My Sister’s Wedding

November 17th, 2010

My sister, Anne, and Jim were married this year over Labor Day weekend in Ely, Minnesota (about 5 hours from the Twin Cities). It took place at Jim’s parents’ cabin on a lake and was a small, low-key gathering for family and friends.

Originally for the invitation, Anne and Jim wanted to have an ultimate frisbee screen printed (they met playing on the same ultimate frisbee team 6 years ago), but the low print run was going to be expensive. In the end they found a local screen printer to print one of Anne’s drawings on fabric that once belonged to our great-grandmother and had been stashed away in the attic for years. We then cut and sewed 30 reversible tote bags and attached a weekend itinerary.

Anne used the rest of the fabric and solid colored Ikea sheets to make bunting flags.

I also used fabric remnants to make a garland of their names.

My mom sewed Anne’s dress from my grandmother’s wedding dress.

Anne’s best friend, Allison, officiated the wedding, another friend, Arielle, and Jim’s sister, Grace, did readings.

Our Aunt Judy made the wedding cake.

I put my craft and design skills to use and incorporated Anne’s drawings into the mix.

Anne drew icons of all the guests (including Angie, Jim’s parents’ dog) and I made it into a poster.

We set up a photo booth inside an old wood shed (it ended up being the perfect backdrop!).

I made photo props from more of Anne’s drawings.

To save money and keep things unique, Anne scoured Goodwill for dinner, dessert plates, and Christmas lights. She borrowed fabric napkins and saved glass bottles to use as vases. The flowers came from my mother’s garden. Anne and Jim rented a tent and hired a local caterer.

After the ceremony, Anne and Jim took off by canoe and the guests waved them off.

My friend and photographer, Tanveer Badal, took the wedding photos and captured the weekend beautifully. Check out his post and photos on his site!

At brunch the next day there were bingo games to be played and fun prizes to win. All designed with Anne’s drawings (of course).

After months of brainstorming, sharing links over email, and transferring files through Dropbox, (I was living in Denmark for 6 months) we had a fun mix of decorations. All in all, it was a beautiful ceremony and setting and I couldn’t be happier for my sister and Jim. They will soon start a new adventure in Iceland next year where Jim will start his ecology postdoctoral position. Of course, I can’t wait to visit!

Update: Yay for the mention at Glamour.com!

Links: Tanveer Badal Photography, Anne’s Blog, Glamour.com