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Handcrafted California Wedding at Retro Ranch

DIY Weddings

There are so many different places I could start with this wedding, but how about the incredible pink and purple bouquet with succulent accents from Leaf it to Lexi? This day was a true labor of love, photographed by Leif Brandt Photography and styled by Anchored by Love Events, and we’ve got the bride here with us to share the lowdown behind all the details and planning process. Let’s get started!

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

From the bride, Kalina: Nolan and I met through a mutual friend on New Year’s Eve in 2008. From the first time we met I knew he was going to be someone special and from that night on we have been inseparable. Before I met Nolan I knew I wanted to get married but never dreamed of marriage or a wedding, but from the beginning of our relationship we dreamed of our future together and talked about marriage frequently.

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

wedding portraits - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

succulent boutonnieres - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

purple and pink bouquet with succulents - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

groom and bridesmaids - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

When we got to the ranch we toured the reception area first and we immediately fell in love with the trees surrounding the dance floors, the chandeliers hanging above it, the pallet bar and the bistro lights hanging above the reception lawn – even in the daylight it was magical. Then we drove up the hill to the ceremony site and as I stood there looking at the picturesque view of Temecula valley I was overcome with emotions and started to cry. The ceremony lawn is so peaceful and looking at Nolan I knew this was the place that we wanted to start our forever. On top of how beautiful the ranch is they operate as a non-profit and give back to cancer charities and a charity of your choice! We decided we didn’t want to see anything else and that Retro Ranch was our wedding venue.

ceremony setup - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

ceremony aisle decor - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

wedding ceremony signs - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

ceremony recessionals - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

When it came to décor we wanted to have a laid back country feel and I wanted us to make as many things as we could to put our own personal touch on the day. Originally we wanted to do farm tables, but they were too expensive so we made wooden table runners for each table and we loved how they turned out – they best part is that we took them home after the wedding and plan to use them to make things for our home. Nolan built all of the wooden signs, my bridesmaids helped me stain them, and I painted all of the lettering. I hand made all of our escort cards and finished them off by attaching each one to a shotgun shell which Nolan and I had shot a few weekends before the wedding. I made our table numbers out of gold glitter paper and in lieu of a traditional guest book, we created a wooden guest book sign that our guests left us messages on – which now hangs in our house. Our friends Alex and Andy even made us light up initials to display at the bar which also are displayed in our house now!

coral and copper wedding reception - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

tablescape inspiration - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

Any advice for couples planning their wedding day now? If I could give advice to any bride I would say three things. One – pick vendors that you love. We chose vendors like Leif Brandt and Leaf it to Lexi because we love them as people and their amazing work also came with them. When you chose vendors you love you don’t have to worry about a thing – you know that they will do everything possible to create the wedding you envision. Two – hire a wedding planner – they take care of everything from the rehearsal dinner to breaking down the wedding and allow you and your family to enjoy your day instead of worrying about where cars are being parked or where your decorations are going to be placed. Three – just go with it – things are going to happen that day that you didn’t expect: some of the cheese for the cocktail hour might have been eaten by the groom and groomsmen the night before, the sprinklers might go off while you’re taking photos, your grandparents might not be able to make it, or you might be running late but your day will still be magical and the memories you make that day will just add to your love story!

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

antler and flower chair decor - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

ivory ruffled wedding cake - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

cake cutting - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

first dance - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

handcrafted California wedding at Retro Ranch - photo by Leif Brandt Photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors


Leif Brandt Photography

Event Design and Planning

Anchored by Love Events


Leaf it to Lexi


Retro Ranch

Live Music

Tony Suraci

Paso Robles Wedding with Mom’s Wedding Gown

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Kelsea Holder

Bride Andi wanted her wedding day to beau Ryan to be a celebration of family, and that it was. The couple hosted their reception at a barn belonging to the groom’s grandparents, the bride wore her mother’s wedding gown, and the entire family came together to make a DIY wedding come true. Photographer Kelsea Holder was present to capture the entire day, which she did beautifully!

Paso Robles Wedding with Mom's Wedding Gown - photo by Kelsea Holder

From the bride, Andi: Both Ryan and I wanted the wedding to be a celebration of our families. The Bassetti’s and Bernal’s have known each other for 50+ years and the day was designed to honor and celebrate them. We were able to transform Ryan’s grandparent’s barn on his vineyard into our ideal reception site and get married in the church where my dad grew up. Ryan comes from a farming family so we wanted touches of his rural roots to be be evident without being overwhelming and I was brought up in the south with a strong focus on faith and hoped to have those touches come through on the wedding day. It was really a mix of casual, charm, faith, family, and polenta and whisky.

photo wedding invitations - photo by Kelsea Holder

bride getting ready - photo by Kelsea Holder

pink floral crowns - photo by Kelsea Holder

Paso Robles Wedding with Mom's Wedding Gown - photo by Kelsea Holder

bohemian bridal looks - photo by Kelsea Holder

I was never to keen on a color scheme or particular theme but the key elements that seemed to keep playing over and over were bicycles (Ryan loves to cycle), vegetables (his farming background), feathers (there were tons on the property that I used to make everything from dreamcatchers to garland for the deer heads), and metallics (I’m a fan).

Paso Robles Wedding with Mom's Wedding Gown - photo by Kelsea Holder

unique boutonniere ideas - photo by Kelsea Holder

church wedding ceremony - photo by Kelsea Holder

photobooth backdrop ideas - photo by Kelsea Holder

There were a good deal of DIY projects. I was so beyond blessed to have my mom stay with me in California for three months before the wedding to help do everything from make signs out of salvaged road arrows, design a wall on the barn with all of our family photos and little knickknacks, and figure out how to hang a dozen bicycle wheels from the roof of the tent. I should really be thanking my dad for letting my mom leave him in Kentucky for so long. Nothing would have been done without them. My grandmother and uncle actually envisioned and designed a very cool teepee and Ryan’s grandmother help cut and hand-tie 200 pieces of rosemary and name tags to each spoon. The biggest DIY project was actually done by Ryan. He spent months growing grass on the dirt lot to create a perfectly manicured lawn for the reception. It was perfect. You can actually say that the whole wedding was DIY. All of our families helped in some way or another.

Paso Robles Wedding with Mom's Wedding Gown - photo by Kelsea Holder

seating chart inspiration - photo by Kelsea Holder

cascading table runner - photo by Kelsea Holder

hanging wedding decor - photo by Kelsea Holder

rustic wedding ideas - photo by Kelsea Holder

wedding reception ideas - photo by Kelsea Holder

rustic wedding inspiration - photo by Kelsea Holder

rustic wedding details - photo by Kelsea Holder

backyard wedding receptions - photo by Kelsea Holder

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I hear a lot of people say that they can’t wait for the wedding planning process to be over, but my mom and Ryan and I made it a point to never say that. We laughed a lot and while Ryan was tasked with the majority of the little details that I didn’t want (transportation, catering, logistics, etc.), he was always in a good mood. My mom and I also had a running joke throughout the 3 months that even when we got a little bogged down by the big to-do list we laughed it all off, grabbed another Diet Dr. Pepper, and said “gaw, this is so easy” (totally jokingly).

Paso Robles Wedding with Mom's Wedding Gown - photo by Kelsea Holder

table numbers - photo by Kelsea Holder

rustic place settings - photo by Kelsea Holder

tented wedding inspiration - photo by Kelsea Holder

Paso Robles Wedding with Mom's Wedding Gown - photo by Kelsea Holder

wedding ideas - photo by Kelsea Holder

naked wedding cake - photo by Kelsea Holder

dessert bars - photo by Kelsea Holder

Paso Robles Wedding with Mom's Wedding Gown - photo by Kelsea Holder

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Forever and Amen,” Randy Travis
Recessional: “Islands in the Stream,” Dolly Parton
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: Original written by bride’s father
Mother/Son Dance: “Loves Me Like a Rock,” Paul Simon
During dinner we had my neighbor from West Hollywood play classical piano and Monty Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band played pretty late into the night.

Wedding Location: Paso Robles, CA / Photographer: Kelsea Holder / Floral Design and Flower Crown: The Garden House / Ceremony Venue: St. John Church / Reception Venue: Neil Bassetti Vineyards / Wedding Dress: Mother of Bride’s dress with custom alterations / Wedding Shoes: Vince / Rings: Free People and Tiffany / Hair: Rebecca Garza / Makeup: Carrie McGinnity / Bridesmaid Dress: Adrianna Papell / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Wolverine / Caterer: Plates N Dates / Wedding Cake: Groom’s Sister / Pies: Family and Friends / Music: Uncle Steve Bernal on guitar at the church, Zimo Huang for dinner music, and Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band for dancing / Rentals: Unlimited Events / Wedding Invitations: Custom designed and printed by Melinda Redberg (a family friend) / Videographer: Turned Wedding Films / Transportation: personal vehicles and a rad Willys Jeep restored by Ryan’s grandfather

San Juan Capistrano Wedding with Handmade Touches

Rustic Weddings

Danielle and Samer’s San Juan Capistrano wedding is handmade goodness from beginning to end, and we’ve got the images to prove it. Sue Wheelock Photography, Simply Sweet Weddings & Events, and Lavenders Flowers put their talented minds to work and created a day full of beautiful pinks, lush flowers, and rustic details that warm our hearts to the core. There’s also a video from Element Wedding Films at the end; make sure you check it out!

San Juan Capistrano Wedding with Handmade Touches - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

From the bride, Danielle: Our wedding day was one of the best days of my life and I always catch myself glancing over wedding pictures, watching our wedding film over and over again, and reminiscing about all the fun times we both had that day. One of the most important things that Samer and I wanted to make sure we portrayed throughout our wedding was who we are as a couple, simple yet fun. We decided on using a lot of color, many rustic touches, and tried to keep things as unique as can be. One of our favorite things about the wedding planning process was all of the projects we did together. Our favorite DIY item was our dessert table backdrop that was made up of different size wood rounds that Samer cut and I painted. I then laid out all of the rounds onto a painted backdrop of wood and set with wood glue. We both really enjoyed getting wood chips and dust all over us, mixing colors of paint to make new colors and obviously, our amazing finished product that we were able to display for our friends and family on our wedding day.

grey pink invitations - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

wedding bouquet - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography
Bouquet recipe: Succulents, Dahlias, Garden Roses, Peonies, Dusty Miller, Queen Annes Lace, Hydrangeas, Eucalyptus leaves.

wedding jewelry - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

So many of our items were DIY. The dessert table backdrop, boxed favors, table letters, burlap runners, flower jars, Mr. & Mrs. Signs for reception chairs, Bar Sign, Escort Card table banner, Instagram Chalkboard Sign, Guestbook Tree (drawn by Groom), Card/Gift Mailbox. With my obsession and love for succulents, we grew and cared for 120 little potted succulents for 6 months leading up to the wedding in order to have as an escort card for each person that day. What a commitment that was, but actually surprisingly vital for our relationship. We learned patience when ones would wilt or die, excitement once they really started to take form, and gratitude when the day came and all of our loved ones took one home to continue to love for.

garden rose bouquet - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

wedding ceremony - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

wedding ceremony - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

handmade wedding ideas - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

guest book ideas - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

San Juan Capistrano Wedding with Handmade Touches - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I think now looking back on our wedding planning, the best advice I can give is let the small things go. In the end, you are marrying your best friend and soul mate. If something goes wrong that day, let it. I remember the night before our wedding, my husband was unloading our car at the venue when he came up the stairs and had this look of terror on his face. A pane of our vintage windows for the seating chart had cracked. He told me, thinking I was going to be completely devastated, but in that exact moment, it just didn’t matter. All I cared about was walking down that aisle the next day, whatever else would happen before that, just didn’t matter anymore. Your coordinator, like my amazing one, can fix all of those issues, which she did and made it still come out looking amazing.

