I stumbled upon Bryce and Stephanie’s beautiful wedding a few months ago on Amy Carroll’s blog and knew from the moment I laid upon eyes their beautiful celebration it would be a perfect fit for Once Wed. The bride, Stephanie, was kind enough to send over a lovely guest blog to accompany the feature…
Bryce and I were married late in August this past summer on a lovely Thursday afternoon. We wanted our wedding to reflect our vintage style but had stick within our six-thousand dollar budget! I found my dress at Loehmann’s randomly for $55 marked down from $800. The dress was way to big for me so I had it altered and reworked for $100.00. I loved the final product! The ceremony took place at the Port Oneida schoolhouse, located near the little town of Glen Arbor. The school is now an historical building, owned by the local school district, and was once used as a one-room schoolhouse until it closed, in 1939.
We wanted the ceremony to be completely personalized by us, and to have all of our 35 guests saying, “That was just so special and exactly them”! I had recently lost my grandmother, who was so excited when she found out Bryce and I were getting married. I really wanted to incorporate something of hers into the wedding, so I used her vintage-linen handkerchief to make the ring pillow, and a piece of her hand-crocheted lace, around my bouquet.
We opted out of having a wedding party because we thought that it would distract from the most important thing about this day; US! We did make some exceptions by having our dog Morty stand in as the best man, and our little cousins, Ethan and Ella, as the ring-bearer and flower girl. We both wrote our own vows, and Bryce sang me a song he wrote for the ceremony. It was perfectly beautiful! I don’t think there was a dry eye in sight.
Stay tuned for Part II coming up next!
Photography by Amy Carroll
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Not every wedding guest list has to have every single one of your second cousins, their spouses and kids, and everyone from the neighborhood you grew up in. You might feel more at home with a very intimate wedding, maybe with just your siblings and parents.