Mixing traditional wedding anniversary gifts (5th anniversary is wood and 7th anniversary is wool, duh, everyone knows that!) with their nontraditional, artistic style, AB and Courtney created a one-of-a-kind wedding celebration.
Courtney is an artist who works at an historical art house in Mineral Point, so it’s fitting that she and AB put together a DIY wedding that would put Martha Stewart to shame. That is if Martha had an awesomely funky style and, you know, someone to marry. Sorry Martha! Courtney made her own dress, the bouquets, boutineers, and corsages. So you’re probably imagining she went to a florist and Mood Fabrics à la Project Runway, right? No, no my pets, this bride, she felted her own wool and scavenged for wood accents such as a broom handle for her bouquet. Wait, this is like Project Runway, but her episode theme was Wool and Wood!
This creative, relaxed couple didn’t mind hanging around each other the day of their nuptials. Forgoing the tradition to sequester themselves, AB and Courtney filled their home with family and friends as they prepared to tie the knot. Everyone pitched in to set up the reception at the Goodman Center on the East Side. After the bunting was hung, back to the house our wedding party went, but the menfolk didn’t have as much getting ready to do, so they walked to a bar to kill some time. Boys will be boys.
Good thing AB finished remodeling the adorable attic in their Monona home, otherwise Courtney, her mom, grandmother, aunt, and the bridal party wouldn’t have had such a cozy place to get ready. Courtney donned her custom, self-designed dress, acrylic laser cut necklace, and vintage lace heels and the bridesmaids their mismatched jewel-tone lace dresses.
With the ceremony set against an exposed brick backdrop, Courtney and AB exchanged their own handwritten vows and rings that truly represented the couple and their talents. They specially designed Courtney’s ring, which included wool she felted and wood he whittled. After the ceremony, we headed outside for portraits, where the whole bridal party was great sports about the rain and made excellent use of the warehouse locale and required umbrellas.
Back at the reception, guests typed well wishes for the newlyweds on a vintage typewriter then attached their notes to balloons. AB and Courtney, who met in St. Louis, released the balloons and their attached messages during a separate reception in the Gateway to the West. In continuing with their theme, all the tables had wood stumps, origami paper flowers in glass bottles, and tablecloths from the lovely people at A La Crate Vintage. The reception included a sit down dinner, impromptu speeches, and spontaneous dances set to DJ iPod.
A friend took a stab at making a cake to match their theme of wood and it turned out looking like a delicious birch tree with the couple’s initials carved into it. Of course it did. <mumbles> Stupid talented couple and their dumb talented friends creating an awesomely unique wedding. Just kidding! Congrats to the happy couple!
Courtney made the bridal party’s bouquet (and her own) out of dyed lace, paper origami flowers, and her own felted wool. That train you see attached to her dress… she made it out of coffee filters. COFFEE FILTERS!!