Lissa’s DIY Boho Bridal Session

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Real DIY Wedding to bring you a super styled bridal session courtesy of Expressions Photography.  I have to say I’m in love with fun and free-spirited nature of this shoot.  The simple styling proves you don’t need a designer budget to pull off some seriously Kate Moss boho.  With some beads, a belt, great natural light, a fantastic smile and a little lace craftiness- Valerie Duvick gets the same no fuss chic it takes tons of airbrush time to create.

From the photographer:

For Lissa’s bridal session, we wanted to go for a styled look, but we wanted to style it ourselves to show other brides that it is possible to have a fun style, unique to your bridal session without spending a pretty penny. We created a bright bouquet full of textured wild flowers because for Lissa’s wedding day, she and her mother went to a field and picked flowers to create the bouquets themselves. This was a fun and meaningful addition to her bohemian-inspired look.

The whole thing just makes me want to run barefoot through that amazing field and find all those fabulous wild flowers while singing “Let the Sunshine In” with my favorite John Lennon style shades to create some fabulously organic arrangements.  Oh! And that headband!  So simple, and perfectly fitting.  We can’t thank Valerie enough for styling Lissa all DIY and such, and we wish Lissa the best boho-chic wedding ever!

Vendor Information:

Photograper:  Valerie Duvick- Expressions Photography

Anna + Jon’s Lovebird Midwest Wedding

This summer Midwest wedding has the sweetest little details, you can’t help but smile when you’re browsing through the gallery!  It’s vintage and rustic and modern all rolled together – and it totally works.  I love their underlying bird theme – from the logo on the napkins to the bird nest ring “pillow” to the bird cage card holder, which was found at an antique shop and spray painted yellow to match the wedding’s color palette.

Anna is a graphic designer, so naturally she designed all of their stationery and signage.  The couple also made centerpieces out of cut recycled wine bottles and napkin rings out of wired tree bark and sola flowers (made from tapioca wood).

This event was a family affair, with the bride’s dad building the arbor for the ceremony as well as the bag toss game, and several relatives pitched in to make the heart mint favors.

After the ceremony, a freak storm moved through which made for some dramatic pictures.

And you can’t have a vintage wedding without a vintage get-away car, complete with DIY fabric sign made by the bride.

Congrats Anna and Jon!


Photographer: Roee Dori Photography

Invitation Designer: Anna Lemons

Ceremony Location: The Brenton Arboretum, Dallas Center, Iowa

Reception Location: Simpson Barn, Johnston, Iowa

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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