DIY Wedding

Intimate DIY wedding in Pickaway County for Emily and Kyle Schlemmer

Nov. 14, 2020 | Emily (Grimm) and Kyle Schlemmer, like so many couples, had just adjusted their wedding to fit the times.

“We went from a guest list of 200-plus to 27 within a 5-minute conversation,” Emily says. “We did what we had to do to keep our day; I was not about to postpone another year. … Maybe, in five years, we will have a big party to celebrate.”

The guest list reduction ended up working in the couple’s favor; Emily says it gave the day a causal feeling that turned out to be perfect. It fit nicely with her eclectic, vintage, DIY-themed wedding, too; much of the decor was handmade by Emily and her family. She incorporated buttons from her grandparents’ dresses and military uniforms into her bouquet, and used vintage buttons to make bracelets for her and Kyle’s mothers instead of corsages.

In what would be a nightmare for most brides, but was a beautiful personal touch for Emily, her mother wore her own mother’s wedding gown instead of a traditional mother of the bride dress. “Don’t worry,” says Emily of her grandmother’s gown, “it was blue.”


Ceremony and reception: The Pavilion at Orchard View

Caterer and cake: Tasteful Occasion

Flowers and stationery: DIY

Photographer: Brea Lee Photography

Photobooth: Framester

Music: DIY playlist

Guest favors: Bells and custom candles

Rehearsal dinner: DogTap Columbus

Transportation: The BEAT

Accommodations: DogHouse Hotel and Brewery and Best Western Canal Winchester Inn – Columbus South East