Ashton + Amy

Amy and Ashton had a delightful summer wedding at a reinvented children’s summer camp. They hung tons of bunting (ooooo bunting, how I love thee), and used a canoe for holding drinks. The couple also created a photobooth and sweets table for the guests, and decorated the gorgeous ceremony space with antique tablecloths. A perfect way to embrace the sweet, rustic vibe of the day.

 

And I’m still swooning over the bunting.

 

 

DETAILS

Location: New York

Photography: Carrie Ann Photography

Florals: Fleurtacious Designs

Bakery: Cookie Factory

Laura + Joe

 

If you want to see the bride who can take what could be a a huge setback and spin it into a great addition to her wedding day, look no further than Laura. Apparently, a week before her wedding to Joe she pulled a ligament in her foot and had to forgo the gorgeous heels she had already selected to go with her custom dress. Instead, she rocked personalized Converse sneakers and a decked-out foot brace. Quite well, I might add, and I love how all the bright DIY details she crafted all came together so fantastically.

 

 

DETAILS:

Location: Berkeley, CA

Photographer: Michelle Walker Photography

Venue: The Brazilian Room

Catering: Wild Thyme Catering

Cake: Katrina Rozelle

Allison + Spencer

It’s no secret that I love weddings that make me seven kinds of stupid-happy, and the wedding of Allison and Spencer is no exception. The joy, happiness and love are so palpable that I just cannot stop smiling like an idiot. This wedding makes me so happy! The bride is stunning, the groom is ridiculously handsome, the details so lovingly crafted by the bride, her mother, and bridesmaids – you can even see one gluing together a last minute boutonniere before heading out the door. All the pops of blue and green, combined with a light beachy theme make for a lovely celebration. By the way, their first look? It’s enough to make you get rather sniffly with happiness.

 

 

 

DETAILS:

Location: Vancouver, B.C.

Photographer: Tallevi Studios

Venue: University Golf Club

Florals: Garden Party Flowers 

Cake: Sweet Obsessions

Linens: Trinklets Creations

Hair and Makeup: Sarah Stevens

We Love Proposals: LipDub Version

Wild, creative, romantic proposals: we love ’em! Check out this awesome lipdup proposal from Isaac:

On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, I told my girlfriend to meet me at my parent’s house for dinner. When she arrived I had stationed my brother to sit her in the back of an open Honda CRV and give her some headphones. He “wanted to play her a song”…

What she got instead was the world’s first Live Lip-Dub Proposal.

Sara + Joey

Happy Wednesday everyone! Thank you for being so patient as we work out the remaining kinks resulting from the hacking and subsequent rebuilding of the site. We’re almost done, and moving back to a platform that works much better for us.

What’s especially fantastic is that this means Real Weddings are back! Yay! Today we are starting things off right with the wonderful wedding of Sara and Joey. An adorable couple who met their freshman year of college, Sara wanted to have a “fun, whimsical, and romantic-themed wedding. . . I liked the idea of keeping some things traditional, but putting my own twist on them to make them meaningful for us.” Oh boy, did they deliver. This gallery is phenomenal – all the adorable details, and DIY touches. I want to get married again and do it just like this!

 

 

DETAILS

Location:  Mansfield, TX

Photographer: Kristin Greenlee Photography

Venue: Aristide Event & Conference Center

Event Coordinator: Foster Blue

Flowers: Market Street – Floral

Invitations: Inviting Ink, The Paper Kutt

Dress Store: Brickhouse Bridal

Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair Stylist: Ingenue Hair Artistry

Cake Designer: The Cake Guys

DJ: Randy Ro Entertainment

Jewelry: Diamond Treasures

{Sponsored Guest Post} Honeymoon Pixie: 5-star Wedding Registry for Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Honeymoon Pixie provides a honeymoon registry service to engaged couples. It’s similar to a traditional registry; however, guests purchase fun activities for you to enjoy during your honeymoon. It’s the perfect alternative for couples who have lived on their own and have many of the household items needed to start a new home together. Instead of another toaster, couples can opt to have the experiences associated with their dream honeymoon!

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The honeymoon registry is becoming popular as many couples find it most appropriate for their needs. After all, the purpose of a gift registry is to take the guesswork out of gift giving. It’s also eco and green friendly, as there is no driving to the stores to shop, no packaging waste, no gift wrapping, no returns, etc. On average, 35% of traditional wedding gifts are returned.

