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San Luis Obispo Eclectic DIY Wedding

DIY Weddings

There’s something about using cobalt blue in wedding decor that makes us unbelievably cheery — it’s a bold choice that always seems to come across beautifully in images. Alexandra Wallace photographed the wedding of Rachel and Zach, a couple who wanted their day to be “artsy and a wee bit nerdy.” The two even did a choreographed dance at the end of the reception!

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

From the bride, Rachel: From the very beginning I knew I wanted vintage, artsy, and a wee bit nerdy. My husband happily agreed. I think our photographer Alexandra Wallace described it best with eclectic — I’d also use colorful, bright, and unique.

blue wedding shoes - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

bridal shoes - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

protea bouquet - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

protea bouquet - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding
Bouquet recipe: King protea, Icelandic poppies, thistles, eucalyptus, queen Anne’s lace, craspedia, sweet pea, lisianthus, tiny white daisies, mixed greenery, a feather snuck in there…

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

bridesmaid shoes - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

My dress was designed by me, inspired by a designer dress I saw on Pinterest. It was constructed by a family friend, Ruth Franklin, myself, and my mom, Victoria Humbles. My garters were made by my friend and bridesmaid, Bridget Huffer. My bridesmaids’ hairpieces were made by me, as were the groomsmen’s boutonnieres; table numbers were constructed by me, and my husband Zach came up with the phrases based on our relationship corresponding with each number. We both spray-painted little dinosaur figures silver. These sat upon vintage books that were all from my personal collection. I also hand-wrote and painted place cards for every guest. Zach and I painted and constructed the octahedron strands that hung from the gazebo. Zach constructed the giant paper flowers. I painted a “me and you” sign that was at the guest book table, the guest book being a print found on Etsy, adhered to a wooden frame, found at Michael’s Craft Store. There were also little chalkboards that I hand-wrote notes on to correspond with the types of beer we served, among others.

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

ceremony backdrop - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

bridesmaid arm bands - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

vintage inspired table number - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding decor - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy EVERY minute. Make it fun, make it about YOU TWO! I read about a wedding where the bride said, don’t worry if something isn’t exactly right. That was huge for me! We did so much ourselves I wanted everything to be spit spot, but it wasn’t perfect. And honestly I think it turned out even better. Also, elope. ;)

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

table number ideas - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

wedding desserts - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

confetti sprinkle cake - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

San Luis Obispo eclectic DIY wedding - photo by Alexandra Wallace http://ruffledblog.com/san-luis-obispo-eclectic-diy-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Bride’s Processional: “Child,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Recessional: “Throne Room/End Title” from Star Wars
Reception Entrance: “Imperial March” from Star Wars
First Dance: “Out of My League,” Fitz and the Tantrums
Father/Daughter Dance: “Look What You Done for Me,” Al Green
Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Everything was played at the reception, from Flogging Molly to Frank Sinatra, from Freddie King to the Rolling Stones, not to mention Chuck Berry, James Brown, and The Gap Band.

From the photographer, Alexandra Wallace: Rachel and Zach are no cookie-cutter couple, and their wedding was no Pinterest copy-and-paste affair! The day started with Rachel putting on her completely custom-made dress; a project taken on by a family friend, her mother, and herself. As the final touches approached, Rachel’s mother presented her with a locket – inside, a note, and a piece of her own wedding dress from over thirty years ago. The wedding celebration took place at the historic Jack House in downtown San Luis Obispo. Rachel donned a flower crown hand-crafted by her cousin, and guests were led to the gazebo to watch Rachel and Zach exchange vows [in front of a custom hanging backdrop!], and then walk down the aisle as husband and wife to the end title theme from Star Wars. Reception decor was in grey, cobalt blue, with hints of mustard yellow. Decorations were a mix of vintage, geometric shapes, and a bit of woodland inspiration. As Rachel said, “The fact that we don’t have one theme per se is very much us. There’s a bit of classic charm and a bit of geek chic – I must admit Doctor Who was an inspiration for the colors!” Dinner was cooked by family, and the evening was spent with dancing – including a wonderfully non-traditional, choreographed first dance by the newlyweds! [Did I mention Rachel works in theater??] As a parting gift, guests were each given a small succulent plant, representing life and longevity in harsh conditions.

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Alexandra Wallace

Venue:

Jack House and Gardens

Wedding Dress:

Custom made

Wedding Shoes:

Chelsea Crew via ModCloth

Earrings:

Urban Outfitters, Aerie

Wedding Invitations:

Vista Print

DJ:

AMS Entertainment

Photos by:

Alexandra Wallace

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5 Tropical Cocktails to Try This Summer

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Inspired by today’s Tropical Wedding story, this next feature might leave you watching the clock at work for a well deserved happy hour. With a long holiday weekend right ahead of us, we thought we’d kick off this short week sharing a few summer cocktail recipes that are a thirst quenching, pool party, rooftop chic must-tries:

5 Summer Cocktails

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Mai Tai Cocktail

This recipe makes one 1 pitcher and all you need is 12 ounces dark rum, 12 ounces light rum, 6 ounces orange curacao, 6 ounces orgeat or almond syrup, 6 ounces lime juice and pineapple wedges, lemon wheels and/or mint sprigs for garnish. In a large pitcher combine all ingredients, stirring as you go and serve over ice.

