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This is a special week for me. I’m feeling very connected to our Real Weddings this week. Let’s see, we’ve had a baby and today I get the share the culmination of the love shoot that changed my whole outlook on engagement sessions. Remember these country cuties? (In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Seriously Sabrina E-sesh here.) For Tara and Justin, their big day has finally come and Seriously Sabrina has once again detailed all of the DIY details so beautifully I can’t help but grin from ear to ear like a proud DIY Mama.
This wedding truly is a barn burner, because the decorations are DY-NO-MITE!!! I just can’t get over how the Red Orchard Barn feels so cozy with its country touches yet stays so classy with the elegant draping and twinkling lights. (Have I mentioned that I think burlap and denim is my new favorite color combination? Yep, I said color… When something works you just go with it man!) And that altar!!!!! The hay bales, and garland curtain, and roses- Oh My! It can’t get any better! Unless of course it doubles as the dessert table backdrop too. Please excuse me as I faint with delight.
Seriously Sabrina has captured every little elegant rustic nuance from Tara’ s romantically ruffled gown and bubbled burlap wreath centerpieces, to the calendar guest book and Tara and Justin’s romantic tractor getaway. I am so thankful that this team has shared this amazing day with us! Congrats Tara + Justin!
Photographer: Seriously Sabrina
Event Venue: Red Orchard Barn
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
One of the cool parts about this job is that fantastic artists like Teddi Yeager Photography make you feel like a virtual guest at some happy couple’s big day. Every once in a while, we need to be nosy and pick the brains of our creative couples. An email here, a thank you there, and we have the all of the details our bandwidth can handle. But today’s wedding is a little special for me. I actually got to speak, well, text, with the bride herself and get to share some great news. As if you needed a reason to love barn weddings more, we have Thalia and Andy’s wedding which is chock full of big smiles and dripping in DIY gorgeousness. Even better, it’s a wedding with a really happy ending!
From Thalia’s brilliantly beaded princess gown and the mismatched multi-color ribbons, to the twig and floral archway and hay bale seating, Thalia and Andy have achieved a perfect union of classic rustic details. DIY’ing everything from invites and centerpieces to hair and make up. And yep, they even wrote their own vows. I’m also starting to get convinced that a country style wedding isn’t truly complete without horses, chickens and a few donkeys. You simply must view the entire gallery to make sure you enjoy the scrumptious dessert buffet and wedding cake masterfully crafted by the groom’s sister.
Ultimately, Teddi Yeager Photography has allowed us to share the fun and festivities with Thalia and Andy on their big day. It’s the guilty pleasure part of wedding gawking that a great photog shares to make you feel like a member of the family. Speaking of family members, not only do we thank Teddi Yeager Photography for adding us to the guest list, but we would like to congratulate Thalia and Andy on their new addition! Yep the happy ending to this tale is a new bundle of joy whose girly nursery is surely decked out in some sweet DIY. Congrats on your wedding and the best wishes with the baby Thalia and Andy! Thank you for taking the time to chat!
Photography: Teddi Yeager Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Weddings are a team sport. They require all the main player to reach a level of synchronicity and synergy that professional sports teams strive for through grueling hours of practice, practice, practice. And when you’re on a budget, a good team is what can make or break your big day. Ashley + Sean’s wedding is proof of how championship teams are often right in our own backyards. Today’s flower filled fete had a terrifically talented pool of friends and fam to pick from including a chef, a songstress and an incredibly creative and skilled Dad. MickoPhotos has beautifully documented the day and the DIY deets and vintage touches (like Ashley’s amazing gown) that make this backyard beauty a winner!
From the bride:
Our whole wedding was DIY, creative and personal. It was done with the help and talents of so many of our friends and family. I designed and we hand printed all of our invitations. My maids of honor wrote and performed an original song during our ceremony that all of our wedding party and then all of our guests chimed in on. My sister in law wrote and recited a poem, my father designed and built our chuppah. My brother, a chef, created the menu and prepped all the food with our friend. A family friend made our delicious carrot cakes and designed our beautiful dessert buffet. Friends and family contributed flowers from their gardens and helped us arrange the flowers and bouquets. Another of my friends did my hair and make up. I could go on and on, we have amazingly talented friends and family and they all contributed in their own way with every aspect of the wedding which made it so personal, special and memorable.
Part of what makes a great team work is trusting each other and giving credit where credit is due. Well, Dad, amazing hustle on that chuppah! It’s so pretty I would want to hang out under it all day, every day. And bro-man, a menu that good deserves an end-zone dance. Get the high fives and butt-pats going after all the contributions every line made to this wedding. This goes for MVP’s Ashley and Sean too! A great team follows a great couple; which is easy to spot in the emotion and fun captured by Martina at MickoPhotos. Congratulations Ashley and Sean! Thanks Martina at MickoPhoto for submitting the best kind of championship ring ceremony.
