Monday is a great day for something sweet and lovely, don’t you think? Eliza and David’s wedding fits the bill, with simple DIY details, an at-home reception, and lots of thoughtful advice and reflections from the bride. Oh, and I just love this idea for something old: Eliza sewed two buttons from her grandmother’s collection into her dress…
One of Eliza’s favorite parts of the day? “The walk from the church to the house with the bridal party was wonderful – full of sunshine and laughter as we walked through the neighborhood I grew up in.”
In addition to dancing, guests (and the newlyweds!) enjoyed lawn games like croquet. In addition to wedding cake (with tiers of red velvet and vanilla raspberry), the dessert table included chocolate raspberry cakes and raspberry-rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb and blueberry pies.
Eliza and David kindly shared some details about the day:
Why did you choose this venue for your wedding? We chose the location because it just seemed natural to have the wedding in Yarmouth, with the reception at my parents’ house. My mother suggested the Old Meeting House for the ceremony – an excellent idea. When my family first moved to Maine, we literally lived a stone’s throw from the Meeting House, and we used to picnic on the front steps. We even went sledding down the hill next to the church in the winter. We hoped that we would get a nice enough day that everyone could walk from the Meeting House to my parents’ house; sure enough, we were blessed with a glorious, sun-splashed afternoon.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Don’t be afraid to DIY things that might otherwise cost astronomical sum – it’ll free up money you can use in other areas of your budget if need be, and best of all, you’ll feel like the cleverest bride that ever was when people compliment the things you worked so hard on. We also saved money by having a smaller, simply decorated wedding cake and supplementing it with other cakes and pies – better, in the end, because it allowed us to offer a wider array of flavors.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We went very traditional with the ceremony; it was straight from the Book of Common Prayer. Additionally, we used the old Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.”
What were some of your DIY projects? Flowers, invites, programs, music, flag bunting, cake topper, bird table markers. I made earrings for bridesmaid gifts, and my mom spent hours painting all the Adirondack chairs herself! For the ceremony, my cousin’s daughter played violin and my aunt played piano, and a groomsman acted as DJ with a playlist made by the bride and groom.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? And what advice do you have for other brides? The best advice I received was to take a few minutes alone together after the ceremony to marvel over our newly married state! It’s a life-changing experience, and it’s important to pause for just a moment to take that all in together. My advice would be to resist the urge to micromanage people and things. Not everything will go according to plan. Stay organized, but also stay sane. Remember, you hired these professionals because they know how to do their job, so let them do it! Work on things together as much as possible, as it helps create a day that’s about both of you rather than just about the bride. Also, get your programs done early – because the blasted things take forever!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our wonderful family and friends really helped us out – the bridal party helped decorate, the bridesmaids and friends put together all the floral arrangements, my parents hosted 130 people and threw tons of energy into the preparations, David’s parents put together beautiful welcome bags and planned a wonderful rehearsal dinner, and people drove for hours and hours to celebrate with us… it was a lot of hard work by a lot of people. The key is that the whole time, we were not alone – we had amazing loved ones supporting us all along. As our wonderful priest pointed out, it’s the same thing with marriage – it’s not just about us but about the greater community of family and friends who love and support us. We were so blessed to share this wonderful day with them.
Photography: Meredith Perdue / Ceremony venue: Old Baptist Meeting House in Yarmouth, Maine / Reception venue: private home / Bride’s dress: Maggie Sottero / Print-at-home stationery: Wedding Chicks / Rentals: One Stop Party Shoppe / Catering: Belle Fete Events & Catering / Baker: Two Fat Cats
Congratulations Eliza and David! Thank you for sharing all of these fun details about your wedding!