Terra + Paul’s Scrabble DIY Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

This one is such a sweet DIY wedding, perfect to end the week in style. Photographed by the talented Portland based Ryan and AmandaYou Look Nice Today, this wedding is beautiful from beginning to end.

How much do you love Terra’s bouquet? Dahlias, roses and poms look SO good together. And the mix of pinks, reds white and yellow? Delightful.

Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography

From the bride, Terra:

Our wedding was very much a do-it-yourself, full family labor of love. I pulled ideas from various inspirations and my husband, parents, sister, niece and best friends all worked together to make every idea happen. My mom had the fabric sewn into a photobooth backdrop, my niece punched hundreds of hearts out of vintage sheet music to scatter on the tables. My sister found beautiful wood rounds to use as centerpieces. My dad cut and sanded all the frames for the Scrabble tile messages placed at various tables… the list goes on!

Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography
Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography
Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography
Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography

We decorated inside by hanging tissue paper pom poms from POM LOVE in Portland. They look like bright pastel clouds and totally added to the light, happy atmosphere. The guest book was a vintage pink typewriter (an idea I had seen at a friend’s wedding).
Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography
Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography
Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography
Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography
Terra + Paul's Scrabble Wedding in Portland Oregon by You Look Nice Today Photography

The vendors were all family friends or local Portlanders that have since become friends. Our photographers Ryan and Amanda from You Look Nice Today, did an amazing job executing all the ideas we had discussed. For example, I knew I wanted a photo booth set up with a bright backdrop to have fun, lighthearted shots of all our guests. After listening to the other plans we had for vintage details he suggested adding the empty picture frames and vintage cameras which photographed so well! The photo booth was definitely the hit of the party.

DIY Vintage Photobooth
DIY Vintage Photobooth

Well, so were the flowers. Gina at Bohemian Bouquets was incredible. I was immediately drawn to her style (she’s not your granny’s florist.) Her work rivals that of any hip, modern florist doing great work today & she can execute anything. We had such a fun night. My only regret was that it went by too quickly. It was the perfect wedding for us… perfectly us in every way.

41 comments
  1. TWDS - Fashion

    Love this wedding – all the details are gorgeous!!

  2. Maria

    Love the thank you picture!

  3. Julia R

    Gorgeous! Once again a Portland wedding that’s very similar to the one I’m planning on throwing! I love your photos and will definitely be checking your photographer out. Very impressed. =)

  4. The Professional Bridesmaid

    Love the scrabble tiles!! So cute. And that pink typewriter….I want one.

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  6. Adriana

    I love all your little details. They come together so beautifully! This is absolutely georgous.

    I am looking for birds similar to the ones used for the cake for some of my decor. Anyone know where I can find these?

  7. Julia R

    Adriana, where are you located? I spent forever looking for some for my wedding next summer. If you’re in the Portland, OR area I know that Presents of Mind just got some in. If not, you can find the store online at http://www.presentsofmind.tv/ and email Seasons (the owner). She’d definitely set you up with some. I live in southern oregon and did all of my contacts with her via email. Another thought, we actually ordered custom-made, life-sized felted birds from a lady on etsy to use as our cake toppers but we’ll have several of these smaller birds and paper cranes (I’ve made 469 so far) scatter around. The woman we found on etsy is fabulous!
    Good luck!

  8. amanda

    I am going to ask Terra (the bride) where she got those, but I think I remember seeing similar ones at Michael’s or Joann’s.

  9. amanda

    btw, Julia, I’d LOVE to see your wedding next summer!

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  11. Judy Yublosky

    LOVE the pictures. It is great that the entire family got into your DIY wedding. The use of the empty picture frame is a great idea. Looks like everyone had lots of fun.

  12. Lollipop Events & Designs

    That cake is SOOOO cool! Who made it??? Loving the pink typewriter as well. Such a beautiful wedding!

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  16. Cassamarie

    What was the location of this wedding? I need a good outdoor/indoor capable reception site for an October wedding… anyone have good suggestions?

  17. Amanda

    Cassamarie –

    I asked Ryan of You Look Nice Today Photo and I will let you know as soon as I hear from him!

  18. Amanda

    It was at the Laurelhurst Club (http://www.thelaurelhurstclub.com/). As a photographer, he said it is very dark inside, but it does have a kitschy kind of feel. :) Ryan also recommends the Ecotrust building in the pearl district and he thinks it would be an amazing location surrounded by so many good places for bride and groom shots.

    Hope this helps!

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  20. Whitney

    Did you have one of your photographers standing there taking the pictures in the “photobooth”? I’m trying to create a similar experience and assume you had someone manually snapping the pictures.

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    I am looking to have similar lumber slices for my centerpieces. How did you do them? Thank you! Your wedding was absolutely gorgeous.

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    Hello!

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve included the beautiful image of the typewriter as a guest book in my latest blog post, 2012 Wedding Inspiration: http://www.amandamazur.com/sweet-reverie/2012-wedding-inspiration.

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