Handmade Villa Del Sol Wedding

DIY Weddings

The second I heard that the groom from today’s wedding (shot by the fantastic Joe+Kathrina) styled his look after Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I knew I had to see more. And let me tell you, this wedding did not disappoint! Cynthia and Brian’s wedding was a handcrafted labor of love, with personal touches galore and superb style choices by Cynthia, including her feather fascinator that she made on her own!

bride and groom

From the photographers, Joe+Kathrina: It took her a whole year to plan their wedding, and definitely no less. Their home turned into a Michaels and JoAnn’s store combined and nightly Brian would go around cleaning up fabric pieces. From the beginning Cynthia imagined a handmade wedding–complete with fabric flower bouquets and boutonnieres, reused bed sheets turned into their ceremony back drop, twigs and reused bottles for the centerpieces. Cynthia hunted down vintage doilies at flea markets for part of their table set up and individually hand stamped each name card. Brian also had his hand at styling himself and his groomsmen, after he saw Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the cover of GQ he knew exactly what he was wearing, including his signature cap to top off the look.


polka dot ties

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bridal party in gray

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ring bearer hat

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groomsmen in red socks

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flower girl crowns

It was all a labor of love for these two — and at the end of the night Brian stood up in front of all their friends and family, holding back tears he looked at his wife and thanked her for all her hard work, for planning the perfect wedding and being an amazing woman he loved. It was a perfect day.


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venues at night

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bride and groom


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Fullerton, CA / Wedding Photographer: Joe+Kathrina / Wedding Venue: Villa Del Sol / Wedding Coordinator: Dena of Cafe Hidalgo / Wedding Flowers: bride / Wedding Dress: Eugenia via MaryLinn’s / Wedding Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Hair Accessory: made by bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: bespoke / Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic / DJ: Justin of Waveform Events / Desserts: friends and family



6 comments
  1. Amy

    I love the handmade details! The bouquet and in particular the little crocheted bride and groom. This has given me some inspiration. Thanks for the post.

  2. Joe+Kathrina

    Thank you so so much for this beautiful feature Amanda! We are so honored. Brian+Cynthia are such an amazing couple and they worked so hard putting every detail together…we can’t wait to share this with them!

  3. Becky

    What a beautiful wedding – I love all the details. The groom looks really dapper too. A cool wedding.

  4. lydia {ever ours}

    love her headpiece. love the bridesmaids’ dresses too!

  5. Heather

    Wow- so many creative and unique details.

  6. Javier

    I loved the Bride’s dress and the Groom´s suit. Well I loved the whole set up, really elegant, vintage and with lots of love put into every detail. Congratulations for the couple!

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