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    Colorful Fiesta Wedding

    Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography

    Sometimes a wedding submission comes in that makes me so excited to do all the work it takes to feature a real wedding (and it is a lot of work for this one woman show of a blog called Oh Lovely Day). This is one of those weddings. From the amazing paper floral ceremony arch (DIY at it’s finest) to all of the fun little details and the personal story behind them, I am in love with today’s wedding. I know you’ll love it as much as I do.Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light PhotographyColorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light PhotographyColorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography

    I met Manda Wong, a talented artist, through one of my bridesmaids. I reached out to her about my vision for papel picado wedding invitations she told me that she did not have experience making invitations like that but that she was willing to give it a try. She was there by my side with every crazy idea I had and we both would be sending numerous messages brainstorming throughout the months trying to get our invitations, RSVP cards, envelopes, seating chart, and thank you cards completed. She also made the amazing Tapatio bottles that we gave to our wedding guests as favors. I couldn’t have done it without her help!

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    How stunning is the detail on that cake!?

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    Can you believe that backdrop and the flower arch for the ceremony were DIY by the bride!? They took her two months to create, and I think they were worth every second. She talks more about it below!

    Colorful Fiesta Wedding | Lady of Light Photography

    Some details on creating and sourcing the materials for their dream Mexican wedding (including that awesome ceremony arch and backdrop) from the bride:

    It started with my husband suggesting we have a Mexican wedding so we could eat Mexican food… (brilliant!) During the early planning we took a trip to Zacatecas, Mexico to a little town called Cruz Verde where my parents are from. While we were in Mexico we bought most of our wedding decorations. We went to Guadalajara Jalisco to a Mercado called San Juan de Dios where we negotiated prices and bought so many decorations we couldn’t take it in one trip. It’s where we bought the Charro hats, luchadores masks, and most of the props. Before we left we visited a woman who works from home making personalized table napkins, pillowcases and other household items. We sat with her and told her that for our wedding we wanted personalized table napkins for all our guests and we wanted our names, wedding date and other decorations engraved in the napkins. At that time, we knew we wanted the royal blue and persimmon colors for our wedding so within 45 minutes with her old Singer sewing machine and a needle she engraved an example for us. We loved it and placed an order right there! After we left, my mom and I were on the phone every other day and as soon I would get more ideas I would ask her to purchase the items. One day, I saw a picture of a Mexican wedding on Pinterest and they had colorful papel picado as one of their decorations, I called my mom and told her about it and she loved the idea she immediately got in contact with several vendors until she found the right one. I told her we wanted our names and wedding date engraved in the papel picado and we were able to get exactly what we wanted. It took a month to complete because it’s a time consuming process involving chiseling delicate tissue paper with a small hammer and chisel. Houston (my husband) and I wanted to have tequila as toasts during speeches but due to restrictions at the venue we were unable to, so we started doing research on wine that tasted like tequila. Houston found “Agave Wine” as a replacement; it is made out of the agave plant giving it the tequila taste. We found an online vendor who carried this agave wine and it came to him directly from Mexico.

    One day while I was online I found a beautiful paper flower backdrop made by a women named Tania Fischer so I called and told her about our Mexican wedding and how I was interested in ordering a backdrop from her. After she told me her pricing I was disappointed to find we couldn’t make it work with our budget. She was nice enough to tell me that she had a do it yourself step-by-step video on her website and I could possibly do it myself if I had the time. So I decided to give it a try. After watching a lot of YouTube videos I started doing several paper flowers (buying all of the paper from Michaels). The whole project took me about two months including the wedding arch. Almost every day after work I was doing 1-2 paper flowers and on the weekends that’s all I did. By the time I started the arch my mom was back from Mexico and she helped me complete it. 

    I just love how everything came together and was such a group effort. It shows in the gorgeous photos and looks like such a fun and personal celebration. Congrats to Diana & Houston! Check out the vendors below if you’re loving what you see — lots of talent for sure.

    {Vendors} Photographer:  Lady of Light Photography / Invitation Designer: Hungry 4 Design / Linens and Coverings: Pleasanton Rentals / Cinema and Video: Reel to Real Video / Event Venue: Retzlaff Vineyards Winery / Event Planner: Stylish and Savvy / Caterer: Taqueria Cazadores / Cake Designer: Three Little Birds Cakes / Ceremony Location: White Robed Monks of St. Benedict

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    Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding

     

    Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely DayI love weddings of all kinds, but there is something about a laid-back, backyard style celebration that gets me everytime. You can feel the fun and the love radiating from the photos. It’s definitely the kind of wedding I’d love to attend as a guest. The bride said: “When Joe and I imagined our wedding day, we imagined a day that felt like us. As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice,” and in the spirit of this sentiment, we wanted it to reflect our unique union and personalities completely. We decided to create a day that felt like our love; a sunny warm summer day with music, yard games, BBQ, good drinks and better friends. We picked a venue that allowed us to bring it all ourselves, a gorgeous old hazelnut farm open to our interpretation of a wedding.” Today’s featured wedding from Juliet Ashley Photography is the perfect summer wedding, and it will have you wanting to go the “fun wedding” route too! Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day Summer Backyard BBQ Wedding | Juliet Ashley Photography on Oh Lovely Day

    From the bride:

    Joe and I are both creative people, we love to draw, write and make things, and our wedding felt like the perfect opportunity to embrace this part of ourselves and to begin the collaboration of our lives. I made our decorations, wrote our ceremony and created photo albums and story books about our romance. Joe built our tables, made our own string lights from wire and old bulbs, and drew the wedding map for our invitations. Together we made lists of our essentials. For me, it was a guestbook written throughout the day on my old typewriter and a night of dancing to old 45’s. For Joe, properly tailored suits, recycled wood and endless ice cream. Together we designed paper napkins for our BBQ dinner and ordered plates, flatware and beer mugs.

