Real Weddings

Handmade Details To Make Your Wedding Pop


katrina louise photography

Torrey & Melissa's wedding was beautiful, fresh, relaxed, and had that handmade aesthetic that made the day overflow with love. Dahlias, found objects, a blue ombre color palette, texture, and layers were the decor of choice. Leo Carrillo Ranch was the perfect venue choice for their big day. Together everything created a fresh cohesive event.
Are you in love with those darling lace wrapped wedding invites? We totally are! You can learn just how Melissa made them here, how great is that?! Plus, you can see even more fabulous details in the full gallery here, stunningly captured by Katrina Louise Photography. Also scroll down to check out their complete budget breakdown, which is always so helpful!

kraft wedding invite

loose curls wedding hair idea

loose pastel pinks wedding bouquet

blue bridesmaids dresses

mix and match bridesmaids dresses and bouquets

navy blue bridesmaid dress

grey vest groomsmen looks

From the Bride:Inspiration for our special day began with the proposal. I have an obsession with quarter machines - those you find at grocery stores that dispense silly little toys. This fun fascination inspired Torrey’s proposal. He arranged a special birthday dinner at 333 Pacific in Oceanside, CA when we arrived the hostess let us know our table wasn’t ready. We decided to kill time with walk down the pier. Once we got to the end for a perfect sunset photo op I see the quarter machine and go straight for it. I took inventory of the prizes and I had to have a brassy jeweled ring.

paper flower decor

diy paper flower decor

outdoor wedding ceremony

peacock at wedding

Of course, I didn't have a quarter so Torrey did – I was still clueless. After opening the capsule I discovered the ring didn't match the samples behind the glass. To my utter surprise it was a sparkling emerald cut aquamarine engagement ring (our birth stone)! He took the ring, got down on one knee and popped the question...swoon. We floated back to the restaurant for our romantic birthday dinner – yes we share the same birthday. Needless to say I was taken by the preparation and exceptionally thoughtful proposal. That evening over dinner we decided we had to have the quarter machine dispense our wedding favors on our big day.

seating chart ideas

vintage wedding ideas

Raise your hand if you love these simple and eye popping table numbers! Aren't they perfect? Well guess what, you get a 'two-for-one' deal today! Check out how Melissa made these gorgeous gilded table numbers here. They are so easy you'll fall in love with them all over again!

learn to make these table numbers

pretty wedding flowers

single flowers in vinatge vases for decor ideas

When you glance through the amazing photography by Katie Vowels they not only captured our personality but you will also see metallic centerpieces a few were family heirlooms handed down to me years ago. These vessels were combined with vintage strips of cream, beige, white, and peach lace found locally. I wanted ensure the line-work of the lace popped on the table so we opted for dark charcoal table linens rented from Allie’s Party Rental. Other objects layered on each table were my handcrafted table numbers made from repurposed wood, gold leaf, chalk paint, and acrylic numbering. Lace & Likes provided their signature variety of patterned plates. The final touch was the most beautiful florals done by the ladies of Bloem Hill.

vending machine to dispense wedding favors

vending machine wedding favors

wedding lighting

Read on to see how much this fresh California DIY 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.

Venue & Coordinator - $4,900
Food & Drinks - $4,500
Flowers - $3,300
Photographer - $2,700
Rentals - $2,000
Dress - $1,100
Rings - $1,000
Grooms Outfit - $800
Music - $800
Officiant - $500
Invites - $700
Cake & Donuts - $500
Decor - $500 (found vessels, paper supplies, candles, paint, votives, and photo booth supplies)
Favors - $200
Total - $23,500

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