San Francisco City Hall is not your typical courthouse building; the architecture is a feast for the eyes, which makes it the perfect setting for a small wedding.
Emi and jay (he prefers his name spelled in lowercase), opted for a stress-free elopement at this stunning venue, followed by a DIY reception with close friends and family.
“Since both of our families live far (I am Japanese and jay is Canadian) and we were moving away the next day (driving from San Jose, California to Winnipeg, Manitoba), we wanted to keep everything simple and also to give us an opportunity to say goodbye to our close friends who became our family in San Jose, California,” explains Emi.
Thanks to photographer Sarah Gerber from Twenty Twenty Studios for sharing this lovely l’il wedding with IW!
Emi & jay
San Francisco, California
Wedding Date:? August 8, 2012
Number of Guests:? 40
Wedding Cost: $4,000
Wedding Ceremony Location:? San Francisco City Hall
Wedding Reception Location:? Friend’s house in San Francisco
Looking for a creative and stylish DIY wedding favor for your bookish guests? Make DIY ribbon bookmark favors!
Ribbon bookmarks are perfect favors for a book-themed shower, a literary themed wedding or a vintage wedding. Give them on their own, or tuck them inside a book. They’re a great way to re-purpose old jewelry!
Here’s how to make ’em:
Three couples are going to win Valentine’s Day 2013 weddings at the Empire State Building. Weddings planned by Preston Bailey. Will you be one of them?
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If you are looking for a gift that won’t end up on a dusty shelf or at the back of a closet, make an edible gift!
Instead of braving the cold to go shopping, you can stay inside, turn on some Christmas music and unwind by baking, preserving and packaging homemade edible gifts.
Many of the DIY wedding favors that we’ve featured on IW would make perfect gifts for the holidays – or any time of year.
Here are 22 of our favorites:
Baked goods in jars:
Mason jars are always a neat vessel for any treat or present–and they’re not hard to find in bulk. When you’re gifting something edible, make sure you include a recipe label or tag, so your recipient knows what’s inside or in case of any allergies.
For neat individual servings, try baking breads, muffins and cupcakes right in the jar. You can put them directly in the oven to bake and after they’re cooled, wrap them with fabric, ribbon and twine for decoration.
Check out how to make banana bread in a jar with this tutorial.
Adrianne and Richard’s intimate, country wedding was full of unique, handmade details.
“We continued to receive blessing after blessing by friends & family who offered their talents to us with little to no cost,” says Adrianne.
The love and support from those closest to them can be seen in each and every detail of their day, from Adrianne’s handmade wedding gown (her friend made it!) to the altar they stood beneath as they said “I Do.”
Thanks to Tammie Thessing Photography for the lovely photos.
Adrianne, 25 & Richard, 26
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Wedding Date: September 1, 2012
Number of Guests: 65
Wedding Cost: $2,000 (Photography was free because the couple won a contest.)
Wedding Ceremony Location: Home of the Bride’s Aunt & Uncle, Heber Springs, Arkansas
Wedding Reception Location: Home of the Bride’s Aunt & Uncle, Heber Springs, Arkansas