A Whimsical DIY Wedding: Anca + Marc

Here’s a fun, whimsical wedding – and on a budget – although you wouldn’t be able to tell by the photos! I know from our survey we had last month, that a lot of you are looking for ideas to help with the cost of the wedding. Well, Anca + Marc used their friends and families talents to help them throw an amazing wedding! Anca’s sisters did the flowers and cake and her mother catered the whole wedding – talk about a talented family! Best wishes to Anca + Marc and thanks so much to Priscila Valentina for sharing the lovely photos!

vw red van

billy ball bouquet

vw red van wedding car

bridal party with giant balloons

How fun are all of these lovely balloons?!  You can get giant balloons here if you’re considering them for your wedding.

bridal party carrying large balloons

bridal party with giant balloons

groomsmen with billy ball boutonniere

bridal party in orange dresses

bride and groom with balloons

bride and groom with balloons

What song did you walk down the aisle to? Chantal Kreviazuk – Feels Like Home

wedding ceremony

first kiss

wedding exit

billy balls wedding flowers

billy balls wedding flowers

The first thing we knew we were going to incorporate into our wedding was lanterns. We would bring a blanket, a lantern, and homemade tea in a jar to the beach on clear nights and just watch for shooting stars and talk for hours. We wanted to give our wedding that kind of whimsical, magical atmosphere. I (Anca) love to paint and Marc likes to make videos so we wanted to use art as a big part of our inspiration, since we were also on a budget, all the decorations were DIY which gave it a great touch of artistry and personality.

lanterns at wedding

painting at wedding

painting at wedding

Our most memorable moment of the wedding was when Marc surprised me with singing "Two is Better Than One" by Boys like Girls, he had dedicated that song to me earlier when we dated, it brought back great memories.

groom sings to his bride

outdoor wedding at night

bride and groom dancing

Don't settle for a "cookie cutter" wedding! Every love story is unique, so should your wedding. A lot of things can go wrong or in different ways you would have wanted, but it's important to remember the most important thing is love, so relax and have fun planning your wedding because regardless of details, you will be marrying the love of your life.

Most of the people in your life would love to help out in any way they can and contribute to your special day, we thought about the people in our lives and what talents and passions they have that could enhance our wedding. My (Anca) sister-in-law has a passion for floral design and does an amazing job at it, she did all of our flowers and helped design the wedding. My mother is a phenomenal cook and she did all the catering and baked our cake, and my little sister is extremely talented in cake design so she decorated our wedding cake. We had friends and family members help with little things such a lighting candles or attending the paint station. We were humbled by the gift of time, effort, and servitude that was offered by our loved ones, it definitely added a little extra touch of love in the atmosphere and made it more personal for us.

The truth is, at the end of the day, all that is really left to show for your special day, is the pictures.So its important to have a good photographer. Our photographers Priscila Valentina Photography were phenomenal! They really captured the essence of our wedding and brought their own artistic vision to it as well. They had so many unique ideas and a creative angle to their picture- taking (I mean, the pictures really speak for themselves!). We didn't feel like we were just another wedding they were shooting but that we were more of a team collaborating on an artistic project that was important to all of us. We loved their enthusiasm and the time invested to capture our special day. Priscila Valentina Photography was everything we wanted and more! We would not have chosen anyone different.

Photography: Priscila Valentina Photography // Venue: Newland Barn, Huntington Beach, CA // Wedding Dress + Veil: David’s Bridal // Hair and Makeup: Rachel Lindberg // Bridesmaid Dress: “Wind of Change” made by after shower shop on etsy // Groom Suit: Zara // Cinematography: Rachel Lindberg // Floral Design: Claudia Biriescu (sister) // Cake: Ema Biriescu (sister) // Catering: Elena Biriescu (mother)

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  1. Beautiful Wedding.. Where did you find the balloons? I have been looking for some similar and you’re in my area.

  2. That is a very well-planned out budget! I love the bright, happy colors and the V dub van! We Fahrvergnügens have to stick together!

  3. where bridal photos taken at the Newland barn or at another location. I am shooting there in a few months!

  4. I adore this! Love the balloons!!

  5. Yes, could you share any info on how you did the balloons? Would it be easy enough for non-professionals to rent a helium tank and fill up this type of big globe balloons ourselves? Thinking of using them myself.

  6. I wonder where all those lanterns were purchased! They’re beautiful!

  7. Priscila Valentina captures weddings perfectly every time :) I want more!

  8. I hardly ever comment, but in response to the questions about balloons: we special order them at my shop, facebook.com/WoodenMidshipman (I just posted about them, actually!). You can rent helium tanks from any party supply store (they’re cheap). I actually recommend blowing them up yourself with a rented tank; when I took mine to a chain party supply store, they overfilled them and so they lost their roundness and popped quickly. Bummer!

    I’m planning my own wedding and was so frustrated not to be able to find perfectly round balloons at reasonable prices that when I finally found a good wholesaler I just ordered them for my gift shop to make it easier for other brides. Seriously, this isn’t robot spam — promise. :) Balloons rock!

  9. Never seen a bridal party with giant balloons before.. pretty awesome idea!

  10. I’m pretty sure you can get these balloons at and Party City and they will blow them up for free, you just pay for the balloons. :]

  11. those balloons are so fun. love the bright colors. and especially LOVE that he serenaded her!

  12. Plum Pretty Sugar on:

    Very Cute!! Just love, love the balloons!!



  13. The balloons were purchased from Party City! Do not have them blown up there!! Rent the helium tank (biggest one). These gigantic balloons are guaranteed to make any wedding POP! :)

  14. I LOVE this wedding. I linked to you and have your photos here, hope that’s ok.



  15. The colors just jump off the page. Love it! The lanterns and the chalkboard are too cute.

  16. This wedding is so unique and the colors! So FUN!!

  17. I love the fact they’re romanian!! God bless you guys! Casa de piatra! <3

  18. Whimsical is certainly the best way to put this wedding :)

  19. Loved every detail of this wedding. Whimsical and fun, yet beautiful. And the color scheme was so unique. Inspired? Yes, thank you.

  20. i LOVE everything about this wedding!!!!!! :) :) :) anca & marc are adorable & priscila valentina is amazing!!!

  21. I love the colors, so bright and happy!

  22. Where can I get those amazing lanterns?!

  23. This is very different than what I’ve ever seen. Looks great, on budget, and must have been fun to do. I’m looking for wedding ideas myself, and this is def on my top ideas. Thanks you guys, my gf Patricia is going to love looking at these pics.

  24. the balloons are such a fab idea, make brill photos! The paint idea is one of the most amazing ideas i’ve ever seen at a wedding!

  25. Love the colors in this wedding! The balloons really make the shoot!

  26. I am loving this. The VW is awesome!!!

  27. Anca’s sisters did a fabulous job on the flower arrangements. They’re gorgeous!

  28. such an amazing photos…i love them…so cute…and so colorfull!!

  29. Really lovely, what a great idea! Are they 36″ or 17″ type?

  30. Love the blackboard idea.. fantastic different thing to do at a wedding rather than a normal guest book.

  31. There’s some great ideas there and I love the balloons! Thanks for sharing :)

  32. Martha Stewart’s spread was right on! I did this for my neices wedding and it was incredible! I got my balloons last minute at balloonsupply.com, they are the best!


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