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CRAFT DIY Wedding
Rachelniles Wedding
CRAFT reader Rachel Donegan tells us about her beautiful bug themed garden DIY wedding:

My husband and I were married at a historic site with beautiful gardens in Newbury, NH and we had our hands (literally) in pretty much every part of the wedding. I picked out the flowers at the farmer’s market day of and we made the bouttoniers from woodland plants that morning. The centerpieces were mini woodland landscapes from plants in the woods at my mother’s house. My mom made my dress from a hemp/silk fabric.
What we couldn’t make ourselves (like candles), we bought local. Every decision was made with sustainability and ecological responsibility in mind. The whole event cost about $12,000, which I think is about half the average cost of a wedding. And I’d like to think it was a lot more personal than the average wedding.
Each table was labeled with a friendly garden insect and to find their seats, guests picked up a slip of paper with their name and a stamped image of their table’s insect. Each slip was inside a tiny vellum envelope which were all attached to a fabric covered board.

Rachelniles Tables
Butterfly Placecard-1
More of Rachel and Niles’ wedding photos after the jump.


Rachelniles Savethedates
Rachel designed this katydid design and had it made into a stamp for her Save the Dates.
Rachelniles Sign
Rachelniles Tablenumber
Rachelniles Tablecards
Rachelniles Plants
Rachelniles Bride


  • Matt Barnes

    This was my best friend’s wedding and I can attest to how wonderfully it all looked and went. It was both earthy and refined all at once. The elegance of the location really set the whole thing off beautifully and the hand made care that went into every aspect of the day were both obvious and charming.
    All in all, it was a perfect day! I’ll always remember it with a smile.

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