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 | http://www.preferredantiques.com/
Florals: Blooms By The Box | https://www.bloomsbythebox.com/
Photography: Sarah Jane Winter Photo & Design | http://www.sarahjanewinter.com/
Cake and Cupcakes: Natasha Tiedge | @tashytiedge
Linens: Tablecloths Factory | http://tableclothsfactory.com/
Hair: Randi Graf, Cifelli’s Salon Spa | http://www.cifellissalon.com/
Makeup: Jenni Wheeler | @wheelerbusiness
Catering: Smoke in the Pit | http://www.smokeinthepit.com/
Entertainment: Rich Utke | https://www.facebook.com/groups/135909503111724/
Paper Products: 4over | http://4over.com/
Rentals, Table Settings, Flatware: Apres Party Rental | http://www.apresparty.com/
Officiant: Sarah Kolb-Williams
Over the moon to share one of our October weddings with y’all. Since the beginning of 2016 I have had the pleasure to work with the mother of the bride for this fun, rustic wedding at Hideaway Lake in Carrier, Mississippi. When I asked Jessica the bride what the inspiration behind the wedding day she said, “I told my mother that I wanted Vintage Chic, she incorporated that along with more than I could have dreamed of, and it came together beautifully.”
Fun fact is that Jessica and Joey met at in kindergarten at Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Pleasant Hill, CA. They were very close friends for 16 years before the two decided to start dating in July of 2007. Joey proposed on their 8 year anniversary at the same location he asked Jessica to be his girlfriend, at a lookout point in Berkeley, CA called Fish Ranch Road. It has a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay and is stunning at night time lit up by all the cities lights. I mean, how precious!
We asked Jessica for some future advice for brides planning, “Think of what you are envisioning for your day. Mixing and matching Vintage, Rustic, Chic can be so romantic and there are so many ways to put a fun twist on it. The possibilities are endless…”
Favorite Memories of the Day: We had a lot of wonderful memories from our Wedding Day!
#1.) Seeing the look on his face when he saw me for the first time walking down the aisle. It seriously felt like no one else was there except for us. Sort of like tunnel vision.
#2.) We loved lighting off Chinese Lanterns down on the beach when it got dark out. It was a fun activity for everyone to do and made for beautiful photos.
#3.) Having so many of our friends and family fly/drive out to Mississippi from all over the country to celebrate with us. It was awesome that people were willing to make the trip, to a place most of them had never been before, just to see us get married. We felt so much love and support on our Wedding Day.
Photographer: Magnolias + Honey – Brittany Bostick
Event planner: Lori Bennett – Mother of the Bride
Florist: Picayune Florist – Ms. Mary Ellen
Vintage Rentals: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals
Invites – Wedding Paper Divas
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Waters Edge – Hideaway Lake
Catering: Waters Edge – Hideaway Lake – Chef: Ginger
Cake: Paul’s Pastry
Cake topper: Leanne Madeline Boutique – Etsy
Entertainment: Donny Pascal – Diamond Productions
Decorative Elements: Sip Sip Hooray Cocktail Napkins, Eucalyptus Garlands, Lanterns, Lace Mobiles
Wedding favors: Coffee Bags – Mavora – Etsy / Personalized Coozies – CuteSayings – Etsy
Signage: Welcome Sign – OAKYdesigns – Etsy
Ringbearer Sign – SBWmonogramsdesigns – Etsy
Thanks y’all sign – ZcreateDesign – Etsy
Bar Sign w/Signature Drinks & Menu – Made by the Matron of Honor: Courtney Sinosky
Window Frame Sign with Important Dates – Made by the Matron of Honor: Courtney Sinosky
Love is Sweet Cake Stand – Made by HomesteadTraditions – Etsy
Bridal gown: Gesinee’s Bridal in Concord, CA
Hair piece: Picayune Florist (succulent hair piece)
Garter: FalabellaBridal – Etsy
Shoes: Brides Barefoot Sandals – FULYAK – Etsy
Accessories: Brides Earrings – GlamorousBijoux – Etsy
Hair: Valerie Hawkins
Makeup: Matron of Honor – Courtney Sinosky
Bridesmaid dresses: Gesinee’s Bridal
Bridesmaid gifts: Jewelry, Barefoot Sandals and “Getting Ready Robes”
Suit: Men’s Warehouse – Walnut Creek, CA
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.
