Love, love, love everything about this wedding. It’s completely delicious with touches that are as effortless as they are completely lovely. The gorgeous bride also just happens to write the most adorable blog called August and After, where she’s documented much of her wedding and the planning that went into the day. Plus she includes a few great DIY projects like the centerpieces that she used for her own big day, so it’s definitely worth a trip!

DIY wedding in Arizona

photography by Sarah Neal Photography

More from the beautiful bride…

We did many things to create our wedding with a small budget of around $6,000, including creating our own centerpieces from scratch using mason jars with oil and pictures, old books, vintage maps, and bottles gathered from thrift stores. We also skipped dessert and instead got busy on the dance floor to our DJ, the iBook G4. My lovely ladies did my hair and makeup, and my maid of honor and I purchased our Nicole Miller dresses off of eBay. My hairpiece and bolero was from shops on Etsy and my shoes were actually ballroom dancing shoes, super comfortable for dancing all night! Our guest book was index cards strung up for people to write their wishes or words of wisdom and a “Wedding Tree” where they stamped their thumbprints as leaves.

DIY wedding in Arizona

photography by Sarah Neal Photography

Instead of using our caterer’s supplies we ordered eco friendly serving ware and were able to provide biodegradable cups, utensils, and plates! We skipped traditions we didn’t want to follow, and kept the ones that were important to us. My grandmother handmade a garter for me from my mother’s veil, and the women of my family created my bouquet complete with wheat stocks, feathers, and a bird! Our wedding was perfect for who we were, and how we wanted to start our long life of love and absolute dedication to each other. It was a day full of love, overwhelming love.

DIY wedding in Arizona

photography by Sarah Neal Photography

Thank you so very much to Cori and Evan for sharing their amazingly gorgeous day with us. We are a little bit more in love than we knew was possible, left dreaming of twinkle light dances and picture perfect details. We have more coming up for everyone in just a bit!