Issa Real DIY Wedding

ISSA REAL DIY WEDDING! One of the best things when it comes to having a DIY wedding is that you and your partner can actually show your real creativity, style and personality. From the decors, the theme and even the wedding colors! Your wedding day should reflect the personality and choices made to display your love and creativity by making the wedding more personal. The personality part is not just for you, its the for your family and closest friends to enjoy and to #hashtag the best parts of the day.

Now, we’ll feature another real DIY wedding with a vintage inspired theme. May I now present you, Kyle and Liz’s wedding.

With a vintage-inspired wedding theme in mind, Liz and Kyle wanted to make sure their personality was showcased in every possible way – which they were later complimented on, and quickly became a favorite detail of the bride’s wedding day. They prided themselves on doing this through handmade floral arrangements, which Liz says she did with the help of some help of some talented friends and family.

It’s not a party without the CAKE! For dessert, Kyle and Liz decided to have three options (yesss!): German chocolate and carrot cake, and cupcakes galore hand baked by their friend.

A few of Kyle and Liz’s favorite finds involved a little estate sale and vintage shop hunting, which they transformed into a lovely array of centerpieces for their tables. Kyle and his father built the arch they were married under, now a staple in their garden at home.

Among some of the couple’s most-prized memories was eating barbecue in their formal attire. “Yes, we wore bibs!” Liz says.





Venue: The Sinclair Depot |

Florals: Blooms By The Box |

Photography: Sarah Jane Winter Photo & Design |

Cake and Cupcakes: Natasha Tiedge | @tashytiedge

Linens: Tablecloths Factory |

Hair: Randi Graf, Cifelli’s Salon Spa |

Makeup: Jenni Wheeler | @wheelerbusiness

Catering: Smoke in the Pit |

Entertainment: Rich Utke |

Paper Products: 4over |

Rentals, Table Settings, Flatware: Apres Party Rental |

Officiant: Sarah Kolb-Williams




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


Amanda + Adam’s Steampunk-theme Wedding

What a neat, offbeat feature we got in store for all of our lovely readers today. Our featured wedding today comes to us all the way from Sätra Brunn, Sala, Sweden. Yes, we love weddings from all over, but what make this wedding so cool is that it has a steampunk theme. Yep, you read that right! With a bit of Victorian-era style mixed with art nouveau design, Amanda + Adam gave a brand new meaning to vintage. The mad talents behind 2 Brides Photography have, hands down, some of the coolest wedding photographs I have ever seen.


Usually the bride likes to tell us about their wedding, but this time, Adam is dishing all the details!
From Adam:

“The whole wedding is a DIY story. As the wedding day approaches I made a How-to-list. It contained what I needed for equipment and materials and how to do it, alongside with pictures fore inspiration. It helped me a lot and made it easier for me to give the assignment to family and friends. We made everything from scratch, from the drape to the label on the ”Drink me” bottle, even the teacup towers. It was so fun creating!”

There are just so many awesome details to this wedding. I love all the little touches like using apples as place cards, the amazing teacup towers as center pieces… and the cake! Love, love love! I also love how all the guests dressed to the theme to make this awe-inspiring wedding look like it’s completely from another era. Thank you to 2 Brides Photography for sharing this unique Steampunk wedding!!

Much congratulations to Amanda + Adam!!


Photographer: 2 Brides Photography//Wedding Date:08.10.2013//Transportation:Bilförmedlingen//Veils and headpieces:Linekka//Location:Ranstaby//Dress Designer:Viola Lahger//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Stephanie + Tyler’s Block Party Wedding

Our couple Stephanie + Tyler are so involved with their community in Ypsilanti, Michigan, that for their wedding, it just seem natural to have a block party celebration. Captured by Chelsea Brown Photography, this wedding started with the ceremony held at a local park. The guests walked from the park to the reception at a local restaurant, followed by a dance party held at a closed street in the middle of downtown Ypsilanti. This DIY wedding was so awesome, it just had to be share!

Stephanie made a lot of the jewelry (they were amazing!), decor, and floral. In fact, to save costs, she bought her flowers in bulk from Whole Foods and Costco.
It’s pretty evident that Stephanie + Tyler are loved by their community. This awesome wedding block party is unique, cool, and most of all, fun. I love how Stephanie allowed her creativity to flow by creating her jewelry and floral arrangements, and decor. And what’s more romantic than dancing in the middle of the street, with all the lights and eyes on you???

Congratulations to Stephanie + Tyler!!!!


