Whimsical Handmade Treehouse Wedding: Maria + Ben

treehouse wedding

Maria + Ben make this whole DIY wedding thing look easy, but they’ll freely admit it takes a lot of hard work + help from friends to pull off a gorgeous, handmade celebration. They tied the knot on a sprawling plot of land in SoCal, with a green, vintage treehouse, and a peaceful pond serving as their backdrop. These two spent months crafting, designing + piecing together the fun design elements that helped give their day a personal spin. And we’re crazy about how it all turned out! Here’s a little bit more form the darling new Mrs.:

Once we settled on the Fallbrook Treehouse, everything else kind of fell into place. I wanted it to be a little bit vintage, a little bit garden party, a little undone, and very personal. We had small personal touches in the wedding, including using books for decorations (we’re both avid readers), using mason jars for glasses and vases (I’m a huge canner), and dancing to Elvis (my husband is obsessed!) Of course, the handmade elements also helped make it feel more personal, and there’s just a nice sense of accomplishment that you get in knowing that you and your husband made a lot of the decorations for the wedding!

We couldn’t agree more! Thanks so much to Yuna Leonard for the pretty photography + big congrats to Maria + Ben on a super lovely day!

treehouse wedding

treehouse wedding

oxford shoes


Such a sweet first look! And we’re head over heels for Maria’s gorge Wren dress from Stone Fox Bride. It’s perfect for all you ladies who are looking for a gown with a more modern feel.

first look

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

This fun, loose bouquet by Bespoke is made up of poppy pods, garden roses, dahlias, white scabiosa, cobra lilies, dusty miller + brunia berry. So beautiful!

garden rose bouquet 11

bride and groom

wedding signs

lavender toss

instagram hashtag wedding


Our Musical Choices

Processional: Bridal Party: The Only Moment – Explosions in the Sky; Bride: We Were Alone – Sigur Ros

Recessional: I Feel It All – Feist

First Dance: Can't Help Falling in Love – Elvis



wedding party

pink bridesmaids

bride and groom

bride and groom film

bride and groom film

bride and groom canoe

eat drink and be married

escort cards

cocktail hour

fringe heart

food truck

food truck


Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

My favorite memory from the day will be how everyone I knew came together to help with setting everything up. I had A LOT of DIY projects and NO PLANNER, so I was definitely in over my head when the day finally came. My family, bridesmaids, and friends all pitched in to help set things up, which was so moving. Without that extra help, the day would have been a total disaster.

bud vases

cake and cupcakes

strawberry favors

first dance

bistro lights

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

My friend gave me really good advice about budgeting, which is to pick one of two things that are super important to you and then work everything else into your budget afterwards. Maybe that means you have to skip the engraved invitations and calligrapher or scale back on your centerpieces in order to get what you want. I used a spreadsheet in Google Docs to track everything, which made it really easy when I would get random inspiration throughout the planning process.

Also, just know that something (and, often, many things!) will go wrong on the big day, so be mentally prepared to have your backdrop not hang perfectly or your best man to forget his boutonniere or something. At the end of the day, you will be married and people will have a fun time. That's all that matters!


photography: Yuna Leonard // venue name: Fallbrook Treehouse, Fallbrook, California // bride's shoes: Miu Miu // hair stylist: e2beauty // makeup artist: e2beauty // groom's shoes: Cole Haan // catering: Miho Gastrotruck // music: JP McLeod // photobooth: Magbooth // cupcakes: Elegance on Display // invitations: hello tenfold // bar: Pow Wow Rentals // place settings: Pow Wow Rentals // bridal party flowers: Bespoke // boutonnieres: Bespoke // bride's dress: Wren from Stone Fox Bride // veil: Stone Fox Bride // beaded sash: Stone Fox Bride // groom attire: My.Suit, J.Crew