Tracy and Uriel’s Fall Masquerade Wedding

No tricks today my lovely crafties!  It’s all treats here with Tracy + Uriel’s fantastic fall fete!  Drawing on the natural rustic beauty of the season made it easy for Tracy + Uriel to decide on theme.  Fall colors, a little sparkle and whimsy, and whole lot of charm inspired their perfect day.  Sarah at Sarah&Ben captured every little detail that we are so excited to share today!

From the bride:

Nothing says “ One of a kind” like doing everything yourself! Creating every piece of décor for my wedding was a labor of love and something I will always treasure. It gave me a chance to spread my wings as an artist and gave me a captive audience for my creative vision. Plus, it was fun!!

And spread her wings she did!  Taking place just a few days before the best candy filled day of the year, the sparkly masks added just enough Halloween spirit to compliment the pretty fall color palette.  The DIY project list for this wedding is taller than a pile of leaves. All the paper products, signs, garlands and centerpieces were handcrafted by Tracy!  You have check out the amazing card box she created too!

Thank you Sarah&Ben for capturing every amazing detail of this whimsical wedding!  The images and the crafts just ooze the love and commitment these two obviously share.  Congratulations Tracy + Uriel!

Vendor Information:

Photographer: Sarah&Ben

Event Planner:  Special Moments Weddings & Events

Reception Venue:  Eastlake Woodlands

Cinema and Video:  Starfruit Productions

Cake Designer:  Cakes by Nomeda

DJ:  Grant Hemond and Associates

Makeup Artist:  The Michele Renee Hair & Makeup Group

Amy + Greg’s Victorian Masquerade Wedding

Oh my! DIY lovelies, you’re in for a treat this morning!  Sometimes, in a search for superlatives to describe all the gorgeousness I see I can ramble on and on about our fab DIY couples.  For example, when I think “Victorian Masquerade,” I think of all things elegant, opulent, mysterious and pristine as a peacock.  When I think of Amy + Greg’s amazing wedding, I think one word…. AWESOME!  This wedding is just that good!  Jess Cumbie Photography has captured all of those Victorian Masquerade moments and then some.  With all of the personal, regal, whimsical and handcrafted touches that Amy + Greg so brilliantly added,you’ll just have to see the whole thing to believe it!

Amy + Greg just got it right from start finish.  These two just blended all the right details that fit the theme of the evening and their personalities flawlessly.  From the stunning DIY brooch bouquet Amy made to compliment an equally ga-ga-gorgoeous gown to the bridesmaids peacock fan bouquets which left me simply speechless- to the little touches of steampunk for the groom and the special men in the family, the Victorian vibe worked perfectly with the old-world mansion setting at The Hilltop Club.  And to top off the night what else could you ask for… but a Pac-Man cake and a little air guitar?!

Of course, you can’t forget the awe-inspiring masks that created a little extra romance an mystery to this fantastic affair!  Amy, Greg and their stellar team of Florida vendors have moved this wedding to a top spot on my list.  Let’s just go and “heart” this one now then we can come back and enjoy the all of the beautiful images Jess Cumbie Photography has shared with us today.  Thanks Jess! Congratulations Amy + Greg!

Vendor Information:

Photographer: Jess Cumbie Photography

Event Venue:  Hill Top Resturant

Event Planner:  Celebrating Moments Event Services

Dress Store:  bridals & more
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:  Tom Banwell Designs,artisan700
Cake Designer:  Sweet Moments Custom Cake
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Carrie + Mike’s Red Casino Royale Wedding

When one of our favorites Carrie Wildes Photography sent us this next wedding, I knew it would be good!  When she called it a combination of “retro flare and casino royale,” I knew I was going to be great!  She called my bluff, because when I saw the fabulosity of what Carrie and Mike created for their wedding day and what she captured, I lost my shirt.  I’ll give you an advantage, hedge your bets and put it all on red that the King of Pop shows up at this shindig.

