Very excited about today's post...I've had these photos shot by Kaylee Eyelander Photography and Blue Wing Photos under wraps for weeks...just waiting for January, so I could spring them on ya! Tiffany and Daniel, along with friends and family, poured their hearts and souls into creating this dream wedding. When I saw all the handmade goodness that went into their big day it gave me chills! There are tons of charming details, from a re-styled wedding dress to hand-carved, hand-stamped invitations and vintage books galore. I'm going to stop fawning now and let the photos do the talking. Then the bride will share the inside scoop at the end of the post...enjoy!
What the bride said... "Our venue was at the historic Monte Cristo hotel in Everett. We fell in love with the venue and booked it before we were even publically engaged! There was just something so romantic about the combination of old brick, the intimate ballroom, the fireplace and the mezzanine. We loved the venue so much that we actually designed our invitations around the hotel entryway. Daniel carved the image himself and we hand stamped all of our invitations and RSVP cards.
The star of the handmade/vintage items in our wedding was THE DRESS. Originally, I had planned on wearing my mother’s dress. She had passed away a couple of years earlier and I couldn't think of a better way of having her with me than wearing her dress. Unfortunately, when the time came to try it on it just wasn't me. I was crushed and in tears. That's when my fairy dressmaker came to the rescue. Daniel's sister is an amazing seamstress. Together we designed the dress of my dreams. We used as much of my mother’s dress as possible including all of the lace, beads, some of the tulle, the little caplet sleeves and of course, the veil. The veil was left almost as is (we had to remove some of that 80's poof). In my hair I wore fabric flowers from the same dress materials and vintage buttons gifted by my dressmaker and soon to be sister-in-law. My accessories included a necklace and bracelet set given to me by my grandmother. She wore the same set at her prom. On my pinky finger I wore her original engagement ring as my "something barrowed." Wrapped around my flower bouquet was handmade lace made by a family member on my grandmother’s side. I was draped in beautiful items cherished and loved by the women in my family.
We spent a lot of time on handmade items. It was important for us to use materials we already had on hand. I salvaged a very large dictionary years ago because I was drawn to all the beautiful pages. We used pages in as many places as we could. We used pages as the base of our centerpieces getting as detailed as having the definition for the word "one" on table one. We also made matching origami flowers and signs out of the dictionary paper. Piled on top of our dictionary centerpieces were old books (part of my personal collection), vintage keys, gorgeous white flowers and a letterpress stamps used to identify the table numbers. The flowers were housed in glass milk bottles we had collected over the year. We drank a whole lot of milk from Twin Brooks Creamery! We also served our favorite chocolate milk to the kiddos during the reception. The best part was we were able to turn the bottles in for our deposit funds.
Other fun vintage/handmade touches included the aisle made up of buoys, roses and confetti (from the dictionary paper). The cake table was covered in lace doilies both handed down to me by family and gathered from second hand stores. Coloring pages were made by my brother’s wife. Flowers were arranged by my grandmother and me. Table assignments were printed on wedding invitation paper and placed behind old windows along with wedding photos of our parents and grandparents. We used silver champagne glasses and the cake knife set from my parents wedding. My photographer and friend Anna (Blue Wing Photos) arranged for a beautiful send off in a cream vintage convertible. We took a spin around the block while our guests waved wands made of ribbons.The entire process was a fun whirlwind. We wouldn't change a thing and we loved putting in so much thought into the details of our wedding."
Thanks so much to Tiffany and Daniel for sharing a glimpse into their fabulous handmade wedding! Be sure to check out their vendor list below for contact info if you're getting married in the Seattle area. And, if you're interested in having your handmade, vintage or DIY wedding featured on The Brass Paperclip Project, drop me a line at "Brasspaperclip@aol.com" I'd love to hear from you!
Wedding Location: Everett, WA / Venue Catering: Monte Cristo Ballroom / Photographers: Kaylee Eylander Photography and Blue Wing Photos / Cake: Central Market Bakery / Chocolate Milk (& vases): Twin Brooks Creamery (bought at central market) / Flowers: Costco and Fifty Flowers / Dress: Designed by the bride, made by the sister of the groom / Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Sung bought at LaineeMeg Bridal (formerly "From the Gown Up") / Invitation: Bride and Groom