Martine is a Snippet & Ink reader who was married in June, and who has kindly shared her wedding with us! She and Joshua, with the help of family and friends, created a wedding that reflected their love of vintage style, and that was full of thoughtful and meaningful touches…
Martine on the DIY flowers: The day of the rehearsal, our flowers were on site in buckets, and I intended to make them all myself – earlier that day, I made my own bouquet out of baby’s breath and vintage gold braiding – but my bridesmaids were all antsy for a project. I figured that they would be able to add their own style to their bouquets, so I had them go and put their own bouquets together – they had a blast in the venue’s rustic kitchen picking from the flowers that spoke to them.
Says Martine: As soon as the first note of our first dance started and Josh took my hand to walk out on the dance floor, I started crying. Dancing with him for those 2 1/2 minutes, the world slowed down and it was just the two of us. Amazing.
Why did you make the choices you did? We joke that we made each decision about our wedding based on whether I cried or not. Josh played a mix he made of possible first dance songs. I loved all of them, but as soon as I heard Forever by The Beach Boys, I started crying. So we chose it. Now, every time I hear that song, I cry. On the same topic, when Josh was choosing which bow tie to wear, we knew we’d found the winner as soon as I started crying over the dark purple one. I’m starting to sound like a real downer, but it was hilarious because it was all so ridiculous!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? My budget tips revolve around the way you think about things. It’s easy to decide you want or need something specific, and then become set on this idea. But if you open your mind to other possibilities, you realize that there are always options, and sometimes cheaper ones. I think when you get your mind set on one thing, you miss out on so many other options that could very well be cheaper.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I loved having my family all together. My mom and sisters live far away, as well extended family of ours. As we received each RSVP in the mail, I felt so loved over and over seeing that people were willing to travel to spend the day with us. Also, it was really, really, really hot on our wedding day and since we got married at a camp lodge, there was no A/C. I loved looking around and watching our friends and family who were sweaty and hot, dancing around on the dance floor in front of the huge fans, and waiting in line for the photo booth. People still had fun, and it meant a lot to see them hang on until the end through the crazy hot day.
Tell us about the colorful dessert table! A close family friend of ours baked all of our cupcakes and our wedding cake. It was so special to have them made by someone we knew put their heart and soul into this amazing gift. Our cake was vanilla with each layer a different color. It made me smile ear to ear on my wedding day. What more can you ask for? My Grandma and a few of my aunts also volunteered to contribute some baked goods, and how can you say no to that? It wasn’t initially what I had planned on, but was so thankful that they wanted to contribute because it added such a special, personal element to our dessert table.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The day of the rehearsal, Josh’s dad came up to me and whispered in my ear, “Something will go wrong tomorrow,” and he gave me a huge smile. At first it sounds pretty harsh, but as we hustled around the venue all that afternoon setting up tables and talking specifics, my nerves really began to build. I know he told me that things wouldn’t be perfect to ease my mind and allow me to breathe, and it worked. It was just what I needed to hear. We had a couple minor goofs on our wedding day, but it was stuff that no one noticed but the two of us. Big deal. I still walked away married, and happy too.
Photography: Kelly Maughan / Venue: Camp Mary Orton in Columbus, Ohio / Bride’s dress: vintage purchased at Silver Moon Vintage in Chicago / Bride’s shoes: Max Studio / Makeup: Melissa Roshan / Groom’s suit and shoes: vintage / Catering: Sandman Catering / Photo booth: RedEye Photobooths / Rentals: Lasting Impressions
Congratulations Martine and Josh! See more photos on Kelly Maughan’s blog.