    We both put our full selves into creating our special day, but we were not the only ones. Our wedding was as much about us as it was about our community. We asked that those who wanted to be involved jump on board, and the response was absolutely overwhelming. My younger sister and her boyfriend brewed two kegs of beer for us, and my father grew vegetables for our caterer and flowers for our table settings. One of my older sisters did all the flower arrangements, one got ordained and married us, and still another played her harp while we walked down the aisle (yes, I have a big family). Joe’s brother built our beautiful bar from recycled hazelnut crates, my brother did anything and everything to keep all projects moving. Both of our fathers together designed and built our wedding arch, to symbolize the coming together of our families. And that was just the start.

    For three days before our wedding we had friends come from all over the world and country to help us build tables (from scratch), paint signs, design and sew a shade structure, wire and string lights, set up yard games, and even bake our wedding cake. All the while my mother worked to feed and shuttle everyone, and Joe’s mom played under the able trees with our beautiful little girl. It was so inspiring to see how much love and support people were able to give, and reminded us how truly instrumental our amazing friends and family are in our lives and our love.

    Our special day was one huge collaboration and celebration. We ate amazing local food catered by Smithfield’s in Ashland, drank homebrewed beer, danced, played badminton, took pictures in our dome photo booth, and fell even more in love with each other and the amazing people around us. And when it was all over, those same people helped us take everything apart. The flatware, glass and lights were packed up and sent home to California. Our 16-foot-long tables were dismantled as fast as they had come together, and were sent to my family’s farm in pieces along with the near-hundred hay bales that we used for our benches. Joe had designed the tables in such a way that the majority of the wood was still a useable size, and the pieces have since been used in the rebuilding of the family farmhouse, which had burned down the year before the wedding. The new walls are imbued with extra love, and a little spilt beer. The hay has become garden mulch in the same field that grew the flowers for our ceremony. We loaded our wedding arch into the back of our car to serve as an arbor at our house in Oakland, and we finished the last of the ice-cream in the once again empty field. It was a lot of work, a lot of near sleepless nights, and an amazing amount of fun, and I’m only sad that we can’t do it again.

    The images had me loving this wedding, but the words from the bride have me loving this couple. Congrats to Vajra & Joe on your wedding and darling little girl!

    {Vendors} Planning and design: The bride & groom, Vajra and Joe / Day of coordinating: Bridesmaids Jesika Theos and Devon Malachosky / Ceremony Music: Harp pieces composed played by my sister Indeara Rose / Reception Music: DJ Primo specializing in obscure oldies, classic funk and soul played on 45’s. Local to SanFrancisco, this amazing DJ agreed to fly in for our wedding! / Photography: Juliet Ashley Photography / Food: Smithfields Ashland, produce provided by my dad from his organic farm. Many ingredients sourced locally. They Specialize in good old fashioned meat centric eating and created an amazing BBQ menu / Ice cream: Springfield creamery, made specifically for our wedding / Wedding Cake: We had dessert bar that included pies(apple, sweet potato, blackberry, and lemon), various local chocolates, and our wedding cake is a friends recipe we call crack cake…because i is so addictive! It is gluten free, and sweetened with coconut sugar, and two of my bridesmaids baked this cake for us the day before. / Beer: Sister Kriya Krisnabai and boyfriend John made an amazing saison home brew. Assorted cans from Golden road brewing courtesy of Tim Harbage… who works there. / Flowers: My dad Chris DuPraw and Fry family farms. Arrangements done by my Sister Melita Charan. / Tables: Made by Joe, family, friends / Bar: Constructed by Joe’s Brother Pat Vigorito / Wedding Arch: Bride and Grooms Father, Chris DuPraw and Glen Vigorito / Photo booth: Dome, Pacific domes / Venue: Private home/ old hazelnut farm Talent, Oregon / Dress: Sarah Seven, custom / Bridesmaids Dresses: Free people

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    DIY Farm Wedding

    DIY Farm Wedding | We are the Kerns on Oh Lovely Day

    I know some people think you can’t have a personal or unique wedding if you don’t have a big budget. But that’s sooooo not true! I think you can have your dream wedding on any budget if you’re willing to keep it simple, do some work yourselves, and make it personal. And that’s just what this couple did.  Read More »

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    Art Deco DIY Tucson Wedding

    Art Deco DIY Tucson Wedding

    I’ve featured a lot of weddings here on Oh Lovely Day, and I do them less than I used to since I have made room for more home, baby, and lifestyle features. So it sort of takes a lot to get me excited in the world of weddings. Well, when Camarie submitted her own wedding to me and I saw the photos I’m sharing today I could not wait to feature them. This wedding is Gatsby-meets-Anthropologie set right in the middle of the Tucson desert. It’s beyond fab. And full of lots of love, which is always my favorite wedding detail.

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    Valentine’s Day Marsala + Gold Wedding Inspiration

    Valentine's Day Marsala Wedding Inspiration | Studio Dizon, Blissful2Be + Candy Crush Shop | Oh Lovely Day

    At first I didn’t know how much I loved Pantone’s Color of the Year, but that’s before I saw how much potential Marsala really had. Today’s Valentine’s Day wedding inspiration proves me so wrong. It showed me that Marsala can be glamorous. Marsala can be elegant. Marsala can be romantic. And Marsala has an edge. And there’s so much in today’s shoot to be inspired by: gold animal drink stirs, pretty hand lettering, the mixing of fabrics in the table linens, gorgeous florals with vibrant pops of color, and a stunner of a bridal gown – to name a few. While the romance and the shades of pink and red fit a Valentine’s Day theme, this would really work well for a wedding or event any time of year. Read More »

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