Charissa & Josh’s Sweet and Free-Spirited Wedding

This wedding. Oh, this wedding. Charissa and Josh have made it incredibly hard to narrow down the images from their wedding into a manageable gallery. There are so many lovely details here – plus a wonderfully happy and adorable couple – that I had no other choice than to pack this post to the brim with tons of pics from their fun-filled DIY day in New York.

Photographer, andres valenzuela tells us:

This beautiful wedding is so fitting for these two individuals- whimsical, unpretentious, full of community, and full of love! This day would not have been possible without help from their many dear friends- none were spared! Their friend, Chris Smith, helped with the wedding planning. Their reception was held in the backyard of beloved friends, Tim and Sarah. Hair and Makeup were graciously and beautifully done by another friend, Jules. Invitations were executed by a friend, Jessica. And the music at their reception was provided by two friends of the couple, Bill and Jon. And lastly, their friend Sara made the cake.



Photographer:  andres valenzuela photography//Catering: Tarantella’s in Nyack, NY//Flowers: Shoprite//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Cristina & James’ Playful-Yet-Traditional Wedding

Whenever I mention “traditional” weddings in the bridalsphere, there seems to be a collective groan – which is a pity! I’m not sure when “traditional” became code for outdated or frumpy but, goodness, can I attest that tradition can be just as stylish and modern as any other wedding style. Just take this bright and vibrant wedding of Cristina and James, for example.

Cristina and Jim, middle school sweethearts, finally (per family and friends) got hitched last year in a beautiful church and had a festive barn reception. As you can see, Cristina is a fan of color from her shoes to her bouquet. The couple grew all the flowers for the wedding and arranged them all the day of. Wow!

According to photographers, Bethany & Dan Photography, “the decor was all DIY, made lovingly by friends and family. Did I mention it was colorful? I haven’t even mentioned the awesome clothing choices this girl made. Check out those Kate Spade shoes and designer dress by Francesca Miranda. Swoon. We loved being there to witness this wedding and share the day with everyone. It was one of a kind.”

Cristina & James
Event Date: August, 2013

Photographer:  Bethany & Dan Photography//Caterer:Curt’s Caterers//Makeup Artist:Danielle Greenstein//Dress Designer: Francesca Miranda//Cake Designer: Jacques Pastries//Reception Venue:Longlook Farm and Lodge//Band:Red Line//

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Sarah & Mike’s Relaxed Waterfront Wedding

Sometimes it’s best just to let our couples tell us about their big day because we just can’t do it justice. This is one of those times.  So, let’s hear all about this stunning (and fun!) waterfront wedding.

From Mike & Sarah:

We could not have asked for a better week and a better wedding. We were so lucky and blessed with countless moments of generosity and good fortune. The Location has been apart of the Potts family for over a 100 years. It has been past down from generation to generation and been used as a place of rest and relaxation for friends and family of all ages. Oddly enough, no one has ever been married there but is a place so dear to us, our families and our friends. There is so much history and memories there that no overwhelming decorations were needed to make it our own. Oh, and not to mention, the weather was insanely perfect the entire week, not a single hurricane. Hands on. Looking back and knowing our friends and family I am not surprised, but the amount of help, crafting, baking, organizing, moving of plants, making of drinks and energy of enthusiasm throughout the week was unbelievable.

Sarah’s mom made our wedding cake, catered our rehearsal dinner and helped coordinate all food arrangements (amongst other things)! Sarah’s Aunt made 57 dozen cookies, Mike’s mom helped all week and crafted the rehearsal dinner flowers while Sarah’s girlfriends crafted all the flowers and arrangements for our wedding. People moved tables and plants, set up bars and after parties, and made sure a good time was had for all!

