Introducing the DIY Bride Idea Boards (beta)

Happy Spring, everyone!

We’ve been busy behind the scenes in preparation of the release of upcoming new features on the site so it’s with great pleasure that we get to share one with you today!

Today we’re doing a beta launch for our new section, Idea Boards. It’s a Pinterest-like system where you can pin, share, and organize images. Since it’s only for wedding-related images you’re not going to be bombarded with things like cringe-worthy fad diet recipes, inspirational mommy quotes, or 1001 things you can do with belly button lint.

There are still some rough edges we’re working on but you’re welcome to explore: We’re looking for users to create accounts, pin wedding stuff, and let us know if you experience any site weirdness.

We hope you love the new addition as much as we’ve loved creating for you (which is a lot)!

Groomsmen Love

Today we’re celebrating those under-appreciated pals; those great guys who stand up for (and with) your groom and without whom the wedding would be incomplete: The Groomsmen.  Here are some of our favorite shots of groomsmen goodness.

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Lisa & Kyle’s DIY Wisconsin Farm Wedding

One of the things we evangelize most on DIY Bride is treating your guests well at the wedding. Whether its with great food, ample shelter, or fun activities, making the people who’re sharing your day feel included and comfortable is so important. When we saw this wedding from NYC couple, Lisa and Kyle, their awesome games area at their Wisconsin wedding on a farm, blew us away.

Photographer Katie from Ricard Photography, fills us in on some of the story behind the games:

…They also brought along a lot of really fun yard games for their guests. They wanted their day to be all about fun and family and friends just enjoying their time together. Lisa and Kyle love playing Scrabble, so they decided to build a giant scrabble board, complete with perfectly painted letters (seriously the most amazing thing I’ve seen at a wedding ever). They also created a fun wedding football game that was a big hit with adults and kids alike.

Now that’s an excellent way to for guests to spend time together!

What’s even more impressive is Lisa and Kyle made drove all the way to Wisconsin from New York with a U-Haul full of amazing wedding day details that they made themselves like the french doors used as a backdrop in their ceremony. Kyle put together and mounted the doors himself. They were a beautiful addition, and at the end of the ceremony, they walked through the doors together for the first time as husband and wife.



Lisa & Kyle

Treinen Farm, Wisconsin

Event Date: August, 2014

Photographer:  Katie Ricard Photography//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Blooms By The Box//Musicians:Genesee Ridge Band//Caterer:JL Richards Catering//Dress Store:Neiman Marcus – Alice and Olivia Geneva//Reception Venue: Treinen Farm//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Brandy & Brent’s Playful Waterside Wedding

I’m just gonna step back and let photographer (and talented story teller), JASMINE FITZWILLIAM of Let’s Frolic Together give us the lowdown of the utterly fabulous wedding of Brandy and Brent:

When I meet with most clients, we usually spend quite a bit of time getting to know each other. On the occasion when a couple comes from afar, it’s sometimes a real challenge to connect. When Brent reached out to me, we only had the chance to chat on the phone briefly and it wasn’t until their wedding day in Marina Del Ray that I discovered (with immense delight) what totally awesome people they are!

Leading with the loosely Asian theme of Shanghai Red’s, Brandy & Brent didn’t splash out on the most expensive and extravagant decor, instead choosing little details like charming patterned lanterns that had such a great impact and the quirky mood of Shanghai Red’s. With its Koi fish, waterfalls, and bamboo all of the quirky details came together so oddly perfectly for these two buoyant souls. The snazzy colorful wayfarers were the cutest wedding favors, and yes, we watched seals catch meals, and seagulls threaten us overhead. And then, love. Vibrant red, glowing, kissing, laughing, frowning, tender, snuggling, rosy love.


Brandy, this tattooed, high-energy cutie, was pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. I turned a corner and suddenly saw her as a satellite of love in dizzy orbit. While getting ready, snazzy Brandy would giggle and wave in her sweetly vintage dress at every passer-by, and cry out: “I’m getting married, today!”.

When Brandy appeared at the head of the aisle at the ceremony, bubbly with tears, quiet Brent transformed to a beaming ray of light. When people have that kind of transformational impact on one another, it gives me the warmest fuzzies. Watching these two together filled me with a big ol’ happiness that left me smiling long after the wedding was done. I love when a bride and groom have their priorities straight — when they focus on the things that really matter: their community and each other. This is why I love shooting gatherings so much. So many energetic people come together to pool their bits of happiness, and throw a hell of a raucous event. Even the kids throw their two cents in. Man, it was a dancing *throwdown*. It was just the right day. Just right for these two. Just right for the people they rallied all around themselves. Just right indeed.

This wedding, for us at the DIY Bride, fills us with warm fuzzies, too! We love how Brandy and Brent took a quirky take on “vintage” and made it so vibrant and fun.


Brandy & Brent
Shanghai Red’s, California
Event Date: July, 2013

Photographer:  Let’s Frolic Together//Bridesmaid Dresses:David’s Bridal//Hair Stylist:Kyla Biba//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse //Cake Designer: portos bakery//Reception Venue: Shanghai Red’s//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Charissa & Josh’s Sweet and Free-Spirited Wedding

This wedding. Oh, this wedding. Charissa and Josh have made it incredibly hard to narrow down the images from their wedding into a manageable gallery. There are so many lovely details here – plus a wonderfully happy and adorable couple – that I had no other choice than to pack this post to the brim with tons of pics from their fun-filled DIY day in New York.

Photographer, andres valenzuela tells us:

This beautiful wedding is so fitting for these two individuals- whimsical, unpretentious, full of community, and full of love! This day would not have been possible without help from their many dear friends- none were spared! Their friend, Chris Smith, helped with the wedding planning. Their reception was held in the backyard of beloved friends, Tim and Sarah. Hair and Makeup were graciously and beautifully done by another friend, Jules. Invitations were executed by a friend, Jessica. And the music at their reception was provided by two friends of the couple, Bill and Jon. And lastly, their friend Sara made the cake.



Photographer:  andres valenzuela photography//Catering: Tarantella’s in Nyack, NY//Flowers: Shoprite//Submitted via Two Bright Lights