This backyard wedding shot by Goodnickels Photography is absolutely darling! The bride’s mother handcrafted many of the details, including Ali’s incredible bouquet. It is made out of ribbon and rickrack, and is so sweet and unique. What a special memento to treasure and pass down to future generations!

More from the bride, Ali:

When I was planning our wedding I envisioned a sweet, homemade, backyard wedding. I wanted to incorporate handmade things with my vintage favorites.

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My mom is so talented. She made my bouquet (out of rickrack and ribbon), the ring pillow, the flower girl dress, the favors (the owls and robots), the favor boxes, the cake topper, the boutonnieres, the antique game pieces, centerpieces, and the table runners.

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We looked at a few venues, but couldn’t find the right fit. A friend offered up his backyard and we thought, perfect!

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My sister was in charge of the flowers. That day she went to a local farmers market and purchased a variety of flowers. The mix of flowers looked great.

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My advice for planning a wedding is to stay organized. My sister made me a wedding planning book. I kept ideas, inspiration, websites, pictures, etc. in it. It kept me on track and organized. It made it easier to tie everything together and now I have a amazing scrapbook of my wedding memories.

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Wedding Vendors (Vista, CA):

Photographer: Goodnickels Photography / Venue: A friend’s backyard / Florist: The bride’s sister / Caterer: Crystal Catering / Cake: VG’s Donuts and Bakery / Lighting: Party Lights / Makeup Artist: Earth Salon and Spa / Hair Stylist: Dennise at Beautymark Hair Studio / Bride’s Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Hair Piece: Jennypickle


Comments (19):

  • Ashley Kech on March 6, 2011

    Is it possible to get in touch with the bride or her mother? The ribbon bouquet is amazing! I would love to learn how to make one, or see if the mother would make one to sell!
  • Alexandria on August 25, 2010

    That bouquet is beautiful! My husband and I are renewing our vows in April and this is great inspiration for our simple vintage chic ceremony.
  • Lisa on August 24, 2010

    I wish I were your mom. Did she already know how to make all the things she created for your wedding? She's an amazing woman!!!!
  • Lisa on August 24, 2010

    Did your sister make your bouquet, also? It's spectacular! Neither of my daughters is even engaged but, by golly, I'm getting started on some ribbon flowers just in case. Your wedding was so beautiful I admire your use of nature and not fluff.
  • erica on July 30, 2010

    who did the illustrations on the gift boxes? SO CUTE!
  • Becoming Mrs. Ford on July 29, 2010

    ooh, so artsy fartsy! love that.
  • Silje on July 29, 2010

    What a lovly wedding! Thank you for beautifull inspiration! I was wondering where I can get that amazing cake topper? :) - Silje
  • Kim on July 29, 2010

    This wedding was the best! I loved being a guest and savored every precious handmade touch! Love ya A&R!
  • bmolavi on July 28, 2010

    Love it! That bouquet is a beauty!!! Sending right away to my crafty mom (my sis is getting married in labor day weekend!!!)
  • Girls of Elegance - Wedding Shoes on July 28, 2010

    The attention to detail here is amazing! Love the mustache addition on the groom on the cake, to match the real grooms tash! Cute and thoughtful! perfect!
  • The Sassy Bride on July 27, 2010

    Super adorable wedding & I ??? the cake topper as well as her bouquet!! The DIY touches were all so perfect!
  • Ink & Button on July 27, 2010

    oh my, of course I LOVE all of the buttons in this wedding! So many sweet, handmade details. WOW!!!
  • Linz on July 27, 2010

    i kept wondering what it would be like to be kissed by someone with such a gnarly mustache. good times, lovely wedding!
  • Kristi on July 27, 2010

    OMG - I love his 'stache!!! And all the fabulous diy those owl boxes - sooo cute!! xoxo kristi
  • The Knotty Bride on July 27, 2010

    The bouquet is adorable! And that ring pillow looks like a Martha Stewart DIY project I love! Great post, thanks for sharing this wedding with us!
  • Sofia@Brancoprata on July 27, 2010

    The simplicity & beauty of this wedding is just perfect... and those favors with tiny robots... can you guess how much i love them?
  • Angela Gaspar Photography on July 27, 2010

    This is such an adorable wedding. I love all the special DIY touches!
  • lydia {ever ours} on July 27, 2010

    lots of super cute details!
  • WeddingXpert on July 27, 2010

    This is just pure handcrafted goodness! That bouquet made solely out of ribbons is out of this world.


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