This absolutely wonderful DIY wedding is amazing! Katie and Nathan were married at Joy Ranch near Watertown, SD. Katie and Nathan chose to use the boardwalks rather than the chapel and we think it was a creative idea. The open plan allowed the guests to flow from ceremony to food station, to reception and the view. The details from this wedding brought the whole event together. The bold contrast of black, yellow and white were wonderfully paired with many chalkboard elements. I think our favorite were the chalkboard painted mason jars on the table with different designs on each. To top it off these two had a perfect day with an amazing sunset for portrait backgrounds.
Read on for words from our bride.
Some words from our bride:
When Nathan & I got married in 2007 he recently joined the Army and I was finishing my Interior Design degree. We only had our siblings attend the ceremony and for three and a half years went through two deployments and lived apart with occasional visits. When Nathan returned from his last deployment and I had graduated college, we were finally going to start our lives living in one place & we planned on renewing our vows along with friends and family.
From the start I had a vision in my head and Nathan knew to put in his word, but let me run with my ideas. I knew I wanted something a little different, a low key, but elegant space. The hardest part was the venue, I came upon Joy Ranch and knew people had done their weddings in the little white church, but came across the major design plan they were working on that included an old fashion boardwalk with beautiful porches and lovely rustic accents. Although the major concern was they were still in construction phase, but on the day of, the amazing crew of Joy Ranch and family helped me make the outdoor boardwalk perfect.
Nathan wore his Army dress blues, and I felt bold pops of yellow from the uniform would look great. I found the bold yellow patterned fabric at a Goodwill when visiting Colorado, there were about 10 of the fabric shower curtains I used in various areas, including the backdrop for the ceremony. I also was on the hunt for any milk glass I could find, mason jars for the tables, and Nathan’s mother found the perfect antique dresser for our guest sign in. With the knowledge of design programs I put together a coordinating invitation and also made a fingerprint tree for guests to sign in at. After designing our wedding stationery I became obsessed with the numerous designs & since then started my own business called Twigs Print Studio.
For the flowers I made the bouquets & boutonnieres, I knew I wanted to use something that would last because I needed to make them in advance. I fell in love with billy balls (they look the same when dried), found balsa wood flowers, & real touch yellow cala lilys. Then for the tables I bought fresh cala lilys and billy balls. For the dinnerware I found eco friendly items made from palm leafs.
I also knew that I wanted to candy buffet area with cake pops, rather than just a cake. I placed the candy in dishes found at thrift stores and my amazing cousin made the cake pops and cake. I was blessed to have such a great family & my father catered a delicious meal from his restaurant, while Nathan’s father provided the dj equipment. Nathan’s brother also played a personal song at the ceremony. All in all the whole process and event was family oriented and couldn’t have been done without them!
Invitations, Print Elements and Decor all DIY by the Bride of Twigs Print Studio
South Dakota Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue at Joy Ranch
South Dakota Wedding Ceremony by AC Ellis Inc
South Dakota Wedding Dress by Elegant Xpressions of Sioux Falls
South Dakota Wedding Groomsman Tux by Brides Expressions and Floral of Watertown, SD
South Dakota Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses by Macy’s
South Dakota Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses by EcoPalm Ware
South Dakota Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses from Candy Warehouse
Wedding Music: Compliments of Grooms Father, Tim Woodard
Wedding Caterer: Compliments of Brides Father, Jeff Guiser of Clifford’s Steak and Ale, Watertown, SD
Wedding Flowers: Bouquets and Boutonniers by bride Katie Woodard, flowers from Save-on-Crafts
Fresh Table Flowers from Watertown Flowers, Inc.
Wedding Cake and Cake Pops: Compliments of Brides talented cousin, Michelle Miller