Big & Modern Macedonian Wedding– Natasa & Jason

Jase & Tash

Bride’s Maiden Name: Natasa (Natasha) Lukic

Occupation: Account Manager

Groom’s Full Name:  Jason Ploeg

Occupation: Carpenter


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Wedding Date: 23rd September 2017

How many guests? 190

Wedding Budget (Optional): 80,000


The Team

Wedding feature thanks to: Giant Invitations
Dress: Enzoani with alterations
Veil: Rosa & Marys Bridal
Makeup: Tanielle Jai MUA
Hair: Evalyn Parsons Hair
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Accessories: Mimco
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore from White runway
Groom’s Suit: Male Manor
Groomsmen Suit: Male Manor
Cake: Studio Cakes
Food: Moda Events
Flowers & Event Styling: Stylised
Photographer: Pelizzari
Ceremony Venue: Newstead Park & The Macedonian Orhodox Church, Newfarm
Reception Venue: Moda Events Portside
Entertainment: GM Events & Macedonian Band
Celebrant: Michelle Anderson
Transport: Mercedes C200 & Chrysler Limos
Wedding Favours: Engraved stemless wine glasses

The Details 

How did you and your partner meet?
We met through mutual friends whilst attending a music festival on the Gold Coast.

How did he propose?
Jase surprised me when I arrived home from a week long work trip. He surprised me with flowers and made the room look amazing. He prepared a will you marry me tick a box (I had told him how cute I thought it was in school when boys would pass around notes to ask a girl out and include a tick a box at the bottom) so he made sure I got to tick yes for last time!!

Length of Engagement?
1 year- together 5 years

What do you love most about your partner?
He is the most genuinely caring man- sometimes he thinks he covers this up but you can see it in his eyes every day.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Talk to each other and be real. Too many people speak to everyone else but their partners about how they feel when that is the person they should go to first.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it.
I loved so many gowns but I was forever drawn to anything with a hint of colour outside the usually whites and ivory. The lace was intricate and detailed and the exposed boning and buttons perfection.

Did you do a ‘first look’ before the ceremony?
No, we had so much going on bringing together a traditional wedding with Macedonian cultural wedding. Plus, I wanted Jase to see me for the first time walking down the aisle.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted a soft romantic style with punches of glam. Charlie for Stylised made this happen combining Grey and Gold to perfection.

How did you come to choose the location and venue?
Coming from a big family I have been to so many weddings in Brisbane and Jase and I wanted ours to be different so we chose a location that not only suited our style but was one that we hadn’t been to before.

Did you have any symbolic gestures during your ceremony i.e. a hand-fasting, candle ceremony, wine ceremony or something else?
We had a many of these elements in the Macedonian ceremony including; the crowning, ring & wine and first steps as husband and wife wrapped together with a beautiful piece of chiffon.

Did you have a wedding party? Did they do anything special during the ceremony?Nothing special- My sister Branka Lukic as MOH, Cousin Katrina Bogoevski & Best friend Jessica Millman

Were any of your guests involved in the ceremony in any way?
Godparents Brad & Jacinta Ploeg

How did you enter your wedding ceremony? (Accompanied? Together? Solo?)
With my step dad for the traditional ceremony and with Jason for the church ceremony.

What made you choose the type of ceremony that you had?
We chose to do both as having a traditional ceremony was important to me and I didn’t want Jase to miss out on a wedding as he knows it.

Describe the cake (including the flavors) and cake topper
he wedding cake was a simply designed 4-tiered cake with brushed gold accents and 2 large white magnolia style flowers. We had 2 different flavours a white chocolate caramel tier and an almond & coconut mud which we served the following day at my parent’s place.

What flowers did you use in the bouquet and at the venue?
Cream blooms mixed with abundant greenery

How did you choose your table décor?
Grey and gold theme- Charlie went to great lengths to source the table cloths in a beautiful grey that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses.

What was the menu for the reception?