Tips for creating a honeymoon registry:

Use one of the pre-built registries provided by Honeymoon Pixie. They are based on the most popular honeymoon destinations and include a full spectrum of fun activities. This saves you time and gets your registry published in a flash.

If you want to create your own registry, make sure to include many fun and exciting activities –as these are the types of gifts your friends want to give to you.  Be creative and let your personality shine through. Also, have a variety of price points ranging from $20 to $100 dollars so that all budgets can be accommodated.  You can also break-down big ticket items into smaller increments. For example, a $400 honeymoon suite upgrade can be listed as four $100 gifts.

Use the free tools that Honeymoon Pixie provides:

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  • Benefit from expert travel tips and links
  • Learn from our honeymoon destination guides
  • Reduce stress by using our Planning and Packing Tips

 

Honeymoon Pixie consistently receive 5-Star ratings from newlyweds, earned the Bride’s Choice Awards 2012 for excellence in quality & service, and 6000+ fans love their Facebook page!  Be sure to connect with them on Twitter and Pinterest, too!

Be sure to check out their honeymoon planning section that covers ever crucial component of honeymoon planning (destination guides, planning, traveling essentials, etc.) with lots of resources, and it’s all FREE.  Visit their website to get started today: http://honeymoonpixie.com/honeymoon-planning/

 

 

Contact Honeymoon Pixie:

Website: http://honeymoonpixie.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/honeymoonpixie

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/HoneymoonPixie

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/honeymoonpixie

Email: info@honeymoonpixie.com

Phone: 888-74-PIXIE (888-747-4943) toll free

 

Learn more about Honeymoon Pixie in the DIY Bride Vendor Showcase.

 

Disclosure: DIY Bride has a financial relationship with Honeymoon Pixie, meaning we may have received compensation for this content and/or related content.  We firmly stand behind our review and recommendation, and are committed to promoting only those companies we feel offer our community excellent products, ethical business practices, and outstanding customer service.

 

{Sponsored Post} Nostalgia Film Creates Wedding Day Family Heirlooms

When it comes to documenting your wedding day in a way that will last forever, there is no replacement for a talented videographer.  After you meet Michael and Shanna with Nostalgia Film, you will know exactly how awesome videography truly is.  You’ll be adding a videographer to your list of vendors in no time.

MEET MICHAEL & SHANNA:

What made you want to be involved with the DIY wedding industry?

Michael and I were planning our own wedding in 2010 when we started brainstorming one night about the idea for Nostalgia Film. He had been in the video/film industry his entire career and I had studied film and made my first Super 8 film in college. We were both seeking a little more creative fulfillment in our lives and careers… and really wanted to be able to collaborate. All of this intersected with the fact that while planning our own wedding, we found this niche for a new perspective on wedding videography that we thought really needed to be filled. We weren’t being inspired by what we found–we did the bridal expo and all of that–and nothing really spoke to us in terms of artistry and documentation of how we wanted to look back on our own wedding day.

What do you love most about being a wedding videographer?

I just told a guest at a wedding the other day, our job is awesome because we get to be a part of one of the happiest days of a couple’s life. The happiness and anticipation–the whole spectrum of emotions is such an incredible thing to be a part of. Plus, when we are shooting–especially film–it’s a very in-the-moment process which can be very joyful, spontaneous, and artistic, and at times meditative. The best moments to capture on film are those special things that happen in a split second–they way a couple looks at each other, the silly dances they do when they think no one is looking, the way the nervous groom sweeps up a giddy flower girl–those sweet moments that you have to be very aware and present to capture.

What did you do before becoming a videographer?

Michael’s been self-employed in video production for about 15 years, and still is. He has worked for many companies, including music festivals, Discovery Channel, Fox Sports, HBO, ESPN, and the Longhorn Network, and others. I have worked as a journalist and web designer/developer, and do web design/development and designs jewelry in addition to helping to run Nostalgia Film.

How would you describe your own wedding style?

We just wanted to throw a big, laid-back party for family and friends! We got married on the river out in the country and had a very creative, DIY wedding with little hints of Dia de los Muertos inspiration – papel picado, tres leches cake with sugar skulls, Mexican food. We made a lot–decorations, homebrew, ceremony accessories, jewelry, hair clips, I did my own flowers, including my bouquet with some help from gal pals the morning of the wedding over coffee, and I wrote the ceremony with help from Michael; a good friend officiated for us. We celebrated three days–we swam in the river, had a really good time! I have written a lot about DIY wedding advice and our wedding on our blog.

How would you describe your DIY skills?