Photographer: Chelsea Brown Photography//Wedding Date:08.24.2013//Restaurant:Bona Sera Cafe//Event Planner:Grand Jour Events//Dress Store:White Arbor Bridals//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sara + Nick’s Intimate Soiree at Lord Jeffery Inn

We’re kicking off the first wedding of the month by featuring a super intimate soiree at the Lord Jeffery Inn, starring Sara + Nick. Michelle of Michelle Girard Photography did an incredible job of encapsulating all the charming and romantic details. With palette of orange and pink, Sara filled the space with lots of warm colors and candles.

The Inn’s library was the perfect setting for Sara + Nick’s intimate ceremony. The fire in the fireplace and the candles filled the room and created a warm and inviting environment. Sara also continue the theme by having candles and lights all over the reception, making it super romantic. Though she had a few mini DIY touches to complete her wedding, my favorite DIY element were the center pieces that Sara created for the tables (Is she a pro?!)
How cute was the First Look? I think it’s a superb idea (and great photo opportunity!) to include family/wedding party. I totally love that for Sara + Nick, their wedding party had a “sneak peek” for one of the big moments of the day. And the look on Nick’s face when he saw Sara? SWOON. Just exactly what every woman dreams of when the love of her life looks at her. Major bonus points there, Nick!

Sara + Nick did not need to DIY every aspect of their wedding to make it romantic, warm, and literally, filled with lots of love. And did I mention I *heart* their wedding cake & the “we do” cake topper and the map of hearts “guest book”? Congratulations to you both!!!


Photographer: Michelle Girard Photography//Wedding Date: 09.01.2013//DJ:And The Beat Goes On//Floral Designer: Forget me not Florist//Bakery: Greggory’s Pastry Shop//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Joseph A. Banks//Reception Venue: Lord Jeffery Inn//Hair Stylist: Salon Herdis //Dress Store: The Bridal Barn & Tux Shoppe//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Kelly + Matt’s Violet and Burlap Wedding at the Mansion

Kelly + Matt’s purple affair at the Mount Airy Mansion is nothing short of amazing. Captured by Eastport Photography, this Fall mansion wedding features rich hues of violet and gold, with burlap used in many different ways. It is both sweet and vibrant!

For their gorgeous ceremonial backdrop, Kelly used old rustic doors that she found and decorated with a gold frame and initial “L”. I love all the burlap signs, such as “Love is Sweet” and the initials flags hung over the mansion balcony. And goodness, that candy bar featuring gold and violet cake pops is truly decadent!

I’m in love with how Kelly married her colors together and how the colors and burlap are used in a refreshing way. I also adore their adorable flower girl, and something sweet and sentimental to share here- the flower girl dress is actually one of Kelly’s dress made for her by her grandmother when she was young.

Congratulations to Kelly + Matt!

Photographer: Eastport Photography//Wedding Date: 10/05/2013//DJ: Bialek’s Music//Cake Designer: Cakes by Rachael//Event Venue: Mount Airy Mansion//Invitation Designer: Paper in the Park//Caterer: Pineapple Alley Catering//Hair Stylist:Up Do’s for I Do’s//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Kassie + Chad’s Swoon-Worthy Historical Park E-Session

Kassie + Chad definitely hit the jack pot with their engagement shoot location. George Ranch Historical Park, a 20,000 acre working ranch near Houston, Texas, features historic homes and buildings… and horses. Swoon-worthy photos by Dana Fernandez Photography, this engagement shoot is gorgeous to boot. It certainly helped when they were able to shoot at this picturesque location with no one else around (it was closed on Sunday, the day they had the shoot) since Kassie’s dad knows the owner of the Park.


What a dreamy location! I love all the buildings, the trees, and the space! I also adored their use of props- the sign on their dog, the gold-painted ampersand sign, and “I’m marrying him” chalkboard sign. Although we haven’t seen their wedding, but I can already picture just how sweet their wedding must have been!!


Photographer: Dana Fernandez Photography//E-Session Date: 05/19/2013//Event Venue: George Ranch Historical Park//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jamilynn + John’s Summer Camp Wedding

Jamilynn + John’s wedding, brought to us by hillary maybery photography, really makes you feel like you’ve arrived to a cool, chilled, and fun family-run camp for the day that just happened to be also hosting a wedding at the same time. Seriously, this wedding was DIY, rustic, and so incredibly laid-back as they (and Jamilynn’s pretty little girl) said their “I Do’s” in front of mountain peaks, grassy meadows, and blue skies.

