It was important to this couple that their wedding reflected their personalities and be fun and memorable. They chose a non-traditional venue, Rock n Bowl, and tied together traditional yet modern elements within their theme.
Their wedding theme consisted of peacock and comic book elements. The challenge was to blend these two themes without being tacky; the trick was being subtle with both. Be inspired by the entirety of this groovy comic book wedding found in the full gallery here, captured by Arte de Vie.
DIY BROOCH BOUQUET
DIY and custom-made items became a big theme for our decor. Many hours of shopping and crafting with family and friends made it a fun and collective effort! My bouquet was handmade with brooches that were gifted by family and friends as well as thrift store and flea market finds. Our table top decor consisted of 28 assorted jewel-toned vases with carefully curated peacock and peasant feathers and gold embellishments accompanied by various lanterns and candles. All of the cake toppers, ring box, and “I DO” letters were beaded and glittered by hand. My bright blue shoes were trimmed with handcrafted feather shoe clips.
custom comic book cufflinks and boutonnieres
The groom’s and wedding party boutonnieres and corsages were custom-made paper flowers from comic book pages (a character for groom and each groomsman) and pages from Doctor Zhivago (paying homage to the origin of my name, Lara). All of the men in the wedding party wore cufflinks that were made to perfectly match each boutonniere. The mothers’ paper flower corsages were embellished with brooches and feathers to tie the elements together. The bridesmaids each carried a custom-made clutch with handcrafted decor in lieu of flowers while the flower girls carried unique “princess wands”. Other custom-made items included personalized wooden mugs for each groomsman designed by the groom and made by a friend of the couple, a Superman garter knit by a friend of the bride, engraved wine and pint glasses, and personalized lace handkerchiefs for our 2nd line at the end of the evening.
trust and time
In hindsight I held too closely to much of what I was doing. Also, I should have stopped my “research” much sooner and focused on the vision that I developed. Sadly, I wasted some valuable time scouring the internet making sure that there wasn’t something else out there that I might like better… Trust yourself and your own vision. And most of all, I would have been better organized so we weren’t still crafting on my wedding day! But it all worked out perfectly and came together exactly as I envisioned. My advice to DIY brides is not to get too caught up in the DIY idea. Being a DIY bride takes a lot of extra planning and organization and some things are more time- and money-efficient to just outright buy! Also, stay organized and on schedule – time will quickly escape if you don’t manage it properly causing undue stress. Plan for your projects to take double the amount of time and trust me when I say you will be wondering where the time went. Most of all, have fun and enjoy every moment!
Photography: Arte de Vie
Venue & Caterer: Rock n Bowl
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Caterer: Dickie Brennan & Company
Hair: Gerald William with Keith Noonan Salon
Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro with Ashley Sievert Beauty
Dress Shop: Humbug Bridal
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero “Emma”
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo Chiffon in Tealness
Shoe Designer: BCBG Paris Jaze Suede Pump
Groom’s Attire: Jeff’s Haberdashery
Superman Pendant: Peora Sapphire
A Cappella Group: Jay-Ray & Gee
Event Live Artist/Painting: Christina Pappion Artistry
Cupcakes: Haydel’s Bakery
Wedding Rings: Béjé Fine Jewelry
Bride’s Bowling Shoes: Striking Products
Groomsmen Attire: John’s Tuxedo
Bridesmaids Clutches: Ruby Rue Creations
Boutonnieres and Cufflinks: GlamMKE
2nd Line Handkerchiefs: Roxygs
Groomsmen Mugs: Rick Guhman, Sr
Read on to see how much this ___ wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.