A Rustic DIY Wedding by Heather Parker Photography

We bring you a lovely Massachusetts DIY wedding for your Monday morning, complete with gorgeous rustic details, captured by Heather Parker Photography. Incorporating copper {as a nod to the groom being an electrician}, mason jars, wild flowers and burlap, Rachael and Todd hit the mark with this barn wedding!

From the creative bride, Rachael:

Because Todd is an electrician, he works a lot with copper and so we wanted to be sure that we incorporated this into our wedding.  We made the cake topper, card box and place-card holders all with copper.  The card box was made using copper, burlap and an old wooden farm crate that he had in his truck.  Place-cards were purchased at Michael’s and we used a typewritten font to go with our theme before folding them and placing them into our handmade copper place-card holders.  Our invitations from Etsy.com were printed to look typewritten and one was even placed inside my grandmother’s 1940’s typewriter that she used at secretarial school, to look like it has just been typed.   
Our guestbook was made using a huge tree that Todd picked up from a neighbors’ yard that we intended to use for firewood over the coming winter.  When we started to cut, we had the idea to make the guestbook.  The first piece that we cut looked a lot like a heart so we decided to go with it.  After hours of sanding, it was smooth and ready to be signed.  After the wedding we polyurethaned it with a spray polly (so the black sharpie marker wouldn’t smudge) and are going to either hang it or make it into a table.
Each centerpiece was made using a small piece of oval wood  purchased at Michael’s. We bought a roll of burlap at a nursery and cut it into small squares to serve as the bottom layer to our “rustic” centerpieces.  On top of the burlap was an oval piece of wood, and on the wood were three different sized Mason jars.  The taller one had white hydrangeas (which was one of my grandmother’s favorite flowers) and the two smaller ones had candles.  Inside one of the smaller jars we rolled up a piece of paper with the table numbers printed on them.  Todd and I personally burned the edges of each piece (25 in total) to give the “antiqued” feel.  Each jar was completed with a couple pieces of raffia ribbon tied around the neck.
The most difficult decision that we made was what to give as wedding favors. We did not want to give something wasteful that was going to get thrown away.  We wanted it to have a purpose and match our theme.  After weeks of researching, together Todd and I decided on the twig pencils.  I bought green paper at Michael’s and using the typewriter font again, I printed our name and the date of the wedding (about 12 to a page), cut them into rectangles, hole-punched them and tied them on with brown ribbon. 
The Wedding/Ceremony sign we made out of plywood and 1x4s.  We cut, nailed and painted it to look antique and then ordered our letters from an online wall decal store (you can choose the color, size and font).  Todd’s sister-in-law replanted wild flowers from her garden around the sign (in the flower pot) to give it a rustic and natural feel.

Don’t you just love the strings of lights at the reception? So romantic! Congratulations, Rachael and Todd.


vendors: venue: Smith Barn, Booksby Farm, Peabody, MA // photographer: Heather Parker Photography //make up: Amy Deporiere, Luxe Beatique, Swampscott, MA // hair Stylist: John Centofanti of Vidal Sassoon, Boston, MA // shoes: Kate Spade   // tuxedos: Ralph Lauren // cake: Konditormeister in Braintree, MA // catering: Cloverleaf Catering, Peabody, MA // rings: Ritani, handcrafted from groom’s ideas with inspiration from copper   from Long’s Jewelers // dj: Paul Dailey, Beverly, MA // flowers: Petals in Peabody, MA // wedding gown: Davids Bridal  // bridesmaid dress: Bill Levkoff  // bridesmaid shoes: Nina

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