Lindsay & Robert’s Nautical-Inspired Wedding

Nautical lovers – and those looking for country club/golf club ideas – you’re in for a treat today!

Lindsay and Rob held their wedding at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Florida, a venue that has a very special family connection as Lindsay’s parents were married there.

Since their last name is Knaut, Lindsay incorporated a few nautical elements for a touch of whimsy to go with her and Rob’s teal color scheme. The crafty Linsday and her family DIYed all the the table decor, flowers, and boutonnieres. And you see that gorgeous cathedral-length veil? That was made by Lindsay who, after realizing that a salon-bought veil of the same quality would be cost over $300. Lindsay’s version? About $40.

Other fun details: Lindsay, a recent sheriff’s academy graduate, and Rob, an EMT, entered the reception handcuffed together. To honor her beloved, Lindsay wore a garter with the ambulance and medical symbol.

Congrats to Rob and Lindsay for creating such a vibrant and fun wedding day — and for sharing it with us!

Lindsay & Robert
Countryside Country Club, Florida
Event Date: December, 2014

Photographer:  Lisa Otto Photography//Reception Venue:Countryside Country Club//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//DJ:DJ MC Brownie//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse//Hair Stylist:Michele Renne – The Studio//Makeup Artist:Michele Renne – The Studio//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Meghan & Derrick’s Intimate DIY Wedding

Small, intimate weddings hold a special place in our collective hearts here at DIY Bride. We love seeing how you guys and gals keep things simple, manageable, and meaningful so, when we received Meghan and Derrick’s wedding, we knew this would be a great wedding wedding to share.

According to our bride, Meghan:

Derrick and I first met at a youth camp I’ve grown up at. Our foundation in our faith immediately drew us to each other and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Our wedding was so beautiful and special to us.

We were engaged for a year, and in that time I was able to create personalized details like a wood-burned sign for said jars that said “please take one”, wood-burned engraved hangers for each of my bridesmaids, hand-painted photo booth props, a shabby chic card box, cloth-covered mini jars with wedding rice for throwing, twine wrapped wine bottles, burlap mason jars, and more!

I’m thankful to have had such an incredibly talented photographer to capture every beautiful detail of our wedding, as well as every emotional and intimate moment. One of my favorite pictures from our special day was where Derrick is blindfolded and kissing my forehead while my face radiates with joy. It epitomizes our relationship perfectly. We took that moment to pray together before we embarked on the greatest day of our lives. I’ve replayed my wedding over and over again in my mind, reliving every moment to ensure it was perfect. It means everything to me, and I know I’ll cherish these photos and memories for years to come. That’s all a bride can really hope for.

Meghan & Derrick
Compass Rose, Florida
Event Date: May, 2014

Photographer:  Ais Portraits//Restaurant:Compass Rose//Veils and headpieces:Etsy//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vicki & Dana’s Vibrant And Fun Reception

When did you know that your beloved was The One? For Vicki, when she met Dana at church, she knew instantly that she was the one for her! Seven years later, they got married in New York then held their DIY reception in Florida that included a short sand ceremony.

Debra of Debra Kapustin Photography recalls the day:

I arrived early to watch Vicki, Dana, and their friends setup the rooms including a candy bar and centerpieces containing a gold fish with lighted bottles adorning each table. It was a “Shuster Team Effort” that was amazing to watch as an empty room was transformed into one of magical beauty. Their colors were orange and blue with a little pink thrown in for their little girl, Journey, who is all about pink! The warmth at this reception was absolutely amazing along with some fancy dance moves!

Dana and Vicki show us that you needn’t spend a gazillion dollars to have a fun and vibrant celebration:

Vicki and Dana
Heritage Harbor, Florida
Event Date: May, 2014


Photographer:  Debra Kapustin Photography//Event Planner: AEevents//Reception Venue:Heritage Harbor//Location: Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club-Harbor Terrace Restaurant//DJ:Music and Life Entertainment// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jessie + Ruben’s Glittery Purple Wedding Extravaganza

On this lovely Friday, we’re featuring a sparkly wedding that will sure warm your heart. Captured by Carrie Wildes Photography, the bride Jessie DIY and personalized many aspects of her and Ruben’s wedding with lots of purple rhinestones… simply because, well, she loves everything purple and sparkly! The couple’s affections for purple, sparkly things, Mets (Ruben’s!), and their kids are apparent on their wedding day.



“When Ruben proposed, one of the things he gave Jessie was a little heart with a tiny ring and their names on it. She added that to the stem on her bouquet. Jessie actually made her shoes by covering them in purple rhinestones!! She also made her favors (S’mores!), the glasses for the candles and her friend made her wedding cake”

What an amazing wedding cake! So regal and grand. I love all the little special moments, especially ones of Ruben and Jessie’s two sons. Family love is the theme here, and it is what makes this wedding oh-so-heartwarming. My favorite DIY for the wedding has got to be Jessie’s shoes. I cannot imagine the time and the meticulousness of it all for her to place individual rhinestones all over her heels!

