Happy Friday everyone! This wedding I have for you all this lovely afternoon (it kinda sorta finally feels like Fall here in Florida!) is from Ashley Daniell Photography, and it’s full of some wonderfully eclectic details! Not to mention that it’s always fun to see a wedding on the beach that isn’t quite “beach” themed. The bride, Lindsay, wanted her wedding to be all about being surrounded by her loved ones, as well as reflecting her love for all things natural. It’s gorgeous, and she’s here with us today to share some of her wedding insight!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
I’d say I did a lot of my wedding on my own. I’d say keeping good notes and staying organized was most helpful. I also utilized a timeline and calender to keep up with all my DIY projects. I did hire a colleague to help with planning and who worked the weekend of the wedding. This helped because he knew my vision and could execute plans when I was spending time with my family on the weekend of the wedding.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I wanted to chose a venue that would be most conducive to an environment where my friends and family could feel comfortable and have fun, while still supporting my theme.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I think I gained most of my inspiration from Southern Weddings Magazine. This magazine always has the freshest ideas for off-the-beaten path elements. I also started planning just around the time Pinterest took off, which did help provide some last minute ideas. I have a fascination for all things natural. I wanted a wedding theme that reflected nature and my obsession with wildlife and the outdoors.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
I loved the fact that my whole family and wedding party could spend the whole weekend in the same house sharing meals and fun time at the beach. This was just as good as the culminating event! Many of my family members remarked that the wedding felt more like a vacation than a one-day event.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Create a system for staying organized. This might mean a system you create in a notebook or this might mean the assistance of a professional planner. If you are all about the DIY, make sure you create a to-do list with a timeline. This helped me prevent stressing out at the end because I had appropriately paced my projects well in advance. I refused to “create” anything new within a month of the wedding. Everything was packed and ready for the out-of-town event days in advance. I also thought it was helpful to label the outside of each box with details of the contents. This helped me delegate the tasks on the weekend of the event. Another helpful thing I had was several helpers on the day of the event to do the running around for me.
That is some GREAT advice- doing DIY projects is always about the timing. You definitely don’t want to be rushing to get things done in the days before your wedding, that’s for sure!
Will any of you be incorporating handmade DIY details in your wedding like Lindsay did? What will you be making?