Amy + Jeremy’s Rustic Schoolhouse Wedding

Today’s wedding is a fun one – taking place on the grounds of a school!  This school looks SUPER different from the one I went to as a kid.  This couple put a lot of effort into really make this wedding their own – the groom, a graphic designer, designed all the stationery and signage, the bride put together all the centerpieces, and family members pitched in to create the bouquets and make the desserts for the dessert table.  They also embraced a subtle “cherry” theme, since that is their last name!  Cherries in their logo, cherries on the cake , cherry red shoes – they even served cherry cola.

The bride wore her mother’s veil, and carried the same penny (sixpence) in her shoe that her grandma carried on her wedding day.

All the bouquets were arranged by the bride’s mother.

The bride spent months collecting vintage china and vases for the reception tables.

Congrats Amy and Jeremy!



Photography: Seth Binsted and Frank Ameka (both friends of the couple)

Venue: Adams International School, Maidens, Virginia

Stationery: Designed by the groom

Florals: DIY/Trader Joe’s

Leah + Chris’ Budget-Friendly Farm Wedding

Hello, and Happy Friday!  Why do the short holiday weeks always seem like the longest weeks?!?  But I’m happy it’s Friday because that means I get to share another gorgeous DIY wedding with you all!

Today’s wedding is kind of special … well, all of our weddings are special, of course.  But this wedding stands out because this couple shared their budget with us.  We know our DIY couples are clever, crafty, and thrifty, but would you believe all this amazingness was done for just around $1000???  As their photographer Christian told us, “It goes to show you don’t have to spend thousands on a wedding and you can still have it be lovely and memorable.

This wedding was truly a group effort.  The bride made all the floral arrangements and decor herself, using lots of dried roses and baby’s breath.  Their friends and family made the food and desserts.  Their venue was the farm of a family friend.  The bride’s gown was passed down by her mother and was also worn by her grandmother – true vintage.  The photographer, a friend of the groom, donated his time and talent.   A lot of people came together to give Leah and Chris their dream wedding – they must be a very special couple!

Congrats Chris and Leah!



Photographer: Christian Agha

Venue: Private Residence, Virginia

Submitted via Two Bright Lights


Meghan + Drew’s Simple Garden Wedding

Happy New Year!  We had a nice little holiday break and now we’re back and ready to bring you all the best inspiration in the DIY wedding world.  First of all, raise your hand if you got engaged over the holidays …. Hello, and welcome!  What an exciting time, and we hope you find tons of ideas and helpful information here at DIY Bride.  If you have any questions or are looking for anything specific, just email us and we’ll try our best to help you!

We are kicking off 2013 with a beaute of a wedding.  Meghan and Drew put together an outdoor shindig full of bunting, burlap, lace, and lots of love!  All the flowers were purchased wholesale and arranged by the couple and their support team.  Wrapped around Meghan’s DIY bouquet was lace from her mother’s wedding day gloves and a handkerchief from her father.

The couple also made DIY program fans, which doubled as shields when it started raining during their ceremony!  Their logo of two lovebirds echoed throughout the event, including stenciled on their program crates, embossed on cocktail napkins, and drawn onto their chalkboard buffet menu.

Mason jars wrapped in burlap, lace, and raffia held their DIY floral centerpieces for the reception.  This simple decor packed a huge decorative punch!

Congrats Drew and Meghan!



Photographer: Rebekah Hoyt Photography

Venue:  Walkerton Tavern

Floral Designer:  BunchesDirect

Invitation Designer:  Wedding Paper Divas

Dress Store:  David’s Bridal

Cake Designer:  Baker’s Kitchen

Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Mens Warehouse

Caterer:  Cara’s Kitchen

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jessica + Travis

Holy detail shots, Batman! Today’s couple has tons of them to share.

Jessica and Travis had a beautiful outdoor Virginia wedding that spoke to their worldliness and compassionate nature as a couple. They utilized a travel theme for their wedding day by naming the tables after places they have traveled. The couple also donated to several organizations they support instead of creating favors for the guests to take home.




