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Dani & Josh: Birds of a Feather

June 4, 2011: Superior Shores Resort

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    The couple share a kiss on the shores of Lake Superior.
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    The couple painted their names and wedding date near where they wed.
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    The wood inlay on the groom's band reflects his down-to-earth demeanor.
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    A wreath adorned the bridge down to the beach.
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    The MOB created this satin handbag.
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    Bridesmaid clutches that the bride found at vintage and thrift stores.
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    The girls were able to choose their own blue dress.
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    The group relaxed at a local bar before the ceremony.
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    It took the bride four hours to create her bouquet.
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    Handpainted shoes made by a friend of the bride.

When Dani started dating Josh in 2009, she didn’t know when or how he was going to propose, but she did know one thing for sure: She wanted a peacock theme for their wedding. “I had never seen or known anyone who did it, so it was my secret idea,” she says.

Not only did Dani get her peacock wedding, but she created most of it herself, doing everything from flower wrapping to boutonniere making—and blogging about it every step of the way. “There were a lot of things I felt like I could do cheaper and make them more customized if I did them myself,” she says.

The couple—who’d been good friends at Luther College before dating—jumped right in, designing their own save-the-dates and invitations. Before long, Dani was immersed in the world of glue guns, Etsy, and eBay, buying 700 peacock feathers for $10. Those feathers soon made their way into nearly every handmade aspect of the wedding, from the bride’s royal-blue pumps and the men’s boutonnieres to the bridesmaids’ vintage clutches and the creative bouquets, which also included dried hydrangeas, felt, and jewelry.

Josh found his own DIY niche, albeit in a very different form from Dani’s. “I played a big part in anything tech-related with the wedding planning,” he says. “I created a website for our guests to view information about the proposal, the big day, etc. Visitors could also RSVP and request songs through the site. It turned out to be quite handy.”

He also influenced the fun personal touches at the reception (held at Superior Shores Resort following the lakeside ceremony), including a fajita bar and bottles of his favorite Sriracha hot sauce. “We definitely wanted to incorporate our interests,” Josh says. “After all, it is the celebration of two independent people coming together.” 

Ceremony/reception: Superior Shores Resort • Dress: Diamond Brides (customized with a belt and feather brooch made by the bride) • Groom’s attire/groomsmen’s attire: Personal suits • Rings: Arthur’s Jewelers and Johan Rust • Catering/cake: Superior Shores Resort • Flowers: Bouquets made by bride, with felt flowers from Etsy, dried hydrangeas, peacock feathers from eBay, and old family jewelry • Invitations: Designed by couple using FedEx • Ceremony and reception music: GenerationNOW Entertainment • Linens/decorations: Paper Capers • Honeymoon: Cancun, Mexico

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