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Florals Star In This DIY White Aspen Creative Micro Wedding

September 25, 2022 | justine

Despite their small guest list, Paige and Joey’s White Aspen Creative micro wedding was big on style and unique details. With a creative display of florals, a muted monochromatic color palette, and fashion-forward attire, their stunning celebration was the perfect blend of romantic boho with luxe textures and western charm. And thanks to their planner Curated Mess Co. and talented vendor team, they took the couple’s unconventional ideas and brought their dream day to life!

Complete with vaulted ceilings, an all-white interior, and expansive windows—the cathedral-style space allowed the details to stand out. The scene was set for a heartfelt vow exchange with Louis ghost chairs, a braided jute aisle runner, and a statement backdrop of dried foliage and fresh blooms. After their ceremony, the celebration continued on the outdoor patio. Their reception featured sweetheart peacock chairs and gorgeously styled tables with earthy decor and textured arrangements. Mixed candles and overhead string lights set the cozy mood. 

On top of the stunning setting, the pair’s wedding attire was the standout feature of the day. The groom perfectly matched the vibe with his beige suit with flower embellishments on the shoulders, while Paige was decked in head-to-toe florals. She looked ethereal in her floral print off-the-shoulder gown and accessorized it with a flower crown. Dawn Photo captured every must-see detail that made this celebration unforgettable. So keep scrolling for inspiration that you can quickly pin to your vision board.

The Couple:

Paige and Joey

The Wedding:

White Aspen Creative, Bend, Oregon, United States

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Creating A Cohesive Theme And Setting The Tone Through Their DIY Stationery And Signage

Joseph is an illustrator, so he made our vow books, officiant book, save the dates, invitations, and menus. We got to express our story and who we are through illustration and continue the themes of our special day through our branding. An example is Joseph’s nickname for me is “Buggy.” So that was the inspiration behind his beetle design that was in our stationery and signage.

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How Their White Aspen Creative Micro Wedding Came To Be

It was a no-brainer for us to book at White Aspen Creative. It’s the perfect size for a micro wedding. The space is bright and airy, and being in Bend, Oregon, the outdoor areas are also beautiful. We wanted to go off-site to take some of our photos. And we only had to go five minutes up the road to find the most gorgeous, scenic spot.

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Advice From The Newlyweds: Make Your Wedding Your Own

We didn’t feel like we needed to follow any rules, and we stuck to that. We kept a few traditions we liked and scrapped anything that didn’t excite us. The whole day felt like a dream. Seeing everything come together had us so stoked. Then, of course, the actual getting married part was pretty rad. At the end of the day, that was all either of us cared about. Our advice is to have fun with it and stay true to what you and your partner want. Don’t think that you need to follow any rules. And finally, enjoy this special time in your life, even if things get stressful, and don’t lose sight of what the day is all about.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Dawn Photo
Event Planning – Curated Mess Co.
Venue – White Aspen Creative
Floral Design – Noble Floral Co.
Catering – Dakota Eats
Officiant – Sam Esbin
Live Music – Ian Crawford
Invitation Design – Joseph Thunder Brubeck
Makeup Artist – Kate Hannah Artistry
Wedding Dress – Rue de Seine
Bridal Accessories – Opal Milk
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Gigi Pip + PS Kaufman
Rings – Lauren Wolf Jewelry + Honey and Goldies
Rentals – Great Jones + The Party Place + Heirlooms and Co.

 

Congratulations to Paige and Joey on their White Aspen Creative micro wedding. And a big thank you to Dawn Photo for capturing all the beautiful details and moments and for sharing them with us. 

Couples like Paige and Joey are becoming much more intentional about what they choose to incorporate into their celebration, opting for unique ideas and designs that will truly reflect how they envision their big day. And with the right team of vendors, there’s truly no limit to creativity in achieving a stunning wedding aesthetic!

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Earthy And Natural DIY Tulum Micro Wedding

August 29, 2022 | justine

A luxe boutique resort in the heart of the jungle, DIY decor in a neutral color palette, and chic wedding attire—Imani and Karen’s Tulum micro wedding was a stunning affair in paradise. While planning a destination wedding in the middle of the pandemic might have been challenging, the pair pulled it off in style. By keeping their guest list small, they lucked out and found the perfect location for their spectacular multi-day celebration

With the distinct and intricate Moorish architecture and lush tropical gardens of the Ambre et Epices as their backdrop, the couple exchanged heartfelt vows in a private courtyard ceremony with only their photographers as a witness. For the intimate reception that followed, feathery centerpieces, gauzy linen, rattan chargers, and candles in gold and amber holders complemented the villa’s luxurious charm. 

