Since I've shown you all the professional pictures of August 28th (and if you haven't looked you should really check out the post A Santa Barbara DIY Wedding first) I thought I'd show you a little of how it all came together. As someone who is obsessed with design and pretty much anything asthetically driven, I was excited to create my dream party. However, I hadn't exactly planned any large scale events before so I had a lot to figure out. My mom and I didn't always choose the simplest route but in the end we got a beautiful one of a kind event without paying an event designer to do the work for us.
One of the first steps in planning a wedding is what kind of save the dates you are going to do. It's a pretty big decision because you want it to introduce the style of your wedding. I've loved the romance of Ralph Lauren's western collections since I was little girl and I grew up a few steps from the beach so these were two key themes. For the colors I choose turquoise (my birthstone) and red with hints of pink which I snuck in sans Ryan's approval...opps!
Obviously the pink started coming out pretty quick as it makes a pretty large appearance in the Save the Date's I designed. In all fairness I tried to do red and turquoise but it was looking a little commercial. Ryan did the simple drawing of the entrance to our venue which I adored. We ended up printing half of them on shiny white paper and half on grainy sand colored paper because we couldn't decide which was better. The white is so crisp and bright but the sand brought it the rustic feeling I was going for.
Invitations and RSVP cards
Mom's embroidered monograms for the thank you cards attached to our party favors. These were one of my favorite elements in our wedding but unfortunately we didn't get very good pictures of them. The finished boxes were also topped with heart shaped gingerbread cookies.
Firelitos to surround the fountain at the center of our reception area. All you need is brown paper bags and a pair of scissors, pretty simple but time consuming.
Stencil I made by blowing up the "R" from the JCrew label in Indesign. Our dog found that piece of wood on the beach with the blue and red paint already on it so all I had to do was paint the letters on top with acrylic paint and tie on some twine.
This vintage french fabric from Bountiful on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach was my dream for our table runners but it was way out of our budget.
Dyeing red and white striped fabric from Ikea gave me a similar look and we bought a bunch of rugs like the one shown below to use as runners for the cocktail tables.
I got a little freaked out the the precariousness of all these cake stands piled up like this but didn't hesitate to pluck mine right off the top. Since it was also from Bountiful it was kinda a splurge but well worth it considering my mom made the cake.
Picking out my flowers at the LA flower mart
Ginger, a beautiful surprise addition to the bouquet's. Never would have discovered it if I had hired a professional florist!
Mock table flower arrangements, we ended up cutting out the eucalyptus for the wedding to get a cleaner look.