Typically when we have a DIY bride, it involves our client and her closest girlfriends joining us at A Milkhouse Party to piece together the floral arrangements for her wedding day. In Chrissie's case, the term "DIY" was taken to heart and most of the details you'll find were the collaborative efforts of her family, working in love to provide the couple with handmade tokens that will last a lifetime.
Chrissie's bouquet was light and sweet, made of sweet pea, ranunculus, lisianhtus, roses, dusty miller, tulips and stock.
As agricultural enthusiasts, we love this unique portrait! What a great use of space and personality by Demi Brooke Photography.
Andy's bout was a combination of textural greens- a natural selection for an Earth Day theme - and complemented his grey jacket perfectly.
This PRECIOUS flowergirl carried a basket of rose petals for her role. She seemed to approve the bridesmaids bouquets of orange ranunculus, roses and stock - we'll take it!
In honor of Earth Day, the couple opted to use potted plants instead of cut flowers for their ceremony space. We won't spoil the details- be sure to read Chrissie's "Bride Diaries" to get the full background on these pieces!
They may be simplistic in nature, but Chrissie's DIY centerpieces had a ton of character. We love that she went the route of naming tables by flowers instead of by numbers. Since we knew Chrissie was arranging the centerpieces herself, we made sure to provide the most vibrant selection of flowers for her to work with.
We guarantee this peony and eucalyptus combination had the sweetest fragrance!
It's the smallest touches that make the difference between "simple and clean" vs. "boring." Napkin treatments and copper utensils are all part of what made Chrissie and Andy's tablescapes memorable.
Congratulations, Chrissie and Andy! What a beautiful day!
Chrissie's Bride Diaries
What was your most dreamlike moment?
The doors opening for the ceremony and walking down the aisle.
Did you include any sentimental items in your decor or details?
A Garden Party included my grandfather’s hankerchief and a pin with a picture of my grandpop and I. He passed right after we got engaged, so it meant a lot to me to include him in our details.
For my wedding decor, my theme was Earth Day with copper, light pastel colors, white, and greenery. It was on my family’s farm behind the tiny cabin that my dad built, which is also where we got engaged and moved into after the wedding.
In order for the guests to find their tables, they had to find a photo of themselves and their table herb or flower name was on the back. With the earth day wedding, the centerpieces were either an herb in white terra cotta pots or flowers in copper spray-painted bottles that I painted.
My bridal party was driven down to the ceremony by my dad in his tractor, which was pulling the bridal party in the hay wagon. My dad made a wood wall with 2 old windows and 2 old doors as the entrance. He also built the wood frame behind where we got married, which was then behind the sweetheart table. My husband’s aunt made us a personalized sign from her welding shop in Arizona.
Our cake was on a wooden spool from the farm and made in our bakery at the farm market. We baked our own cookies for desserts. And had delicious ice cream sandwiches. Our vegetables were grown on the farm and used in the main menu. We froze strawberries to add to each champagne glass.
Because it rained, we had to move the ceremony inside. But it was beautiful and I am so happy the way it turned out!
What was your favorite decor detail from your wedding day?
My DIY centerpieces with the herbs or flowers. It was perfect!
We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?
A Garden Party did an amazing job adding succulents, light pastels, greenery, and providing the single flowers for the copper-painted bottles. It was picture perfect!
Who were your vendors?
Catering- JPM Catering out of Ardmore, PA
Bakery- Duffields Farm
Dress- Bridals by Cyndi in Sewell, NJ
Makeup- Jill Henshall from Lillian James Salon in Sewell, NJ
Entertainment-Steve Kempton from DiNardo Brothers
Any other vendors you would like to credit?
Wedding Planner - Renee Patrone
Tent and rentals- South Jersey Party Rentals
Ice cream sandwiches- Weckerlys in Fishtown, Pa