Jessica + David’s Autumn Engagement Session

If you are lucky enough to have heard the big question over the holiday we not only want to say “congrats!”- we want to give you a little autumn inspiration for your engagement shoot.  Jessica and David along with Rhema Faith Photography have captured a fabulous fall e-sesh that radiates warmth and love as the cold winter days set in.


Thank you Rhema Faith Photography for sharing this lovely shoot!  Congratulations Jessica + David!

Vendor Information:

Date: October 7, 2012

Location: Colorado, United States

Photographer: Rhema Faith Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jasmine + Ryan’s Simple and Sweet Wedding

Bride in a yellow dress.  That’s all that Claire Roeth from Rouxby Photo had to say for me to know I’d be instantly in love!  Set at the base of the Rocky Mountains amidst wildflowers and perfect sunshine, Jasmine + Ryan’s budget friendly Colorado wedding will surely having you beaming!


From the photographer:

The bride and groom had a limited budget and really worked to have a fabulous wedding within their constraints.  They had a late morning ceremony and early afternoon reception with lunch, pie and ice cream the bride made from scratch herself, and lawn games.  Wildflowers and an assortment of other seasonal flowers graced the bride’s bouquet and all the tables in the reception area.  The bride jarred local honey as a gift for guests.  Every detail was either made by the couple themselves or by close friends.

Simply fabulous indeed!  From Jasmine’s yellow dress to the last twine wrapped bottle this wedding is rustic perfection!  Thank you Claire Roeth at Rouxby Photo for sharing this sweet soiree.  Congratulations Jasmine and Ryan!

Vendor Information:

Date: June 22, 2013

Location: Littleton, CO

Photographer: Claire Roeth at Rouxby Photo

Event Venue: Chatfield Botanic Gardens

Stephanie + Lucas’ Intimate Country Wedding

This wedding?  Ummmm?  I’m a little bit floored.  I just still can’t get over how you crazy kids dream up these amazing details!  You know that moment when your head over heels in love with a ridiculously perfect and sweet country wedding and you see a DIY project and you think: “Now why didn’t I think of that!?”  Yep.  That’s the kind of wedding we have here today.  A slap yourself silly kind of wedding with some stellar country chic niceties and oh-so-pretty images from Sara Lynn Photographic.

Since Stephanie happens to be a photographer, you could of gotten pretty good odds that the details and location were going to be top notch.  From the photographer:

Almost every little detail was hand-made. Her bouquet was made from wheat, which was also picked up in the boutonnieres and centerpieces- all made my Stephanie. The centerpieces were a collection of bibles that the family had came across along with mason jars filled with vintage portraits of the bride and groom (touching on the photographers in them) that Stephanie has printed and torn to give that rustic, worn feel too.

My “D’Oh!” moment had to be the scrapbook paper place mats that created such a simple, shabby-chic touch that pulled everything together.  (If you’re with me, let’s say it together…Why didn’t I think of that!?)  And in true DIY/DIT style, family and friends banded together to make many of the dazzling details.  From sweet treats and the potluck buffet to every last one of the picnic benches and clearing the brush and poison ivy under the amazing naturally arched altar Stephanie and Lucas married under, Lucas’s family farm was transformed into an al fresco wedding wonderland dotted with dried florals.

Thank you Sara Lynn Photographic for capturing this lovely day!  Congratulations Stephanie and Lucas!

Vendor Information:

Photographer:  Sara Lynn Photographic

Event venue: Private home

Dress designer: David’s Bridal

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Danielle + Zach’s Colorful Woodland Wedding

You have to love a bride who isn’t afraid to get dirty and craft away until glue dots and loose threads become a part of her manicure. And when one of those brides happens to be a photographer, you are bound to get a whirlwind of whimsy, colorful, and creative ideas to fill an inspiration board (or four.) You’re pretty sure that the wedding photos are going to be on point too. Thanks to Sarah Joelle Photography, Danielle and Zach’s crafty & colorful wedding in the Colorado mountains, makes today’s wedding totally pin-perfect.


Even though it would probably be easier to explain what Danielle didn’t make, it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. Every paper and fabric flower in the centerpieces and bouquets was handcrafted by the bride. From floor to ceiling Danielle had one hand stringing lights and lanterns, to placing chalkboard signs. She even handmade the yellow tablecloths with the burlap runners. Normally, I’d start to get jealous that one person can be so skilled, if I wasn’t so enamored by the burlap and button napkin rings and the homemade jam favors. (And yes, she even made the printable labels.) Oh! And don’t forget all of the buntings and mason jars, the groom’s bout, the thrift shop vintage scores, and, yeah, well you get the idea. Danielle is true DIY bride! WooHoo!!

