Bright sunny North Carolina diy wedding: Abby + Julian

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We can’t resist sharing a wedding with a shebang of DIY goodies. What Mrs. Abby, our bride of the day, and friends created for this wedding, is eye candy in the sweetest form. Painting, sewing, printing, gluing – it’s all here! But, aside from the eye candy, Abby + Julian’s wedding was straight up, fun! And, their venue, the Beech Alpen Inn? Geez, we wish we could spend every weekend frolicking around with a drink in our hand and a game of cornhole amidst such pretty scenery. It’s no wonder they rented out the entire space (20 rooms included), and decided to turn their celebration into a weekend long hangout sesh. We would have too! So happy Heidi from Our Labor of Love was there to capture it all.

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Abby designed & printed the entire invitation suite herself and admits it was actually pretty easy. Great tip from Abby, in case you’re considering taking on this project yourself: Hand paint one invitation suite, then just scan it into your computer at a super high resolution and continue to print the rest from there. (Hello, genius!). The grand total for invitations, details card, rsvp card, sunday brunch invitation + envelopes, stamps and ink to print? About $400 for 180 suites!

bright sunny diy wedding

Try not to get too teary-eyed when you read what Abby did for her bridesmaids:

All of these girls are so important to me and I didn’t want to give them just a random gift. I assigned each girl an attribute that I feel like over the years has made them stand out above others and helped me become who I am. The attributes were humor, joy, creativity, dependability, encouragement, generosity, acceptance and strength. I then put in each locket “ I love you for your (attribute)”, so they would never forget how much I appreciate them.

bright sunny diy wedding

The “here comes the bride” flags began as a long string that one of my bridesmaids (Kate Grigsby) made for my lingerie shower – then Ashley, our wedding planner, turned it into something the flower girls could walk down with. I absolutely loved it. A helpful tip: save decorations from showers if you happen to have creative friends. You never know where you could use it to decorate for the wedding!

bright sunny diy wedding

bright sunny diy wedding

bright sunny diy wedding

Their best man made the cornhole set and Abby painted it. Don’t you just love the colors and the monogram?

bright sunny diy wedding

Abby’s friends are something else. One of her friends made the above guest book quilt. Guests signed happy little notes and it has quickly become one of Abby + Julian’s favorite possessions.

bright sunny diy wedding

Abby got clever with the craft supplies that were left over. The cardboard, brown paper bags and yarn all got put to work with the “Love is Sweet” sign, JHA cake topper, “Beloved” cake topper, and photo-booth props. She also sewed 6 standard sized curtains (3 on each side) together to hang between trees to walk through during the ceremony, which later became the backdrop for the dessert table.

bright sunny diy wedding

We love a good dance party + smoochfest! Congrats Abby + Julian!

Photography: Heidi of Our Labor of Love / Wedding coordinator: Ashley Baber Weddings / Videographer: Thaddeus Ellenburg / Catering: Beech Alpen Inn / DJ: Scott Haynes at Haynes Event Productions / Officiant: Carl Clawson, pastor of Banner Elk Christian Fellowship / Florist: Peggy Mendell at Pearl’s Garden / Bride’s dress: She wore her grandmothers wedding dress, that her mother also wore, purchased in 1949 / Bride’s shoes: Dyeables / Bride’s headpiece: Oh My Deer

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Christie O. {Hindsight Bride} on Sep 21, 2011

I totally {heart} those invitations. And I love the sweet sensibilities of Southern brides (and their amazing planners!)

Autumn Van Weir on Sep 21, 2011

OMG what a fun, whimsical wedding! Very nicely done and it looks like everyone had such a good time! Love the invites too

Leila | Be Inspired PR on Sep 21, 2011

Love their pretty altar with all the wood and flowers! And those bridesmaids gifts were so touching!

Lauren on Sep 21, 2011

Please please post where the head piece is almost listed it in the details below the post but its blank right now! PLEASE!

Wedding Prints on Sep 21, 2011

What a LOVELY wedding. I Really love the quilt idea.

Amy on Sep 21, 2011

Who made the corn-hole game!? That is darling!

MAR on Sep 23, 2011

I loooove the invitations and all the craft!

Mari on Sep 23, 2011

Gorgeous! Love the rustic arch with the flowers and all the vintage rustic detail.

Abby on Sep 24, 2011

HI! Thank you guys for saying such nice things!! I just wanted to answer that one question- the headband was from Chelsea at Oh My Deer on She'pretty amazing huh?

Mari on Sep 29, 2011

Where did you find those sweet lockets? Are they antique?

Cathrine Brooks on Sep 29, 2011

I love it...superb wedding planning..thanks for this idea.....

Amanda Taylor on Oct 1, 2011

Hi - Can you tell me where you got the guys suits?! Thanks!! Amanda

Carly LM on Dec 13, 2011

I adore your wedding. It's truly so beautiful! I was wondering where you found your lockets for your bridesmaids? I think that is just the best idea :) Thanks! Carly

Alyssa on Feb 27, 2012

Hi! What a BEAUTIFUL wedding. Would you mind sharing the name of the venue? I'm looking for something very similar to this for my wedding next May.

Tamara on Mar 23, 2012

Hi There ~ Your wedding is just darling. I adore everything about it!!!! I was wondering if you could answer a question about your lovely lockets. I am currently making 6 lockets for a beautiful bride to be. The lockets I used were vintage brass. I have been advised that you can not engrave on brass.. so I am now searching for vintage lockets in 14k gold. Now to my question. Are your lockets engraved or did you place a typed cardstock inside????? I am thinking that this would be a great alternative to engraving. Thank you so much for your time. Tam Nesting Pretty

Abby on Jul 3, 2012

To all the inquiries about the lockets - ETSY!! and they were just typed card stock inside :)

Marissa on Aug 17, 2012

Where did your bridesmaid that has the plum rose colored dress get her dress? I am in a wedding where the bride wants me to wear that color but I am having trouble finding it! Beautiful wedding.

Stephanie on Sep 29, 2012

Thanks for lovely idea of guest book quilt. That is going to be my gift for my cousins wedding. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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