Succulent favors, handmade signs, oversize Jenga games, and a food truck. Oh, where to begin with this wedding? There are so many great details in here, my friends; you are going to love this one!
Renee and Chad’s venue, Lion’s Park, is a rustic and simple lodge nestled in the hills of Carpinteria, California. The happy couple exchanged their vows under a beautiful old tree in the dancing Santa Barbara sunlight.
Renee, a girly-girl at heart, a hard-metals jewelry maker. She wore a vintage gown with a big beautiful bow at the back.
The theme of the day was organic. Wildflowers, succulents, and recycled wooden crates were used for decor. The blue sapphire engagement ring Chad gave Renee served as the inspiration for the cornflower blue elements in the decor.
Renee went all out with the DIY wedding projects you see here. Yay, crafty bride! She created dream catchers that hung from the gazebo and planted the succulents for centerpieces.
Truly Fancy, their choice of coordinator and florist, and Renee dip-dyed all their napkins to give a blue-ombre effect. The stones on each guests’ place settings were a nod to Renee’s jewelry design background.
Renee’s best friend, Christine of ReCircle Matter, handmade all of the wooden decor and they even got a custom surfboard made to tie in the California theme.
The cocktail hour consisted of lawn games which the groom was especially excited that everyone was enjoying them due to his many hours put into making the corn hole boards and big Jenga pieces!
Renee said: “I loved the DIY part, at times it became very time consuming but I just looked at it as a labor of love. Each element really reflected our personalities and personal style and I don’t think I would have achieved that with store bought items.” She also added: “…making things together was a great experience for us as a couple. We got to be creative, problem solve, and build together and it helped strengthen our relationship and our excitement for our wedding!”
The Lundahl’s chose Georgia’s Smokehouse BBQ food truck for their dinner which served amazing comfort food and donuts and smores for dessert!
They ended the night with a sparklers send-off and then their guests rode back to their hotels on a bus that said “Renee and Chad Just Married!”
Renee & Chad
Lion’s Park, California
Event Date: May, 2014
The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is one of my favorite places on the planet. I drag my family through the gardens as often as I can because it is a truly glorious and amazing place. The Victorian greenhouse, having survived numerous disasters including the 1906 earthquake, is one of the most stunning pieces of architecture in San Francisco. To have a wedding there, as Lillian and David have, is a testament to its beauty as you’ll see in the pictures below.
David and Lillian were inspired by the resilliency and beauty of the Conservatory. An early 1900s black and white photo was incorporated into their save-the-date. Lillian chose a vintage v-neck dress evocative of the time and their friend (and graphic designer, Charmagne Kringstein, designed all their signage in a very vintage/playful style in the vein of artist Edward Gorey. Gorey’s style is normally thought of macabre (aka- Adams’ family, Goth) but Charmagne was able to invoke the artist in a playful classic style that echoed the building.
According to photographer Robin of Robin Jolin Photography:
All of the prop styling for the wedding was done by Lillian’s friend and stylist, Rosey. Shelly Kaldunski, a local pastry chef and friend of Lillian’s, did all the deserts. Lillian and David bought all kind of local snacks. Cow Girl Creamy and 4505 Meats for snacks. Le Truc is a local San Francisco food truck, catered the event.
Lillian and her bridesmaids did all the flowers, including the bouquets, the day of the wedding!
All of these things influenced the decor which was kept simple and classic, and the 8 piece jazz band, having a vintage inspired photo corner with the antique type writer for guests to write us a message, etc.
Lillian & David
SF Conservatory of Flowers, California
Event Date: April 2012
Our editorial team loves styled shoots (“staged” weddings for those of you new to the weddingsphere) because we get to see a wide range of fantasy wedding styles from talented vendors around the globe. They’re all about showcasing wonderfully creative details and are designed 100% for your inspiration. LOVE!
This one, submitted by Faith Cherisse Photography, is a study in opposites and it works well. The abundance of gilded details set in a very rustic and almost austere location is so modern and on-trend. It also goes to show that any location can be transformed with beautiful details and putting the focus on key elements like a great cake table or lush floral arrangements.
As Faith puts it,
I had the pleasure of organizing my 1st Stylized Wedding Shoot. I had so much fun planning this shoot, working with vendors that so graciously gave their time and added their artistic touch to make this shoot even more beautiful than I envisioned. I love it when my vision is brought to life, thanks to all the talented people involved.
Captured by Faith Cherisse Photography
I love styled shoots because they’re creative bite-sized bits of inspiration for you guys. This shoot, courtesy of Kate Noelle Photography, combines vintage white elements with brilliant orchid and gold accents to make a perfect spring wedding shoot.
White lace curtains were overlaid with gold glitter bunting in the background and the tablesscape is draped with elegant iridescent gold and champagne linens. The floral arrangements add a springy pop of color to the neutrals and metallics.
