Sarah and Paul’s gorgeous fall wedding is chock full of amazing DIY elements, fabulous purple everywhere (what can I say, I’m a purple fan), and gorgeous photos by Nate and Amanda of Turtle Pond Photography.
The ceremony was held at the quaint Beck Chapel on the campus of Indiana University. The chapel was built by Sarah’s great-uncle and many members of her family have been married and Christened there.
Sarah enrolled in a calligraphy class and addressed all of their wedding invitations. The stamps are all vintage and their themes – birds, Indiana, the American Bar Association (Paul is an attorney) – tied into the day.
Planning this wedding as a graphic designer was tough. I put a lot of pressure on myself. But at the end of the night, what mattered most was the marriage, and our commitment to each other. And I know everyone says this. But how true! My favorite memory of the day was waiting to walk down the aisle. It was the most intense minute of my life. And when I saw Paul… I beamed down the aisle. And this moment had nothing to do with the stamps on the invitations or the cake topper.
Paul and Sarah created the seating chart – Sarah handlettering the calligraphy, and Paul locating tiny clothespins to attach the place cards to twine. The frame was purchased at Michael’s and recycled into a photo prop at the end of the evening!
The couple chose a color scheme of “peacock colors” because they live in Miami and see peacocks on their way to work each morning. JP Parker Flowers did a wonderful job pulling together the creative floral arrangements. Sarah collected glasses and vases leading up to the wedding, and guests were invited to take home a centerpiece.
Favors of organic soaps were created by a friend of the couple and wrapped in marbled paper from Hollander’s.
Ann Wood Handmade created the bird cake topper out of vintage wedding gowns. The bird theme echoed their wedding invitation design.
The reception was held at The Columns Ballroom in Greenwood, Indiana, where Sarah worked as a teenager.
Sarah’s parents made the wine, which was wrapped in custom labels designed by Sarah. It was served at the rehearsal dinner as well, and guests were encouraged to take home bottles. Sarah used various wood fonts on all of the paper products to keep everything cohesive.
Sarah, you did a fabulous job pulling together all of the details of your day! Nate and Amanda, thank you so much for sharing the amazing images with us!
Photography – Turtle Pond Photography
Gown – Pronovias
Hairpiece – Nicholas Kniel
Shoes – Stuart Weitzman
Floral – JP Parker Flowers
Ceremony Venue – Beck Chapel, Indiana University
Reception Venue – The Columns Ballroom
Cake – Piece of Cake
Cake Topper – Ann Wood Handmade
Coordination – Keri Gulbrandsen
DJ – Patrick’s DJ Service
Calligraphy – Sarah’s own; you can see more of her invitation work at Sarah Rusin Design