As much as I love seeing brides tackle DIY projects and handmade details (and I really, really do), I get an extra kick out of seeing grooms jump on the DIY train as well. Rhiannon’s now-hubby Chris designed the wedding invitations, made the centerpieces our of reclaimed pallets, and helped out with the window panel seating chart! Thanks to Anna Delores Photography for sharing this sweet wedding with us.
From the bride, Rhiannon: We wanted it to be epic, classy, romantic, and comfortable. We chose to go with neutral colors (tan, beige, cream, grey) with coral accents. We wanted our wedding to be unique and really represent us, so we chose to do pretty much everything DIY, not to mention I was lucky enough to marry an incredibly creative and crafty groom. He made our centerpieces out of reclaimed wood pallets which we stained (we loved the used, vintage look of the wood) and used large wine bottles with the necks cut off to create a vase for the flowers. For the seating chart we picked up a couple of beat up old windows at a flea market. It took a LOT of TLC to get them looking good (we had to replace a couple of the panes which we were able to get custom cut at Michaels) but they turned out looking great and we got such a great deal. Chris designed our entire invitation on the computer and one of the groomsmen designed our programs. It was definitely time-consuming but well worth it knowing they were totally unique and exactly what we wanted.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Hire a videographer! Hiring the best photographer we could find was an absolute must for us, but we went back and forth on hiring a videographer as we inched closer and closer to our budget. In the end we decided to go for it, and we both couldn’t be more thankful! There were so many amazing moments caught on video that we would have never seen without it. We’ve watched ours a countless amount of times and wouldn’t trade it for the world. The day goes by SO fast and watching our wedding video makes me feel like I get to re-live it. Also, if it’s possible, go on a honeymoon right after the wedding. After all the chaos and stress leading up to the wedding, it was the best feeling ever to get away from everything and just get to enjoy each other and soak in the fact that we’re married. We got to relax and talk about the wedding and really just enjoy being newlyweds.
Processional: “Pachelbel Meets U2,” Jon Schmidt
Bride’s Processional: Written and recorded by the groom
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
Bridal Party Reception Entrance: “I Second That Emotion,” Smokey Robinson
Bride and Groom Reception Entrance: “She Loves You,” The Beatles
First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
Wedding Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA / Photographer: Anna Delores Photography / Second Shooter: Alyssa Armstrong / Flowers: Flowers by Darlene (dlptafua @ yahoo.com) / Venue: Clarke Estate / Wedding Dress: Wtoo Watters via Lilis Bridal / Necklace: J. Crew / Hair: ‘N Style Salon / Makeup: Raquel Casillas (818) 554-0598 / Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: SuitFellas / Wedding Caterer, Bartending, and Desserts: Cafe n’ Stuff / Lighting: TST Entertainment / Photo Booth: Splendid Studio Booth / Videographer: Shanna Pinsker (661) 310-5038 / Wedding Invitations: Paper from Paper and More, design by bride and groom