REAL WEDDING: Julia + Trung’s Pismo Beach Wedding

Julia and Trung had the beautiful bluffs of Pismo beach as a gorgeous backdrop to this bright wedding. Their wedding was held at the Inn at the Cove and used pops of color and DIY elements to personalize their special day! Check out their wedding below.

I love how this couple incorporated a subtle hint of yellow with the bridesmaids and groomsmen attire, but used vibrate pops with their flowers.

The save the dates, guestbook, and signage found around the wedding venue were DIY elements that the couple worked on together.

The groom even made the tassels that lined the ceremony space and other decorative tables.

These paper fans are adorable and helped keep the guests cool during the ceremony.

Probably one of the most personal DIY elements was the taiko performance by the bride’s father and family.  Julia even got in on the drumming action. How special!

Congrats to the happy couple and thank you for sharing your beachy wedding with the DIY Bride readers.



Brides Clothing: WtooBCBG, dolce vita, bhldn hair pins / Groom: H&M JacketAldoTheTieBar,  Calvin Klein / Hair Stylist: Kristi Reynolds Unveiled Makeup & Hair  / Makeup Artist:  Jenny Hopwood Unveiled Makeup & Hair / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.crew / Stationary: DIY / Shutterfly  / Florist: Wilder Floral Co.  / Catering & Reception Venue:Ventana GrillDesserts:   SLO Donut Co. / Officiant:  Andy Morris / Taiko Group:  (lead by bride’s father with bride & family performing) / DJ/MC’s:  Gregory Kawabata & Justin Hua / Photography:  Sonya Yruel Photography / Photo Lab:  Scanning and processing of film from Holga /

Kristin + David’s “Words With Friends” Wedding

We’re kicking off this week with a lovely yellow + grey scrabble-themed DIY wedding from Love Tree Studios. Our couple Kristin + David were encouraged by a mutual friend to start playing “Words With Friends” game with each other, and this beautiful friendship eventually bloomed into real love. Our bride Kristin is talented at DIY crafting and used her skills well to honor the game that changed their lives forever into a theme.

Let’s see, where do I start? So many lovely aspects to this DIY wedding. I love the large pinwheels that decorated the ceremony backdrop as well as vases of the yellow cut-out birds sitting on small bunches of white branches. I especially adore the different center pieces that Kristin created by choosing different photos of her + David as well as spelling out different words such as “cherished” with scrabble letters. And my favorite? Kristin’s gorgeous work on all the bouquets and boutonnieres.

Congratulations to Kristin + David!!!


Photographer: Love Tree Studios//Wedding Date:04.06.2013//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//Floral Designer:Hyvee//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Savvi Formalwear//Floral Designer:Addie Jane Originals//Jewelry:Buchroeders Jewelers//Reception Venue:Cherry Hill Event Center//

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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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Jackie + Chang’s Classic Autumn Wedding

For our Monday feature this week, we’re sharing a traditional Autumn affair from Lindsay Docherty Photography. Jackie + Chang had their traditional church wedding in Delaware at the same location where Jackie’s sister, parents, and grandparents were also married in. For their celebration, they decided to hosted it at Kings Mills in Pennsylvania, where Jackie allowed her creativity to shine.



Jackie incorporated lots of yellow, orange, and gold all over the details for her Fall wedding. What was pretty amazing was that Jackie + Chang had only visited and seen their venue once and were able to visualize how they want their reception to look. Jackie went to work and created each unique center pieces for the tables, the cake topper, signs, favors, and the masks worn by the wedding party.

Lots of fun dancing, bright sparklers, and sky lanterns send-offs to round out a beautiful wedding, Jackie + Chang’s classic autumn wedding was one they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. Jackie’s unique center pieces were the stars of the show (next to Jackie + Chang, of course), and the matching bridesmaids’ gold glittery heels were great complements to Jackie’s own heels in hot pink.

Congratulations to Jackie + Chang on their marriage!!


Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography//Wedding Date:11.02.2014//Dress Store:Francesca’s Collections//Jewelry: Jared//Caterer: Kings Mills//Reception Venue:Kings Mills//Veils and headpieces:Simply Blue Bridal//Musicians:Sky Brady//Floral Designer:Wildflowers by Alicia//

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Meg + John’s Yellow Vintage DIY Wedding

Meg + John have spent most of their lives together. They were childhood sweethearts that survived high school and long-distances when they attended college. Needless to say, they are pretty in love with each other. The talent behind M.Studios captured photo after photo of all the sweet lovely moments they had.

Meg + John were together for 10 years by the time they got engaged, so she definitely already knew what she wanted their wedding to look like. As a super sweet person, she has trouble telling people no and what she doesn’t like, so her solution is to DIY!!!