Congratulations to Jessie + Ruben and wishing you both and your new family lots of love and happiness!


Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography//Wedding Date:11.22.2013//Floral Designer: Flowers By Design//Hair Stylist: Lilis Weddings Makeup and Hair Styling Group//Caterer: palmetto club and puff n stuff catering//Caterer: Puff N Stuff//Dress Store: The White Closet Co.//Reception Venue: TPepin’s Hospitality Centre//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Crystal + Aron’s DIY Beach Wedding

All the crazy weather lately makes me want to escape to this super relaxed and cozy DIY beach wedding down in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Captured by Kate of Kate’s Captures Photography, Crystal + Aron’s wedding featured lots of blue and green, unique center pieces, games, DIY decor, and lots and lots of desserts (family recipes!!) and sand.

For their beach wedding held on 11.11.11, Crystal + Aron had some pretty good DIY decor that’s good to construct for any event. They had lots of blue and green patterned cloth that Crystal’s mom sewn together to make interesting buntings and ribbon garlands. For their center pieces, they incorporated ocean-related elements like sand, starfish, and actual small fish in the bottle! To keep their guests entertained, they had fun games prepared corn hole and bocce ball and made signs indicating where each station is. I like that they even had a sign and a section on the beach dedicated for guests’ shoes! And in addition to have a wedding cake, Crystal + Aron had a big sweets table filled with various family recipes in personal sizes.

Games, sweets, friends and family, and a gorgeous beach wedding… what more do you need to relax and enjoy yourself?? Crystal + Aron captured our hearts with their DIY details and our appetite for sweets with that dessert spread. Much congratulations goes to our beautiful couple!


Photographer: Kate’s Captures Photography//Wedding Date:11.11.2011//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Grace + Eric’s St. Augustine Engagement Sesh

Grace + Eric chose the beautiful St. Augustine, Florida as their setting for the engagement session with Robert J Hill Photography. When you have a place naturally gorgeous and filled with so much history like St. Augustine, there is really not that much more that you need to do to make your photos look super romantic!


Photographer: Robert J Hill Photography//Engagement Shoot:09.28.2013//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jen + Greg’s Surprise Beach Wedding

Well it’s no surprise that we love weddings here.  But, surprise!!!  This is best kind of wedding yet.  A whole new twist on DIY for me.  And one that I am surprisingly loving!  This wedding was a surprise to their guests!  Jen and Greg had secretly been planning their wedding for months.  Guests thought Greg had invited them to be witnesses to a secret proposal when the tables turned and- Voila!  Fooled you! Greeting their guests with a “we’re getting married right now” hello, guests were escorted to an amazing vintage beach ceremony followed a vintage seaside reception.  Blue Lane Studios not-so-surprisingly captured every last detail and heartfelt moment perfectly.

Jen + Greg's Surprise Beach Wedding

From the photographer:

Something that touches my heart so deeply are the emotional reactions to Jen and Greg’s revelation of their many tears of joy and so much laughter. One reason they wanted to plan their wedding for when they did was so that Jen’s mom could witness and be a part of it. Her mom had been diagnosed with the as yet incurable Sjogrens Syndrome, and it was heartbreaking to think that her mom might not see the day her daughter got married. Greg’s mom was beside herself with happiness, and had already considered Jen as a daughter for years. It was the emotional icing on the cake that they were getting married!

The cottages that Jen and Greg rented from Scruggs Harbor Vacation Rental provided the perfect vintage beach backdrop for their vintage Hawaiian, tikis, and glass decor.  Thanks to Blue Lane Studios for choosing to surprise us and share this wedding.  Congratulations Jen and Greg!

Date: November 4, 2012

Location: Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Photographer: Blue Lane Studios

Event Venue: Scruggs Harbor Vacation Rentals

Hair and Makeup: Jess Waldrop

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Leslie + Ashley’s Intimate Sunset Wedding

Sometimes, love finds you at an unexpected moment.  For Leslie and Ashley, even though he was Leslie’s first kiss, the love bug only bit after a long time friendship led them back to one another.  This I do; take two was the perfect combination of full circle love,the joining of two beautiful families, and of course some killer DIY.  Mark Dickinson Photography was there to snap up the super sweet day and all of the lovely details.

The beautiful mason jars lining the aisle, a stunning sunset, all highlighting Leslie’s birdcage veil are simply divine!  For those of you looking for some silk floral inspiration, be sure to study these amazing bouquets created by Leslie’s MIL and decorated with some of her own jewelry.  Did you check out those ridiculous vintage rings?  Daytona Estate Jewelry created them from antique diamonds and vintage platinum bands.  Most of all Mark Dickinson Photography captured how two families became one, from their very special children, to Ashley’s officiant father, and even his grandmother who was in hospital care via FaceTime.  The entire gallery by Mark Dickinson is simply swoon worthy!

Thanks Mark Dickinson Photography for sharing this sunset spectacular!  Congratulations Leslie, Ashley, and your beautiful family!