San Juan Capistrano Wedding with Handmade Touches - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

handmade wedding ideas - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

rustic seating charts - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

reception bar ideas - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

blush pink bridesmaids - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

cake table backdrops - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

wedding cake tables - photo by Sue Wheelock Photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
The Processional songs: Groom walked down to “I Wont Give Up”, Jason Mraz, Bridal Party walked down to “This Years Love”, David Gray, Bride walked down to “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Ingrid Michaelson.
Recessional: “Hey Ho,” The Lumineers
Bridal Party Reception Entrance: “Happy,” Pharrell
Mr & Mrs. Reception Entrance: “We Found Love,” Rihanna
First Dance: “The Lime Tree,” Trevor Hall

Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Photographer: Sue Wheelock Photography / Event Coordination: Simply Sweet Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Lavenders Flowers / Venue: Franciscan Gardens / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Mon Amie Bridal Salon / Wedding Shoes: Nina Forbes via Nordstrom / Hair: Jennifer Garcia of JenniferHair / Makeup: Ashley Gannon Makeup & Hair / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Wedding Day Bridal Boutique / Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Caterer: 24 Carrots / Wedding Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery / DJ: Elevated Pulse / Videographer: Element Wedding Films / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Transportation: Best Chauffeured

A Handcrafted Backyard Wedding in Sunnydale

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Bethany Carlson

Today’s wedding is made up of so many incredible layers, I hardly know where to begin. The second we heard Kathy’s description of her vision, we were sold: “Imagine if Wes Anderson directed ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and set it in a Cabinet of Curiosities.” How does it get any better than that? Tack on the talents of Bethany Carlson and In the Moment Events, and you’ve got a wedding day no one will forget for years to come.

A Handcrafted Backyard Wedding in Sunnydale - photo by Bethany Carlson

From the bride, Kathy: We wanted it to be quirky and fun. Our description was “imagine if Wes Anderson directed ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and set it in a Cabinet of Curiosities.” I wanted guests to feel like they were dreaming; things just a little off-kilter. Like carnivorous plants and spidery orchids among the flowers on the table. Or lab flasks used as vases, unusual flowers shown off like exhibits in apothecary jars and under glass domes. We started with a cocktail party for the first 45 minutes and THEN did the ceremony, so guests were fed and had had something to eat before sitting through the ceremony. And then, to put as much importance on the feeling of the ceremony as on the reception, Craig and I wrote the entire ceremony, including original readings talking about the values we prize most in our relationship–Love, Kindness, Gratitude, Respect, and Trust. We asked our guests to bless our rings and to stand and commit their support to us. People said it drew them in and made it very intimate and interesting and set an inclusive, warm tone for the party afterward.

A Handcrafted Backyard Wedding in Sunnydale - photo by Bethany Carlson

illustrated wedding invitations - photo by Bethany Carlson

first looks - photo by Bethany Carlson

first looks - photo by Bethany Carlson
Bouquet recipe: Dahlias (cafe au lait dinnerplates, burgundy, and chocolate), scabiosa, snowberry, Queen Anne’s lace, gold celosia, garden roses, Sahara roses, Black Magic roses, spray roses, dusty miller, blushing bride protea, smoke bush, agonis, blackberries, pink astilbe, orchid plants, carnivorous plants.

Wonderland inspired weddings - photo by Bethany Carlson

bohemian ceremonies - photo by Bethany Carlson

jewel toned bridesmaid dresses - photo by Bethany Carlson

flower girls - photo by Bethany Carlson

EVERYTHING was DIY. We bought our house a year ago and spent the first six months fixing it up and the next six turning it into a wedding venue. We planted gardens everywhere, paved a patio, hung dozens of strands of lights and mirrors and lanterns. We made candle holders out of wire wrapped around glasses and bowls from Goodwill, and hung these throughout the trees with LED candles or tealights, depending on location. To define the yard and add color and height, we strung curtains of silk ribbon made from strips of old saris. We hung the same ribbon from our flagpole, from branches in urns at the altar, and in the gate of the passage to our back deck/dance floor. We also used it to wrap the bridesmaid bouquets. There’s an old shed between our backyard and front yard that we used as a passageway. We hung string lights in the rafters and hung curtains down its length, hiding all of our storage and tools–this became a lovely magical tunnel between ceremony and reception. For months I popped in to thrift stores and bought cut glassware. This cache of odd stemware and bowls became the majority of the vases, planters, candle holders, and bar decanters. We had two signature cocktails, a Manhattan and a margarita. We made them up in bulk the day before the wedding so that our bartender needed only to ice, stir, and pour — this kept quality consistent and made it possible to serve dozens of people quickly. For the decanters, I bought old decanters from Goodwill, and for the ones without tops I added pewter animal head pourers.

groom crying - photo by Bethany Carlson

ceremony recessionals - photo by Bethany Carlson

wedding decor ideas - photo by Bethany Carlson

handpainted wedding signs - photo by Bethany Carlson

bride and groom - photo by Bethany Carlson

My MOH got married a year ago, and as her wedding gift we built a big plywood and glass glitter ‘paper moon’ crescent moon photo booth based on another wedding here on Ruffled; when her wedding was over, we hung the moon in our gazebo because it resembles our last initial “C.” This became the backdrop of some of our bridal portraits. We made signs throughout the property out of pre-cut plywood lengths from Home Depot. I did the lettering using Sharpie paint pens or acrylic paints. I also did the “calligraphy” on the invitations and the menus. We created directional signposts by cutting arrows out of deck lumber and nailing them to garden stakes. A couple weeks before the wedding, our neighbor got lengths of a tree that had been felled and I pounced on the tree stump sections, using them with hurricane lanterns to line the aisle. I wanted more color at the altar, so we used a rug I had bought a few years back at Anthropologie. I very much wanted a dress with sleeves and could not find one, so my seamstress made a custom shrug for me to wear over my sleeveless dress using a design we plotted out together that matched the dress perfectly and stayed put all day. I then bought a beautiful black sequined sari from a local store and had her make it into a floor-length wrap/stole. She took extra sequined trim and made an inset for the front of my dress. For the reception I snapped the inset into my dress, donned the stole, and wore it for the evening. For dancing, she made a black taffeta version of the shrug so I wouldn’t trip over the long stole. I loved them–I got my sleeves!

backyard receptions - photo by Bethany Carlson

tablescape centerpieces - photo by Bethany Carlson

A Handcrafted Backyard Wedding in Sunnydale - photo by Bethany Carlson

backyard receptions - photo by Bethany Carlson

tall centerpiece ideas - photo by Bethany Carlson

wildflower centerpieces - photo by Bethany Carlson

reception food stations - photo by Bethany Carlson

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Communicate, communicate, communicate. Write things down. Tell people what you expect of them. Because there was so much to do, and my husband (I love saying that!) gets tense when he doesn’t know the full scope of a project, I spent time early on and wrote down every single thing I knew we had to do, from buying candles to installing a patio. I added things over time as new things popped up or as tasks occurred to me. In the end I had a 211-item task list. That sounds crazy, but everything got done, with only about 3 exceptions–sadly, one of those being “Even out your farmer’s tan.” Booo. An exhaustive list is fabulous for when someone asks, “is there anything I can do?” and when you want to assess how much you still need to do… I also wrote up a detailed Responsibilities list for wedding day for every member of the bridal party. I wrote this (with phone numbers, so they all knew how to get in touch with each other) for everyone from the flower girls to the best man and they ranged from “Be at hotel on time, fed, makeup on, ready to get your hair done” to “Dance. A lot.” (The dance floor was full all night–yayy!) AND… always have a Plan B. We planted 25 dahlias, hoping to grow many of our own flowers. They were lush and gorgeous and I made bouquets all summer… until about 3 weeks before the wedding when they developed some creepy disease and went utterly dormant. Talk about frustrating! Plan B: wholesale flower mart. OH. And if you’re getting married at home, remember that it can be way more stressful than doing it at a venue, because not only do you have to have your bodies all ready for a wedding, you have to have an extremely clean house devoid of all the stuff lying around that you were using to prepare for the wedding! ALL your stuff is in the wedding, all of it–your welcome mat, your laundry basket, your garbage cans. (It is very taxing–this huge project is inescapable, and wreaks havoc on everyone in the house, including your pets.) But the flip side is, you don’t have a lot of stuff to pack and carry to and from a venue, and you don’t have to set up and clean up the decor in a compressed time frame. You can do it gradually over a long period, which is what we did.

dessert tables - photo by Bethany Carlson

wedding sign ideas - photo by Bethany Carlson

wildflower centerpieces - photo by Bethany Carlson

reception inspiration - photo by Bethany Carlson

A Handcrafted Backyard Wedding in Sunnydale - photo by Bethany Carlson

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “If You Were Here,” Vitamin String Quartet
Craig and I were friends for more than 20 years before saying, after finding ourselves single again, “why haven’t we ever dated?” So after all this time, my bridal processional HAD to be “At Last” by Etta James
Recessional: “Happy Together,” The Turtles
First dance: “I Melt With You,” Nouvelle Vague

Wedding Location: Sunnyvale, CA / Photographer: Bethany Carlson / Event Coordination: Mariell Rahmani of In the Moment Events / Flowers: Bride, sourced from Malyne Hazard at California Flower Shippers, Inc. / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Impression Bridal via Brides of California / Custom white and black taffeta Shrugs, Sequined Stole: Kirsten Tucker / Sequined stole fabric: Chiffon sari from Nalli Silk Sarees / Sari Ribbons: Felt Better / Fascinator: J-Picone “Jane” via Nordstrom / Ceremony Shoes: Butter / Reception Shoes: John Fluevog / Hair: Eric Restani / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Caterer: JJardine Catering and Events/ DJ: Jazcat Mobile Entertainment / Carnivorous Plants: World’s Rare Plants / Vases and Urns: Accent Decor and Save on Crafts / Altar Rug: Anthropologie / Altar Urns: Home Depot / Frames: Michaels and Hobby Lobby / Animal Head Pewter Wine Pourers: Menagerie Wine Pourers / String Lights: Target and Orchard Supply / Sparklers: Wedding Day Sparklers / Wedding Invitations: Sunshine and Ravioli

Swansboro Backyard Wedding

DIY Weddings

Sometimes you just can’t beat the intimacy of a backyard wedding – especially when it’s captured by the talented Jenna Trapasso of Red White & Green Photography. They’re all the more irresistible when filled with handmade goods by the bride herself, who has her own etsy shop. Let’s jump in:

swansboro backyard wedding - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

From the bride, Heather: I knew I wanted our wedding to feel like just that… ours. From day 1, I knew I didn’t want to do anything just because it was traditional or expected… I wanted it to be a representation of us individually as well as a couple. Garrett and his groomsmen had their favorite superheroes pinned in their boutonnieres. All the decor aside from our flags and our cake topper were either designed and handmade by me over the course of our year and a half engagement or were vintage pieces I’ve collected since I was little.

hanging wedding dresses - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

teal wedding shoes - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

action figure boutonnieres // - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

cameo tattoos - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

It was a fairly small wedding of our closest family and friends. We were married in Garrett’s Grandmother’s backyard on the water in Cedar Point, NC. There was an 80% chance of rain the whole day and the rain never came. It made for a beautiful “gray day” as my photographer called it and everything just fell perfectly into place. Garrett’s brother became ordained online so that he could marry us. Everything just felt so intimate and nothing felt forced. I had so many people tell us how much the whole day screamed “us” and how much fun they had. I even had several people say it was the best wedding they had ever been to… can’t ask for much more than that! I can honestly say it was the best day of our lives.

