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Colorful Handmade Phoenix Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Arrow & Apple

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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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

Dinner Party Wedding at Marvimon

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Arrow & Apple

Holy cow, do I ever love this wedding. As soon as I heard bride Raechel pulled her inspiration from Old Hollywood, glitter, and using local resources, I was hooked! Sarah of Arrow & Apple photographed every bit of Raechel and Jack’s dream wedding day at Marvimon House, one of our perennial favorite wedding venues.

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From the bride, Raechel: Our wedding vision was greens, naturals, Old Hollywood and glitter. All though the combination might seem a bit odd together the outcome was amazing. It was also really important that we tried to use local sources as much as possible. We didn’t use any big companies to do anything and felt so proud that we could help keep our money going to local and small businesses (besides our photographer who is in a neighboring state!) We had a lot of DIY projects, partially to save money but also because that’s just who we are. We got some plywood, traced out names in a giant fun font, then cut it out with a jigsaw and glittered it with spray adhesive. It made for a great background in pictures and was an awesome accent on the brick walls of the venue.

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We liked the natural feel and look of burlap so we made placemats of burlap for everyone that we thought would look great against the gold chargers and the greenery in the middle. Placemats are something we haven’t really seen at weddings and we wanted to balance the formality of a wedding with an intimate, and casual feel. For the ceremony we wanted something really traditional so we had an actual tying of the knot ceremony which made for great photos and was something some people haven’t seen before (or in a very long time anyway). We hung the knot over the entrance of our doorway as a reminder daily of our wedding and the vows we made to each other! We also wanted something similar to a unity candle but less religious so we did a wishbone breaking ceremony! Everyone was given a plastic wishbones and asked to then break them with their neighbor and make a wish for our new marriage!

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My biggest piece of advice is to have a little extra money even if you’re strict with a budget. We reviewed our budget on a weekly basis and in the end things crept in that I completely forgot about – i.e. wine for our rehearsal dinner! Luckily, we had money coming back to us in the end from security deposits. My second biggest piece of advice which would easily rival with the first is to really write down what you want your wedding to be. Our wedding to us needed to involved only the people we could envision in our future. We absolutely adored our vendors and in the end everyone we worked with was very passionate about making our wedding what we wanted. My brother (bride) was our officiant. It made the ceremony that much more personal for us.

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My third piece of advice is to try to sleep. I only got a few hours of sleep the last week before the wedding each night and the moment we checked out on Monday morning from the hotel I was sick as a dog which included being sick on our three week trip to Europe. My fourth and last piece of advice, do not let anyone tell you what your wedding should be. We made our wedding exactly what we envisioned. In the end, everyone told us how personal and unique our wedding was because we stayed true to our own wedding vision.

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Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Arrow & Apple / Wedding Venue: Marvimon House / Wedding Flowers: Holly Flora / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Shoes: Fergalicious / Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew / Bride’s Earrings: Bloomingdales / Hair: Dominique Moreau / Makeup: Kelly Carmichael / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicole Miller / Groom’s Suit: Talia / Groom’s Bow Tie: Forage / Wedding Caterer: Field Kitchen / Decorations: Bride and Groom / Wishbones: Lucky Break / DJ: DJ Swon of Red Shoe / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride and Groom, Jack and Till / Invitation Printing: Sweet Water Press

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Clarence Chan Photography

Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It should be full of fun, laughter, and love; so should your photos. My goal is to capture beautiful moments by using a natural, artistic, and light photographic style. I’m passionate about story telling and I seek to document moments big and small—from the moment the bride walks down the aisle to laughter shared among friends—so that your photos will be cherished and shared for generations.

I have covered weddings across the United States and internationally and am a member of the esteemed Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and Fearless Photographers.

In 2012, I married my inspirational, creative, and loving wife. When I’m not shooting a wedding and traveling, I’m often at home with my wife, playing with our rambunctious corgi.

Based in New York City and the Greater Washington D.C area. I also travel domestically and internationally.

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Handmade Georgia Wedding

DIY Weddings

There’s so very much to love in this Georgia wedding from Arizona photographers Arrow & Apple, but the main event might have to be the bride — we love a bride with spunk and personality, and Delores is no exception! Aside from photography costs, Dolores and Joey pulled together their wedding day for $3,000.

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From the photographer, Sarah of Arrow & Apple: Joey + Delores’ wedding was the sweetest and most intimate wedding. Besides photography, they stuck to a budget of around $3000, with family and friends helping to pull everything together to give them the cutest backyard farm wedding ever. So much of the details in this wedding were hand made, including the mason jar chandelier, the dance floor, the sign posts, the favors, the bouquets, and so much more!

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Because Joey is a crazy awesome graphic designer, all of the hand-lettering and design work was done by the groom himself. I loved their unique stamp that they put on their wedding with all of the details, but most importantly what made their wedding so amazing was watching Joey + Delores! They totally adore each other, they have fun, and their happiness was infectious. Their wedding was truly a joyful evening and we were so blessed to have been a part of it!

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Wedding Location: Tunnel Hill, GA / Wedding Photographer: Arrow & Apple (located in Phoenix, AZ) / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Once Wed / Bride’s Fascinator: Nordstrom / Bride’s Necklace: Oooh La La / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Bolo Ties: Norwegian Wood / Wedding Bouquet: Bride’s sister / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Terretta Brennan / Ceremony Musicians: Phil Thompson, Drew and Courtney Blackwell / Reception Band: Honey Boy and Boots / Wedding Invitations and Design: Joey Brennan (groom)

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Based in Greenville, SC and serving the Southeast and beyond, Bespoken is a premier wedding planning, coordination, and design service. We are dedicated to designing, planning, and coordinating elegant, chic, and memorable weddings full of grace and hospitality. Each wedding is unique with tailored details and elevated service. Paying attention to every last detail, Bespoken’s main priority is to thoughtfully coordinate an unforgettable wedding day for you so that you can focus on what matters most.

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