Vendor Information:

Date:  February 9, 2013

Location: Port Orange, FL

Photography:  Mark Dickinson Photography

Event Venue:  Tavern & Chapel in the Garden

Caterer:  Aunt Catfish on the River

Dress Designer:  White by Vera Wang

Shoes:  TOMS

Jewelry:  Daytona Estate Jewelry

Jewelry:  JC Penney

Floral Designer:  Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Hair Stylist:  Alluring Hair Designs


Jennifer + David’s Classic Beach Wedding

Happy long holiday weekend my favorite crafty couples!  As we unofficially say goodbye to summer, we have a super chic beach stunner to remind you of all the fun and sun you’ve hopefully had this year.  And now you know you have a doozie of a wedding coming your way when even the photographer gets in on the craftin’ action!  Jennifer and David’s incredible Islamorada, FL was handmade from flowers to food. Kristen Weaver Photography happens to be a close friend of the bride, and as the only hired vendor present on the day of, she not only snapped up some ridiculously gorgeous “please-don’t-go-summer” kind of photos, but also snipped a bouquet or two!

From decor to stationery friends and family all gathered together to create this al fresco fete.  I don’t know about you, but I’m totally loving the gorgeous banquet style table with simple white and sea glass shades.   And while the gorgeous blooms came form Potomac Florals Wholesalers, I must say Jenny and Dave’s buds created some pretty awesome bouquets.  I love the understated elegance that this whole day holds with just a few rustic chic touches like the awesome burlap and bling bound bouquet!


While I’m surrounded by beautiful weddings day in and day out, this classic combination of chic and homemade meets steel drum accompanied seaside beauty has me both longing for summer to last a little bit longer and end so I can plan a beach side getaway in the winter.  In any event, a big thanks to Kristen Weaver Photography for sharing such a stunning wedding.  Congratulations Jennifer and David!


Vendor Information:

Date: February 25, 2012

Location:  Islamorada, FL

Photographer: Kristen Weaver Photography

Floral Designer:  Potomac Floral

Dress Store:  Modern Bridal Shop

Dress Store:  J. Crew

Dress Designer:  Wtoo by Watters

Cake Designer:  Amazing Cakes

Band:  Legacy of Steel

Other:  Southern Diversion Estate


Christa + Marvin’s Easel Inspired Wedding

When a super creative couple goes from “Will you?” to “I do”, you know the whole ride is going to be pretty fabulous!  Are you ready for a super cute proposal story?  With a shared love of all things artistic and creative, Christa had always wanted to arrange a sketching date with her sweetie Marvin at a small, nearby art studio.  Needless to say, time often gets in the way of our best intentions and the two never quite made it.  So Marvin arranged for an impromptu creative date where they set up easels on a street sidewalk and sketched facing each other.  (Swooning at the romantic gesture alone)  He quickly called Christa over to view the sketch of  “Will you Marry Me?”  on his easel where he waited with a ring for Christa’s response.  (Chills anyone?!)  Needless to say anything artsy is important to these two.  Full of easels, and budget crafty goodness, Chloe Austin Photography has snapped up a gallery of gorgeous photos, in this photo and art inspired wedding that can’ be missed!

As another homage to the sweet easel proposal, a timeline of the darling duo’s childhood in photos on easels led guests to the a fantastic frame backdrop that was borrowed from Christa + Marvin’s church.  Don’t you just love the way it creates a focal point without blocking the gorgeous views of Stetson University?  With a graphic designer groom, you can bet all of the printed material from invites to signs were going to be fabulous, but you have to check out the personalized invites for the twenty person (Whoa!) bridal party!  And you have to love Christa’s fabric flower craftinesss.  Bouts, bouquets, the flowers on her shoes and veil (and even the veil itself) were all made with bride’s budget savvy ability.  Most of the fabrics were re-purposed from things around the house or finds from local thrift shops.

And though you can’t deny that this one heck of a crafty couple, you’ve got to give some props to their friends.  MOB helped with all of the fabric sourcing and centerpieces, a friend of the grooms created the sand ceremony shadow box that is a work of art in Chrsita + Marvin’s new home, and the getaway car…Well there is no lack of creativity for this kind of guest book, and it’s surely never to be forgotten!  You also have to add Chloe Austin Photography to the mix who captured every last detail perfectly to document this momentous occasion.  Thanks Chloe Austin for sharing this.  Congratulations Christa + Marvin!


Vendor Information:

Date: March 10, 2013

Location: Deland, FL

Photography: Chloe Austin Photography

Bridesmaids Bouquets: Global Rose

Ceremony Location: Stetson University 

Reception Location: Clarion Hotel 

Music by: Don’t Sigh Daisy

Cake: Linda Kotch of Kotch Cakes 

Invitations: Marvin Eans (groom)

Dress: bought from Doralynn’s Bridal – Designed by Alfred Angelo

Shoes: Charlotte Russe 

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Charlotte Russe,, Windsor 

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse 

Hair: Lucy’s Hair Studio 

Wedding Director: Elina Morgan

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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