April + Eli

Every so often everyone get a case of the Mondays, and mine are in full force today. Thankfully, today’s wedding is one heck of a party, and it’s just the pick-me-up I need to kick my Monday blues. April and Eli were married in Vegas, and the bride bucked traditional by wearing a rockin’ red dress. It fit in well with the vibrant color scheme of red, purples, and oranges. The couple DIY’d several decor details, and they ended the evening by dancing on the tables and set up great lighting to really set the mood for their reception.


Torina + Matt

Ohhhhhh Friday. So nice to see you. Full of weekend promises and plans . . . and hopefully some nice weather (fingers crossed!). To send you off right, we have the  charming Washington state park wedding of Torina and Matt.

Recently I’ve seen quite a few city and state park weddings submitted to us, and I’m loving how creative they are. Many couples are starting with a raw space that has very few amenities. This enables the couple to build their wedding vision from the ground up, and the results are always spectacular – every details is infused with what makes that couple unique. It’s the ultimate DIY personalization.

Matt and Torina had an outdoor ceremony with their reception at the park’s Log Hall, and Torina crafted every detail that they didn’t use a vendor for, herself. This included the photo booth props, the seating chart, centerpieces, and other decor elements. Finally, even though she didn’t make them herself, she rocked a rather adorable pink pair of sparkly Toms.

Have a great weekend!



Ashley + Erik

Today’s wedding has. yellow. suspenders. I love these, and I didn’t even know it until I started writing this post and flipping through the gallery for inspiration! Ashley and Erik’s grey and yellow wedding was full of those sweet, inspirational details that us DIYers love to see and commit to our own arsenal. First up are the aforementioned suspenders that Erik and his groomsmen donned with their grey suits – the yellow is the perfect accent of fun. Then, you have the cute table number cut-outs, which are so simple and make a huge statement. The Izze sodas at each place setting as favors are a great touch, and the cake table? Adorable. I’ve never seen a dessert table that was exclusively bundt cakes, and I dig it. Finally, we have the photobooth, which is always a big hit at weddings. Ashley and Erik used a simple red background, and how guests used the props were what made the photos memorable.

All in all, a sweet way to start your Thursday with color and love.




Michelle’s Bridal Shower

Good day, bridal friends. We’re going to switch it up and doing things a little differently today. Instead of featuring a wedding, we are showcasing a bridal shower. I find this wonderful for a couple reasons:

1. I’ve been writing the Real Weddings section since October, and we’ve never featured a bridal shower. Ever. Score one for something new! Please feel free to submit more showers and wedding celebrations!

2. This bridal shower not only toasted lovely bride Michelle, but also doubled as a fundraiser for ovarian cancer.


Michelle’s bridal shower had a sewing theme, in honor of her mother. Unfortunately her mother had passed away from ovarian cancer several months prior to the shower. A local bath shop donated a gift bag to the shower, and it was raffled off to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The bath shop also set up a bath salt station for the shower as favors for the guests, and all the lovely food and desserts were homemade.



Photography: Michelle Koechle Photography

Venue: Sundara Boutique & Gallery

Favors: Fizz Bath Shop


Trevor + Lauren

All that sunshine I was so pumped up about yesterday? Sadly, it has been replaced with clouds and impending thunderstorms (weather in the Pacific Northwest is so bizarre sometimes) for the rest of the week. However, we have a stunning California beach wedding coming your way today, so all is not lost! One glance at all the red, blue, and sunny goodness is enough to turn any frown upside down.

Lauren and Trevor were married on the beach in Dana Point, and put their own unique DIY spin on a beach wedding. Lauren is a partner in her own design and event coordination company, so she went all out for her wedding. She worked with a designer to create her wedding dress, as well as those of her bridesmaids, which allowed her to incorporate elements of her dress into their gowns. She also crafted her own headpiece, and used reclaimed wood to construct the ceremony for the aisle. Favors for the guests were mugs with chalkboard labels, and Lauren had them double as a seating chart by attaching table numbers to the handles. For centerpieces, Lauren drilled holes in the remaining reclaimed wood and filled them with succulents and flowers.



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