Posted June 21, 2013 | 3 Comments
Hello, loves! If you’re a fan of DIY wedding ideas, you are going to LOVE this post! Meet Margaux and Chad – now newlyweds! – a charming couple who combined their love for handmade, vintage, and DIY details to create one truly memorable day. The bride, Margaux (of the oh-so-chic Harmony Creative Studio), styled and created nearly everything you see here from start to finish. Today, you get a front-row seat at Margaux and Chad’s wedding where you’ll see eight hand-picked DIY wedding ideas (like stationery, vintage bottle centerpieces, a candy buffet, escort cards, and more), you’ll find out how Margaux tackled these DIY ideas, and you’ll get a glimpse into their incredible wedding venue. Ready to get started? Read on to begin! (Also, a special thank you to Meghan Christine Photography for all of the images you see below, except where noted. Beautiful work!)
P.S. Check out this amazing backdrop! It’s an succulent-lover’s dream come true!
When I saw this, I pretty much couldn’t believe my eyes, so I did more research. The venue – called Smog Shoppe – is chock-full of walls like these!
And, here’s a group photo of the wedding party. I love those mis-matched (but still color-coordinated) bridesmaid dresses.
Now, onto the handmade wedding ideas!
DIY Wedding Ideas
DIY Wedding Ideas: #1 – The Stationery
First, let’s take a moment to admire the wedding invitations Margaux and Chad sent to guests. These were recently featured on Invitation Crush and we think they’re absolutely lovely. The invitation concept was by Margaux on behalf of Harmony Creative Studio, created by Shayna of Steel Petal Press, and the postcard save the dates were by Ginger of Serendipity Beyond Design. Talk about one amazing artisan trio!
Margaux designed these kraft paper ceremony programs herself. I love the lace ribbon and the kraft paper. (You can buy your own customized programs in her shop!)
This kraft menu wrap is another brilliant idea!
DIY Wedding Ideas: #2 – The Bouquet
Margaux captured all elements of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ in her heirloom brooch bouquet which she handmade herself. It took her nearly 4 months to create and hand-wire the brooch bouquet. She included a light blue pin from her maternal grandmother in the bulk of the bouquet making this a true heirloom.
Margaux not only carried her ultra-gorgeous brooch bouquet; she also incorporated two lovely sentiments. The first sentiment was ‘MH’ initial hat pins which belonged to her paternal grandmother, who coincidentally shared the same initials as Margaux. She attached the hat pins to her bouquet handle.
She also borrowed a locket which opened to reveal a photo of her grandfather; she wrapped the locket around the bouquet.
DIY Wedding Ideas: #3 – The Wine Box Ceremony
The wine ceremony was an important part of their day. Margaux tells us, “The highlight of our ceremony was a ‘Wine Box Sealing’. We placed a bottle of Champagne and letters to each other in a wine box and nailed it shut, to be opened on our first anniversary. We will then place another bottle and letters in, open it in on the next anniversary and have a mini tradition each year. Leave it to my handy husband – when we couldn’t find the exact box we were looking for, he made and stained this one himself.”
DIY Wedding Ideas: #4 – The Escort Cards
The escort cards were made of kraft tags and displayed on jute twine using clothespins. Margaux adds, “On each table were bowls with over 1000 1″ buttons we made with 10 different custom designs, and one special button for each guest with nicknames, inside jokes or other fun info. The DJ announced for our guests to search their tables and try to find the buttons made just for them, and they ended up being great ice breakers.”
DIY Wedding Ideas: #5 – The Sweetheart Table
Margaux and Chad chose a sweetheart table rather than a head table for their reception. I love the lace table runners and the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ kraft signs on the chairs.
DIY Wedding Ideas: #6 – The Candy Buffet
Margaux tells us, “The backdrop for the candy buffet was quite a DIY project, and large scale projects like this are something Harmony Creative Studio specializes in due to my extensive Retail Store & Fixture Design background. I loved making this piece out of individual strips of lace used
elsewhere in the wedding, and the geometric layout was a way to keep it modern and fresh.”
Favorite candies were housed inside vintage-inspired apothecary jars, which featured labels made of kraft paper and ribbon.
Guests filled their custom-made kraft paper candy bags as their take-home wedding favor.
DIY Wedding Ideas: #7 – The Centerpieces
DIY Wedding Ideas: #8 – The Welcome Bags
Margaux tells us, ” My husband is originally from Iowa, but we met a year after he moved to Los Angeles. LA is our home and we wanted to show it off, as our celebration quickly became a destination wedding for the more than 60 out of town guests. We put together Welcome Bags that were based on our home city of Santa Monica, where our guests were staying. We included our favorite local snacks, custom 1″ buttons and an 8-page booklet that included all the wedding info and highlighted our favorite spots to eat, shop and sightsee.”
Here are a few more shots we wanted to share from the wedding. Here’s the beautiful bride, Margaux…
… and holy smokes, check out these heels! (They’re appropriately named ‘Hottness’ by Steve Madden.)
And these from TOMS? Awesome.
We think Margaux and Chad did an awesome job with their handmade wedding. We wish them a very happy marriage ahead!
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Event Design & Styling, Day-of Papergoods, Candy Buffet, Florals, Brooch Bouquet & Coordination | Harmony Creative Studio
Photography | Meghan Christine Photography
Venue | The Smog Shoppe
Makeup & Hair | Monique Powers
Bride’s Dress | White by Vera Wang
Bridesmaids Dresses | H&M (one shoulder), LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls (ruffles), Francesca’s Boutique (lace maternity dress)
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