Today I get to share with you a favourite wedding of mine from Wisconsin wedding photographer Megan Yanz Photography. Megan sent me Chrissy & Jesse’s wedding and I wanted it to be the first of 2015 due to it being so awesome! Chrissy’s tattoos look gorgeous and she did her hair and make-up herself. I love her hairpiece!
We met in our church youth group when we were both in middle school, and we became close friends in early high school. However, we didn’t start dating until the summer after I graduated from high school and Jesse finished his first year of college. We were on a church trip in a tiny town called Axtel, Nebraska, and Jesse’s sister, Kelly, was my roommate. She told me that Jesse had a crush on me, but he was never going to do anything about it. So one night, I just kissed him. Two days later he asked me to be his girlfriend when I came to visit him at work. The rest is history.
It was incredible and so, so special to have so many of our friends and family with us on our big day. Plus, my little brother, Cody, gave a hilarious one word speech. He stood up, buttoned a button on his tux, fixed his collar, and then just said, “Hodor” into the microphone (Game of Thrones fans will get this reference). It was so funny, and I will never forget it.
I think the bold colors (aqua, red, and black) paired with a subtle nature theme really represented us well. We are both very social people, and we love to entertain guests and be a little “out there,” so the bold color scheme gave our wedding that vibe. The nature element, however, is also very depictive of us because we both feel a strong connection with nature and the outdoors. We love to camp and hike and see the beauty that occurs around us naturally.
The birdhouse centrepieces on the tables were all hand painted by Jesse, a few of my bridesmaids and friends, and myself. The cupcake stands were both built by my dad. Our guestbook was a large canvas that I painted myself and our guests signed. My bridesmaid, Heather, and I made the entire seating chart the night before on corkboard. Also, Jesse and I put our handprints and painted our names on a white mailbox to use an “UP” inspired card box. However, the most fun DIY element was the floral/feather crown I wore on our wedding day. I made that myself at 9am the morning of!
I wanted to have some of tattoos be visible in my wedding dress because they are part of me and express my style. I originally wanted a lace-covered dress with short sleeves, but I ended up with a beautiful princess-style, champagne strapless dress, so more of my tattoos were visible than I had even planned!
How awesome is Chrissy & Jesse’s wedding. Thank you to them both and to Megan Yanz Photography for sharing their day with Marry Me Ink.