leafy wedding bouquets - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

ceremony altar decorations // - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

groom and groomsmen - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

bride and bridesmaids // - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

tilt shift portraits - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

I’ve always been a lover of vintage decor, clothing, furniture, etc. 90% of the decor in my house is vintage so I was able to use a lot of my own collection to decorate the wedding. The rest of the decor I designed and crafted myself with the exception of our flags hanging in the tent and our cake topper. Those items I ordered from some very talented artists on etsy. Working full time, I spent a lot of nights and weekends for a year and a half tackling dozens of DIY projects from the invitations, to the cupcake toppers, to the wedding signs and all things in between. Crafting and designing all the decor actually inspired me to open my own etsy shop 2 months before the wedding.

outdoor wedding ceremonies - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

outdoor wedding ceremonies // - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

backyard wedding ceremonies - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

hanging chair signs - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

Our arbor was made by close family friends which ended up being so beautiful. I know that vintage-inspired weddings are so popular now that most of it is sort of “been there done that” so I really tried to make our wedding unique in its own little way. I think by incorporating personal touches like my collection of assorted salt and pepper shakers on all the tables, our ninja turtle peeking out under our tiny wedding cake, the straws I made with every guests’ name on the little flags, it really helped set the day apart from any other wedding you’d see on Pinterest.

tented wedding receptions - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

wedding tent decorations - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

indoor vintage decor // - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

paper goods - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

bride and groom - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My number 1 piece of advice is to stick to your guns with what you envision your wedding to be. It’s hard sometimes to not try to make others happy, but at the end of the day it is your wedding and if you’re lucky, you only get married once. Try to let the groom have his piece of the wedding too… It was so fun to see Garrett’s nerdy touches and my vintage style mix together to create a ceremony and reception that was truly and uniquely our own. No one could have left there saying that we didn’t stay true to our style and personality. Most importantly, have fun! Don’t let all the stress take away from what the day is about… marrying the love of your life. I let others do the stressing for me. Also, another thing I’ve noticed at weddings these days is the toasts are often skipped. One of my favorite and most memorable parts of the whole day was when our family and friends got up at the reception and told stories and talked about how perfect Garrett and I were for each other. We all laughed and cried and it was so special to see how happy everyone was for us.

wood cake toppers - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -
vintage place settings - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -
Modcloth bridesmaid dresses - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -
handmade dessert signs - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

romantic wedding details // - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

printed paper goods - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

tented first dances - photo by Red, White and Green Photography -

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Our ceremony music was played by a wonderful violinist. I found the sheet music for some of our favorite songs and even though probably only a handful of guests knew what songs they were, Garrett and I knew what they were which was all that really mattered.
Pre-ceremony Songs: “Grow Old With Me,” John Lennon; “I’ll Be Seeing You,” Frank Sinatra; “When I Fall In Love,” Nat King Cole; “No One’s Gonna Love You More,” Band of Horses
Bridal Party Processional: “Somebody Loved,” The Weepies
Bride’s Processional: “The Book of Love,” Magnetic Fields
Recessional: “Friday I’m In Love,” The Cure
Our first dance song (which was also our processional song) was “Somebody Loved” by the Weepies. It’s been “our” song ever since we first started dating so it naturally had to be the first song we danced to as husband and wife.

Wedding Location: Swansboro, NC / Photographer: Red White & Green Photography / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: ModCloth / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and Ruche / Groomsmen’s Outfits: JCPenney, Converse shoes / Wedding Caterer: Strange & Sons Catering / Violinist: Lisa Gatusso / Vintage Plates and Centerpiece Rentals: Heirloom Vintage / Tent and Table Rentals: Crystal Coast Event Rentals / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride, Somebody Loved

Handcrafted Fall Wedding

DIY Weddings

Nothing quite perks up our day like when we receive a wedding from one of our very own brides, except maybe when that bride used one of our DIY tutorials for her wedding decor. Ashley and Conor wanted a whimsical and eclectic wedding day, and a backdrop of DIY paper wheels helped send them on that path! Katie Ruther Photography did a brilliant job capturing the day, so let’s get started:

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From the bride, Ashley: Our vision for our wedding was to encompass both of our personalities. We wanted it to be whimsical and eclectic. As cliche as it sounds, we wanted this wedding to capture our love. I know, I know… cheesy, but it is so true. Our colors were ivory, navy blue, and gold. We didn’t stick to one solid thing. We saw what we liked and we went with it!

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We DIY’d everything. Downtown Los Angeles became my best friend. My mom and I spent hours working on everything, but in the end, it not only saved us a ton of money, it was way more personal. We made the back drop. We bought two pieces of fencing from Lowe’s, constructed stands, made some paper windmills, and hung some material between. We also did all of our own bouquets. We bought a ton of flowers from the LA flower market and each bridesmaid got to make their own personalized bouquet. My favorite accent that we made were all of our gold dipped feathers. We purchased mass amounts of ivory and white feathers, dipped the tips in gold paint and covered them in gold glitter. They were the best accessory! They were in the bouquets and flower arrangements on the tables.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the engagement process! It is such an awesome time. Although it can be stressful and full of anxiety, it is something that you will never be able to get back. You have forever to be married, enjoy being engaged right now! Make sure to go on date nights (that don’t include wedding planning). In the end, remember the reason you are working so hard!

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Wedding Music:
Prelude: “My Dear,” Bethel
Processional: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
Bride’s Processional: “Come Thou Fount,” Sufjan Stevens
Recessional: “Trees,” The Oh Hellos
First Dance: “Take Heart,” Hillsong
Getaway Song: “Home,” Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Katie Ruther Photography / Wedding Planner: Tracy Choy of The Bride Concierge / Florist: Bride and Bridal party / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Real Life Church / Wedding Dress: Amour by Sarah Seven / Bride’s Necklace: Tiny Armour / Bride’s Bangle: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: each one picked their own / Groom’s Suit: Bar III / Caterer: Stone Fire Grill / Cupcakes: Bake You Happy / DJ and Band: Friends! / Rentals: A V Party Rentals / Photobooth: Angelica Marie Photography

Handmade South Carolina Wedding

DIY Weddings

Katie and Chris just happen to be one of those incredible couples that are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. Katie spent years working as Display Coordinator at Anthropologie, so you can just imagine that her wedding would be something special – and you’d be right! Thank you to Haley George Photography for sharing your images with us and our readers.

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From the bride, Katie: As we began planning our wedding, we wanted to bring elements of ourselves into the event. Since our families lived at opposite ends of the East coast (his NY, mine FL), we decided to have our wedding here in Charlotte. Having always loved old architecture and farms, my mom found the dairy barn’s website and the loft space was the main selling point, but I knew the bare white downstairs would require a lot of work for the feel that I wanted. Always having loved all things Jane Austen and Anne of Green Gables, I wanted a partial outdoor experience for a fresh, sophisticated picnic feel. The ceremony was in the loft space, cocktail hour on the back lawn and reception flexed inside and out.

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We wanted a fun, lively party, something that was bright and colorful, with a balance of rustic elegance. Having grown up amongst Central Florida orange groves, I wanted to incorporate a citrus feel in the floral arrangements, as well as a sangria bar. The personal element Chris wanted: Cheesecake. Which was perfect, because unbeknownst to him, I had decided on cheesecake years previous to meeting him, as I dislike traditional wedding cake! We are both foodies and love some good BBQ — what better way to welcome our families to a barn wedding in the south?

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As a visual artist, it was important to me to have a touch of hand throughout our wedding and to involve my many talented friends and family. My parents were heavily involved as we did most of the planning and coordinating ourselves. We made paper flowers that hung as our ceremony backdrop. My dad potted rose bushes with candle-holders that lined the aisle. I illustrated, designed and printed our invitations and save-the-dates. My friend Sarah reused my invitation illustration and created “recipe for a good marriage” cards for guests to answer in lieu of a guestbook. Another friend made the bunting for over the buffet. I dyed old bed sheets, shredded them with my mom, and hosted craft parties with friends tying 300 feet of fabric garland for days! I thrifted all the table clothes, object centerpieces, and made the cake stand. Made a Yankee pinstripe cornhole set for Chris and had a croquet set for the back lawn. The florist made beautiful bouquets, and 4 arrangements for key points of impact. We bought rose stems in bulk from Sam’s Club and had a friend do the rest of the table arrangements. We had an army of incredible friends and family during our rehearsal time helping setup up. It truly transformed the space into a beautiful and festive atmosphere, bringing a personal touch and warmth to the barn’s great architecture. The weekend was a dream that passed way to fast, but we were blessed with incredible people in our lives who all contributed in making it truly magical!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Dawn,” Pride & Prejudice soundtrack
Recessional: “Better Together,” Jack Johnson

Wedding Location: Fort Mill, SC / Photographer: Haley George Photography / Second Shooter: Emily Chidester / Flowers: Blossom Shop and DIY / Event Design and Invitations: Bride, Kathryn Godwin / Day-Of Coordination and Catering: Leroy Springs / Venue: Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau “Quinn” via Hayden Olivia Bridal / Shoes and Earrings: BHLDN (Elopement Pumps and Lucent Drops earrings) / Cake and Cannoli: Cheesecake Etc. / Ceremony Music: Wedding Music Designs / Reception DJ: Split Second Sound / “Recipe for a Good Marriage” Cards: Sarah Hearts / Handpainted Wine Glasses: Creations by Meryl / Rentals: Creative Solutions Special Events

Lady Luck Farms Asheville Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Brett and Jessica

If you asked me to pick a favorite part of this wedding, I just couldn’t do it. Kelly and Rodney wanted a relaxed, handmade, and retro feel for their big day, all of which they were able to achieve thanks to their backgrounds in design. Brett & Jessica not only photographed Kelly + Rodney’s wedding, but also provided some touching insight into the wedding day – don’t miss it at the end!

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From the bride, Kelly: I wanted our wedding to reflect our heritage and our families but also us – fun and creative, but not too formal. I kept referring to our theme as “Grandma Chic” – vintage heirloom details with a soft palette and lots of handmade accents. I didn’t want our wedding to feel, for lack of a better word, stuffy. It’s just not us. We share a love for history, art and all things vintage (I worked in a vintage clothing store for some time after college), so it was important for us for our wedding to reflect those things.

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At first I didn’t want to confine myself to any specific colors – I wanted the theme more than a color scheme BUT I eventually gave in so that everything would look more cohesive. The colors ended up being, mint, coral, blush, pink, ivory and a little touch of gold. Almost everything was DIY. Rodney and I both come from art backgrounds (he’s a graphic designer, I’m a fashion designer) so it just made sense for us to put our creativity to use. My co-workers helped me cut all the table overlays and fold and tie all the napkins (we design children’s clothing – Peaches ‘n Cream Children’s Wear, so we are all used to cutting fabric and tying bows). I sewed and embroidered our “Bride” and “Groom” buntings for the backs of our chairs, a doily garland for the reception, a “H” monogram art piece, liners for the flower girl baskets, the ring bearer’s bow tie, all of the table numbers and I embroidered the “H” onto Rodney’s great grandmother’s handkerchief that I carried with my bouquet.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s really easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you have a lot of other commitments in your life, so ASK FOR HELP and if your budget allows, get a day of coordinator! I found myself feeling like I should do everything myself so as not to bother my friends or family but everyone really did want to help and they were happy to do so! Our day of coordinator, Lisa, was AMAZING and really took a ton of stress off the two of us (and our parents). It was great to just have her there, checking in vendors and making sure everything was going according to plan. The other piece of advice I would say is, do what you and your fiance want. This is your day. If you hate flowers, don’t have them. If you would rather have donuts than a wedding cake – do it. There are no right or wrong answers. Making your wedding what you want it to be is part of the fun and what makes the day memorable. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe – it goes by fast.

