REAL WEDDING: Emily + Jace’s Industrial and Natural Wedding

This gorgeous couple was wed on April 17th, 2015 in Ogden, Utah at The Copper Nickel. Emily and Jace have known each other since high school, but it wasn’t until they reconnected through a ski group that their relationship flourished. While Jace was deployed in Afghanistan, Emily, with the help of friends and family, DIYed and planned their entire wedding! Her love for the planning process even prompted her to open her own event planning business. Read below to see all the personal touches that adorned this beautiful Utah wedding.

Personal touches were scattered all throughout their reception space.

Remember when I mentioned the help of friends and family? Over 200 mason jars were collected by the brides grandmother. The bride and her mother decorated then them all for the tables!

How beautiful is this backdrop?! Handmade with wood and covered with faux greenery and moss.

I love how this wedding mixed the industrial feel of the space with natural elements from the outdoors! You can find more natural touches with wooden stumps and branches all around the tablescapes. Foraging for branches was another family affair!

Did you notice that cookie bar from above? How about a milk bar to go along with it. Yes, please! The palate table was also handmade.


I love all the handmade signs that were hung around the wedding space.

This wedding was truly a perfect balance of hard and soft elements!

Of course, this wedding wouldn’t be complete without a sparkler send off. You can see that this couple choose to ride off in style on a motorcycle! DIY Bride wishes Emily and Jace all the happiness in the world, and thank you for allowing us to share your story.




Wedding Planner: Wildflower Weddings and Events / Photographer: Jessica Janae Photography / Event Venue:  The Copper Nickel / Gown :Bridal Corner / Grooms Attire: True Gentleman / Flowers: Jimmy’s Flower Shop / Decor: DIY / Invitations: Beautiful Wedding Announcements / Rentals: All Out Event Rental & Diamond Rental / Makeup: Nicolette FrattoCalligraphy: Sweet N Sandy / Cake: Ashley Fronk / Rings: S.E. Needham /

Tia + Michael’s Country Military Wedding

When Mike enlisted in the Navy and he and Tia moved to Texas, the challenges of planning a wedding grew a bit.  Lucky for us, this crafty couple created a a perfectly country chic wedding in Washington, despite planning it from so far away.  Simply Sonja Photography was there to document the whole fun loving, detail filled, country inspired day that was so filled with love even the shadows feel the need to smile.


Tia’s MOH served as her coordinator and what a fantastic job she did!  With extra details like having the flowers and cake done at the QFC in Bellevue, Wa as well as picking up flowers for the brides bouquet at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, Tia and Mike’s big daywas what happens when the heart of Texas collides with Pacific North-West charm.

Congratulations Tia and Mike!  Thanks so much Simply Sonja Photography for sharing this beautiful day.

Vendor Information:

Date: May 18, 2013

Location: Chehalis, WA

Photographer: Simply Sonja Photography

Caterer:  Centralia Steak and BBQ

Equipment Rentals:  Special Event Rentals

Event Venue:  Red Barn Studios

Floral Designer:  QFC

Dress Store:  Bellevue Bridal

Hair Stylist:  AJ’s Hair Design & Makeup

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Steffi + Brad’s Outdoor Military Wedding

Happy Veteran’s Day crafties! Kelly Kirksey Photography has shared a wonderful Montana military wedding that will not only have you saying thank you for the inspiration, but thank you to our service men and women. Steffi and Brad’s wedding is so chock full of stunning scenery and vintage touches that it will knock you out! With one of the sweetest first looks I’ve seen, and a groom with two looks, this is the perfect way to kick off your long holiday weekend!

Congratulations Steffi + Brad. Thank you Brad for your service and Steffi for supporting him! Thank you Kelly Kirksey Photography for sharing this gorgeous day!

Vendor Information:

Date: June 29, 2013

Location: Big Fork, MT

Photographer: Kelly Kirksey Photography

Event Venue: Ten Arrows Ranch

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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


Jaimee + Diego

I don’t know what it’s been about this week, but we have been all over the brightly colored weddings and today is no exception. The wedding of Jaimee and Diego is not only bright, but sweet and intimate and currently tugging on my heartstrings. They are just such a great couple, and Jaimee’s mother showcased their love by completely overhauling her backyard to create a great DIY wedding day.




Location: Colorado

Photography: AudreyMichel Photography

Event Coordination: Bella Fiori

Caterer: Footers Catering

Cake: Intricate Icings Cake Design

Jolie + Greg

Happy Friday to all my lovely DIYers! Today we have the wedding of Jolie and Greg, a charming couple who planned their wedding on a sharp timeline from another state. Since Greg is in the military, they had to coordinate their wedding around his training schedule. What I love the most about this wedding is the Albert Einstein touches all over the reception. Greg proposed in front of the Einstein statue in Washington, D.C. and they were sure to incorporate him into the decor. All the flowers, boutonnieres, place cards, guestbook, and decor were DIY created by the couple and their families, and they even had a close friend officiate the romantic outdoor ceremony.




Location: Spotsylvania, VA

Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography

Venue: Stevenson Ridge

Cake Designer: Fat Girl Cakes

Makeup: GoGo Gorgeous Makeup Artistry

DJ: DJ’s in the Burg

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