Caitlin + Rob

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for being patient with our site’s switchover this weekend. As you can see, DIY Bride is looking all kinds of snazzy in its new outfit.

On this lovely Tuesday afternoon, we have the Lafayette engagement shoot of Caitlin and Rob. Childhood sweethearts who met through their church, they spent the afternoon with their photographer in different locations around the city. Using props anyone can find at home, they were able to create a set of photos that spoke to their affection for each other and expressed their personalities in a clean and modern way.


Location: Lafayette, LA

Photography: Catherine Guidry Photography


Amanda + Aaron

Oh man. This wedding. There is some major swooning happening up in here right now. A groom who made the invites, a first look on a covered bridge, a vintage car, window seating chart, AND it’s a whole lot of bridal do-it-yourself goodness? I just can’t handle it. Add into the mix some fabulous photography, and I’m just lost in all the sunshine, bright colors, and beauty of Amanda and Aaron’s church ceremony with ballroom reception.



Location: Hartford, WI

Photography: Andy Stenz Photography

Venue: Chandelier Ballroom

Caleb + Charlynn

Ahhhhh, love. It may be the hold-over of warm fuzzies from Valentine’s Day last week, but I’m feeling rather romantic today. Which is fitting, because the couple and wedding we’ve lined up for you on this lovely Tuesday are romance personified.

Charlynn and Caleb had a stunning outdoor ceremony and reception that honored their love for each other as well as Caleb’s career with the Air Force. What stunned me especially was how the couple pulled off a patriotic red, white, and blue color scheme without going overboard – it’s a very hard line to walk and come out on the enchanting side. They used bird and airplane accents throughout the decor with aplomb, and mixed patterns to create a rustic feel.




Location: Nampa, ID

Photography: Ampersand Studios

Venue: The Secret Place

Eva + Gary

Happy Friday! Congratulations to all the couples who got engaged this week, and welcome to DIY Bride!

Today we have the wedding of Eva and Gary, and it was truly an international affair. Since the bride is from Iceland, the ceremony was in English and Icelandic, and favors for the guests were pieces of lava rock from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption. The florals were arranged and assembled by the bride and her attendants on the eve of the wedding using flowers shipped from Ecuador and placed in vases found around the house. The menu for the wedding was a labor of love, created and prepared by close friends of the bride, and the fish for the reception was purchased on the morning of the nuptials from a local dock.


Location: New York

Photography: Comfort Studio


Cupcakes: Crumbs

Wedding Dress: Macy’s

Makeup: Valdis of Kimara Ahnert Studio

Rings: Fabuluster by Jessica and Brent Williams


Clare + John

Happy Valentine’s Day! While I’m only marginally excited by the rampant red and pink that explodes on February 14th, I do get all giddy about an extra-special day to celebrate love. Whether it be between spouses, couples, siblings, or friends – it’s always a good day to tell someone you love them!

Today we have the wedding of Clare and John who had do-it-yourself details coming out of their ears for their vintage Alice in Wonderland nuptials. The bride and her mother each made their own dresses, the mens’ ascots, and all the decor. For the reception everything adhered to a tea party theme, and the bride could be see dancing barefoot with her groom on the venue’s bridge for their first dance.



Location: Exton, PA

Photography: BG Productions

Venue: Duling Kurtz House

Bakery: Cupcakes Gourmet

Erin + Eric

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve got some major DIY wedding love coming your way today and tomorrow. To kick off the week we have the wedding of Eric and Erin, and to say love was in the air is an understatement. Pink flowers, pink lighting, and even pink flower girl dresses created an atmosphere of sweetness, and the DIY projects for the ceremony and reception lend a personal touch to the day.




Location: Sayville, NY

Photography: Turn Loose the Art

Venue: Land’s End

Floral Designer: Perfect Rose Floral Designs, Inc

Cake: Audrey’s Fine Baked Goods

DJ: Long Island Sound

Kady + Matthew

Before we even get to the DIY loveliness of this wedding, I want to take a minute and draw attention to the huge smile Kady has in all these pictures. When we first received this submission, I was just so taken with all the smiles of the bride, groom, their family, and friends that I completely stopped everything else I was doing. Scrolling through the pictures, it’s like the love and happiness just jumps off the page and smothers you in kisses. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, featuring Kady and Matthew’s wedding is a great step to getting in the spirit of love.




Location: Orange Park, FL

Photography: Fox Fotography

Venue: Club Continental

Officiant: Clergy Wedding Services

Cake: Signature Cakes by Paul, Inc.

Florals: American Beauty Florist and

Dress: Priscilla of Boston

Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung

Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Makeup Artist: A Glamour Bride

Jewelry: Ivy Haus Designs

Etsy Designer: {Tickle Me} Ink

DJ: D’Land Entertainment

Linens:  Connie Duglin Linen and

Madeleine + Matthew

It may be because I live in Portland which is one of the  most bike-friendly cities in the country, but the wedding of Madeleine and Matthew and its tandem bike stationery makes my heart sing. The biking elements contributed to an overall theme of New England country in autumn, and the families of the couple came together to help decorate their wedding site on the day of the wedding. They used wildflowers picked the day before to create the floral arrangements and bouquets, and fresh apples were used for seating assignments.




Location: Rehobeth, MA

Photography: Best Coast Photo

Venue: Five Bridge Inn

Caterer: West Bay Gourmet

DJ: Kinney DJ Services

Ashley + Wally

Cowboy boots, horses, s’mores, and mason jars created a rustic country feel for Ashley and Wally’s wedding at home. They had an intimate ceremony at the home, with a self-catered reception, cupcakes for dessert, and a s’more pit to end the night. Ashley created her bouquet from flowers purchased at the supermarket, and mason jars were set up for guests to personalize with their name for the evening. They were also blessed with a mason jar chandelier for their wedding from a friend as a wedding present to pull together the components of the day.




Location: Lenoir City, Tennessee

Photography: JoPhoto

Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo

Brady + Lindsey

Today’s wedding is one heck of a southern party. Lindsey and Brady were married in the groom’s family church with a reception at the home of Brady’s parents. It’s well known that I’m a sucker for a good backyard wedding, and Lindsey and Brady’s reception looks like too much fun for words. With a vintage country vibe working for their reception, the little touches really make it come together – not to mention I think the “Ladies and Gents” portable bathroom station is one of the coolest ideas I’ve ever seen.




Location: Texas

Photography: Feather and Twine Photography 

Video: Don’t Get Married Without Me!

Caterer: Greg Pearson

Cakes: Baking Sweet Memories

Flowers: Laura Lee

Dress: Pronovias Diamante from Brickhouse Bridal

Makeup Artist: Makeup by Kim Maracchini and Company

Hair Stylist: Jenna Rozell and Pilar Davis

Mens Attire: Al’s Formalwear

Flipbooks: Nightowl Flipbooks

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