A DIY Shabby-Chic Wedding at a Private Residence in DeLand, Florida

Sarah Yoho (32 and a physician’s assistant) and Sean Erwin (33 and an adjunct art professor) made sure their shabby-chic wedding in DeLand, Florida, w

Sarah Yoho (32 and a physician’s assistant) and Sean Erwin (33 and an adjunct art professor) made sure their shabby-chic wedding in DeLand, Florida, was about them and their guests. They filled the private farm of Courtney Ford Hamill (their friend and wedding planner) with DIY, borrowed and homemade details. Everything had a personal touch. Sarah collected mismatched vintage dinnerware for the reception and vases for the bright centerpieces from Julia's Floral Designs. Sean also made the wooden ceremony benches with a friend. The rest was contributed by their amazing guests. A local chef took care of the chicken and waffles and fried pickle appetizers while the owner of Free-Wil Barbecue catered dinner (both were Sarah and Sean's friends). For dessert, everyone pitched in. Friends and family members made tiers upon tiers of chocolate chip, M&M's, sugar and more flavors of cookies for the dessert bar. After a few sweets, they spent the rest of their night dancing to Spade McQuade & the All Stars, who Sarah and Sean knew from Jacksonville. “Pretty much the entire wedding was provided by friends,” Sarah says. “This made our wedding so special, and we could see the love in every detail.” See every moment captured by the Canovas Photography, below.

Wanting wildflowers throughout their arrangements, Sarah worked with Julia's Floral Designs to make her bouquet just as bright. Orange ranunculus, blue sea holly thistles, blush garden roses, white delphiniums, blush peonies, white anemones, Queen Anne’s lace and burgundy roses were all included and wrapped in burlap. Sarah's  button collection was also represented with a few bright accents on the wrap.
Sarah and Sean’s flower girl’s look was different from the rest of their wedding party's. She made her procession in a mint, rosette-detailed dress and bold star-accented tights. She also wore a sweet pink and white flower crown. Their littlest attendant was pulled in the wooden cart behind her.
Sarah picked out an ivory lace Allure wedding dress from Minerva’s Bridal. It had this amazing illusion back with fabric buttons and an ethereal trumpet-style skirt that flowed into a short train. “For me, it was all about the lace back,” Sarah says. “I felt it really fit the vintage rustic feel of the wedding, and of course I felt pretty in it.”
Sarah and Sean completely personalized their ceremony space. They let the woods on their friend's family’s farm in DeLand, Florida, serve as the backdrop. Galvanized buckets filled with baby’s breath lined the aisle alongside an ivory runner. Their 175 guests even took their seats on wooden benches made by Sean and his friend.
Red Monogram Accent and Chalkboard Sign
The bridesmaids wore these red and white LulaKate dresses from Bella Bridesmaids in Tampa, Florida, with different necklines.  “It was nice to have their own style and I really didn't want matching dresses,” Sarah says. Mint accessories as well as white hydrangea bouquets wrapped in rope tied their looks together.
“I collected a lot of vintage things for our wedding, including dishes and vases for the tables, old coffee sacks for the table runners and my old couch for the photo booth,” Sarah says. “I also borrowed many vintage antiques.”
Aside from the wedding party’s looks, Sarah and Sean didn’t want a specific palette. So they filled the reception with an explosion of color. Each family-style table was filled with bright wildflowers, roses and delphiniums in blue glass or clear bulb vases that were personally collected by Sarah.
For guests who weren’t in the mood for the cookie bar, Sarah and Sean also had a two-tier buttercream cake topped with a rustic “4 ever” sign. It was even surrounded by cupcakes that were accented with red rosettes.
Their cookie bar was a community effort and couldn't have been sweeter. Family members and friends made chocolate chip, M&M's and other cookie flavors that filled tiers upon tiers at the reception in DeLand, Florida. Guests were also welcome to take a few home in custom paper bags that read “We go together like cookies and milk.”
Cookies and Milk Wedding Favor Bag
After sifting through her collection of buttons, Sarah used them to make button boutonnieres for Sean and his groomsmen. Sean’s father and Sarah's stepfather and her father all wore something a little more personal: rose boutonnieres with a small blue ribbon for colon cancer awareness. “My father-in-law was going through chemotherapy for colon cancer  at the time of the wedding and I wanted a soft touch to support him,” Sarah says.