Carrie and Mike’s soiree was full of smooth criminal style.  With a statement necklace and gown that I’m still drooling over and a classic red and black color palette, the whole day had a very sweet yet sultry vibe which Carrie captured at the Post Card Inn first look.  You might remember I’m big sucker for a raw, brick, industrial space, so you can imagine my glee when I saw they combined this rustic elegance angle with a reception space at Nova 535.  Mike built the amazing red and white backdrop for their outdoor ceremony and a handmade marquis for over the sweetheart table.  Poker tables and caricaturist (is that a word?) completed the funky vibe.  You know an invite to this wedding was big winnings!

The only thing that could possibly make it better was a special celebrity guest like your favorite artist.  Perhaps…say, Michael Jackson?Owwww!!!! JACKPOT!!!!!

Make sure you take a good looksie through the whole gallery and “don’t stop til you get enough,” because Carrie and Mike’s wedding looks like that good of a time!  It’s the perfect combination of all things fun, sexy, romantic, beautiful, and personal that a wedding should be.  It’s sure to help you get past the Monday blues.  A big thanks to Carrie Wildes Photography for capturing every entertaining moment of this special day!  Congratulations Carrie and Mike!

Vendor Information:

Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography

Event & Reception Venue:  NOVA 535

Pre-Wedding Venue: Post Card Inn

Caterer:  StoneChef Caterers

Floral Designer:  Mylez Edward’s X Floral Salon

Makeup Artist:  Colours by Linny

Officiant:  Rev Tom Greene

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Danielle + Sean’s Tropical Destination Wedding

Is it me?  Or does even the sky look like it is smiling after seeing Danielle and Sean’s fantastic seaside wedding?  Well I know I am!  With it’s sunshiny color palette and tropical flowers today’s Florida beach wedding captured by Nelson Photographers is sure to put a smile on your face.

From the photographer:

Dani and Sean chose to get married in Florida because Dani wanted a destination wedding.  Since Sean is so close to his family, and they live here in Florida it was the perfect choice! The Hilton Long Boat Key has the turtle hatchings every year and Dani’s favorite animal is a turtle.  When we photographed the wedding I made sure I found some turtles to incorporate into her day.

The beach ready ceremony seating and the seashell escorts add the perfect classic and coastal touch for this cool couple that can only be overlooked because of the cuteness of their daughter and flower girl and the whimsy of their cake.  Thank you Nelson Photographers for this super sunshiny submission.  Congratulations Danielle and Sean!

Vendor Information:

Photographer: Nelson Photographers

Event Venue: Hilton Long Boat Key

Floral Design: Beneva Flowers

DJ: Black Tie DJ’s

Submitted via Two Bright Lights


Teresa + Dustin’s Coastal Coca-Cola Wedding

Welcome to the weekend fellow crafties and wedding enthusiasts!  To start this party right let’s grab a nice cold Coke, and head to the beach for a late night bonfire!  If that sounds  good to you, then you’re going to love Teresa and Dustin’s wedding at The PostCard Inn just as much as I did.  Carrie Wildes Photography has captured some sweet DIY deets and moments that are sure to make you go coastal about weddings.

From the photographer:

Dustin wore khaki pants, tan vest, and a very cool tan fedora. Teresa was simply stunning in her lace gown and starfish necklace. They did a “first touch”, not first look:-) Such a sweet and priceless moment. They whispered I love you from each side of the “barn doors” where they were separated while holding hands on the side.

I love a good signature cocktail.  But when the signature cocktail doubles as your inspiration for your centerpieces and toasting glass; I am loving it even more!  The burlap and shell bouts and table coverings offset the venue, coral and turquoise color scheme, and setting so well to add hint of vintage to the fabulous fall Florida day.  Be sure to check out the whole gallery for some fun on the beach, hot rod trucks, and a precious pearl bracelet.  Thanks Carrie Wildes Photography, and congrats Teresa and Dustin!  Thank you for sharing your day with us!