From Meg:

“For the centerpieces I purchased grey tablecloths to layer with the white provided by the caterer. We had lanterns which we spent hours spray painting to be the right color yellow and then I bought material from Jo-Ann’s and my mom sewed mats for the lanterns to go on. I had a lot of vintage orange glasses from my grandmother which we also incorporated into the centerpieces. I had a really specific idea of what I wanted the bridal party jewelry to look like, so when that didn’t exist I decided to make them. I ordered pearls from etsy and went to work… I bought lokta paper from paper source and strung those up in a cabinet that I bought at TJ Maxx. The table numbers were also lokta paper with numbers that I cut out with my cricut, adhered and finished off onto a tile from Lowe’s with mod podge. Instead of a guest book that people would have to wait around to sign, my sister-in-law suggested that we do cards that we could then open on our first anniversary. I bought envelopes and embossed them with a stamp that said “just married”… we ordered flowers from and I was able to make my dream bouquet at a fraction of the quote I had been given, and had plenty of flowers left over for aisle decorations!”

What a gorgeous bride Meg was! I love it when a bride knows exactly what she wants AND create her vision by DIYing. Thank you so much, Meg, for sharing your DIY details! And much thanks to M.Studios for sharing this awe-inspiring wedding with us!

Much congratulations to our storybook couple Meg + John!


Photographer: M.Studios//Wedding Date:08.02.2013//Caterer:Emery’s Catering//Hair Stylist:Glam by Torie Bliss//Event Venue: Linden Place Mansion//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Devon + Dusty’s Bright Yellow Wedding Weekend

If you could, how wonderful would it be to throw your wedding as a long weekend celebration, with your closest friends and family? Well, that’s exactly what Devon + Dusty did. They rented out the lovely House on the Hill for all the guests to stay, and their wedding was the final highlight of a fun weekend. What an awesome way to also allow all the guests to help chip in their labor of love for the couple as they help decorate the venue leading up to the wedding day!

Brought to us by the awesome Cory Ryan Photography, Devon + Dusty’s wedding had lots of bright yellows, fun, sweetness, and most of all, love. Our bride Devon looked just oh-so-super-sweet and perfect next to her groom, as you will see!

Devon + Dusty had some amazing help to pulled off their DIY wedding. Devon’s Uncle Sonny brought his smoking rig from Mississippi with him so that he could cook up a scrumptious BBQ feast. Their artist friend Jane made their wedding cake while Devon made the super cute owls cake topper. But the most impressive DIY for me was the huge diagram that Dusty had made which show how everyone was connected/knew each through Devon + Dusty. How cool!

Yuuummy BBQ! And what an awesome idea to have an iced coffee keg to wash all the BBQ and hot weather down AND stay energized to dance the night away! I also love the couple’s use of something so simple as a stack of old National Geographic magazines as part of the table setting to tie in the bright yellow theme they have going on. And how about the use of perennial substitutions for sunflowers as bridesmaids’ bouquets?

I loved all the sweet photos of Devon + Dusty… don’t they just look so in love? Such a lovely gown on a lovely bride. Much thanks to Cory Ryan Photography for showcasing such a sweet and down-to-earth couple!


Photographer: Cory Ryan Photography//Wedding Date:07.20.2013//Floral Designer: Austin Flower Company//Caterer:East Side Pies//Musicians:Eddie Collins//Reception Venue: House on the Hill//Cake Designer:Jane Radstrom//Caterer: Whole Foods//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Alison + Christian’s Yellow and Grey Rustic Farm Wedding

Featured wedding for the day comes from the talented Jeff of Brooke Courtney Photography. This Pennsylvania wedding at The Farm at Eagles Ridge was love at first sight for our couple Alison + Christian. They had a vision of getting married at a “big open barn with lots of natural light, hardwood floors, and rustic charms”, and that’s exactly what they got. Alison has always loved the colors yellow and grey, so obviously, she felt that golden yellow with grey accents would be perfect for her early Fall wedding in the country… and I couldn’t agree more with her!

Alison + Christian wanted to DIY their decor to make sure that their wedding is truly about them and added vintages pieces wherever they see fit. They “collected vintage postcards from all of the places [they] had traveled for [their] guests to write special messages on. [They] made homemade butterscotch walnut fudge for [their] favors.” From Alison: “My maid of honor, Kendra, made all of the bunting that was hung in the barn. She cut yards and yards of fabric and sewed for months, and her family even helped hang it all the day of. The groom’s sister, Larissa, is an amazing cook and baked our entire wedding cake from scratch. She customized it to fit the fall season and flavors we love, like pumpkin spice and caramel apple. My father cut all of the wood slices from fallen trees near our home that our table centerpieces and wedding cake sat on.”

Alison honored her mother by wearing her wedding dress. Not only was it super comfy for her to wear, but it made her feel her mother’s presence. I love the photograph of Alison holding a framed picture of her mother… there’s just something so sweet and heart-tugging about it.

Thank you so much to Jeff of Brooke Courtney Photography for submitting this uber-sweet wedding… Much congrats to Alison + Christian!!


