Virginia Handmade Wedding: Misato + Chris

bride and groom

Misato + Chris made their wedding a DIY affair since they are both pretty crafty. This included fun projects like their animal toy escort cards, lace table runner, and photo tree! But their first priority of the day was the food! The Northside Social was the perfect venue since it’s one of their favorite restaurants in the DC area. Their wedding was simple + easy going – just like the two of them. :) Thanks to Love by Serena for the photos + Caravan for the film and congrats to Misato + Chris!

polka dot bridesmaids

yellow bouquet







blue wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

short veil

bride and groom

bride and groom

animal seating chart

We used little animal figures (dollar store purchase and spray painted) as guests’ name cards and a pair of elephants (it was a salt and pepper shaker that we bought online, filled the holes and spray painted) as the cake topper. Christopher’s last name is Horton, so we have embraced Horton the Elephant!

reception tables


The wedding favors were sake glasses that we hand wrote our initials on and were also used for the toast during the reception. Misato’s mother brought coasters made out of Kimono fabric from Japan for everyone to take home as well!

small cups

cup favors

photo tree

The message/photo tree was put together by friends using washi tape, leaf shape sticky notes, and Polaroid pictures.



We were very lucky to have creative, crafty and supportive family members and friends who helped us so much to put our wedding together. We could not have done any of this without them, especially having to change the location of the ceremony due to the weather on the day of!

photography: Love by Serena // venue: Northside Social, Bon Air Park Arlington, Virginia// bridal gown + bridal store: LM collection from Bloomingdale’s // bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie // cake: Sophie Camp, Northside Social // catering: Northside Social, Lyon Hall, Liberty Tavern // florals: Bought from Potomac Floral and then DIY // hair: Keiko Goto from Ozuki Salon // makeup: Akea from Sephora // jewelry: Anthropologie // men’s attire: Banana Republic, Express, Topman // shoes: Nine West // videography: Caravan

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  1. They are so cute, especially Misato. They look so happy and content. All the best!

  2. love everything about this! never knew you could rent Northside Social for events! Love the bridesmaids dresses too! 100% casual chic at its finest.

  3. Love these! Such a Cute wedding and a lot of great idea’s for future brides!

  4. I love DIY elements at weddings and this wedding is simply gorgeous! I love all the flowers!!! :)

  5. What an adorable wedding! I love their placecards! Cute idea!

  6. My wedding has so many similarities to this one: friends helping with the DIYs, the colour scheme and favors! Makes me more giddy about my November wedding!


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