Pork belly

Pork belly, seared scallop, cauliflower puree, 5 spice sauce 

Moroccan, Spatchcock supreme

Moroccan, Spatchcock supreme, pumpkin puree, pepitas, petit salad


Fillet of beef

Fillet of beef, garlic mashed potato, sweet corn salsa, and red wine jus

Breast of chicken

Breast of chicken, parmesan polenta, roast onion, chorizo, salsa Verde


Sticky date pudding

Sticky date pudding, ripple ice cream, vanilla sauce

Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice cream sandwich, marshmallow and praline.

Tea & Coffee

What were your favorite moments from the day?
The super excited feeling of getting ready with my girls and my mum in the morning, reading a letter from Jase in the morning, seeing him as I walked down the aisle and off course partying the night away.

Name your wedding soundtrack (aisle entrance & exit, reception entry, first dance songs)
Isle entrance was Angels by The XX- First dance- XO John Mayer (Beyonce cover)

Any DIY décor elements?

Any sentimental personal touches?

What was the biggest splurge of the day?
Wedding Stylist

Where did you go on honeymoon?
Europe- Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Florence & Berlin

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Start planning early

If you could sum up your wedding in one sentence, how would you describe it?
Perfect would do it again in a heartbeat!!














Megan Flan and Mark Batson’s Intimate Wedding

Event Info

Location: Yucaipa, CA, US Event Date:  Nov 11, 2017

Client Info

Name: Megan Flan & Mark Batson

Album Story

Megan and Mark we some of the cutest people ever. When we met up for their engagement session, they were so nervous, but so excited to be on this journey together. When getting to know them, I resized they loved to eat and drink, but then again, who doesn’t? Right? They laugh all the time, they laugh when they are together, they laugh when they are apart… they truly just enjoy life and enjoy each other. They got married in a family members back yard with a beautiful view. Directly after an intimate ceremony, Mark & Megan had a  photo session and then they were off to their favorite restaurant, for a thanksgiving feast and coffee…. yes coffee. Many of the details from this day include Megan & Marks favorite things. Incorporating their unique personalities allowed the guest to enjoy their love stories and learn more about them!

Associated Vendors

Venue: Private Residence Beauty: Dani B Make up Apparel: Sewcal Pros Dress Store: Beloved Couture Bridal Photographer: Laura Marie Photography


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Event Info

Location: Yucaipa, CA, US Event Date:  Nov 11, 2017

Client Info

Name: ♀Megan Flan & ♂Mark Batson

Album Story

Megan and Mark we some of the cutest people ever. When we met up for their engagement session, they were so nervous, but so excited to be on this journey together. When getting to know them, I resized they loved to eat and drink, but then again, who doesn’t? Right? They laugh all the time, they laugh when they are together, they laugh when they are apart… they truly just enjoy life and enjoy each other. They got married in a family members back yard with a beautiful view. Directly after an intimate ceremony, Mark & Megan had a  photo session and then they were off to their favorite restaurant, for a thanksgiving feast and coffee…. yes coffee.

Associated Vendors

Venue: Private Residence Beauty: Dani B Make up Apparel: Sewcal Pros Dress Store: Beloved Couture Bridal Photographer: Laura Marie Photography




Backyard Wedding Arch Ideas

Frame your “I Do” with the wedding arch of your dreams. Your wedding arch can act as the anchor to your entire ceremony, serve as a backdrop or just bring a playful feel to the celebration.

Whether you prefer to DIY or your wedding planner is taking care of all things decor, you’ll need a structure to get started. A trellis is easy to adorn with anything from florals to textures, string lighting or geometric shapes. Most importantly, trellises provide a beautiful structure to exchange your vows under.

Your wedding arch can range from whimsical to modern. Consider the season, location and theme of your wedding to play into the aesthetic. We’ve outlined inspiring backyard wedding arch ideas in the visual below to help you navigate your options. Whichever style trellis you choose, let it reflect your personality as a couple and the feeling you want to evoke on your oh so special day.

8 Backyard Wedding Arch Styles

Tropical Oasis

Carlos Walters, Brandon Kidd Photography, Natalie Schutt Photography

Transport your guests to white sands and crystal clear waters, all while in the comfort of your own backyard. Think palm fronds and relaxed breezy decor. Incorporate a white washed arch, textured macrame and bright blooms or tropical banana leaves.

