Cheryl and Danny had one of the most beautifully done DIY weddings I have ever seen. They had both their wedding and reception at Lion’s Park in Carpinteria, and it was such a lovely, relaxed day. They had scheduled plenty of time for photos, socializing, and having a great time, which makes a world of difference on a wedding day where things often become hectic. And to prove what an AMAZING job they did with their wedding planning and style, I’m pleased to announce that their wedding will be featured on the DIY Bride blog!
Here are a few words from Cheryl about the wedding preparation and planning:
“The style that I was going for that day was a relaxed, somewhat vintage, garden party. I really love plants and gardening, so it was an easy way to capture my personality. Danny is into hiking and the outdoors, so it coincided with his personality too.
For the DIY stuff, I was attempting to save some money by doing as much of what I could on my own. In the end, I don’t think I saved a lot of money, but I’m sure I got a prettier wedding than I would have, had I paid the same amount for someone else to do it. Some of the things that were DIY’d were my invitations, the stenciled table runners on the cake table and head table, the table numbers, and the paper fans/rosettes. I got a lot of ideas from my friends who pointed me in the direction of a lot of creative things they had seen online. For example, there a lot of good tutorials for making paper fans. Here’s one that I used: http://catchmyparty.com/blog/diy-how-to-make-a-backdrop-out-of-paper-rosettes. The idea for the stenciled table runners was from this site: http://www.wannabecrafty.com/2011/12/moorish-circles-stenciled-table-runner.html.
When it came to making the centerpieces, I spent some time going to thrift stores and finding different pieces that could be re-purposed to hold succulents and flowers. I gave my dad the task of making planter boxes for the tables/ceremony decorations and also making the signs that I put around the venue. Fortunately for me, my sister lives in an old ranch house, so she had a lot of space to grow flowers from seed for me! I also had my mom plant some flowers in her garden where she had some extra space. This saved a lot on flower costs. It was kind of a shot in the dark; some flowers had reached the end of their growing season just weeks before the wedding, but for the most part the other flowers were still going. I just made sure to plant several different types of flowers so that if one type didn’t work out, maybe one of the others would. In the end, it turned out great; we had almost all of the flowers we needed, so we only had to supplement with a few bunches of flowers from the local farmer’s market. In addition to the flowers, my sister, mom, and myself also started clipping and replanting succulents about six months ahead of time. I also took a ton of succulent clippings from a friend a week before the wedding. Succulents are beautiful and, because you can break them off and start a new plant, they’re a cheap and easy way to extend the plants you have in your centerpieces (as long as you live in the right climate).”
I don’t typically post this many detail shots, but the amount of work that was put into this wedding by these two and their families and friends deserves to be seen. However, don’t let the details distract you from how super cute and in love these two are. The special, unique feel of their day is a perfectly done reflection of a deeply sweet relationship.
Congratulations to you both! Thanks so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer!
Shoes: Gabriella Rocha, Ginger in Bone patent leather
Jewelry: Earrings were made by a neighbor, bracelet was borrowed from Danny’s mom
Rings: Bride’s rings are from Lynn’s Jewelry (http://www.lynnsjewelry.com/), Danny’s are from Ormachea (http://www.ormacheajewelry.com/). Both are local jewelers in Ventura.
Danny’s suit: John Varvatos, Nordstrom
Groomsmen’s tuxes: Mission Tuxedos, Ventura ( http://missiontuxedos.com/ ); their tuxes are Jean Yves, Steel Grey.
Musicians/DJ’s: Banjo player was a family friend; the DJ was the brother of a bridesmaid. DJ: Marcus Rosario (http://mawk.us).
Bridesmaids’ Hair/Make-up: The bridesmaids’ hair and makeup was by Caramia (http://www.caramiamakeup.com/).
Bride’s hair: Quinn Kerrigan at Hair Drezzers On Fire (http://hairdrezzersonfire.com/)
Catering/Food: La Dolce Vita (http://www.ladolcevitadimare.com/)
Rental Company: Event Rents (http://www.eventrents.com/)
Coordinator: Family friend
Cake/Cupcakes: Crushcakes (http://crushcakes.com/)
Florist: Yamaguchi Nursery (http://www.yelp.com/biz/yamaguchi-nursery-santa-paula)
Venue: Lion’s Park, Carpinteria (http://www.lionspark.com/)
Dress: Casablanca, Style 2004; Bridal and Special Times, Pasadena (http://www.bridalandspecialtimes.com/)
Assistant Photographer: Amy Stone