Location:Berryville, VA

Photography: Snappy Camera Studios

Venue: Historic Rosemont Manor

Caterer: Watermen’s Inn

Florals: Flowers Unlimited

Cake: Taylor Made Cakes

Dress: Rosalin Bridal

DJ: Let the Good Times Roll DJ Services and DJ Rupe

Dreama + David

I don’t know if it’s because summer is just around the corner, or if it’s because June and sunshine are finally upon us, but I’m all bubbly over this modern beachy wedding this morning. It’s just so fabulous. Dreama, the bride, has a graphic design background and applied it to creating her floral arrangements, ceremony and reception decor, and all the signage for the wedding. Her mother also got in on the DIY game by making jewelry for the entire bridal party. There’s so much to love, so enjoy the gorgeous gallery!




Location: Hampton, VA

Photography: Bit of Ivory Photography

Ceremony Venue: The Continental Gazebo Park

Reception Venue: Bay Breeze Community Center

Cupcakes: Carolina Cupcakery

Dress Store: Tiffany’s at Port Warwick

Mens Attire: Ames Tuxes

Ceremony Musicians: HICO String Quartet

DJ: ACME DJs of Virginia

Jolie + Greg

Happy Friday to all my lovely DIYers! Today we have the wedding of Jolie and Greg, a charming couple who planned their wedding on a sharp timeline from another state. Since Greg is in the military, they had to coordinate their wedding around his training schedule. What I love the most about this wedding is the Albert Einstein touches all over the reception. Greg proposed in front of the Einstein statue in Washington, D.C. and they were sure to incorporate him into the decor. All the flowers, boutonnieres, place cards, guestbook, and decor were DIY created by the couple and their families, and they even had a close friend officiate the romantic outdoor ceremony.




Location: Spotsylvania, VA

Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography

Venue: Stevenson Ridge

Cake Designer: Fat Girl Cakes

Makeup: GoGo Gorgeous Makeup Artistry

DJ: DJ’s in the Burg

Stephenie + Stephen

We have another fabulous engagement session this week, full of whimsy and romance. The story behind the inspiration for the shoot could not be sweeter, as the four year old twin daughters of Stephen and Stephenie chose the theme! Stephenie was dancing in a ballet company at the time, and they had been performing Alice in Wonderland. The girls decided that of course, Mommy should be Alice, and the shoot was born from there.





Location: Virginia

Photography: Rabiah Khwaja Gohar Photographer

Kelly & Rob

Weddings that are held at home have a certain charm that you just can’t get anywhere else. Kelly and Rob had a church wedding with their reception at home, and Kelly went all out with their wedding plans. She collected all the details for the centerpieces and created the bouquets, invitations, and cake. She also put together the adorable candy buffet for guest to peruse during the reception.




Location: Virginia

Photography: Amber Reinink, Photographer

Linnea + William

Linnea and William wanted to focus on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for their wedding, and the attention they paid to the handmade touches is evident. The flower arrangements were DIY, and Linnea collected lace to cover the vintage tablecloths. Their photographer said the excitement of the day was catching, and looking at the gallery photos, one cannot help but smile along with them.




Location: Charlottesville, VA

Photography: Elisa B. Photography

Venue: Colonnade Club

Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal

Caterer: Glorious Foods

Cake: Chandlers Bakery

DJ: Blast Method Entertainment

Bridget + Jeff

Jeff and Bridget were married in an outdoor ceremony in Virginia, and the two took great pains to make sure their wedding was a casual and personalized affair. Together for almost a decade before getting married, they wanted to make sure they had time to savor the day with plenty of guests, love, food, and dancing. Bridget was also responsible for designing and crafting all the paper products for the wedding – menus, place cards, invitations, and programs. She also created the runners for the tables and arranged her own bouquet.




Location: Charlottesville, VA

Photography: Paige Stevens Photography

Venue: Ash Lawn Highland

Caterer: Hank’s Smokehouse

Florals: The Barnswallow

Cake: Charlottesville Cupcake

Musicians: The Anderson Duo

DJ: DJs for Lovers

Rentals: FDS Tents

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