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From the photographers, Brett & Jessica: Kelly and Rodney love happiness, color, fun times, cats and their wedding! They were married right outside of Asheville, NC on a farm called Yesterday Spaces. Much of the decor and design was done by Kelly herself or with the help of friends. For what they did not do themselves, they made sure to source it locally. Both Kelly and Rodney broke some of the traditional wedding traditions and each of them had bridal people rather than strictly groomsmen and bridesmaids. Kelly, a children’s fashion designer, loves kids! So, they had bubble children during the ceremony, as well as flowers girls and a ringer bearer. Although, because of the unpredictable summer thunderstorms on the east coast, the ceremony was moved inside the barn (see panoramic). They also made cute little story/coloring books for the kids which were adorable. Being the thoughtful and caring people they are, Kelly got her dress from to honor her grandmother who passed away from cancer before Kelly was born.

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Attaboy,” The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Bridal March: “I Want to Know Your Plans,” Say Anything
Recessional: “Close to Me,” The Get Up Kids
Reception Entrance: “When We First Met,” Hello Goodbye
First Dance: “Last Love,” Matrimony
Father/Daughter Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Van Morrison
Mother/Son Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong

Wedding Location: Leicester, NC / Photographer: Brett & Jessica / Floral Design: Lady Luck Farms / Event Planner: Lisa McMillan of Exquisite Events and Consulting / Venue: Yesterday Spaces / Wedding Dress: Christos via Brides Against Breast Cancer / Wedding Veil: BHLDN / Bridal Belt: Rent the Runway / Wedding Shoes: Zara / Reception Dress: Betsey Johnson / Hair: Kyle Britt of Instinct Salon / Makeup: Kimber Lynn / Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Isobella & Chloe via Chasing Fireflies / Bubble Girls’ Dresses: Peaches ‘n Cream / Groom’s Shirt and Bow Tie: Express for Men / Groom’s Pants: J. Crew / Groom’s Hat: Goorin Bros. / Groom’s Shoes: Converse / Wedding Caterer: Luella’s BBQ / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Jane, LLC / Linens and Coverings: Classic Event Rental / Officiant: Darr Conradson of Mountain Vows / Wedding Invitations: Kimber Lynn of Short And Sweetheart / Videographer: WedFlik

California Redwoods Wedding

Rustic Weddings

If you haven’t yet seen the Redwood forest of California in person, you absolutely must add it to your bucket list. For any of you who dream of marrying amongst the California Redwoods, it doesn’t get much better than Nestldown. Sun and Life Photography captured the wedding day of Kim and David, who blew us away with their incredible handmade reception.

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From the bride, Kimberly: When we got engaged, we were certain of one thing. We knew we wanted a wedding that highlighted both our personalities without being too obvious. Our goal was to have our guests arrive at our wedding and think “This could only be Kim and David’s wedding.” When it came time to choose our venue, all the sites we looked at felt too generic. Surely they could host nice weddings but we really didn’t have any strong feelings about them. Then came Nestldown. My mom went online and searched for local wedding venues and this was the first place that popped up. We rolled our eyes when she first showed us, mostly due to the fact that we had our mind set on a modest, personal wedding set in my parent’s backyard, but we thought we’d humor her and take a tour. As soon as we stepped on the property, we knew. A natural chapel created by California redwoods, a meadow for post-ceremony celebrations, and a gorgeous barn to finish the night in. We were sold.

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While planning, I kept thinking about the fact that I would only do this once. This day had to be exactly what we wanted, from my dress to the place cards to the flowers, because this is what we will remember forever. I’m a details kind of girl, so every little thing needed to be something that made us smile. My mom spent the months before the wedding cutting, sewing, and stenciling 180 flags, one for each guest to wave following our ceremony. My mother-in-law and I designed the table menus, place cards, and table numbers which combined with our gold china and vintage-inspired floral arrangements, provided the romantic, rustic feeling we had dreamed of.

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Any advice for couples planning their own weddings now? If you’re a bride planning your wedding and thinking about doing a First Look, do it. It was our favorite part of the day (and an awesome time saver for photos). Taking that time for just the two of us was priceless.

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Wedding Location: Campbell, CA / Photographer: Sun and Life Photography / Floral Design: Bloomster’s / Venue: Nestldown / Makeup: Ile Bailey Makeup Artist / Caterer: La Bocca Fina / DJ: Big Fun DJs / Photo Booth Equipment: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

Handcrafted Oregon Wedding

DIY Weddings

Just you wait until you set your eyes on Brittany and Calen’s ceremony site. With oversized paper flowers flanking the ceremony altar and decorating the reception as well, it’s the perfect touch of whimsy to make this Oregon wedding a dream come true. Thanks Tara Francis Photography for sharing your images with us!

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From the bride, Brittany: We wanted a wedding that was fairly laid back with our personal touches felt throughout the ceremony and reception. The style of the wedding was rustic with a touch of whimsy.

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Adjectives that best describe our wedding include whimsical, rustic, crafty, fun, and laid back. The color scheme included yellow, grey and white. My mom was a huge part of the artistic and hand-crafted nature of this wedding. She helped my vision come to reality with the large tissue paper flowers, lace details, programs and arbor. We had many DIY parties where family and friends would come over to help with these details.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My biggest piece of advice is that it is never too early to start preparing, especially if you want a hand-crafted wedding. Calen and I had two years to plan and it was great to start early because it was here before we knew it. My other piece of advice is to recruit help from people close to you. We have many talented friends and family members who helped with everything from the crafting to DJ’ing. It added a personal touch to our wedding and I could not thank everyone enough.

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From the photographer, Tara: Brittany and Calen got married on Calen’s family private property out in Rogue River, OR. During that time there were wild fires everywhere. Days before roads were closed and warnings to stay indoors due to the smoke. However, it turned out on the day of the wedding the roads were open and the air quality was not bad. In the distance you could see the smoke haze.

The wedding details were abundant. Huge paper flowers were everywhere. On the signs. On the grass and on the gorgeous twig arbor. Hand dyed quits covered the hay bales. A big canoe is where the guests put their gifts and the cards went into the suitcase which was also lined with hand dyed fabric. The invitation suite was designed by Brittany’s mother and even included Calen’s family dogs who were running around during the wedding and all three had yellow bandanas on. The colors were yellow, white and grey accents. The bride and maid of honor wore baby breath flower crowns. The food fit the theme and was cooked in huge cast iron pots. The desert table was a small cake, cupcakes from the Sassy Cupcake and different pies that family members had baked. Mismatched pie plates were stacked on the table. There were parasols and fans for the guests. The reception was strung with lights and the tables were decorated with wild yellow flowers in various glass jars with hand dyed doilies.There was a photo booth with various props to dress up in and yellow paper background. The guests drank their beers out of glass jars with the couples monograms dangling from the handles.

Wedding Music:
Processional: Untitled 3 (Samskeyti) by Sigur Ros and Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.
Recessional: “This Must be the Place (Naive Melody),” Talking Heads
First Dance: “Bones,” Michael Kiwanuka
Mother’s Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Rogue River, OR / Photographer: Tara Francis Photography / Wedding Planning and Flowers: Terrie Kaufman / Wedding Venue: Private property / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Dept / Wedding Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Hair: Jill Kipisz and Brooke Monks / Makeup: Tiffany Marquez / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Silver Ridge Outfitters / Desserts: Silver Ridge Outfitters and The Sassy Cupcake / DJ: Berg Radin (friend)

Brooklyn Winery Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Dove + Sparrow

No matter how many times I look at this wedding from Dove + Sparrow, I just cannot get over how crazy adorable Thomas and Gloria are. Their wedding at Brooklyn Winery is so perfectly them and classic, we know we’ll be loving it for years to come!

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Wedding Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Dove + Sparrow / Wedding Venue and Catering: Brooklyn Winery

Handmade Athens Wedding

DIY Weddings

Newlyweds Deanna and Kevin had not one, but two receptions — one more intimate, and then a grander reception with more friends and family the following day! I have to say, judging from these pictures from Twin Hearts Photography, both days were raging successes. Deanna and her mother DIYed their hearts out, ending up with a wedding weekend perfectly tailored to the couple!

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From the bride, Deanna: We wanted a small, private wedding, but since I’m the only daughter, we compromised by having an intimate wedding and reception – with a big party the next day at a local bar! We choose The Hill because it was both rustic and natural while still being elegant and lovely. We hosted our larger wedding celebration at Little Kings Shuffle Club, one of our favorite hangouts in downtown Athens, Georgia.

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We kept the wedding and reception under 40 people. Since we chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen, we turned the traditional rehearsal dinner into a Weary Travelers’ Dinner for all of our friends and family arriving the night before the wedding. It allowed us to catch up with everyone as they were coming in and took so much pressure off of the actual wedding day because we were all so comfortable with one another by then.

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We DIY’d until we dropped. We thrifted suitcases, books, and jars. Kevin hand-poured candles into jars we’d collected, built and finished a set of corn hole boards, glued little pink paper squirrels onto straws, and filled and decorated individual honey jars for our favors. We designed, printed and hand-assembled all of our invitations and programs. My mom and I glued and glittered cut outs, pine cones, and magnolia husks. My mom also created the lovely fabric chandeliers used at the ceremony. The bases of the chandeliers were tomato cages! I found small metal serving trays at a local dollar store, so I painted the interior with chalkboard paint and used them on picture stands as our drink menus at Little Kings. One of my favorite memories is being on a screened-in porch with my mom and a few others arranging flowers in jars while I created all of the corsages and boutonnieres. I’d never seen and smelled so many amazing flowers in my life.

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The dress I wore was my mother’s wedding dress from 1979. I had it completely restructured and shortened by an independent seamstress, and I added a fluffy ivory crinoline underneath. I put a framed picture of my mom in the original dress on the guest book table. Kevin and I decided to wear our wedding clothes for both the actual wedding and the wedding celebration the next day. We wanted the gathering at Little Kings to feel as much like the wedding as possible for the people attending, while still maintaining a casual atmosphere. We reused nearly all of the décor and flowers from the ceremony for the celebration at Little Kings the next day.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Find a great photographer that matches your style. We can’t tell you how important it was for us to have photographers who captured the details and mood in a way that allows us to relive everything now that the day has passed.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Wild Horses” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
Recessional: “God Only Knows” performed by Vitamin String Quartet
First Dance at The Hill: “Come Pick Me Up,” Ryan Adams
First Dance at Little Kings: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power

Wedding Location: Athens, GA / Photographer: Twin Hearts Photography / Wedding Venues: The Hill (owned by Lee Epting of Epting Events) and Little Kings Shuffle Club / Event Coordinator and Caterer for The Hill: Epting Events / Flowers: DIY — combination of flowers from a florist, Kroger and Trader Joe’s / Wedding Dress Reconstruction: Janna Dudley Design, Inc. / Jewelry and Shoes: Macy’s / Veil and Garter: DIY / Hair and Makeup: Bride / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Caterer for Little Kings: Hallie Jane’s Catering / Cakes: Cecilia Villaveces Cakes / DJ: Richard Vinal / Officiant: Reverent Alison Eskildsen from Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens / Stationery: DIY using Paper Source paper goods

Buckland House Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

Hold onto your seats, because I don’t think I’ve ever had such a hard time narrowing down images for a post as I did with this one from Lisa Devine Photography. There’s just so.much.goodness. Gemma and Ian approached their wedding day as a fun weekend-long celebration with friends and family, with endless amounts of handmade accents and 1920-inspired details.

