As a bride who thrifted + crafted for her own big day, I have a soft spot in my heart for a couple who DIYs to create their dream wedding. And this fête from Bluephoto at the kitschy (+ oh-so-cool) Flying Caballos is the perfect example of what months of antiquing, sewing + collecting can produce! Throw in some top-notch vendors and a gorgeous California day, and the result? Simply amazing. See it all here!

From the Bride… I worked so hard to pull together with the help of my sister and maid of honor, whom I lovingly referred to as “MOH-zilla,” as well as wonderful now-husband. He’s wonderful because, let’s face it, a guy can only hear about burlap and mason jars so many times. After my first search of a beach wedding, I realized how quickly that was just not me. I wanted a backyard DIY wedding, and once I found Flying Caballos, I knew it was the place. So began the countless trips to the Pasadena flea market and antique stores — yay! We also wanted to make sure we kept our heritage and our faith. That ended up translating into a cigar roller for my Cuban side, and for his Mexican side, a Mariachi band. I did all the burlap tables runners, the burlap signs, and various decorations were my own as well. This meant lots of trips to downtown LA as well. We used a vintage typewriter from eBay as our guest book, and the vintage sewing table it sat on was a flea market find. I spent months collecting the skeleton keys for the escort cards, something the groom was totally in love with. We both have a love for all things vintage, and I think we were able to show that in our wedding.

Wedding Photography: Jonathan Roberts of Bluephoto / Ceremony: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California / Reception: Flying Caballos Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California / Floral Design: Flowers by Kim / Wedding Cakes + Cupcakes: Jenny Perello at Cake Cathedral / Mariachi Band: Marachi Mexicanisimo / DJ: Kramer Entertainment / Transportation: Classic Motoring Car Rentals / Cake Stands: From the Bride’s Collection / Cigar Bar: Original Handmade Casillas Cigars / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm (Style 8211) / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade “Charm” / Bride’s Sash: DIY by the Bride / Bride’s Hair Feather Fastener: Etsy / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein via Men’s Wearhouse

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