Real Wedding: Golriz + Devon’s Super Creative Wedding

I absolutely love when readers share their uniquely creative weddings with me – and this might be one of the most creative I’ve seen. It just goes to show you that you can have an amazing wedding – all about the two of you – even if you are on a budget. A bit about their day from Golriz, Devon and I wanted every ounce of our wedding to burst with creativity, but we had a very tight budget. This was actually a blessing as it forced us to be really creative and think outside the box. It also meant we had fun adventures to pursue together like hunting for the ‘perfect’ couch on Craigslist!

wedding with streamers from ceiling

streamers hanging wedding

nashville wedding with tvs creative

One of my favorite parts of the process was building an art installation for our event space. Devon had always dreamed of creating an art installation with vintage televisions, umbrellas and bare light bulbs…so this was his chance! We hunted high and low for TVs that had big knobs and dials – the sales staff at the thrift stores must have thought we were mad! Devon figured out a way to connect all the bulbs to one switch and even installed a dimmer (yes, I’ve obviously married MacGyver). We stacked 10 vintage TVs and streamed a slideshow of pictures of ourselves with music. Hanging above the TVs were approximately 20 white umbrellas and bare globe bulbs. The guests loved taking their photos next to this installation.

blue wedding shoes balloon

wedding candy bar

wedding exit scooter

And this video by Full Frame Cinema – I know I’ve said it before, but after watching this – and I know, it’s a bit long, but if you are thinking you don’t need a video of your wedding day, this will change your mind. I love that you can see how happy and full of love Golriz + Devon are. It’s so fun to watch your wedding day on your anniversary each year – ok, we’ve only had one anniversary so far, but that is our plan :)

Thanks so much Golriz + Devon for sharing your amazing day with us. Hopefully this will inspire you guys a bit to really make the day about the two of you and that it’s ok to think outside the box. If you want to see more photos from their day, be sure to check out their website. :)

Photography: Ryan Lash
Videography: Full Frame Cinema
Event Space: Marathon Village, Nashville TN
Wedding Dress: Handmade by the bride’s mother
Shoes: Office
Groom’s suite: Costume National
DJ: Joel Price
Cupcakes: Effie Sahihi

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A Sweet + Whimsical Engagement Session

Such a fun fun couple to share with you guys today! A bit whimsical and with lots of laughs – I just love it. Photographed by the talented Yvonne Wong and styled by Yeri (the bride), it is just perfect. From Yeri, The inspiration behind this shoot was mainly to do something different, fun, and colorful. An intimate tea party for two that was equal parts romantic and silly. Adam + I are pretty low key people and this gave us an opportunity to dress up as well as an excuse to have Adam in a bow tie and suspenders. He looked so cute! Adam and I met at the University of Washington in 2001 and have been together for almost 7 years. But time flies when it’s filled with laughter!

bunting wedding photos

whimsical tea party engagement

bunting tea party

whimsical tea party engagement macaroons

Our wedding had a vintage carnival theme and I wanted the engagement shoot to be a cohesive part of the entire wedding. I’m inspired by fun colors and pretty patterns and I feel that the styling for the shoot mirrors that sentiment. From the brightly hued macarons (homemade by Yvonne and I!) to the paper cutout garlands, each detail was planned out to show the story. The popcorn scene was a nod to the carnival as was the polka dot dress (Anthropologie), pink hat (Boutique store in Seattle) and top hat (Costume store). The other items were things that I had around the house: wrought iron chairs (TJ Maxx) and candlesticks (Goodwill).

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whimsical engagement photos

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whimsical tea party engagement bunting

engagement photos yvonne wong

popcorn engagement photos

popcorn engagement photos

engagement photos yvonne wong

The photo shoot and the wedding has inspired me to start my own business of wedding invitations, stylings, and other paper fancies called yeri yun designs. I can’t wait to continue my work with brides + grooms to create a custom design that will pass on the inspiration onto their guests! Yvonne was fantastic to work with. She made both Adam and I feel incredibly comfortable and had us laughing the entire time! She does a fantastic job of capturing the spirit of our relationship and revealing them on film.

Thanks so much Yvonne and Yeri for sharing your work with us. They are both located in Seattle, Washington and travel worldwide. Check out more of Yvonne’s gorgeous photos here on her blog.

