Shannon + Jared’s Groovy Styled Elopement

Happy Monday!!!

Since we had so many spontaneous disasters last week on the site, I thought we should put some good mojo out there to make sure we get off to a groovy start this week!  What better than a spur of the moment elopement!  Photographer Charity and Ricky, received a panicked call form the suddenly bride to be Shannon.  She and DH-to-be needed someone to capture an intimate ceremony that night. Despite an upcoming wedding later that year in Hawaii, they went with a “Why Wait?”  I, for one, am so glad they did!

Lucky for Shannon and Jared, Charity and Ricky had an upcoming workshop so a super jazzed styled elopement was born!  From the photographer: “Shannon chose a Ruche dress that I had put aside for an upcoming workshop. Then added an Urban Outfitters fascinator, Anthropologie earrings, Target shoes, and a bouquet of colorful roses….she was ready to elope. Jared chose a Target ensemble along with their 3 Beautiful kids.”  Shannon has such a hip and happening vibe going on, and for a tiny event the emotions captured are ginormous!  You have to feel the coolness of this Wyoming event in the whole gallery.

We can’t thank Charity and Ricky for layin’ this one on us.  Right on!  Congratulations Shannon and Jared.  We hope you had a groovy second, first wedding in Hawaii too!

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Photographer: Charity and Ricky

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Lauren + Howard’s Retro-Artsy Texas Elopement

Well Howdy y’all.

It’s me, Rachel, the new addition to the DIY Bride team.  I’m so excited to be part of such a fun and creative community!  Now that my hazing is complete, and I’ve almost gotten all the glitter and glue out of my hair, (totally kidding, these girls are awesome!)  I finally get to write my first Real Wedding!  I couldn’t have dreamed of better first post.  When I got to first look over Lauren and Howard’s elopement in Marfa, Texas, I nearly spit out my New York “caw-fee.”

Lauren and Howard’s elopement is the kind of event that made me want to join the DIY Bride community.  It’s fun and creative with the perfect amount of tradition, and a whole lot of love.  It’s proof that a fairy tale wedding doesn’t always have to involve a poufy dress and horse drawn carriages.

Q Weddings Photography did a great job capturing Lauren and Howard’s spirit.  From the photographer: “Lauren and Howard chose their wedding date (11-11-11) because of the cool sequence of numbers.  Then they chose to elope to Marfa, Texas.  They had never been, but they are both artists and felt like exploring this renowned artist town would be a unique start to their marriage.”

Oh! What a great choice it was; shooting at one of the Donald Judd installations and El Cosmico trailer park created a great artsy, modern, yet retro vibe. Howard created the red “ones” that added an awesome modern, graphic element.  Lauren’s cute short dress, handmade fabric bouquet and birdcage veil were a perfect fit for the retro feel.  Throw in a cute pup in a matching sweater for “family” portrait and you have seriously simple diy perfection.

Lunch for Lauren and Howard was in a school bus and they stayed at the oldest trailer park ever!  While that might not sound very “fairy tale” for some, it’s incredibly unique, fun and retro.  A scrumptious looking chocolate cake just for two was the perfect hint of romance and tradition.  All that combined with the fact that they got married by Judge Cinderella!  Can’t get more fairy tale than that, can you?!


Congratulations Lauren and Howard!  Thanks for sharing your day with us!

Photographer: Q Weddings

Pre ceremony location: El Cosmico

Ceremony Venue: Marfa County Courthouse

Lunch: Food Shark

Cake: Austin Street Café

Submitted via Two Bright Lights


Brooke + Galen

On my first official day as the Real Weddings intern, I wanted to showcase a beautiful wedding from my home state of Oregon. In the words of photographer Sara Gray, “Brooke and Galen decided to do things a little differently – they went to a covered bridge they loved in college and exchanged vows in front of family and friends at this simple elopement ceremony.”

The bride and groom were married in front of the Goodpasture Bridge in Eugene. It is one of the longest covered bridges in Oregon, as well as one of the oldest at 73 years old. After the vows, they toasted their new marriage with their party of eight. What I adore about this wedding is the love that jumps off the page. This wedding feels so organic, rich, and full of happiness. Which is what weddings are all about. Enjoy.



Photographer: Sara Gray Photography

Venue: Goodpasture Bridge

Location: Eugene, OR


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