Boy, oh boy, do I have a beauty to show you lovelies today. From the talent behind Viera Photographics, today’s feature is a very classic and neat DIY wedding that the bride described as “Jonathan Adler meets Great Gatsby”. Nicole + John decided to get hitched in Palm Springs, California since not only does the place suit their sense of style, but also because they wanted to get married by the Father and in the church that Nicole’s late mother was very fond of. Despite the raging SoCal heat of 106F the day of their wedding, Nicole + John planned well for the decorations they were going to use so that nothing is welted.
Enlisting help from her group of friends, Nicole and her girls spent a few get-togethers crafting away. One of the favorite projects that Nicole loved doing for her wedding was the crepe paper flowers project. She opted making these flowers instead of using the real flowers so that these would last a lot longer in the high SoCal summer heat as well as for the ease of packing for travel. She’s even re-purposed some as gift decorations post-wedding!
Since their wedding was on the 13th, Nicole gold-leafed dice on 1 and 3 and mailed a pair with all the invites. She had some leftover so she also used them as decoration around the reception.
In Nicole’s own words about her table runners: “The table runners were stenciled on butcher paper then spray painted in an ombre sea mist to teal. I had a slight panic attack when the smell seemed to take about a week to dissipate, but some Febreeze and time did the trick and they were easy to roll up and transport to the site.” Great tip!
The Adler-inspired clay animals as table decorations? Yep! Handmade by Nicole’s friend Staci. Those were cool!
From Nicole’s gorgeous and timeless wedding gown (and the veil!) to all the special Adler-inspired decorations, Nicole + John’s wedding was as classic as it gets. Thank you to Viera Photographics for the incredibly beautiful photos and sharing them with us here on DIY Bride!
Congratulations to Nicole + John!!!
Photographer: Viera Photographics//Wedding Date:09.13.2013//Ceremony Location:Sacred Heart Palm Desert//Hair Stylist:The Light Fantastic Salon Spa//Event Venue:The Parker Palm Springs//Band:The Titan Ups//Event Planner:Vivacious Design and Event Planner//
What does vintage tea party, Cricut and paper crafting have to do with our featured wedding today? DIY wonderland, that’s what. Captured by Larsen’s Photography, this Fall California wedding is a delight for fellow Cricut-Scrapbook-DIY lover like myself. When Lauren + Jason got engaged, she knew two things: 1. To get marry back home in California (they live in Texas) 2. A non-cookie-cutter theme that reflects both of their whimsical personalities and love for literature. All this brainstorming led to the Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding that you’re about to view!
From Lauren: “Jason and I liked the idea of Alice in Wonderland, but to keep it classy (we) kept with a vintage tea party, infused with wonderland. Pinterest was my best friend for months, but then my sister Karen turned my Pinterest fantasy into a reality. Keeping on budget we bought whimsical scrapbook paper and my sister and her Cricut let soar with hundreds of tea cups, clocks, keys and hats. We used old books from my mom and my aunt and laid hundreds of feet of mint green tulle underneath everything. The food was prepared and made by longtime friends of mine, as well as the incredible cake and dessert table that was put together with love by another.
What a lovely wedding theme! I absolutely adore DIY weddings such as Lauren + Jason’s, where lots of paper crafting was involved. And just how adorable were the flower girls, walking down the aisle with big paper flowers and mint green tutu’s?? Just pure love! All the cute and whimsical signs displayed throughout the wedding perfectly reflected our couple’s personalities, and it’s very obvious that the couple gave their guests a wedding to talk about!
Congratulations to Lauren + Jason, and much thanks to Lauren’s sister Karen for showcasing her awesome DIY skills!!