In addition to the gorgeous aesthetic, the brides’ stylish attire stole the show. Imani’s gorgeous gown with a plunging lace bodice and dramatic train was the right touch of glam, while Karen’s stylish pantsuit brought a sophisticated flair to the occasion. Scroll through these beautiful photos by Junebug members Raw Shoots and get ready to be blown away. This Tulum micro wedding is proof that less is more.

The Couple:

Imani and Karen

The Wedding:

Ambre et Epices, Tulum, Mexico

Junebug Members Raw Shoots Captured The Emotions Of Their Big Day In The Most Natural Way

Raw Shoots is so aptly named because no matter what emotion my wife and I were experiencing at the moment, you see it unfiltered in the photos. They looked so effortless. So many photos made Karen and I say, “How did they get that angle? I didn’t even know they were there.” We weren’t posing or trying too hard. And because of that, I can look back on the photos and feel all those feelings again.

How Their Tulum Micro Wedding Came To Be

Our options for a destination wedding were limited as we got married during the pandemic, so we were lucky to find our venue. We were looking for somewhere to have our ceremony and reception, but we could also stay with our guests for a few days of extended celebration. We also searched high and low to find somewhere that photographed well. We’re fans of Moroccan architecture and were floored when we discovered Ambre et Epices on Airbnb.

The Emotional First Look Was Their Favorite Part Of The Day

We have so many favorite moments, but one of them has to be our first look. This was a moment that Raw Shoots helped us to plan that we didn’t even know we’d find so special. I remember standing in my wedding gown in the courtyard of our venue, turning around to see Karen, and thinking, wow, I’ve never seen anyone or anything more lovely in my life. As soon as she and I made eye contact, we couldn’t look away. We were giddy, giggly, and a bit teary-eyed, too, because it finally hit us that we were about to take this beautiful leap together.

A Private Vow Exchange Between Just The Two Of Them

Our guests arrived at the villa on the day of our vow exchange, but we decided we wanted a private ceremony before guests arrived. Our photographers were the only people who witnessed our vows, and this privacy let us be fully in the moment with each other. When Karen and I heard each other’s vows, it was for the first time–we didn’t rehearse–so the emotions that came up were beautifully authentic. We both shed quite a few happy tears–props to Prep Tulum for our flawless makeup, which did not budge. Hilariously, Karen and I planned our vows but didn’t plan any words for exchanging our rings. So when it came to that point, we both just laughed and slid those babies on each other’s fingers.

DIY Decor And A Muted Color Palette To Match The Moroccan-Inspired Venue 

My wife and I opted for a DIY micro wedding, and we had fun planning the entire thing together down to the last detail. We wanted something effortless yet refined. We chose to decorate minimally, leaning into the venue’s stunning Moroccan-inspired architecture and the surrounding natural beauty of Tulum. We gave our guests a suggested dress code of dusty pastels and neutrals and embellished the rustic outdoor dining table with the same muted botanical color palette. We had a very intimate guest list, so we wanted the vibe to reflect that intimacy. Every person had been hand chosen to spend this day with us, so we wanted it to feel luxurious.  At the same time, it was important that everyone felt at home, so we kept things simple and not over-produced.

Their Small Guest List Allowed Them To Spend More Quality Time With Everyone

We kept our guest list under ten people to minimize the risk of COVID and keep us from feeling like we constantly had to be “on” for our guests. So, once it came time for the big day, we felt a great deal of peace. Our family members and friends came from different states and countries, and many met each other for the first time. Our guests bonded miraculously quickly, underscoring what a strong union Karen and I have created with one another.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Raw Shoots
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Ambre et Epices
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Prep Hair Tulum

 

Congratulations to Imani and Karen on their earthy and natural DIY Tulum micro wedding. The beauty of micro weddings is that it allows a couple to slow down, take it all in, and remember what the day is about—marrying the love of your life! 

Because of the intimate nature of micro weddings, choosing a photographer who can authentically capture these special moments as they unfold is even more critical. So big thanks to Junebug members Raw Shoots for capturing all the beautiful memories of the happiest day of their lives. To see more of their talent, check out their profile in our directory of photographers from around the world.

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Lakeside Summer Camp Wedding with DIY Details

July 2, 2022 | riley

Katie and Scott considered eloping, but when it came down to it, they knew their loved ones had to be there when they said their “I dos.” And what better way to celebrate after having been together for ten years than a lakeside summer camp wedding weekend with the people that helped get them there. Tucked away in picturesque countryside with vintage cabins overlooking the wetlands, Camp Wandawega proved to be the perfect place for a multi-day celebration with fun activities, great food, and relaxed vibes. 

