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Crafty Missouri wedding: Cheri + Chad

July 17, 2012

High school sweethearts, Cheri + Chad are simply adorable. Now that we know they secretly dream of owning a large ranch in the middle of Wyoming with their two pups, their classic American countryside venue and wedding pretty much affirms that idea. Their celebration didn’t have the formality of a traditional wedding. It wasn’t just about them, but about the friends & family they’d be sharing it with. Guests played horseshoes, relaxed by the lake, danced under the stars, roasted s’mores… theirs was the type of wedding guests could let their hair down, kick off their shoes, and truly enjoy themselves.

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This photo feels like something out of a childhood dream, doesn’t it?

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All the DIY elements you see were a labor of love made from crafting parties with friends & family. They covered wooden clothespins with glitter, cute fabric triangles for escort cards, canned roasted pumpkin seeds for favors, and whole lot of paper decorations you’ll see later on.

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Mega paper poms decorated the gazebo they married under.

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I wanted a soft and feminine look for my flowers so I chose to use garden roses and lambs ear. I wanted the men to have a more masculine option so we chose to make boutonnieres out of feathers that we found at Chad’s family farm. It added another personal touch, plus they held up really well. I actually framed Chad’s boutonniere and set it on display in our living room.

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The sweets table can easily be one of our favorite elements in a wedding. Who can deny a pretty sugar spread? Especially when the bride has told us that her and her mother have baked every single yummy treat.

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Bride and bridesmaids bouquets used as centerpiece decor is a great way to save money on flowers and make those bouquets last longer!

DIY photo booth

My favorite project was the photo booth. It consisted of a piece of wood fence that I aged with vinegar and steel wool, pennant flags that I sewed from a variety of fabrics, homemade props (mustaches and bow ties), a Polaroid camera, and picture frames. It was actually quite simple and so much fun! Also, the pictures we have from it made for a great keepsake. I ended up framing about 50 of the Polaroid pictures in a poster sized frame and I absolutely adore it.

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Congratulations you two lovebirds!

Photography: Turner Creative Photography / Event planner: Heart & Arrow Events / Venue: Little Piney Lodge / Invites & save the dates: Love vs Design / Catering: Swiss Meats / Bartender: Flair on the Fly / DJ: Rambo’s Disco / Cake + sweets: bride and mother / Bride’s dress: J.Crew Arabelle gown / Shoes: Juicy Couture Danika Slingbacks / Jewelry: local antique stores / Groom’s suit: John Varvatos / Bridesmaid dresses: Dillards, Nordstorm, H & M / Groomsmen suits: JCPenny