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Dayna + Ian's Eco-Friendly Wedding

I’m loving Florida weddings! You may still remember this Orlando Art Deco wedding, I shared on the blog a few weeks ago. Well, I got another Florida gem to share with you. Shot by Becka & Nate of Studio222 Photography (who are also getting married soon!), Dayna and Ian’s wedding is really a lovefest. It is eco-friendly, has a touch of vintage, and a good dose of DIY – ingredients that when combined create a charming fête. Not only that, but Dayna is a Ruffled reader! From Dayna: I’ve been reading your blog since before we were officially engaged. So much of my inspiration came from weddings featured on your blog. Needless to say, my heart melted when I read it. So without further ado, here are the images:

Winter Park City  Florida wedding

From the bride, Dayna:

We knew we wanted our wedding to be three things: environmentally friendly + supportive of local and/or independent vendors + (of course) a lovefest between our closest friends and family. All the details fell into place once we found the venue, an old industrial train depot with a beautiful public park across the street. The perfect space for eating yummy food, drinking tasty beers, listening to really good tunes and otherwise celebrating with folks we cherish most in life!

Wood slices DIY wedding
Winter Park City farmers market Florida DIY wedding ideas

Our ceremony was officiated by a dear friend who made the whole exchange incredibly personal. The significance of verbalizing our commitment to each other in front of our closest friends and family members was overwhelming. Saying our vows to each other was grounding and spiritual at the same time. The support and love (in the form of smiles, cheers and clapping) when our ceremony was done and we were announced husband and wife felt so good. I hope we hold on to the goodness of that moment for the rest of our lives. It’s a reminder of who we were, who we are together and who we will become, with our friends and families by our sides and supporting us on our journey.

Eco Friendly wedding with lots of DIY ideas stitch embroidery hoops and wood slices

Many of the decor items for our woodsy meets vintage-modern themed wedding were found via Etsy, Craig’s List and thrift stores. The decision to forgo cut flowers was both an economical and environmental choice. Instead, both my mother and mother-in-law helped pot many plants and flowers, all of which are still thriving today! Eighty-five pounds of wood rounds (hand cut by my mother’s mountain-man fiancé and shipped from Oregon) were used for center piece bases on the guest tables as well as cake stands on the dessert table. Friends contributed by gathering canning jars, cutting fabric & ribbon, gluing buttons, stamping kraft paper, baking cupcakes & pies, making pom-pom flowers from string and day-of all sorts of venue setup and breakdown. It truly was a labor of love! Our wedding would not have been possible without the generosity of our amazing friends and family, we love you guys!
Vintage garden wedding
Vintage indie wedding with diy ideas flower pots bunting flags old crates centerpieces

Vintage 3 three piece suit men's groom wedding 1970s

One of our favorite local restaurants produced a tasty buffet of Cuban food including several kinds of meat with salad, rice and beans. The disposable plates and silverware were biodegradable. Unfortunately the disposable cups weren’t as green, but darnit they were so much fun! Ian is a big beer geek and so we actually brought our own four-tap kegorator to the reception. It was filled with two homebrews and two brews from Cigar City, a local Florida brewery.

Intimate eco friendly wedding Orlando Florida

While dating we competed to see who could gather the best mix of songs the other didn’t know but would love, trading back and forth every month. So it only seemed fitting that we’d share our favorite ‘mixtape’ with our guests as a wedding favor. In lieu of a guestbook we setup a photobooth. It was by far the most fun element of the event; our guests are still raving about it and we have some incredibly silly photos that will keep us smiling for years!

Wedding Vendors (Winter Park City, Orlando, Florida):

Hotel (getting ready + first look): Park Plaza Hotel / Wedding Venue: Winter Park Farmers Market building, the city’s old train depot / Photography: Becka & Nate of Studio222 Photography / Officiant: close mutual friend / DJ – SubSonic Event DJs / Food: Black Bean Deli/ Save the Date postcard: Photo shot by us in our backyard w flashlights, postcard prints by www.Zazzle.com / Invitation Suite: Hello!Lucky / Groom’s Suit: His father’s from the early 70′s, tailored / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller via RueLaLa (One size left, $350 on final sale, originally $1900. Score!) / Bride’s Necklace: Quirky Beauty on Etsy / Planner/DIY-er: Bride with support of Groom :D

Thank you Dayna and Ian for sharing your lovely wedding with us! We wish you and Ian a lifetime of happiness! Also thanks to Becka & Nate of Studio222 Photography for sharing these images.

Vintage Beach Engagement Session

This vintage beach engagement session sent by Sarah E. Evans just makes me more giddy for a lazy day at the beach with my sweetheart. You may remember Jinni and Derek from this vintage aviator engagement session I shared a few months ago. They went to Galveston, Texas for this shoot, and brought along a vintage Life magazine, beach ball and a vintage blanket. Jinni’s ensembles are impeccably gorgeous. Oh, and Derek is not too shabby either :)

From Sarah: They decided they wanted to do another “themed” session before their upcoming wedding for fun, so we thought of a vintage beach session. Jinni did a great job finding old vintage items for the shoot such as the magazine which happens to feature the very first woman lifeguard! She found many items on eBay and vintage stores.

Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session
Vintage Beach Engagement Session






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A DIY Mountain Wedding

This sweet Oregon wedding shot by Jessica Watson is virtually 100% DIY. Brittni and Morgan chose Mt Hood Organic Farms as their wedding venue, with a jaw dropping gorgeous backdrop overlooking the mountains. With a venue like that, you don’t need to worry too much about decorating. So Brittni and her mom handmade most of the details, including their amazing flower arrangements! Thank you Brittni for sharing your wedding with us. We wish you and Morgan a lifetime of happiness together!

A DIY Mountain Wedding in Oregon

From the bride, Brittni:

We each only had one attendant. My maid of honor is my close friend from 6th grade and Morgan’s best man is a close friend from grad school. My brother walked me down the aisle; his son/my nephew was our ring bearer. All decor, flowers, invites, printed materials, pies, and jam favors handmade by me, my mom and other family members. This was a quintessential DIY wedding! Inspiration: we kind of wanted a rustic chic look with lots of natural colors (chocolate, cream, khaki) and textures mixed with pops of orange – my favorite color!

Ceremony Aisle Decor shawls pashmina basket

Because so many guests came from out of town, even our “in-town” guests still had to travel 1 hr from our home in Portland, nearly every guest stayed in the neighboring town of Hood River for the weekend. To make it worth their while, we planned a long weekend of events starting with a welcome BBQ at a nearby park on the river, and then had a more intimate cocktail rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at a private rental home that overlooked the entire river gorge. The night of the wedding, we provided school buses to pick everyone up at their hotels/rental homes so they could have a great time at the wedding without having to worry about drinking and driving. The day after the wedding we had a casual bagel + fruit brunch at a nearby park so we could say goodbye and thank you to everyone for making the trip and our day so special.

Orange wedding dahlia bouquet parasol for ceremony

I had another good friend officiate the wedding. We actually met at her house over 5 years ago so it seemed only fitting she perform the ceremony. She is a talented and witty writer, so she made the ceremony and our vows extra special and unique for us.

Photo collage guest book cards

Also at the entrance we had a table full of photographs of ourselves with our names spelled out in old wooden printing letters and other rustic knick knacks to try and set the mood for the day. Alongside the table was our custom made guest book which was an art piece I commissioned my good friend to make. She took one of Jessica’s photos of us from our engagement shoot and had it blown up. She then hand painted it and attached it to small hole-punched linoleum chips so the entire photo was spread over 150+ pieces. The pieces were all placed in a bag near a wooden board with nails attached. As guests drew a chip and filled it out with their names + wishes for us, they hung the pieces on the board. Over the evening the board took shape and presented the image of us. It is now hanging in our living room and a great piece of art!

hay bale wedding decor seating

We brought in hay bales from a nearby farm to spread around the dance floor so those that didn’t want to dance could still be part of the action. We provided orange flip flops and assorted shawls in baskets so people could either get down or get warm! After a while people took a break for pie, where we offered over 6 different fruit flavors all made by my sister-in-law and I.

do-it-yourself diy oregon wedding
Mt Hood organic eco-friendly Oregon wedding

Being both die-hard foodies, the food and drink we served was important to us. We could not have been happier with our caterer. She and I met numerous times and she was so patient with me as I knocked around idea after idea for the menu. We eventually landed on a family style menu that allowed guests to pass large platters of local and seasonal food at long communal tables. Many of the ingredients were sourced from nearby farmers in the Hood River area and the end result was scrumptious. While many brides admit to never eating on their wedding day, this was one meal I was not going to miss!

If I had to say what my 2 favorite details were: the home made pie toppers my mom painted ($3 in supplies) and my bouquet my mom also made with a small black and white photo of my dad who passed away 3 years ago tied to the handle.

Wedding Vendors (Mt. Hood, Oregon):
Venue: Mt Hood Organic Farms / Photographer: Jessica Watson/ Dress: Jenny Yoo design that was custom altered with embellishments from Elizabeth Dye of English Dept / Veil: handmade by my mom, with a floral embellishment made by Elizabeth Dye / Shoes: orange satin found on Zappos / Groom’s attire: suit by Banana Republic, custom adidas sneakers / Catering: Ginger Power of Orchard House Catering / Wedding Cake: none, opted for homemade pies instead, made with fresh fruit we picked at many fruit farms / Flowers: picked at local gardens/farms in Hood River, all bouquets and arrangements made by the mother of the bride / DJ: DJ Joel Skool (Joel Kleinberg) / Bus shuttle: Eco Shuttle / Rentals provided by: The Party Place and Your Rental Center

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