If you’re in the mood for a little extra wedding inspiration today, we think that you will fall head over heels for Leilani and Brandon’s DIY backyard California wedding. Not only did Leilani hand letter press their wedding invitations, she and her nearest and dearest ladies flexed their DIY muscles and made everything from the bridesmaid dresses (which are gorgeous by the way) to the cake, favors, lawn games and even 1000 origami paper cranes! Their perfect day was topped off with a delectable dinner that culminated in a DIY s’mores bar that left us more than a little hungry!
A special thanks to Bethany Belle for sharing her photos of the happy couple!
Leilani, 24 & Brandon, 26
Thousand Oaks, CA
Wedding Date: July 14, 2012
Number of Guests: 60
Wedding Cost: About $10,000 including the bride’s dress, groom’s custom suit, and wedding rings
Wedding Ceremony Location: Groom’s grandparent’s (Grammy and Pappy) backyard in Thousand Oaks, CA
Wedding Reception Location: same as above
Amy and Nick wanted a wedding that reflected their easy-going personalities and chose Starling Lane Winery in beautiful Victoria, B.C. as the perfect venue to host their intimate ceremony and bbq reception. Amy put her talents to work over the course of their engagement, crafting her heart out, and with a little help from their friends, a ton of hard work and a lot of love, they pulled off the ultimate vintage-inspired DIY wedding. They capped off the evening with marshmallow roasting and s’mores for a truly sweet finish to a beautiful day!
Thanks to EA Photography for sharing all the wonderful details with us!
Amy, 29 & Nick, 28
Wedding Date: July 14, 2012
Number of Guests: 70
Wedding Cost: $13,500
Wedding Ceremony Location: Starling Lane Winery
Wedding Reception Location: Starling Lane Winery
Looking for a way to save money on your wedding flowers? Check out these 7 creative ways to save money on your florals.
1. Pick Your Own Flowers
Picking or buying your own wildflowers and making the bouquets and arrangements yourself is definitely one of the easiest ways to save money, but it’s not for everyone and we only recommend this option if you have friends and family members willing to help you arrange flowers on the day of your wedding. It may seem easy enough, but it’s much harder than it looks and you’ll have a lot better things to do than fussing over the freesia before the ceremony. It’s also important to have realistic expectations when arranging your own flowers — if you want flower arrangements that look like they do in the magazines you will need to to hire somebody.
Pros: Wild/your neighbour’s flowers are free
Cons: The last thing you’ll want to be doing on your wedding day is arranging flowers
If you have an over abundance of garden tomatoes (like we do!), you’re probably looking for ways to put them to good use. Well, today, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you! This simple homemade bruschetta is ideal for parties, bridal showers - or even as the main course for lunch.
We love it when a popular wedding custom, gets a fresh and modern twist – so naturally it was love at first sight when we saw these Clearly Love Sand Ceremony Shadow Boxes with Photo Frames from The Wedding Outlet.
The sand ceremony, which is similar to the unity candle ceremony, is a tangible symbol of the joining of two lives or families. It involves a symbolic blending of two different-colored sands into a single vessel. The beauty of Clearly Love Sand Ceremony Shadow Boxes with Photo Frames is that you can display the sand along with two of your favorite wedding photos. The shadow boxes features a separate compartment for the bride and groom to fill sand and also two compartments to hold standard 4″ x 6″ photos. And, you can even have a single Roman initial engraved at no extra cost.
If you want something clean, and modern check out the White Always Quote Sand Ceremony Shadow Box Set, shown below:
This beautifully finished wooden box is perfect for your keepsake garter, a wedding invitation, preserved flowers, pictures and much more. The White Always Quote Sand Ceremony Shadow Box Set may be engraved with two first names (maximum of 12 characters per name) and date at no additional cost. Head on over to the Wedding Outlet to check out even more unity sand shadow boxes.