Homemade North Carolina wedding: Kelly + Allen

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Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

We get the feeling Kelly + Allen would have been just fine celebrating their wedding with a set of plastic picnic tables, a cooler filled with locally brewed beer and a few homemade pies. As long as their family & friends were attendance, merriment would have commenced. That’s what these two are all about. Their wedding, photographed by Keepsake Memories, was a complete DIY fete thanks to the help of their family. Homebrewed beer, wood-carved signs, floral arrangements, sweet dessert bites, welcome gift baskets… everyone contributed something to their special wedding weekend.

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

We really lucked out by using a local flower farm for all of our floral needs. We spent a nice morning picking out all kinds of dahlias, zinnias and fillers for what would become the beautiful centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, decor, etc. As long as you’re willing to put forth the time and effort, it’s really a great way to save on what could be a really expensive part of the wedding. Great tip!

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Such a cute idea to put a little activity card at each place setting for guests to fill out throughout the day. It gives them something to do while they wait to hit the dance floor, and gives you a fun little present to read after the wedding!

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Homemade North Carolina wedding | photo by Keepsake Memories Photography | 100 Layer Cake

A few bits of advice they walked away having learned: Taking on a lot of the DIY projects taught us a few lessons on time management and planning. We spent a good part of the weekend working on these projects and although it allowed us to contribute, it was also a time-consuming part of the weekend. My husband and I also realized that we spent a good portion of the evening talking and dancing that we didn’t even take the time to stop by the dessert table. Thank goodness they had take-home boxes so that we were able to enjoy them after the wedding.

We were definitely all about going against tradition. There are always people telling you how things are supposed to be done or what is considered to be acceptable. I’m so glad that we stuck to our guns on our decision to do things exactly the way we wanted because it reflected us as a couple and that’s what mattered most.

Congratulations Kelly + Allen!

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Photographer: Keepsake Memories Photography / Videographer: Kevin Hursh Films / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hawkesdene House / Event Coordinator, Designer: Collaborative effort between Hawkesdene staff and bride’s step-mother, Mary / Invitation (Save-the-Date) Designer: Orange81 / Hair & Makeup: Dalgys Estrabao (good friend) / Florist: Stoney Hollow Farm / Cake: Homemade cakes by family and friends / Catering: Hawkesdene House

Wedding dress: Caroline Devillo purchased at Sasha’s Bridal Boutique / Wedding shoes: Jessica Simpson / Headpiece: Handmade / Groom’s Suit: Jones New York / Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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kim on Nov 21, 2013

i love the table setting! i'm crossing my fingers that you guys can help me win a pre-wedding trip to london by voting for my mac n cheese recipe?: http://www.mysteryingredientbloggershowcase.com/?contestants=macaroni-and-cheese in return, here are our engagement photos!: http://lovintheoven.com/2013/10/wedding-engagement-photos.html thanks!!

meg on Nov 22, 2013

I love the wood burned sign! I am a huge fan of wood burning! http://happinessiscreating.com/

Keepsake Memories Photography on Nov 22, 2013

Thank you for featuring Kelly & Alan's wedding on your lovely blog! They were a beautiful couple to work with.

Functionband melbourne on Nov 23, 2013

I really like the wood burned sign!

Lauren on Nov 23, 2013

Such a beautiful day for you two. I love how you didn't stick with the "traditional" styles of weddings. You made it the way you wanted it and I think your personalities definitely shown through. It's so simple but yet it speaks so much more then some weddings that go over board. I hope your day was everything you dreamed of because the pictures definitely show that it was.

Ava on Nov 24, 2013

What a beautiful wedding. The flower bouquet is awesome, and I really love her dress! I saw one similar to it with the cream lace and cap sleeves on sale with Allure, am thinking of getting it for my wedding. It's the fourth one over on the top row, do you think it's a close match? http://www.ebridalsuperstore.com/products/Default.aspx?keyword=allure%20wedding%20dresses

Olivia Fisher on Nov 25, 2013

Congratulations!! Kelly and Allen. Great Wedding Images. Love the burlap touch!

Jorge on Nov 25, 2013

Nice wedding blog, congrats. I liked how all that wood in the decoration helped make the whole wedding look more cozy.

Vinss on Jan 2, 2015

Super, Love those detail shots...

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