Project Wedding: She’s Crafty

One local bride dresses up her barn wedding with charming handmade details | Photographs by Shannon Elizabeth Photography


Following her engagement to Blake Ellsworth, bride-to-be Kailee Garcia dove head first into planning the Layton couple’s country-chic nuptials. She put her natural knack for crafting, her penny-pinching skills, and her penchant for Pinterest to good use. “Blake and I were engaged for almost a year, so I had a lot of time to plan and create everything for our special day,” says Garcia. “I also love to craft, and I was concerned about wedding costs, so what better solution than DIY?”


The duo got hitched on June 1, 2013, at a private barn in Kaysville. On the big day, the barn was decked from beam to floor with the bride’s handiwork, including chalkboard signage and a ceremony backdrop, pennant banners, and heart-shaped “petals” for the flower girl all crafted from vintage book pages.

Garcia and her wedding coordinator and florist, Heather Gerrard, lined the aisle with buckets of budget-friendly baby’s breath and created centerpieces using repurposed wine bottles, burlap and lace runners, and tree slices from a fallen cherry tree found in the mother-of-the-bride’s backyard.

“Managing the projects was challenging,” says Garcia. Her advice? “Stay organized and take it week by week.”

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Crafty Ways 

Ceremony Backdrop: With a large hole-punch tool, Garcia created circles from cardstock and vintage book pages. “I purchased the books from a local thrift store for 50 cents—they were a bargain!” She then sewed the circles together with a needle and thread to form long strips.

Pennant Banner: Using a cardboard stencil, Garcia cut hundreds of triangles from cardstock and vintage book pages. She hole-punched the two bottom corners of the shapes and wove thin white ribbon through each triangle to connect them all together.

Centerpieces: Garcia collected dozens of wine bottles during her engagement. She soaked each bottle in hot, soapy water and used Goo Off and a razor to scrape off the labels. She filled the bottles with wildflowers, baby’s breath, and grasses and arranged them among moss, votive candles, and tree slices.

Photographs: Shannon Elizabeth Photography

2 Comments on “Something Old, Something New: Bouquets + Flowers

  1. Kudos to Blossom Sweet for mentioning metallics! We too are expecting the use of more metallics in wedding floral this year and are quite excited about the possibilities this fun “color pallet” offers brides in the way of both floral and event decor!

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