Vendor Information:

Photographer:  Carrie Wildes Photography

Reception Venue:  Postcard Inn on the Beach

Cake Designer:  Cakes By Carolynn
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jenny + John’s Industrial Vintage Wedding

In the few short weeks that I’ve been a part of the DIY Bride community, I hope you’ve come to learn that I believe in wedding equality.  I love all weddings equally regardless of size, style or setting.  That being said, I have a confession.  I have a particularly soft spot for brick venues.  I admit it, call me biased, call me what you will, but beautiful brick with exposed beams and pipes with romantic satin, lace, sparkles, beads, paper, fabric and everything in between just makes me all mushy inside.  So, you’re going to have to excuse my drool on this next wedding.

For those of you that may be growing tired of the vintage trend, be ready to be re-inspired.  Using the Winter Park Farmer’s Market as the jump off point, Jenny created some seriously inspiring DIY that balanced the old-world feel of the venue so well.  The centerpieces were the perfect touch of femininity to create the most romantic vintage-y feel. I am seriously jelly over the beautiful bouquets hand-crafted from paper, buttons, and brooches.  And that metal faucet holder?  What!?  I’m dying.   It’s no wonder guests spent a good portion of the wedding oogling all of Jenny’s perfect projects.

I had such a hard time deciding on what makes Jenny and John’s wedding stand out.  Ultimately, it has to be the look.  The look of a perfect couple, in a perfect place, so perfectly happy-ahhhh!  That couldn’t have been realized without the help of Jaclyn of At Last Wedding + Event Design or the fab photography of Norman Yu Photography.  It’s these moments and details that make me a big mush ball and I can’t thank you all enough for that.  You must check out the complete gallery for more mush-worthy photos of fun and DIY perfection.

Congratulations Jenny and John!  And thank you Jaclyn for submitting my guilty pleasure of the day!

Vendor Information:

Wedding and Event Planning: At Last Wedding + Event Planning

Photographer: Norman Yu Photography

Venue:  Winter Park Farmer’s Market

Mahogany Chairs: Orlando Wedding + Party Rentals

Officiant: Eddie The Shaman

DJ/Lighting: DJ Live Productions

Caterer: John + Shirleys

Cake/Cupcakes: Sweet by Good Golly Miss Holly




Stacy + Danny’s Bright Beachy Destination Wedding

Did you ever see a couple and just knew they were fun to be around?  Meet Stacy and Danny.  Their personality is as whimsical as their DIY.   Their vision was to plan a “uniquely us” destination wedding on the beach in Florida while they were in Argentina studying abroad.  Let’s just say, that almost didn’t happen, but boy are we glad it did!

From the bride:

“What a roller coaster of changes this wedding was! Planning a wedding from Argentina is not recommended.. :)”  After planning a destination wedding in Florida from Argentina while studying abroad they found themselves without a venue and in their hometown of Phoenix.  All these destination changes would be enough to make any bride’s head spin, but then there was an impending tornado.  Luckily, with the help of Hammock Beach Resort, their bright attitudes, and some creative crafting not destination, nor threat of tornado can stop these two from having a candy coated beach wedding.


We have to thank Mark Dickinson Photography for weathering the storm and capturing the details that traveled so far to make this wedding special.  Make sure to check out the gallery to see the perfect paper flower pomanders, gorgeous paper crane garland, some yum-yum Dum-Dum centerpieces, and ring-pop exchange complete with blue tongues.


Photography:  Mark Dickinson Photography

Reception Venue:  Hammock Beach Resort

DJ:  Power Entertainment DJ Service

Cake Designer:  Sweet ‘N’ Flour

Floral Designer:  Flowers N Pearls Casa Araiza

Wedding Dress:  David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Bill Levkoff

Hair & Makeup:  Vanessa Ripyla

Jewelry:  Charming Charlie

Lanterns:  Wish Lantern

Submitted via Two Bright Lights


Katie + Jamie’s Vintage Glamour Wedding

Oh, did you think we had only one Real Wedding today? Goodness no. We have a second awesome wedding coming your way as we speak.