With a self-proclaimed DIY queen for a bride, they created a whimsical and nostalgic celebration like a perfectly curated Wes Anderson movie. The bride did it all—from the stationery and signage to the florals and decor. For the ceremony, the couple exchanged vows under a beautiful canopy of trees. It was followed by a tented reception that featured wispy floral arrangements, rustic boho decor, and the romantic glow of candles and string lights. The couple and their guests then danced the night away after the party switched to a silent disco.

The pair definitely pulled out all the stops, and no detail was overlooked when it came to their weekend celebration. From the thoughtful welcome bags and farewell waffle brunch to all the meaningful and personalized elements in between, scroll through these dreamy photos captured by Junebug member Iron + Honey Photography. This lakeside summer camp wedding is filled with clever and creative steal-worthy ideas.

The Couple:

Katie & Scott

The Wedding:

Camp Wandawega, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

How Their Lakeside Summer Camp Wedding Came To Be

I stumbled upon Camp Wandawega on Instagram and instantly became obsessed. I reached out to them before we were engaged and shared my wild idea with Scott when we got engaged. While we were touring it and up in the tree house, he looked at me and said, “Wow. I get it. This is amazing, and I don’t want to get married anywhere else”. We wanted the weekend to celebrate our ten years together with the people who helped get us there. We wanted it to be memorable and different from a traditional wedding where everyone is just going through the motions. The setting allowed everyone to loosen up, and I have a distinct memory of looking around and seeing all of our family and friends mingling and bonding, which was so special.

They Began Their Big Day By Spending Quality Time With One Another And With Their Loved Ones

I think one of the best parts of the day was waking up super early before everyone else on the wedding day and going up in the tree house together and writing the notes we would read to each other at our first looks. This was such a special time that we got to spend together on such a fun but chaotic day. Scott loved jumping in the lake in the morning and playing volleyball and basketball with his friends.  

Personalizing The Ceremony Through DIY Decor And Having A Cousin Officiate

Everything at our ceremony was so unique and personalized. I made all the floral arrangements, and we had a special table at the front of the entrance with handmade vellum envelopes with the ceremony details and dried flowers inside for people to throw as we left the altar. On the table, we had our box for cards and photos of all of our parents, grandparents, and loved ones’ weddings to hopefully follow in their footsteps. We had Scott’s cousin as our officiant, and he shared some amazing stories about our relationship, which made it special.

Advice For DIY Couples: Hire A Day-Of Coordinator 

Our day-of coordinator was some of the best money that we spent. Madda of Cherry Blossom Events helped make my vision come to life, and without her and her team, I think the day would have been a huge flop. She was amazing, and I recommend every DIY bride to splurge on a coordinator. Don’t let your wedding to-do list overwhelm you. Do one thing every day, and soon that list will disappear. It is such an overwhelming process, but make sure to enjoy it too. Nothing like this will ever happen again in your lifetime.

Why You Should Create A Wedding Email & Consider Getting A Wedding Credit Card 

I tell all of our newly engaged friends to make a wedding email. This helps keep everything in one place and helps you share responsibility in the wedding process. Second, I tell everyone to get a shared credit card. This helped us learn to share money, keep all our expenses for the wedding in one place, and got us tons of points we could use after the wedding. We were virtually able to get our honeymoon for “free” with the number of points we accumulated. 

Saving Thousands By DIYing The Decor

Everything at the wedding was a DIY project for us—the invitations, decor, signage, and floral arrangements. I made special door hangers with everyone’s name as a hotel would do and a note on the back that said, “do not disturb, partied too hard with the newlyweds.” I am so proud of how unique and memorable our wedding was. I truly surprised myself with how much I was able to do and the thousands of dollars we saved because of it. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Iron and Honey Photography
Day of Coordinator – Cherry Blossom Events
Venue – Camp Wandawega
Catering – Hidden Kitchen MKE, Banzo Food Truck, El Grito Taqueria
Dessert – Sweet Tooth Ice Cream
DJ – Toast and Jam
Videography – Eternally Yours Collective
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist – Patty Mcguire
Wedding Dress – Diana’s Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – State & Liberty
Rings – Kristin Coffin
Rentals – Event Essentials, A La Crate Rentals, Crown Restrooms
Transportation – Jones Transportation
Bartending – Pour Bartending Services

 

Congratulations to Katie and Scott on their lakeside summer camp wedding with DIY details. And big thanks to Junebug member Iron + Honey Photography for capturing the magic that comes from being surrounded by the natural beauty of the outdoors. To see more gorgeous celebrations like this one, check out her profile in our directory of talented photographers from around the world.

