Fall wedding feature

This rustic and earthy themed wedding is full of personal details and DIY ideas for brides on a budget. And the pictures are heavenly, so we won’t blame you if that’s all you see when you read this post.

Bride and groom bridalsCustom dress on the brideBride and groom hug Madison and Nathan bridals

Madison and Nathan met last November (at her sister’s birthday party, of all places!) and started dating almost immediately. They married in September, barely a month ago, and Autumn Nicole Photography took all of their photos: engagements, bridals, and wedding day.

Madison decided what was most important to her on her special day was the photography and her dress – and the rest sort of fell in place.

“Our wedding was one big Do-It-Yourself,” Nathan said.  One of his neighbor’s helped prepare the food, their brother-in-law made a marquee “LOVE” sign for decoration, Madison asked a friend do her hair on the day of, and her mom arranged all of the flowers.

Windy bridals photoshootThe bride did her own makeupBride and Groom running together The groom wore all black

Madison decided to embrace the fall season surrounding her wedding day and went for a color palette of blackberry, beige, burgundy, and orange. Nathan wore all black, which was a little unconventional, but definitely worked (right?!).

“He was kind of timid about it at first and I was like, ‘trust me, it’ll look good,'” Madison said.  “Black on black is awesome.”

Blackberry proved to be a hard color to match, so Madison and her mom came up with a solution. They used fake flowers throughout the wedding (we couldn’t believe it either!) and used spray paint to achieve that rich, dark purple hue Madison wanted.

Handsome groom shotChiffon in the windThe happy coupleMountains and earthy vibe at the bridal shoot

Madison had the lace sleeves from her mom’s 80s style wedding dress attached to hers. She found her dress, originally strapless, at a discount bridal store in Las Vegas. Madison did pageants in high school, so her old seamstress was able to add sleeves and essentially remake the entire dress into exactly what Madison wanted.

(Her background in pageantry also came in handy when she decided to save money and do her own makeup for the wedding!)

She particularly loved the chiffon skirt of the dress; the flowing fabric ended up making their windy bridal shoot a success. They got their bridals done at Utah Lake.

Madison and Nathan were married in the Manti TempleThe six groomsmen wore matching socksThe bridesmaids had matching dresses and bouquets

Madison’s bouquet went missing right before the two were supposed to walk outside of the Manti Temple, where they were married, for their debut as a married couple. She ended up carrying one of her bridesmaid’s bouquets, but they found out later that a temple worker had put the bouquet in a refrigerator, trying to keep the flowers fresh; that’s how real their fake flowers looked!

Beautiful bride at Manti TempleBride's details shot Bride's details shot on stepsBride and Groom from behind Wedding day blissClose up of the bride A kiss on the cheek for the groom

The bride’s advice: “Have a clear vision for what you want your wedding to be like. I feel like there’s so many options, and it’s great that there’s so many options, but you have to be able to narrow it down. For me it was like, ‘what do I not want, what doesn’t speak to me,’ and then going from there so you don’t get overwhelmed.”

The groom’s advice:”I think it’s important for the couple to remember that a lot of details go into [the wedding] but when it comes down to it, you just gotta enjoy the day.”

Rustic venueFireplace and Mantle at The Lodge

They had their reception at The Lodge at Traverse Mountain, complete with a beautiful fireplace, barn doors, and an option to take down the tables and chairs for a discount on the venue.

“One thing I liked about [the venue] is that it’s newer, so everything there is up to date. It was relatively cheap compared to other locations,” Nathan said.

Serve yourself food table Wedding food and earthy tonesSnack bar by the reception line

Madison and Nathan both love snacks, so they had a snack bar beside the receiving line and while guests waited to greet the bride and groom they munched on Teddy Grahams, Cheez-its, and popcorn!

Wedding cake with fresh flowersBride performed a song for her husband

Madison sings and plays guitar, so she performed a song she had written about Nate when they first started dating! At their luncheon beforehand, Nate read a poem he wrote for Madison. We love how they incorporated their talents into their special day.

The couple shares their first dance Sparklers at the exit


Photography: Autumn Nicole Photography // Venue: The Lodge at Traverse Mountain

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