DIY Bookworm Wedding

Yes Dear Studio photography

Both Chad and Brittaney are avid readers and share a deep appreciation for literature which they incorporated into their wedding. They also love spending time in gardens and natural settings so it was clear that combining these two themes would be the perfect way to celebrate their nuptials!

From custom book-inspired table numbers, a dewy decimal seating chart, and a sonnet-filled paper airplane toss this wedding is 100% about the couple and oh so sweet. See so much more of this DIY bookworm wedding in the full gallery here, captured by Yes, Dear. Studio.

book inspired wedding invitations

grey and coral wedding party

grey bridesmaid dresses

cute vintage station wagon

paper DIY elements

Our wedding was full of artists! Being an artist myself, I handmade a number of details, but so many people made it possible. From the paper medallions that lined the church aisles, to the over 100 individually crafted paper flowers, to the library Dewey Decimal escort cards, the flower crown Aubrey, one of our photographers, made, and even my wedding dress hand sewn by my mother-in-law, it really was a culmination of friends, family, and artistic skills. The ceremony took place at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, a beautiful craftsmen style church not far from our reception (fun fact: St. Maximilian was canonized the same day as our wedding about 20 years prior – auspicious!). I made paper pinwheel medallions to hang along the pews from book pages and colored paper that matched our wedding colors.

wedding ribbons and programs

wedding ceremony in chapel

the wedding kiss with foot pop

incorporate your passions

We chose Calamigos Ranch for our reception and were thrilled. It had the rustic quality we both liked, but it also maintained a sense of whimsy with lights dangling from the gigantic tree where dinner was served. To enter the reception, guest strolled down a path covered with lights to emerge in a garden. They passed under a book arch, put together by friends and family, before being welcomed to cocktail hour with a scavenger hunt and croquet matches. Flowers were everywhere: those made from book pages and colorful card stock were scattered among real blooms and petals. The hand-stamped triceratops is a nod both to the type of tea, Grumpy Dinosaur Mint, but also to my role as the triceratops puppeteer at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Since I am a puppeteer, I chose to design and create a shadow puppet show to give to Chad as a wedding gift.

cutely catagorized escort cards

dinosaur stamped favor bags

book inspired centerpiece arrangements

paper airplane toss

Instead of a garter toss, Chad made a paper airplane from a sonnet we both love and threw it into the crowd. I wanted everyone to know they were special, so I took my toss bouquet apart and launched all the flowers into the air. If I can pass along any advice, it would be to enjoy the day! Slow things down, and remember to take time to pause, look around, and take it all in. If you are interested in preserving your bouquet, make sure you arrange someone to save it ahead of time. I tried to dry mine, but it wasn’t as successful as some of the professional services I found after the fact. Finally, a last bit of advice: hire Yes, Dear Studio. No matter where you are, they travel. They are some of the most talented artists and kindest hearts you’ll ever meet. Your wedding will be in good hands.

love is sweet dessert table

green wedding cake with robot toppers

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Photography: Yes, Dear. Studio
Veil or Hair Accessories: Yes, Dear, Studio Etsy

Coordinator: Wink Weddings
Venue & Caterer: Calamigos Ranch
Ceremony Venue: St. Maximilian Kolbe Church
Flowers: Kate Baker Floral Design
Cake: Sweet E'S Bake Shop
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

Car Rentals: Vintage Surfari Wagons
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Benthale | Dj: A1-X Entertainment | Cake Topper: Emily Franz | Dress Designer: Sue Wyszynski | Cinematography: Tony Sherg

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, green, grey, orange, pink, yellow
Styles: modern, themed, vintage



wedding accessories

Who: Nestina Accessories
What: Wedding Accessories
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Nestina Accessories is specialized in handmade wedding and other occasions accessories
all pieces are delicately designed and handcrafted by Ernestine in her Florida Home studio. Most of her designs are inspired by her love of the authentic hand beading art and the simplicity of her life.

Nestina Accessories Designs are classic, modern, simple and sophisticated
the mix of rhinestones, glass beads, pearls, lace… gives each design a soft touch of vintage and help create romantic and statement accessories fully customizable.

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Destination Italian Foodie Wedding

vintage bride

Dreams really do come true in this Italian foodie wedding! Not only did Jason and Lauren’s big day include a trip to Italy, but they made sure that their guests had the time of their lives while celebrating. Now all we are wondering what happened to our invite? Thinking of planning your own Italian destination wedding contact Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events

Wonderfully captured by Julian Kanz, you can see the whole day and some of the exciting events leading up to the “I do’s” by visiting the full gallery here.

Italian destination wedding

elegant wedding program

planting a wedding tree

paper heart toss

An Italian Dream Wedding

From the Bride: When traveling with my family to Italy in 2010, I was standing inside a church on the island of Capri and I thought to myself, I can’t imagine anything more amazing than being married in Italy. At the time I wasn’t even dating anyone!

Little did I know that in the fall of 2011, I would meet someone who loves food, wine and travel as much as I do. Then, the choice was obvious. It had to be Italy for Jason and I! My mother is also from an Italian family, so needless to say, they were on board with the idea!

Italian wedding couple


romantic centerpieces

romantic wedding reception

Communication is Key

My best advice: Finding a trustworthy and dedicated wedding planner that you can openly communicate with is absolutely key! Communicating between St. Louis, Missouri and Florence, Italy in different time zones was no easy task! But, Cindy made it easy, was really flexible.

Italian wedding cake

But Wait There’s More!

Rewind to the day before this fabulous wedding and Jason and Lauren treated all of their guests to authentic Italian cooking lessons. Our mouths are already watering! After their fun in the kitchen the wedding party gathered on the candle lit patio to feast on their beautiful cuisine.

Italian wedding cook class

authentic Italian cooking

DIY Photo Runner

Our photo runner used down the middle of our long family-style table for the rehearsal dinner which featured old photos of many relatives on both sides of our families. I carried the photos with me and Cindy laced them together so that they cascaded down each side of the table onto the ground. It was such a neat way to honor all those who came before us and made us who we are together. It was special to know they were “there” even if not in person. Perfect for our family and food themed rehearsal!

family photo table runner

lemon place cards

tasty Italian meal

You simply must watch the entire wedding video Wedding Frames by Comcerta created of this Italian foodie wedding!

Italian Foodie Wedding

Photography: Julian Kanz
Cinematography: Wedding Frames by Comcerta
Venue: Il Borro
Stationery: Melissa Haley Design
Caterer: Galateo Ricevimenti
Coordinator in St. Louis: Alix-Ann with Simcha's Events
Flowers: Dario Benvenuti & Viviana Mioranza
Music: Alma Project
Makeup & Hair: Giulia Cresci
Tours & Transportation: Holiday Planners
Cooking Lesson: Chef Andrea Campani

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: brown, grey, peach, pink
Styles: classic, garden