Today’s real wedding is a perfect example that to have a beautiful event you don’t need a gigantic budget. Megan and Ike’s courtship was a classic whirlwind romance, a year and a half from the time they met, to marriage. Megan said that when people comment on this short period she just answers “When you know, you know.” She did lots of hand made projects for their day, including gathering flowers from Ike’s parents backyard, roadside ditches, and local flower shops for the bouquets, bouts, and decor. They borrowed lots of vintage items from family and friends, and picked the most adorable church for their ceremony (complete with mismatched painted chairs). A big thank you to Megan for sharing all the details of the day, and to Sarah of Beautiful Isolations Photography for the lovely images.
Who, What, Where ~ Ceremony/Reception: Carnahan Creek Church. Flowers: Arranged by the bride. Cake – Christie Cady. Dress: Etsy purchase, Ashley Grace Vintage.
Even more loveliness…
From the bride, Megan…
My inspiration and theme of the wedding was simplicity. We didn’t have a lot of money so we had to use a lot of what we already had and did almost everything ourselves. I’m so glad we did it this way because everything we used has a special meaning to us.
Everything we used were things we already had around the house, borrowed from friends or made ourselves. I made the hand fans using a tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens and scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby, the baskets used to display them where handmade and passed down to my husband. The green bottles used as vases on the cake and punch tables are Lindeman’s Lambic Beer bottles (I gladly drank, de-labeled and cleaned), and as table clothes we used old sheets of my mom’s and table clothes that were Ike’s mom’s. We had my brother, Kellen, get ordained and perform the ceremony and also had our dog, Belle, act as our ring dog. I designed and printed all of our signs, programs and invitations, and Ike mad the arrow that directed our guests to the wedding.
I carried one item from each branch of Ike and my family: a gold ‘H’ pin that belonged to Ike’s paternal grandmother, Ike’s mother’s garter, my grammie’s (my mom’s mother) rosary that had been blessed by the Pope and my great-grandmother’s (on my dad’s side) white handkerchief. We wrote our own vows and we each asked a friend to speak who was an integral part of the two of use getting together. My sister and Ike’s brother were the only people we had stand up with us.
My favorite memory of the day was the first time I saw Ike while I was walking down the aisle. I had been nervous all morning, but as soon as I saw him I just felt at ease and had a blast the rest of the day.