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From the bride, Gemma: We knew from the start that we wanted a really relaxed and fun wedding with good food, good music and good people. Basically we wanted to throw a fun and meaningful little party over a few days and call it a wedding. We didn’t have a particular theme in mind; instead, we drew upon all things rustic and mismatched as inspiration, as well as the 1920s era. We had a strict budget so to keep costs down our whole wedding was DIY from invites to the ‘altar’ we walked down. Ian and I made handmade fabric hearts for everyone to wear – it was brilliant to see a sea of hearts everywhere. Our favorite DIY project was the “All you need is love” sign which now hangs above our bed.

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We were so lucky to be able to utilise not only our own crafting skills but those of our friends and family. The community that rallied around our wedding was truly amazing. My mum and sister-in-law made all the hundreds of metres of bunting, we used fabric from old t-shirts/tablecloths – taking scraps of fabric from all our generations. The best men made a yurt, cakestand from wood stumps, our chapel sign, oil drum BBQ and recycled old window frames to make blackboards. We picked sloes in October and my dad made sloe gin and sloe vodka which we used in the cocktail hour.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Enjoy the process, don’t get overwhelmed, make as much as you can and let the wedding reflect both of you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Chances are, your friends and family probably want to be involved, so let them!

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiw’ole
Ceremony Song: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
Recessional: “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher,” Jackie Wilson
First Dance: “You Never Can Tell,” Chuck Berry
When we had exhausted all of our unrehearsed moves we attempted to re-enact Fatboy Slims – Praise You with all of Team Awesome. The dance on the day was not seamless, a little wonky and a bit shabby but we wouldn’t have done it any differently.

Wedding Location: Devon, UK / Wedding Photographer: Lisa Devine Photography / Wholesale Flowers: J W Blooms / Wedding Venue: Buckland House / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Eden” / Hair Accessory: Flo & Percy “Maryann” / Groomsmen’s Bow Ties and Handkerchiefs: Knotty By Nature / Wedding Caterer: Piglet Cottage / Wedding Cake: Bride’s sister / Wedding Invitations: Pete Williams

Brookshire Gardens Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Jaquilyn Shumate

Kimberly and David’s California wedding is straight out of a retro dream: a short flirty dress from Ellana Couture, floral arrangements by friends and family, and images from Jaquilyn Shumate which capture everything to perfection. Peeping through these images was like stepping into a fifties fantasy world, so let’s get started on the journey, shall we?

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From the bride, Kimberly: The feeling we went for was a 1950’s garden party full of personal touches that spoke to our style and passions. We aren’t super formal or fancy so it was important that our day reflected our comfortable and easy-going style.

vintage garden weddings

retro wedding ideas

vintage garden weddings

retro wedding ideas

Devin and I love to spend our free time treasure hunting at thrift shops and yard sales for antiques so it was perfect that our wedding was full of vintage goodness. We both adore all shades of teal, aqua, turquoise, and mint so any of these colors were approved. I love the way red and coral compliment these so we incorporated splashes of both as well. For months I scoured thrift stores, garage, and estate sales hunting down vintage milk glass and bottles for table decor. Etsy and Ebay were my best friends in finding the vintage 1950’s table cloths and antique camera’s. I am a photography junkie so I loved that the cameras spoke to this.

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retro wedding ideas

blue bridesmaids dresses

retro wedding ideas

indoor wedding ceremony

retro wedding ideas

indoor wedding recessional

retro wedding ideas

vintage handkerchiefs

In order to stay on budget we did quite a few DIY projects: We painted furniture found at estate sales (and behind a dumpster believe it or not) that were used for our sign in tables. We caulked vintage milk glass plates to candle sticks for cake plates for our sweets table. We cut fabric into strips and tied them together to make a garland backdrop, then also attached them to lathe which was then attached to an existing arbor for the dance floor canopy. I made the boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen out of ribbon glued to lapel pins of vintage cars and a Winnebago for my groom. I used my photo shop skills to make our table numbers, programs, various signs around the event, even our cake topper.

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newlyweds in retro cars

childrens wedding favors

retro wedding ideas

red white bouquets

retro wedding ideas

vintage wedding cars

retro wedding ideas

colorful retro weddings

retro wedding ideas

vintage film place cards

retro wedding ideas

wedding lawn games

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If something becomes too stressful or difficult, don’t be afraid to chuck the idea. In the end no one else will know what details didn’t make it. If your family and friends want to help, let them. You will not only appreciate having less on your plate but the day is that much more meaningful for everyone when loving hands have pitched in to make it all happen. Most important force yourself to take a moment or two to just soak it all in. The big day will fly by and if you don’t make yourself savor a few special moments it will be a blur. Thank God for great wedding photographers!

vintage dessert tables

retro wedding ideas

blue pink streamers

retro wedding ideas

newlyweds first dance

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Processional: “Close to You,” The Carpeneters
Recessional: “Happiness,” David Crowder Band
First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding

Wedding Location: El Dorado, CA / Wedding Photographer: Jaquilyn Shumate / Ceremony Venue: El Dorado Community Church / Reception Venue: Brookshire Gardens / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s friends and family / Wedding Dress and Veil: Ellana Couture / Wedding Shoes: Shoes of Prey / Bride’s Earrings: Iloniti / Wedding Caterer: Bocca Catering / Wedding Invitations: Three Eggs Design

DIY Peach and Teal Wedding

DIY Weddings

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This is the kind of wedding that puts love in DIY like no one’s business. The bride and groom collected vintage treasures throughout their engagement, mason jar by mason jar, and left them on the hands of belovely Events to tie these finds together in a gorgeous wedding. And Lindsay and Laura-Chase of Readyluck captured all of these details that are full of meaning and memories beautifully.

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From the bride, Amanda: I bought my bridesmaid dresses from H & M for $34 and added custom straps that I made by sewing fabric flowers onto them. From the beginning I knew the light dusty rose was the color for the bridesmaids. I wanted a neutral color to set off the flowers. Everyone told me that I chose a “Spring” color palette, but I think the warm rose color was perfect for early fall.

industrial wedding chairs

wedding date ring shot
I fell in love with The Gables at Chadds Ford when I attended my sister in law’s baby shower there in 2010. I knew that I wanted a rustic style barn wedding and The Gables seemed absolutely perfect! It was the right location and the right price. My fiance grew up very close in nearby Media, PA and my family is located just an hour and a half south, right outside of Baltimore. I liked that Chadds Ford offered local attractions such as the Brandywine River Museum, the Brandywine Battlefield, and a nearby winery for my guests to attend on their trip.

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wedding date ring shot

I am a very detail-oriented person. My husband and I went to art school together. From the very beginning of my planning, I had an exact vision of what I wanted and I knew that I could create it. The time of year, the atmosphere, the decor, and the amusements were all things that initially captured my attention and inspiration. When I was looking ahead to my wedding day, even though I was completely consumed with color palates and collecting props, I tried to really focus on how the day would feel. I wanted to get married in October because in addition to it being my favorite time of year, my husband and I met at the beginning of the school year around that time. That time of year always brings comforting feelings to me.

house numbers as table numbers
industrial wedding chairs

When I was planning, I used many resources. First, I tried to make out a clear picture of what I wanted by collecting ideas. I started a binder full of scraps from magazines and even colors and artwork that inspired me. Since I am an oil painter, I tend to collect ideas in a similar fashion when I paint. I started to think of the overall design of my wedding as my biggest project yet! Second, I started a Pinterest board. My Maid of Honor, also an artist, knew that I liked to collect ideas. Pinterest was the perfect vehicle to not only collect ideas, but to share them too.

Pennsylvania winery wedding
industrial wedding chairs

wedding date ring shot
industrial wedding chairs

Looking back on the whole day, my favorite moments were the one’s when I focused on Tom and how happy we both were. In particular, Tom and I loved working with our photographers Lindsay Hite + Laura-Chase McGehee at Readyluck. She made us feel very relaxed. We were able to get away from the crowd for a while and take shots with just the two of us. It was quiet and Lindsay was very natural and allowed us to be ourselves. With everything that happened on our wedding day, I am still only able to recall bits and pieces of the events. Lindsay’s photographs captured everything so clearly. They came out more vivid than my imagination. She collected all of the details that I spent months working so hard on, so that I could see them even though I may have missed them on the big day. It makes me so happy to see my memories and hard work captured on film. Also, for the reception, Tom and I opted for a sweetheart table. This was one of our best decisions. This allowed us to share dinner together as husband and wife and allowed us to focus in on each other despite all of the excitement happening around us.

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industrial wedding chairs

wedding date ring shot
Chadds Ford winery weddingbelovely Events
. The lovely ladies at belovely Events helped me put everything in place on the big day. I was able to relax when I knew that everything was under control. I trusted them completely. I gave them all of my things and had a walk through with them where we discussed all of my plans and concerns. Hands down, one of the best decisions of the event. Without them my theme and decor would have fell apart, not to mention the coordination of everything! They listened to what I said and completely understood my approach and vision. They even made last minute decisions that made things look even better than I imagined.

wedding date ring shot
Kraft paper favors
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industrial wedding chairs
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Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding? My advice would be to do what is right for you for your wedding. Try not to let too many people influence key decisions. Really make everything all about you and your fiance because you will be the two that hold the memories most dear. Try not to obsess too much over every detail because in the end, not all of your guests will even notice. While planning my wedding one friend told me that for your guests to really notice anything it must be repeated three times. Whether it is your printing, the colors, or your theme, if it is important to you – make sure everyone knows it! For instance I had a thing for the color teal. I had teal shoes, a teal door that was our seating chart, and succulents in my bouquet and the guys’ boutonnieres. That follows the three rule…..and I did that for everything. Our save the dates were strip photos from a photo booth and at the wedding we had a photo booth for fun and gave the strip photos as gifts. Three rule. I liked it. It made me realize if I was emphasizing something enough for people to notice, or too much and allowing things to get tacky. Subtle, but effective.

