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My Favorite Wedding DIY Details of 2011

This week we are looking back at some of my favorites from the past year – love this time of year! So fun to remember all the amazing weddings + stories we’ve share this year, so we are going to look back at a bunch of them once more this week. :) Today it’s all about the amazing DIY details all you lovely couples created for your weddings! So here are my favorite wedding DIY details of 2011, I hope you enjoy…

favorite DIY wedding details

One of my most favorite weddings where the couple and their family + friends really went all out, was this Old World Carnival Wedding photographed by Gabriel Ryan Photographers. With the festivities taking place on the bride’s family property, it was a true labor of love with all the unique details and the amazing ceremony + reception space.


Who could forget this Big Sur Whimsical Wedding in the Woods! Photographed by EP Love, it was a magical woodland wedding with so many adorable details created by the couple including their ceremony backdrop, the wooden creatures and the owl tree with all the owl place cards!


One of the most popular weddings this year was full of amazing rainbow details (including a real rainbow!) photographed by Three Nails Photography.


Another handmade wedding in the woods, this beauty was photographed by Stone Crandall Photography. The wedding took place in the bride’s parents backyard and the couple designed the beautiful invite, lots of reception details and the family built the ceremony space + benches! Amazing…

wedding in the woods

This Pixel Cowboy Wedding designed by the bride (Brit) and Jesi Haack had so many cute pixel details for these Silicon Valley geeks! Photographed by David Stubbs.

pixel cowboy wedding

This whimsical + fun upstate New York wedding was a favorite with it’s bright colors and all the fun globes they placed around the reception – such a great idea! Photographed by Sloan Photographers.


Love all the sewing + cooking details in this wedding between a fashion designer + baker photographed by Clayton Austin.

sewing colorful wedding

Virginia Woodland wedding photographed by Jodi Miller Photography. Love that this couple had a wedding logo with two raccoons and her giant heart made of plastic bottles is a super great DIY idea!


This cute couple screen printed their wedding date + names on vintage handkerchiefs they collected and then hung them across their ceremony space in this chic DC wedding photographed by Kate Headley.

handkerchief wedding-decor

Looking for a rustic and budget friendly idea for your ceremony backdrop? Love the backdrop this adorable couple created with wood palettes, paper cranes and string lights photographed by Todd Pellowe Photography


I think this might be one of my favorite wedding entrances ever via this elegant California wedding photographed by Sean Walker!

wedding ceremony doors for aisle entrance

What do you lovelies think? Did I include one of your favorite DIY details? Which ones did you love that I missed? I’d love to hear…and check back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing my favorite wedding inspirations from the movies + music!

Be sure to check out our picks for 2011 below!

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Jose Villa + Joel Serrato: Their Intimate Rustic Wedding

jose villa joel serrato wedding

If you are in the wedding industry or have been reading wedding blogs for more than a month, I’m sure you know Jose Villa and Joel Serrato. Not only are they both amazing story tellers with their photos + films, they are two of the sweetest and most passionate people I’ve met. They were married this past spring and their GORGEOUS wedding is featured in the latest Martha Stewart Weddings (Winter 2012). And who do two of the most talented in our industry ask to capture their day? The amazing + sweet Elizabeth Messina of course!

It’s so obvious from the photos that she was the perfect choice to capture their love and the beautiful venue, The Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse (which is actually right down the street from their home in Los Olivos, CA). A gorgeous outdoor ceremony with the most scenic backdrop – I’ve been to the venue and it really is just stunning! Joel told me there were crazy winds the day of their wedding, so they had to go with their plan B and move the reception indoors, but you can see that made for the most intimate dinner. I’m super excited to share a small peek into their intimate and rustic affair today. Be sure to pick up the latest copy of Martha Stewart Weddings next week to see the entire spread!

leather wedding invitations

Leather details and succulent accents added a soft yet masculine touch for their day. Above right is a lamp made from antique camera parts that Joel gave Jose. I love that their design scheme was based off their Polaroid collection, which is presented so well on their ceremony programs.

jose villa joel serrato wedding

jose villa and joel serrato wedding photos by elizabeth messina

jose villa joel serrato wedding

jose villa joel serrato wedding

succulent wedding cake

jose villa joel serrato wedding

Congrats to Jose + Joel! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness and lots of laughs :) Be sure to check out both their blogs (Jose’s blog + Joel’s blog) to read more about their wedding and Elizabeth’s blog where she is sharing a few more photos. All of us in the wedding industry are so happy for Jose + Joel, so check out Style Me Pretty and 100 Layer Cake later this afternoon as they share a few additional photos from their special day.

wedding credits:
photography: elizabeth messina // event design + production: Lisa Vorce of Oh, How Charming! // floral + event design: Mindy Rice Floral Design // venue: The Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse // cinematography: Joe Simon Films // cake: sweet and saucy shop // catering: New West Catering // paper goods: Tiny Pine Press and Papel Paper & Press // calligraphy: Anne Jones // lighting: Bella Vista Designs // ceremony + cocktail music: Bolero Soul // reception music: Michael Antonia of The Flashdance // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // specialty decor: Barker Decor Service

And Martha Stewart Weddings has even more photos online here and, of course, the winter issue is on newstands this Monday! Can’t wait to see the entire eight page spread…

Photo credits courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings
Story credit: Photographs by Elizabeth Messina/Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2012. Copyright © 2012
Cover credit: Photograph by Sang An/Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2012. Copyright © 2012

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A Mountaintop Christmas Elopement

winter elopement inspiration

When most people think of elopements they think of Vegas, the courthouse, or the Caribbean. The talented vendors today came up with a different type of elopement to share — an elopement at a mountain getaway during the holiday season with all the trimmings! Now doesn’t that sound romantic? A lot of brides elope these days and we say elope-away! Celebrate your love. Elope in style and add a few details to personalize your celebration. Wear the dress you’ve always wanted, get your hair and makeup done, add some flowers, decorate the venue, maybe even order a cake or two and hire a photographer to document the day. Do it all without regrets. Just because you choose to elope, doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. :) And since it’s just the two of you, there’s no added pressure to make the day perfect for anyone but you and your fiancé! Merry Christmas all my lovelies!

bride in the snow

green checked bow ties

winter mountain elopement

winter mountain elopement

smitten wooden sign

winter elopement

winter elopement

wooden flower centerpiece

dried flower boutonniere

hot cocoa

winter elopement

white and mint cake

white and mint cake

green ombre cake

merry christmas burlap bunting

I hope everyone of you lovely readers has a very Merry Christmas and a big thanks to all these talented vendors for sharing their creative talents today!

photography: Casie Zalud Photography // venue: The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park // vintage rentals: A Vintage Affair Rentals // wedding planner: Pink Champagne Event Planning // florist: Isabelle Kline Design // cake: The Makery // make-up: Kelsey Zabawa from The Look Salon // hair: Alex Sternberg from The Look Salon // dress: Little White Dress // hair piece: Flora Bond // bow tie: Knot Now Bow Ties // models: Hannah Skidum with Elevation Events + Jason Pratt


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