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Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding: Kelsey + Robbie

This Irvine Ranch DIY wedding is beautiful! Kelsey and Robbie were married last June at the Katie Wheeler Library and surrounding ranch in Irvine, Calfornia. Their wedding has plenty of DIY details, a wonderful story, and amazing photos. Read their story and check out all of the photography captured by Peterson Design & Photography

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Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding

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Their photographer Marisa tells us, “We had perfect weather, a gorgeous venue, and a wonderful couple! Our day started out with Kelsey getting ready. We documented all the beautiful details including her stunningly beautiful wedding dress, to which she had elegant lace and sleeves added. After Kelsey’s mom and twin sister had helped her get dressed, she took a peek outside to see Robbie who had just arrived. She was overwhelmed with joy and shed happy tears upon seeing him! Next was their first look near the side of the historic ranch house (now a library) where there were some more happy tears. As the sun set, the party danced the night away until Kelsey and Robbie were sent off in style, driving Kelsey’s heavily decorated yellow Mustang. Most of the wonderful details and personal touches at this wedding were DIY by the bride and groom and their family and friends. They filled the wedding with many sweet personal touches.”

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What was your something old, new, borrowed, and blue? She told us, “New: My wedding dress. Although my mother would have liked me to wear hers, it would never have fit me. But mine did end up resembling her dress! Something old & borrowed: my mom’s pearl jewelry. Something blue: I had my seamstress add a blue button to the back of my dress! I also had a sixpence in my shoe given to me by a friend of my grandmother.”

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“What is your favorite wedding day memory? Seeing Robbie from my bridal room arrive at the venue all dressed up and ready to go when I was all dressed up ready to go. That made it all finally seem real for some reason.”

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“Ceremony & Reception Decor: All of this was pretty much DIY stuff. We bought decorations from Michaels like tulle and flowers, then decorated away. The gazebo had small heart doilies hanging from it that were from my great grandmother’s craft collections.”

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“After we took family and bridal party photos, it was time for the ceremony. Kelsey and Robbie exchanged vows of love in front of the gazebo in the middle of the property.”

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“After the ceremony, we spent some time with the bride and groom in the ranch’s lovely orange groves.”

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“When the bride and groom entered their reception, they went straight into their first dance. Next we all enjoyed a delicious barbeque dinner, followed by sweet toasts by the bridal party, the father-daughter and mother-son dances, the cake cutting and the bouquet/garter tosses.”

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Did you DIY anything for your wedding? If so, what? She told us, “We did a bunch of DIY stuff. Our invitations were printed at home, we bought and painted all the bird houses and various bird decorations around the venue, as well as put together and arranged the decorations for the gazebo that we stood under. All the flowers were arranged by the flower girl’s mom.”

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“Each guest table at the reception had a wooden bird perching in the flower centerpiece, which was also an item from my great grandmother. We bought a bunch of small bird houses and painted them as a part of the love birds theme.”

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Other Wedding Vendors:
Videography – Charles Amante
Flowers – Tucker Floral Design
Musicians – Da Capo Players
Food & Beverages – Tulsa Rib Company
D. J. – Peter Kunstt
Rentals – Create-A-Party Rentals
Invitations: Self-printable invitations from Michaels
Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes, Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Dress Alterations: David’s Bridal would not put a bodice & sleeves on my dress, so I had a friend of a friend custom make the sleeves and top for me, just the way I envisioned!
Hair/Makeup: Remedy Hair Shoppe
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: 3 Mens Suits 129 in Corona.
Jewelry: I wore my mother’s jewelry that she had worn on her wedding day. The Ivory pearls complimented my Soft White dress perfectly!

If you loved this Real Wedding, then check out Peterson Design & Photography! You can also visit their preferred California wedding photographer listing in our wedding vendor guide.

Traditional Maryland Wedding: Seth + Marnina

Are you planning a traditional wedding and need inspiration? We’re bringing it to you thanks to Preferred Baltimore Photographer, Dennis Drenner! Seth and Marnina planned a traditional themed wedding in Baltimore, Maryland, with classic and vintage details throughout. The groom wore a classic black tuxedo with a bow tie, while the bride stunned in a cathedral length wedding gown, complete with train and lace bolero. She paired her dress with a classic wedding veil and a vintage inspired brooch bouquet. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an elegant reception complete with dinner, dancing, and the Hora (as you can see in the first image below!) It looks like everyone had a fun time, especially the bride and groom! See Seth and Marnina’s beautiful day as it unfolded, complete with memories of the day as told by their photographer, Dennis. Enjoy!

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Dennis tells us, “I had a front row seat when Seth first saw Marnina in her wedding dress, and was watching her face through my zoom lens as she looked at her husband to be. The joy and depth of emotion in their faces was so intense, if they had been actors I would have thought they were overdoing it. But this was the real thing, and for a photographer it was a blast to photograph, and for a human being… well, gives you faith in humanity!”