Location: Chadds Ford, PA / Photographer: Lindsay Hite + Laura-Chase McGehee for Readyluck / Wedding Planners: belovely Events / Officiant: Elizabeth Frumin (elizabethfrumin at / Florist: Heather of Cottage Flowers / DJ: Kim from No Macarena / Photobooth: Boardwalk Photobooth Company / Wedding dress and rental of groomsmen attire: Forever Formals in Kennett Square, PA / Venue: The Gables at Chadds Ford

Oregon Beach Wedding

Beach Weddings

Lauren and Derek wanted their wedding to be two things: elegant and simple. They artfully achieved this by keeping the day personal, making the majority of the decor by hand, and hiring K Miller Photographs to capture the day brilliantly. How can you go wrong when you have a ceremony on the rocky beaches of Oregon’s coast?

bride groom recessional

From the bride, Lauren: I envisioned a small wedding, affordable, not too elaborate or over our capacity, but still beautiful. Simple is beautiful. This was a total DIY wedding, from the flowers to the dessert, to the decor, music, and dress.

oregon beach weddings

oregon beach weddings

bride getting ready

oregon beach weddings

groomsmen with bouquets

Our wedding plans had quite a huge hiccup in that our venue hosts cancelled all their events over 10 people because they did not have proper land use permits (it was a privately owned lodge in Hood River, OR). We found out 6 months after planning everything, and 3 months until the wedding. This venue was our ceremony, reception, and wedding party lodging, and it was 6 hours away from where we live. We disappointedly choose a spot 5 minutes away from our house on the Oregon coast – a community center that shared a building with a post office. Who would have known that (with a little bit of love) this little spot above the sea would turn out to be the most perfect place for us and our family and dear friends.

outdoor beach weddings

oregon beach weddings

outdoor beach ceremonies

oregon beach weddings

newlyweds first kiss

My wedding dress, another funny story. I found a simple white dress on ShopBop $100. It was not “ready” as a wedding dress, so I had someone add layers to the bottom (the front was short, just past the knees, and the back just hit above my ankles – sort of an awkward length). 3 different kinds of lace were added to the front and back to make layers, and a train with a pick up was included in the back.

oregon beach weddings

fingerprint guest books

oregon beach weddings

tented wedding receptions

oregon beach weddings

tented wedding receptions

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure your vendors ALL have contracts in which they sign in addition to you. If you are doing DIY, start collecting things now. I think hair and makeup was the thing (looking in photos) that I wish I would have spent a little time figuring out beforehand what I was going to do. Since I didn’t plan, I just sort of winged it. I don’t wear much makeup so I was a little timid in that department and looking at photos wish I would have gone a little more bold – photos don’t come out the way you see yourself in the moment – so don’t be too timid with the eye makeup for you ladies who don’t normally wear much!

soap wedding favors

oregon beach weddings

pie wedding desserts

oregon beach weddings

newlyweds cupcake desserts

oregon beach weddings

string light receptions

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Wedding Music:
My cousin is a guitarist and he played our ceremony; he played some classical guitar as the guests were arriving at the beach site.
Processional: “Thank You,” Led Zeppelin
Recessional: “Sunshine of my Life,” Stevie Wonder

Wedding Location: Oceanside, OR / Wedding Photographer: K Miller Photographs / Ceremony Venue: Oceanside Beach State Park / Reception Venue: Oceanside Community Club / Wedding Flowers: Bride and friends / Wedding Dress: ShopBop / Wedding Caterer: Bread and Ocean / Dessert: Couple’s friends / Officiant: Helen Hill / Wedding Invitations: Hello!Lucky

Marvimon House Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

The Gemmers

It’s no surprise, we’re huge fans of Los Angeles’ Marvimon House. Add two beautiful brides, a little touch of mid-century modern flair, and images from The Gemmers, and you’ve got this beauty of a gem wedding! Whatever you do, don’t miss the wedding film from What We Do Films. So. Sweet.

outdoor wedding ceremonies
newlyweds outdoors portraits

From bride Leighann: Our vision must have changed a dozen times over the 17 months we were engaged. We ultimately decided on subtle mid-century with natural elements. We wanted something that was simple yet aesthetically pleasing. Neither one of us enjoys being the center of attention so we wanted to throw a big party celebrating our love with the people we love. We are incredibly lucky to have such amazing people in our lives and the day wouldn’t have been possible without all of the love and support we have received from them over the years.

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outdoor garden marvimon wedding

bride getting ready

outdoor garden marvimon wedding

newlyweds first looks

Our wedding was actually dubbed the “Lipster” (lesbian hipster) wedding a couple months prior. The day of, all of our friends were posting photos to instagram and trying to get the hashtag “Lipster” trending. I applaud their effort but it didn’t have the world dominating effect they were going for. Pretty much the entire wedding was handmade. Caitlyn and I spent months crafting… the weekends, after work, any time we had a free moment. I wanted everything to be one-of-a-kind and representative of our personalities and style.

hanging colored lamps

paper bag escort cards

outdoor garden marvimon wedding

graphic design wedding programs

We ultimately decided that a bottle of specially brewed beer would make the perfect thank you gift. If there is one thing we are known for, it’s our love of beer. Coincidentally, Caitlyn’s sisters’ boyfriend recently began home brewing so we asked him to brew 150 bottles for us. For the four months leading up to the wedding, we had all of our friends saving any brown bottles that we could recycle and use for the brew. Again, we used a combo of printing and hand stamping for the labels.

outdoor garden marvimon wedding

graphic design wedding programs

graphic design wedding programs

outdoor garden marvimon wedding
newlyweds during ceremony
newlyweds during ceremony

indoor hipster receptions

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re planning on going the DIY route, don’t do it purely for monetary reasons. Chances are you’ll end up spending more than you realize trying to do it yourself. Also, just prepare yourself for something to go wrong, and if it does, know that you will most likely be the ONLY person who is aware of it.

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outdoor garden marvimon wedding
indoor wedding receptions
brides during ceremony

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Wedding Music:
Wedding Party Processional: “Mothersbaugh’s Canon,” Mark Mothersbaugh
Caitlyn’s Processional: “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels),” Arcade Fire
Leighann’s Processional: “Love and Some Verses,” Iron and Wine
Recessional: “She’s A Lady,” Tom Jones
First Dance: “Breathless Without You,” Cat Power
Father/Daughter Dance (Caitlyn): “Beyond the Sea,” Rod Stewart
Mother/Daughter Dance (Leighann): Blackbird,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: The Gemmers / Wedding Venue: Marvimon / Day-of Coordination and Appetizers: Rob Lind of Sugar Catering / Flowers: Los Angeles Flower Mart / Succulents: San Pedro Cactus / Event Management: Tact Event Management / Event Staffing: Argyle Event Staffing / Leighann’s Dress: Badgley Mischka / Leighann’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair: Juliet of The Hair Upstairs / Makeup: Chelsea Miko / Caitlyn’s Attire: J. Crew / Caitlyn’s Shoes: Camper / Food Truck: Baby’s Badass Burgers / Desserts: Caitlyn and family / Wedding Invitations: design by Bow & Arrow Designs, printing by Monkey Business Press / Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth / Videographer: What We Do Films

Art Deco-Meets-Handmade-Fete Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Adrian Tuazon

Last year, we shared Ali and Jake’s engagement session and today I get to share their wedding! I love seeing how couples’ styles translate into their weddings, and you will love theirs. Adrian Tuazon was once again at task capturing these gorgeous images:

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

From the bride, Ali (who is also a children’s clothing designer): Our wedding was Art Deco Elegance meets Town Hall fete with a bit of rustic woodland thrown in :) There were lots of vintage silver and gold with touches of olive green and peach. I collected all of the antique silverware for the centerpieces as well as making pretty much everything else. Hand screenprinted napkins with handmade paper flags for the guests. Hand painted signs and tablecloths. Mismatched vintage plates in gold and silver. Homemade bunting and chair wreaths.

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

I really wanted to get married in a little old church, and Mentone Uniting Church was just darling. We are both Christians so getting married in a church was a must. It had a beautiful small congregation who were so accommodating to our day and the presence of the space was just perfect. It was quiet and rustic, without being too big or too small.

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Oakleigh Town Hall has a perfect mix of old art deco style that has been refurbished for more modern uses. Verdant green doors and hardwood polished floors gave it an old style country hall feel and the exterior is just amazing with the carved mechanics institute signage. It had a great stage for the band and a great kitchen for the catering. Doing the wedding on a budget meant that city owned halls were just the perfect price for us also.

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Choose a style and stick with it :) Don’t be afraid to try an expensive idea DIY but leave plenty of time for mistakes.

Melbourne wedding

Art deco inspired wedding

Melbourne wedding

Melbourne wedding

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Such Great Heights,” The Postal Service
Recessional: “Gobbledygook,” Sigur Ross
First Dance: “Have Love, Will Travel,” Richard Berry (The Sonics version)

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Photographer: Adrian Tuazon / Ceremony Venue: Mentone Uniting Church / Reception Venue: Oakleigh Town Hall / Caterer: MoreISH Catering Solutions / Florist: Flos Florum in Malvern did the reception flowers. Flower Girls in Mornington did the bouquets / Groom’s suit: Suits from Asos / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids dresses from Anthropologie, Modcloth and eBay / Birdcage Veil: Etsy / Wedding Cake: made by brdie’s mother with custom Totoro cake figures by The Petite Geek / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji purchased off eBay (for just $300!) / Bride and bridesmaids makeup: Jessica Whitelock / Shoes: Seychelles, I Do Shoes / Hair: Telisha Delaney at Di Valore Salon / DJ: Benny and the Pheromones, groom’s funk and soul cover band / Wedding invitations: made by the bride Paper Squad for the card stock and had them printed by Curry Printing in Mornington / Videographer: Video shot by friend Harley Hamer, edited by groom Jacob

Handmade North Melbourne Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Love Katie + Sarah

Whenever we hear a bride is a graphic designer, we know her wedding’s going to be something pretty special. Dany and David spent nearly a year crafting, collecting antique pieces, and designing unique paper goods for their North Melbourne wedding at Two Ton Max, photographed by Love Katie + Sarah. Every detail in these garden party nuptials is utter perfection!

indie bride and groom

From the bride, Dany: Being an illustrator/graphic designer slightly obsessed with vintage styling, I envisioned a vintage wedding with a hint of ‘garden party.’ The colour scheme was based around soft romantic pinks and creams with a splash of yellow.

floral wedding invitations

colorful grooms boutonnieres

diy australian weddings

bride in vintage car

Pretty much everything about our wedding was DIY! I spent 11 months, from the time we got engaged to the week before the wedding, collecting vintage crockery and cutlery, making flowers for the tables out of crepe paper (petal by petal) and designing all the little elements that appeared throughout the venue.

bride with umbrella

diy australian weddings

multicolored confetti recessionals

diy australian weddings

colorful wedding receptions

David also got the DIY bug, constructing an enormous pergola for us to get married on. It was fantastic, and now sits in our back garden for us to enjoy for years to come. Our venue was an industrial warehouse space, so, to ‘green it up’ we also created a ‘garden’ in the ceremony area which included rolling out faux turf and filling the space with potted flowers and trees. It was fabulous!

indoor wedding receptions

diy australian weddings

bird theme paper goods

paper flower weddings

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t try to take on too much on your own (speaking from experience!!). Accept lots of help from others. I wish I had done this more often throughout the planning… it would have made it a lot less stressful! Also, enjoy the ride! The day goes so quickly (as everyone will tell you), so make sure you have lots of fun during the planning phase.

diy australian weddings

vintage wedding china

diy australian weddings

diy wedding receptions

diy australian weddings

newlyweds first dance

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Something in the Way She Moves,” James Taylor
Signing of the Registry: “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys; “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” Stevie Wonder
First Dance: “These Arms of Mine,” Otis Redding

Wedding Location: North Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Love Katie + Sarah / Wedding Venue: Two Ton Max / Wedding Design and Flowers: Bride, Daniella Germain / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Poetic License / Wedding Veil: Unveiled Bridal / Hair: Jodie of akabu, Northcote, Melbourne / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dizingof / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Wittner / Groom’s Suit: Rhodes & Beckett / Groomsmen’s Attire: Ted Baker / Wedding Caterer: Rue Cler Market / Wedding Cake: Kat’s Cakes / DJ: Chris Gill / Wedding Invitations: Bride, The Paper Pinwheel / Transportation: White Classic Jags

Best of 2012: DIYs

Wedding Design

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We can’t take a look back at 2012 without mentioning our favorite DIY tutorials and crafted goodness! From wedding favors to paper flowers to backdrop installations, these projects are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing and creating some serious beauty:

This tutorial (which followed an equally amazing styled shoot) from Sweet Sunday Events put some pixelated goodness into the backdrop arena:
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We loved these paper flowers so much, we used them as our business cards at the Cream Event NYC:
paper flower anemones

This DIY moss table number tutorial from Hank and Hunt adds some green intrigue to your reception table:
moss table numbers

One of our very favorite tutorials is this one from HEY LOOK for geometric favor boxes, perfect for bright pick-me-ups!
geometric favor boxes

These dip-dyed ribbons from HEY LOOK stole our hearts completely:
dip dyed pink ribbons

The photo table runner in this shoot from Krista Mason and Chic Celebrations continues to be a huge hit to this day:
film photo table runner

These baby’s breath and greenery monogram signs from HEY LOOK are the perfect statement pieces for your reception!
monogram babys breath

These cement pots with gold leaf detailing proved to be quite the hit:
gold leaf cement pots

This DIY photo canvas art from photographer Rachael Grace was a big pleaser for wedding favors and mementos:
diy photo canvas art

We were thrilled to have Emerson Events share with us how to make the tissue paper garland from her neon wedding inspiration shoot!
neon tassel garlands

Best of 2012: Ceremonies

Wedding Design

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Continuing with our Best Of 2012 weddings, we’ve got some stunning ceremonies that we just can’t get out of our heads! We’ve got an assortment of huge Pinterest hits and some of our personal favorites that have grown close to our hearts. Make sure to chime in on our comments sections with any you think we’ve left out!