Photographer: Larsen’s Photography//Wedding Date:09.21.2013//Makeup Artist:Bella Capelli//Dress Store: Casablanca Bridal//DJ:DJ Ignite//Equipment Rentals: Encore Events Rentals//Floral Designer:Gina’s Floral Enchantment//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jos A Banks //Bridesmaid Dresses: Light in the box//Event Venue:Mendocino Hill//Makeup Artist:SKIN Day Spa//Shoes:Something Bleu Shoes//Etsy Designer:The Oyster’s Pearl//Dress Store: Wine Country Bridal//
We’re kicking off this Monday with a pretty DIY rustic wedding from Cassi Claire Photography. Right from the get-go, Christine + Keith knew what type of wedding they wanted: Adirondack-themed wedding- rustic, vintage, country, and just so them. They scoured up and down the Hudson River looking for the perfect venue that has the right rustic vibe, and they found it at Fox Hollow. With pretty pink and blue as the main color palette, this DIY New York wedding is just oh-so-sweet!
To create that rustic romantic vibe, Christine + Keith decorated the venue with hints of burlap, wood, baby’s breath, twine, raffia, and lace everywhere. From the bride: “The centerpieces were curly willow branches in various spray painted liquor bottles with distressed and wood burned hearts to show table numbers and a quote like “laugh” or “lucky”, along with embellished mason jars which held flowers and floating candles, using burlap, twine, paper and crochet flowers to help make each table unique. The fireplace mantle showcased our Love Story in a barnyard wooden frame next to both of our parents wedding pictures. Our DIY card box was that of a wooden treasure box burned and stained which matched our somewhat untraditional guest ‘log’, a slab of varnished wood with our symbol of C+K burned in the middle for everyone to sign. On their way into cocktail hour, guests got to take their lantern favor with the DIY distressed escort card and skeleton key attached to show you where our favorite people in the world were sitting.”
Just how lovely was Christine + Keith’s night ceremony? All the gorgeous light shining upon the beautiful couple and that romantic arch. They definitely pulled off their vision of beautiful rustic vision with the warm colors and all the personal touches. And just how fun was the dance party!
Congratulations to Christine + Keith!
Photographer: Cassi Claire Photography//Wedding Date:09.14.2013//Etsy Designer:Amber and Earth //Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff//Dress Store: Bridal Reflections//Jewelry:Brookstone//Etsy Designer:Crafts and Goodies//Jewelry:Cynthia Cool Beans //Dress Store: David’s Bridal//Apparel:Enchanted Atelier//Favors and Gifts:Favor Warehouse//Reception Venue: Fox Hollow//Other:Gingham Grins //Jewelry:Maria Elena Headpieces//Shoes: My Glass Slipper//Shoes:Nina Shoes//Invitation Designer:Paisley Pear Designs //Cinema and Video:Paul Nameck Videography//Musicians:Shake Rattle Roll Pianos//Etsy Designer:The Art of Handmades//DJ:We Like 2 Party Entertainment //Etsy Designer:When Dreamz Come True//
We’re kicking off this Monday with a super gorgeous Philadelphia soiree from BG Productions Photography and Videography. This late Fall/early Winter wedding just oozes sophistication and elegance, with help from the presence of the historical venue, The German Society of Pennsylvania. Using main colors black, white, and gold for the palette and lots of lace, Ashley + Justin pulled off one awe-inspiring wedding with gorgeous details!
Ashley + Justin incorporated DIY touches where they can. For example, Ashley ordered bulk flowers from
Falls Flowers to put flower arrangements together herself. Ashley’s mom and aunt made amazingly beautiful handmade snowflake ornaments as favors for guests. And I’m in complete awe of how neat and clean their chalkboard signs were.
I love Ashley + Justin’s use of lace as table runners, which show up especially well against the black table cloths. I also love Ashley’s bold choice of using black lace dresses to dress her bridal party, which they all look amazing and romantic. I also just can’t stop adoring over their First Looks with BG Productions Photography and Videography, featuring scenes from all over their favorite spots in Philly (e.g. Race Street Pier, where they got engaged; Painted Bride, which is down the street from their house; and of course their super adorable dog and the Philly skyscrapers as background).
