Today’s real wedding feature is simple, but beautiful due to the couple’s focus on handmade details. Yue & Greg also decided to use Cherry Blossoms as the backdrop and theme for their Maryland wedding – including the pale pink flower in the wedding decor. They decided to keep their wedding as low-key and simple as possible, relying heavily on family & friends and Etsy to decorate their wedding day.
Lucky for you all, I have all the details from Yue below, with some really sage words on including handmade details in your wedding day. Especially how one of the benefits of DIYing your wedding projects, is the increased time with family and friends, making the items!
Yue & Greg’s Simple Cherry Blossom Themed Wedding in Potomac Maryland
About their wedding vision:
From the beginning, Greg and I knew we wanted our wedding to be simple, charming and personal. That, and we wanted the ceremony outdoors. We imagined a small, intimate wedding in a field of wild flowers or under a grove of trees—letting nature dictate our decor.
I really love this note about incorporating handmade (not necessarily DIY) details into their wedding day!
Greg and I also really appreciate the detail, craftsmanship, and one-of-a-kind feel of something handmade, so we tried our best to incorporate those elements into our wedding.
We opted to do without a wedding planner/event coordinator, and sent our invitations in hand-folded envelopes. We used Etsy to find handmade convertible dresses for the bridesmaids, and bought Greg’s wedding band there too.
On their Maryland wedding venue selection:
Bolger Center turned out to be a nice fit: rolling green lawns, peppered with willows and cherry blossoms; a round arbor of evergreen trees, steps away from a little, white pergola; an on-site hotel for our many out-of-towner guests. So, we booked and prayed for a sunny April morning.
Maybe our favorite Etsy buy though was a set of six little ceramic bells. We hung them from low branches surrounding the ceremony site and strung strips of ribbon and burlap for a wind catch. Every breeze sent a peel of faint chiming into the air all around us: the effect was lovely and calming.
Another personal touch came from an idea my mom had, about making sure I was hidden away from view before the ceremony. Greg and the groomsmen hung lace panel curtains from each side of the pergola and let them billow in the wind—a nice play on the fluttery straps on my dress.
In the end, the hint of my silhouette through the lace made for a bit of mystery as guests passed by to get seated.
Click inside for the rest of Greg & Yue’s simple, handmade Maryland wedding ~ including some fun with a cotton candy machine!