|Posted by Elizabeth on June 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM|
As The Wedding Dress Project continues to grow, we'll be featuring brides and newlyweds who've found treasures and made friendships through our site. I'm excited to introduce our first featured bride Ashley, who found a beautiful flower hair pin and matching purse donated to TWDP by a dear friend of mine Nicole. She couldn't use these beauties for her wedding, so wanted to make sure another bride could enjoy them.
I immediately connected with Ashley for her vintage style and recycled wedding plans. She's definitely a girl after my own heart, and her and her husband-to-be make one of the sweetest couples I've ever seen. Just check out these swoonworthy engagement photos!
And if these pictures aren't enough to make you fall in love, here's Ashley's and Fiancé Dustin's story, in her own words.
"Dustin and I are getting married August 4 this year. We met about 3 years ago, and we just clicked. He's a police officer, so my family always jokes that it'd take someone with the power to lock me behind bars to calm me down. I'm a professional "weirdo" as he says... I've been known to sing, dance, and be awkwardly hyper at all hours of the day and night.
For our wedding we wanted something where we could invite all of our friends and family, but without breaking the bank. It was important to me to be as eco-friendly as we can, so we settled on a historic-turned-eco-friendly building for both the ceremony and reception. Our colors are plum and green. Keeping with being eco-friendly, we've decided to do a vintage theme and use moss, milk glass, and antique vases for our centerpieces that we've found at estate sales. My mother is growing a lot of the flowers we'll use (mostly zinnias). I bought my dressed used on craigslist, so I could afford to have a second dress for the reception. (An open back, knee-length dress I found on etsy.com, which is what I'm most looking forward to). A friend I used to work with is starting a new business hand crafting invitations, so we used her for all of our stationary items. Everything we're using we've tried to buy used (we even had an Aunt redo a vintage suitcase for our cards!)
Dustin has been extremely helpful during our entire planning process, and has even taken some things on of his own to ease my stress! I'm most looking forward to seeing his face as I walk down the aisle. I love the way his eyes light up when he's happy about something and he smiles ear to ear. He's such a good guy; I can't wait to start a family with him!"
Needless to say, it was a pleasure packaging up the hair flower and purse for Ashley. I loved imagining how they would go with her whimsical recycled wedding, and I can't wait to see photos from the big day. I know there is definitely going to be some major wedding eye candy to be had.
Congratulations Ashley and Dustin! Thank you for your support of The Wedding Dress Project. We can't wait to hear all about your big day. And a big thank you to donor Nicole, as well. You added even more magic to Ashley's upcoming wedding and helped make TWDP a new friend.
If you have a success story from The Wedding Dress Project or wedding advice for frugal brides, email firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with us on Twitter. We'd love to share your story on our blog.