Much congratulations to Ashley + Justin for their beautiful wedding and pulling off this super classy wedding!
Photographer: BG Productions Photography and Videography//Wedding Date:11.23.2013//Photo Booth Equipment:BG Productions Photography & Videography//Cake Designer:Classic Cake//Location:Loews Hotel//DJ: No Macarena DJ//Caterer:Blue Monkey Catering//Floral Designer: Falls Flowers//Reception Venue: The German Society of PA//Submitted via Two Bright Lights
This sweet, romantic, and country chic wedding featuring Kyle + Nick is a must see today. With beautiful photography by BrittRene Photo, this gorgeous wedding has lots of amazing DIYs, which took Kyle over a year and half to put together! But it was the community of family and friends who came to help Kyle + Nick with setting all the details together to pull off the wedding of their dreams.
The DIY details from Kyle:
“All the projects were DIY. And it most defiantly took a year and a half to get all those projects done. The long planning, execution and frustration of it all, paid off in the end. From the flowers which were beautifully arranged by a very talented family friend, to the desserts which were lovingly made by several women in the family. Every detail meant something and had a personal touch. Our planner Monica Currier, and her awesome assistant Chaili Trentham, knocked it out of the park. Our friends worked tirelessly to place candles in the creek bed, put up lanterns, and lovingly help make our dream day a reality. The thing that blew us away the most was the community of people that came to help. We would not have had this perfect, I mean really perfect, day without our friends and family. That is why our wedding meant so much, it was hand-made with love.”
Strung lights with paper lanterns all across the outdoor reception area really romanticize the wedding. The bridal party looked incredibly gorgeous, and the pale pink bridesmaid dresses also worked really well with the overall romantic look of the wedding. My favorite part of the wedding, which added a whimsical and offbeat side to the ceremony is that their “flower girl/boy/man” is one of their friends. According to the bride, Kyle + Nick were introduced by their friend Landon. They had promised him that if they ever get married, he will be their “flower man”. And boy did he rock it!
Congratulations to Kyle + Nick for throwing such an awesome DIY wedding, and much thanks to BrittRene Photo for sharing it with us!
Photographer: BrittRene Photo//Wedding Date:06.22.2013//Event Venue: Hidden Oaks//DJ:higher level sound//Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth//Caterer:my urban eats//Dress Designer:Private Label by G//Makeup: Joelle Seaton//Florist: Miss Patti Bergeron//Desserts: (cupcakes) Malia Rusniaczek , (macaroons) Matt Krause , (cookies) Roselyn Estep, (cookies) Karla DallaTorre, (biscotti’s) Toni Hartman//Hair: Kaity Morrissey//
Summer + Gabe decided to get married at Gabe’s childhood neighborhood, courtesy of a friend’s backyard. This super relaxed and homey affair is nothing short of gorgeousness. With every detail well-thought out by Summer and with photography by Courtney Bowlden Photography, I got quite a few awe-inspiring photos to show you (think hanging paper lantern on apple trees)!
Summer took it upon herself to do all the decorations and flower arrangements for the wedding. What’s interesting and money-saving(!) was that she didn’t have any particular flowers in mind; rather, she picked up the flowers at a flower stand on the side of the road and just ran with what she had. A very nice touch they had at the wedding was that rather than just hanging up photos of the two of them and/or family, they honor all the friends and family who came by incorporating a lot of photos of them around the yard. For their guestbook, Summer found vintage post cards at antique stores and decided to leave them out for guests to write on, which she’ll then use them to make into a book. And Gabe’s contribution? He did an awesome job DIYing by hand-carving the ring box and center pieces
According to the photographer Courtney Bowlden, Summer and Gabe included an old tradition of jumping over lavender after the wedding, which she has not seen before. Something cute she also shared with us is that after the ceremony, Summer took Gabe’s niece, who was their flower girl, around to look for little baby frogs. The result? Summer caught one and Courtney Bowlden took some awesome photos with it.
Congratulations to Summer + Gabe for a beautiful laid-back wedding!!