Real Wedding: Beth + Scott’s DIY Vintage Wedding

Today’s lovely wedding was sent over from photographer Ali Beamish. Beth + Scott were married at a park in San Juan Capistrano and the reception was in Old San Juan. This wedding is a true love of DIY. Suitcases were used for a lot of decoration and they had old windows and frames hanging from the trees at the ceremony. They had different friends and family members bake pies for dessert at the reception. Beth also used a lot of old books for decor and had the guests sign in using an old typewriter. Beth is an avid reader of Green Wedding Shoes and shares some of her thoughts on the day below. Thanks Beth!

How fun are these photos of the guys!? All the guys are all in Scott’s rockabilly band and played the music for the ceremony. From Beth,The ties are from American Apparel. The guys got to pick the rest of their outfits out themselves, with the request that their jackets be vintage and that they wear their favorite cowboy boots. People were a little worried I was giving them so much freedom, but I think they all turned out looking pretty sharp… Especially my husband! :)

The bridesmaids had a picnic before the wedding (which I think is the coolest idea!) and they all wore boots :) The ladies’ dresses are from forever 21 which they wore with their own choice of boots and grey sweaters. My dress is from Nicole Miller, but I had a few alterations done (like the bustle in the back) that varied from the original design.

My favorite memory of the day was the anticipation of seeing Scott’s face as I walked through forest on my Dad’s arm. We had “Ice Dance” play by Danny Elfman as I approached the ceremony which made for a dreamy atmosphere. My husband agrees that this was also his favorite memory!

I ordered bunches of flowers from Costco and then my good friends Sasha and Kristi put everything together, they were amazing! I loved having people who mean so much to me and my husband play such a huge role in our wedding… Our photographer, caterer, decorators, all very good friends!

After the wedding, they went to Scott’s barbershop for a few more pictures with them.

Planning the details of the day could not have been more fun. A wedding can be a perfect opportunity to think outside of yourself. Considering a registry like the I Do Foundation or others that allow yourself and guests to donate to a cause can make a wedding that much more personal and meaningful.

Thanks to Beth + Scott for sharing your lovely day with us. Best wishes to you both!

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  1. So much fun! Eco chic, beautiful and wonderfully quirky.

  2. love the idea of a picnic too!

  3. love it! the bridesmaid's picnic is such a cute idea!

  4. So beautiful and casual and unique. Is his mustache real? I love the photo of her with the fake one. I also adore the fur coat she's wearing over her dress. Good ideas for the future!

  5. So cute! Love the bridesmaids dresses! Where are they from?

  6. I love this wedding & love the picnic idea. So sweet and fun!

  7. I love everything about this; particularly the bridesmaid's slouchy-grey outfits. Great vintage wedding execution!XOCarly

  8. my boyfriend will never shave his mustache after i show him these fabulous wedding photos!

  9. oh wow, what a lovely affair.

  10. I LOVE that your flowers were from costco! =) wonderful wedding!

  11. Beth is one of the sweetest people ever and I am so happy to see her adorable wedding up here!

  12. Ahhh! This is just great! Forever 21, American Apparel and Costco? Shows how fab your wedding can be no matter what your budget!

  13. I love your fur coat!! I am looking for one just like it – where did you find yours?

  14. Where did you find your veil? I'm looking for a lace one, but I haven't seen one like that!

  15. I really love a personal, low-key wedding like this. Honestly, I wanted a little picnic in the park but my huge extended family were so upset with the idea, I couldn't piss them off. The sandwiches? LOVE.

  16. I'm loving these DIY, relaxed but beautiful weddings! I feel like the bride and groom are finally getting to enjoy themselves on their wedding days and not just doing everything for their family and friends. This one is simply wonderful.

  17. This wedding is charming! Their passion, creativity, and sense of humor really come through!

  18. this is so incredibly playful! I LOVE IT!!!

  19. A picnic wedding theme is just so lovely. Great pics and it's so cinematic. It's like travelling back in time. The mini picnic baskets are cute. wine and cheese

  20. I love this wedding! Congrats Beth! And go ALI!!!

  21. Awesome wedding!I tried to find the ties online and couldn't find them. I also checked at an american apparel. Any other ideas what I can find them?

  22. They look very happy :)Also, I Youtubed Ice Dance and it's a beautiful piece! What a unique and lovely song for a wedding.

  23. Love the bridesmaids’ dresses and the fun vintage touches.

  24. Best wishes to both of you on your special day! May the future be bright, and filled with all of the blessings and joys of life. You two deserve it!


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