Like Katie and Scott, finding a venue that is realistic to your wedding vision is important to achieve your celebration’s overall feel and theme. To help you navigate this crucial wedding planning decision, check out our guide to finding the perfect venue to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

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Dazzling DIY Disco Themed Orchid Farm Wedding

June 1, 2022 | riley

Emulating California’s golden hour through a color palette of caramel, coral, and peach, Patrick and Connor’s Orchid Farm wedding was filled with unique DIY details all done within three months! Due to the pandemic, the pair had to push their wedding date a year. But, with the help of their planner Anthology Studios, they pulled off a whimsical disco party with their closest loved ones.

Using eye-catching arrangements by Desert Rose Florals to frame the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Barbara coastline, the dashing grooms exchanged heartfelt vows in a breathtaking clifftop ceremony. After tying the knot, their dazzling greenhouse reception featured a floating installation of mixed dried foliage, fresh blooms, and glittery disco balls. 

From the handcrafted earthy and retro accents down to the epic fashion, the love, effort, and creativity the couple poured into their big day will blow you away. Scroll through these captivating images by Morgan McCanne and be prepared to see some serious oceanside meets greenhouse wedding inspiration.

The Couple:

Connor and Patrick

The Wedding:

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Santa Barbara, CA

Why They Chose To Have An Orchid Farm Wedding

We saw our venue on a few wedding blogs in late 2018. After some digging, we found the name and contact on Yelp and set up a walkthrough. We visited and instantly fell in love. The California coastline ceremony site and greenhouses for cocktails and reception were everything we were looking for. We knew we wanted to get married in the Santa Barbara area, so we researched other venues but always came back to Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm.

Personalizing Their Ceremony By Writing Their Own Vows And Including Their Loved Ones

At the beginning of the ceremony, we had our wedding bands passed throughout our guests for them to impart good vibes and best wishes before our vows and placement of the rings. Our dog was our flower girl, too! She loved greeting the guests and being the center of attention. I also loved our vows. We wrote them separately, but the similarities showed just how aligned our brains are. We laughed and cried and it was such a loving moment.

How The Couple Added All Of The DIY Touches To Their Orchid Farm Wedding

We didn’t go into wedding planning thinking we would DIY as much as we did, but we had such a specific vision that it was easier for us to create these goods rather than compromise the look we were going for. When we didn’t see premade elements online, we took it into our own hands and made them ourselves. Thanks to Photoshop and a Cricut, we made all the paper goods and signs. We also designed and made our escort card installation, hand-sewed table overlays, made bracelets for our wedding party, and constructed custom signage stands.

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A DIY Wedding Was A Lot Of Hard Work But A Rewarding Experience

We’re proud of everything we handcrafted to make our pretty specific vision come to life. It was a lot of work and time, but we love how everything came together. I know everyone says to let go of everything at the start of your day so you can fully enjoy it, but to be honest, since we were so heavily involved with the gritty details, it didn’t happen so easily for us. I remember heading down to the ceremony site and seeing all of our friends and family having a good time, waiting for us, and remembering feeling all of the stress melt away. It was like a button clicked off, and we could finally let go. 

Working With Photographer Morgan McCanne Felt Natural And Easy

Morgan is the photographer of our dreams. We worked with her on our engagement shoot and immediately felt so comfortable with her. Since our wedding was pushed a year, it was a little longer until we could see her again, but it felt like we had one of our good friends with us the entire day. She was up for any locations and poses and made us feel completely comfortable. Not to mention that the final edited photos are just beyond anything we could have imagined. They are the perfect representation and reminder of our special day. We honestly still get overwhelmed—in the best possible way—every time we look at the photos.

Charitable Donations Honoring Their Grandmothers

We personalized wooden fans for the guests during the ceremony but didn’t give out traditional wedding favors. Instead, we donated to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s foundations. We each had grandmothers who suffered from these diseases, so we wanted to give back to them in this way.

They Treated Their Guests To An Unexpected And Fun Wedding Menu

Before the ceremony, we had alcoholic and non-alcoholic popsicle pour-overs provided by Mom and Pop Shop Popsicles. We had a full open bar and three signature drinks named after us and our dog, Cali, during the cocktail hour, complete with custom drink stirrers. We also had Mexican-inspired appetizers and a delicious full-service taco bar for dinner by Nana’s Catering. For dessert, we had churros and McConnell’s Ice Cream—a Santa Barbara staple. Patrick’s best friend from high school also made a small tres leches cutting cake for us. These elements helped make our day special, and our guests loved a more unique wedding reception dinner.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Morgan McCanne Photo
Event Planning – Anthology Studios
Venue – Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm
Floral Design – Desert Rose Florals
Catering – Nana’s Catering
Dessert – The Churro Cart CA
DJ – Vox DJs
Hair Styling – Ciao Bella
Groom’s Apparel – Moss Bros
Bridal Party’s Apparel – The Black Tux & Lulu’s
Rings – Tiffany & Co.
Rentals – Party Pleasers
Photobooth – Selfie Booth Co.
Lighting & Disco Balls – Ambient Event Design
Transportation – Jump on the Schoolbus
Popsicle/Pourover Welcome Station – Mom & Pop Shop
Bartenders & Staffing – National Bar Staffing

 

Congratulations to Patrick and Connor on their dazzling DIY disco-themed Orchid Farm wedding. We’re so glad that Morgan McCanne was there to capture every stunning detail and swoon-worthy moment of the day. 

