Posts Tagged ‘DIY Wedding Decor’

Will & Niki’s Wedding


Drew and I were in a wedding this summer that was SO special and it now being featured on Go look at all the thoughtful details and fun touches the couple dreamed up. Below are some of my personal favorites captured beautifully captured by One Love Photography.

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The coolest wedding venue, Santa Margarita Ranch in San Luis Obispo, CA (no relation to the pinot grigio).

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How amazing are these invitations Niki dreamed up and a friend designed? The double gun heart is a personal highlight for me.

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The bride rocked a J.Crew wedding dress with hot pink nails and lips and the grooms and his men wore gingham.

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The groom found these screen doors and made the pinwheels out of paper himself. How cute is that? They framed the couple during the ceremony under that massive oak tree.

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The bride bought these assorted pom poms and we stuffed them into wax bags sealed with a cool DIY printer labels.

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Lemonade and Sweet Tea greeted guests and the signature drinks after the ceremony were strawberry-vodka and margaritas served in jam jars.

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Mini succulents (bought online and potted by friends) were the escort cards and the favor, so clever.

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Hands down my favorite detail was the names of the tables, Southern expressions from the bride’s colorful father, printed on cool card stock and glued to wooded sticks. If you have a daddy with expressions this good you must incorporate them into your wedding! Friends also potted those succulent centerpieces about a week before the wedding. Drew was in charge of placing the little rocks in the arrangements, don’t they look perfect?

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A twinkle lit barn streaming in twilight, the perfect setting for the delicious Southern Comfort food menu. To protect our party cloths from fried chicken and mac n’ cheese we had paper bibs! See them hanging from the plate, have fun and get messy indeed.

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Dessert was a pie and ice cream extravaganza which I did not eat because I was dancing. Nothing beats a RedShoe dance party, not even pie.


Congratulations Will & Niki!






November Wedding: Lydia & Drew


In the days leading up to my first wedding anniversary I’m excited to share some of the beautiful pictures of our special day. We didn’t hire a photographer but asked an army of talented friends and family to take pics. We are forever grateful to Jen, Patrick, Beth, Aaron, George and Buck for these memories.

Entrance Arch

Rancho del Diablo Dormido in Malibu Canyon, CA

hanging letters my brother Wyatt made us these letters in our signature font, they hung from tree branches

XOXO hanging

Mary and I splashed Ikea fabric with red paint

buttons and bow tiefriends helped us get dressed

Guest Book

Our guest “cook” book was Sunday Suppers at Lucques (our favorite restaurant in LA)

Rosemary Spiced Nuts

darling Sarah made and packaged Rosemary Spiced Nuts

Cokes and Champ

pre-ceremony refreshments

Sophia Champ Cans

ustom Stamped Napkins

Amanda Koosed designed us a monogram and we made it into an ink stamp for paper cocktail napkins

Magnolia Leaves and Berries in Blue Vase

fabric hangings

whimsical painted fabric hangings

Flower Girl on the Whirly

my cousin Sierra was the adorable flower girl

Seating Chart

Amanda found us this signature font which we used everywhere, from the invitations to the seating chart!

Bridal Bouquet

my bouquet of gardenia, magnolia leaves and rosemary tied with a navy velvet ribbon

Lydia and Bridesmaids

stunning bridesmaids in their own dresses

the handsome groom and groomsmen

Drew and Groomsmen

a serious bunch

Love Stories

the bridesmaids carried their favorite love stories down the aisle

Drew + Bridesmaids

Lydia + Groomsmen

Groomesmen SocksDrew gifted the groomsmen colorful socks as a thank you

Wedding Bands

Patrick Adams

Patrick captured under the magnolia leaf ceremony arch

Groomsmen Button from Emerson Made

the men in the bridal party wore fabric buttons from EmersonMade

Dessert Buffet

dessert buffet with homemade treats from family and friends

Champ Toasta toast before we process

… to be continued

A Homemade Wedding: Anjali & Rob


One of our A & O chefs Anjali, got married in September at a farmhouse in San Luis Obispo, Ca. A crafty go-getter she handmade almost EVERY stitch of decor and most of the food and drink for the affair. Her husband Rob contributed a few masculine/hip crafts like a custom mix to welcome guests in their hotels and a timeline of mix cd’s they gave each other over the many years of courtship. Together they infused the entire experience of their wedding weekend with personality, charm and love. And deliciousness. To see the stunning professional pictures strung together in an artful manner, visit A Practical Wedding.


Anjali made countless strands of bunting out of pretty fabrics in the colors of her wedding. Blues, greys and yellow.


Wedding Streamers

The ceremony space was marked by floaty homemade streamers in vibrant hues. I help cut a few of these and let me tell you this was a big project. Totally worth it.


Bunting Place cards

The escort cards for the guests to find their tables were made on little triangles pinned to a line of twine. Echoing the theme of bunting…


Family Recipe Favor Book

The favors were a collection of family recipes spanning many generations and cultures.


Table Setting

The tables were set with mismatched plates that Anjali collected from thrift stores and estate sales. She ordered chic dishtowels with a blue stripe to use as napkins and printed the evening’s menu on paper sandwich bags.  She also made those pretty burlap runners with a friend.

Chili Sauce and Peach Jam

On each table was a treasure trove of homemade condiments to compliment our meal. Sweet chili sauce for the Thai-style grilled chicken and Elberta Peach jam made with Jessica of SQIRL LA that was slathered on baguettes with cinnamon butter. Ayeisha proclaimed the combination a success, “it’s like eating peach pie.”

Dinner Bunting

The dinner area was decorated with long rows of the homemade bunting and strands of cafe lights. Farmer’s market flowers marched down the center of the tables in jars that Anjali collected over the year leading up to the big day.

Homemade Dessert Table

For dessert we feasted on assorted of homemade treats. Friends brought their favorite dessert (I brought the famed A & O Espresso Brownies) and the bride spent the months leading up to the wedding making homemade pies from seasonal fruit and freezing them uncooked. She baked off the pies the day of the wedding with her bridesmaids. PERFECTION.




Lydia’s Wedding Inspiration


Thanks for being so patient for me to share the pictures and creative process of my wedding last fall! Below is a collage I made of the images I pulled from the internet in the early “research” phase of the planning process.

LE wedding inspiration collage

At first I didn’t have any set “colors” or specific “theme” but I found a lot of images I loved and once I pulled them together I could start to see what the night would look like. These images really helped me convey what I wanted to my florist and other vendors too.

Just a taste of what inspired me, I will share some of the fun planning details and decor in the coming weeks!