Pretty fierce! For our wedding, I made hand-sewn pennant flags, hand-painted mason jars, sewed a ring-bearer pillow, made a card box, sculpted little items for our guest table, designed save-the-date postcards and programs, made a flower girl basket, made boutonnieres, and made jewelry and hair accessories for my bridesmaids, as well as doing all of our flowers with help from my girl friends. I already had an etsy shop, so making stuff was something I was really comfortable with. Michael painted signs, made a chalkboard, and brewed us some delicious home brew beer, which the guests really liked!

Do you publish your work on a blog?  If so, how often do you post new images?

We blog for Nostalgia Film’s Indie Bride Guide a couple times a month about real weddings; we post Super 8 films and videography, and we write about wedding planning and advice, and occasionally local film, events. We post some film photography, too. http://www.nostalgiafilm.com/blog/

I also blog a couple times a month at Craft Love Blog. http://www.socodivkadesigns.com/blog/

What social media channels do you frequent?  Facebook, twitter, pinterest, tumblr, something else?  

I’m kind of a social media fan:
http://www.facebook.com/NostalgiaFilm
@nostalgiafilm
http://pinterest.com/nostalgiafilm/
http://vimeo.com/nostalgiafilm
http://www.youtube.com/user/nostalgiafilmdotcom/videos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostalgiafilm

Describe the best (or worst) wedding you’ve ever seen, and why was it the best (or worst)?  

Goodness, I really love every wedding we’ve shot! And I’ve really felt so lucky to meet every couple we’ve met. The kind of people who are drawn to film are awesome, creative people. We have been privy to some beautiful, heartfelt, and unique celebrations.

The only thing that I would ever say is just don’t try to be too ambitious! I definitely was with my own wedding (saying this as someone who had a three-day-DIY celebration), and I think sometimes that can detract from the couple’s enjoyment of their day. Sometimes the simple and scaled back is just as meaningful and amazing as any large-scale production.

MORE ABOUT NOSTALGIA FILM:

Did you start your business from scratch?

We did, just Michael and I in 2010, and we’ve been flying by the seat of our pants and learning a whole lot ever since.

What is your philosophy for ensuring a happy customer?

Lots of communication! We want to make sure we come up with the best possible package for a couple’s wedding–whether it’s film, video, or both. We’re always available by e-mail and phone throughout the planning and time leading up to the wedding. And we really like to get to know our clients, who they are–that factors in to how we shoot and edit. We like to go above and beyond, too, sometimes doing more than promised, just to make sure our couples get the best possible film… we want it to be a family heirloom that they’ll watch again and again.

How do you get to know the couple before the wedding?

Ideally we’ll meet over coffee or a drink, but we work with out-of-state clients so the phone and Skype come in handy there. We’ll e-mail with the couples leading up to the wedding, and check in the week of usually by phone. We love when couples send us their wedding websites or anything else that helps us to get to know them, too! I love seeing engagement photos, stories of how they met, etc.

What specific criteria do you have for working with a new couple (if any)?

Usually in that first meeting, it’s just about making sure we hit it off. After all, we’ll be working guests at your wedding! We tend to get very creative and fun clients by the nature of what we do. We like to make sure our couples understand the nature of film if they choose that route, or if a hybrid film and video package might work better for them. And otherwise, it’s just making sure we can accommodate with our schedule and travel.

How many hours does it take for you to record and edit the film?

Usually six to eight hours on the day of, sometimes more, then depending on if it’s video or film or both, the post-production time varies. Video and the hybrid packages take a lot more time in post-production–at least a week or two of choosing music and editing, but the film packages also take time to be shipped to our lab to be developed and telecined, but the editing is usually a little faster since it’s more of a music video/highlights style. We usually ask for four to six months to finish a film after the wedding, especially during the busy seasons when we are shooting every weekend.

Do you work with any other vendors on a regular basis?

We have been lucky enough to work with some fabulously talented photographers both locally and nationally, including The Nichols, Cory Ryan Photography, Joie La La and others. Working well with the photographer is important since we work so closely in conjunction–sometimes sharing light or coordinating tripod placement and where we position ourselves–it’s like a dance. We’re looking forward to working more and more with the talented photographer who shot our own wedding, Heather Curiel, who also does amazing bridal tintypes–we’re headed to Oklahoma in June to work in tandem; it will be so fun! We also have a short dream list of photographers we hope to work with, including Suzi Q and Katherine O’ Brien–we geek out when a photographer shoots film!

