Sarah + Eric

Photographer Rachel Garcia from Brilliant Imagery submitted the charming wedding of Eric and Sarah.

About the couple, Rachel gushes “Eric and Sarah’s wedding was in Faribault, MN off of Circle Lake on May 29th 2010. Eric had the sweetest boyhood charm I have ever seen and Sarah complimented him perfectly with her caring, gentle manner.”

DIY Elements: Nearly everything! The bridesmaid’s purses, the flowers, the wooden signs, the fake wooden mustaches and table linens where all homemade. The dress was made by the bride’s grandmother. And Eric and Sarah spend the day before their wedding making tons of homemade ice cream for all their guests.


Rachel Garcia

Golriz + Devon

When I read through Golriz + Devon’s submission, I immediately knew that if we were to meet in person we’d be friends. They’re the quirky Goodwill-shopping, Wes Anderson-loving, art installation-at-our-wedding type of couple. My kind of people! And I think they’ll fit right into your tribe too. Their wedding has a real heart and soul that shines through. Awesome.

The Details:
Bride & Groom: Golriz (bride) Devon (groom)
Wedding Date: 3 April, 2010
Wedding location: Marathon Village, Nashville, TN

What made your wedding creative:
We wanted every ounce of our wedding to burst with creativity, but my fiance and I were on a very tight budget. This was actually a blessing as it forced us to be really creative and think out of the box. Let’s just say we became regulars at the local Goodwill store! A friend recently described our wedding as looking like a Wes Anderson movie, so I think we achieved what we were aiming for!

What projects you DIY’ed:

  • A massive paper and twinkly light ‘chandelier’ above our heads.
  • An art installation with 18 hanging umbrellas, bare lightbulbs and 9 vintage TVs. The TVs streamed a slide show of pictures of the two of us set to music.
  • Our wedding favors – we printed CDs with songs that we had written & recorded and put them in hand sewn fabric sleeves.
  • Our centerpieces – willow lights with hanging strips of ribbon and bright yellow button mums.
  • Cake toppers – little fabric birds.
  • Cake stand – instead of purchasing/renting a stand for our 150 cupcakes we built one (using Cetaphil containers and cake boards!)

What obstacles did you face in planning a DIY wedding? How did you overcome them?

  • Time! Hand crafting all the decorations took up a lot of time. Thankfully a few close friends flew in early for the wedding and we put them to work creating fabric flowers, centerpieces, and the large art installations.

Any other details that made your wedding special?

This wedding trailer gives a glimpse into how quirky and fun our wedding was:

Photography by Ryan Lash Photography

Cynthia + Christopher

Your first names: Cynthia & Christopher

Wedding date: May 9, 2009

Wedding location: Peppermill Hotel Spa & Resort in Reno Nevada US

What made your wedding creative: Going with a specific theme such as an Old Hollywood Glam look, from  the  attire to decor, music and more. No one in any of our family weddings ever had a theme.

What projects you DIY’ed: My DIY projects consisted of; my bouquet, all the boutonnieres, corsages, pomanders, center pieces, invitations (all included, rsvps, envelopes etc), programs, veil, ring bearer pillow, favors, memorial poems/decor

What obstacles did you face in planning a DIY wedding? How did you overcome them?: The only real obstacle was the volume of crepe paper flowers that I needed for everything through out the wedding but that was graciously over comed by the support and help I received from my parents and sister. I showed them how to make the flowers then they took supplies home with them and helped me out ALOT!

Any other details that made your wedding special: The fact that some people actually got in to the dress up mode of the 1940s Old Hollywood Glam look for the wedding and the thing that ment the most to me was having my grandparents there with me…that was my biggest wish and I am so blessed and thankful to have had them there with me. They are the couple I admire the MOST in my life….TRUE LOVE!

Shu Hsuan Tu + Siqin Ye

Please thank bride, Shu,  for sharing her beautiful wedding with us!

Bride and Groom: Shu and Siqin
Wedding Date: 05-31-08
Location: Metropolitan Building, Long Island City, NY.

What DIY elements were included: Shu designed, made and decorated everything in the wedding from interior set up, invitations, name cards, table cards, and the cake. Can we all say DIY Rock Star?


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