A Darling Handcrafted Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

This backyard wedding shot by Goodnickels Photography is absolutely darling! The bride’s mother handcrafted many of the details, including Ali’s incredible bouquet. It is made out of ribbon and rickrack, and is so sweet and unique. What a special memento to treasure and pass down to future generations!

More from the bride, Ali:

When I was planning our wedding I envisioned a sweet, homemade, backyard wedding. I wanted to incorporate handmade things with my vintage favorites.

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My mom is so talented. She made my bouquet (out of rickrack and ribbon), the ring pillow, the flower girl dress, the favors (the owls and robots), the favor boxes, the cake topper, the boutonnieres, the antique game pieces, centerpieces, and the table runners.

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We looked at a few venues, but couldn’t find the right fit. A friend offered up his backyard and we thought, perfect!

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My sister was in charge of the flowers. That day she went to a local farmers market and purchased a variety of flowers. The mix of flowers looked great.

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My advice for planning a wedding is to stay organized. My sister made me a wedding planning book. I kept ideas, inspiration, websites, pictures, etc. in it. It kept me on track and organized. It made it easier to tie everything together and now I have a amazing scrapbook of my wedding memories.

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Wedding Vendors (Vista, CA):

Photographer: Goodnickels Photography / Venue: A friend’s backyard / Florist: The bride’s sister / Caterer: Crystal Catering / Cake: VG’s Donuts and Bakery / Lighting: Party Lights / Makeup Artist: Earth Salon and Spa / Hair Stylist: Dennise at Beautymark Hair Studio / Bride’s Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Hair Piece: Jennypickle

20 comments
  1. WeddingXpert

    This is just pure handcrafted goodness! That bouquet made solely out of ribbons is out of this world.

  2. lydia {ever ours}

    lots of super cute details!

  3. Angela Gaspar Photography

    This is such an adorable wedding. I love all the special DIY touches!

  4. Sofia@Brancoprata

    The simplicity & beauty of this wedding is just perfect… and those favors with tiny robots… can you guess how much i love them?

  5. The Knotty Bride

    The bouquet is adorable! And that ring pillow looks like a Martha Stewart DIY project I love! Great post, thanks for sharing this wedding with us!

  6. Kristi

    OMG – I love his ‘stache!!! And all the fabulous diy details…like those owl boxes – sooo cute!!

    xoxo
    kristi

  7. Linz

    i kept wondering what it would be like to be kissed by someone with such a gnarly mustache. good times, lovely wedding!

  8. Ink & Button

    oh my, of course I LOVE all of the buttons in this wedding! So many sweet, handmade details. WOW!!!

  9. The Sassy Bride

    Super adorable wedding & I ??? the cake topper as well as her bouquet!! The DIY touches were all so perfect!

  10. Girls of Elegance - Wedding Shoes

    The attention to detail here is amazing!

    Love the mustache addition on the groom on the cake, to match the real grooms tash! Cute and thoughtful! perfect!

  11. bmolavi

    Love it!
    That bouquet is a beauty!!!
    Sending right away to my crafty mom (my sis is getting married in labor day weekend!!!)

  12. Kim

    This wedding was the best! I loved being a guest and savored every precious handmade touch! Love ya A&R!

  13. Silje

    What a lovly wedding! Thank you for beautifull inspiration!

    I was wondering where I can get that amazing cake topper? :)

    – Silje

    • Melissa

      Hi Silje, You can find the cake topper here. Hope this helps!

  14. Becoming Mrs. Ford

    ooh, so artsy fartsy! love that.

  15. erica

    who did the illustrations on the gift boxes? SO CUTE!

  16. Lisa

    Did your sister make your bouquet, also? It’s spectacular! Neither of my daughters is even engaged but, by golly, I’m getting started on some ribbon flowers just in case. Your wedding was so beautiful I admire your use of nature and not fluff.

  17. Lisa

    I wish I were your mom. Did she already know how to make all the things she created for your wedding? She’s an amazing woman!!!!

  18. Alexandria

    That bouquet is beautiful! My husband and I are renewing our vows in April and this is great inspiration for our simple vintage chic ceremony.

  19. Ashley Kech

    Is it possible to get in touch with the bride or her mother? The ribbon bouquet is amazing! I would love to learn how to make one, or see if the mother would make one to sell!

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