Eleanor and Matt's wedding at the Lalumondiere Mill & Rivergarden was a visual feast from start to finish. Everything was beautiful, unique and, more often that not, made by them or their families. When I think of DIY weddings, I usually think invitations, flowers, centerpieces. But for these two, that was just the start.
Grab a coffee. This post's a big one, weighing in at 66 images. And you don't want to miss even one of them.
I'll start with this introduction photo and then backtrack to earlier in the day. You might remember these two from the engagement session on their central-Missouri farm.
I always enjoy seeing my client's invitations, but I have a special place in my heart for this hand-drawn one with a photo of mine as an inspiration. Eleanor is a graphic artist and worked at a travel magazine before moving back to Missouri to set up a farm with Matt.
Jeannie, the mill-turned-home-turned-event-space's co-owner, looks on as Eleanor is prepped for the day. Jeannie and her husband, Jim, are family friends of Eleanor's, and Eleanor has been visiting their home and swimming in the river since she was a child.
Eleanor designed her dress and had it custom-made in China. This route might not be for the faint of heart, but I think the dress turned out beautifully and, as Eleanor is quick to point out, was less expensive than most local off-the-rack options.
Eleanor and Matt grew their own flowers for the wedding and picked the rest from the side of the road.
Eleanor and Matt's chairs for the reception.
Almost time for the ceremony!
Lavender seeds for the guests to throw at the newlyweds.
Eleanor opted to have her dad and mom walk her down the aisle.
Matt, upon seeing Eleanor for the first time on their wedding day.
Eleanor returns the gesture.
They wrote their own vows.
This photo is one of my favorites. Love that she's really getting into the spirit!
When I walked away to change lenses, Matt started entertaining the guests across the way.
Yes, they're canoeing!
Making their grand entrance. Time to start the party!
Check out this view from the patio!
Guests left messages for the newlyweds on quilt squares, which were incorporated into the reception decor.
Eleanor plans to sew these squares into a quilt to commemorate the day.
The food was prepared by Kirk's Traveling Kitchen, under the direction of family friend Kirk Warner.
They capped the day with some dancing under the stars.
Congratulations, Eleanor and Matt! Thanks for having me out.