David + Andrea

The vintage feel of today’s wedding has me wanting to tuck into a cup of tea on the Pacific coast and meander through the image gallery. With September less than 24 hours away, I’m so ready for fall that I can hardly contain myself, and today’s wedding is just what I needed. David and Andrea went all out with their DIY projects – creating the favors, burlap flags, and branch centerpieces. It’s a great extension of their sweet Anne of Green Gables inspired proposal story, a video story of which can be found here. David and Andrea took a trip to Canada and the groom surprised his love with stops at the author’s home, as well as locations from the book and movie. All in all, a wonderful and soothing transition to the weekend.




Location: Addison, IL

Photography: Joshua Albanese Photography

Venue: Empress Banquets

Florals: Flowers by KH

Cake: Baking Institute

Lighting: MDM Lighting

Dress: Eva’s Bridal

Lauren + Nathan

Lauren and Nathan’s destination DIY wedding is so clean, fresh, and simple. The couple is from California, but held their wedding celebration in New York’s Hudson Valley. The centerpieces were created by Lauren, who shipped the fruit for the decor from her own lemon tree at home. She also baked her own wedding cake (lemon, of course) with her mother and grandmother for the reception. The couple’s outdoor wedding and indoor hotel reception is so refreshing and crisp; a perfect showcase for a white palette with lemon accents.




Location: Rhinecliff, NY

Photography: Hudson River Photographer

Venue: The Rhinecliff Hotel

Florals: elderberry flowers

Dress: Hanna Hartnell


Aimee + Chris

I’m so in love with today’s couple. Aimee and Chris not only had a beautiful wedding, full of handmade touches by the bride, but what really gets me is how they look exactly like what you imagine every newlywed couple should look on their wedding day. Happy, in love, full of faith in their relationship and appreciation for the day and their friends and family. Y’all, they are glowing. Aimee created the butterfly ball for the flower girl, jarred apples for favors, and even had a hand in the design of her cake. All in all, a gorgeous wedding and beautiful day for a fabulous couple.






Location: Moultonborough, NH

Photography: Zac Wolf Photography

Venue: Castle in the Clouds

Florals: Linda’s Flowers and Plants

Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastries

Hair: Vanity Hair Studio

Luke + Laura

The wedding of Luke + Laura is rustic central. I’m in a fit of swooning over the soft palette, the lighting through the slats in the barn during the ceremony, and the low-key lantern release during the reception. The entire wedding was designed and pulled together by the couple, their family, and friends – they even brought in church pews for the ceremony in the barn!



Location: Kentucky

Photography: Joshua McCoy Photography

Tiffani + Adam

Charming and sweet is how I would describe today’s Real Wedding. Tiffani and Adam had a wonderful outdoor wedding, and built their day from the ground up. The couple created and collected all the decor for the tables, a friend catered the entire shindig, and Adam and Tiffani crafted their own wedding rings.




Location: Bridal Veil, OR

Photography: Jessie Mary Photography

Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes

Weekend Love: Shawn + Dawn

Good morning and happy Saturday everybody! We’re doing things a little bit differently this weekend – it’s all wedding all day up in this business.

Today we have the first part of Shawn and Dawn’s wedding from our neighbor to the north (Hi Canada!), and I am loving the influx of brightly colored weddings we’ve been getting recently. Their colors of pink and blue are rocking my world this morning – just check out the contrast of the bouquets against the bridesmaids dresses!

Tomorrow we’ll be showcasing the couple’s sweet reception, with all the details on the DIY goodness, and one fabulous dessert table.




Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Photography: Taylor Roades Photography

Venue: Victoria Park Pavilion

Keri + Alex

One of the best parts of handling the Real Weddings of DIY Bride is all the unique photos and touches I get to see when readers and vendors submit weddings. Case in point, Alex and Keri’s wedding. They were married in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, and took pictures in front of the gorgeous carousel. The whole gallery makes my DIY spidey senses tingle. Keri designed and constructed everything – all the book installations, centerpieces, bouquets, and  collecting all the vintage pieces to use in the wedding as well. Enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for some more fabulousness coming your way this weekend.




Location: Glen Echo, MD

Photography: egomedia photography

Venue: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Amy + Jared

I officially dig the color combo of pink and green. It’s bright, spunky, and full of sass – a perfect vibe for an outdoor summer wedding. Amy and her mother created all the decor and tablescapes for the wedding, as well as pulling together all the flowers, and crocheting the (hot pink!) doilies. The groomsmen also rocked some awesome matching pink socks and ties, a trend that I love and has no sign of slowing down – a great way to infuse some whimsy into your photos.




Location: Topsfield, MA

Photography: Ars Magna Studio

Venue: Willowdale Estate

Musicians: John D’Ambrosio

DJ: Get Down Tonight

Cake Designer: Konditor Meister

Blueprints #2 Save-The-Date

The DIY Bride Blueprints are a weekly feature where we present a sketch of a project (along with our interpretation of it) to help jump start your creativity.


Blueprint #2:

7 inch by 5 inch cardstock divided in 2″ x 3″ x 2″ panels.


Inspiration piece turned into a photo save-the-date:



Fonts used: Arial and Fling


Don’t be shy about sharing your creations! We’ll happily include photos of the projects you’ve made from our blueprints in our galleries. Have you blogged about it? Let us know. We’ll give you some linky love.

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Engagement rings 101

Ladies, how many of you know exactly what you want in an engagement ring?  And, how many of you trust your beau to pick the right ring?

We’d like to know: Do you prefer to pick your own ring or be surprised by your fiance’s choice? 

Prefer a designer ring like the ones made by Cartier or Tacori?  We came across a new site recently that has everything you need to know about designer engagement rings: visit at www.designer-engagementrings.org.

Either way you prefer, there are a variety of places online to browse for ideas, educate yourself about diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals, and even design your own engagement rings and matching wedding bands.  A simple Google search for engagement rings will turn up the most popular jewelry stores in your area – but how about a custom ring?  Try Googling these keywords: designer engagement rings, custom wedding rings, or unique jewelry designers.

(Guys, listen up!) The perfect proposal ends with the perfect ring.  Aim to overwhelm rather than underwhelm with a solitary diamond that shines as much as she does.  The engagement ring is something a girl will wear forever, so it needs to be stunning and classic.  It should make a statement about your feelings for her, and she should be proud to wear it.   From most other brides I’ve talked to (including myself), us ladies want something special, something unique, and something sparkly.

I’ve never met a girl who didn’t like shiny diamonds, but think about her style – what type of jewelry does she wear: colorful, simple, eclectic?  My number one piece of advice would be to browse online together, and pay attention to her “oohs” and “aahs!” Also, check out her jewelry collection – does she like silver or gold, gemstones or pearls, small or big pieces?  Use this information to guide you to the perfect engagement ring.

For me, I knew what type of engagement ring I wanted, but my fiancé and I never had the chance to shop together.  He wanted to surprise me with a ring he selected.  I’m rather picky, and unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed by the ring; actually, I didn’t like it one bit.  It took almost a year to confess, but I finally was able to tell him how I felt about the ring.  My vision for the ring was a custom designed birthstone engagement ring.  He never asked me what I wanted, so how could he have known?

(Hint – just ask your girl what she wants.  Even if she says she doesn’t care, she does. Make time to check out all the options and get to know her preferences).

So, I ended up trading in the original ring for a one I custom designed using a large dark amythest stone as the centerpiece, and a diamond-encrusted band.  I love my ring, and I constantly get compliments on it. I was able to get the work done through my local jewelers, but it can also be done online.

Click here to see my ring.


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