Rustic DIY wedding: Laura + Thomas

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Happy Friday, Cakelets! Before you start falling knee deep in Thanksgiving prep we’re going to leave you with Laura + Thomas’ charming 200 guest DIY Missouri wedding, shot by MNC Photography. If the invitations, designed by Laura, aren’t enough to lure you in, then perhaps their $10k budget will. A rustic truck shop surrounded by acres of open land (that belongs to her parents), handmade signage and centerpieces, vintage decor, a slight modern design – put it all together and what do you get? A big wedding, on the cheap, with major inspiration! Budget conscious brides, this one’s for you!

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I have to say the invitations were the most challenging part of planning our wedding. I design wed­ding invites all the time, so I know they can get pricey. Besides designing our invitations myself, I cut costs with paper, printing and postage. I used a variety of paper colors and weights so I was able to order large sheet samples and trim them down instead of purchasing huge reams. Instead of the entire suite, I only had the main invite letterpressed. All of the other pieces I printed myself on my trusty Epson. My sister and I hand screen printed the chevron pattern on the inside of the kraft envelope. The registry cards were hand stamped with a custom rubber stamp. And the map, my favorite, I printed on a text weight butcher paper. Instead of buying new stamps, I used all vintage stamps from my grandma’s collection, then I used the left over paper for our programs (which were sewn together), placecards, menus, etc. In all, I spent around $300.

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

A bit about L + T: Laura’s a graphic designer, obsessed with typography, collecting vintage cameras, and hopes to own a letterpress some day. Thomas loves to cook…always trying new recipes and making things from scratch (high five!), and is obsessed with music, motorcycles and old cars. They have the cutest 2 year old son, Jaxon, who you can read about on Laura’s super sweet blog, Little Frills…and they’re expecting baby number 2!

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

The bouquets, that softly highlight their neutral dresses, were made of blush spray roses, silver brunia, wheat celosia and baby’s breath.

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

What do you do when you want music played at your ceremony, but don’t want it coming from an ipod? Have a friend bring his guitar to your wedding (we all know someone that plays the guitar, right?). Live acoustic versions of your favorite songs are so much more romantic. Laura’s brother-in-law and friend played the acoustic version of Here Comes the Bride as she walked down the aisle and sang Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin during their sand ceremony.

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

Each table had a mason jar filled with baby’s breath and a handmade wooden box filled with succulents and fresh herbs.

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

Favors were little jars purchased at Michaels Craft Store and filled with natural honey from Mo’Honey. Total cost, about $175.

rustic diy wedding

Um, did you see that wall behind their table? It was made by Thomas, his brothers and Laura’s stepdad out of old barn wood!

rustic diy wedding

rustic diy wedding

We have a soft spot for Laura because not only did she share her wedding with us, she uploaded her one of a kind barn signs (Bar, Drinks, Photobooth, Gifts), and adorable pendant table numbers in our Marketplace! Go check them out!

Congrats on your wedding and sweet baby #2!

Wedding Photography: MNC Photography / Ceremony + Reception Location: Private Residence in Jackson, Missouri / Flowers: Cassi Bock Landscaping + Flower Gardens / DJ: Charlie’s Music Revue / Music: Travis Niswonger and Trey Busch / Rentals: Wedding Rental Solutions / Hair + Make-up: Joan Schade / Wedding Invitations + Paper Goods: The Bride / Letterpress: Sensura Studio / Favors: Mo’ Honey / Bride’s wedding gown: Sophia Tolli / Reception gown: Adrianna Papell / Bride’s shoes: Michael Antonio + TOMS + Carlos Santana / Garter: Rosebud Lips / Groom, Groomsmen + Ringbearers: Calvin Klein / Shoes: Converse / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew + H&M + ASOS / Earrings: Anthropologie / Flower girl dress: made by Bride’s Mother / Wedding Rings: Paramount Jewelers + Michael Hester Jewelry

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Justine on Nov 18, 2011

The colors of this wedding are gorgeous! I especially love her chevron stationery inserts. Actually, I think I just love everything chevron ha. ~Stop Me if You've Heard This One

Dacia Rolando on Nov 18, 2011

What a lovely event! There are some really creative people in that wedding celebration. I love the picture of all the groomsmen on the bales of hay with their argyle socks on display. Really fun!

Ashley on Nov 18, 2011

Gorgeous. Very well done! Love those cakes and the shot of the bride wiping away daddy's tears!

CN on Nov 18, 2011

Amazing! Love the paper, invites, decor, everything!

Frances Foster on Nov 18, 2011

It was also the most fun I've ever had at a wedding! Laura is the best at the details and Mike of MNC Photography captured the night just right.

Sarah Busch on Nov 18, 2011

this is my sister... and yes it was amazing! i loved everything about it! so fun - we danced in the rain!

Marianne Wilson on Nov 18, 2011

Such a beautiful wedding! The images are stunning. That b&w of her in the die for <3

Christine on Nov 18, 2011

Wow! What a beautiful wedding. You really get a sense for all the time that went into the details. If I can ask, what font(s) did you use for your invitations? I loved them!

Regina on Nov 18, 2011

Very nice wedding! Its all so beautiful and in details. I love it!

Sarina on Nov 19, 2011

I love how they used jars from micheals and made their own favors.. I think I would use that idea in the future. You can do so many other things with the jars like homemade jam, candies, or even turn it into a beautifully scented candle.

Sonia Sharma Events on Nov 20, 2011

Wonderful feature! This is the perfect country chic wedding. Beautiful!

Maria on Nov 21, 2011

Just when I think it can't be better, there's another surprise. Lovely country wedding! Sweet touch with jars of honey.

Razvan on Nov 22, 2011

Love that high key photo of the bride getting ready!

Michelle on Nov 23, 2011

Love the invitations and the bridesmaid dress shoe. Nicely captured!

Jacquelyn on Nov 23, 2011

Love the kraft, black, white and muted colors!

kristi wright on Jan 3, 2012

What a gorgeous wedding! Love the old truck. The neutral colors are so nice!

Jessica on Mar 16, 2012

This is beautiful!!! I love your blog! - Jessica

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Thumbs up to anyone who takes on a DIY wedding. Great effort and the results speak for themselves!

Laura on Dec 3, 2012

Laura and Thomas!! My name is Laura and I am marrying a Thomas!!! AND this is exactly the kind of wedding we are having!! LOVE IT!!

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