Images: The Happy Couple
Chrissy & Kristy were DREAM CLIENTS. Super rad, super organized, looking for DIY projects, OH AND MY NEIGHBORS. I won’t forget their hilarious inquiry email to me that sheepishly fessed up that they had stalked me (just a little) and found that we were actually neighbors! It made planning meetings and consults SO easy (I literally walked across an alley). They wanted a FUN wedding that had lots of DIY projects and lots of colors. Naturally Glen Echo Park was the perfect venue for their day and they incorporated SO many personalized details.
My favorite might have been how much thought they put into the wine and beer served at the wedding. Their ceremony included a beer pouring ceremony and their reception included the COOLEST DIY pallet beer service counter ever. This one is PICTURE heavy so I am warning you there, but it was nearly impossible to narrow down a smaller subset of the images I was given! Enjoy.
From the brides:
It was all about bringing our family and friends together for the first time and just making it a great party. We kept it casual and even got school buses to transport guest to and from the venue.
We went with shades of teal and turquoise with some pops of red for our color scheme to really tie everything together. We wanted to include a lot of elements to reflect who we are, both individually and as a couple.
My cousin officiated and pulled off a ceremony that was personal, heartfelt, and funny. We wrote our own vows and instead of a candle, we did a black and tan unity beer. My cousin captured it perfectly by saying “neither is lost in the other. Each retains its own unique character and flavor. Yet, when put together, they become something new and even more interesting than before.” He did such a fantastic job! We couldn’t believe how many compliments we got on the ceremony. Surprisingly Kristy and I didn’t cry at all. I think we were just having so much fun and enjoying the moment.
We incorporated a lot of other DIY elements including our table centerpieces, a candy buffet, a ceremony backdrop that was later re-purposed into garlands for the reception that my mom made, table runners that Kristy’s mom sewed, and paper flower bouquets for the wedding party that Kristy and I made together.
CLICK INSIDE FOR THE REST OF CHRISSY & KRISTY’S TEAL GLEN ECHO PARK WEDDING
We knew we wanted a unique venue that would be lots of fun, and as soon as we saw Glen Echo Park we were sold! We loved all the color, and a vintage amusement park was such a cool theme to work into the design details.
Our wedding party was all family. My sister and Kristy’s sister were the matrons of honor, my 10 year old niece was a jr. bridesmaid, and my 7 year old nephew and Kristy’s 3 year old nephew were the ring bearers, and my brother in law did a reading.
As a wedding gift, my friend Amy (Untuck Design) designed all of our printed materials including our invitation suite, a logo that we had made into stickers and pint glasses, the photo strip for our photo booth, and a huge sign that we displayed rather than giving out individual programs. She did such and amazing job of capturing our vision with her design, which really set the theme for the entire wedding.
Since Glen Echo is a national park we were limited to beer and wine so we decided to go all out with the beer. My brother in law built us a beer bar out of reclaimed wood so we could have beer on tap. We went with a local DC Brau Corruption IPA and Schlafly Summer Lager from St. Louis. Kristy finished it off with a hand-made sign and beer taps.
We had a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres rather than a sit down dinner to keep the party going all night. One of our favorite food details was a trio of sliders, a mini Philly cheesesteak from my hometown, St. Louis pulled pork from Kristy’s hometown, and a Maryland crab cake to represent our current home in DC. We also had mini Philly pretzels, hand delivered to us from Philly that day!
We were really lucky to have so many friends and family members involved in the wedding. It made it that much more special to see it all come together.
They also shared some SUPER SWEET words about me :)
We also wanted to give you a huge shout out. It was your blog that introduced us to Glen Echo and you helped us realign and reassess our rather lofty DIY aspirations:) We truly enjoyed the best day of our lives and can’t thank you enough:)
VENDORS -> Photographer: The Happy Couple | Venue: Glen Echo Park | Hair Styling, Makeup & Spray Tans: Alison Harper & Co | Catering: Main Event | Wedding Coordination: Capitol Romance Wedding Coordination | Decor: DIYed | Paper Products: Untuck Design printed by Old City Press | DJ: Gavin Holland | Cupcakes: Grassroots Gourmet