Event Date: Jan 11, 2014
Photographer: Kate Noelle Photography//Dress Store: Anthropologie//Other: IKEA USA//Cake Designer: Sweet & Saucy//Other: West Elm//Specialty Foods: Bear coast coffee//Linens and Coverings: Designer Specialty Linens OC//Event Planner: love.anne.joy design events//Floral Designer: Pixies Petals//Favors and Gifts: Saturday Morning Pancakes//Cake Designer: Sweet and Saucy Shop//Invitation Designer: The Paper Mint Press//
From photographer Kristine Marie Photography:
Funny how you find love in unexpected places. Funny how a family friend becomes a fiance. Funny how there are so few people who can coax the carefree in each of us and can make us laugh and dance freely like no one is watching. David does that for Jessie. “He is the only person on this planet that can get me to step out of my comfort zone. He is the only person who can get me to get up and dance,” Jessie said. It was really sweet to see their affection for each other during our La Jolla Shores beach engagement. The water was cold and the waves lapped up at our feet. David takes Jessie’s hand and leads her closer to the ocean. She protests, while still laughing. He holds her close and they dance until the next big wave came. Within a year of working together, feelings grew. Jessie and Dave have been dating for about three years, and last summer, David proposed to Jessie right here along La Jolla Shores beach. She was so surprised that all she could utter was, “Really? Really?” Jessie said that she remembers David standing there, holding open a box with the most beautiful ring that she has ever seen. Jessie loves how David is so caring and always makes her feel like a lady. One of her favorite moments with David is during one of their romantic dates at Bertrand at Mister A’s in San Diego. While enjoying dessert, she remembers feeling like the luckiest girl as they watched the planes take off and land from the twelfth floor… Special note: The bride, Jessie is wearing a handmade flower crown with red roses. She made it herself, especially for our beach engagement photoshoot. She wanted a bohemian, hippie look.
La Jolla Shores Beach, California
Event Date: Jan, 2014
Photographer: Kristine Marie Photography//Other Location:La Jolla Shores Beach//Makeup Artist:Sparrow Artistry//
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//
I cannot begin to stress how in love I am with both of the weddings we are featuring today. I’m a pretty crafty girl myself, yet, some of you DIY brides (and grooms!) out there never cease to amaze me with the level of talent that you have. To close out our features today, I’m bringing you an awe-inspiring wedding captured by Sarah Tamagni Photography. Vanessa + Hank decided to get married at a family friend’s backyard, where it had so many great spots for them to do so many things with… and I completely agreed! Wait until you see all the gorgeous crafty pink & blue details these two cooked up!
There were a ton of DIY details, but I want to showcase a few of my favorites from Vanessa herself: “The head table was a set of five smaller tables that were all hand made from a local store in my hometown. They were very gracious and let us borrow all of them and we just painted the legs of them. We had a collected a few old chairs and painted them for the head table and then a few others came from our amazing florist. The backdrop behind the head table held over a 100 tissue paper flowers that we made and stuffed into wooden Lattice so that we could hang it. The hearts hanging from the table were made from scrapbook paper and hung from twine. We made a lot so we were able to hang them all around. The Balls hanging from the lights I made from using balloons, string and glue. Once it hardened I would pop the balloon so it was hallow.”
“Flower girl dresses my mom made with lots of different colors of tulle, ribbon and fabric flowers so one girl had a dress and the other a skirt. My mom also made the cake that was just for us, and we ordered apple pies from our local farmers market. For the favors my mom and aunt made soap it was mint swirls and topped with broken up pink roses and lavender. The tassels that hung by the cigar bar my sister and I ripped up strips of fabric and died each tassel. I always just liked the look of those and it was perfect for a kickback area. All of the signs I made and painted and used string to create a different look. In the bar we decided to use an old crate we saw laying around the property to hang from the trees so we could hang old beer bottles and string lots of fabric through it. We got an Old bathtub that came from a friend of mine and we layered it with lace tablecloths and stuck beer and water in it. We had a lot of old beer bottles I collected so we strung them wtih ribbon from the trees. We also created different Chalkboards to display what kind of beer we were having and a welcome sign.
Are you as amazed by the talent Vanessa (and her equally talented family!) have as I am? And how lovely were her pink bridal shoes and bridesmaids’ dresses?? I was so overwhelmed with trying to be selective of not only the gorgeous photos Sarah Tamagni sent to us, but also with the DIY details Vanessa gave. I can’t mention enough just how beautiful and crafty this wedding was, and I’m so happy I get to share it with all you lovelies!
Thank you Sarah Tamagni Photography for submitting this awesome wedding and much congratulations to Vanessa + Hank!
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//