Tent and rentals: Green Mountain Tent Rentals
Band: Will Patton
Food: Zachary Corbin
Desserts: Patricia Johnson
Dress: Palm Beach Vintage
Bridal Bouquet: Windham Flowers
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
I am quite keen on green weddings. Although I do love the color, I mean the green, eco-friendly- reduce the carbon footprint your union, kind of green. And although Kermit may have said it’s not easy, Melissa and Derek prove that it’s not only possible but beautiful too. Lucky for us, Sharalee Prang Photography was there to capture the beauty of green surroundings, environmentally friendly DIY, and a couple so darling it will make you green with envy
Held on a relative’s property, (which is always a great way to reduce energy usage for those looking to go green) Melissa created the succulent bouquets, bouts, and centerpieces herself. The groom and his boys even wore recycled rubber tire sandals blending fashion conscious with eco-conscious. The fabu favors of home roasted coffee and homemade jam make a great breakfast treat for guests the day after ensuring not dust collecting goodies here. And in what I think might the best bridal entrance I’ve seen in a while, the bride’s dad rowed her in on a boat while Derek’s brother played guitar. Minimal carbon emissions and an in-house band, double earth friendly bomb! The clincher of this carbon friendly day, was a tree potting ceremony symbolizing their union. (Move over sand ceremony, I may have a new favorite tradition…)
All in all this is the kind of wedding that makes you look at all the ways you can declare your love to each other and the earth without sacrificing design and style. A little bit of boho and whole lot of chic Melissa and Derek’s wedding is great blueprint for leaving a smaller footprint. Thank you, Sharalee Prang Photography for capturing this gorgeous green day. And congratulations Melissa and Derek!
Photographer: Sharalee Prang Photography
Catering: Formaggio Fine Foods & Catering
A DIY wedding is lot like becoming a mother. You spend months creating this perfect little creature that you can’t wait to meet. When it finally happens and you see what all the torturous sleepless nights full of heartburn and headaches were for, you smile knowing all the pain was worth it. I think after nine months of planning and preparing Aarin and Ryan would agree.
This Charleston wedding has given us some of the best multiples since OctoMom. There’s mason jar goblets, an handmade ribbon arbor, paper lanterns (courtesy of bride’s mother), and poms galore all in shades of coral that represent Aarin and Ryan’s South Carolina roots. The best part about most of this wedding…It can all be used again for home decorating. You can’t tell me those pillows and napkin rings aren’t worthy of a department store display?!
You have to check out the gallery to see the amazing sweet grass roses and baby’s breath centerpieces too. (Technically, not DIY’ed but I must learn how to make them, they are phenomenal!) We are so happy that Aarin and Ryan created this labor of love and that Lori Lee Photography was there to capture every sweet Southern moment. Congratulations!
Photographer: Lori Lee Photography
Event Venue: The Gold Bug
In the few short weeks that I’ve been a part of the DIY Bride community, I hope you’ve come to learn that I believe in wedding equality. I love all weddings equally regardless of size, style or setting. That being said, I have a confession. I have a particularly soft spot for brick venues. I admit it, call me biased, call me what you will, but beautiful brick with exposed beams and pipes with romantic satin, lace, sparkles, beads, paper, fabric and everything in between just makes me all mushy inside. So, you’re going to have to excuse my drool on this next wedding.
For those of you that may be growing tired of the vintage trend, be ready to be re-inspired. Using the Winter Park Farmer’s Market as the jump off point, Jenny created some seriously inspiring DIY that balanced the old-world feel of the venue so well. The centerpieces were the perfect touch of femininity to create the most romantic vintage-y feel. I am seriously jelly over the beautiful bouquets hand-crafted from paper, buttons, and brooches. And that metal faucet holder? What!? I’m dying. It’s no wonder guests spent a good portion of the wedding oogling all of Jenny’s perfect projects.
I had such a hard time deciding on what makes Jenny and John’s wedding stand out. Ultimately, it has to be the look. The look of a perfect couple, in a perfect place, so perfectly happy-ahhhh! That couldn’t have been realized without the help of Jaclyn of At Last Wedding + Event Design or the fab photography of Norman Yu Photography. It’s these moments and details that make me a big mush ball and I can’t thank you all enough for that. You must check out the complete gallery for more mush-worthy photos of fun and DIY perfection.
Congratulations Jenny and John! And thank you Jaclyn for submitting my guilty pleasure of the day!
Wedding and Event Planning: At Last Wedding + Event Planning
Photographer: Norman Yu Photography
Venue: Winter Park Farmer’s Market
Mahogany Chairs: Orlando Wedding + Party Rentals
Officiant: Eddie The Shaman
DJ/Lighting: DJ Live Productions
Caterer: John + Shirleys
Cake/Cupcakes: Sweet by Good Golly Miss Holly