Louisiana has never looked lovelier than this Baton Rouge affair filled with DIY details from start to finish. And while those details are as pretty as they come, there’s nothing more special than the family and friends who made it all possible. Collin Richie Photo didn’t miss a beat when capturing this backyard beauty, and you can catch all the handcrafted love with a trip to the full gallery.

From the Bride… When I say this wedding was “DIY,” what I really mean is that it was “DIO”… as in “Did it Ourselves.” As in, every friend and family member that had any contribution to make did so, adding in their love and talent along the way, making our wedding (and the road leading up to it) SO much fun. The ridiculous list of DIO elements include: Bouquets and boutonnieres by my mom and me, Vintage details, all decorating, and day-of coordination by the amazing Heather Sewell Day, a friend and event planner, Cakes by my friend (and boss!), All paper goods (save the dates, invites, and programs) designed, letterpressed, and sewn by myself and my cousin, Music by Dread Clampitt, an awesome band from Grayton Beach, FL and great family friends, Officiated by my grandfather, My Dad wrote and sang a song as part of the ceremony, Homemade rosemary salt favors by the groom and our trusty Cuisinart, Bracelet made from my grandmother’s cameos by my bridesmaid (and a jewelry designer), Lauren.

We got married in the backyard of my cousins’ beautiful Baton Rouge home on May 5, which also happened to be the night of the 2012 supermoon, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. And the whole thing truly lived up to the hype. The day was supposed to have been rain-free, which it was all throughout the sunset ceremony and the beginning of the reception. Just as the band was cutting loose and everyone was eating and drinking, clouds started to gather and threaten to pour. We moved the bar, the band unplugged, and all 150 guests reconvened for an impromptu back porch Southern Louisiana throwdown, with my dad and brother joining in with the band. Once the rain cleared up, we dried off the dance floor and went back out under the moon. These are my favorite shots (and memories) of the night…. especially when the band threw in a “Purple Rain” cover in honor of the weather!

In the months leading up to the wedding, people kept asking me what the “theme” was… and I kept saying, “things I think are pretty.” This may not have been a very satisfying answer, but when I tell you it meant everything turned out as beautifully as it did in my head, it DID. You just don’t have to be able to name your event’s style something like “Boho Circus Chic With an Uptown Modern Twist.”

I stuck to a coral, white, and charcoal scheme for paper goods, table runners, and flowers, and the rest was bajillions of candles in clear glass on tables and hanging from the trees. The flowers I chose were coral peonies, peach Juliet garden roses, white ranunculus, dusty miller, and a few craspedia. Some of my favorite details were: ribbons embroidered with the bridesmaid’s initials for their bouquets; the programs were sewn into glassine bags filled with confetti for the recession; a tree strung with family wedding photos; and the bridesmaids’ own dress picks in shades of coral. I think the photos show the night exactly as I remember it – dreamy.

Wedding Photography: Adam Pitts of Collin Richie Photo / Wedding Venue: Home of the Bride’s Cousin in Baton Rouge, Louisiana / Wedding Decor + Coordination: Heather Sewell Day of The Red Cake Event Planning / Floral Design: DIY by the Bride + Mother; Blooms ordered from Whole Blossoms / Catering: Chelsea’s Cafe / Wedding Invitations: Hope Johnson of The Little Blue Chair / Band: Dread Clampitt / Wedding Dress: Marisa via Pearl’s Place / Bride’s Bracelet: HeavyMetal by Lauren Weiner / Groom’s Suit: Express