So… this weekend I got married. Whoa. I've been feeling a million different feelings this weekend (not to mention this season). I married my best friend and started a new exciting chapter in life. Tons of our family and close friends were in town to celebrate with us. I think we both agree we didn't get spend enough time with anyone, but I guess that's how it goes. And of course, hosting a big event has its stresses as there are a million last-minute details to do. We hardly had enough time to get our wedding portaits done, but I really wanted those bike photos! A little ridiculous (and terrifying) riding a bike in a wedding dress, but it all worked out. 🙂 One thing that's been on my mind during the whole preparation period is why DIY? We created a lot of the elements for my wedding from scratch. My brother made our invites. My sister designed my wedding dress (you can see it in the video) and a bunch of talented folks work on it including: Elsie, Katie, Jessica, Laura, Kinsey and even me. Big project that I will cherish forever. Elsie and Rachel (plus others) helped put together all the flowers. My sister-in-law collaborated with me to create all the recipes served at the reception, and she (plus other helpful hands) cooked everything. I had a hand in every decoration used at the ceremony and reception with a lot of help from Laura, Katie and Sharon. Jeremy (and company) preformed all the ceremony music. And so many others helped with special projects or other preparations.
I could have just bought a wedding dress. There are SO many beautiful ones out there. I could have bought all my decorations or had professional caterers make the reception food. And that would have been great too. But some of my very favorite memories from the past few months were times when I was working on projects with friends or family. I get a little teary eyed just thinking about it. DIY allowed me to add another layer of meaning to my wedding day. And I loved every minute of it. And I feel so thankful for all the help I received.
Thanks for letting me share this quick video we put together for you. Trey and I are off to our honeymoon today. When I get back and things start to settle down I can't wait to share all the photos and new projects with you! xo. Emma
Photo by: Arrow&Apple
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I’m so delighted to finally hear your voice, Emma! It’s so much cuter than I expected it to be. Congratulations to you and Trey. You look so lovely!!! Elsie and you are my inspiration.
I totally agree that DIY can add another layer of meaning to something. My husband and I made each others wedding rings. Whenever I look at my ring I am taken back to those same strong and excited feelings from just before we got married. I’m a jeweler, but this was his first time ever working with metal. Teaching my husband-to-be a new skill also became a very special memory.
You wedding looks like it was so beautiful! Congratulations!!!
Your dress is really, really stunning. Waw.
oh goodness that is a beautiful dress, would you be able to do a tutorial?
I have so much respect for brides that have DIY elements at there weddings – with all of the other things you have to worry about, I give kudos to those who become involved with the design and execution! love the wedding video btw xo
For some reason I didn’t expect your voice to sound like that, it’s so beautiful though! You sound like you’d be good at reading story books to kids, as strange as that sounds! Your wedding was beautiful, can’t wait to see the rest of the photos 🙂
CONGRATS!!! but its so strange hearing your voice on film when I’ve been reading your words in my head in an english accent (cause I’m english) xxx
This is simply beautiful. Congratulations, and I can’t WAIT to see more 🙂
Lela – http://www.lelalondon.com
awww what a great video! so many memories you are creating….
Hi Emma, thanks for sharing so much with us about your life in this post. I love your defense of DIY and I agree, it makes special occasions even more special. I would add that in today’s throwaway society, DIY is actually also good in a practical sense, especially when we make something new from the old scraps that would otherwise end up in a landfill. I am so inspired by your blog and am venturing into some DIY projects on a blog of my own, in the spirit of sustainability. Check me out if ever you get a chance!
Enjoy you honeymoon! I love the idea of DIY wedding and can’t wait to hear more and see all the photos! xx
I just teared up watching this video.
You guys know how to make an event so so special.
Congratulations on the next chapter in your life! May it be filled with happiness and lots and lots of love.
PS: LOVE your dress! Such an inspiration <3
Emma – you are a beautiful soul. Maybe one day I’ll be blessed enough to meet you in person!
That is so awesome! Congrats!
I’m new to your blog, having recently found out you’re a blog and not just the photography app (which I love, too, btw). I love DIY, and that was such a nice, sweet video to share!
Rebecca @ Love at First Book
Your dress is soo beautiful and truly unique! You look gorgeous in it!
Elsie (and all the helping hands) did a fantastic job!
Congratulations ! You look really beautiful in your dress (amazing !).