This Canadian wedding ceremony with pink and white paper lanterns shot by Rowan Jane Photography continues to perk up our spirits to this very day:
paper lantern ceremony decorations

This Pennsylvania wedding from Alison Conklin easily wins for the dreamiest enchanted forest ceremony:
enchanted forest weddings

This Mexican beach wedding from Elizabeth Lloyd Photography had a ceremony full of all the right details, especially these unfinished ribbon chair ties and painted bottle aisle decorations:
beach wedding ceremonies

He and She Photography brought us this 1950s-inspired wedding full of color and personality:
retro ceremony ideas

This Seattle wedding ceremony from One Love Photo stole our hearts with its hanging vintage picture frame backdrop:
bohemian wedding ideas

The ceremony seating in this Melbourne wedding from Jonathan Ong was too perfect to pass up — what a great and easy way to inject some personality into your wedding day!
ceremony pew seating

This “Mint to Be” styled shoot was one of our biggest hits of the year, and it’s easy to see why! Images by Christa Elyce and styling by Ellanesque Weddings.
mint wedding ceremonies

The ceremony backdrop in this Palm Springs wedding from Dave Richards stole our breath and our hearts with its whimsy and endless streamers:
streamer ceremony backdrops

This Brooklyn winter wedding from Christina Szczupak at the Green Building had an industrial ceremony with string lights that positively warmed our hearts:
industrial wedding ceremonies

The decorations in the ceremony for Jane and Ryan’s San Diego wedding shot by Studio Castillero are the perfect hit of eclectic style:
indoor eclectic wedding ceremonies

Stay tuned as we reveal more of our 2012 favorites, from flowers to fashion to DIY projects, in the next few days!

Handmade New York Wedding

DIY Weddings

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“I’ll eat you up, I love you so!” Who doesn’t immediately smile when remembering this line from Maurice Sendak’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are”? Jess and Greg used this line and the catchphrase “Love Wins” to guide their wedding planning process, which resulted in a day filled with color, whimsy, and, yes, love! Our thanks goes out to Kristin Rogers for beautifully capturing their wedding day.

colorful bridal parties

From the bride, Jess: We wanted the style to really reflect us as a couple. We wanted people to feel as if they had literally stepped into another world, our world. A world of whimsy color and vintage collections, earthy influence and of course where love is the center of everything.

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bride with tattoos

bridesmaids with bracelets

floral bridesmaids dresses

upstate NY wedding

groom in trees

We could describe our day with handmade, magic, whimsical, home, and LOVE WINS! Our wedding was one big DIY project. We made almost EVERYTHING, including: the invitations, hundreds (literally) of paper cranes we folded, Greg built our trellis, bar, and pie stands, our wedding favor was jam that we made and canned ourselves, we collected vintage linens, Greg built the cornhole boards and I sewed the bean bags, the buntings were all sewed by me, centerpieces, hand painted signs, painted the yellow door and handmade all the place cards, personally collected 150 settings of vintage Corelle, RIBBON STICKS:), programs, and our handmade guest book by my friend Lisa.

note from groom

upstate NY wedding

banjo wedding music

origami ceremony decor

upstate NY wedding

bride with tattoos

origami wedding ceremonies

upstate NY wedding

origami wedding ceremonies

upstate NY wedding

origami reception decor

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Never sacrifice who you are for others wants (even if they are your family). I know, I know its hard. The small details are easy to overlook in wedding stress but they are really the things that make the day reflect who you are as a couple. I think my family thought I was crazy for most of our wedding planning but they trusted us enough to never stomp on our creative weirdness:) Watching all our loved ones come together to pick flowers, tie ribbons, and make pies made me want to fall to tears. It takes a village to have a wedding, I am so thankful for mine.

colorful bridal party

upstate NY wedding

colorful reception decorations

children at weddings

upstate NY wedding

handmade wedding signs

upstate NY wedding

wedding cup favors

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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: Since I was 15 I wanted my brother to walk me down the aisle to “Hoppipolla,” Sigur Ros, and it was everything I always dreamed.
Brother/Bride Dance: “Free Falling,” Tom Petty
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
We danced to everything from Grouplove to Feist to The Beatles. Our music was basically the playlist of our lives. Buddy was fantastic.

Wedding Location: North Chili, NY / Wedding Photographer: Kristin Rogers / Wedding Location: Starr Barn / Wedding Flowers: Deb Mondy / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Alicia Jacques and Tori Bowles / Jewelry: Marisa of Interstellar Love Craft / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sohomode by Louise Hedley / Wedding Music: Buddy Budinski ( / Wedding Caterer: Forest Hill Catering / Coffee: Leaf and Bean / Desserts: Homemade pies by friends and family / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom

Backyard Nashville Wedding

DIY Weddings

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When Katy and Gavin thought about where to exchange their wedding vows, the place that stuck out the most to them was also the most personal: a Victorian home at which they’d spent a great deal of time already with friends and loved ones. Brandon Chesbro came along to capture the day’s festivities, including a backyard ceremony and an indoor feast! Our favorite detail of their wedding? The couple displayed postcards Gavin wrote to Katy over the course of their relationship for all to enjoy!

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From the bride, Katy: [The style we envisioned for our wedding was] intimate, non-traditional, Southern-Victorian style set to a classical score. Lots of soft pastels, with an eclectic, casual, vintage feel.

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brown leather shoes

Everything was DIY. This wedding was made possible by friends lending a creative helping hand. The bride and a bridesmaid did all the decorating. We made all the streamers and flower arrangements by hand. The artwork and decor were provided by our friends.

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outdoor backyard ceremonies

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The groom lived in an old Victorian style house with his band mates. It was quite a memorable spot in Nashville where everyone hung out and where so much creativity had taken place. It seemed fitting to get married in the back yard.

vintage wedding rings

newlyweds on swing

magnolia bouquet

all female wedding musicians

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Keep it simple. This is your day, so try not to stress more than necessary about what others want. Have fun and keep it affordable!

reception lounge areas

outdoor wedding decor

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Loin Des Villes,” Yann Tiersen
Recessional: “Our Mutual Friend,” The Divine Comedy

Wedding Location: Nashville, TN / Wedding Photographer: Brandon Chesbro / Wedding Venue: Private residence / Wedding Planning and Styling: Bride and Evan Barbee / Wedding Flowers: wholesale via Import Flowers, arranged by bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Groom’s Suit: Topman / Groomsmen’s Suits: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Bride and friends / Wedding Invitations: Bride

Flathead Valley Garden Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

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Have I mentioned lately how much I love non-traditional bridal wear? I could say it every day of the week and it still wouldn’t be enough, so it came as no surprise that I fell in love with Brooke’s wedding gown of choice — a green-y greige lace number from James Coviello for BHLDN. Add in a handsome groom, stunning images from Cluney Photo, and a bluegrass band, and you’ve got a wedding that has officially won us over!

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green wedding dresses

From the bride, Brooke: When Scott and I got engaged, we knew that we wanted to get married in my Folks’ backyard in the Flathead Valley of Montana. Its bohemian charm was the perfect canvas for us to create a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere for us to share and celebrate with our friends and family.

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green wedding dresses

orange green feather bouquets

vintage engagement rings

In the months/weeks leading up to our wedding I collected vintage plates, tarnished silver platters and cut glass & metal goblets from every thrift store between Seattle and Montana; then proceeded to order muslin, burlap, jute, and lights. Family contributed 150 mason jars for glasses. My Dad collected 1 gallon jars that were used for the arranged flowers.

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newlyweds during ceremony

newlyweds during ceremony

newlyweds on bridge

My Grandma and I tea stained the muslin and made it into tablecloths. My Grandpa built red barn wood boxes for the flower box centerpieces. Signs were made by my family using wood from my Dad’s wood pile. My Sister & her Partner cut tags from tea stained canvas, and assembled 150 mason jars with tags and jute for drinking glasses… She then cut 150 tags and wrote the names of our guests to be attached to the Flathead Cherry freezer jam I made for our favors.

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homemade wedding food

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peach wedding drinks

bride and groom outdoors

dahlia wedding flowers

Maximizing local resources was important to Scott and I. We picked 2 gallons of huckleberries which were incorporated into the wedding cakes I baked, and were also used for a sauce with the cheesecake. Other cheesecake sauces included: strawberry from our garden and raspberry from a friend’s garden. The cherries for the freezer jam I made for the Guest Favors were picked from a family cherry orchard on Flathead Lake. My friend incorporated our local distillery, Whistling Andy’s, Hibiscus Rum into Sangria she made for our “wine option”. And lastly we raised the pig ourselves that was enjoyed by all in the form of AMAZING carnitas.

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outdoor wedding musicians

newlyweds first dance

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Wedding Location: Flathead Valley, MT / Wedding Photographer: Cluney Photo / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s Grandmother / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss, Rag & Bone, Billy Reid / Groom’s Hat: Goorin Bros. / Wedding Caterer: The Cuisine Machine / Beverages: Bride’s Friend, Kristen Lee-Charlson / Wedding Desserts: Bride / Wedding Music: Mountain Moongrass / Rentals: Northwest Canopy & Party Rentals

Handmade Michigan Wedding

DIY Weddings

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I have to admit, when I first saw this real wedding from Just Alex Photography, I was certain it was a styled shoot. Aren’t newlyweds Allie and Josh just the most gorgeous duo? We love that Allie didn’t give up on her dream wedding gown and finally had a dressmaker craft it, and it so perfectly suits her!

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From the bride, Allie: When Josh asked me to marry him I knew exactly what we envisioned for our day. He’s a country boy and I am a sucker for anything vintage, shabby chic and rustic. We wanted the wedding to be us so we combined all of it!

pink berry bouquets

bridesmaids in boots

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baby's breath bouquets

We would describe our wedding as Vintage, Rustic, DIY, Casual, and Us. Our color theme was mint, and all accents were lace, burlap, and dusty rose. Everything you see in our wedding was special to us. I antiqued for every single piece, and hand created with help of family and friends every decoration. That’s what made our day so special. Everything in our wedding has a story that we will always remember.

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newlyweds first kiss

I struggled with my wedding dress for quite some time. I bought one and felt like I was settling because I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I drew up a design of the dream dress in my head and took it to a lady who helped make my vision come to life. I didn’t want a veil with my dress because everything was so casual and our day wasn’t traditional. I found my halo on etsy and knew it would go perfect with the belt I had for my dress. I found my shoes before we were engaged at an antique store. When I started planning our day I knew they would be perfect with the vintage theme. I was struggling with my jewelry and found an old locket on etsy. I got our date engraved on the inside and fell in love! Josh got me a bracelet that I added to the ones I already had. We exchanged gifts before we saw each other and his came with a long note. It was a charm bracelet that he explained would grow as our love does! He is so sweet!

