From wooden flowers and neutral colors, this nautical themed wedding is DIY amazing!
Q1: Tell us about your wedding!
A1: Kelsey and I went with a rustic style wedding where we incorporated a more neutral color scheme in the decorations as well as our love, sharing memorabilia of personal pictures throughout the years. Our wedding was not a traditional wedding, we planned it based on us and our beliefs. We also included a knot tying ceremony to represent our never ending love for each other.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A2: Yes, mostly all the décor was DIY. We used wooden flowers of neutral colors that we dyed ourselves with the help of the bridesmaids.We kept it simple and unique. The ceremony was held outside with a few fresh flowers placed in mason jars along the isle and we also had some decorations surrounding us at the altar of different size glass bottles that included wooden flowers of neutral colors. We placed two big grape vines that hung above us decorated also with the wooden flowers.The reception each table was decorated with either blue or gray linen, each table had about three different size glass bottles decorated with the wooden flowers that were placed on a mirror as the centerpiece surrounded by tea lights.Each glass bottle was decorated with lace, burlap and a tiny anchor charm on the side with an arrangement of the wooden flowers.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A3: Yes, all of our DIY wooden flowers were incorporated throughout the day. Starting with the ceremony we included two grape vine wreaths decorated with wooden flowers of neutral colors hanging above us at the altar. We also included both glass jugs and bottles that were decorated as well with the wooden flowers. We also included some fresh flowers along the isle leading up to the alter that were placed in glass mason jars. Kelsey made all the bridesmaids bouquets out of the wooden flowers including hers as well. She also made boutonniere’s and corsages. All of the centerpieces included the wooden flowers in glass bottles decorated the tables. As a special little touch on the main bridal table the bouquets became the centerpieces placed in mason jars with lights.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A4: Instead of the traditional seating plan we went with “take a shot, take a seat” where each guest had the option of silver or gold tequila with personalized shot glasses to take home before picking their seats.We also incorporated our favorite brewery, Cape May Brewery by sharing some of our favorite beers with our quest which included The Bog, Cape May IPA and Devils Reach. We also included a photo booth and corn hole for guest entertainment.
For the desert with included a smores table, hers and hers cupcakes of the brides picking. Casey picked a peanut butter and jelly cupcake and Kelsey picked a strawberry shortcake cupcake. We also had Casey’s Uncle John’s famous chocolate chip cookies and plenty of other desserts from Piece of Cake.Instead of doing the garter toss with the bouquet we switched it up with a football with both brides names and the day of the wedding with the quote “you’re next”. We tossed them at the same time.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A5: Kelsey went with a more simple and elegant gown, covered in lace. She also wore a waist length vail that tied into her Disney tiara. Kelsey picked to wear her Grandmothers pearl necklace. Casey went with gray suit pants with a white button up shirt , vest and suspenders. She also incorporated her love for anchors and vans by wearing a anchor bowtie and a pair of white vans.All the bridesmaids either rocked a long gray or steal blue dress except for one of Casey’s bridesmaids who rocked the same style as Casey. All the bridesmaids wore vans opposite colors of their dresses.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A6: Meeting at Cape Regional isn’t what most people expect to hear when we are telling our love story. Lucky enough for us, not only did our work life intertwine since we met, but we have since pushed each other to grow in the medical field. We met each other in the winder of 2014/2015. In May of 2015 we went on our first date and then to our first concert. Two shorts months later we made our relationship official. Fast forward three years and Casey planned one of the best days we’ve had together. From asking my parents, to creating a beautiful and personalized ring, she popped the question during our fall photoshoot.
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A7: We both looked forward to spending our special day with family and friends who have supported us since the very beginning. For Kelsey her most special moment was walking down the isle. For Casey her most special moment was sharing that first dance with her new bride.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A8: Don’t over think the planning, take your time and be patient with one another.
DJ: Loosh Entertainment
Apparel: The Men’s Wearhouse
Dress Store: Free Love Bridal
Bakery: Piece of Cake
Hair Stylist: Updone Hair
Reception Venue: Abbie Holmes Estate
Photographer: Elizebeth Unruh Studio