Fairytale Romantic

Julie Wilhite Photography, Kylie Crump Photography, Melissa Jill, one love photography

Create your own fairytale ending with a dreamy wedding arch. Delicate details, soft lighting and barely there florals will create an ambiance you and your guests will never forget.

Relaxed Natural

Duffy Photo & Film, Olive Photography, Ashley Ludaescher, Vicki Grafton Photography

For the couple who lives by all things organic, celebrate the great outdoors with a natural wedding arch. Add hanging mason jars, muted tones and earthy eucalyptus for an elevated look.

Wildly Whimsical

Katie Slater Photography, Amy & Stuart, Jenna Bechtholt, Kelly Sweet Photography

Botanical garden meets Alice in Wonderland with this style. The use of cascading arrangements, floating candles or hanging chandeliers will capture the look.

Effortless Bohemian 

Lydia Rachel, Olivia Richards, Immerse Photography

For the free spirits and wanderers. Embellish a geometric teepee or arch with macrame and wispy arrangements to create a chic yet minimal look.

Bold and Bright

Al Gawlik Photography, Rad + In Love, Neiyo Photography

If you’re a couple who doesn’t take anything too seriously or just likes to have some fun, liven up your ceremony with some color. Push the boundaries with colorful streamers, oversized balloons or bright florals.

Refined Rustic

Sargeant Creative, Kristyn Hogan, m three studio, Theo Milo photography

From the Country to the coast, a raw metal arch will complement any laid-back, outdoor loving couple. It pairs beautifully with earthly succulents, florals or moss.

Charming Classic

Rad Read Creative, Leslee Mitchell, Dear Lovers Photo, Lauren Kinsey

Both timeless and elegant, a classic wedding arch never goes out of style. Exchange your vows under an airy, ornate arch with billowing curtains and white or pastel florals.

Wayfair has a wide selection of trellises to help kickstart your wedding arch research.

At Wayfair, we try to make sure you always have many options for your home. That’s why we have so many Trellises for sale on our site, including Trellises from brands like Dura-Trel and Panacea Products. We want to make sure when you’re looking for where to buy Trellises online, you’re getting the one that’s exactly right for you, whether that’s the Cambridge Vinyl Trellis, the Estate Vinyl Fan Trellis, or something entirely different and unique to your home. We have thousands of great deals every day with no need for a coupon. There’s never been a better time to “Wayfair my Trellises”.


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REAL WEDDING: Allison + Jerreod’s Artistic Wedding

Allison and Jerreod knew each other for over 15 years, but it wasn’t until a special trip to Paris that these best friends developed a deeper bond.  The couple really wanted to be hands-on with the planning of their wedding so they chose to get married at the Easley Family Farms for its beautiful grounds and laid back feel. Read below to see how this artist bride took her love for the arts and incorporated them and their unique family cultures into their June 20th wedding.

Since the couple was having an outdoor summer wedding they provided their guests with homemade program fans and handmade eucalyptus essential oil sprays.

Their ceremony was completely unique! They paired the Hindu 7 sacred vows of marriage with 7 specific flowers that were assembled into a vase. Notice the way she included a paint can into her ceremony space!

Handcrafted signs could be found all around their wedding and reception space!

Paint-dipped mason jars and paint cans as flower pots, tea lights with planted succulents and other bold and artsy elements made appearances throughout the day.

How about this for getting their guests involved and keeping up with the art theme?! They had a canvas guest book for guests to paint their wishes, date night Jenga, and the bride created a cartoon coloring book of Jerreod and herself for the guests to help color!

I truly loved this couples’ bold use of color and artistic flair that made their day a beautifully unique one! Congrats to this stunning couple.