Thinking of going full-scale DIY for your wedding like this couple? Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to personalize your ceremony and reception, but they can be overwhelming if you’re not careful. Check out our DIY planning guide for helpful tips to stay on track and on budget.

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Curated DIY Wedding Florals With Flower Moxie

May 30, 2022 | riley

If hiring a florist isn’t in your wedding budget, our friends at Flower Moxie have a solution with their approachable take on wedding day florals. From simple elopements to lavish weddings, every couple deserves florals that bring pops of color, elegance, and incredible fragrance to their day! 

When their founder—a veteran event florist and planner—discovered that she couldn’t afford floral services for her own wedding, she realized that DIY couples were getting left behind. Their mission is to change that. Because the truth is that when you DIY wedding florals you are becoming your own florist, and Flower Moxie is ready to help you succeed.

Curated DIY Wedding Florals

Flower Moxie was built by floral design professionals and they’ve curated over 30 different wedding collections for DIYers to take advantage of. Sort the options on their website and you’ll be able to see professionally curated collections starting at $350. You can even sort by color scheme!

Each curated package includes an itemized list of every stem and bunch. You’ll know exactly what you can make and the cost breakdown so you can compare quotes. 

Junebug Tip: build your own collection

Not sure about the collections they’ve built? No problem! You can build your own with their a la carte menu. They have recommended add-ons on every page that call out the flowers that work well with the color palette so you won’t have to go searching for them.

Custom Designs With A Pro

Work with one of Flower Moxie’s florists for some professional guidance without any pressure, upselling, or extra stress. Their freelance floral designers are real florists who have worked on hundreds of real weddings and respect budget ranges. They’re quick to give ideas on how to make the most of your wedding floral budget.

As part of the process, your floral designer will provide a customized mood and design board, floral recipes, and build your cart for easy checkout. This top-tiered custom design package includes the design call, two revisions, and a second strategy call a few weeks before your wedding to ensure you’re ready to tackle your arrangements.

Pick Your Arrangements, Then What?

Flower Moxie’s amazing service doesn’t stop after you’ve added your arrangements to your shopping cart. Buying your DIY florals with Flower Moxie also gives you access to printable instructions, a corresponding Pinterest board, design explanation videos, and a checklist of the other supplies you’ll need. Every detail is covered in their DIY Masterclass, which is available for free to their customers!

They’ve even created a library of exclusive floral tutorial videos for couples to feel confident in their capabilities. If the videos don’t cover exactly what you’re looking for, you can also ask them for specific tutorials. They’re serious about customer service and empowering their customers.

When your blooms arrive and it’s time to build your arrangements, have your wedding party get in on the fun! Flower Moxie couples say that arranging florals before their wedding remains a treasured memory with their loved ones. 

Flower Moxie Has Your Back

Don’t forget to check out the supplies options—it’s full of inexpensive vase wear, floral snips, ribbon, floral foam, and much more. Get started and order your DIY florals with Flower Moxie today. The first 25 customers to use the code JUNEBUG will get $25 off their order, so don’t wait!

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Totally Glam DIY Wedding

May 25, 2022 | justine

Not even the pandemic could get in the way of a love like Mitsuko and Antony’s. After changing their wedding plans again and again, they decided to take a nontraditional approach to their big day. With the help of family, the couple pulled off two flawless fêtes that were effortless and intentional. It was a totally glam DIY wedding with a classic black and white palette, artful florals, timeless fashion, and a modern aesthetic—details that will never go out of style. 

The couple exchanged their vows surrounded by their closest loved ones in a beautiful traditional ceremony at the Paroisse Saint-Jean-Baptiste. It was followed by a reception at the Tucker House Renewal Centre that felt grand with the clear top tent. Crystal chandeliers added sparkle overhead, while the metallic candle votives paired on guest tables were the right touch of luxe. Lush centerpieces and a unique backdrop installation with floral clouds by Sonja Créations gave the dreamiest of vibes.

From the floral decor and the homey menu to all the other creative and personalized elements in between, scroll through these swoon-worthy photos captured by Junebug members Joel & Justyna. This glam DIY wedding is packed with ideas for you to steal.

