Katie + Joey

Katie and Joey had their wedding at the historic L&N depot in Bowling Green, KY.

Couple’s Names: Katie & Joey
Location: L&N Depot – Bowling Green, KY, USA
Projects DIY’ed : Everything except for the cake
Photographer: Paul Rowland Photography

Notes from the photographer: It was a gorgeous day, and everything down to the last detail was planned perfectly (coloring books for the children? Brilliant!). They broke with tradition and wanted to have pictures done together before the ceremony–I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look on Joey’s face when he viewed his gorgeous fiance in her wedding dress for the first time. We managed to sneak away at some point during the reception as the sun was setting on their first evening as husband and wife – the light truly was amazing and helped make for some memorable images. Congratulations and I wish you both the best on your move to Ohio!

Meghan + John

Couple’s Names:  Meghan and John
Wedding Date:  May 2010
Ceremony:  Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian
Reception:  The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation located in Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA
Creative:  The bride wanted a very vintage, simple,  Southern wedding.  She and her mom did all of the decor, the deserts and some homemade chicken salad in Mason Jars.  I loved her creative use of traditionally Southern items to decorate
DIY Projects:  All decor, desserts, Homemade chicken salad
Photographer: Kelli Nixon Photography
Notes from the photographer: I loved this wedding.  Meghan was so detailed and thorough with her DIY projects.  Her mom said to me that Meghan would tell me what she wanted and I would “make it happen.”  By saving so much on the decor, the bride was able to have a smaller wedding budget in a town (Charleston, SC) that doesn’t really cater to smaller budgets.

Golriz + Devon: Wedding Short Film

A few months ago I featured photos from real DIYers Golriz and Devon. Golriz recently sent over a link of video of the wedding day. Well, it’s more of a short film (done by the kick-ass crew at FullFrame Digital Cinema) than a wedding video really. And it made me fall in love with this wedding all over again.


Golriz + Devon :: Wedding Short Film from Jeffrey Holland :: FFDC on Vimeo.

Handkerchief Roses

Devon from Eco-Proper kindly shared this super cute project that uses old handkerchiefs to make fabric roses. This would be a perfect way to incorporate “something old” into your wedding. How about adding them to a ring pillow or making a corsage for Mom? Boutonniere? Embellishment on your train or sash?

See the entire tutorial at eco-proper.


Kendra + John

I feel quite giddy when a wedding submission comes in that subscribes to a “less is more” mindset approach to decor. In a time when weddings tend to be micro-planned to the most minute of details, it is refreshing to see a couple who nails a theme with a minimum of elements.

Holding their wedding on a farm and reception in a greenhouse, Kendra and John created a simple but fun garden-themed wedding. I love how the elements used are playful and minimal but still manage to be pretty.




Couple: Kendra + John
Wedding Date: May 2010
Location: Plymouth, New Hampshire
Photographer: Richard Esposito

Details About The Couple:  Back in 2003 Kendra and JJ were part of a group of 24 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) who went to Australia to complete their Interactive Qualifying Projects. Kendra worked at the County Fire Authority on Wildfire Awareness Initiatives while John worked at the Melbourne Zoo surveying use and impact of multimedia zoo exhibits.

Kendra didn’t really know JJ very well when they got over to Australia, but they started to hang out together. At the end of the trip, a couple of students went to Tasmania. One night, Kendra was walking back to her room and she saw John sitting by the car waiting for her. They stared up at the stars some, and then he asked her if she wanted to go out to dinner with him when they got back to Australia. Kendra was a little surprised, because she was pretty sure he was interested in a friend of hers! But, realizing that he was serious about Kendra, they went out to dinner at the HardRock Cafe in Melbourne. Kendra says she had a wonderful time and started having trouble not smiling and giggling every time she thought about John! John left Australia before Kendra, and she remember him calling her up at the airport, asking me for another date when she got back to Worcester! Kendra was thrilled!

