Mimi and Ben’s adorable handmade wedding took place at their church in Charlotte, North Carolina, followed by a reception in the church’s gym. A gym may seem like an unlikely venue choice, but this one in particular provided the perfect blank canvas for Mimi to add heaps of colour and handmade details including origami birds, etched bottles, ribbon backdrops and Scrabble letters, all set off by the venues’s bright orange floor! Love that they drew inspiration from their love for Scrabble- apparently, when Mimi was studying abroad, they passed the time playing Skype Scrabble- sweet!
TOMS! And in a perfect shade of green! Adore the beaded anklets too. If you look closely, you’ll see that their names are spelt out on the beads! It makes me very sad when brides take off sentimental anklets and friendship bracelets for their wedding… they’re a part of you… be you!
Head over heals for this headpiece by MissRubySue. Just a little hint of colour!
Heart shaped leaves!!!
Green is Mimi’s favourite colour, clearly! Even her engagement ring has a green stone (Peridot)!
Mimi asked the boys who their favorite superhero was, ordered figurines and made them into boutonnieres- so much fun! This guy said his favorite superhero was Jesus!
Initials in the Bridal bouquet ♥ Mimi also made mismatched bouquets for each of her bridesmaids to suit their own styles and personalities! (See my post on how to make your own heirloom bouquet)!
They used strips of fabric to create a colourful backdrop for their ceremony. Or… you could use streamers… effective… affordable.
Cute use of Scrabble letters!
Another great use of fabric scraps to decorate the chairs and the whole ceiling was covered in layers of colored string- pretty amazing!
Origami cranes! Find tutorials on Google.
Mimi etched all of these bottles herself with the first initial of each guest!
More fabric scrap love!
“Make the wedding about the two of you. Don’t let anybody else take over that you do not want. Never be afraid to ask for help. I had some amazing girls around me who were so supportive, encouraging, & helped me complete a lot of my DIY wedding projects. I would have been a stressed-out mess without them!”
Photography: Jagger Photography ♥ venue: Fairbluff Bible Chapel, Charlotte Chinese Baptist Church ♥ wedding dress: J. Crew Taryn gown ♥ hairpieces: MissRubySue ♥ shoes: TOMS ♥ hair by Chloe Van Long of New Creations Salon ♥ makeup by Elaine Depouli ♥ groom suit: Express ♥ cake: Sky’s the Limit Custom Cakes