From Jamie and Katie’s photographer: Katie and Jamie are inspired, creative, a little bit eclectic and funky, and totally unique. So, it’s no surprise that their wedding was FULL of incredible details and personal touches. Hints of vintage glamour and whimsy transformed the Winter Park Farmer’s Market into an Anthropologie-esque wonderland. The most impressive part of it all? The beautiful flowers, decorations and little special touches were almost ALL done by the bride, her mom and her aunt. Katie and Jamie have been together for quite a while, and have a sweet precious baby, Miss Ellie Rose. I absolutely adore that they had her participate in part of the ceremony.

Couple: Jamie  + Katie

Date: April 14, 2012

Location: Winter Park, Florida

Photography: Sarah Bray Photography

Venue: Winter Park Farmers Market

Event Coordination: Tickled Pink Brides

Rentals: Southern Vintage

Cake: Sweet! by Good Golly Miss Holly

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal

DJ: Thompson Entertainment

Lauren + Brandon’s Vintage Picnic Wedding

Happy Monday, DIY-ers!  Was there some kind of football game yesterday?  I was too busy swooning over this pretty DIY wedding.  I do love my job ….

Lauren and Brandon held their summer afternoon wedding at the church in Florida where they met.  After their wedding they hosted a short casual reception at the church hall where they served desserts prepared by family and friends.  The bride wanted a “vintage picnic” feel, so for decor the bride’s aunt made bunting from old pieces of fabric that had belonged to the bride’s “Mamaw” and they were displayed across a vintage desk which doubled as their welcome table.

Lauren’s grandfather made the ladder that served as the alter, and Lauren’s dad performed the ceremony.

For their guest “book,” the couple asked guests to sign river rocks they had collected over time.

Lauren even decorated her own TOMS shoes!  Impressive!

After their reception, the couple and their photographer Ashley Daniell Photography headed to Three Rivers State Park for some AMAZING portraits of the bride and groom.

Did I mention puppies were involved?  Oh yes – there were puppies.

Congrats Lauren and Brandon!



Photographer: Ashley Daniell Photography
Floral Designer: Around the Corner
Reception Venue: First Baptist Church, Sneads, Florida
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Tabitha + Craig’s Detailed Destination Wedding

Tabitha and Craig are from Rhode Island but longed for a destination beach wedding where they could spend a fun weekend with their families.  On September 15, 2012 (ahem … the best day of the year – my birthday – woo!), everyone traveled to Marco Island in Southern Florida and enjoyed an intimate wedding celebration with lots of personal, DIY details.

There’s so many details in this wedding, it will make your head spin!  From the ring holder, to the programs, to the water bottle labels, to the table signs, this wedding is full of unique and personalized details and, in my opinion, those are the best kind of weddings!

The bride wrote their ceremony, made the programs, made the table numbers and decorated the frames, and designed the cookie jars and labels.  Oh, did I mention this wedding featured a cookie dessert buffet?

Other DIY elements: Tabitha and her father made their wooden signs, a close friend performed the ceremony, and the bride’s mother incorporated Japanese lanterns into the decor to honor their heritage.

Oh, and as guests were being seated for the ceremony, a rainbow appeared in the sky.  It doesn’t get much more magical than that!

Click through the Gallery to see more of this gorgeous beach wedding.  Congrats Tabitha and Craig!




Photography: Tonya Malay Photography

Event Planner: No Worries Weddings & Events

Floral Designer: Botanicals on the Gulf

Reception Venue: Marco Island Marriott, Marco Island, Florida

Cake: Marco Island Marriott

Cinema and Video: IheART Films

Makeup Artist: Hope Henderson Artistry

Ceremony Music: Kevin Bruce

DJ: DJ Vida

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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