Danielle and Zach are not only crafty but pretty cool too. After a truly personalized day like this for their closest friends and fam they take off for a yearlong honeymoon adventure! We have to thank Sarah Joelle Photography for capturing and sharing this special day with us. Congratulations Danielle + Zach.


Vendor Information:

Photographer- Sarah Joelle Photography

Event Venue: Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Hair Stylist: The Parlour Salon and Spa at the Stanley Hotel

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Adrienne + Paul’s Winter Wonderland Wedding

Adrienne and Paul didn’t necessarily plan on having a snowy winter wedding, but Mother Nature had other ideas.  The night before their wedding a surprise blizzard swooped in, moving their previously outdoor ceremony indoors at the Willow Ridge Manor near Denver, Colorado.  But this couple handled everything in stride, including doing their first look and taking pictures in 30 degree temperatures (it was so cold, Adrienne couldn’t even bring her bouquet outside).  Their last minute indoor ceremony location was accented by gorgeous string icicle lights, which remind me of the holidays, and their black and red palette made the room feel warm and romantic in spite of the chilly weather.

The bride was a DIY machine, making everything from the votive favors, to the centerpieces, to the candy buffet.  She created their cake design based on the detailing on their invitation suite.  She even had a faux fur wrap custom made for her at the last minute when the forecast turned snowy.   The bride has detailed some of her projects below.  Thanks, Adrienne!

Personalized vellum-wrapped votive holder place cards/favors: The place cards and favors were one in the same.  I ordered glass votive holders in bulk from eBay. I printed each guest’s name and table number on vellum, cut it out, and wrapped and adhered it to the candle holder using double sided tape.  I trimmed it in red ribbon and hid the vellum seam in the back with a line of stick-on rhinestones.  

Bonus: This doubled as extra lighting for the room.  They were a TON of work but I don’t regret it. We loved how they turned out.

Tissues for the ceremony: I bought small envelopes in bulk and put about 5 folded up tissues in each one. I sealed it with a label that had our logo/monogram on it and read “For your tears of joy.”  These were placed on every chair at the ceremony.

Table numbers and menus: Each table had a black decorative frame (picked them up at a discount store for $2 each) and each table was assigned a number, and for each number was a quote from a child about love/marriage with the corresponding age (Table 2 had a quote from a 2 year old, etc).  Menus were also printed using the same frames and placed at each table.

Candelabra centerpieces: We wanted to go for a lavish Victorian look without the big budget.  Floral centerpieces are expensive and get thrown away.  Our venue had giant silver candelabras that we were able to use free of charge.  I spent hours at the venue brainstorming and then thought of using crystal (acrylic) swag to go on the candelabras.  I ordered several hundred feet of the acrylic garland from and bought jump rings and heavy gauge crafting wire and created the swags for the candelabras.  The day before the wedding we attached these to every single candelabra.

Card Box: I created my card box using  circular cardboard hat boxes from Joann Fabric.  I painted the boxes and then stacked them on each other, carved a slit in the top, and added silver glitter ribbon, rhinestone letters, and black ostrich feathers.

Lanterns/unity ceremony: We had originally planned for our ceremony to be outside but a blizzard forced us to move inside.  In planning for the wind outside, we used two small lanterns and one large lantern, found at Hobby Lobby, for our unity ceremony.  We still have these and now they sit in front our our fireplace.

Parasols: I desperately wanted to make parasols to use in pictures, so I bought a dozen from Oriental Trading Company.  I made a template in Adobe Publisher and hand painted the names on the parasols using acrylic paints.  It took forever at first but I got better as I went along.  This was also part of the bridesmaids gifts. I made teeny ones for the flower girls and also one for Paul and I.

Guest book quilt: My mom designed a quilt for us and cut out the pieces and had everyone sign a message to us on the fabric pieces.  After the wedding, she pieced them all together and quilted them for us with our invitation in the center of the quilt.

“WE DO” letters: Wooden letters that were painted red to decorate the cake table.

CANDY BUFFET:   I collected glass candy containers from various thrift stores.  I also purchased some ornate pedestals from HomeGoods and spray painted them silver.  They had the same crystal garland from the centerpieces hanging from the pedestals, also.  I created labels and tied them on the candy containers with ribbons.

Congrats Paul and Adrienne!



