Megan & Jason
Jason and Megan met thru 4-H and their love of cattle. They both went to the state fair showing their cattle and ended up meeting and falling in love. Since cattle was such a huge part of their story they decided to have a “cow themed” wedding. They had chocolate covered cows, sugar cookies in the shape of cows, and the most beautiful cow cake toppers. They also decided to have a logo for their wedding which had the saying “Lotz of Love.” Lotz is the couples last name. All the wedding details and decorations where DIY by the bride and her family. When she first got engaged the brides father had expected to spend a large amount of the budget on a wedding decorator and planner. However, the bride knew exactly what she wanted and decided she could do it on her own..with a little help from her family.
Shelby + Stephen
Big Sandy, Texas
From the Photographer: “This amazing couple DIY’d or borrowed every single thing for their amazing wedding! It took place in an old civil war chapel in the middle of nowhere Texas, with a completely candlelit ceremony. The bride and her family hand made candle holders out of card stock so every guest could hold one while they said their vows. Family and friends made pies, cookies and other treats for their reception & lots of people contributed antiques for their all-unique centerpieces.” -Love Caryn Photography
Photographer: Love Caryn Photography | Reception Venue: Old War Chapel | Dress Store: David’s Bridal
Jenn + Adam
West Hills, CA
From the Bride: “Adam and I were especially thrilled at how our wedding turned out. This was the biggest DIY project we have ever taken on, and almost surprised at how well it all came together. We spent months scouring thrift stores, flea markets and ebay for all of our decorations. I actually became a little obsessed with gathering all of these things and making terrarium centerpieces that our house was packed to the brim with trinkets and little plants, at one point I swear we could have opened up our own store. But, we made our budget work for us by cutting costs on the things that usually cost the most, for example having my dress made by a dressmaker instead of buying it from a store, having my sister try her hand at a wedding cake, and going to the local flower market and making all of the bouquets myself! We hired friends as photographers, singers and make up artists, we are so lucky to have such a talented group of friends and family. All in all we loved our wedding, it was small and intimate and yet so much fun!” -Jenn
Photography: Dacia Lamb Photography
Wedding Coordination: www.justwenderful.com
Rachel + Steve
Rachel and Steve’s church ceremony and backyard reception was a reflection of the couple, who grew up together, going to the same church, hanging out in similar crowds - never being anything beyond friends until one day it just clicked. Here’s a little snippet of their adorable, DIY wedding…
Photography AbiQ photography
(Second shooter: Austin http://www.ftacnikphoto.com/joomla/blog)
Dress: David’s Bridal
Alterations: Couture Designs
Flowers: Done by the bride and her friends
Suits/groomsmen and groom shirts/bow ties: RDouglas Custom Suits
Reception: An obliging backyard
Erin + Keith
Los Angeles, CA
Erin and Keith’s wedding is the definition of a pure DIY. Erin pulled together all of the details in a little over a year from flowers to invitations. She had originally wanted a wedding on the beach with 200 guests, but opted for 88 guests at a venue called the Smog Shoppe in LA, based on their budget. The bonus to cutting the wedding in half was that it left some wiggle room for a lot of the amazing details she pulled together. What Erin definitely discovered was that you can find pretty much anything and everything you need from the places around you. She began collecting things like blue mason jars and votive candle holders, and using throw pillows she’d bought years before at a flea market. In the end, the below images tell the story of a couple, and that’s when you know you’ve designed a successful wedding! Congrats to Erin and Keith!
(All photographs are from the Bride and Groom’s personal collection, family, and friends).