We’ve worked a couple of times with DJ Jeremy Cox, who’s fantastic. We’ve worked with really talented event designers, too–Sweet Sunday’s wildly creative work blew me away the other weekend. We have some exciting stuff to publish in the next few months!

I also co-founded Austin Wedding Party with a friend and am looking forward to collaborating more with the talented vendors I met and got to know better during that process, including HarperMadison Designs and Inspired Events & Designs.

Do you offer custom packages, and what is your most popular package/product/service?

We offer a couple packages in each of three categories–Super 8mm film, HD video, or a combination of both. Super 8 and the hybrid packages are definitely our most popular since that’s something we offer that’s relatively unique.

Super 8 is a magical, dreamy, and evocative format with vintage sensibilities. It’s well-suited to outdoor weddings with lots of natural light and perfect for rustic or vintage-styled weddings. Often, the bride or groom will tell us, “I want a wedding film that reminds me of old home movies.” Since Super 8 is a silent medium, we edit the Super 8 to music, sometimes using audio from the ceremony or toasts to sync short clips if the couple requests it. It really is the best moments of the day, captured in a really watchable way that has the power to evoke memories and emotion, even years later. As well as a highlight and longer video edit, couples also get the archival Super 8 footage–actual celluloid film that can last 100 years when stored well. I think in the days of instant gratification, and anyone being able to shoot video on their cellphone, that having something high-quality and made to last generations is something really special. I’ve written a lot more about the uniqueness of and my love of Super 8 on our website and blog.

We offer cinematic and documentary-style HD video for those couples who want to capture every detail and full audio of the ceremony, cake cutting, toasts, and first dances, and we give them a longer edit, as well as chapters, and a short highlight film to share with friends and family.

And we offer hybrid packages that combine Super 8 and HD for the best of both worlds.

Sometimes a couple will want all the magic and beauty and nostalgia of the Super 8 film, but will also want more detailed documentation of the ceremony and reception, so then a hybrid with film and video is perfect. Also, it’s great when the couple can’t agree on which to choose! Video is a lot more flexible with low-light, too, so if they want more details once the sun has set or at a low-lit ceremony, then combining the two is a good fit.

Why should our readers hire a videographer, and what makes you better or different than other videographers?

We are different in a couple ways, most noticeably that we shoot Super 8. It has a magical quality to bring you right back to how you felt in that moment, whether just weeks or months ago or 20 or 30 years ago. That’s something really special. These films can become a family heirloom, and the archival footage we provide can be potentially converted–with just light and a way to move the film–to whatever the yet-to-be-dreamed-up format of the future is.

Plus, we are a husband-and-wife team, that really helps the day of–I can go with the bride and Michael with the groom. If you’ve ever gotten married, you know the bridal suite can get a little crowded and intense, so it helps that I’ve been through it and can try to be unobtrusive. Then as we are shooting, we can communicate sometimes with just a look, and in editing we can bounce ideas and perspectives off each other. Michael’s a talented editor, and I have a knack for picking music, and I know if I come in when he’s editing and get a little teary, it’s a good film.
I see a lot in articles and hear firsthand from newlyweds that not hiring a videographer is one of their biggest wedding day regrets. I can tell you, personally,  I would love so much to see my dad’s toast or our first dance or the faces of some of our older relatives. Ironically, we didn’t hire a professional videographer–after searching high and low for someone with the style and artistry we desired and who fit our budget, we eventually gave up. Even the week of the wedding I was struggling with that decision. We had three friends shoot amateur video and film for us that we’re still trying to make something of in editing. So firsthand, I can tell you, I regret not hiring a videographer.

Plus, couples invest so much into their wedding day–time, talent, money–and it goes by in such a frantic whirlwind, that photography and videography are the only investments in the day that last and last.

 

Shanna was so gracious to share her story, and we are very grateful to have Nostalgia Film at DIY Bride this year.  She’s a true delight to work with, super easy to reach via email, and we gladly give her our highest recommendation!

 

Disclosure: DIY Bride has a financial relationship with Nostalgia Film, meaning we may have received compensation for this content and/or related content.  We firmly stand behind our review and recommendation, and are committed to promoting only those companies we feel offer our community excellent products, ethical business practices, and outstanding customer service.

 

 

Elegant DIY Wedding Centerpiece: A How-To from Blooms by the Box

This guest blog is courtesy of our featured vendor, Blooms by the Box – a fabulous resource for DIY flower projects.  Diana from Blooms by the Box has been kind enough to provide this lovely DIY tutorial for an elegant wedding centerpiece with a how-to video, too!

