Today’s feature wedding is bursting with personal details and fabulous DIY touches! Captured by Kaysha Weiner Photographer, Janet and Richard were married on a sunny May day in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony in Long Beach, California. The couple’s event perfectly mixed DIY charm with modern styling to create a day that reflected their personalities. A beautiful, soft color palette of blush pink and gray was used throughout the decor and attire. Be sure to read about all the DIY projects below!
A few words from the bride:
I’ve always been fascinated by how incredibly unique weddings can be. I’ve attended many over the years and found that some are simple, some are quirky, some a bit traditional but nearly all speak of the bride and groom in some way. It’s truly impossible to pinpoint a single moment or single source of inspiration for our wedding. All we knew was that we wanted this to be a reflection of us, our loving friends and our wild family.
With that in mind, Richard and I set off to conceive, plan and personalize our Southern California wedding in true do-it-yourself fashion. Everything from our invitations to our candy & dessert table to the handcrafted mustaches and top hats at our photo booth came from the countless hours spent at our local craft stores. Fortunately, we didn’t go at it alone. We enlisted our home-kitchen-pastry-chef cousins to bake elegant pink macarons and irresistible cake pops. We even assembled a small army of vendors and worked with them to select every detail including grey pin-tuck linens, delicate lace icing on our three tiered cake (which I absolutely adore) and a wide selection of single malt whiskies & spirits to get the party started.
One thing that is simple to identify is what made our day special… it was the people. Our vendors made our beautiful day come alive and captured our memories. Our bridal party and brother-in-law-officiant ensured we… I mean I… kept it together. And, more importantly, our family and friends ensured we had incredible memories and endless love to take with us on our journey together. We had the wedding of our dreams because of them.
Throughout our wedding planning the wedding blogs & wedding magazines were an incredible source of knowledge, guidance and inspiration. The dream wedding that we had envisioned had definitely come to life and been fulfilled.
I love the candlelit romance of today’s winter wedding! Captured by Blue Rose Photography, Brittney and John were married on a February day in Everett, Washington. The bride originally dreamed of a summer wedding, but she created lots of warmth at her winter wedding with hundreds of candles lighting the ceremony aisle and reception space. A classic color palette of navy and white paired perfectly with the romantic atmosphere of this beautiful wedding.
A few words from the bride:
My husband and I met in the 4th grade where we were both in the school orchestra. We began dating at age 14 and always had music to connect our very different lives (John plays Cello, I play Violin.) Our wedding day was exactly 11 years after the first time we said I love you. I always dreamed of getting married outside during the summer at sunset, however, after serving a year as Miss Washington (you cannot be married as Miss Washington) with a term that ended in July, I couldn’t wait to marry the love of my life and we decided to go for a winter wedding and thus, I created a sunset wedding indoors in the middle of winter. We brought in over 300 candles for the ceremony and dimmed all of the lights to create the ambiance of pure romance. Music is so important in our lives that we wanted this to be an especially unique piece of our wedding. My sister (and Maid of Honor) lead the bridal party down the aisle while performing live on the ukelele the hawaiian version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Both of our parents and grandparents married in Hawaii). We had a ring warming ceremony and John’s ring was tied to the bridge of a cello, and mine was tied to the tuning peg of a violin. To make it even more special- our junior high school orchestra teacher attened our wedding as a guest of honor. We wanted our ceremony to be very intimate and emotional so we did not do a first look, and we wrote our own vows which were a surprise to eachother in the ceremony.
I love the soft, romantic atmosphere of today’s feature wedding! Captured by Christa-Taylor, Brianna and Ryan were married on a lovely August day at a private residence in Washington. The couple met in school while pursuing the medical field and, over time, their friendship grew into life long love. Currently, Ryan is finishing medical school in California with a plan to become a pediatrician and Brianna works as a nurse. Fun fact: Brianna and Ryan appeared on “The Price is Right” and won their fabulous St. Lucia honeymoon! The couple’s wedding was filled with personal touches, from a hanging crystal canopy to a twenty piece swing band. Soft pink floral arrangements popped against navy tablecloths during the reception, and the multiple all white wedding cakes are a must see!
A few words from the bride:
Ryan and I met swing dancing on Valentines day. We had mutual friends but neither of us thought of each other as anything more than friends at first. Over the year our friendship surprisingly grew and turned into more! It was in the San Diego Harbor that Ryan proposed on a sunset dinner cruise, complete with swing dancing to remember the night we first met! After the proposal it was a whirlwind of planning! We were blessed to have family friends with a gorgeous property to have our wedding on. The vibe I wanted was soft and romantic, and their perfectly landscaped property, complete with koi ponds and swans was perfect. Our wedding day was amazing. The weather was gorgeous, especially for Washington! I walked down the isle to a string quartet, accompanied by my father. Ryan’s grandfather performed the ceremony and pronounced us husband and wife. My favorite part of the wedding was our reception. We had a full 20 member swing band to set the mood! Ryan grew up playing in a jazz band, so he even played a saxophone solo during the night! Our wedding was the perfect combination of everything we both loved. As the reception wound down we left in a convertible and jetted off to our honeymoon in St. Lucia, which we won on The Price is Right!