Fun Loving Backyard Wedding

Brandi Welles Photography

Not only did this fun loving backyard wedding have an adorable wedding date, 7-11, but it casual charm also captured our hearts.

From the DIY flower arrangements to the elegant donut bar, to the late night Slurpee’s. We cannot get enough of Becky and Ryan’s big day! Captured by Brandi Welles Photographer, you can see more of this laid back day by visiting the full gallery here.

pink and green wedding stationery

wedding flats and strapless gown

light pink bridesmaids

white bouquet that pops against pink bridesmaid dress

white pink and thistle bouquet

Casual Charm

From Brandi Welles Photographer: Becky and Ryan wanted a casual day that was full of family, friends, and personality but still with lots of rustic charm. Their wedding reception was held at Becky’s parents home in Orange County and her and her mom handmade most of the DIY details themselves. They wanted their special day to have rustic touches to match their ceremony venue at Oak Canyon Nature Center so they used a color pallete that was clean, airy, and natural.

oh thank heaven seven eleven wedding sign

outdoor wedding ceremony

seven eleven wedding

just married wedding couple

wedding kiss


Fun With Your Wedding Date

Because they got married on July 11th, they also incorporated some fun 7-11 details such as slurpees as a late night treat. The couple chose a donut bar instead of cake because they are both big time donuts fans and their bar was stocked with San Diego craft beers since that’s where they met and currently live.


wedding chalkboard sign

succulent wedding bouquets

garden wedding reception

floralc enterpiece and table number


shabby chic sweetheart table

It’s Your Big Day, Do What You Want

From The Bride:
I wish I would have had an hour longer of dancing and more slurpees because they were such a hit!! Do what you want and don’t worry about what other people say, I know it sounds cliche but it’s true and it goes by so quick! Don’t sweat the small stuff because at the end of the day you are married and that’s the best part

donut bar

wedding donuts

donut bar ideas

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we adore the idea of a tall tray of deep fried deliciousness. They are a tasty treat, everyone loves them and they are considerably lower-cost in cost than a traditional wedding cake. You can get externally creative on how you opt to display them, matching even the fanciest wedding themes. Click here to see a bunch of donut bar ideas.

dancing shoes

sweet treat table

wedding slurpees and sparkler exit

fun loving backyard wedding

Photography: Brandi Welles Photographer
Caterer: Wood Ranch BBQ
Dress shop: Panache Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Renz Rags
Dj: Extreme DJ
Coordinator: Susan Herman | Flowers: Bride's mom | Cake: Mags Donuts

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, pink
Styles: backyard, diy, themed

SWC Consultants

SWC Consultants

coordinators & stylists

Who: SWC Consultants
What: Coordinator and Stylist
Where: San Francisco Bay Area
Why? You’ll See: Vendor Portfolio

Whether it’s just the two of you, an intimate gathering of a few friends or a large party for 300, your wedding should reflect who you are as individuals and who you are as a couple. SWC Consultants, has vowed that every person we work with is given just that and nothing less.  A wedding isn’t just about that one day. It’s about the process and planning of it all before then too. It’s about bringing together everything you’ve worked so hard on and envisioned together and then seeing it unfold.  Photograph by Amy DeYoung.

Sign for Wedding Chicks Happy Hour

Categories: Happy Hour Vendors

Paper Flower DIY Backdrop

Paper Flower DIY Backdrop

We absolutely love photo booths and all the crazy fun photos that come out of them! But if you are stressing about what to do for a backdrop, we are about to make your day!

Our friend Kerry Ann Stokes created this fabulous paper flower diy backdrop and gave us all the steps for putting it together! Want to learn how?! Just keep scrolling for awesome downloads and easy to follow directions.

Paper flower backdrop materials


Permanent Marker, Tissue Paper, Scissors, Glue Gun, Wire, Gold Spray Paint, Glitter, 5 Yards of Fabric & Rubber Bands

Tissue Petal Flower

Step 1:
Sketch out petal shapes with marker. There is no exact shape that the petals should be. They should be organic, and each one should be unique. That said… if you don’t trust yourself to draw petal shapes in the way you think would work best; click here to download petal shapes and scale them as you wish (the bigger the better.)

Step 2:
Layer four pieces of tissue paper together and cut out petals.

download petals here

draw out petals and cut out

Step 3:
Next, fold edges of petals inward. Keep at least 2 pieces of tissue paper together, and fold the edges as image below. Add a dab of glue in crease to hold shape. This folded portion will add body to the flower.

Step 4:
If you’d like to add a little metallic gold to the petal tips; now’s your chance! Lightly spray the petals with spray paint, and allow to dry.

fold and glue petals

optional spray paint tips of petals

Step 5:
Combine petals, starting with the smallest and wrap bottom in wire. Continue to add the larger petals on the outside, about 3-4 petals at a time, and wrap in wire.

Step 6:
Start peeling back the outer layers of petals so that there is a flatter area in the center.

Step 7:
Once your flower is completely open—it’s finally time to add the sparkle! Here, I started with my trusted gold glitter glue, and then applied sequins and beads. Put flowers aside and let them dry before attaching to fabric.

combine smallest petals with larger petals with glue and wire

add sparkle inside flower

Tissue Paper Rose

Step 8:
Start with a piece of tissue paper, and fold in quarters. Start from one end, and twist while rolling the strip of paper. Glue every 3-4 inches to hold in place.

Step 9:
Add glitter and sequins to the center of the rose.

twisted paper rose

Finishing Up

Step 10:
After taking a moment to snap a photo of you with your new giant flower eyes, it’s time to get these attached to the fabric and hanging for all your friends to admire!
The roses can easily be glued (or safety pined if you prefer) to the fabric, but for the larger petal flowers—there is just one more step.

Step 11:
To attach large petal flowers to fabric, first mark location with an “x” and cut. Poke flower end (wrapped in wire) through the hole and secure with a rubber band (or wire.)
This allows for flowers to lay flat against the fabric, and will be covered by the second layer of fabric.

cut a hole in backdrop poke flower through and rubber band in place

Hang up your fabulous paper flower backdrop and get ready to snap some sweet photos!

hang and enjoy

Photography & Design: Kerry Ann Stokes
Floral Crowns: Kerry Ann Stokes Shop

Categories: DIY Detail & Favor Wedding Projects
Colors: gold, peach, pink
Styles: diy