Once back in the States, they dated over the summer. Kendra was in Erie, PA for an internship, while John was in New Haven, CT for his internship. They talked to each other every couple of days, and then met up in Hershey, PA for a weekend. Back at college, they grew even closer and Kendra was in love! Upon graduation, Kendra mn to to Hartford, CT to work at Pratt and Whitney and John moved up to Nashua, NH to work at BAE Systems. Just about every weekend, one of them would make the 2 hour drive. After 3 years of driving, they decided to take the next step and move in together. After much decusion, they decided that Kendra should move up to New Hampshire. They bought a condo and Kendra notified Pratt that she was moving up north. They have been living together for the last 2 years with their two cats (Cassie and Olivia) and two horses (TJ and Rigo).

It’s been a long, fun 6 years, and now they are finally married! As most of their family was saying, it’s about time!

Lucy + Ben

Today’s real DIY couple, Lucy + Ben, created the perfect example of a vibrant, sweet, and utterly personal DIY wedding



The Details:

Photography: Clark + Walker Studio
Bride and groom: Lucy and Ben
Wedding date: September 12, 2009
Location: Germantown, NY (a tented wedding at the bride’s family home)

Creative elements: Lucy and Ben got married at her parents’ home in Germantown, NY. Their wedding was filled with personal details, unique touches and special elements that made their celebration one of a kind. During the ceremony, Lucy and Ben stood on an oriental rug that was a wedding gift from Ben’s mother; that rug now plays a starring role in their new home. Their caterer used family recipes to create their menu and, in honor of Lucy’s well known affection for Pez dispensers, a pair of Pez dispensers topped their cake. They chose bright colors of red, orange and yellow with bright polka dot linens and vibrant flowers in shades reminiscent of fall. In lieu of a dj/band and dancing, they put together a playlist on an ipod and skipped the dancing entirely. Their 50 guests enjoyed dinner and then spent the evening in the tent enjoying intimate conversation and sharing memories and laughs. Lucy asked her two best friends – both men – to be her co-men of honor and skipped a maid of honor altogether.

DIY projects: The bride is an incredibly talented crafter and sewer. She made silk screened linen lavender sachet invitations.  She has an Etsy shop  (www.LucyBlaireCreations.etsy.com ) and the table number holders were mini versions the stuffed animals that is the basis of her business. Favors were custom beer glasses printed with a little cartoon drawing Lucy made of herself and Ben with their wedding the date from http://www.egrandstand.com/.  Each glass was in a gift bag Lucy made; The she bought plain brown bags with handles, a bunch of mismatched gift tags and a bag of random buttons. She then picked out all of the yellow red and orange buttons so the colors were cohesive. She enlisted the help of family because she wanted various handwriting styles on the tags – she then attached the tags to the bags by stitching them with the buttons. What she did not make she tried to source on Etsy to support the handmade community; she had ties custom made from www.toybreaker.etsy.com and gave her sisters bridesmaids gifts of handmade necklaces from www.PoPkO.etsy.com.

What you loved about this wedding: This wedding was such a unique reflection of Lucy and Ben, their personalities and their relationship. They were so evidently in love and the guests so evidently happy to be there with them, celebrating this great couple on their day. The wedding was a really fun combination of traditional elements and very nontraditional elements that made it incredibly personal. It was a small intimate affair but huge on love.

Additional vendors: http://www.eventsunlimitedpartyrentals.com/ and http://www.floralfantasiesbysara.com/

Submitted by: Cyd!

Stephanie + Tsvetan

As vintage and Anthropologie-inspired weddings continue to dominate the weddingsphere, it is delightfully refreshing to find a couple who embrace a more modern and minimalist touch. Don’t get me wrong – I love Anthro/vintage weddings – I’m just wanting to see some more diversity in what’s represented in the pool of wedding awesomeness.

What I love about Stephanie + Tsvetan’s wedding is their use of 2 bright colors (pink and orange) to liven up a sparse space. Their color choices – and the elements they chose to present (Stephanie made the flower chandelier that is hung above the head table, by the way!) – are vibrant, festive, and exciting. Doesn’t their wedding look fun?

The Details
Wedding Date: September 2009
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Photographer: Wen
Caterer: froggys catering
Floral Designer: Pierce Florist
Reception Venue: Prairie Production
Additional information about this wedding: The bride wore her mother’s wedding dress! The wedding and ceremony were held at the Prairie Productions in downtown Chicago, which is a bare concrete studio space owned by a local fashion photographer. Everything in the wedding were hand selected by the bride herself!
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