Inspiration for Your Fall Wedding

It’s officially fall, so I’ve been reminiscing a bit…My first anniversary is coming up this November and this year has already gone by so quickly and I’ve loved every minute of it. I won’t spend your reading time getting all gushy, but I thought as a celebration of my upcoming anniversary, I’d post some photos of my wedding as inspiration for you or your friends who are thinking of a Fall/Winter wedding!

I did a ton of the details myself, including hand-painting the blue on each and every one of my 200 wedding invitations! It was all worth it and came together perfectly. I’ll be sharing where I got things and what I did for the big day. Hope you find some inspiration, even if you’re already hitched! Stay tuned for full tutorials for a few of my DIYs shown here!

All photos below are the work of the incredibly talented Jenn at Emily-Waid Photography – she’s great! She’s currently based in NYC.

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The invites – I drew out the design, my aunt printed and cut them, I painted and gold-penned each one (hubby helped with the gold). Envelopes were ordered in bulk, invites printed on card stock from Michael’s, and THIS gold pen is the best (I tried 4).

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The dress – this baby is actually from David’s Bridal. I loved the idea of a BHLDN dress, but those were a bit out of my price range. I think this one was perfect anyway!

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The accessories – both my hair clip and my earrings came from USA Bride – I wanted something unique, and the hair clip especially felt like Fall with it’s twig style pieces (that are completely bendable to fit the updo). Shoes: both are from DSW (mine: Kelly & Katie, his: Aldo). His watch is from Fossil

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The rings – no matter what you’re getting – SHOP LOCAL. My ring was custom designed, molded, and made at Oak Park Jewelers here in Illinois, and they take good care of it even after it leaves their store.

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The suitsHarry Suits. You take your measurements, they make you a suit for a great price. Easy as pie.

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The bridesmaid dresses – I had someone on Etsy custom make them, but I did have to call up a friend whose a seamstress to make a couple of fixes.

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The flowers – bulk ordered from Horrocks in Lansing, MI and then assembled by myself and family members – my aunt leading the team (can you tell she was important for this whole shindig?) Choices included: Hydrangeas, Brunias, Fresias, Roses, and dried Lotus pods.

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The venueThe Cheney Place, downtown Grand Rapids, MI – so easy to work with and little need for decoration because it’s gorgeous and the second floor is a showroom for a vintage furniture rental company!

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The centerpieces – I collected vases and votives from thrift stores and spray painted them white and gold. I bought a bunch of candles and the venue put a bouquet of flowers and a collection of votives with lit candles on each table. (Tip: many places require a certain height of votive to prevent fire hazards, check before you buy ones you can’t use!)

Click here for a DIY on how I made these!

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The table numbers/signs – each hand-painted by me. I found a font on Pinterest I liked and mimicked it for the numbers. The “G” note cards are from Paper Source. The stands were made by one of the groomsmen, burnt wood and wire!

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The guest book – My mom scored this huge frame at a thrift store – I painted it gold. I invested in a Fujifilm Instax 210 (so worth it) and got lots of film. This doubled as seat assignments with name cards, which were stamped and hand-written, then clipped with tiny clothespins.

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The favors – my aunt made these fabulous caramel apples (YES, she really made them!)

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The sparklers – bought in bulk, standard size – so easy

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Yes, that’s snow – I got married in November so snow was a possibility, but I loved it.

Please comment with your thoughts, questions, and other DIY wedding tips!

Lydia Jane


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7 thoughts on “Inspiration for Your Fall Wedding

  1. What a beautiful wedding! I love the little pops of blue, especially with the bridge as a great background for photos! The DIY elements are super inspiring! I just got engaged in July and have always wanted a Fall wedding. 🙂

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