Our thanks to Brent Van Auken for his oh-so-amazing photos! Bailey and Alexandria’s wedding is unfaltering sweet. It’s made even better knowing that the bride AND groom made all the DIY elements themselves and turned the event into a truly intimate affair.
From the bride, Alexandria: We really hoped for something home-made with a touch of backyard comfort; a collaboration of family members and friends. Something vintage and comfortable where everyone felt like family. And when I say “we”, I really mean, my husband as well. He was a huge part of the whole process. He wanted to help with everything from the planning process to the DIY projects.
One of the most important things for us was being outside and finding a place to have that happen in Southern California on August 28 was quite a task. The look we went for was natural and simple with punches of color coming through on the tablecloths and flowers. I fell in love with the idea of succulents but felt like it needed something else… so I used a variety of dry-type flowers that were small with long, skinny stems to elongate the table and add a contrast to the whole table setting.
There was no real color scheme, we tried to keep the colors muted on main things so that we could use crazy vintage tablecloths and fun bright flowers and fun mix-matched plates. DIY. Everything was DIY. I planned the wedding with Bailey, so we did everything. I am a designer so I designed the invitations and we made them, we collected all the vintage tablecloths and napkins, rented/borrowed the plates and silverware from my best friend Rachel Hershman, we made all the flower arrangements including my bouquets with the help from some family and I made all the little wooden signs with a real saw (!) and acrylic paint.
We collected the wine bottles for the flowers from a white wine called Lambrusco from Trader Joes and we bought the cigar boxes from a smoke shop for super cheap. Literally everything was DIY. I contacted a ton of friends and family and asked them to bake a special dessert and Rachael, from Lace and Likes, baked and decorated our cake. Because we wanted everything to be handmade, we literally tried to put our hands on everything that happened that day.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? One of the things I think back on and wished I had focused on more is the preparations for the location and honestly just trying to make everything as unique and quirky as you can. Enjoy it to the last day. It’s such a beautiful process and it is totally worth all the late nights with hot glue and paint. Also, don’t underestimate the power of friendship. Call on your friends to help you with the projects or even to help you with calling and communicating with vendors. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my Rachael, my mom, Bailey, my grandpa and my aunt and uncle. No matter how much you think you can do alone, you can’t, but that doesn’t mean you have to hire someone, it’s so wonderful to experience this time with family and friends. You’ll remember those moments for the rest of your life. Also, spend money on photography. It really is the best way to relive the day.
Wedding Vendors (location, San Jacinto, CA):
Ceremony and reception location(s): Bride’s aunt and uncle’s house / Day of Coordinator: Rachael Hershman / Florist: Flowers were purchased from florists and grocery stores, succulents from Home Depot and Lowes; families did arrangements / Photographer: Brent Van Auken / Wedding Dress: Village Bridal / Alterations: Mary’s Alterations in Palm Springs, CA / Jewelry: both grandmothers’ heirloom jewelry / My makeup artist: Rachael Hershman / Hairstylist: Brent Van Auken’s wife, Rachel. / Groom’s shirt: Express / Groom’s pants: Men’s Warehouse / DJ: their own premade CD / Caterer: Arturo’s (951) 766-6658 / Wedding Design and Coordination: Rachael Hershman / Wedding invitations: Bride