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Autumn DIY Wedding at Dutchess Golf and Country Club: Jessica & Christopher

Christopher and I got married on September 14, 2012.

We got engaged in Walt Disney World. I had no idea he was going to propose. We started planning right away. I knew I wanted a fall wedding; I absolutely love when the leaves change color. As the planning began I started coming up with all of these ideas on my own and a whole rustic fall theme came out of it.

I did a lot of the work on my own; as my mom would say the wedding was all DIY. People say that no one notices all of the little details, but if you do them right, I think they will always be remembered.

Ceremony - Our Lady of the Lake in Carmel, NY

The ceremony was at Our Lady of the Lake in Carmel NY and the reception was at Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Our church matched the reception perfectly, with all stone and wood beams.


Reception – Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie, NY

It had a beautiful stone fire place and wood beams along the ceiling that gave the room the warm cozy feeling I wanted. They also offered the options of a stations dinner.  We just wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves instead of having many stops throughout the night.

The Details

To start, I made our invitations. I ordered 8 ½” x 11” copper metallic paper, bronze paper, bronze envelopes and 6 yards of burlap. I searched everywhere for the right paper to print on to give the antique look that I wanted, and settled on mulberry paper. First I cut down the copper paper and folded it into a card. Next was to cut down the bronze paper to form the back square and then cut down the mulberry paper we printed on. I used double sided tape to attach it to the bronze paper and adhesive squares to then attach it to the inside of the bronze card. I then ironed and cut down the burlap and wrapped it around the card to form a pocket on the inside for the direction cards. We made RSVP postcards. I hot glued the burlap and brown ribbon to the card, addressed all of the envelopes with a gold paint pen and sealed it with gold wax.

I came up with an idea to collect guests wedding pictures and use them to create their place cards. The place cards also acted as the paper for the guests to write any wishes or advice for the bride and groom and hang on our wishing tree.

For the table numbers I stamped wooden blocks with the word table and the number. These were hung from the place cards for guests to take. The place cards were put into cork holders that we made. We also made the wishing tree from Manzanita branches that I ordered online from Blooms and Branches and we put it together in a vase with foam and moss. 

Manzanita Centerpieces

We also made all of our centerpieces out of Manzanita branches we ordered online. Half of the tables had candle centerpieces that my mother made and the other half had branch centerpieces that me and Christopher made.

We put them in a vase that we spray painted gold and attached burlap lace and twine to match the candle centerpieces. We added a few little flowers to the branches and we were good to go! My mother decorated the candles with burlap lace and twine. They were displayed on tree stumps that my father cut for us and we added dry flowers on twigs to the display. 

Autumn Inspired Wedding Cake – Pastry Garden

Our awesome fall cake was on a cake stand that my brother-in-law made for us out of a tree stump that he varnished to bring out the grain. It went perfectly with our rustic fall theme! The cake was vanilla with tiramisu mousse and chocolate mousse filling.   













Bridesmaids in Autumn’s Splendor

As I said, I LOVE fall colors and when the leaves change color. We had to get an earlier date then we wanted in the fall but I still had all my fall colors with my bridesmaid’s dresses. I had four different colors. Aubergine, cinnamon, avocado and burgundy. 










More DIY Wedding Touches

My sister made this Happily Ever After sign.

For the church I made ribbon wands instead of using bubbles. I used the four colors of my bridesmaid’s dresses in varying widths for the ribbon glued ribbon to wooden dowels with a little bell on top.
















We hung a decorated grapevine ball on every other pew of the church. I made the ball by pulling apart a grapevine wreath and gluing it to form a ball. My mother-in-law helped to decorate with flowers and raffia.  

On the other pews we hung pictures of me and Christopher progressing in age from when we were babies as they ascending to the altar, where would we would meet and become husband and wife and start our own family together. It was a very nice and personal touch that everyone loved.

I made our programs as scrolls. I printed them out on linen paper and glued sticks from outside to them to add to our rustic homemade feel.

Outside of the church we had a sign that said, “As two families become one we ask you find a seat not a side.” We really wanted everyone to just come together, have a good time and share all the love!


My sister made our boutonnieres out of beer hops and wheat stalks tied with twine around burlap. Christopher and I definitely enjoy our good beers and these rustic homemade boutonnieres were perfect.

We made half of our favors, well my sister did! Half were corkscrews and the other half were bottles of flavored olive oil that my sister made. I stamped thank you tags to hang from them.  














We were able to pick a signature drink at our wedding. We went with a strawberry julep (we named it the Straw-Marry Me Julep). I bought mason jars and tied twine around them for them to be served in. They were a huge hit!











Photographer – Majestic Studios

We had amazing photographers for our wedding! Mark and Kat from Majestic Studios in Hopewell Junction, NY were awesome and so easy to work with! They were always quick with all communication and super quick to get us our photos by the time we got back from the honeymoon along with our initial album design!

Dress and Shoes were Allure and Town Shop in Poughkeepsie NY

Hair – Salon Uccelli, Mahopac NY

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