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Pino Coladas

What you will need is 4 cups crushed ice, 1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut, 18 ounces pineapple juice (three 6-ounce cans of DOLE Canned Pineapple Juice), 12 ounces white rum and pineapple wedges, orange slices and/or maraschino cherries for garnish. These ingredients will make one pitcher and you will combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, orange slice or maraschino cherry.

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Blue Hawaii Cocktail

Combine 10 ounces light rum or vodka, 10 ounces blue curacao, 24 ounces pineapple juice (four 6-ounce cans of DOLE Canned Pineapple Juice), 10 ounces sweet and sour mix (or 5 ounces lime juice) and a pineapple wedge and/or maraschino cherry for garnish. In a large pitcher, stir all ingredients together. Pour over ice and garnish with pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries on top!

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Hurricane Cocktail

Start with 24 ounces dark rum, 12 ounces grenadine, passion fruit syrup or passion fruit juice, 12 ounces lime juice with orange wedges, maraschino cherries and/or mint leaves for garnish. Combine and stir all ingredients in a large pitcher and serve over ice. Garnish with orange, cherries or mint if desired.

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We teamed up with and Evite to share a few tropical cocktails that are perfect for summer parties. You will want to bring out the pink flamingos after tasting these sips.

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Using Pineapple Juice from , you can easily bring the beach to you with these tasty, colorful beverages :

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1. Say Aloha to the Mai Tai cocktail, the original tropical drink — just add a colorful cocktail umbrella and let the luau begin! All you need is a little rum,orange curaçao, almond syrup, lime juice and a fresh slice of pineapple to top it off.

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2. Bring the beach to you with this refreshing Blue Hawaii cocktail by adding a can of  and a little bit of lime juice. For this blue brew, all you need is rum, pineapple juice, blue curaçao and some sweet and sour mix.

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3. Throw together a pool party and serve the Hurricane with 3 simple ingredient that your guests will love. Add a little dark rum, passion fruit juice and lime and you are ready to go!

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and keep the red theme with watermelon juice:
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4. Don’t forget the all time favorite Pina Colada including coconut,  and rum that make the perfect summertime blend.

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5. If you love bananas then you will fall in love with this Frozen Banana Daiquiris that will keep you cool all day long. All you need for this summer blend is rum, ice, sugar, lime and of course bananas!

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Create one of these easy drinks this weekend, or surprise your guests on 4th of July with the tasty red Hurricane or Blue Hawaii cocktail! They will definitely be crowd pleasers and will add a little color to any summer party. Instagram your Dole tropical creations with #EviteParty and #KingOfJuices, or share your favorite drinks on twitter @evite + @DolePackaged!

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

B. Jones Photography

Wedding Coordination + Design:

LCM Weddings

Florist:

Bella Fiori

Wedding Dress + Accessories:

Mea Marie Bridal Atelier

Jewelry:

Heidi Hull Designs at MeaMarie Bridal

Hair:

Brooklyn Matthysse of Something Different Salon

Makeup:

Elizabeth Marie Makeup

Groom + Groomsmen Attire:

The Formal House

Macaroons:

Metropolitan Market

Rentals + Props:

Snohomish Rental Co.

Chairs:

AA Party Rentals

Votives:

Glassy Baby

Cake Topper:

Susabellas

Wedding Stationery:

Bree Craft Designs

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Tropical Leaves and Sea Glass Wedding Shoot

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Now that we’ve finally made it to summer, we’ve got the perfect shoot to make these hot days feel just a bit cooler. Krista Mason Photography, Lauryl Lane Botanical Stylist, Chic Celebrations put together this beautiful wedding session overflowing with tropical greenery and sea glass for the centerpieces, with just a bit of yellow to bring in an extra bit of color. And that BHLDN wedding dress? Definitely a new favorite.

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

From the event designer, Gianna of Chic Celebrations: The Lombardi House is one of our favorite new venues! Though it’s in the heart of Hollywood, when you step onto the property, you are immediately transported to another time and place. We wanted to bring that feeling through this shoot. Oversized tropical greens were the perfect pop against the crisp white space.

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical wedding bouquet - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical ceremony altar - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical ceremony decor - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

As soon as we spotted that gorgeous BHLDN dress, we knew. It was the one. The detail in the lace overlay went perfect with the breezy, tropical vibe of the day. For a splash of color, we brought in a collection of sea glass bottles, all different sizes, to run down the table over loose gauze runner. Names were written across leaves and perfectly accented the wood chargers. The whole day made us want to getaway to the tropics!

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

aqua sea glass centerpieces - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical inspired cake - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

tropical leaves and sea glass wedding shoot - photo by Krista Mason Photography http://ruffledblog.com/tropical-leaves-and-sea-glass-wedding-shoot

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Krista Mason Photography

Florist:

Lauryl Lane Botanical Stylist

Event Design:

Chic Celebrations

Venue:

Lombardi House

Wedding Dress:

BHLDN

Stylist:

Styled by TC

Makeup:

kacee geoffroy hair and makeup

Wedding Cake:

Sweet and Saucy Shop

Rentals:

Borrowed Blu, Classic Party Rentals

Wedding Invitations:

Lupa and Pepi

Calligraphy:

Kindred Calligraphy

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