Kelly and Lee’s Handcrafted Wedding

by Monique on October 11, 2012 · 2 comments

The wedding of Kelly, a Durban-based graphic designer and the style blogger of Sunflower & Spears, was captured by not one or two photographers but three!  Kelly and Lee’s DIY wedding photographs is an interesting collection of one wedding day as seen through three creative eyes and lenses.

After featuring their paint fight engagement shoot, I learnt that Kelly and Lee love to add their signature style to everything they do. And when it came to their wedding, they did a lot! From handmade boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen to represent each one’s passion,  paper pinwheels suspended from the ceiling of the ceremony venue and DIY stitched cloth napkins, Kelly and Lee didn’t plan their wedding –  they crafted it!

{The Wedding Décor}

My wedding theme started with the term “rustic elegance”. I knew immediately that I wanted to spend as little as possible on things were still going to make my wedding look super elegant. I then drew from that the colours that I wanted to incorporate which were a light duck egg blue, coral, grey (ranging from light to dark) and white. They all blend so well together and work well with the natural colours such as greens and browns found in the other decor.

{The Memorable Moments}

The best moments of my day were worshiping and breaking bread with my husband. We are very strong in our walk with God and to be able to do that as a newly married couple just felt even more blessed than ever before!

We incorporated a lot off sentimental value in the day, using my grandmother’s old rug beneath our feet at the ceremony, playing songs that meant a lot to us and the paper planes, an ode to a pilot friend who had passed away the month before the wedding.

A little quirky moment of the day was during worship. Lee’s nephew, Luke, was singing at the TOP of his lungs the words to the chorus of “You’re Beautiful” which really are just “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh…”. Lee and I were facing the front and everyone noticed us laughing as we realised it was Lee’s little nephew. He was very out of tune but it was adorable none-the-less!

Oh, and of course, cutting the ribbon to the dessert table! We also didn’t know what to do after we had done that so I grabbed a piece of liquorice and we did “The Lady & The Tramp” move ;)

{Wedding DIY & Details}

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to beg, borrow and steal items to save costs. I immediately started thinking up ways to make our own wooden tables but when we realised it wasn’t an option I had to think up other methods to get what I wanted.

One of my favourite items on the tables was the wooden slats. They are pure, raw wood cut into long rectangles and would fit amazingly with the theme and hold decor items. These were given to us by a friend who had had them on her wedding tables. (We have now used all these slats to make a tee-pee shaped TV unit and a fold away trestle dining table for our house!)

Other things were sourcing old wine bottles – I kept the labels on just for that extra rustic touch which happens to also be a great conversation starter! We used a lot of simple flowers and arranged them all ourselves the night before.

The jar packs that everyone got where one of my first ideas and I immediately sourced the turquoise and grey striped straws from Etsy. We bought fabric in different colours and patterns and handmade napkins for everyone.

I also re-used some of this fabric to DIY the men’s boutonnieres. They each had an item that was relevant to them such as electric wire for the electrician, the camera film for the photographer, the moustache for the jock and for Lee I used plectrums as he LOVES his guitar.

I also wanted to incorporate old book pages and so we had paper plane confetti made from the book pages as well as paper pinwheels hanging from the ceremony ceiling.

The jars on the reception ceiling are my FAVOURITE touch of my wedding day. As soon as we returned from the creative shoot and I saw all the jars hanging from the ceiling I knew that it was the most perfect it could have been! I loved that idea. The venue actually bought the hanging jars from us after the wedding as décor for the night markets they hold there.

At the end of the day, the venue spoke for itself and was like a blank canvas – beautiful but waiting! So we did what we had dreamed up and it was so beautiful! I wouldn’t change it for the world!

{Advice for Brides-To-Be}

My advice for brides to be would be to gather ideas – you can never have too many ideas. I pinned like a mad woman and had multiple brainstorming sessions with my bridesmaids and even often just by myself! Once we had thrown ideas around we settled on what we wanted and then it was to begin the sourcing, hunting, bargaining, making and buying!

START as soon as you can – we found that because we were working so hard from the start we had enough time for a holiday, take time off from planning to just relax in between the busyness of it all!

Add as much value to your wedding in the small, sentimental details and not the costly ones!

{The Photographers} Claudia Van StraatenMatthew Wilkes Photography and Unprecedented Pictures  {Venue} The Litchi Orchard, Seaforth Avenue, Durban {Wedding Dress} Kerryn Poole : 083 394 3107 {Bride’s Shoes} Queue in La Lucia {Bride’s Hair Piece} Lovisa {Videographers} Parafilm Productions {Candles & Flowers} Vegmo Flora {DJ} Personal Friend {Wedding Invites} Designed and made by Kelly and Lee. Sunflower & Spears  {Rings} Kelly’s ring was made by a friend and designed by Lee. Lee’s ring was found at Essenwood Fleamarket at a stand by Rollin’ Vintage {Jars} Dalgen

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1 Claudz October 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Such stunning photos! I love seeing the different signatures of each photographer

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