45 minutes from where Trey and I live. This was logistically a little tricky because we had to have rented chairs delivered there. We also rented some canoes that we used as seating on the water’s edge, and we also had a port-o-potty rented for the day as well (TMI? Sorry, just a reality of having a big outdoor party).
I am super grateful my grandmother was totally fine with all the people and chaos the day brought. She didn’t mind but I still appreciate her attitude and willingness to let me get married at her home. It was perfect.
And here’s one other little tip or piece of advice I share often—wear a different dress to your reception if you need to. For some reason, I feel like sometimes gals are afraid to do this, like maybe they think it will seem high maintenance? I’m not sure. But dancing in my wedding dress would have been challenging, so I opted to change into a vintage dress that my friend Mallory had altered for me. Plus, it’s your day. If you want to wear two dresses, do it! Unless you’re a pop star performing a concert, I feel like this may be your only chance to have a legitimate wardrobe change if you feel like it, so I say go for it!
I loved our reception, which you can see more photos of here. Laura really set the whole thing up and she made it so beautiful. I am forever grateful.
I’ve linked to a ton of posts I’ve done on our wedding, so if you want to see more, feel free to click around (here’s our wedding video too). I could probably mention 10x as many little details, but I’ve already just typed out over 1,000 words for you to get through, so I guess I’ll stop for now. Thanks for letting me share as I celebrate 5 years with my best friend this week. It’s true that it gets better and better all the time. I look at these photos and I sincerely feel like I love Trey even more now than I did 5 years ago, which is just crazy. I can’t wait for the next 5 years together! xo. Emma
P.S. If you want to hear more about my wedding, check out Episode #17: Wedding Stuff + Traditions We Skipped!