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barn wedding reception layout

vintage door backdrop

escort card displays

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pink crate centerpieces

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? BE YOU. If you like something make it happen. Don’t change your style because your mom or friends don’t like it. You only get this day once so make it everything you have hoped and dreamed of. Also be in the moment all day. It goes by so fast and all your left with are the amazing memories!

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Gravel Lines,” Amy Seeley
Bridal Processional: “After Afterall,” William Fitzsimmon
Sand Pouring: “She Is Love,” Parachute
First Dance: “Wanted,” Hunter Hayes

Wedding Location: Ravenna, MI / Wedding Photographer: Just Alex Photography / Wedding Venue: The Hitching Post / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Wedding Caterer: Branns / DJ: Greg Bugbee’s DJ Plus / Wedding Invitations: DIY by bride

Oregon Farm Wedding

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This wedding sent over by Anna Jaye Photography shows how to expertly play with textures and colors to create a fun, relaxed, and memorable wedding day. Kelsey and Greg had a little over a year to plan their ceremony and reception, and the results show in what amounts to a truly romantic affair. With pinwheels, burlap, and lace, there are just enough handcrafted details to go around!

newlyweds in white

From the bride, Kelsey: When we set out to plan this wedding 15 months ago, I really wanted to create a style that was not only vintage chic, but created a very romantic environment with the colors and fabrics. I loved the mixture of textures, incorporating burlap and lace, because it’s very feminine while rough around the edges at the same time.

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portland map signs

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pink bridesmaids dresses

Some adjectives to describe the look we were going for are: romantic, vintage, and whimsical. Our colors palette was anything from peach to coral, khaki to the brown of our burlap table runners. We also tried to incorporate gold glitter wherever we could, because I’m a little obsessed with the color peach and gold glitter. Because we had 15 months to plan our wedding, there were many DIY projects involved. Greg created a Greg

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newlyweds first kiss

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sit sign seating charts

We created twine globes that hung above the area in which we were married. We created all of the programs (which were gold glitter fans), the seating assignment cards that hung on the vintage mattress spring, and my mom made half of the centerpieces which were succulents planted and arranged in vintage sewing boxes. My MOST favorite DIY item at the wedding was our cake backdrop which was created by myself and my best friend Alicea. Most everything we did at the wedding was DIY. With the help of Pinterest, Etsy, my best friend Alicea (whose wedding was 3 weeks before mine!), and my very patient now-husband we created the perfect wedding for us!

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state shaped cake toppers

ruffled wedding cakes

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orange menu signs

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Many brides can put together a beautiful ceremony in a short period of time, however, I felt so stress-free and had the luxury of planning every last detail with our wedding 15 months from when we got engaged. We were able to work with every one of our first choice vendors because we booked them so far in advance. We negotiated better contracts because we had more time. We planned every single detail, down to the napkins with 15 months. Don’t rush it – enjoy your engagement, and focus on the details, because that’s what makes it your day and not someone else’s!

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lolich farm signs

When I first started planning, I was a little bit of a control freak, but was able to delegate things to my friends and family little by little as time went on. One thing to remember is: people want to help! Weddings are a labor of love and friends love helping with crafts and planning, all you have to do is ask! I can’t tell you how many craft days we had leading up to the wedding day! I was reminded of how blessed I am by my amazing family and friends!

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newlyweds just married signs

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
First Dance: “Let it Be Me,” Ray Lamontagne
Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter,” Loudon Wainwright

Wedding Location: Beaverton, OR / Wedding Photographer: Anna Jaye Photography / Wedding Venue: Lolich’s Family Farm / Wedding Coordination: Champagne Weddings and Events / Wedding Flowers: Quince Flowers and Events / Bride’s Veil: Twigs and Honey / Bride’s SHoes: Ruche / Bride’s Makeup: Marjan Torabi Arsanjani / Bride’s Hair: Paige Wohlgemuth of The Stella Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Ruche / Groom’s Suit: Mr. Formal / DJ: NW Premier Mobile DJs / Wedding Caterer: Catering at Its Best / Wedding Cake: Le Cookie Monkey / Cupcakes: Sugar Krystles / Rentals: Marigold Vintage Rentals and Something Borrowed PDX / Transportation: EcoShuttle / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Backyard Mesa Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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Not only have newlyweds Lauren and A.J. known each other since childhood, they also made the leap from engaged to married in a whopping two months — yes, two months! We’re in awe of what the bride and her friends and family pulled together in such a short time frame, all captured by the wonderful Cami Parker.

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From the bride, Lauren: A.J. and I met at a church camp back when I was 14 and he was 15. I always had a crush on him, ALWAYS. I mean, who couldn’t love a red-headed skater boy? We had kept in contact afterwards, but didn’t start dating until August of 2011 when he was 21, and I was 20. We got engaged in April 2012 and were married in June 2012. That’s right, we had a 2 month engagement. It may sound crazy but I wouldn’t have had it any other way! Of course we were stressed, but we didn’t have to stress for months and months and months. We just wanted to be married to each other!

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grass wedding sign

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Our wedding day turned out to be just as I imagined it. I wanted something outdoors and fun! We had a lot of DIY projects and I tried to save money where I could. We made the book paper balls, the book paper board with the moss letters, the envelope board, the painted canvas, planted all the succulents that were spread throughout the reception, and more! I love the fact that I was able to create things for our special day, it just made it that more us!

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I think my favorite part of the evening was the exit when A.J. and I were able to run past all of our family and friends. It made me so grateful to have all of those people there to support and celebrate with us. Everyone had a sparkler and let go of a giant white balloon into the sky as we left… it was magical! We feel so blessed for all of the help we received on our wedding day and leading up to it. It couldn’t have been any more perfect.

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newlyweds in front of temple

leaf cake decorations

donut hole dessertsmini bundt cakes

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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Father/Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First,” Heartland
Couple’s Dance: “True Love Ways,” My Morning Jacket
Bouquet Throw: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper
Garter Toss: “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet
Cake Cutting: “I Feel It All,” Feist

Wedding Location: Mesa, AZ / Wedding Photographer: Cami Parker / Ceremony Venue: Mesa LDS Temple / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Francesca’s / Groom’s Suit: Forever 21 / Wedding Flowers: Cornflower Blue / Wedding Caterer: Bride’s grandmother and family friends / Donut Holes: Bosa Donuts / Wedding Cake: Melissa Lee / DJ: Ryan Scow / Chair Rentals: Brian and Kaitlyn Wright / Table Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Designed by the bride

Handmade Georgia Wedding

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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.

tattooed bride and groom

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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white feather headbands

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rustic ceremony setup

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rustic wedding ceremony

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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rustic bridal parties

mason jar installations

aisle runner flowerssmall white gold bouquets

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newlyweds first dance

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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)

Handmade Industrial Wedding

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Lauren and Tyler’s love story is one of those I just live to hear — after thirteen years of chasing each other in one way or another, the pair finally wed this year with photographer Cami Parker in tow to capture their day. Their venue – The Historic Icehouse – set the tone for their industrial setting, blending soft pinks and peaches with the raw space.

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graphic wedding invitations

From the bride, Lauren: Tyler and I met 13 years ago in a small church in New Jersey. Because we have such a special history, we decided our invitation needed to share our love story with all of our guests. We collaborated on writing, making sure we shared both of our perspectives.

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Heart wedding shoes by Melissa Vivienne Westwood
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We spent many Saturdays shopping Goodwill all over the state collecting lace. Lace curtains, lace tablecloths, lace shower curtains, you name it we bought it; over 300 pieces worth. We also began collecting glass vases and silver trays for our florist to use for small arrangements and hundreds of candles on the tables.

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industrial bride and groom

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industrial ceremony venue

bride and groom first kiss

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hanging fabric lanterns

I found an idea for a fabric chandelier online to hang over the dance floor. Tyler used a hula-hoop and I bought a battery operated light fixture to put inside it. We used the same fabric from the altar and it was exactly how I pictured it would look!

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hanging paper lanterns

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welcome paper goods

After the ceremony, Tyler and I were able to sneak into the room where the reception would take place, just the two of us. All of the flowers were beginning to open up in their vases, the candles were lit, the string lights and chandelier glowed above us and he spun me around the middle of the dance floor. It was one of the most special moments of the day.

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newlyweds sweetheart table

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industrial wedding receptions

Because we worked so wonderfully with all of our vendors, we were able to relax and really enjoy our special day. The best part of the night for both Tyler and I, was sitting at the front of the room surrounded by all of the most important people in our lives. It is something we know we will probably never get to experience again and we took it all in. We knew that our photographer, Cami Parker and our videographers, Loren and Lex Brinton were also capturing all of these special moments as well. So when Tyler and I are old and gray, and our memory begins to fade, we can look back at our photos and video of this day and relive it again and again.

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guests holding candles

bride and groom post reception
bride and groom post reception

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Wedding Location: Phoenix, AZ / Wedding Photographer: Cami Parker / Wedding Venue: The Historic Icehouse / Wedding Flowers: Cornflower Blue Florist / Wedding Coordinator: Kristin Sanchez of Stellar Planning / Wedding Dress: Watters and Watters / Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Mariee Gallery / Bride’s Hair: Marissa Madsen of Epic Salon / Bride’s Makeup: Chanel Warwick / Wedding Caterer: Atlasta Catering / Wedding Cake: Kirsten Keane of UofCakes / DJ: DJ Tyger of Ingram Entertainment / Videographer: Brinton Films / Wedding Invitations: Bride and groom

Handmade Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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We’re delighted to share this next shoot with you all, inspired by photographer Athena Pelton‘s love of all things etsy and handmade. Nearly everything from the photoshoot is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, right down to the bride’s wedding gown with touches of blush pink! Prepare yourself for some eye candy styled by the wonderful Nadia of A Fine Fete Events and some handmade greatness.

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From the photographer, Athena: I recently designed and shot an inspiration shoot styled around my vintage dressmaker sewing machine. As I was pulling inspiration for the shoot, I found myself on Etsy all. day. long. Looking for inspiration, and perusing the beautiful handmade goodness that abounds.

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teal wedding invitations

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etsy inspired newlyweds

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Being a knitter, sewer, and all-around-craft-maven myself, I cherish handmade, and saw this as an amazing opportunity to celebrate the fantastic resources that Etsy provides and style a wedding shoot around vintage love – and handmade details. The design of the shoot itself isn’t groundbreaking, but the concept behind using as many handmade items as possible (including the one-of-a-kind blush gown!) is something that any bride can embrace.

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etsy inspired newlyweds

etsy wedding decor

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multicolored bunting decor

succulent floral arrangements

blush wedding gowns

white wedding decor

teal wedding cakes

groom and bride on the road

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Wedding Photographer: Athena Pelton / Event Styling: Nadia of A Fine Fete Events / Wedding Gown and Veil: Glory by Jeannie Lee / Bride’s Jewelry: ByJodi / Handbag: Luc Ends / Makeup: Brynn Andre / Wedding Flowers: Jennifer Frisbie-Link / Bunting: Starlit Nest Gifts / Reception Furnishings: Antique Door Vintage Rentals / Wedding Favors: Wood & Grain / Graphic Design and Paper Goods: Jeff Glynn Studios / Wedding Cake: Rachel Wille with Queen of Cakes / Macarons: The Whimsical Spoon