Lots of DIY went into this rustic wedding, from Jamilynn:

“We had saved glass jars for months and we painted the insides of them to hold our flower arrangements. We also saved soup cans and planted succulents in them to add to our centerpieces. Kaiser cut a large letter “K” out of sheet metal, then painted and aged it to look antique. People signed the back of the letter as our guest book. Now we have an “antique-sign” to hang on our wall that is great décor.

We also used reclaimed barn wood scraps for the hand painted signs we had around the wedding site. Each sign pointed to the different features at our wedding and to the other cities that people traveled from to attend. Another friend hand-sewed a variety of flags onto sisal rope for decoration on the main lodge. She got a bunch of random printed bed-sheets at Goodwill, cut and sewed 60ft of beautiful and colorful flagging.

Our guest favors were our custom napkins. We ordered peach colored bandanas and had them screen printed with the state of Idaho on the corner. All of the setup and tear-down was done by the wedding party, including fiesta lights, dance floor lights, some minor landscaping, custom wedding arch, PA system, dance floor lighting and catering logistics.”

I love how awesome everything is pulled together when family and friends get involved to help set up a beautiful wedding. Congratulations to Jamilynn + John and their beautiful daughter!!
Photographer: hillary maybery photography//WeddinDate: 06/29/2013//Reception Venue:4H Camp//Dress: ModCloth//Cake Designer: The Sweet Crumb//Food: Ketchum Grill (Pizza)/Bears BBQ/The Cellar (beverages)//Cupcakes: The Sweet Crumb//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Natalie + Dane’s Blue & Green Nostalgic Wedding

This sweet wedding photograph by Katie Lewis Photography was nostalgic of all sorts. There are classic blue mason jars, pretty tiffany blue bottles, baseballs, paper pinwheels, and the Chevelle. But what really struck me when I saw Natalie + Dane was how much they reminded me of what the quintessential high school Prom King + Queen should look like. When I found out that their venue was held at an old high-school-turned-lodge, all the bells and whistles went off for me. This wedding is sweet and dainty, and just reminds you of all the good ole days.

There were quite a few sweet details I love from this wedding. Natalie looked incredibly gorgeous and sweet in her simple tea-length wedding dress, her jeweled bouquet, and what girl doesn’t want a getaway car in the classic Chevelle? I also love the idea of having guests signed baseballs instead of a traditional guest book, and how cute were all the chalkboard signs?!

Congratulations to Natalie + Dane!


Photographer:Katie Lewis Photography, Inc.//Wedding Date: 06/15/2013//Floral Designer: Java Rose//DJ: Night Scene Entertainment//Reception Venue: Riverdale High Lodge//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Kim + Adam’s Fall Wedding at the Aquarium

For many couples, trying to establish what are the most important criteria for choosing a theme or venue is a headache. That’s not the case for our couple Kim + Adam. Right from the get-go, they knew that they both want to get married at an unique venue; Kim also required that they get married in Boston, and Adam required a venue that made food on-site. Well, with those 3 criteria, they found the New England Aquarium. Katie Slater Photography did an incredible job of capturing this offbeat, romantic, AND non-fish theme wedding at the aquarium.

Kim was determined to make her DIY wedding as romantic as possible with lots of cream, dark orange, champagne and gold hues. To do so, she purchased all her vases for the tables from the Dollar Store and sprayed painted them gold. Kim + Adam then arranged all the flowers themselves. They also created all the bouquets and boutonnieres as well. For their tables, they opted to name the tables with names of the places they have traveled together with postcards and a picture of them at that location. The place cards were postcards to each location that were addressed to the guests. Inside each postcard, they wrote a “thank you” note and why the location is important to them as a couple (how neat!). They also created their own program, where not only do they mentioned and thanked people that were important to them, but also included a few short bulletin points of defining characteristics of each other. This was done so that they can introduce each other to guests that only know one of them.

I love the fireworks and having the ceremony outside on the wharf. And I’m in love with super personalized tables this couple created for their guests. Although the aquarium doesn’t necessarily scream “romantic” by any means, Kim + Adam did a fabulous job of creating a very romantic affair. Thanks so much to Katie Slater Photography for capturing all the picturesque flairs!
Photographer: Katie Slater Photography//Wedding Date: August 31, 2013//Reception Venue: Boston Aquarium//Dress Store: David’s Bridal//Cake Designer: Konditor Meister//Band: Occasional Brass & Strings//Photo Booth Equipment:Red Eye Photobooths//Cinema and Video: Vantage Point Films Wedding & Event Cinematography//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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