Our ceremony. We wanted something short and sweet and personal. Sarah always said she wanted people to leave our wedding knowing more about us. We asked our two dear friends to official out wedding without any guidance or knowledge of their plans. They turned something we hadn’t focused on throughout the process into one of the most special and intimate moments of out wedding. There were laughs and cries and everyone walked away knowing more about us, including ourselves! DANCE! We were recommended the Josh Dion Band. We got to the week of our wedding realizing that in the chaos of things we never listened to them once. Hands down, the best surprise of the wedding. The energy and skills Josh has is undeniable and unstoppable. From the moment he sat down at his drum set and microphone to the moment he left, the dance floor was filled. It was everything we hoped for.

Flashmob. It’s silly, I know. The idea of a flashmob at my wedding is not something I would have desired or planned for BUT it happened. It was incredible. Oddly, for me, it summed up so many things about our wedding, our family and friends and our lives. At first it was a few close LA friends dancing, then our siblings, then old friends and new ones, parents and Aunts and Uncles. So many people that never should have been in contact from different parts of our lives dancing together. I realized that it was the summation of my favorite things, people I loved, doing something together. In the end, it was truly an unforgettable week and one of the best moments of our lives. We are so happy to have had it captured beautifully by Levi and his team.

Sarah & Mike
Event Date: Sep 14, 2013

Photographer: Levi Stolove Photography

Danielle & Matthew’s Vintage Glam Fall Wedding

We love Danielle and Matthew’s vintage-with-a-touch-of-glam wedding! First, it’s a fall wedding and, dang, do we love us some autumnal soirees. Second, just look at the gorgeous details Danielle created for the big day. And, last: look how happy these two are! What’s not to love?

The details from photographer, Zen Photography:

Danielle and Matthew have known each other since they were 10 and stayed good friends throughout high school and college years. On Matthew’s 23rd birthday they reunited and have been together ever since. Matthew proposed while they were on vacation in Long Island while relaxing in the backyard and while standing in the shade under a big oak tree.

Their beautiful wedding was on November 2nd, 2013 at Hollow Brook Golf Club.

Danielle’s unique, DIY decorations made for a warm and touching day. She personally made her backdrop for the ceremony from dollar table covers cut and tied onto string. Each place setting was hand painted gold. The seating table decoration was also created by Danielle. Each jar that was used as the centerpieces was hand painted or hand glittered as well. The style could not be anymore unique, from the blue sparkle heels to the blush pink wedding dress.

Danielle & Matt
Event Date: Nov, 2013

Photographer:  Zen Photography//Makeup Artist: COLOR Make-Up Studio//DJ:Dieter Jenich at DJ Sounds Unlimited//Reception Venue: Hollow Brook Golf Club//Hair Stylist:The Cosmpolitan Salon//

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Christine + Keith’s New York Rustic Wedding

We’re kicking off this Monday with a pretty DIY rustic wedding from Cassi Claire Photography. Right from the get-go, Christine + Keith knew what type of wedding they wanted: Adirondack-themed wedding- rustic, vintage, country, and just so them. They scoured up and down the Hudson River looking for the perfect venue that has the right rustic vibe, and they found it at Fox Hollow. With pretty pink and blue as the main color palette, this DIY New York wedding is just oh-so-sweet!

To create that rustic romantic vibe, Christine + Keith decorated the venue with hints of burlap, wood, baby’s breath, twine, raffia, and lace everywhere. From the bride: “The centerpieces were curly willow branches in various spray painted liquor bottles with distressed and wood burned hearts to show table numbers and a quote like “laugh” or “lucky”, along with embellished mason jars which held flowers and floating candles, using burlap, twine, paper and crochet flowers to help make each table unique. The fireplace mantle showcased our Love Story in a barnyard wooden frame next to both of our parents wedding pictures. Our DIY card box was that of a wooden treasure box burned and stained which matched our somewhat untraditional guest ‘log’, a slab of varnished wood with our symbol of C+K burned in the middle for everyone to sign. On their way into cocktail hour, guests got to take their lantern favor with the DIY distressed escort card and skeleton key attached to show you where our favorite people in the world were sitting.”
Just how lovely was Christine + Keith’s night ceremony? All the gorgeous light shining upon the beautiful couple and that romantic arch. They definitely pulled off their vision of beautiful rustic vision with the warm colors and all the personal touches. And just how fun was the dance party!

