A Romantic, Vintage DIY Wedding at Thorncrown Chapel – Karis & Josiah

Holy moley, do I have an amazing wedding to share with you this morning. Today’s bride and groom, Karis and Josiah, were married in the incredible Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas followed by a beautiful DIY-tastic reception at Castle Rogue’s Manor. The two were married in September of last year and chose a vintage and romantic theme for their day with accents in neutral colours, creams, and browns.

Karis’s dress was handmade by ArmoursandsAnguish who took pieces of her mother’s dress and fashioned them into something more modern. She then accented this perfectly with vintage pears and arm cuffs while Josiah wore vintage shoes and a suit from JC Penny. The bridesmaids all wore different neutral shades and chose mismatched dresses from Forever 21, Alloy and Asos.

I LOVE this venue and I love all the tiny little thoughtful details that these two have put into their big day, they literally thought of everything and it turned out so beautifully. All of the decorations including the napkin rings, boutineers, origami birds, cake topper and Mr. & Mrs. Banner were made by the bride and her mother.

Advice from the Bride:
Try to relax and enjoy the day. It all goes by so fast. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Even if you encounter a lot of hiccups and troubles on the day of the wedding, know that it will be just fine and at the end of the day you will be married to the person you love and that’s all that really matters.

Best decision made:
Getting married, of course! And the floating lanterns at our reception!

From the bride:
“I never dreamt of getting married like the typical little girl. I hadn’t planned what dress I would wear, or the color scheme, or what flowers I would have. But, as soon as we got engaged, one thing sparked in my memory: Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We just had to get married there! It was rustic, organic, and homey. Josiah and I are really laid back people. We both agreed that we didn’t want a fussy wedding in an uninspired local banquet hall. After booking the chapel, everything else fell into place. I let my bridesmaids pick there out dresses with the only guideline being that I wanted the dresses to be “coffee colored”.

With loads of help and creativity from my artist mother, we created a DIY wedding that felt like home. My goal was a simple, romantic wedding with touches or vintage and DIY elements. For the reception, I wanted less of a dance party and more of a big family get together. And coffee. There had to be coffee! I think my the most memorable part was our send off. We used biodegradable floating lanterns. It was so special and such a beautiful sight to watch them float out above the lake at our reception venue.

Gorgeous. Thanks so much to Photo Love for sharing these amazing shots and to the bride and groom for sharing their gorgeous day. Enjoy!

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