Photographer: Traci & Nic Turchin of Real Photography

Venue: Willow Ridge Manor , near Denver, Colorado

Florist: Dawn Ackerman at Hillside Consultants

Videographer: Denver Wedding Films

DJ: Maestro Mobile Music

Hair & Make Up: Rachel Pfeffer at Girls and Curls

Dress & Veil: David’s Bridal

Seamstress: Christine Hoyt  (also made the bride’s custom wrap)

Invitations: The American Wedding

Groom’s Tux: The Men’s Wearhouse

Caterer & Event Company: Lifestyles Catering

Alcohol: Primo Vino 

Cake: Das Meyer Pastry Chalet

Officiant: Father Marty Hunckler

Bride’s engagement ring: Tacori, purchased at Robbins Bros

Bride’s wedding band: Custom made by 5th Avenue Designs

Groom’s wedding band: King Crown Jewelry on eBay!

Jaimee + Diego

I don’t know what it’s been about this week, but we have been all over the brightly colored weddings and today is no exception. The wedding of Jaimee and Diego is not only bright, but sweet and intimate and currently tugging on my heartstrings. They are just such a great couple, and Jaimee’s mother showcased their love by completely overhauling her backyard to create a great DIY wedding day.




Location: Colorado

Photography: AudreyMichel Photography

Event Coordination: Bella Fiori

Caterer: Footers Catering

Cake: Intricate Icings Cake Design

Ashley + Erik

Today’s wedding has. yellow. suspenders. I love these, and I didn’t even know it until I started writing this post and flipping through the gallery for inspiration! Ashley and Erik’s grey and yellow wedding was full of those sweet, inspirational details that us DIYers love to see and commit to our own arsenal. First up are the aforementioned suspenders that Erik and his groomsmen donned with their grey suits – the yellow is the perfect accent of fun. Then, you have the cute table number cut-outs, which are so simple and make a huge statement. The Izze sodas at each place setting as favors are a great touch, and the cake table? Adorable. I’ve never seen a dessert table that was exclusively bundt cakes, and I dig it. Finally, we have the photobooth, which is always a big hit at weddings. Ashley and Erik used a simple red background, and how guests used the props were what made the photos memorable.

All in all, a sweet way to start your Thursday with color and love.




Elizabeth + Brian

Colorado is full of beautiful scenery, and Elizabeth and Brian took full advantage of it by getting married at the summit of Pikes Peak. They used the location to inspire the invitations (which were based off vintage Pikes Peak postcards and done by a family member) and the DIY elements throughout the reception were created by the couple and several family members. They had a local restaurant cater their wedding, and used sunflowers in galvanized watering cans collected by Elizabeth’s mother to add a colorful touch.




Location: Colorado

Photography: Amanda Lamb Photography

Ceremony Venue: Pikes Peak Summit

Reception Venue: Private Residence

Caterer: Bird Dog BBQ

Cake: Whole Foods

Florals: Lisa Foster Floral

Dress: J. Crew

Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie

Geneveive + Phil

Boutonnieres are frequently overlooked in the grand scope of a wedding. After all, it’s a little adornment that doesn’t often get much love on the wedding day. Luckily that’s been on trend to change, as couples use it as another way to use what could be seen as an insignificant bit of fancy more creatively. Take the wedding of Geneveive and Phil – they used pine cones to create her bouquet and his matching boutonnieres, and they look absolutely fabulous. Pine cones could also be found mingling with cranberries on the reception tables as well as sheet music since the bride and groom are musicians. They even sang a “first duet” during the reception  – “Two of Us,” by the Beatles, and had their first dance to “Across the Universe.”




Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Photography: Lisa Berry Photography

Reception Venue: Phantom Canyon Brewing Company


Dress: Jasmine Couture

Cake: Little London Cake Shoppe


Katie + Ben

Katie & Ben
June 04, 2011
Colorado, United States

This styled shoot comes to us courtesy of DeFiore Photography: “The day was filled with fantastically warm light, a couple very much in love and beautiful handmade flourishes. The bride’s dress was created from a reclaimed 1960’s wedding dress. The groom’s vest and tie were handmade by the bride herself. The Mokume and vintage rings used for the day are from a quaint jewelry shop here in Fort Collins.”

There are some lovely steal-worthy ideas in this group of shots. Have a look:

The Details

Photographer:  DeFiore Photography 
Floral Designer:  Hana Style Designs
Heirlooms and extras:  Mama Said Sew
Jewelry:  Darvier Jewerly

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