Friday, June 15, 2012

DIY Virginia Wedding

Vladimir and I were married in the beautiful mountains of Lexington Virginia in the fall of 2011. I had searched to no avail for a venue. While I was looking for inspiration, I kept running across these gorgeous, rustic, barn looking spaces. My mom searched endlessly and found the perfect space, Irvine Estate at House Mountain. She also worked hours upon hours gathering and making the perfect decor. We did a mix of burlap, mason jars, and bright colorful flowers. Thanks to the hard work of my mother, our wedding was beyond perfect!

Photo by Daniel Rockburn


My mom found a bunch of cute decor from etsy.com. Some of which being these cute burlap banners; Just Married pictured above and our Bride & Groom chairs pictured below. She also lined the tables with burlap runners, mason jar candles, and gorgeous bright flowers from a local florist. 

Photo by Daniel Rockburn 

Photo by Peter Child


My mom, pictured here to the left, worked tirelessly making sure every detail was just right.


Photo by Daniel Rockburn

























We were talking about using pumpkins, since the wedding was in October, but didn't want them to look cheesy. My mom came up with a brilliant idea; she stored up on these adorable little white pumpkins and tied the home printed place cards to each. That way each guest had a cute little pumpkin to take home :)

Photo by Daniel Rockburn























Instead of having a guestbook, my mom found this cute idea for a "Wishing Tree." Tags
 were left in a basket with some pens. Whenever guests were ready, they would take a tag, write a note for the bride & groom, and hang it on the tree. It looked really beautiful 
once the night was over, pictured below.

Photo by Daniel Rockburn


I had pictures framed of the weddings of my parents, Vlad's parents, my sister and Vlad's sister; and had those pictures displayed on the table with the wishing tree. I think it's a great way to tie in both families' histories. Plus, who doesn't like looking at different wedding styles over the years?


Photo by Peter Child
 My parents wedding on the left, and my sister's on the right.



Photo by Daniel Rockburn



Vlad's parents wedding on the left, and his sister's wedding on the right. Both were in his hometown Lviv Ukraine. 



Photo by Daniel Rockburn

Another great DIY aspect of our wedding was instead of buying a cake from a bakery, Vladimir's mother and his brother-in-law's sister baked this beautiful cake for us :) Here the cake is pictured surrounded by my bridesmaids' bouquets.



Photo by Daniel Rockburn
My mother-in-law loves baking and made each layer of this cake one of her signature flavors. Vladimir's brother-in-law's sister (there's gotta be a name for that, right?) had been taking cake designing classes, and together they made this masterpiece. Pretty good for amateurs, I'd say ;)


Photo by Jose Robertson


As per Ukrainian tradition, there isn't just one cake, there are several... So my mother-in-law made a couple more cakes, sliced them into bite size pieces, and my mother set them up on these cute stands.




My contribution of DIY projects were with disposable cameras and our wedding favors.

Photo by Daniel Rockburn



I bought bulk disposable cameras and set five or so at each of the tables. I printed out this little signs and attached them on the backs with some scotch tape. It was one of the best decisions I made for the wedding; we've had so much fun developing cameras every week.



Photo by Daniel Rockburn





Plus, the children loved them :)


Photo by Jose Robertson  
 I saw this note on tumblr and decided to make my own. I only tweaked it a bit and put in my own fonts & colors to match our decor. Then I printed them out on cardstock paper and set them up with each camera. It's a fun way to let your guests feel like they're a part of the action.


Photo by Daniel Rockburn



As for wedding favors, I made mix cds with Vladimir's and my favorite songs. Then we wrapped them up with packaging paper, stamped our initials with ink, and tied them up with some twine. They turned out great and our guests loved them :)





I also saw this idea on tumblr and loved it. It's of small pictures attached to the bride's bouquet of the people close to the bride and groom who had passed. I loved this idea so much, so my mother recreated the idea for my bouquet. 

Photo by Daniel Rockburn




Photo by Daniel Rockburn


It's a great way to feel like your loved ones are still there to enjoy your big day with you.



One thing I've never understood is putting bridesmaids all in the same dress... It usually ends up looking tacky, the bridesmaids typically never use the dress again, and there are very few dresses out there that look great on every different figure. Instead, I opted to have my bridesmaids choose dresses that they loved and would definitely wear again. To hone them in from picking just any dress, we gave a couple store options and color choice.

Photo by Peter Child

Photo by Sergey Zabrovskiy
The end result, they all looked gorgeous, but you could still tell they were my bridesmaids. 




Special thanks to my uncle Peter Child, our friend Daniel Rockburn, our friend Jose Robertson, and our brother-in-law Sergey Zabrovskiy for taking such beautiful pictures of our wedding for us. 




And most of all, thank you to my mother Anita Child; for the endless hours and attention to detail. Without you, our wedding could not have happened. Because of you, our wedding was beyond beautiful. <3

Photo by Daniel Rockburn


Hope you enjoyed our wedding ideas! 
<3 Lauren




1 comment:

  1. Found it! Love all the burlap details and your sense of style — what a beautiful wedding you all created.

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