Colorful Backyard DIY Wedding: Becca + Orion

DIY backyard wedding

I love a great DIY wedding and this one today totally fits that bill. :) Becca + Orion were married in the backyard of Becca’s parents home in the San Francisco Bay area. They were on a strict budget, but they didn’t let that stop them from creating a magical day! Friends and family pitched in on the food and desserts while the maid of honor + sister (Allison of Engaged & Inspired) crafted up a storm creating a simple + fun design that was bright with color and adding personal details all over the space. It rained all day until moments before the ceremony started at which point the sun came out and everyone was able to have an outdoor cocktail hour in the sun. Big thanks to Pictilio for the gorgeous photos!

pink and orange boquet

bridesmaids in black dresses

From Becca, The main inspiration behind our day was color! We wanted something romantic (soft colors and lots of candlelight) mixed with something fun for all the guests to enjoy. The basic details (linens, etc) were white and we added in a lot of color and pattern to reflect our personalities a little bit more. The main thing I was dead set on was the bright pink felt heart cake topper with a white cake filled with pink cake. To me that expressed our fun and bold personalities the most, and we just built everything off of that.


first look

bride and groom

The most memorable part for us was the first look and the photo session we did. Everything was starting to stress us out so heading down the street to an empty field for the first look was exactly what we needed to get away from it all. After seeing each other for the first time, it felt like the wedding had actually begun. Taking photos was really fun and the setting was beautiful. It was bright with some occasional rain and we had fun playing around with it (and I loved wearing my rain boots for it).

bride wearing rain boots

bride and groom

bride and groom

chevron wedding invitation

flower girl

backyard ceremony

Processional: Out Of My Mind by Colbie Caillat and Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Recessional: Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine

First Dance: At Last by Etta James

gold painted mason jars

gold painted mason jars

pink and orange centerpieces

chevron printed place holder

string letters

tissue tassle garland

pink heart cake topper

pink heart cake topper

poppies in vases

heart guest book

Our wedding was a huge collaborative effort of friends and family. Having the support system there and so many willing hands to help really gave me a more personal experience all around. My advice would be to take people up on offers to help to make it much more of a fun collaborative experience for everyone. It will help with the amount of stress the bride feels while planning, but it is also a huge bonding time for all the people who love you most to get involved and be a bigger part of your day.

photography: Pictilio // event design + DIY crafting: Engaged & Inspired // dress: Sarah Seven // venue: Parent’s Backyard // florals: Floral Theory // necklace: Haute Bride // cake: I Do Wedding Cakes // paper goods: Wedding Chicks Printable // program + music curation: Ian Silber

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  1. This is absolutely darling! Loveeeeeeeeee those cherry blossoms!

  2. I really don’t think I could pick my favorite part of this wedding. The DIY yarn letters are amazing! I also love the idea of a wood stripe down the middle of the table. Such a great wedding full of inspiration!!

  3. This is so fresh and sweet! Love and adore all the apple blossoms. I was wondering where the pom poms cam from at the alter? They add so much!

  4. I love everything about this beautiful, simple, DIY wedding! I guess this is how I envision mine…so chic but still had a bohemian spirit!

  5. Beautiful Bride and beautiful surroundings!

  6. Wow! I love the chevron napkins and the string LOVE sign.

  7. the bride is so gorgeous! i love how simple and adorable everything is; the fun colors and designs. it looks like it would have been such a fun wedding to attend!


  8. This wedding is gorgeous!!! I love her dress, the paper goods, the whole feel!!!

  9. Gorgeous wedding, the whole picture is just amazing :)

  10. I don’t think I can pick a favorite part of this wedding either! The whole thing is so vibrant and beautiful! She coordinated all of the details so well and her bridal gown is gorgeous! What an incredible day!

  11. lovely wedding, very thoughtful and intimate! congrats!

  12. Wow this wedding is filled to the brim with DIY elements – love! Such gorgeous colours and wonderfully personalised ideas.

  13. Wonderful! Gorgeous wedding, and so happy for you Vitaliy and Candace!

  14. Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen featured on a blog. My goodness, all those charming details, sweet colourful accents and personal touches just make it sparkle. So much love for this.

  15. The word signs are so adorable! And I love the photos with the cherry blossoms in the back!

  16. If anyone likes the chevron pattern on the cards, Botanical Paperworks has some similar invitations in lovely colors. Their cards are made with recycled post-consumer paper that has seeds embedded in it so they are eco-friendly.


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