Hey, William and Schellie here.
Remember Autumn and Daniel from their sneak peak? (Click here to refresh your memory!) Well here is what you all have been waiting for, their full post!
Autumn and Daniel had their sweet, Grey and Lilac palette, wedding at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville, GA, just outside of Atlanta, GA. They were high school sweethearts and one of the most sincere couples we have ever had the honor of photographing. We were so glad we were able to capture their special day for them, a DIY Brunch wedding. After they walked down the aisle as husband and wife at the end of their ceremony, Autumn and Daniel were happy in a way that was one of the sweetest we’d ever seen between a couple.
If you were lucky enough to attend this wedding you may VIEW YOUR ROBOT BOOTH GALLERY HERE.
Autumn DIY’ed her wedding so well that we sat down to pick her brain with questions and she was insightful in her response, with answers about budget, wedding planning resources, secret tips for saving, advice for you brides, and more. Check out her answers and some of our favorite photographs below.
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Tell us about your planning and design process as a DIY bride.The wedding planning process started out very scattered due to the blackhole more commonly known as Pinterest. The planning really started after spending hours upon hours looking at different weddings to try to something that fit us. We had a beautiful venue to work with, Foxhall, and I wanted to keep the natural beauty that was provided. I knew that I wanted a lot of flowers and I also knew that we could not afford the amount of flowers I wanted! I picked a ceremony idea I liked and decided I would make the flowers! I used around 1000 coffee filters to achieve what I wanted. My bridesmaids, my husband, and I dyed, cut, folded, and assembled all of the flowers that we used for the aisle runners and also for our wreaths at the end of the aisle. We ordered all of our real roses wholesale from Sam’s Club. We put together all of the center pieces (vases from Dollar Tree), flower pieces hanging from chairs down the aisle (mason jars from Target), and bouquets ourselves. We used the “ugly” petals from the roses for the rose petals at the end of the aisle. We bought bulk candy from Sam’s Club and put them in favor bags that we embellished. Everything that I wanted for the wedding seemed far out of reach because of money until we figured out to do it all ourselves.
What resources did you use in planning and design?The resources I used were Pinterest, the Knot, Wedding Wire, and OnceWed.
How did you budget?We are both college students working part time so our budget was not a big one. We knew that we were going to spend the majority of the money on the venue, the photographers, and the food. After all of the main parts we didn’t have much to work with. We have a budget of $400 for the flowers, $250 for the iron gate, $30 for favors, and $50 for decorations. Which we spent about $35 on all the decorations we had!
Walk us through the making process of your aisle runners. We LOVED them.Each flower used in the aisle runner used 10 coffee filters. We had to smooth each out, then crumple it up into a ball, then flatten it out, fold each one into fours, then cut them, unfold them again, and THEN dye them. They took about 8 hours to dry fully. We had coffee filter papers drying all over our home. We assembled them with a staple in the center. I used crepe paper as the base of the aisle runner and attached the flower to the base by used hot glue. It took around 80 flowers to make those aisle runners!
Why did you choose a morning wedding with brunch over the traditional evening and dinner?We chose a morning wedding because Daniel and I are not dancers at all! We thought it would be weird to have an evening wedding with no dancing so we figured why not breakfast! We also did not want alcohol at our wedding which we thought would go over a little better in the morning. With picking a morning wedding we have the opportunity to have pancakes and omelets! Morning weddings are also cheaper!
What was your favorite part of the wedding day?My favorite part of the wedding day was standing up in front of our family, our friends, our minister, and God, making the ultimate commitment to each other. In that moment all the stresses, anticipations, and worries were gone. Everything from the past 8.5 years came full circle and brought us to that very spot to start a new chapter in our lives.
Do you have any tips for future brides?Use all of your free time wisely, enjoy the process, and whenever you feel overwhelmed take a step back and recollect your thoughts. Weddings are stressful but they are meant to be enjoyed! A good tip I received was, Your wedding is about you and your spouse. It is not meant to be about anyone else. Do not try to please everyone. Do not try to do everything that everyone expects you to. Do not plan your wedding by someone else’s plans. This is your day!
Photography: SIX HEARTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Venue: Foxhall Resort
Groom and Groomsmen Tux: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo
Brides shoes: Sergio Rossi
Grooms ring: Jared’s
Catering: Gabe’s Downtown
Photo Booth: RobotBooth
Veil: J. Andrews
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