Here is the exclusive how-to video, just for DIY Bride readers: Elegant DIY Wedding Centerpiece

Many brides think that they need to be some kind of professional to pull of this elegant wedding look. The truth is, you can do this yourself, even if you are not “artsy” or the “DIY it all” type. The fact is buying wholesale flowers to DIY can save you money so you can splurge in other areas. Maybe you get a wedding video made, add extra guests, or splurge on a honeymoon with the savings you can incur by doing-it-yourself!

Flowers in this arrangement:

  1. Vendela Roses
  2. Cream Spray Roses
  3. Dendrobium Orchids Bombay
  4. Dendrobium Orchids (White)
  5. Snap Dragons (White)
  6. Wax Flower (White)
  7. Eucalyptus
  8. Israeli Ruscus
  9. Tree Fern

 

 The vase is a white plastic urn. This urn looks classic and expensive but in fact is very inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk.

Watch the video to learn how you can make this look all your very own! Use your creativity by using a different color scheme with the same basic flowers or add some interesting textures! To save money on a look like this eliminate orchids and purchase more snap dragons, larkspur, or stock to contribute to the height of the arrangement. Another way to cut the cost of is to fill with greenery that will still give you the full look you need with less

I hope the video has been helpful in teaching you how to make your own elegant yet unique centerpieces! If you have any questions feel free to visit our Facebook to ask our flower expert any type of questions about DIY wedding flowers!! Also for more direction download our free DIY Wedding Flower Guide!

 

Disclosure: DIY Bride has a financial relationship with Blooms by the Box, meaning we may have received compensation for this content and/or related content.  We firmly stand behind our review and recommendation, and are committed to promoting only those companies we feel offer our community excellent products, ethical business practices, and outstanding customer service.

 

{Sponsored Guest Post} Elegant DIY Wedding Centerpiece: How-To from Blooms by the Box

This guest blog is courtesy of our featured vendor, Blooms by the Box – a fabulous resource for DIY flower projects.  Diana from Blooms by the Box has been kind enough to provide this lovely DIY tutorial for an elegant wedding centerpiece with a how-to video, too!

Here is the exclusive how-to video, just for DIY Bride readers: Elegant DIY Wedding Centerpiece

Many brides think that they need to be some kind of professional to pull of this elegant wedding look. The truth is, you can do this yourself, even if you are not “artsy” or the “DIY it all” type. The fact is buying wholesale flowers to DIY can save you money so you can splurge in other areas. Maybe you get a wedding video made, add extra guests, or splurge on a honeymoon with the savings you can incur by doing-it-yourself!

Flowers in this arrangement:

  1. Vendela Roses
  2. Cream Spray Roses
  3. Dendrobium Orchids Bombay
  4. Dendrobium Orchids (White)
  5. Snap Dragons (White)
  6. Wax Flower (White)
  7. Eucalyptus
  8. Israeli Ruscus
  9. Tree Fern

 

 The vase is a white plastic urn. This urn looks classic and expensive but in fact is very inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk.

Watch the video to learn how you can make this look all your very own! Use your creativity by using a different color scheme with the same basic flowers or add some interesting textures! To save money on a look like this eliminate orchids and purchase more snap dragons, larkspur, or stock to contribute to the height of the arrangement. Another way to cut the cost of is to fill with greenery that will still give you the full look you need with less

I hope the video has been helpful in teaching you how to make your own elegant yet unique centerpieces! If you have any questions feel free to visit our Facebook to ask our flower expert any type of questions about DIY wedding flowers!! Also for more direction download our free DIY Wedding Flower Guide!

 

Disclosure: DIY Bride has a financial relationship with Blooms by the Box, meaning we may have received compensation for this content and/or related content.  We firmly stand behind our review and recommendation, and are committed to promoting only those companies we feel offer our community excellent products, ethical business practices, and outstanding customer service.

 

Alisha + Scott

This wedding has it all. Love, succulents, pink roses, chandeliers in the trees, an awesome pedicure, and a sweet backyard location, just to start. Mason jar accents abounded, and a great ceremony was followed by an even better reception. Occasionally when I come across weddings featured in the vast blogosphere, I’m concerned they may be too ambitious – is it really possible to recreate the stunning details that are shown in all these beautiful photographs? With Alisha and Scott’s wedding, you get the best of both worlds with a wedding that photographs so beautifully it looks like a completely different world, and it’s filled with DIY elements and projects anyone can do.

 

Photographer: stacey ramsey photographie

 

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