Gather round, Parks and Recreation fans! Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson teamed up for another perfectly sentimental televised wedding—this time as their real-life counterparts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
In last night's season finale of their NBC crafting competition show Making It, the duo—who serve as both hosts and producers—tasked the three remaining Makers with creating a wedding backdrop and an heirloom-quality gift for a bride and groom. The network then teamed up with Etsy to furnish a full-out ceremony and reception so the happy couple could really get married during this final episode, aptly titled, "Happily Ever Crafter." (Psst! You can watch it here in its entirety.) Offerman even got to officiate!
“While I am known as a woodworker, much of the magic we experienced on Making It was beyond my expertise," Offerman tells Brides. "Every day, I was inspired by the creativity of the makers and would often think to myself, 'Wow, I think I can do that,' although I have no experience with knitting or glass blowing, and I hope viewers at home feel that same inspiration.”
If you saw David and Talisa's stunningly special wedding on the show last night, we're betting you felt that inspiration in your bones. Making It judge and Etsy's resident trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson doesn't remember exactly how the idea to do a wedding as the series finale came up. "It was just like, 'What should we do? We should do something big. What if we did a live wedding?' " she says. "For me, I am obsessed with weddings. It's by far my favorite category to work on, so I started doing cartwheels saying, "Yes! Yes! Yes! Let's do this!" Then NBC brought in an event management team to help with the production, and it was my role—with my Etsy family—to source the products and find things to really match the couples."
As huge fans of love, crafts, and—of course—Poehler and Offerman over here at Brides, we called up Johnson and bride Talisa to chat all about the experience — including what it was like to work with said cherished celebs.
"I remember walking down the aisle, hysterically crying what I'm sure was an ugly cry because I was so nervous, and seeing Nick at the altar," Talisa says. "He comes up and hugs David and me and just tells us, 'Everything is going to be okay.' Right after that, all of my nerves went out the window."
Ron Swanson to the rescue yet again! Below, read through Talisa and Johnson's wedding planning insights, peep breathtaking photos from the actual day, and shop Etsy for some of the gorgeous items you saw featured in last night's episode.
Flower Girl Dresses and Shoes
The whole family was super stoked to hang out with Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler on such a meaningful occasion. "David and I are obsessed with Nick in general," Talisa says, "so he and Amy being a part of the show made it super special. It's like this show was somehow always meant to cater to us to give us our perfect wedding. We still talk about how lucky we were for this really big blessing."
SHOP NOW: Flower girl dress, Etsy, $99
SHOP NOW: Flower girl shoes, Etsy, $42
Valentina Lace Wedding Dress
"Talisa had always dreamed of being in an all-over lace dress, so I wanted to make sure I found a dress, and an Etsy seller who was willing to adapt to her style," says Johnson. "We found someone who made her the most beautiful open-back, long-sleeved, lace gown."
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,575
Talisa's bridesmaids wore these cute and comfortable slippers.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $14
Welcome to Our Beginning Wedding Sign
"Because they were such personal things, a lot of the items we used are still in our house," says Talisa. "My wedding robe I still use every time I shower, our welcome board we have hanging outside in our backyard, and our cake topper is a little greenery heart so we're actually putting it in our garden. Everything is crafted so well that it's going to withstand time."
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $75
Veil & Monogrammed Cuff Links
Minimalist personalized cuff links were a favorite wedding day addition of the groom, David. "He's very modern and clean-cut," explains Talisa. "He liked that they were so aesthetically pleasing, and then I liked that they were made by someone in such a heartfelt, hands-on way, so it was the perfect combination."
SHOP NOW: Veil, Etsy, $252
SHOP NOW: Monogrammed Cuff Links, Etsy, $58
Natural Eucalyptus and Brass Flower Hair Comb
"Figure out the most important things to you as a couple, and then think about how you can personalize small touches to reflect that," Johnson says. "One great example is that Talisa and David are lovers of the outdoors, so we wanted to incorporate things like natural wood and other rustic elements into the indoors. Like, we made sure that her cake topper was a very natural-looking cake topper and we found a beautiful natural eucalyptus hair flower."
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $98
Hand-lettered Calligraphy Cards
"One thing to keep in mind is that when you're shopping on Etsy, you're working with a real person," says Johnson. "So, if you have an idea, or maybe you want to tweak a detail on a specific item in an Etsy seller's shop—maybe you want a different color—just start up a conversation. It's not like you're ordering a stock item; you're ordering something that's handmade and special. Do talk to the person and mention it's your wedding. See how you can turn the item into something even more exponentially special from what you already see."
SHOP NOW: Hand-lettered Calligraphy Cards, Etsy, $1.50
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $5
Bride & Groom Signs
"Focus on the two of you and your story rather than the production that you're trying to put on," says Johnson. "You want your guests to feel like they're living through a part of how your love story came to be."
SHOP NOW: Bride & Groom Signs, Etsy, $25