A whimsical handmade wedding by Janelle Elise Photography
by Stephanie

There are weddings that instantly make you fall in love — fall in love with the couple, the guests, the details and every other amazing part of a wedding day. Well, today's wedding is exactly that! Alexandra and Nick were married in a sweet church ceremony and had a completely whimsical handmade wedding reception put together by family members and friends.

To make it even more special, Alexandra wore her grandmother's wedding dress, and her mother hired a totally unexpected but awesome surprise for the couple... let's just say you're going to want to read more to see every amazing part of this unique handmade day, captured perfectly by Janelle Elise Photography!

"I wore my grandmothers wedding dress for our ceremony, 50 years after she was married and she was there to see it. The dress was made by my great grandmother. My bridesmaids dresses were handmade as well for the special day."


"We had a beautiful ceremony at Grace Episcopal church, walked through Downtown Asheville with our bridal party taking pictures as we made our way to our reception venue."


"We did everything on our own, and ALL the decorations were DIY. The light canopy was constructed and hung by my father and in-laws, flowers arranged by friends and family. We didn't hire anyone from outside the family (or friend group) for any part of the catering, decorating, DJing, photography, etc. We danced. All. Night. Long. Had local brews and donuts, and it was all with our best friends and family."

"By far the best present we received was a SURPRISE New Orleans style brass band showing up at the reception. This was planned by my mother and some family friends. We paraded Downtown Asheville with the band AND the entire wedding party and danced in Pack Square. There were nearly 180 of us walking the streets. We had people pouring out of restaurants and shops taking pictures and joining the celebration. It was INCREDIBLE."


How gorgeous is Alexandra and Nick's big day? This is a truly special day with so many personal touches, and we are so glad we got to share it. Congrats to the happy couple!


Ceremony venue: Grace Episcopal Church | Reception venue: YMI Cultural Center | Flowers: DIY | Cake: Krispy Kreme Donuts | Makeup and hair: Bride & friends DIY | DJ: Family friend | Photography: Janelle Elise Photography |