Kyle and I will be joining the "One Year Club" in one month. Being engaged was the best time of my life (so far). I obviously love crafting so preparing all of the crafts was the amazing. Kyle was also very helpful and supportive in helping get ready for our wedding. In anticipation for our One Year Anniversary, I will be sharing some of our details, crafts and pictures.
The Schuetzle-Lichty wedding took place September 21st, 2013. Kyle and I endured a long distance relationship for over a year as we were starting our engineering careers. He was in South Dakota where I grew up and I was in Minnesota near where he grew up. During our time apart, Kyle started saving Burbach Dairy Cream bottles saying that they would make great centerpieces for when we got married. The cream bottles were our inspiration piece for the entire wedding. After he proposed, I got to dreaming of ways to showcase these glass bottles. We put a spin on the wood slice centerpieces using a unique white birch from Northern Minnesota. With help from family members, we sliced and sanded the pieces until they were baby bottom smooth. We notched the smaller pieces to use as place settings for each guest. Since one of my goals was to make the wedding feel very DIY and homemade I wanted to incorporate my love for sewing. I hand stitched the table numbers using embroidery floss on kraft shipping tags to give that homemade country wife feel—it turned out to be my favorite part of the whole centerpieces.
Kyle and I wanted this wedding to bring us closer together and show our guests what we love to do. We each prepared separate wedding favors as gifts to our guests. Kyle brews his own beer, and he prepared an IPA to share at dinner. We labeled the beer bottles with labels from Etsy-half with Minnesota to represent where he is from and half with South Dakota for me. Since I love to bake, I made chocolate and vanilla cupcake wedding favors placed in single serving boxes and tied with baker’s twine. I also prepared a variety of wedding mints, including orange creamsicle, to share with guests and placed them on my personal collection of cake pedestals.
Another DIY project we enjoyed doing together was the Cake Topper. We picked out wood pieces at Hobby Lobby to create a man and a woman. Kyle glued them together using a dowel pin and I hand painted our wooden doppelgangers. We were also very proud of the boutonnieres. Hunting is a big past time hobby for our families. We used shot gun shell used from the pheasant hunt where Kyle asked my Dad for permission to marry me and added twine and a brooch pin to the back to create a custom country boutonniere for our guys in the wedding party.
Since, we got married outside at Log Heaven Resort just North of the Oahe Dam in Pierre, South Dakota, we did not want to do the typical unity candle since the potential for a windy day was high. We opted to do the “Strength of Three” found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. We hand dyed rope in coffee and tea to represent our marriage with God as the center. My dad also set up a “tree aisle” using spruce trees he has been growing for years. We bagged the trees in a burlap sacks and lined the path from Log Heaven to the altar. The lodge was a beautiful setting to capture our candid moments and brought our theme together.
Advice: We both agreed that planning an outside wedding has many challenges. Just remember you can’t plan for everything, so prepare for anything. Have a plan A, B and C. Also, dream big and take on some wedding projects yourself! But as the wedding date draws near, make a list of projects that are left and do not add to that list. Be comfortable with the ideas and execute what you have left to accomplish before the best day of your life where you get to marry your best friend.
Jewelry: The French Door/Grandmother’s (Family Heirloom)
Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew
Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ties/Suspenders: The Tie Bar
Hair Stylist: Schelby Stark
Invitations: Jensen Photography & Design
Ceremony Venue: Log Heaven Resort
Reception: Red Rossa Italian Grille, Pierre
Photographer: Shalista Photography, Sioux Falls
Cake: The Cake House
Centerpieces: Burbach’s Cream and Milk Jars
Beer Bottle Labels: Etsy-- Coast to Coast
Veil/Cupcakes: Bride’s creation
DJ: Schuetzle Productions
Flowers: JW Perry/Family arrangements
Cinematography: Riggs Sanchez
Stationary/Cake Topper Material: Hobby Lobby