Photographer: Jeff of Brooke Courtney Photography//Wedding Date:10.06.2013//Event Venue:The Farm at Eagles Ridge//Videography:Foundation Videography//Flowers:Country Lane Flowers//Event Planning:Stylish Occasions//

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Dawn + Dan’s Sweet Summer Wedding in Virginia

Today’s wedding is a sweet mix of traditional, rustic, and romance. Lauryn of Lauryn Galloway Photography did a wonderful job capturing all the small sweet and darling moments throughout Dawn + Dan’s summer Southern wedding in Virginia. Using a romantic palette of dark grey, yellow, and fuchsia pink, their family and friends all pitched in their time and talent to decorate their day.

My top favorite details of the day: Tissue pom-poms and paper lanterns stranded with lights and hung all over the reception area; Rustic details on the ceremonial mantle that acted as the backdrop. Every single little detail, like the fuchsia rosettes adorned on the “love always” wedding banner, tied all colors together and just added that little something extra and different.
Thank you so much to Lauryn Galloway Photography and Dawn + Dan for sharing such a lovely wedding with us. It is a perfect combination of traditional, rustic, and modern at the same time!

Congratulations Dawn + Dan!!!
Photographer: Lauryn Galloway Photography//Wedding Date: 08.24.2013//Venue: Cloverdale Barn//Caterer: Shaffer’s Catering//Floral Designer: Bluebells//Doughnuts: Marker Miller Orchards//Music: The DJ Connection//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Heather + Chris’ DIY Wedding at the Family Farm

Our second feature for the day is brought to us by Nikki May Day Photography. This colorful summer wedding was held at a farm belonging to Heather’s relatives in Pennsylvania, featuring Lake Erie (for the ceremonial site) and a big barn where the reception was held nearby.

Both Heather + Chris are creative people (Heather art directed and Chris handled design and production). Together, they put lots of neat special touches to their day. From the photographer:

“They designed their own Save the Dates, Invitations, Thank You’s and Programs and they were AWESOME. They even designed their own H&D temporary tattoo’s (which were a huge hit) as well as making their own light up H&D sign. All of the direction signs were hand painted, the wedding pie was home made, the linens were all collected by Heather, and even Heather’s engagement ring was customized by Chris.”
I super adore their invitation suite, I mean, how can you not when you have a couple who are incredibly talented as Heather + Chris? I also love how they are not afraid to use bold colors such as yellow and red to showcase the playfulness of their wedding. Flower seed packets for favors? They totally have my heart!

Congratulations to Heather + Chris!!!
Photographer:Nikki May Day Photography//Wedding Date: 06/15/2013//Dress Designer: Saja//Dress Designer: Saja Wedding//

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Amy + Max’s Charming & Playful Yellow Wedding

Happy Valentine’s Day to the fellow lovely DIY brides and grooms! We have tons of beautiful photos from the talented Matei Horvath Photography to share with you today. Amy + Max is a super playful couple, whose personalities really shone through with their sense of style. Our gorgeous bride donned a short and adorable tea-length wedding dress, but my eyes were in love with her cute mustard yellow booties she wore to complete her look. They are so sweet and playful to each other, it’s no wonder that their photographer had a ton of great photos to share with us!

Let me tell you, I was caught off-guarded by Amy’s white ruffle shorts that she wore underneath her dress… and she absolutely had no problems showing it off. What a fun, cool bride!

Amy + Max fell in love with their venue as soon as they saw it. It allowed them to decorate it as they see fit to their personality, from the giant jenga game to the charming yellow VW bus and the camper that allowed them to have a special quiet moment away from the festivities. But my favorite aspect of this awesome wedding, which also happens to be Amy’s favorite as well, is their First Look with the battle of the nerf guns. You just can’t help but laugh and smile along with them.
I want to share something sweet and romantic about Amy + Max’s engagement. They were college sweethearts, and Max confessed he loves Amy (accidentally!) about one month into their relationship. It happened in what’s got to be one of the most unromantic places- gas station, during one of their pit stop in Seattle while on vacation. BUT it became their super special spot and a must visit (gas pump #9!) whenever they are in the area. So, it’s not very surprising to the rest of us romantic gals that Max would choose to propose to Amy at the exact same spot where he first told her he loves her!

I love every aspect of this super sweet, yet quirky wedding. Amy + Max really allow their fun personalities to shine through. Thank you so much to Matei Horvath Photography for sharing this gorgeous wedding and couple with us!

Congratulations to Amy + Max!


Photographer: Matei Horvath Photography//Wedding Date: 10/27/2012//Equipment Rentals: A Rental connection//Dress Designer: Dolly Couture//Invitation Designer:Everybody! Everybody!//Bakery: Magnolia Bakery//Makeup Artist:Pure Skin and Lash Studio//Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch//Floral Designer: Unique Floral Designs//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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