Colorful DIY Wedding: Ariana + Cody

bride and groom

When Ariana + Cody first got engaged they started planning a traditional + formal wedding, but then quickly decided that wasn’t them at all. So they planned a much more “them” wedding full of all the things they loved! A bit about their day from Ariana:

We decided that we wanted our wedding day to be a fun, loving celebration. A huge inspiration for our wedding was the movie Amélie and the TV show Pushing Daisies by Bryan Fuller. If you haven’t seen the show, watch it. It’s incredibly beautiful, artistic, funny, quirky – an all around awesome show. We also are both huge comic book nerds, and wanted them incorporated in anyway we could. All of this meant we were going to have a bright, colorful and fun wedding – exactly what we wanted!

I love that they also incorporated some fun surprises into their day for their guests – including incorporating the infamous wedding scene from The Princess Bride into their ceremony! :) Big congrats to Ariana + Cody and thanks so much to Ashley Rose for the photos!

colorful wedding invitation

A big thank you to our bridesmaid, Rebecca Hendrickson, for making our beautiful invitations.

comic strip numbers

mint heels

first look

wedding party

daisy boutonniere

floral bridesmaid dresses

daisy bouquets

bride and groom

red and yellow bouquet

ceremony program


comic book pinwheels

comic book pinwheels

Cody: Watching my amazing bride walk down the aisle towards me, and just trying to keep it together. Being overwhelmed by all the love that's in that moment.

Ariana: Walking down the aisle toward the most wonderful man in the world, I was completely overwhelmed not only by my love for him, but by the love of our friends and family. When I looked out into the seats where our friends and family were sitting, I saw the faces of loved ones and was so in awe from the love that I felt from them. It was such a surreal moment. The love I felt that day, not just for Cody, but from everyone there, was so incredible.

bride walking down aisle

comic book wedding

comic book wedding

comic book wedding

Processional: Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi – Yann Tiersen

Recessional: Everybody's Gonna Be Happy – The Kinks

First Dance: Naked As We Came – Iron & Wine

bride and groom

bride and groom

pinwheel escort cards

pinwheel escort cards

small vases

card box

card box

vintage bottle centerpieces

vintage bottle centerpieces

pie bar

We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the support of our amazing friends and family, who donated their time and talents to make our wedding an incredible and beautiful event.

A big thank you to our friend, Pat Starr, for making our amazing save the date video!

It's so easy to get caught up in the details. As someone who made nearly everything for the wedding, I know this all too well. Everyone says it, and will continue to say it to you as you're planning your wedding, but it all goes by so fast. My best advice: be yourself. Make decisions that reflect you and your significant other. On the day of your wedding, just soak it all in, and whatever happens (because stuff will inevitably go wrong), just enjoy the day – a total love fest for you as a couple, surrounded by those you love most in the world.

photography: Ashley Rose // venue: The Walnut Grove Moorpark, California // floral design: Honey & Poppies // wedding coordination: Velvet Alley Events // wedding dress: Watters “Olivia” // shoes: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: We let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses. They were from BHLDN, Anthropologie, Modcloth, and some were vintage // hair + makeup: Evelyn Sanabria // groom suit: Hugo Boss // cinematography: Megan Weaver // invitations + paper goods: One of the bridesmaids designed our invitations, program fans, thank you notes on the dinner tables, and did all the calligraphy on the invitation envelopes. //catering: Command Performance Catering // pies: I Heart Pies // ice cream: Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream // music: Louis Ng (pianist) // dj: Andy Connell (DJ Sassy Mouff) // flip book station: VC Flipbooks

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  1. Absolutely love all the details! Beautiful wedding and pictures!

  2. Ah! Pushing Daisies is my favorite t.v. series ever! Such a lovely and bright wedding!

  3. Lovely vibrant details. Lovely looking wedding and the photography is pretty darn great too!

  4. Cute. Turquoise/teal + red is one of my favorite color combos.

  5. what not to love about this weddings is so amazing! The kind of detail I love which makes weddings so unique to the couple fab fab fab

  6. A colourful wedding…I love the invitations!

  7. What a beautiful wedding! Would love to know how you made the arch and the rosettes – they are gorgeous!!!

    • Hi Speakaloud. We printed images from our favorite comics, blew them up (and shrunk some down), folded them accordion style and attached them with an insane amount of wood glue (which is supposed to bond to the fibers in paper, making it more secure). We attached the rosettes to pieces or foam board to the back of the rosettes in strips, (making about 4 strips of the archway with several rosettes on each piece) then used zip-ties to attach the pieces to an archway that our venue provided. It was really easy. Hope that helps! :)

  8. Thank you so much!! I really love the look and it appeals to our personalities perfectly. Beautifully done – I may beg, borrow and steal from your example but I promise to credit you. It helps immensely – more than you know!

  9. So cute and retro. Love it love it love it.

  10. I really love the invites… How exactly were they worded? what was written on the other stationary?

  11. Hi! I am in LOVE with your invitations. Would you friend consider created ones similar for my wedding?


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