Kristina + Tyler’s Minnesota Engagement

This short winter e-session brought to you by Bellagala is full of warmth. I love their use of various props, especially their “I’m His Mrs.” and “I’m Her Mr.” signs.

Congratulations to Kristina + Tyler! I hope we get the pleasure of seeing your wedding soon!


Photographer: Bellagala//E-session Date: December 02, 2012//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Natalie + Joey’s Theatrical Wedding

I love featuring weddings that showcase unique venues. For Natalie and Joey, their unique venue is Lab Theater, where Natalie works as an assistant. What makes this 6,000 square-foot experimental “laboratory” warehouse-turned-theater cool isn’t just its history, but the fact that this huge space has absolutely no windows. I actually find the decision to host a wedding where there are no windows pretty daring for any couple as lighting is super important for photography-sake as well as for setting the mood. Photographer Marc over at Lens and Luma Photography championed the challenge and did a pretty incredible job of producing magnificent photojournalistic-styled pictures of their big day.

I love that Natalie and Joey used the backstage as their getting-ready room and the actual theater stage as for the ceremony. I also love that throughout all the pictures, it was clear that they were happy, comfortable, and relaxed. It was almost like they were getting ready to put on their best show without looking all frazzled.

Natalie and her friends & family worked on a few DIY projects for the wedding. The unique center pieces of origami and pom-poms, the photo booth, as well as the blue & green lighting pom-poms that were decorated across the theater were their work.
Big thanks to Marc over at Lens and Luma for showing us such a beautiful and ethereal wedding. When I saw the after ceremony photos taken at backstage, I almost teared up. It’s only at weddings when you can truly feel that the union of two lovebirds is not just a union of two people, but two family and all of their friends. And how neat was it for the guests to have the bride + groom to perform for them… Congratulations to Natalie and Joey!


Photographer: Lens and Luma Photography//Wedding Date: September 7, 2013//Wedding Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota//Venue: Lab Theater//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Trista + Mike’s Nature Inspired Wedding

Hello gorgeous wedding, I would like to introduce you to Trista + Mike’s crazy beautiful DIY!  No…Wait.  I mean, hello glamorous DIY, I’d like you to meet TristaMike’s real gorgeous wedding.  I apologize my DIY friends.  I’m still spinning so much from the ridiculous natural glam and beauty of Trista + Mike’s real wedding today, I can’t quite speak right.  Full of woodland romance and organic inspiration Jenny Bedard Photography has shared this wonderful indoor/outdoor wedding that will leave you tongue tied.

Trista + Mike wanted to incorporate all of their favorite things to create a day that was truly representative of their lives.  A strong adoration of nature, of their dogs, and commitment to each other had to be present.  And oh how beautifully they combined these elements!  I’m totally smitten with the amazing florals from Wisteria Design Studio and The Woods Chapel may be one of the most beautiful outdoor ceremony venues I’ve seen; but the touches of  birch bark from Mike’s family property which were brought indoors to decorate the reception to match- Whoa!

 The family property not only provided the logs which created the candles, centerpiece additions, signs, and the most gorgeous rustic photobooth backdrop; it also held the antler sheds that were used as props and turned into cuff links for the groom and his bros.  Trista and Mike are one seriously creative couple crafting every detail from Trista’s sweet bird cage veil and the flower dog collars to the oak lined invites and favors from their garden.



Just like when you truly look around at the simple, real, and textural beauty of nature, there is so much awe inspiring and pure goodness in the wedding that it would be a crime to skip this gallery and not take notice of the genuine and raw beauty of this special day! A big thank you to Jenny Bedard Photography who captured every sweet and naturally perfect detail in every photo that makes my love for this wedding grow like the willow Trista and Mike planted.  Congratulation Trista + Mike!!!!



Vendor Information:

Photographer:  Jenny Bedard Photography

Ceremony Venue: The Woods Chapel

Reception Venue: Lafayette Club

Floral Designer: Wisteria Design Studio

Dress Store: Che Bella Boutique

Cake: Buttercream

Submitted via Two Bright Lights



Erin and Bobby’s Bright Country Wedding

Today’s pretty midwest wedding is all about bright colors and country details.  I love this couple’s story – Bobby gave Erin a yellow rose on their first date, and they got engaged in a rose garden, so naturally yellow and roses had to be a big part of their wedding day.  The couple found the Shepherd’s Hill Farm in Montgomery, Minnesota to be a perfect fit for their summer wedding.  And speaking of bright colors, color me surprised when I read that the bride MADE HER DRESS.  Ultimate DIY, you guys.  And I love that she changed into her cowboy boots for the reception.  Keep reading for more of the bride’s thoughts on their beautiful wedding celebration.

From the bride:  “We both work in the architecture and engineering field and wanted something unique as well as fun for all of the children we would be inviting. Our search ended in a barn in Montgomery, MN not far from my house. That is when our DIY projects began. Our projects ranged from a “here comes the bride” sign and a place card holder made by Bobby.

“I picked simple black dresses for the bridesmaids so I could add color in other areas. To incorporate the outdoor wedding and bright colors we made our napkins and napkin rings, and my aunt who loves flowers designed our centerpieces in mason jars tying into the theme.

“The most exciting and challenging project was my dress. After trying on many dresses that had a lot of “extras”, I wanted something simple as well as to be able to design and make it myself. 12 yards of pearl silk taffeta arrived for my dress and the flower girl dress just 3 months before the wedding. Several design changes and mock-ups later I had a wedding dress made with love.

“We were married on a perfect August day with our close friends and family. We were blessed to have our family friend and pastor marry us. All of the little details we spent so much time and love on were captured beautifully by our photographer Amy Majors. We cannot say thank you enough and are so happy to have so many wonderful images that capture our special day.”

Congrats to Bobby and Erin!



Photographer: Amy Majors Photography

Venue: Shepherd’s Hill Farm, Montgomery, Minnesota

Cake Designer: Cakes by Jan

Floral: Chanhassen Floral

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Danielle + Sean

First of all, Happy New Year and a big, big, big CONGRATULATIONS to all the newly engaged brides. A third of all marriage proposals happen over the Christmas and New Year holidays, so this is an especially exciting time of year. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings in terms of creativity and enthusiasm from all the DIY brides out there. You inspire us just as much as (if not more than) we hope to inspire you.

We’re starting the new year off with the nuptials of Sean and Danielle. They chose a backyard wedding ceremony and reception, and Danielle infused her fantastic sense of style into the flowers, menu, chalkboard signs, and almost every other DIY detail. I’m especially digging on her use of copper in the colors of the day, since it’s not a color you see very often and I’m a sucker for the unique. Danielle and Sean also had the good luck of having rain at the end of their wedding day – after all, a wet knot is nearly impossible to untie. Some cultures also believe rain on your special days means your marriage will be fertile with love.





Location: Minnesota

Photography: Natalie Champa Jennings Photography

Hair: The Mezzanine Salon

Bridesmaids Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe

Sarah + Eric

Photographer Rachel Garcia from Brilliant Imagery submitted the charming wedding of Eric and Sarah.

About the couple, Rachel gushes “Eric and Sarah’s wedding was in Faribault, MN off of Circle Lake on May 29th 2010. Eric had the sweetest boyhood charm I have ever seen and Sarah complimented him perfectly with her caring, gentle manner.”

DIY Elements: Nearly everything! The bridesmaid’s purses, the flowers, the wooden signs, the fake wooden mustaches and table linens where all homemade. The dress was made by the bride’s grandmother. And Eric and Sarah spend the day before their wedding making tons of homemade ice cream for all their guests.


Rachel Garcia

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