Jen & James’ Handmade & “Family Love” Warrenton VA Wedding

Though I’ve never been to Warrenton, Virginia I think I might need to spend some time there. I have had a recent influx of wedding submissions from the area, and it’s only about an hour from Washington, DC. Also, these wedding venues/locations are STUNNING.

Thanks to Ever After Visuals [submitted via Two Bright Lights] we get to share the beautiful wedding of Jen and Jim at the Airlie Foundation Center in Warrenton VA. The couple is extremely close to their family, and it was evident in their wedding pictures that they included this closeness in all the details and events of the day.

The couple and their family spent a lot of time hand-crafting this wedding. Jen’s Godmother spent hours baking all the homemade cookies for favors and the bride’s father spent countless hours hand-carving, sanding, and staining 16 different walnut boxes, branding Jen & James’ names and the wedding date into them as well.

Jen & James’ Handmade Warrenton, VA Wedding at the Airlie Foundation

Floral Designer:  J. Morris Flowers | Reception Venue:  Airlie Foundation | Dress Store:  Ellie’s Bridal Boutique | Cake Designer: Edibles Incredible Desserts | DJ:  Good Note DJs

From the photographers:

If I had to pick a theme for Jen and Jim’s wedding, it would probably be: Family Love. We love how incredibly close to their family each of them are and how, because of that, they had an amazing wedding day. It was very important that each and every person feel loved and cherished throughout Jen and Jim’s wedding. The wedding itself Jen described as a “group effort”.

Jen designed the earrings she wore using small diamonds from a ring of her late grandmother and pearls from her great grandmother given to her by her parents as a birthday present.

Each bouquet had a special pin from Jen’s grandmothers attached to it. Jen’s bouquet attached a pin to her bouquet that Jim’s aunt gave her that belonged to his late grandmother.

Click inside for the rest of Jen & Jim’s handmade Warrenton, Virginia wedding from Ever After Visuals ~ including tons of information about their families efforts on the wedding details!

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How to Have a DIY Wedding: #4. Change the Y to an A

“It takes a village” – Offbeat Bride

Welcome back to part 4 of our “How to Have a DIY Wedding” Series! In case you missed parts 1-3, be sure to check out #1 Time, #2 Priorities, and #3 Consistency.

But for today we are discussing our take on the phrase DIY and specifically, that last letter, “Y”.

Most people know that the “Y” in DIY stands for “yourself” and if you didn’t, well now you do! My advice to you today, is that you don’t have to do everything YOURSELF when it comes to DIY wedding projects! You can actually change that “Y” to an “A” and have ANYONE help you with making projects for your wedding.

My mom actually hand-made all of the Christmas ornament & tulle bouquets for my wedding:

When I started planning my own wedding I read Offbeat Bride’s book ~ the Creative Alternative for Independent Brides. One of Ariel’s chapters was called “it takes a village” and talked about how planning a unique and affordable wedding, really could require an entire village of people to help you execute.

My mother in law is a seamstress, so she DIYed my wedding dress:

Now, while you might not need an actual village, what you should do is find out which of your friends, family or wedding party members have certain skills or talents they can donate so that they can help you with your DIY projects. You don’t have to plan & execute an entire DIY wedding all by yourself!

We had a friend that designed the graphics for our wedding invitations.


Just because it is called DIY –doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself. Chances are your friends and family will WANT to help in ways they can and it will certainly help you with the time commitment part of having a DIY wedding.

What projects are your family & friends helping with for your DIY wedding?

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