Brittany and Michael were married last August in Oregon at Brittany’s parents’ property. Both Brittany and Michael grew up in Oregon, so the venue was an obvious choice, and since they both loved summer camp as kids, they invited friends and family to come camp out. The bride shared some details about their DIY wedding:
We thought of it as Summer Camp Social. Everyone was invited to camp on the property, and anyone who camped or stayed in town was invited back to the barn for breakfast in the morning. My parents and some family friends made a huge breakfast for our sleepy guests.
We made a lot of things ourselves to save money, but also so we could do everything exactly as we wanted. We screenprinted paper to look like cross-sections of cut logs for name tags, and wrote on them guests’ names and how we knew them. We worked within what we had and what we know how to do. Since we can print, we did that. I didn’t care about shoes very much, so I wore some old ones. Flowers weren’t a big deal either, so we saved a ton of money on those (though I think they looked lovely). We tried to purchase everything from friends and local vendors.
(Brittany’s something blue!)
We printed programs on heavyweight paper and glued them onto sticks as fans. I went to the farmer’s market the morning of the wedding with my mom and Michael’s mom to pick out flowers. I bought flowers for my bouquet and five bridesmaid bouquets all for $20.
I carried a giant ghetto blaster down the aisle, playing “Somebody” by Depeche Mode. That seemed like the only logical solution because we didn’t have musicians for the ceremony. Guests said it was kind of neat because they heard the music really faintly at first and it got louder as we got closer.
Elizabeth Dye is so incredible – I wanted a simple cotton dress, and I got the cutest simple cotton dress ever!
I made a giant Oregon backdrop and we left a couple of cameras on tripods outside of the barn so guests could take pictures of each other.
We gave out wooden toothpick holders for favors. They were printed with our names, the date, and a beaver (for Oregon.)
“A bunch of our friends surprised us during the reception by arranging themselves in a long line. They all lifted their shirts up to show Congratulations! written across their bellies.”
Venue: private home in Dallas, Oregon
Bride’s dress / hair piece: Elizabeth Dye
Groom’s guayabera shirt: Adam Arnold
Custom toothpick holders: Stumpy Originals
Photography: SJ Harmon
Thank you, Brittany and Michael, for sharing your fun wedding with us – what could be better than a camp out with all your favorite people? Wishing you all the best!
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