Rustic DIY Wedding in Austria: Ashley + Miguel

DIY Austria Wedding

Ashley + Miguel met while studying in Australia, he asked her to marry him one day while they were swimming in the Florida ocean, and the adventurous duo have since moved all around the world together, living in Madrid, Vienna, Ecuador, Germany and now Lima, Peru. It was only natural that their wedding be yet another adventure, so Austria – a place where the two had visited together + loved – was a natural choice.

The setting genuinely reminds us of The Sound of Music – think of the classic “The Hills are Alive!” scene – and we just love the images captured by the talented Claire Morgan. When we asked Ashley how she + Miguel made their day about them, she told us, Perhaps because we avoided the obligational invites. We chose to invite only our very closest friends and immediate families, those that have known and greatly supported our relationship for the past 9 years. Not a moment of the day was spent catching up with long lost relatives or getting to know our parents’ friends. Instead we were able to enjoy each other in every moment.

DIY Austria Wedding

invitation

DIY Austria Wedding

dried boutonnieres

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

first look

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

Without a doubt the most memorable moment was the hour we took before the ceremony just the two of us. We were dressed and met at the small chapel where we originally wanted to get married (but it only seats 6 people). There we toasted with our favorite whiskey brought by a friend from a small German distillery. That moment alone was very special. Also in the top memorable moments were my father's toast at dinner which was incredibly moving and the surprise fireworks that Miguel had arranged.

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY austria wildflower bouquet

DIY Austria Wedding

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Ashley + Miguel exited their ceremony to a classical guitar composition played live by a friend. Then everyone walked from the church up to the alm where an evening of dinner, drinks + merriment awaited.

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

fireworks wedding in Austria

Don't share your plans and ideas with anyone but your partner and perhaps one very trusted friend. The more you share, the more opinions you get and it becomes too overwhelming. We kept everything between ourselves and my sister who was a significant help in the planning process from beginning to end. And again, avoid the obligational invites. We caused a bit of a stir with our families because of that decision, but it was so worth it.

photography: Claire Morgan // venue: Böglalm Alpbach, Austria // design: All self done // florals: Blumenhaus Schießling // wedding dress: Self-designed. Sewn by a local seamstress in Lima, Peru // shoes: Manolo Blahnik // hair + makeup: bride // groom’s suit: Self-designed. Sewn by a local tailor in Lima, Peru // paper goods: Designed by the bride’s sister // catering: Böglalm // officiant: Friend of the family who flew from the US to officiate, Father Herb Weber // music: Classical guitar played by our friend. DJ Miguel’s brother

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Romantic-meets-Gothic Wedding Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Anyone with a creative side knows that sometimes you just can’t stop those wheels from turning as your mind dreams up one project after the next. Event Designer, Stacey Lynn Design, is one of those people, and when she came up with this fun editorial – a romantic, modern and approachable take on gothic wedding inspiration – she knew just the right team to help her bring it to life.

Stacey Lynn Design + Christy Capano Design collabed on the styling aspects + Krista Mason brought the dreamy romantic side with her photography. Flourla was a natural choice for the floral design, crafting the prettiest blooms filled with art, elegance + texture. With further design help + pretty, pretty furniture pieces from Toast Party Rentals, the scene was set for a romantic Gothic-meets-Glam bash near the beach + we’re seriously digging every last detail!

Romantic Gothic Beach Invitation

Romantic Gothic Beach Invitation

When you need elegant paper goods that’ll knock the socks right off of your guests, Bliss and Bone is the one to reach out to!

Romantic Gothic Beach Invitation

Romantic Gothic Beach Lounge

Romantic Gothic Beach Bar

Romantic Gothic Beach Bar

Romantic Gothic Beach Tablescape

We are really digging those modern chairs, and the entire feel to this tablescape.

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Tablescape

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Tablescape

Romantic Gothic Beach Tablescape

Romantic Gothic Beach Cake

Stacey says, To really throw the gothic theme for a loop, we wanted to add in the beach. We are in California after all – and the beach is about the opposite of what you normally think of when you think of goth.

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

flower sandals

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Gorgeous, gorgeous! Thanks so much to the team below for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Krista Mason Photography // event design: stacey lynn designchristy capano design // florals: flourla // venue: The Sunset Restaurant // wedding dress: Winnie Couture // accessories: wandering-boho // jewelry: stacy nolan // rentals + styling: Toast Party Rentals // paper goods: Bliss and Bone // dessert table: Two’s A Party  // cake: The Butter End Cakery // hair + makeup: Make-Up Therapy // models: Colleen Shabes (bride), Samantha Scanlan (bridesmaid) + Jason Park (groom)

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Coastal Constellation-Inspired Wedding: Harben + Ryan

Paradise Cove Wedding

One of the sources of inspiration behind today’s absolutely gorgeous wedding was the bride, Harben’s, immense affinity for the winter sky. Couple that with the beautiful beach setting where she grew up (Paradise Cove just north of Malibu), and of course, the love she and her now-husband, Ryan, share and you have the recipe for a stunning and thoughtful coastal celebration. Though the entire wedding was handmade with love, there were so many elegant touches, executed to perfection. You’d almost never know professionals weren’t involved with every element! Most of the florals were foraged from neighbors + assembled by family members, they used decor straight from their home to make the setting feel cozy and Harben even took a calligraphy class to create all her invitations, signs, and escort chart herself! Let’s hear a bit more about the day before checking out the lovely images by Celeste Noche:

