You’re in for a real treat today! Jessica and Clint’s intimate wedding is filled with so many sweet handmade details, all handcrafted by the bride herself. Jessica created everything from the boutonnieres to the favors to the desserts to the signs, plus virtually all of the decor! Oh, and just wait until you see Jessica’s darling dress from Dolly Couture… *love.* Jessica and Clint’s wedding was held at the bride’s family home in Sebastopol, California, which was the perfect location for their intimate celebration.

Niels and Maile of Larsen’s Photography are responsible for the lovely images below… enjoy!

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

Photo by Larsen's Photography

My heart feels warm after looking at these photos! What a sweet wedding with so many darling details. Jessica put so much effort in to making this day so special for everyone in attendance, and her hard work truly paid off. Many thanks to Larsen’s Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us. Be sure to check out their blog to see more of their fantastic work!

Have a great day :) xoxo, B

Photographer: Larsen's Photography / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Catering: A La Heart Catering / Bride’s Dress: Dolly Couture / Cake Baker: Michelle Marie's Patisserie

Amanda & Derek’s DIY Beach Wedding

Posted by   Categories // Real Weddings

Hello and happy Monday!

This is going to be a great week here at BT&B… I have 3 fabulous real weddings to share, a gorgeous inspiration shoot, a swoon-worthy engagement session, PLUS a giveaway that will be launching later today, so be sure to check back!

To kick things off, I know you will fall head over heels in love with this DIY beach wedding captured by Ashley Bartoletti Photography. I am obsessed with the color palette of aqua, yellow, and grey, and all of the DIY details that Amanda crafted.

Read on to hear about the wedding details, DIY projects, and some fantastic words of advice from the bride herself.

From Amanda: The venue where we got married, Levyland Estate in San Diego, CA, is a gorgeous house set on the Buena Vista Lagoon reserve and the Pacific Ocean. The  lush, rustic feel of the 3 acre property is contrasted beautifully by the clean lines and modern architecture of the property, so we used this as our inspiration. We used light aqua, yellow and grey as our color palette, and incorporated fun bold patterns and whimsical elements.

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

I’d have to say that the best part of the day, other than getting married of course, was having all of our favorite people in one place. Derek and I both grew up in Southern California (we grew up 2 hours away from each other and never met until we both lived in Maui!) and now live in Washington, so getting married in San Diego was the perfect place for both of our friends and family to be able to celebrate with us.

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

I lived, ate, and breathed DIY for the year before the wedding. Making, baking, and crafting are my creative outlets normally, I sell my creations on Etsy (mandyrae3883.etsy.com)  so it made perfect sense to incorporate those elements into the wedding too. I basically made everything! The ‘I do” & “We Did” signs marking the pathways to the ceremony and reception, our Save the Dates and invitations, the flower girls tutu, the chocolate mustache pops on the candy table as well as the “stache some candy for later” sign. I also made all of the cupcakes (and the cake plates they’re on too!), the small wedding cake (which is actually a dummy cake), the yarn wrapped letters on the bar, and the candy bags that I used my Gocco to print a thank you message on!

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

DIY Beach Wedding

We had quite a few hiccups with the wedding planning, and there were a few times where I wanted to scream! One of the most challenging things was narrowing down our guest list, deciding who to invite and who not to invite is really hard. What was even harder was trying not to offend anyone when we had to make decisions on who was going to make the guest list and who wasn’t. We wanted to keep our wedding fairly intimate, and didn’t want the guest list to spiral out of control and turn into one of those weddings where the Bride and Groom hardly know anyone there. So, when it came down to our parents wanting more of their friends on the guest list, or people wanting to bring a guest who we didn’t know, we had to put our foot down. It didn’t always go so well, but we tried to be as delicate and tactful as possible.

DIY Beach Wedding

One thing that really bothered me during the planning process, was other people throwing in their two cents. A lot of people seem to have their own ideas of what should and shouldn’t be done at a wedding, and when you try and do something outside of those parameters things can get really hairy. This happened over and over during our planning process because we decided to skip a lot of the traditional elements of the wedding, such as the toasts, cake cutting etc. We wanted to tie the knot, and then party, that’s it!  So when I came across this quote, it was amazing! “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.” Whenever things got overwhelming and I felt like I wanted to rip all my hair out, I’d read this, and it really helped!

Many thanks to Ashley Bartoletti Photography for sharing these lovely images, and to Amanda for sharing all of the details with us. I LOVE that quote that Amanda mentioned! Isn’t it so true?? It’s so easy to lose sight of what really matters in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning… but what really matters is you, and your fiance, and spending the rest of your lives together.

A Wedding is a Party, Not a Performance

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xoxo!

Becky

A Yellow Vintage Wedding

Posted by   Categories // Inspiration, Inspiration Boards

Good morning and happy Friday, loves!

Today is an extra special day… my friend Lindsie of the fabulous budget wedding blog Wed4Less Northwest is getting MARRIED today!! Eeeeks!! What’s say we all head over to Lindsie’s blog, twitter, and/or facebook page and leave her some love?? :)

Since I completely dropped the ball on providing Lindsie with a guest post this week, I decided to dedicate today’s post to the beautiful bride. From what I know of Lindsie’s wedding, there is going to be lots of yellow, a vintage vibe, individual stems in bottles, and some super sweet DIY touches. Lindsie’s mom made all of the ties & bow ties for the groomsmen, the boutonnieres, the junior’s bridesmaid dresses, Lindsie’s garters, and all of the tablecloths for the reception! Wow… what an incredible mama.

Anywho, enjoy this inspiration board which is my take on Lindsie’s wedding.

Lindsie, I hope your wedding is everything that you dreamed it would be and MORE! You deserve it!

Yellow Vintage Wedding

{sources: bride & bridesmaids | billy ball cake | tablescape | billy ball boutonniere | yellow shoes | centerpiece | bouquet | yellow heels}

Polka Dot Wedding Inspiration

Posted by   Categories // Inspiration

Good morning! I hope you are doing well on this lovely spring day. Summer is nearly here, can you believe it? This year has been flying by and I am soo ready for wedding season!

I just adore bold patterns in wedding decor and attire. Today’s focus is on polka dots, which can add a fun, vintage-esque vibe to your big day. You can utilize them in just a few elements like your shoes and your paper goods… or go all out and tie them in to several elements. However you decide to incorporate polka dots, your guests will be sure to enjoy this fun detail!

{sources: place setting | invitation suite | wedding dress | place setting | gloves | ties | heels}

Have a lovely Thursday!

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