Congratulations to Christine + Keith!


Photographer: Cassi Claire Photography//Wedding Date:09.14.2013//Etsy Designer:Amber and Earth //Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff//Dress Store: Bridal Reflections//Jewelry:Brookstone//Etsy Designer:Crafts and Goodies//Jewelry:Cynthia Cool Beans //Dress Store: David’s Bridal//Apparel:Enchanted Atelier//Favors and Gifts:Favor Warehouse//Reception Venue: Fox Hollow//Other:Gingham Grins //Jewelry:Maria Elena Headpieces//Shoes: My Glass Slipper//Shoes:Nina Shoes//Invitation Designer:Paisley Pear Designs //Cinema and Video:Paul Nameck Videography//Musicians:Shake Rattle Roll Pianos//Etsy Designer:The Art of Handmades//DJ:We Like 2 Party Entertainment //Etsy Designer:When Dreamz Come True//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Carolyn + Caleb’s Pretty Blue Backyard Wedding

This New York Fall wedding is not short on details and prettiness. In fact, Carolyn + Caleb’s DIY wedding featured many personal touches, including a sweet duet by the bride and groom themselves and jet-setting off to their “happily ever after” in one cool ride . With lots of gorgeous photos from Shaw Photography Co., this wedding is not to be missed!

Carolyn + Caleb’s DIY wedding was a combined effort of the couple and love ones. Their sweet neighbors provided the pig roast feast. Caleb’s talented sister made the pretty wedding cake and cupcakes spread, while his sister-in-law made all of the groomsmen’s ties. The wooden arch they said their “I do’s” under was built by Caleb himself, and Carolyn spray-painted all the mini animals to gold to use as decoration for the tables. The couple sings together, and as mid-dinner entertainment, they sang a song for all the guests to thank them for coming. A burned DVD of their singing was their Thank You gift/favor.

Carolyn + Caleb show everyone that just because you throw a backyard wedding doesn’t mean you can’t make it look magazine swoon-worthy. The personal touches, the singing, and all the efforts put in by their friends and family are what makes their wedding oh-so-special. And who says you can’t walk down the aisle barefooted and looked incredible doing it?

Congratulations Carolyn + Caleb and much thanks to Christina & Brian of Shaw Photography Co. for submitting this DIY wedding to us!


Photographer: Shaw Photography Co.//Wedding Date:09.20.2013//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Natalie + Jason’s Pink Winery Wedding

We’re kicking the first week of February off with lots of pretty pinks and sweetness from Dianna Hart Photography. I think it’s so lovely when a bride chooses various shades of one color rather than sticking to one particular shade. Natalie uses a mix shades of pink all over… from her gorgeous bouquet to her table runner. Raspberry peonies and pink roses, however, definitely dominate Natalie + Jason’s upstate New York vineyard wedding.

Although popular choices like sparkler exits and lantern send-offs usually make very gorgeous photos, it was pretty refreshing to see Natalie + Jason opted to do a pink balloon send-off instead.

Our special tidbit to share about this couple: Since their wedding, Natalie + Jason, both teachers, have packed up their bags and moved to Mumbai to teach young children there.
Photographer:  Dianna Hart Photography//Wedding Date: June 22, 2012//Event Venue: Glenora Wine Cellars//Floral Designer: In Bloom//Event Designer: Lovewell Celebration Design//

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Katie + Alycia’s Forever Entwined Wedding

Katie + Alycia has been together for 5 years and wanted to get married in New York. Reminisce Photography encapsulated many beautiful moments and details from this beautiful couple. There were many cute DIYs shown throughout the day… from the flowers to the center pieces… to the decor. In fact, their wedding cake was made by none other than Alycia herself (it helps that she is a pastry chef)! I also adore their super cute ring bearer!

