Taylor + Dominique

DIYBride recently opened our doors to real DIY weddings submissions and, well, the weddings coming in are utterly delightful. Case in point: Taylor & Dominique.

Photographer Joshua Caine submitted today’s real wedding from a couple who’ve really embraced who they are and created a day that’s fun, eclectic, and totally them.

The full gallery and details are after the jump.

The Deets:

Location:  Parkfield, California
Theme:  Inspired by one of their favorite songs Big Rock Candy Mountain
Wedding Planner:  Jour Parfait (http://jourparfait.com/)

Unique Details:

Taylor & Dominique’s wedding was all about DIY with much of the elements coming from garage sales and swap meets. Their fabulous second-hand finds include: the plates, bull dog, bar man, and the gum ball machine that sat on the bar; all of the furniture for the smoking lounge (decorated with a cigarette-adorned tree for the guests to take).

Each guest had a mason jar with chalk board painted on it for them to write their name on.

In the champagne glasses we put colored rock candy at the bottom so when the champagne hit it would turn different colors.

Taylor hung all the lights, bird cages with lights and old window frames that he put their engagement pictures in and spray painted black.

They made a great mixed CD. They recorded big rock candy mountain with both of them.

Then they had matches as more favors.

Dominique walked down the isle to a Ava Marie, recorded by her late grandfather.

The linens were also made by the Mother of the groom.

Lace covered the picnic tables

They had a large popcorn maker with many toppings for guest to have as the evening went on.

Bleachers were put up for guests to sit at during the ceremony.

Karaoke was part of the entertainment

All guests could camp over after the wedding.
Visit Joshua Caine’s blog for more photography goodness at:  joshuacaine.com/blog.

Tyler + Jessica

Please thank photographer Adam Sjöberg for sharing this utterly awesome DIY wedding with us!

Bride and Groom: Jessica and Tyler

Wedding Date: June 7, 2009

Where: Fullerton, CA, USA

What DIY elements were included: Necklaces and jewelry, wedding dress, bridesmaids dressed, wedding themed designs encompassing the invites, signage, etc.

Adam’s Comments: t was the perfect combination of tradition, style, and personalization.  Both of them are very creative– designers and musicians– so they designed ever detailed, including an emblem that encompassed many of the overall designs for the event.  The dresses were all wonderfully designed and hand-made by the bridesmaids, and the necklaces– gifts from the brides– were also hand-made and designed.  It was, in a word, breathtaking.

By the way: the budget for this wedding was under $5000! Rock on, crafty peeps!




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