LeAnn’s parent’s Western Minnesota home  played host to Will and her’s beautiful wedding day. The full story and more photos can be found at greenweddingshoes.com.

Prairie Chapel DIY Wedding: LeAnn + Will

We planned ten minutes into our schedule very early on to just take a walk by ourselves after our ceremony. We had a tender and intimate few minutes together as husband and wife before going back to celebrate.

Prairie Chapel DIY Wedding: LeAnn + Will

LeAnn’s mother, Fawn Alstadt, designed and created not only her bridal gown, but the sweaters for all of the bridesmaids as well as the bridesmaid dresses

Prairie Chapel DIY Wedding: LeAnn + Will

Prairie Chapel DIY Wedding: LeAnn + Will

Prairie Chapel DIY Wedding: LeAnn + Will

LeAnn and Will’s wedding planning advice to couples

  1. Don’t bend to peer pressure or criticism about what “won’t work” about your day. We kept hearing all the time about couples having to concede things due to outside factors. We managed to have the exact wedding we imagined from the get-go.
  2. Let yourself forget the unpleasant surprises of the day. Something will go wrong, but will likely be unnoticeable or quickly forgiven by your guests.
  3. Don’t skimp on photographers. Seriously. If possible, find a photographer duo. While Jessica was in taking photos of LeAnn getting her dress on, Jeff was outside taking photos of the groomsmen. More opportunity to capture the candids, like Will discovering his letter from LeAnn and her hand-embroidered message on his collar.
  4. On DIY projects: People want to help. Use their talents and interests to your advantage. Anything you do yourself is saving you money, giving you a memory with your soon to be spouse, and really creating all facets of your day. LeAnn and I mapped out, hoed, weeded, and mowed our 65×35 ft ceremony plot lovingly code-named: “The Field of Dreams” (If you build it, they will come, right?). We stained our yellow armoir together and built our photo wall (wallpapering vintage 1970’s wallpaper plucked from the local antique shop was quite the adventure). LeAnn and her mom stayed up until 5am the Friday before our Saturday wedding baking 23 homemade pies. Will was 20 feet up a ladder the same night stringing lights in the barn with LeAnn’s dad. When you take ownership of something like this, you know things will get done, and they’ll get done in the precise way you want.

Prairie Chapel DIY Wedding: LeAnn + Will

All the photos are at: greenweddingshoes.com