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When brides take charge of DIYing parts of their wedding or recruiting the help of friends and family, the personal feeling surrounding the event is evident. Anne designed all of her own paper products, which were the primary way her and her groom’s unique theme of the autumn trees and a starry night sky was executed. She created something so unique that will always feel special to her many years after her wedding, in addition to the next chapter of the relationship she began that day. So lovely!


From the Bride:

Geran and I decided on a very special day to married – September 15 – because it was 5 years to the day when we started dating. Geran and I are both native Missourians with a love for the season of autumn (which also happens to be what my last name means in German) so we built our wedding around that season. We wanted to have a rustic, yet elegant theme for our wedding, and starting by thinking of our favorite colors (his is brown, mine is blue). We decided to incorporate autumn trees and a starry night sky as design elements – the trees would represent his down-to-earth, practical personality; and the stars would represent my slightly out there, creative personality. Our wedding was very much centered around our family and friends, who contributed so much to our special day. My engagement ring was an heirloom ring from my great grandmother, my earrings were the same pearls my mother wore on her wedding day, and my bolero and veil were hand made by my grandmother. Our family friends helped us with transportation, catering, florals, music, and coordinating the ceremony and reception. We had a traditional Catholic Mass at my husband’s church, and our reception was in the church reception hall. I designed the escort board, table cards, menu, program, table numbers, save the dates, invites, and everything else paper! The tables were named after native Missouri tree species for his side, and constellations for my site. I wanted to have a creative guestbook, so I thought it would be fun to create postcards to our honeymoon destinations, and have guests mail us good wishes in a mailbox. I decided to paint the mailbox like the one in the Pixar film Up, which is a very special movie to us! We couldn’t wait to go on our honeymoon – Australia and New Zealand, the places we had both always wanted to visit!


Photographer: Lisa Dolan Photography / Catering: Chef Becancall / Event Design: MINT Design / Flowers & Decor: Lori Brickler / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca via Clarice's Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy via White Traditions / Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse / DJ: DJ Outrockin' - Jason Hespen / Hair and Makeup: Salon de Christe / Invitations & Stationery: the bride herself!-Anne Kostecki

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