Photographer:  Evan Chung Photography / DJ: Amos Productions /Decor: Amos Production / Groomsman Attire: Anatoly’s Tailors / Caterer: Barbara Llewellyn Catering and Event Planning / Event Venue: Easley Family Farms / Event Planner: Linen & Lilac / Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero / Floral Designer: Making Arrangements / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas /

REAL WEDDING: Jessica + Brent’s Mint To Be Unique Wedding

Jessica and Brent were wed at the beautiful Bella Garden Estates in California on October 10, 2015. Their wedding was a true reflection of their unique and fun personalities. Take a look below at the all the fun touches they included to make their wedding a personal and memorable day! 

This couple created their very own invitations, programs, and menus!

I thought their paperwork was truly impressive, but wait until you see the paper flowers they made for their ceremony space and to carry down the isle. Now that is amazing!

I love how different each tablescape was. From the hand decorated numbers to the unique centerpieces, there truly was nothing they left undone.

Have you ever considered having games at your wedding? Jessica and Brent made them all. Giant Jenga, Bags, and Crossword Puzzles.

Their bridesmaids and groomsmen wore beautiful touches of teal and mint to complement their decor.

Unique signage could be found all over their reception space.

Candy bar and cupcakes? Yes please!

If this couple wasn’t awesome enough they finished their evening with In & Out Burger!

This wedding looked like so much fun that I wish I could have been a guest. Congrats to the happy couple and thanks for letting DIY Bride share your wedding!


Photographer:  Sarah Dupree Photography / Bridesmaid Store:Bella Bridesmaids / Event Venue: Bella Gardens Estates / Caterer: In n Out / Dress Store:Mia Bella Couture / Groomsman Attire:Old Navy / Other: Sweet Creations / Shoes: TOMS / Flowers: DIY / Decor: DIY / Cinema and Video:Vier Photo and Video / DJ:VIP Events / Makeup & Hair :Yvette Fulwiler


REAL WEDDINGS: Travis + Desirea’s Vineyard wedding

When it comes to DIYs there is not much this couple didn’t tackle. We are absolutely obsessed with all of these personal touches that Desirea and Travis included in their April 11th, 2015 vineyard wedding.

This fun loving couple met in a calculous class while attending college in North Carolina. While the bride is a self proclaimed chocolate lover, and the groom loves pickles, one thing they could agree on was their love of beer and of each other… of course! How fun is their alcohol themed guest book?

Their love of beer was also incorporated into these fun boutonnieres for the groomsmen.

The couples’ shared love of literature was also showcased throughout their table decorations.

From library card themed seating arrangements to hand painted book covers done by the groom. There are so many other subtle touches mixed around their table decor.

We cannot forget the stunning bride. Just about every accessory was a DIY project, from her bridal sash to her bouquet created by her mom!

How about this adorable cake also courtesy of the Fontaine Vineyards.

A special thank you to Fete Photography, Desirea, and Travis for sharing this beautiful Asheville, NC wedding.

Venue: Fontaine Vineyards / Flowers & Wedding Planning: DIY (Mother of the bride) / Decor: DIY (Groom and other family) / Photographer: Fete Photography  / Cake & Catering: Fontaine Vineyards

Real Wedding: Cori + Kevin’s Rustic Central Coast Wedding

Cori and Kevin have known each other since they were 14 years old. They were neighbors, went to school together, and Cori said that while they never dated in high school, she sure had a big crush on him! When she ran into Kevin at a Fourth of July party in 2007, she didn’t let him out of her sight. They spent the entire summer together, but when fall rolled around, he moved back to San Luis Obispo. The move wasn’t enough to keep them apart, and they decided to keep things going long distance. After what Cori refers to as “six months of shenanigans”, she decided to move to be close to him. It ended up to be the best decision she ever made, and since then, they have spent eight years on the Central Coast together.

Cori said that her wedding was a dream come true, a “rustic, DIY love fest on top of a mountain.”  They got married at a privately owned venue, a barn on a hill in Prefumo Canyon with panoramic views of the city. From the ceremony site you could see Morro Rock and the Pismo dunes, with the rolling hills of San Luis right behind them.  It was a gorgeous location. 

Almost all of their vendors were close friends, so everything was personalized and customized for the couple, making the day extra special.  Friends and family supported them through the whole planning process and helped to make their day absolutely perfect.  She said it was the most special and glorious day that she could ever imagine!

