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Real Weddings: Sarah + Paul

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.

Purple and Red Wildflower Bouquet

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.

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Purple Bridesmaids Dresses with Wildflower Bouquets

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Paisley Bowtie and Purple Boutonniere

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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.

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DIY Wedding Programs

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Sarah says:

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.

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Indiana University Beck Chapel Wedding Ceremony

Groomsmen Socks

Purple Bridesmaids

Bride in Purple Shoes

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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!

Clothesline Escort Cards

Calligraphed Escort Cards

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.

Colorful Wildflower CenterpiecesBlue and Purple Fall Centerpieces

Favors of organic soaps were created by a friend of the couple and wrapped in marbled paper from Hollander’s.

Soap Wedding Favors

Centerpieces in TeacupsPersonalized Table Numbers

Fall Leaf CenterpiecesFall Hydrangea Centerpieces

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Rolodex Guest BookIvory Wedding Cake with Cascading Flowers

Ann Wood Handmade created the bird cake topper out of vintage wedding gowns.  The bird theme echoed their wedding invitation design.

Bird Cake Topper

The reception was held at The Columns Ballroom in Greenwood, Indiana, where Sarah worked as a teenager.

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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.

Custom Wine Bottle Labels

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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!

Vendors:

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

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23 comments on “Real Weddings: Sarah + Paul

  1. There should seriously be a blog dedicated to weddings by graphic designers. My husband is a graphic designer and we went through the same thing. There was pressure, but good pressure to make every little element awesomely designed! You did a really awesome job with all your graphic design and it was executed in all the right spots so perfectly!
    .-= Junia Isabel’s most recent blog post: Slow Roasted Strawberry Milkshake (w/crushed malt balls)!!! =-.

  2. Jan writes...

    such a beautiful wedding with rich vibrant colors! could you please share what style pronovias gown the bride is wearing? thank you!

  3. Mari writes...

    GORGEOUS wedding! The BM dresses are perfect — anyone know where they’re from?

  4. Alice writes...

    This is Wedding Perfection! Love your details. The pictures are awesome. Thumbs up to the photographer.

  5. Gorgeous shots! Everything looks amazing! Love the selection of flowers. They go well with the striking purple BM dresses.

  6. Thanks for the sweet comments! The bridesmaid dresses were from J Crew, the color was awesome! My style of my dress was Halar, from the Pronovais 2009 collection. And the ties were from Nordstrom.

    And to the Thirty-Something Bride: Paul and I went to Purdue, in a family full of IU grads. So getting married at Beck Chapel completely shocked the family. It is a gorgeous campus!
    .-= Sarah’s most recent blog post: Paul and Sarah Got Married Part 1 =-.

  7. I believe my sister made one of the most beautiful brides ever! She did an amazing job with all of the details! Picture perfect :)

  8. Liz writes...

    I especially like the sparklers shot. Where did you find those in the middle of fall?

  9. Sharon writes...

    Give me suggestions for favors for the groom to give the groomsmen…..I love your wedding and just think that everything was perfect.

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