The Couple:

Mitsuko and Antony

The Wedding:

Ottawa, Canada

Photographer And Junebug Members Joel & Justyna’s Thoughts On This Glam DIY Wedding

We loved photographing Mitsuko and Antony twice—the first time for their civil wedding and again for their sequel celebration. Their wedding was really special. Mitsuko’s family did the bulk of the work. Her mother not only planned and designed the day, but she also did all the florals and catered the reception with home-cooked food.

Staying Flexible—A Must For Planning A Wedding During A Pandemic

We changed our wedding plans so many times because of the pandemic, so being flexible and patient was important. Thankfully, our vendors were helpful and accommodating. The pandemic made us realize what mattered—to have both our families come together to support our union.

Photographer And Junebug Members Joel & Justyna Captured Both Their Weddings

This wasn’t our first time working with our photographers. The first time was when we had our civil wedding in 2020. Joel & Justyna were a dream to work with. They’re passionate, creative, professional, and truly amazing. Each picture is unique and tells a story, making it special to us.

Serving Food And Drinks That Reflect Their Personalities And Haitian Heritage

For the cocktail hour, Whalesbone provided a variety of delicious fresh oysters, accompanied by custom cocktail drinks provided by Bartendo. Both being Haïtian, we wanted to include traditional meals on the menu. We worked closely with our caterer Sonja Creations, and she truly listened to our needs and delivered. We still receive compliments from our guests for the food. Ketny Théogene curated a dessert bar and wedding cake matching our aesthetic to complete the menu. It was truly a success with our guests.

Heartfelt Speeches From Loved Ones Made Their Big Day More Special

The speeches were the most memorable part of our wedding day. They brought us lots of joy, laughter, and happy tears. Hearing the speeches brought back so many beautiful memories and made us feel grateful to know how loved we are.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Joel & Justyna
Ceremony Venue – Paroisse Saint
Reception Venue – Tucker House Renewal Centre
Floral Design + Catering – Sonja Créations
Bridal Bouquet – Pollen Nation
Hair Styling – AMC Hair Studio
Rings – Goldform
Rentals – ABP

 

Congratulations to Mitsuko and Antony on their totally glam DIY wedding. And big thanks to Joel & Justyna for capturing all the unique details that made this chic wedding one for the books. 

If you’re feeling inspired to bring to life a DIY wedding of your own, start by checking out more of Joel & Justyna’s work  in our directory of talented photographers from around the world. Then read through our DIY guide for couples on a budget or those wanting to get hands-on during their planning process.

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Vibrant New Orleans Wedding With DIY Galore

February 5, 2022 | riley

Chalise and Madeline admittedly love to DIY pretty much everything in their lives, so naturally, their wedding was no exception. Planning a wedding can be equally stressful and exciting, but the couple had a lot of fun bringing their wedding vision to life. With the help of their family and friends, they did an impressive job at crafting a vibrant New Orleans wedding with personalized DIY details galore.

With its quirky charm, the historic French Quarter Wedding Chapel was the perfect venue for their ceremony. And in true New Orleans fashion, the couple and their loved ones took to the streets to celebrate right after. They incorporated the same fun vibe into the details of their reception by transforming their family backyard with their eclectic styling of bright colored flowers, blush-toned velvet table covers, pink and teal tableware, cute koozies, and tongue-in-cheek note cards. 

All of their hard work definitely paid off—their big day was not only bursting with color and personality, but it looked like it was a total blast too. Check out the creative ways Chalise and Madeline made their wedding uniquely their own, all amazingly captured by Savanna Sturkie!

The Couple:

Chalise and Madeline

The Wedding:

French Quarter Wedding Chapel, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Most Memorable Part Of Their Vibrant New Orleans Wedding

It’s hard to pinpoint a specific moment because the whole day was so magical, but our time at the chapel really stands out. It was just us, our sisters, Madeline’s Mom, and Chalise’s Dad. It was such a beautiful little ceremony. The weather forecast was predicting some heavy rain, and the skies looked very ominous as we approached the chapel, but by the time we finished, the skies were crystal clear.

Wedding Day Surprise

With all the excitement and tension of getting ready and meeting at the chapel, we realized we had left our marriage license at home. Chalise’s dad had to drive back to our house to get it. Luckily we only lived about 10 minutes away. Our service was scheduled for no longer than 30 minutes, but because we had a little hiccup, it was shortened quite a bit. But it all worked out in the end.

Working With Photographer Savanna Sturkie

We knew going into it that finding the right photographer for us was one of our top priorities. We wanted a specific look and someone who was not only open with photographing a queer couple but promoted it as well. Savanna Sturkie was truly everything we could have hoped for and so much more. We saw her portfolio and fell in love with her work, then had our first meeting and fell in love with her. She made us feel so comfortable the entire day. It felt more like a friend than a hired photographer. She was able to capture the most intimate and beautiful moments while also sneaking those candid moments that are priceless.

