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Opting for a quick two month engagement, Sara and Daniel called on their inner crafting egos to pull together a charming California wedding in the bride’s sister’s yard. Their budget-friendly winter wedding brought together all kinds of skilled hands: the groom’s sister-in-law made all of those delicious desserts and styled the table, the groom himself made all of the boys’ boutonnieres and the wood details for the tables and a family friend created that awesome branding iron with the couple’s initials. Photographer Brady Puryear took full advantage of those amazingly moody winter skies to get some dramatic portraits of the bride and groom. Thanks for sending it over, Brady!

DIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter weddingDIY outdoor winter wedding

From the bride, Sara: We wanted to create the feel of being outdoors in the winter, with naked trees all around us. We wanted to keep the tables simple and clean with white tablecloths and woodsy centerpieces. We used alot of browns and greens in the decorations as well as in our wedding attire.

DIY outdoor winter weddingDIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter wedding

We looked around at a few different venues in Riverside, CA. But with only a few months to plan and most having limited timeframes we decided to get married in my sister’s backyard in Lake Elsinore, CA. We really wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place and keep our cost down.

DIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter weddingDIY outdoor winter wedding

The wood photo wall and wood centerpieces were cut and created by my husband. I branded the wood, and centerpieces were designed & arranged by a family friend, Sabrina. The food and dessert table were created and arranged by my husband’s sister, Karen.

DIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter weddingDIY outdoor winter wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Try and get as much done up front so that you have more time for the little details. Make sure you have a backup plan for weather conditions, and when things don’t go as planned…..don’t stress, you’re getting married to each other. At the end of the day, that’s what really matters!

DIY outdoor winter wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Lake Elsinore, CA):

Ceremony and reception location: Private residence / Tent Rental: Your Party Solutions / Florist: made by groom’s sister, Karen Weaver / Bridesmaid’s bouquets: Target / Boutonnieres: DIY by groom / Photographer: Brady Puryear / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Bride’s shoes: Target / Hair and Makeup: Sabrina Skinner of I Heart Hair / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groom’s suit: Volcom / Groomsmen ties: Calvin Klein / Ceremony Musician: J.C. Obien / DJ: Youssef Saliba of Wax-on Deejays / Caterer: made and provided by family / Wedding Cake: Karen Weaver / Wedding invitations: DIY

  • Gorgeous! I especially love the mood in the first photo — the clouds and background are breathtaking — and her hair is lovely!

  • This color palette is so pretty. I’m a huge fan of kelly green! Love the rustic vibe to this wedding – and adorable bride and groom!

  • This darling wedding proves you do not need a whole year of planning to create a gorgeous event! I’m in love with the tree trunk pieces and use of natural elements!

  • Love the pops of green!

  • I love this! It is cool that they were able to pull it together so quickly and do a lot of it themselves.

  • gorgeous!!! love the wooden details!

  • AHHHKK!! adore that burlap on the boutonniere!!! & that dessert table is fantastic!

  • Love how simple and beautiful the entire wedding was – love the wooden elements!

  • Kelsey Stremel

    What a beautiful wedding! I love all of the handmade elements and how they were able to include family and fiends in all their plans. Very beautiful!

  • Ooooo this use of wood is beautiful in these weddings! and it free, just head down the woods!!!

  • nata

    I adore this: the color scheme, woodsy elements, and that it’s budget! It doesn’t hurt that they’re a beautiful couple too…

  • Natalia

    What a gorgeous wedding and couple!! Brady: wonderful job at capturing the colors and raw nature of the day. I love the soft focus used on the portraits, it’s simply stunning!

  • Thanks Natalia :) I’m glad everyone likes this wedding. Sara and Danny are an amazing couple.

  • incredible

  • Love it! Such great photos! :)

  • Joy D.

    Such a wonderful wedding. LOVE the way you captured their day, Brady. Something for me to aspire to in my own work. :)

  • GORGEOUS! I love the photography :) the whole wedding is crafty and personal, I feel like I know the couple :)

  • Mary

    Awesome! I love the simple, natural beauty of this wedding and how the photographer was able to capture it perfectly. It inspired me to create a few woodsy details for my niece’s “MamaBirdy” themed baby shower. So glad to see couples making their wedding their own.

  • oh, fantastic! I live in Claifornia and would love a sweet, intimate wedding like this. The bride’s dress is lovely, too!

  • What a gorgeous wedding!!!


  • Beautiful wedding. Love the details. Brady rocked the photography as well.

  • I love the dessert table!

  • Love the details!

  • This is my bridal twin! I love EVERYTHING about this wedding! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Kim

    just FANTASTIC! Definitely inspired by the cake setup/display! What did you use that’s wrapped around the bottom of the cake? looks genius! but I can’t tell!

    Kim @ Party Frosting

  • Stefanie

    Great photos ! Any chance you’re selling any of your decorations/centerpieces?

  • This is my kind of wedding! I love the natural rustic details. The fact that they’re handcrafted only makes them even more beautiful!

  • Amazing wedding photography, I love it so much <3 ….. Cheers

  • Laura

    Beautiful wedding! Any chance you are selling the wooden rounds?

  • Gay

    Beautiful wedding!

    How large were the centerpieces and the cake stand?

  • Joan Kelsey

    I love the wood “platters”, how did you cut them and get them so smooth. I’m in charge of centerpieces every year for the retiring teacher banquet and my budget is always zero. Can you let me know what you used to cut them, I have my log, it’s between 6 and 8 inches in diameter.