DIY

Joshua Tree Wedding {Shanti + Mark} 30.05.2013

This couple are the ultimate advocates for the saying “less is more” and we love it! Their California wedding was beautifully minimalist, eco-friendly, and rustic.

Kristine Ambrose of Ambrose Wedding Photography documented this charming wedding held at Joshua Tree National Park, California, United States.

The rock climbing couple chose to have a 90% zero waste wedding and reused or recycled most items. Most of this wedding was DIY’ed by friends and family including: bouquet, boutonniere, headpieces, food, and ceremony. They used online invites, no balloons, small dried flowers, carpooling, recycled ware, no presents, online photos and low impact photo printing. Wonderful idea!

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Congratulations Kids. Also big thanks to Ambrose Wedding Photography for sharing these lovely wedding pictures with One Stylish Bride.

Shanti + Mark’s Style Guide

Photographer: Ambrose Wedding Photography / Wedding Dress: Billabong / Venue: Joshua Tree National Park
 / Invites: E-vite / Photo Lounge: Pix Party Plus / Cake: Hotcakes / Cups & Tableware: Recycled old jars & recycled silverware
 / Flowers: Costume designer friend / 
Music: Climbing friends
 / Officiant: Shanti’s dear friend, William / Food: Trader Joe’s and local Joshua Tree market

Sophisticated Wedding {Megan + Jason} 24.09.2012

This wedding is aesthetically beautiful, sleek, elegant and joyful.

Megan and Jason wed in British Columbia, Canada and chose to have a sophisticated Black, White, Cranberry, and Carrot Orange colour scheme.

Megan explains what made her wedding unique, “The modern and vintage fusion theme that I envisioned [and] the modern colours and flowers mixed with vintage pieces that accented the entire wedding. [Also] the love that went into every detail that we planned and created really showed throughout the day – the cake, dress, men’s attire, invitations, and guest seating chart. [Also our] wedding day is on the same weekend that my Parents and both sets of Grandparents share their anniversaries on. It was so special to share ‘their day’ with them.”

The couple also included unique handmade details. “My Mother and I created the guest-seating chart on an antique window that came from a house down the road from us that was built in 1928. We also found the mantel that was featured in our reception at a bent nail store in Chilliwack BC that we antiqued and restored. I also hand painted the ‘Just Married’ sign and my mother-in-law hand sewed it together for us to have at the reception. I [even] made and put together a Bridesmaid Emergency kit that contained mouthwash, nail files, bobby pins, Advil, and Band Aids,” says Megan.

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What was your favourite moment?

“Our favourite moment of the day was to see each other for the first time before the ceremony. The rush of excitement and pure joy that bursts from inside you has never been so thrilling. It is a moment that will never leave my mind or heart. To see it again on film after the wedding brought all those same feelings inside, we are so glad that Melody was able to capture the moment for us.”

What was your biggest challenge?

“The biggest challenge was planning the seating arrangements. Our two families sat down together one night before the wedding and placed everyone around each table. To say that this was a challenge is an understatement. To figure out where 210 individuals are going to sit and whom they are going to sit beside is way harder than it sounds.

Jason was there to help me with every decision, which helped my mother [and I] remain calm throughout the entire planning process. This wedding and marriage would not have happened if I did not have my best friend there beside me every day supporting and guiding me along the way.”

What’s your advice?

“Have a binder with all receipts, business cards, and contacts and plans in one spot. I carried around a big white binder from the day we were engaged to the night before the wedding. It never left my side; I never lost anything or forgot anything. I would also remind other brides to stay in the moment, and do not let the day pass you by. Jason and I took a couple moments throughout the day to stand aside and spend time with our guests and watch everyone enjoy the evening.”

Congratulations Megan and Jason. Your wedding pictures are simply brilliant.

Megan + Jason’s Style Guide

Photographer: Melody Davis Photography / Wedding Dress: Sofia Tollie from Ruby Bridal, Surrey BC / Chair Covers: Cinderella Chair / Florist: Ernie Klassen of Ashberry & Logan Floral Designers / Makeup Artist: Ashley King of Wedded Bliss / Other: Essential Packaging

DIY Brunch Wedding {Sarah + Brian} 06.09.2012

Laid-back weddings are the best and this ones no exception. It’s pure genius.

It’s full of wonderful vintage knick-knacks, a simple tea length wedding dress, and an impressive doughnut tower that looks remarkably like a profiterole wedding cake.

Chelsea of Chelsea Nicole Photography captured the wedding with the assistance of second shooter Abby Leighanne.

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Chelsea divulges, “This DIY brunch wedding stands out for its creative edge. The Coca Cola bottles, vintage vases, ornately covered books; croquet to entertain quests, doughnut tower, and wild flowers created a rustic, yet vintage venue that mirrored the bride and groom’s free spirit and artistic style.

Being not the typical bride, the guest book was tossed and replaced with a corner table where ‘love notes’ could be written and placed in an ornate box.

Bridesmaids each wore their own dress of choice, as did the groomsmen and flower girls. [Also] an assortment of wildflowers was chosen for bouquets each reflecting the style of that particular bridesmaid who carried it.

After skipping down the aisle to meet her groom, the guests chuckled, vows were exchanged, and everyone could see the true, sincere love these two shared.”

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Cheers and congratulations to the happy couple. Also thank you for sharing your brilliant wedding pictures with One Stylish Bride.

Sarah + Brian’s Style Guide

Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Second Photographer: Abby Leighanne / Location: North Carolina / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

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