Maren & Chris’ Classic Elegance Wedding

Happy Valentine’s Day, DIYers! Today we’re showcasing an absolutely gorgeous wedding that you’re going to oooh ‘n’ awwww over for weeks to come.  I’m going to step back and let the Q & A from photographers Viera Photographics tell you all about Maren and Chris’ big day.

Describe your DIY projects:

Maren: Where to begin?! 😉 All of the chalkboard signage, the save the dates, the invitation suite, the menus and individual place cards, the ‘wish you were here’ banner and photo collage at the wishing well, the labels sewn into the groomsmen’s ties, the cookie party favors (baked by a family friend), my mom’s homemade lemon bars at the dessert table, custom napkins at the bar and dessert table, the seating chart poster, the wine corks used as a sign-in book, the repurposed retro wood wall used as a backdrop for the ceremony (thank you dad!!), the custom jewelry charms designed into the corsages for the two mom’s corsages, the custom tie clips for the groom and dads, and the custom monogram and slideshow shown by the DJ.

How did each of you feel when you woke up on your wedding day?

Maren: Totally excited, but at the same time I couldn’t believe that after about 10 months of work that it was finally here. It seemed very surreal. Also some anxiety about getting everyone to hair and makeup bright and early! Oh, and tired from only getting about 5 hours of sleep!

Chris: Excited, tired, and anxious to help Maren’s dad with early morning set-up.

Recall something someone said to you on the day that has remained with you since then.

Maren: My mom hand-wrote notes and framed them, and then placed them in the ‘getting ready’ areas for both the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The notes, summarized, said not only how thankful and happy my parents were, but how important it was to them that we thanked each and every person along the way who has helped us all to get to this point. Basically, the note (addressed to the entire wedding party) said that, “If someone helped you in any way today, please thank them for all that they have done”. I feel it really brought a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness to the whole affair that was felt by all that attended.

What was the funniest thing that happened?

Maren: The one that will stick with me for a lifetime was someone else cutting our wedding cake! It was partially my fault- I remembered all of these details but forgot to bring our cake toppers, so our cake (since it was really small, just for the two of us to cut) looked like just another dessert on the dessert table. It made it unscathed until the perfect moment when I happened to walk by with the wedding planner just in time to see a guest pick up a cake-cutting knife and slice it! I yelled out “Oh nooooo, that’s our wedding caaaaaaaake!” like in slo-mo in a movie, but it was too late. My reaction made her jump in embarrassment, and she ended up flipping the cake off the stand into the wall! Fortunately, a family friend in the catering industry fixed it enough to be shown in photos, and neither my groom nor I are big fans of cake anyways. It was WELL worth it for the laughs we have had about it many times a day since! Probably one of the stand out best memories of the night, and a story for all of the years to come- we are actually really glad it happened!!! Another great one was a literal CANNON going off as we were trying to pose for our wedding party photos! You would think if the campus was going to send of a CANNON, they would let you know if advance? We thought we were under attack!!!!

What was the most emotional moment?

Maren: It was a toss up between the first look, when Chris (who swore he wouldn’t cry) turned around and just said over and over again “wow, babe, wow, I mean, WOW!!!” with tears in his eyes. It made all the work seem worth it. Also when I stood at the front of the aisle before the alter, holding on to my dad, having just gotten to walk to JOURNEY and hearing the pastor pray to open the ceremony and bless our marriage. Had to pull the tissues out of the cleavage for that one!

Chris: When Maren was walking down the aisle ( it was a really far walk) and I could see them the entire time coming towards me. It seemed to last an eternity. I was thinking of how emotional it must also be for Maren and her dad.


Maren & Chris
The Athenaeum Cal Tech, California
Event Date: October, 2013


Photographer:  Viera Photographics//Band: artdeco entertainment//Officiant:Beach Cities Community Church//Dress Designer: Calvin Klein//Makeup Artist:Designed Elegance//Equipment Rentals:Dolphin Rentals//DJ:Elev8 Entertainment//Invitation Designer:Maren Kelly Design//Floral Designer: Peony and Plum//Cake Designer: Sweet and Saucy Shop//Event Venue: The Athenaeum Cal Tech//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Vera Wang//Wedding dress designer: Anna Maier- Ulla Maija Wedding shoes: Allen Schwartz Bridal veil: Occansey Designs

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