02
Oct 2014

Oana + Ciprian

Casual DIY Romanian Wedding in Black and White with a Gipsy Band

I guess not many future brides and groom think about black as a nice color to use at a wedding. It is a beautiful colour though, that gives a classy touch, and combines really well with all things wood-based or DIY. I bet you’re now curious to see how it can look like? Good news, you just need to scroll down a bit to enjoy the amazing work this couple did for their wedding! The photographs were taken by the talented Rares of Rares Ion Photography, using only available light.

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The wedding took place on August 23, 2014, in a village called Poiana lui Stanga, around 44 km away from Bucharest, Romania.
One of the most important ingredients of an open-air wedding is certainly the weather. But the weather forecast 24 hours before the event was gloomy: 60% chances of raining, thunderstorm and the whole deal, while for the morning of the wedding these chances rose to 85%.
And it did rain at 5 am in the morning. But the music was so good and the atmosphere so electrifying that nobody even noticed the rain. So the dance continued, disregarding the wet clothes.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

Well, the only regret is not getting married earlier. Less hesitations, less questions, less cold feet, more action.

 

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… And one thing that makes you proud.

Paper saved the party and it allowed us to make the space look spectacular at a very low cost. Origami black and white birds hanged over the table on invisible strings, the menus written by hand with a real rosemary leaf on the cover, the paper feathers that decorated the napkins, everything was simple and cool to look at.

 

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16
May 2014

Brianna + Nathan

DIY Backyard Wedding with a Framed Letter Ceremony Backdrop

Nathan and Brianna had a beautiful backyard wedding. Brianna took care of the decorations almost on her own, and tried to incorporate many personal references to their own story (as the frozen banana stand she built as a reminder of the TV show Arrested Development the couple used to watch together at the beginning of their story!). I personally think that those framed letters and messages make the perfect ceremony backdrop, and what to say about the fact that this wedding gathered lamas, ponys and chickens? Photography by Aubrey & Phillip for Yes, Dear. Studio, out of San Diego, USA.

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The wedding took place on June 22, 2013 in Olympia, WA, USA, at The Albee’s. From the bride:

One of the first times Nathan and I hung out just the two of us, I had crafted (and by this, I definitely mean spent at least half an hour writing and editing) a well-worded text inviting him to watch a movie with me. We ended up watching Arrested Development and talking until about three in the morning and many of the jokes from the show became things we said to each other throughout our friendship and then, the time we dated. We thought it would be fun to incorporate this into our wedding and originally, had only planned on serving chocolate covered bananas until one of the groomsmen, Austin, suggested we actually have a banana stand at the wedding. The month before the wedding, I spent a good ten hours (at least) planning and building what became the Dupper’s Original Frozen Banana Stand. Our friend Shirlee served as Mr. Manager and it was one of my favorite parts of our wedding. 

I had never been one of those girls with their wedding planned out in their head and when it came time to actually think about my own, the only thing I had strong feelings about was wanting a vintage dress. I have always had an appreciation for vintage fashion and knew that when it came to my wedding dress, I wanted vintage, particularly 50’s or 60’s. After searching online for nearly two months and searching a random assortment of LA and Seattle thrift stores, I had kind of given up hope of finding something. I had read online about this shop called Shareen’s, which is girl’s only (because there are no fitting rooms-girls just change wherever there is room) and is a warehouse full of vintage dresses from every era. Faith, one of my bridesmaids, and I decided to check it out early one morning and after getting lost in the middle of Chinatown twice, we found this hole in the wall store filled to the brim with vintage dresses galore. The sales girl had me try on at 20 or so dresses, all from different time periods, but nothing was working. As the disappointment set in, she ran to the back to find one more and minutes later came out with the perfect-fitting, Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, 50’s gown that ended up coming home with me. I left with dress in hand and glad that this adventure was finally over.

 

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Regarding the wedding, one thing you regret… 

I really liked the bridesmaids dresses, but I think if I could change anything, I would have them pick their own. Other than that, I think I’m pretty happy about how things turned out. 

Oh! Not eating more of the Wedding pie we had. I had a slice and it was delicious and I wish I could have had more. Does that count?

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

The look and feel of our wedding turned out to fit our personalities, which was what we were going for. We wanted something simple and fun because we felt like our wedding should be a relaxed time to celebrate the commitment we made with the people we care about. A lot of thought and care went into the decorations, music, food and well, everything else. I think it all came together and that we had exactly the day we wanted. If I had to say one thing I’m proud of, it would probably be decorations. I spent so much time, especially with the hand-lettered signs and banana stand, and was glad to see everything fit together nicely once it was all done.

 

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06
Jan 2014

Sarah + Ethan

Outdoor DIY Green and Purple Wedding

Today, I’m sharing the wedding of Sarah and Ethan. I’m sure you’ll notice Sarah’s beautiful dress and the original colors they chose for the tables’ setting; I also love how Sarah and Ethan made the details at their wedding mean something to them: for instance, they found a way to have some lost family members present at their ceremony by creating a nice setting with photos of them, how sweet? Photography by Rhema Images Photography.
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The wedding took place in June last year at the Keen Lake Resort in Waymart, Pennsylvania, United States. Here are some memories form the bride.
One of my best memories of the day involved how the wedding had turned into a family affair.  Everyone had helped in one aspect or another so that it really felt more like a celebration of two families as opposed to two people.  For example, my bridesmaids made the boutonnieres that morning, the groomsmen and cousins helped with the setup, my grandmother and mother landscaped the area and my aunts helped find and paint the mason jars for the tables.

 
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Name one thing you regret…

Weddings are stressful times in general, and can be more so if you don’t let go.  I tried to do as much as possible myself to save on costs for the wedding and ended up inconsolable the morning before the rehearsal dinner because a bird had died -outside.  That was really the turning point and a more relaxed attitude helped me to enjoy that night and the wedding – especially when the hair stylist decided to change my hair, the officiant was late, and I forgot to order the number of tables the caterer requested.

 
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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

Happy about/proud of:  One the most memorable details for me was the ceremony spot. That was a collaborative effort. My grandmother had spent the last few months landscaping her entire yard for the cocktail hour and ceremony site. I was trying to incorporate those family members that had passed on, like Ethan’s father, and found that including the family wedding photos at the site seemed the most natural way to remember and include them.  Of course, I was busier than expected on the day of, so I relied on the groomsmen to set up the entire lawn area.  It’s the memories like that, of people pitching in and helping to create the wedding that are my favorite. It reminded me of an old fashioned wedding and made it feel so much more family and friend oriented and less like just another big party.
I was also happy how the wedding incorporated so much of us.  Among my favorites, the boutonnieres and confetti were made from Jane Austen books, my favorite author, the plates were made of bamboo and easily compostable, and the tables reflected our geeky side and were named after fictional and historical places we’d love to visit.

 
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