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Real Wedding: Megan + Craig’s Fun School Themed Wedding

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. We are starting off the week with this fun wedding sent over from He and She Photography. I love Megan + Craig’s story! I’ll let Megan share it with you guys :)

Craig and my wedding was based on a school house theme. We chose this because our love began back in the 4th grade when Craig moved to Ramona and we were in the same 4th grade class at Barnett Elementary. After a tireless pursuit (on my part), we were the hottest couple in the 4th grade. We continued to be great friends throughout school and after high school graduation we drifted apart; but Craig stayed great friends with my two older brothers. Then, coincidentally we bumped into each other at a mutual friend’s birthday party and the love that we had 17 years prior was reignited.

museum wedding chalkboard

We really wanted to pay tribute to our history together and we made it our mission to have our wedding be funky, creative, and 110% us. Craig and I made a list of all things “schoolhouse” and then had a really fun time conceptualizing different ways to incorporate them. I designed classroom inspired invites and a wedding website, notebook stylized programs and paper planes, and illustrated alphabet card table markers. We worked with our caterer to serve childhood comfort foods and our baker made an amazing airplane cake with Jonathon Adler salt and pepper shakers for the topper. Our venue, New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego had chalkboards everywhere that we took advantage of and tons of amazing child inspired art and sculptures.

wedding bow tie and veil

wedding couple bow tie

Don’t you love Megan’s wedding dress?! It was done by elyseREUBEN Custom Couture. From Megan, They took my mom’s wedding dress, deconstructed it and created a dress we designed using the fabric from my mom’s dress. The design process was such a fun experience and so special for my mom and I. What a cool idea!!

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school theme wedding invites

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? My favorite moment was walking down the aisle with my mom and dad toward Craig. Our musicians, Andrew and David were playing “Over the rainbow” on ukulele and key board. My dad got tears in his eyes, and made me cry! Walking down the stairs and looking out to see everyone we love in one place supporting us and to have the man I’ve loved since I was young waiting for me was an unforgettable moment. It truly was a moment I will always cherish. Craig’s favorite moment of the wedding was at the beginning of the ceremony when my dad put my hand in his (besides tearing up the dance floor, of course).

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children's museum wedding san diego succulents

Craig and I are extremely close with our families and the fact that we grew up together, it was really important to us to really honor them. One of my most favorite things we did for the wedding was have our families make the yummy desserts that Craig and I grew up loving for the dessert bar. We purchased beautiful white pedestals from Home Goods and I made signs so all our guests knew who the baker was. We had Craig’s step-dad’s individual Cherry pies (he even laced the tops of each pie!), my mom’s amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and chocolate dipped rice krispy treats, my Meme’s raspberry topped brownies, my Auntie Darla’s pecan tarts and Auntie Shawn’s lemon bars. They were all a huge hit with our guests and it was so fun to showcase what amazing bakers our families have! Oh, and their cake – it was peanut butter and jelly! :)

paper airplane wedding cake

chalkboard wedding

Any advice for those planning now?
1.) Reach out to your family and friends for help… no bride can do it all alone! Being an illustrator/graphic designer, I made it my mission to create every detail, but I never could have done all the signage, programs, invitations, florals, etc if it weren’t for my amazing mom and my friends and family. They were not only the workhorses, but they kept me sane when I started to feel overwhelmed. And best of all, some of the most fun memories I have from planning the wedding was from the work parties we had.

2.) Don’t be afraid to take different routes! For instance, since I’m a hip hop dancer, it was really important for us to have a DJ who mixes beats and plays old school hip hop. Craig and I were lucky enough to find Gavin of Home Grown Blends while sneaker shopping at the Adidas store downtown. He doesn’t typically do weddings, but agreed to do ours and he was just as entertaining as we remembered him. We received a lot of compliments on the music selection and original beats both during and after the reception and the dance floor packed all night long!

3.) Find vendors you want to work with! When planning a wedding, so much of your wedding experience is based on the people you choose to work with. Craig and I were really lucky to find amazing, creative, on-it people, who were not only excited about our wedding, but loved our story and vision and were really into helping us tell it through every last detail.

Venue: New Children’s Museum
Stationary, Website and Event Design: Megan Manning (bride)
Photography: He and She Photography
Videography: Andrew Lang
Rentals: Anar Furniture Rentals
Ceremony Musicians: Andrew Sablan and David Manuel
DJs: Andrew Sablan Gavin and Rex of Home Grown Blends
Caterer: Water’s Catering
Beverage Caterer: Best Beverage Catering
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking
Wedding Dress: elyseREUBEN Custom Couture
Hair and MakeUp – Adrianna De Los Reyes & Jennifer Stein

If you want to see more from this fun creative wedding, be sure to check out He and She’s Blog – thanks Erin + Randy :)

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