A DIY Wedding They Can Be Proud Of

We are really proud that we were able to plan this day ourselves. We didn’t have a planner, so everything from the invitations to the menu was created by us. We spent months planning and organizing everything. We are both creative people and had a lot of fun seeing our vision come to life. It really wasn’t until the tables were set up that we saw all our hard work had paid off. Madeline’s mother was kind enough to allow us to use her backyard as our venue. And with help from our family and friends—it all came together perfectly.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Savanna Sturkie
Venue – French Quarter Wedding Chapel
Floral Design – Florstead Company
Cake – Michelle Van Boogie
Videography – Lauren Terry
Hair Styling – Jessica Jackson
Wedding Dress – Pinup Girl Clothing
Suit – Top Man

 

Congratulations to Chalise and Madeline on their vibrant New Orleans wedding. And big thanks to Savanna Sturkie for capturing the fun vibe and all the other unforgettable moments of the happiest day of their lives! Whether it’s keeping wedding traditions that are important to you or finding creative ways to show your pride, your big day should be as unique as you and your partner are—so celebrate your day your way!

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Perfectly Customized DIY Yosemite Elopement

April 7, 2021 | riley

A touching first look, a ceremony overlooking all of Yosemite, and an elopement picnic to celebrate–Madison and Dallas’ DIY Yosemite elopement was the perfect combination of boho and adventurous. Despite the National Park being closed due to COVID and wildfires, the couple made their dream day come true, and we can’t get enough of it.

From the hand-written vows to the cliffside portraits captured by Wesley Harden to a DIY charcuterie board, every detail was carefully planned out by the newlyweds themselves. So keep scrolling to see how these two proved that although wedding planning can be quite the climb, the view from the top is always worth it.

The Couple:

Madison and Dallas

The Wedding:

Yosemite National Park, California

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Why A DIY Yosemite Elopement

We are an adventurous couple—always hiking and traveling. We chose Yosemite because it’s beautiful and we had never been there previously, but now it’s a special place we can visit as often as we would like!

All Odds Were Against Them

We’re so proud of the fact that the wedding even happened. All the odds were against us, with COVID closing the park and wildfires shutting the park down as well. We’re so proud that we made it happen so beautifully.

A DIY Elopement Picnic Set-Up

I DIYed our table setup, I was quoted $1700 for a simple tablescape, so I went to World Market and replicated it with my own flare for a fraction of the cost. We also brought in everything for the charcuterie board.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Wesley Harden
Venue – Yosemite National Park
Floral Design – Chocolate & Posies
Cake – Eddie’s Bakery & Cafe
Officiant – From The Heart Ceremonies
Videography – Emma K Films
Makeup Artist – Jennifer Hull
Hair Styling – The Hair Loft Clovis
Wedding Dress – Rish via Alta Moda Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse

 

Congratulations again to Madison and Dallas on their DIY Yosemite elopement! Thank you to Wesley Harden for sharing their special day with us. If you’re planning your own elopement, be sure to check out our ultimate elopement planning checklist to get started.

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DIY And Micro Wedding Florals From Bouqs Weddings

January 20, 2021 | morgan

person in The Bouqs Co apron working on florals

One of our favorite floral companies recently launched micro wedding floral packages and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to shout about it from the rooftops. In addition to their new packages, The Bouqs Co. Weddings (Bouqs Weddings) understands that planning a wedding during a pandemic is less than ideal. Like us, they’re here to help couples navigate this strange time.

If you’re not familiar with Bouqs Weddings, get ready to fall in love—specifically with their personalized touch, fresh florals, and straightforward pricing. 

wedding party bouquet

Why Order Wedding Florals From Bouqs Weddings

Bouqs Weddings offers the perfect variety of options for wedding florals. Whether an elopement, micro wedding, or large wedding is in your future, couples browsing their website aren’t overwhelmed by options. Don’t let the minimalist packaging stop you—they are all completely customizable. 

Bouqs floral arrangement

Start by picturing your wedding color scheme and choosing from their Wedding Collections, then someone from their team will help you every step of the way. Because of their focus on premium-quality florals at budget-friendly prices, they have quickly become the friendly, helpful, go-to contact for anything wedding flowers related. 

Romance florals

DIY Floral Wedding Packages

Bouqs Weddings offers dreamy DIY packages that are fun, easy to put together, and can be personalized to every couple’s wedding day vibes. Seriously, the sky is the limit when it comes to these options.