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“The ceremony and reception were held at the Beth Tfiloh Congregation near Baltimore. My day started out calmly with some getting ready photos, photographing some details and overalls of the scene and the beautiful sanctuary… and then things began to happen. There was a kabbalat panim where people greet and pray with the bride, and then the men’s and women’s tisch. I particularly enjoyed the bedeken, where Karen (my wife and second shooter) and I worked in unison to capture the amazing moments happening all around us.”

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“After the bedeken, the wedding just seemed to take off like a rocket ship, a non-stop whirl of intense emotion and activity that continued for hours. Towards the end of the reception things finally calmed down and we collapsed in a heap, happy and tired, precious gigabytes of family memories safely zipped up in our bags.”

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Wedding Vendors:
Catering: Prestige Catering
Wedding planning and design: Pam Brown
Hair and Make-Up: Miracles on Main Street
Videographer: Black Tie Video, Jim and Barbara Skipper
Band: The Mark Novak band

If you enjoyed this wedding, check out this Baltimore wedding photographer! You can also visit Dennis Drenner Photographs preferred Maryland wedding photographers listing in our wedding vendor guide.

Maryland Handmade Wedding: Lina + Matthew

Lina and Matthew’s Maryland handmade wedding will inspire your planning! This incredible couple’s wedding was this past fall in Baltimore, Maryland. Their wedding has some beautiful handmade touches that you’re sure to enjoy. To create the perfect event, Lina and Matthew sought the creative planning talents of Esme Krahn from BodaMaestra. Esme tells more about how this couple met, their proposal, and the styling ideas.

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above: the mason jar guest book | guests were given paper hearts to write Lina and Matthew their best wishes.

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Esme tells us, “Like a growing number of couples in the digital age, Lina and Matthew ‘met’ for the first time via Skype. Incredibly, they were separated by nearly 2,500 miles, with Lina living in Bogota, Colombia and Matthew in Baltimore, MD. Their initial connection was prompted by Matthew’s sister-in-law, Sara, who – as the constantly shrinking globe would have it – also happened to be Lina’s friend from college! Although both Lina and Matthew were nervous about getting to know each other this way, their nightly Skype sessions soon became the most exciting part of the day.”

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“I fell for her instantly,” Matthew recalls. “We would spend hours talking about life and our stories. We quickly realized that we had so many things in common and we both had this strange feeling that we had known each other for a long time. After about a week of talking with Lina, I decided that I needed to buy an airplane ticket to Bogotá. I very politely asked if that was OK. The smile Lina gave me was all the answer I needed. It would be five long weeks until we would meet in person.”

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“It seemed like a dream to me,” says Lina. “I didn’t think that a man like him would be real.”

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When they saw each other at the airport for the first time in person, Lina couldn’t believe Matthew was finally there. As for Matthew, any sense of anxiety or nervousness that he had going in disappeared the moment he laid eyes on her.

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On August 2, 2014, Matthew was ready to ask Lina to marry him. It happened at Lina’s parents’ home, during a gathering where friends and family were present. At dinner, while everyone was visiting, Matthew held Lina’s hand and told her that she made him the happiest man in the world. He then went down on one knee and, in front of the group, asked Lina: “Will you marry me?” Lina gave him a resounding yes!

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above: personalized succulents as favors

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With only two months to plan the wedding, Lina found Esme of BodaMaestra through her videographer, Clif Matheson. Lina arrived to Baltimore just three weeks before the big day. By then, the planning and styling of the wedding was done (thank you, Pinterest!). Lina and Matthew had several online meetings with Esme in order to discuss and refine all the important details, including the flow of the ceremony, wedding flowers, cake design, Lina’s wedding dress, and Matthew’s attire.

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“Lina and Matthew wanted an intimate fall wedding with lots of bright colors mixed with a sense of romanticism and elegance,” said Esme, who happens to specialize in planning weddings for multicultural and Latino couples. “Although Lina is fully bilingual, she found it refreshing and comforting that we did all the planning in Spanish. Since the wedding took place in Baltimore, I also provided Lina with wedding etiquette advice that is not necessarily a part of Colombia’s customs.”

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above: personalized napkin rings made of burlap ribbon and wooden hearts with the bride and groom’s initials

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Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Kali’s Court
Wedding Planning: BodaMaestra
Floral Design: EightTreeStreet
Photography: J Stuart Harris Photography
Celebrant: All Faith Weddings
Posters: Paper Blossom Socials
Cake: Patisserie Poupon
Videography: Matheson Communications, Inc.
Ceremony Music: Alan Oresky – Violinist & Mandolinist

Did you enjoy this wedding? If you’re planning your wedding, check out BodaMaestra! Esme’s hands-on experience will help guide you through the entire wedding planning process. You can also visit her preferred Washington DC wedding planners listing in our wedding vendor guide.