Nicole + Ross

Weddings need not be extravagant to be beautiful. A gorgeous setting, a few DIY projects, and a happy couple are the perfect recipe for a wedding day to remember.

Nicole & Ross
July 04, 2009
Waikoloa, Hawaii

Photographer: Joanna Tano Photography
Reception Venue: Hilton Waikoloa Village
Other: Waikoloa Golf Club


Terri + Adam

So much fun, so much love, so many laughs is how Terri and Adam describe their book-themed DIY wedding.

Terri + Adam February 19, 2011 Chicago, IL

Terri shares the details: Adam and I wanted to have a unique, book-themed, DIY winter wedding in Chicago. The venue, Architectural Artifacts, was perfect, being as eclectic and full of life as it is. all of our obstacles included having an idea, then having to figure out how to execute each idea and in the timeframe we had!

The flowers were made out of the bride’s favorite publication (a McSweeney’s quarterly.). The centerpieces were made by the bride and groom (paper flowers in vases made from of hardcover books and a little creative scroll sawing). The save the dates were DIY made from old romance novels. The invite was a DIY single screenprinted poster. The guest book was a typewriter. The signage were DIY scrabble boards. The escort cards were DIY library cards housed in old card catalog drawers. The favors were photobooth photos. the guests waved DIY flags instead of throwing rice or blowing bubbles. The bridesmaid dresses were locally made. And the vows were one-of-a-kind.

One really fun factor were the DIY life-sized prints of the bride and groom mounted to wood with the heads cut out for great photo ops. The website (with the bride being a graphic designer and the groom a programmer) was hand crafted with lots of love ( and the photographer was a San Francisco gem, here is the link to her post about the wedding: and here is the full set of photos:

Photographer: Edyta Syszlo

Tiffany + Trae

One of the biggest decisions in one’s wedding is, oddly, choosing a theme or color scheme. Nearly every design-related decision – from the invitations to the table linens to the boutonnieres to the bridemaids’ gowns – is based on the colors you commit to in the early stages of planning. I adore couples that get a bit daring with their color choices, stepping outside of the “safe” wedding palettes to create a color story all their own. Like Tiffany and Trae who’ve expertly combined red with aqua with stunning results. [


Couple’s Names: Tiffany + Trae

Wedding Date: 06/19/2010

Location: Saint Louis, Missouri

Photographer: Under Grace Photo

Caterer: Forest Park Visitor and Education Center

Event Planner: Events Luxe, LLC

Floral Designer: Rachel Flowers

Reception Venue: Forest Park Visitor and Education Center

Dress Store: Maiden Voyage Bridal

Cake Designer: Celebrating Life Cakes, Beck’s Gluten Free

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Lucia + Jacob

Weddings that hone in on the elements that make a wedding truly special – the couple and their loved ones – without too much fuss and over-the-top styling (though those have a place in my heart, too!) are what resonate with me these days.

The wedding of Lucia and Jacob caught my eye not only because of its beautiful simplicity but because it broke some of the long-held wedding rules. Lucia and Jacob eschewed the never-ending 12 month+ planning routine and pulled their wedding together in 6 weeks. The requisite Saturday wedding? Nope. Theirs was held on a week day. Instead of spending tons of money to decorate their venue, they chose a local botanical garden which provided abundant natural beauty. Crafty Lucia created the couple’s invitations and did all of the flowers herself. (This is an instance when one craft project can make a huge impact. Look how gorgeous her bouquet is!)

The Details

Couple: Lucia + Jacob
Wedding Date: May 2010
Location: Athens, Georgia
Photographer: Courtney Goldman Photography
Brides’s Gown: David’s Bridal
Reception Venue: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Caterer: Trumps Catering
Jewelry: Aurum Studios and JWR Jewelers
Officiant: Rev. Sam The Marrying Man

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