Bespoke-Bride: Wedding Blog



February 2014



A Creative & DIY Wedding Filled With Talented Etsy Suppliers and a Hint Of Hollywood Glam!

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Anyone who knows me & Emily well will know that we absolutely ADORE Etsy. You can find pretty much anything on there and it’s even more special knowing it was hand made with a whole lotta love gone into it! Etsy is one of the first places I would look for Christmas presents, Birthday presents, thoughtful gifts but how about using Etsy to create a beautiful wedding? I most certainly would, and that’s exactly what Mary and Tim did on their special day!

Mary and Tim Vidra are a creative couple living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Mary spends her days on Etsy, helping to lead up the site’s Merchandising team and Tim is a freelance writer, blogger and food stylist. (You can keep up with their creative adventures over on their collaborative lifestyle blog, 17Apart!) So it’s no surprise their wedding looked this beautiful! Ladies and gents brace yourself, because there’s a storm of handmade gorgeousness coming your way…

P.S. The bride made her own veil! SWOOOOON!

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Here’s Mary & Tim to tell you more…

“Creative and DIY themes were woven throughout the entirety of our big day held in our hometown of Richmond, Virginia where we celebrated with 60 of our closest family and friends. All the big elements and little details had some sort of DIY, vintage, artisan, or local story behind them. We loved having Etsy designers from all over the world hand-make special details, everything from our invitation suite and wedding bands to the heart-backed bridesmaids and flower girl dresses, to the groomsmen pocket squares and more.

My gown was handmade by Sarah Seven and set the tone for the rest of the wedding, where we wove elements of golden sparkle throughout, complimented by pops of pink, greenery and muted grays. We wanted that feeling of down home southern fun with a hint of Hollywood glam.

We held the ceremony in the intimate private city garden at the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, which houses the oldest standing building in Richmond’s history. We let loose at the reception just up the hill at our favorite local restaurant (the chef for which was named as a Mid Atlantic James Beard semi-finalist this past year), The Roosevelt. Guests were shuttled between the ceremony and reception site on a working Richmond Trolley. The reception included more elements of DIY and vintage decor, though the focus was on the southern food and hand crafted cocktails with a story behind each. Our cake was locally made and adorned with blooming fresh peonies and greenery that complimented the bridal party florals. We got creative with the idea of a guestbook and set up a letter writing station where guests could write us a note on one of many vintage Richmond postcards we’d sourced from Etsy, all spread around a vintage suitcase. We left the party to the bright shine of heart sparklers and guests took the accompanying personalized matchbooks that doubled as favors.

Most importantly, we have cherished the exceptional images our photographer, Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography, captured — preserving all those magical images from such a special day in time.”

Etsy Suppliers:

Fingerprint wedding bands: MikaScott / Invitation Suite: Teal Typewriter Studios / Programs: Teal Typewriter Studios / Bridesmaid & Flower Girl dresses: kay. em. kay / Bridesmaid earrings: Les Bijous des Siany & Louisa Gallery / Groomsmen pocket Squares: Miniature Rhino / Flower girl bracelets: Georgie Designs / Flower Girl headband: BabyDZeiner / Flower Girl star wands: Urban Collective / Ring Bearer Sign: Nana Montana / Ring Bearer Bowtie: Little Gentleman / Vintage swan hanger: Twice A Star Vintage / Russian Veil Netting: Moxie Milliner / Vintage postcards: Bursts of Creativity / Gold Drink straws: Daintzy / Gold doilies: Owl & Thistle / Kraft Paper: Green Earth Supplies / Seed paper, Save the dates: Flower Seed Paper /

Local Suppliers: 

Photography: Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography / Ceremony Location: Edgar Allen Poe Museum Garden, Richmond / Reception: The Roosevelt Restaurant, Church Hill, with VA wines & craft cocktails at reception / Bass & Keys: Joe Sarver and Lucy Kirkpatrick / Celebrant: Reverend Doctor Robert D. Friend / Trolley Shuttle: Segway of Richmond / Cake: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe, our post about cake tasting at Pearl’s. / Nail Salon: Perception Salon & Spa, Carytown / Flowers: The Flower Market by Vogue Flowers, Richmond / Bride & Bridesmaid Hair Stylist: Kreations by Kristen (Kristen Fugate), Richmond / Bride & Bridesmaid Makeup: Marrisa Rogers, Marrisa.Nevaeh Artistry / Richmond Skyline Location: Libby Hill, Richmond / Vintage Richmond postcards (Guestbook): Richmond Etsy Seller, Bursts of Creativity / Groomsmen hot shave: Razors of Richmond / Welcome bags: Included local treats like Blanchard’s coffee, Norwood Cottage bacon brownies & Virginia Artisan water bottles. /

Other Suppliers:

Wedding Dress: Golden Lights Gown, Sarah Seven, from Lovely Bride NYC / Balloons: Balloon Maniacs / Heart Sparklers: Sparklers in Cyberspace, DIY tutorial to come on 17 Apart /Personalized Matchbooks: For Your Party / Shoes: RSVP, Sadie / Men’s Suits: Marc Ecko

DIY Projects we took on ourselves:

Ceremony Jars: DIY, hanging flower jar tutorial here / Reception jars: DIY, gold spray tutorial here / Ceremony chalkboard: hand lettered by J Seger / Birdcage veil: DIY, tutorial to come / Save the dates: DIY, tutorial to come / Reception signage: DIY, tutorial to come / Sparkler Favors: DIY, tutorial to come / Welcome bags: DIY, tutorial to come

Family Heirlooms & Touches:

Garter: Belonged to Tim’s Mother who it wore it 50 years prior in 1963 / Bridal earrings: Belonged to my Hungarian Great Grandmother / Cake topper vignette: Belonged to my paternal grandmother. They are from the 1920’s, graced her own wedding cake and her 50th wedding anniversary cake; more history here / Photo Gallery: Family wedding photos and grandparent portraits from both Mary & Tim’s lineage. / Ceremony poem reading: French love poem found in the wallet of Mary’s maternal grandmother, who carried it with her throughout the course of her 50+ year marriage. / Cake Serving Knife — antique Chantilly pattern, gifted by Mary’s mother.

That’s a lot of talented people right there! We’re so in love with this wedding and all of the amazing suppliers that worked hard to make it what it is! And don’t even get us started on the DIYs! Awesome right? Mary & Tim clearly had us at hello! Be sure to keep up with their blog here! We’ve already added it to our Bloglovin and are a tad bit…well….obsessed.

Much Bespoke Love

Jess x


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