Sharaya originally reached out to me about my 2021 availability and I was ecstatic to plan with her a year in advance. However, COVID made the duo realize they wanted to get married as soon as possible and she reached out to me about my August availability.
The Dillmans planned and prepared for their DIY wedding in just 3 months and it was the most beautiful day.
August 1st, 2020
DIY Details & Their Attire
Sharaya found her beautiful wedding dress at Macy's when the prom dresses were all majorly discounted because of COVID. What a sweet deal! She found her gown for only $100. Her garland crown was found on Etsy and matched her wedding vibes perfectly. The shoes she wore were found at Ross for only $12. She knows how to freaking shop. She used Haley Madison for her makeup; she can be found on Instagram @haley_dawn14.
Ian's attire was only $55 and was all found at Burlington. He was SO handsome and all smiles on his big day.
For all of the wedding signs the couple bought stencils and cheap paint and they used wood from a broken down barn on Ian's farm. They borrowed a sound system from a family friend of Ian's and they made their own wooden dance floor. Sharaya & Ian's mom went to Hobby Lobby and bought "way too many flowers" and then sat with one another putting each bouquet and boutonniere together by hand. Their centerpieces were made from a tree that Ian's family cut down, and they glued wine bottles and fake flowers to pieces from the wood. They crafted their arbor and installed the florals as well.
Ian's aunt and Sharaya baked all of the mini pies and froze them all before the wedding. Ian's entire family worked together to cook the pulled pork and make all of the salads before the wedding; the food was TO DIE FOR!
There was an old barn at the space of their reception that they had to take down board by board. The road to get up to the spot of their ceremony and the space where Sharaya and her maid of honor got ready did not exist, so Ian's dad and uncle had to bulldoze the road so all cars (and the surprise horse drawn carriage) could make it up there.
The couple and their friends and family spent every weekend out on the farm to cultivate their dream wedding. The amount of time, effort, and energy that they spent together goes to prove just how strong their love for one another is.
The ONLY outside vendor, excluding the makeup artist, was Event Rents for their reception tent.
After their intimate ceremony, Ian & Sharaya's closest friends and family members came together to pray for their marriage.
A First Dance Surprise
Ian & Sharaya wanted to surprise everyone with their first dance. They spent a whole month learning how to dance and then choreographing each move in the Dillman's basement. They shocked everyone who attended their reception!