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Whimsical wedding decor at casual Olympia wedding

Casual wedding with a handmade feel

For their Olympia wedding, Hannah and Aaron wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere. “I really wanted to get away from a stuffy, overly formal feeling,” says Hannah. Rather than pursue a specific theme, the couple wanted their August 2012 wedding to have a whimsical and handmade feel. It was important that guests felt comfortable as they came to celebrate Hannah and Aaron’s special day.

The South Sound couple also wanted to take charge of the planning process. As Hannah said, “I wanted to be involved in creating my wedding, not just booking vendors.” With the help of family and friends, the bride’s dress, the wedding cake, and many of the decorations were handmade.

OLYMPIA WEDDING AND RECEPTION VENUES: The Chapel of Grace, Olympia (ceremony) and the Olympia Ballroom (reception).

DECOR: In keeping with her theme, the bride had more than 10 DIY elements in her wedding, ranging from handmade fabric napkins to the couple’s wood doll cake toppers. Colors for the wedding were based loosely on sunflowers with purple added in as an accent.

FAVORS: The couple made their own Italian limoncello, which they bottled and gave to guests.

UNIQUE TOUCHES: Reducing their South Sound wedding’s environmental impact was important to the couple, so much of the décor was reusable. Real table linens and cloth napkins kept trash creation low. Many of the serving dishes and vases were reused as well. These eco-friendly choices only enhanced the atmosphere of the wedding, since using “items that were already in circulation made the day feel eclectic and vintage,” says Hannah.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: As the bride put it, “The most special thing was just having everyone we love together in a room together. It was something I will never forget.”

Photography by Crimson and Clover Photography

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Published on March 15, 2016.

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