Today we’re travelling to New York, where Diana and Tom celebrated their ten-year long relationship with a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony under a cherry tree in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. On a tight budget, they DIY-d lots of the details including the bouquet and buttonholes, and Diana even made her own (absolutely gorgeous!) wedding dress. So much to love!
We were inspired by…
A frugal DIY take on traditional themes.
We love your flowers! Tell us more…
My bouquet was DIY from laurel, myrtle, lavender, thyme, mint, rosemary, oregano, sage, Scottish thistles (the national flower of Scotland) and a sizeable air plant for architectural appeal. I got all of these at the flower market and the Union Square Farmer’s Market
the day before the wedding. I wore a DIY crown made from laurel leaves and Lily of the valley blooms. The boutonnières were made from the same herbs as my bouquet.
How did you choose your venue…
The venue was conveniently located close to the Central Park Conservatory Garden and offered a beautiful, old stone building with class and elegance. While most of the wedding was dealt with in a DIY fashion, the venue was one of the main splurges, along with the food. Our catering was provided by the amazing chef Albert Schmidt of Open Skies Hospitality
And how did you source the Scottish elements of the day?
The wedding was in New York City so the bagpiper, photographer and flowers came locally! We did get the traditional accessories and trimmings like the sporran, the silver kilt pin, and flashes specially ordered from Scotland.
What were your priorities when it came to your wedding budget?
Other than the venue, our other BIG splurge was hiring Carole Cohen
to document our ceremony and parts of our reception. Photos, unlike flowers, live on forever and we wanted beautiful images that felt personal and captured everything this day represented for us as well as our families. Carole provided us with that and so much more.
Did you DIY any other parts of the day?
I made my own wedding dress. All of the silk organdy, lace, closures and tulle (for the petticoats) was purchased from Mood Fabrics
. Storebought this dress would have cost me thousands of dollars, specially because of all the beadwork, I was able to make it for around $300. Details were hand beaded and embroidered with materials from Beadsworld USA
My pearls were a heirloom engagement present I received from Tom (the groom).
I hand-embroidered handkerchiefs that I made from squares of linen (they took 2 years to complete).
Were there any surprises on the day?
It was really surprising to see how emotional everyone got. I know weddings are usually very memorable events, I just didn’t realise to the extent that this was going to be true for ourselves and our guests.
Be friends with your spouse. Love and passion come and go in a wave like patterns. What sustains you through the ebb and flow is your friendship. That crazy friend who gets your dysfunction, that’s the kind of person you can build a life with.
What’s the most unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
How happy Tom looked. He is not a very expressive man and that day he was actually smiling.
My favourite part was having an unofficial first dance. I am an incredibly shy and private person and the idea of sharing such personal moments (like reading vows, or slow-dancing to a deeply personal song), with a crowd of people watching was frightening.
As an alternative, I agreed to create little pockets of privacy where we could share intimate moments that only he and I knew were happening — like an unofficial first dance. We prepared two song for the DJ: the official one that had meaning and made sense as a “first dance” Clem Snide’s cover of Journey’s ‘Faithfully’ and the unofficial one Louis Armstrong’s version of ‘La Vie En Rose’; the song we associate with our relationship and drunk-slow-dance to in our kitchen on date nights.
I am so impressed by Diana’s DIY skills! Simple and sincere – I love, love, love this wedding, don’t you? Christina x