Although this adorable DIY wedding is a little bit Summer inspired, we couldn’t help but share it with you guys…especially because of the warm, yummy touches that the bride and groom seemed to infuse into each and every detail. Plus I have this thing for yellow and gray weddings. And for succulents. And cute couples that are madly in love. So, for me…this one was a no brainer. If you’d like to see even more, click right here!

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My husband and were married at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Ca this past June 2010. We were on a strict budget so being that we’re both designers (I actually plan and design events), we took on the entire event as a giant DIY project. We’ve loved succulents for years and we have a really extensive succulent garden so the very first decision we made when we got engaged was that we were going to use succulents out of our home garden for our wedding. We spent close to two years growing our plants (we had a long engagement) and about a week before our wedding, we transplanted and allocated them for centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres. My best friend and business partner made all of the bouquets and boutonnieres using white statis, yellow crespedia, white lisianthus, white hydrangea that we purchased at the flower mart along with our homegrown succulents.

We had a summer wedding so we wanted our colors to be bright and cheerful, yellow and gray together are such a nice combination. A few weeks before the wedding, I hosted a craft party where all of my friends came over to make yarn pom poms, cut fabric for our pickle jars, attach cute little flags to straws, and so many other crafty details. My husband and I tackled our invitations together. I illustrated and he created the layouts and we printed them ourselves from our home studio. All of our paper came from Paper Source.

I wore a J.Crew dress as did my bridesmaids and my husband wore a nicely tailored suit purchased at Zara. The groomsmen all purchased their suits at The Men’s Warehouse for a whopping $150 each! My mother-in-law is a wonderful seamstress so she volunteered to make the flower girl dress and we gifted our ring bearer his suit, which we purchased at H&M.

We wanted to incorporate our families wherever possible so my husband’s father was our officiant and my mom (who was both mom and dad to me) and my youngest brother walked me down the isle. My mother-in-law also makes amazing quilts and we wanted to incorporate her talents into our wedding, so guests where asked to sign quilt squares in luie of a guestbook which will become a keepsake wedding quilt for us.

My husband and I absolutely love lemon meringue pie so we opted for wedding pie instead of the usual cake. We had a local pie shop deliver about 14 varieties including our lemony fave that we cut. My husband loves pickling so we decided to can our own pickles and give those away as thank you gifts. During our ceremony guests received cute little paper bags filled with handmade yarn pom poms that they threw after our ceremony was over. Cocktail hour was kicked off with rounds of bocce ball and horseshoes. Overall what we wanted was an intimate, casual-chic, personalized wedding and I think we got that and more.

Event Design, florals: Bride+Groom and onefourthree Events / Invitations+Paper Goods Design: Bride+Groom / Coordination: onefourthree Events / Venue: Calamigos Ranch / Photography: Colin Wolf-Young / Hair: Erinn McMichaels-Aveda Salon, Thousand Oaks, CA / Make-up: Cassondra Nixon / Ceremony music: Carlo Sabayan / DJ: Phillip Sison / Dresses: J.Crew / Brides Shoes: Seychelles / Groom’s suit: Zara / Groomsmen’s suits: The Men’s Warehouse

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