There’s nothing more heartwarming to see than all those special moments Katie + Alycia got to have with their moms on their big day… awwwwww! Congratulations to the two of you! Thank you for sharing this fun wedding with DIY Bride!
Photographer:  Reminisce Photography//Wedding Date: August 17, 2013//Reception Venue:Long Island Maritime Museum//

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Shannon + Michael’s Fun Brooklyn Winery Wedding

I’m in a New York state of mind today for obvious reasons.  And after coming off a trip to sight-see at Fashion Week,  I have a larger than usual soft spot, for my hometown and its peeps.  So when I saw Shannon and Michael’s Brooklyn Winery wedding from L&L Style Photography, well I remembered why I love this city so much!  The people!  Full of style, fun, class, cool kicks, and creativity, New York folks are just awesome!  I mean have you ever seen a bride rock a striped cardi with patches better?  So when two cool cats plan a dazzling and stress-free DIY wedding from 2000 miles away that’s full of spontaneous moments,  super style, and tambourines-  I’m pretty sure you’ll find hard to disagree that this this NYC wedding meets the high standard of awesome I’m come to know and love.



In true NY collabo style, this wedding wonder was achieved with a little help from your friends including a DIY pre-wedding dinner! From the Bride:

Our main goal for our wedding was to have fun! Thankfully, we are blessed to be surrounded by amazing friends and family who were more than willing to help make our wedding the best day ever! My sister-in-law designed our invitations, signage and the stickers for our tambourines and party favors. My mother-in-law printed them. I hauled a huge suitcase full of mason jars and half finished projects across the country. So, instead of a rehearsal dinner, my parents threw us a pizza/last minute prep party with our close friends and family. Each person contributed in everything from making props for the photo booth, putting together our guest book, creating chalkboard signs, hot gluing ribbons on the flower girl basket to hemming my petticoat.

Now if this wedding doesn’t give you peek into the fun-filled and style-soaked community that is New York, I don’t know what will.  From their choice of venue at the Brooklyn Winery(a must visit, BTW)  to the tasty treats both streetside and inside, to the tambourine slammin’, karoake singin’, party filled goodness this gallery from L&L Style Photography has once again turned me into a wedding adulterer. (Uuughh!!  Twice in the same day!  I’d be ashamed if it didn’t feel so good to share them all!)  Well, nevertheless, I can’t thank L&L Style Photography for so brilliantly capturing this truly New York style wedding and sharing it with us.  Congratulations Shannon and Michael!  Happy soon to be first anniversary!


Vendor Information:

Date: October 20, 2012
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Photographer: L&L Style Photography
Hair: Krista at Foxy Salon
Makeup: Morgan Gates

Soureia + Johann’s Intimate NY City Hall Wedding

I love when I get to feature weddings from my home state!  And this next wedding is my perfect description of New York City, and weddings combined: simple sophistication.  Soureia + Johann wanted a small, non- flashy wedding.  With the equally edgy and modern eye of Michael Simonitsch Photography, we’re sharing a wedding that’s my kind of everything.  Minimal. Modern. Magnificent. Simple. Elegant.  And while it might not be flashy, it sure is gorgeous.

This awesome duo got married at City Hall with Johann’s musician parents playing in the background.  Soureia created the beautiful birds nest centerpieces used at The Mermaid Inn. And even though Birds of Paradise aren’t typically associated with NYC’s favorite feathered friends, these florals are just divine!

Each of these images from Michael Simonitsch Photography captures the magnificently simple, elegant and overpoweringly beautiful world that is Manhattan.  Soureia + Johann created everything that is New York to me, intimate and grand, elegant and edgy, romantic and oh, gosh!  I have to stop gushing over my new favorite wedding and my always favorite city.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful wedding Michael Simonitsch Photography.  Congratulations Soureia + Johann!


Vendor Information:

Date: June 13, 2011

Location: New York, NY

Photographer: Michael Simonitsch Photography

Reception Venue:  The Mermaid Inn

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