From the start, our goal was to have a wedding that was organic, rich with love, and felt in-sync with our surroundings. We wanted the day to feel intimate and inviting, and to reflect the love that we share with each other, and within our broader community. Inspiration was drawn primarily from Malibu’s natural landscape and the time of year (December) — the rich greens of the Malibu mountains, the deep blue of the ocean, and the full moon, which rose pretty dramatically over our reception. Having our wedding in Paradise Cove, where I grew up, allowed us to incorporate personal touches into just about every aspect of the day. Ours was a DIY wedding through and through – and the immense love and support we received from friends and family permeated the entirety of the event.

blue dip dyed invitation

white bridesmaids

rings

bridesmaid gifts

Sometimes (read: most of the time) it’s the little details that make simple moments all the more special. We love that Harben gifted her bridesmaids a treasure box filled with meaningful things – and champagne, because you gotta have champagne! We have a DIY for making a similar bridesmaid box for your besties right here!

midi rings

Watters wedding dress

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

Processional: Wedding Party + Groom: Riches and Wonders – The Mountain Goats; Bride: Red Right Ankle – The Decemberists (Played live on acoustic guitar by friend of the couple, Alan Savage)

Recessional: At the Beach - Avett Brothers (Played live on acoustic guitar by friend of the couple, Alan Savage)

First Dance: You & Me – Penny and the Quarters

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

Harben: Several days before the wedding, Ryan and I hiked up one of our favorite trails in Malibu to the top of Solstice Canyon where the remnants of an old house are nestled next to a modest waterfall. When we got to the top, we toasted to our life and relationship, found quiet spots away from each other, and wrote our vows. I thought composing our vows was going to be my favorite memory, but it paled in comparison to actually exchanging them. We took a lot of care in writing our ceremony, and hands down, my most favorite part of our wedding was hearing Ryan make those promises in front of friends and family. And because it's impossible to choose just one, other favorite moments from the day include having my sister perform Simon & Garfunkle's Song for the Asking, and taking pictures with my Grandpa in front of his old surfboards. Those were pretty great too.

Ryan: Exchanging our vows in front of all of our loved ones was one of the most profound moments I've ever experienced and one that I will never forget. My other favorite moment was during the last song of the reception (Michael Jackson's Will You Be There), when Harben and I somehow ended up busting a move in the middle of the dance floor with our friends and family clapping and cheering around us. As the music faded out, everyone opened up the circle to lead us out the door, and somebody handed us a bottle of champagne as we made and impromptu exit. It was a fun and spontaneous end to an otherwise perfectly coordinated event, and it seemed to sum up the day perfectly.

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

leafy bouquet

white bridesmaids with flower crowns

Paradise Cove Wedding

white bridesmaids with flower crowns

white bridesmaids with flower crowns

Aren’t these ‘maids in white lace-y beach frocks the absolute cutest?! Steal this look with fun finds in our shopping guide below:

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

white bridesmaids with flower crowns

Paradise Cove Wedding

Watters wedding dress

Beyond adore Harben’s Spruce by Watters gown, which she purchased at The Wedding Party in Berkeley, California.

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

rustic crates

constellation guest book

constellation guest book

jam favors

chalkboard sign

rock table number

string light dinner

Paradise Cove Wedding

Find your vision (one that reflects you!), get creative and stay organized. There are many moving parts and players involved in the planning process, and that's heightened if you're doing things yourself and not accessing any sort of package or large, all-in-one vendors. We used Trello and multiple google docs/spreadsheets to organize the planning process, and to keep people connected. A wedding is a great excuse to take some time for yourself and develop new skills. Harben took calligraphy classes to address our envelopes, and Ryan brushed up on Photoshop and designed the invitations. Another word of advice: Make sure the people who have offered their help know exactly what their role will be, and what they will be tasked with. And then thank them, profusely, for spending their time and energy contributing to your day. Hiring a wedding coordinator was also a tremendous help. It was so wonderful to wake up the morning of the wedding and know that all of day's to-do's were in capable hands. Lastly, and we know that everyone says this, but stop and take some time with your love. Carve out a few quiet moments to let everything soak in, and bask in it all. The day goes by very quickly, and when all is said and done, those minutes you took to look at the moon with your partner will be among your most special memories.

photography: Celeste Noche //  location: Paradise Cove in Malibu, California // event design: Bride + Mother of the Bride // day of coordination, hair + makeup: Helen Hening // florals: Mother + Aunt of Bride // wedding dress: Spruce by Watters purchased at The Wedding Party // hairpieces: Mother of Bride + Bridesmaids // shoes: Seychelles from Anthropologie // bridesmaid dresses: Stone Cold Fox, Pixie Market, Nordstrom, Anthropologie // groom’s suit: J.Crew // paper goods: Bride + Bride’s Sister + Groom // catering: Chris and Kristine Bocchino // rentals: Pico Party Rentals // officiant: Friend of the Bride and Groom – Rachel Heinz // music: Anna Schulze

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