It comes as no surprise that many DIYers enjoy the process of putting the arrangements together. Depending on how much DIY you’re taking on for your wedding, focusing on DIY florals are an easy way to bond with your wedding party. They also provide a great opportunity to stop and smell the roses—literally—to appreciate the moments before your big day. The DIY packages can be a fun project before the wedding, especially since it’s an option that fits most budgets. 

bridal bouquet

DIY Doesn’t Mean You’re Alone 

Customer service matters to Bouqs Weddings. They know couples are counting on these florals to make their weddings unforgettable and that most couples have limited floral arranging experience. Because of this, purchasing a DIY package doesn’t mean you’re left hanging to create these arrangements yourself. 

They provide step-by-step guidance, video instruction, and one-on-one question and answer sessions to make the process as seamless as possible. Whether it’s you and your partner or your whole wedding team assisting with florals, you’ll be in good hands.

bridal arrangement

Micro Wedding Florals Launch

As stated on their website, Bouqs Weddings knows that even small weddings deserve beautiful florals. While watching more couples pivot their wedding plans to opt for something more intimate—like elopements or micro weddings—they realized they could help. 

wedding flower crown

Hoping to make planning a little easier for couples exploring ways to make their weddings work, they launched special micro weddings packages to make sure each couple has stunning flowers for their wedding, big or small. 

The micro wedding packages include options for multiple bouquets, boutonnieres, or a mix of both. These simple and timeless options will keep you and your partner ready for the magic of your special day. 

table decor

Reliably Fresh Florals With Even Fresher Pricing

By working with Bouqs Weddings, you can rest easy knowing your wedding florals will be delivered on time. Plus their premium-quality wedding flowers at budget-friendly prices have helped couples save up to 80% of the costs associated with a traditional florist. Plus, since their flowers are shipped directly from eco-friendly farms, they’ll look absolutely stunning on your wedding day. 

woman holding simple florals

Bouqs Weddings has floral shipping down to a science. When these sustainably-sourced flowers arrive, they’ll be in bud form. This process ensures you won’t need to worry about droopy flowers on the most important day of your life. With proper care—which they’ll provide instructions for—they’ll bloom just before the wedding day to look their best. The timely blooming also means they’ll last for about a week after the wedding. So you can keep your flowers or send them home with your guests as a fresh and fun wedding favor. 

floral details

No matter the size, Bouqs Weddings will help make your wedding as beautiful as you hoped. If you’ve had to postpone or scale back your guest list, their micro wedding and DIY options are for you. Flowers by Bouqs Weddings are luxurious, beautiful, and of the highest quality—check out their website to see how affordable they can be for your upcoming elopement, micro wedding, or ceremony. 

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DIY Wedding Inspiration Roundup

October 21, 2020 | riley

Image by Autumn Nicole Photo. See more of this real wedding here.

We know how much goes into planning a wedding. You have to figure out the venue, the guest list, the menu, the decor, etc.–all of this revolving around money. That’s why more and more couples are opting to add DIY touches to their special day. Getting crafty is not only one of the easiest ways to save money, but it’s also a great way to add personal touches to your nuptials.

Junebug couples continue to surprise us with new and creative DIY ideas that make their wedding unique. That’s why we decided to put together a round-up of some of our favorite elements that couples have put together themselves. Get ready to be inspired because these are some seriously epic details.

DIY Invitations

Image by Hailey Pierce Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Olivia Strohm Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Stacie Carr Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Natalie J Weddings. See more of this real wedding here.

DIY Wedding Fashion

Image by Brooke Shannon Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Jaicee Morgan. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Sheila Nolt Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Kayla Esparza Photography. See more of this real wedding here

DIY Wedding Backdrops

Image by Jane Lee. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Katie Carlson. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Madison Katlin Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Hailey Pierce Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by VinylRae Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Carmen Lopez Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Olivia Strohm Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Jaicee Morgan. See more of this real wedding here

DIY Florals

Image by Erika Diaz. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Whit McGuire Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Payton Marie Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Swak Photography. See more of this real wedding here.  

Image by Meredith Washburn. See more of this real wedding here

DIY Signage

Image by Gabrielle Desmarchais. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Jessie Schultz Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Carmen Lopez Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Arina B Photography. See more of this real wedding here

DIY Seating Chart

Image by Tida Svy. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Autumn Nicole Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Jane Lee. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Isaiah and Taylor Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Caroline Ro. See more of this real wedding here.

DIY Reception Decor

Image by Paige Nelson. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Nikki Mills. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Payton Marie Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Malorie Kerouac Photography. See more of this real wedding here.  

Image by Cody & Allison Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Wild & Grace. See more of this real wedding here

Image by Kadie Hummel Photography. See more of this real wedding here

Now that we’ve inspired you, it’s time to start planning your own. Check out our guide on how to plan a unique wedding and you’ll be a planning pro in no time.

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