Their dessert table was absolute yummy perfection! We love all of the different colors, homemade touches, and the array of options.

From the custom seating chart and multiple signs to the breathtaking backdrop and smiles on this gorgeous couple’s faces, this wedding was one for the record books!


What’s your favorite detail of this rustic barn wedding? Let us know in the comments!


Venue: Pareira Ranch, San Luis Obispo (privately owned venue) | Event Coordinator: Krysta Coleman, Golden Hour Events | Photographer: David Pascolla Photography | Makeup: Megan Duke | Hair: Brittany Tenhaeff & Kate Seargeant | Flowers: Brooke Edelman Floral Design | Caterer: Fattoush Mediterranean | Videographer: R.J. Hall | DJ: Matt Cross | Dress: Allure Romance | Shoes: Kelly and Katie | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Haley + Seth’s Cute and Offbeat DIY Wedding

Today’s wedding is full of love, laughter, and DIY prettiness. Captured by Sur La Lune Photography, Haley + Seth DIY all their decorations. Coffee filter flowers? Check. DIY photo booth background? Check. Large piñatas that doubled as “hanging decorations”? Check. Come see for yourself how fun this wedding was!


Not only did Haley opted to not wear the traditional white, she and Seth also opted to get ready together and helped each other dress for their big day. Although Haley + Seth worked on many DIY decor projects, my ultimate love are the large coffee filter flowers that were carried by the flower girls. And how about them piñatas? What a fun, cool idea to have!

Congratulations to Haley + Seth!!


Photographer: Sur La Lune Photography//Wedding Date:09.07.2013//Event Venue: 1869 Homestead Bed and Breakfast//Hair Stylist:Bella Salon//Caterer: Chuy’s Restaurant//Equipment Rentals:Kentucky Music Company//

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Jessica + Arek’s Elegant Yellow Wedding at Wadsworth Mansion

For their big day, Jessica + Arek incorporated wine corks (for their mutual love of wine) and honored Arek’s Polish heritage by including Polish traditions. Captured by the lovely Michelle Girard Photography, their summer wedding at the beautiful Wadsworth Mansion was an elegant affair with lots of white & yellow.



Although there aren’t that many big DIY projects present in this elegant modern wedding, Jessica + Arek made sure to personalized as much as they can. They personalized beer mugs for groomsmen and hoodies for bridesmaids. They incorporated Arek’s Polish heritage into the decorations by using empty Polish liquor bottles as vases as well as adding a Polish Ritual for Health and Peace into their ceremony. As mentioned, the couple’s mutual love for wine is displayed using wine corks as decoration in vases as well as on reception tables. They also put together really simple and elegant center pieces by only using wine glasses and candles.


My favorite part of Jessica + Arek’s elegant wedding was the “First Looks”. There was the “First Look” with Jessica and her father, and then the “First Look” with Jessica + Arek. Michelle Girard captured perfectly how the men were just stunned by how amazing Jessica looked.

Congratulations to Jessica + Arek!!


Photographer: Michelle Girard Photography//Wedding Date:08.17.2013//Dress Store: Bridal Heirlooms//DJ:CNT Entertainment//Floral Designer: Dandelions //Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Liz//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Modern Formals//Dress Store: Pearl Bridal Boutique//Reception Venue: Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate//

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Knitted Fairytale Winter Wedding Styled Shoot

We’re featuring a super lovey-dovey winter styled shoot that’s not only romantic and sweet, but knitted-themed. Brought to us by Warmphoto, this styled shoot/e-session was shot in Russia earlier this year. With the main color palette full of browns + pinks and lots of vintage items and knitted and woven lovelies (from Miss Woolly), this shoot was not short on lots of warmth and sizzling fuzzy feelings from Elizabeth and Vladimir.

From Warmphoto:

“There was a decorated area in the park with large coils, tangles, knitted accessories and vintage items, hot tea, candles, birds, baskets with pine cones. It was comfortable and stylish! Nearly the whole decor was created manually by talented decorator Funt of Happy.
Photographer: Warmphoto//Shoot Date:02.09.2014//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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