DIY Bohemian Picnic Wedding: Mary Grace + Drew

bride with floral hair piece

Mary Grace + Drew both wanted the feel of a relaxed outdoor picnic with their closest family and friends for their wedding day. They are both drawn to old fashioned/antique design styles rather than modern, so they tried to get everything second hand or homemade. They love how most of the items they used have a past and a unique story to them. Their wedding just screams fun + easy which I absolutely love. Thanks to Sarah Shreves for the lovely photos and congrats to Mary Grace + Drew!


bride getting ready

From Mary Grace, “I did my own hair and makeup that day. I didn’t trust anyone else to be able to capture my personality with hair and make-up, so I went to Bobbi Brown and got a make-up lesson and then purchased all the make-up that the artist used. For my hairpiece, I made a floral wreath from a bouquet my fiance had given me and gave that to a florist (Growers Direct) to copy for the big day. My bridesmaids wore dresses from Anthropologie and Shopbop.



bride in lace dress, groom

i do sign

outdoor ceremony

Tell us a bit about your music!
We hired a string trio to play jazz/folk standards during the ceremony and cocktail hour.
Processional: ain’t misbehavin’
Bridal march: here comes the sun
First Dance: You And Me by Penny and the Quarters
I absolutely loved how Here Comes The Sun sounded being played on all strings. I will always remember the feeling of walking down the aisle when I hear that song.

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

bridal party

bride and groom in desert

bride in flower halo

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

outdoor reception

picnic tablescape

Most memorable moment of your wedding day?
A special moment for us was when we finally sat down to eat own dinner at the reception. My aunt had surprised us with the most wonderful little details at our sweetheart table (including an engraved drink bucket) and it was so nice to look out at all of our most special people gathered together.

picnic tablescape

I bought big flower bushes from Home Depot the day before the wedding and cut and arranged the flowers in assorted crystal vases that I’d been collecting from thrift stores for months. I couldn’t have finished this task without the help of my lovely ladies. I also bought some filler flowers from Growers Direct in Tustin.

chalk mason jars

outdoor reception

bride and groom dancing

Any advice for those planning now?
I left a lot of the smaller details until crunch time, and it kind of drove me crazy in the end. I would suggest having a checklist of the smaller DIY projects and trying to accomplish one of them per week along with the bigger projects. Also remember, on the big day, it is IMPOSSIBLE for everything little thing to go as planned. Just relax and know at the end of the day, you will be married to your best friend.

photography: Sarah Shreves // venue: Parker Ranch, Trabuco Canyon, CA (for more info, contact Barbara Parker 949-278-6876) // wedding dress: Dolce and Gabbana skirt and blouse (both are Spring/Summer runway 2011) // shoes: Report Signature purchased from Shop Bop // groom suit: J Crew // invitations+ paper goods: my brother and I designed them together and I did the calligraphy myself // catering: my aunt, Brenda Carroll, is an amazing chef and I was lucky enough to have her cater my wedding. The food was so good! // cake + desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop

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  1. Love the soft simple but elegant look of her dress and the flower headpiece just jumps off the page. The reception area is beautiful!

  2. I love the location and the Airstream! What a perfectly imperfect wedding…the very best kind! :)

  3. love love that she got ready in an airstream! love her whole outfit too!

  4. ADORE!!! Love the tablecloths and Airstream!!!

  5. Love this wedding! I love the juxtoposition of the desert and the softness of her dress and details. So gorgeous!

  6. She is absolutely STUNNING. I love how calm and relaxed everything is here. Wow!

  7. What a beautiful bride / couple / day / everything! Truly stunning, i’ve fallen in love with her outfit, but can’t find it available anywhere online. I’ll have to settle for dreaming of looking like her

  8. Oh wow i just majorly fell in love with that dress!

  9. oh my goodness, oh my goodness! I love her dress! I can’t get over how beautiful it is and with the flower wreath it just completes the overall look with an ethereal look.

  10. Her flower wreath is just so adorable! What a fun and unique wedding!:)

  11. a ‘DIY Bohemian Picnic Wedding’ that is deffenetly a unique concept but looking at the pictures it fits, lovely work and thank you for sharing Mary-Grace & Drews day

  12. That flower wreath crown is.. WOW! I loved every detail about this wedding, and the couple looks so in love!

  13. i literally die for this wedding!!! it is totally beyond perfection…..i will def be using this as inspiration for my upcoming wedding….that dress is trés amaze xx

  14. I adore this wedding! I love outdoor, relaxed, gorgeous weddings. This couple has great style!

  15. Amita Malani, Simply Sweet Weddings on:

    Everything about this is perfect. In love!!

  16. Any chance I can contact the bride to make an offer buy her outfit?

  17. Gorgeous wedding dress! Love all the wedding reception details and the venue.

  18. This wedding is AMAZE! The bride is picture perfect – from her shoes, to the gown, to her floral headpiece – simply gorgeous!

  19. This is really an incredible wedding. Love the relaxed looks and feeling of it. How creative and fun it must have been planning it!

  20. This is so gorgeous – love the flower hair garland especially!

  21. this is just perfect to every last detail. I am searching a dress just like hers… anyone know who’s it by or know of any similar designs? Thanks

  22. I love your wedding dress. Can you give me any info about the dress? I have a friend who is going to try and repilcate it, but I wanted to see if I could find it first. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks so much!!

  23. That dress is amazing!!! Did anyone end up finding it or something similar?

  24. Jessica (soon to be) Lacy :) on:

    the dress!!! is there somewhere i can purchase it or one like it?! i’m in love and can’t believe how much i need it!

  25. I know this is a bit late now but i wonder did anyone end up finding this dress. I know it’s dolce and gabbana 2011 and i’ve been trying to track one down but it’s soo hard to find! If anyone knows where i can get this dress i’d be eternally grateful.

  26. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love this style and vibe so relaxed fun and beautiful. I’m wondering (if you don’t mind) what was y’all approximate wedding budget? We are considering something simple very similar to this and are trying to determine a budget.


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