I’ll never cease to be amazed by the magic that results in so many of our DIY weddings. Laura and Felix had an intimate wedding in Phoenix surrounded by only 40 of their nearest and dearest, including Laura’s extra-precious son. Sarah Rhodes of Arrow & Apple captured the couple’s wedding day, which was in shortage of color and fun:

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From the bride, Laura: Felix and I were set on a small wedding using local vendors and DIY. Once we set a date, we booked a local bed & breakfast for our entire wedding weekend. My dress was handmade by Monique, owner of Cleo & Clementine (she’s also the genius behind OUMA Clothing on Etsy). My dress was one of 3 she made me, and I did not see it until it was complete – just days before the wedding. I did my own hair and makeup. We chose to not have a bridal party.

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My dad and 6-year-old son walked me down the aisle to a live acoustic version of “Such Great Heights.” A friend officiated and together we all wrote our 5 minute ceremony. For our first dance, my brother played and sang an acoustic version of “Every Thug Needs a Lady” by Alkaline Trio. The rest of the night, we used our Spotify playlist with our favorite songs. A local food truck rolled in and served a casual dinner. Other DIY projects included flowers, bouquet, sandwich boards, cake stands, drink tags, succulent favors, a lighted AZ marquee, banners, yarn art, cross-stitched hoop art, papel picado using our photos as patterns, lace ceremony backdrop, hundreds of pom poms, and guest board. The entire night we enjoyed the company of 40 or so of our closest friends and family.

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My advice to couples in the planning stages, is to not sweat the small stuff and trust your gut. Find like-minded people you enjoy working with! lastly, don’t conform! If there is something you don’t want to do… don’t do it! Do what feels right for your day.

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service
First Dance: “Every Thug Needs a Lady,” Alkaline Trio

You can check out Laura and Felix’s wedding video here:

Wedding Location: Phoenix, AZ / Photographer: Arrow & Apple / Flowers: DIY / Day-of Coordination: Friend and DIY / Venue: Maricopa Manor / Wedding Dress: OUMA via Cleo & Clementine / Bride’s Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade / Groom’s Bow Tie: Dapper & Dash / Food Truck: Luncha Libre / Desserts: Urban Cookies / Macarons: Kick Ass Kakes / Candy: Sweeties Candy of Arizona / Ceremony Musician: Friend / Wedding Music: Spotify Playlist / Officiant: Friend / Wedding Invitations: Handmade DIY


Comments (10):

  • Susan on February 5, 2014

    Did anyone else see on the Mr. and Mrs. picture...groom is flipping the bird!
  • Jessica Park on February 2, 2014

    Very Simple yet so romantic. Love their decorations.
  • Hayley Anne Photography on January 24, 2014

    Really great use of colours right down to her shoes! Love how everything looks, and cute vintage details.
  • Hillcrest wedding videographers on January 19, 2014

    Just adore the colours in this wedding!
  • Beatrice on December 11, 2013

    OMG, love those tables!! And her dress! Ah, so many lovely and fun things about this wedding!
  • Andy Walters (Wedding Planner) on December 9, 2013

    WHat a great wedding. Love the theme.
  • Party Rentals Irvine on November 26, 2013

    Beautiful Wedding! Each and every detail is done so thoughtfully. Loved the bright pretty colors used for the wedding decor.
  • William James on November 26, 2013

    Absolutely adore the wedding, it's like something out of a fairy-tale.
  • Opaline Pictures on November 25, 2013

    Love everything about this wedding. It looks like it was so much fun! The wedding photographs are wonderful.
  • Linda on November 25, 2013

    Oh my goodness! How adorable are these details and the couple? Love it!


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