Today’s DIY backyard wedding just has my heart. Beautiful dresses, bright fun colors, farm fresh flowers, and lots of personality. This adorable couple even booked a bright turquoise food truck from a favorite restaurant of theirs, Hola Arepa. How fun is that? Eileen K Photography captured the day – and magnificently I might add – get a peek into Sierra & Drew’s darling September wedding below!
From the bride, Sierra: Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design?
Our top priority was that our wedding was fun, casual, and comfortable, and we didn’t want to hamstring ourselves with a strict color palette. One of the first decisions we made after the venue was the food: we booked a bright turquoise food truck from one of our favorite restaurants in town, Hola Arepa. Aside from the food truck, the big source of color for our wedding was flowers, which we sourced from a family-run farm in Wisconsin and arranged with the help of family and friends. We had to be seasonal and we had to be flexible, so we used lots greenery and sunset tones to add color and play off the teal and turquoise of the food truck and bridesmaid skirts.
How did you meet? We met through mutual friends in college, and became neighbors during our junior year. We were friends first, and went on our first date nearly a year after meeting for the first time.
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen? Drew proposed on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, one of my favorite places in the city. We already had a date planned including some holiday festivities, cocktails, and a nice dinner. On our walk to dinner, Drew suggested a detour to the Stone Arch Bridge, where he got down on one knee and proposed. We realized after dinner that the date was 12/13/14 – we’ll never forget it!
How did you decide on your venue?: We got married at my now in-law’s home. Once it occurred to us to have the wedding there (and Drew’s parents were on board), it just felt right. The property is beautiful, it set a very comfortable tone, and as Drew’s childhood home, it already had a lot of sentimental value.
Three things you’re glad you did.
Our wedding was largely DIY. We were very fortunate to have a day-of coordinator, and it helped immensely, both with logistical coordination and peace of mind. It’s not something we were planning on doing, but we’re so glad we did.
Second, we decided to do first looks. We’re both happy criers, so it gave us a chance to have that first moment together and keep it (reasonably) together during the actual ceremony. It also allowed us to take photos before the ceremony so that we could join the reception right away and spend more time with our guests.
Third, we stayed true to ourselves when it came to planning, selecting vendors, and DIYing particular aspects. A lot of the choices we made were non-traditional and more eclectic, but when all was said and done, our wedding was a one-of-a-kind reflection of us.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
It goes without saying that marrying Drew and celebrating with our family and friends takes the cake, but the whole day was so much fun. Our first look, the way our officiant captured our relationship and got people laughing, the food and music, all the details that came together with the help of loved ones… and of course Eileen captured the whole day beautifully.
Do You have any advice for other brides?
Stay true to yourself, don’t sweat the small stuff, and take a moment away from the activity with your new husband/wife to play spectator and soak it all in.