Good Monday morning to you, my DMV wedding lovelies! Desiree and Tom’s wedding in Virginia was a true DIY affair put together with loads of hard work and resourcefulness by the couple and made great use of the talents of their friends and family with everyone pitching in! Desiree and Tom held their Virginia wedding ceremony at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax, Virginia, where the bride wore a stunning, handmade vintage-esque wedding dress from Etsy. Lots of DIY wedding details were incorporated into the couple’s big day, everything from the invitations to the music. We love all the signs Desiree and Tom made to show guests where to go, what to do, and to welcome them to each different activity of the day! This is one beautifully eclectic and unique wedding day you don’t want to miss, full of love and what looks like lots of laughter! Look close and you might even spot a ceremony act that included the bridal party! A special thanks to Camille Catherine Photography for sharing this sweet vintage inspired Washington DC area wedding with us!
From Desiree: Almost everything about our wedding was custom made. Nearly every weekend for a few months, leading up to our wedding, we spend cutting, assembling, sanding, staining, and painting various projects for the wedding. We hand-crafted a custom wood and whiskey barrel bar that was 16-ft. long when complete, and a massive 8’x4′ chalkboard menu crafted entirely by our own hands. My sister is a talented artist who designed and hand painted the lettering on all our signage. Tom wrote the entire menu and hand-selected beverages to pair with each food item. A very good friend of mine who is a talented graphic artist designed my save-the-dates and wedding invitations from scratch with my direction, which I then ordered to print and assembled myself. Tom’s brother and his girlfriend are both talented, classical musicians who planned and played our welcome music and ceremony tunes. Tom’s sister joined them on vocals to perform our first dance song in a very special way. Anything not handmade by us was ordered on Etsy, including my dress and our wedding bands. Only a few small details were purchased a stores like Pier 1 and Michael’s crafts.
I was a very hands-on and detail-oriented bride, which enabled me to stick to a strict budget. It can be done with lots of time, energy, help, and hard work.
Congratulations to Desiree and Tom! Thank you for sharing your vintage-inspired and DIY filled Virginia wedding ceremony with us!
The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:
Wedding Planner + Floral Designer: Joy and Co Events
Photography: Camille Catherine Photography
Stationery: Sangria Studios
Calligraphy: Bride’s Sister, Danielle Dawson
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Sylvia Ghassemieh Norman
Bride’s Attire + Bridesmaid Accessories: Etsy (Retro Vintage Weddings)
Bride’s Shoes: Nina
Headpiece/Veil: Etsy (Adrianna Sparks)
Bridal Party Shoes + Groom’s Shoes: DSW
Groom’s Attire + Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Groom’s + Groomsmen Accessories: Macy’s
Groomsmen Shoes: Toms
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Old Town Hall, City of Fairfax
Ceremony Music: Family musicians
Rentals: Sammy’s Rentals
Caterer: Chef Geoff’s
Linens: Everything Linen
Reception Music: DJ Adam Christopher
Cake/Dessert: Samantha Woodill
Favors: Flash Foto Booth
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Photo Credits: Camille Catherine Photography
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