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A Rustic DIY Fall Wedding

Recently, I had the honor of being my maid of honor’s maid of honor. Hope that wasn’t too confusing right there. I met Monica when I was attending college in southern California and though we seemed like two entirely different people, we somehow became good friends through our boba loving, california hand roll happy hours and practicing Cantonese together.

This past November, she was married at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen, California. This venue was absolutely gorgeous. I’m always a little envious of how many more options there are down south as opposed to the bay area. It was pouring rain the day before but God shone the sun on down to dry up the farm just in time for the wedding and it made for some beautiful hues and tones in the photos.

I would like to best describe Monica similar to Monica Bing of “Friends” during this wedding. This girl DIY-ed her little heart out and planned everything herslf to a tee. I had to admit, I didn’t think she could pull all the things she was doing off especially since 90% of bridal party was pregnant and I myself being pregnant and 7 hours away could not contribute much. In the end, it all came together so beautifully and I’m so excited to share some of the wedding details with you. The leaves were a beautiful yellow and the landscape was breathtaking. It was a beautiful fall wedding through and through.

Riley's Farm in Oak Glen
The bride put together these amazing yarn ball and feather boutonnières.

DIY feather and yarn boutonnière

diy string initials purple and yellow
I designed a lunchbox with their illustrations on it from their invitation onto a lunchbox and stuffed a bunch of goodies in there for a bridal emergency kit.

Lunchbox bridal emergency kit for the bride's big day
rustic Bride bouquet and vintage boutonniere

Mori Lee Wedding Dress

Wood Engraved Bunting to block of ceremony aisle

The bride wanted a unique wedding program poster. This was printed at the local Costco.
Personalized wedding program poster of bridal party and order of ceremony
One of my favorite parts (and my son’s) was the tractor ride that took the guests to the ceremony site.
Tractor shuttles guests to ceremony site at Riley's Farm
Bride on a tractor

Hanging jars at altar
Purple bridesmaids dresses
Rustic flower girl's basket with lavender
Horse at a farm wedding
Riley's Farm Reception venue yellow and purple wedding decorations
live band at Riley's Farm
The bride made like a gazillion of these yarn ball things for the centerpieces. My contribution: 3 🙂 DIY yarn poms for centerpieces
Yellow and purple wedding dessert bar
Wooden cake topper and cake cutter trinkets
One of our favorite drinks is bubble milk tea so I was ecstatic for her bubble tea bar. All the guests got to take home a custom mason jar with
a scripture engraved on it and little wooden hang tag escort cards.
Custom wooden hang tags escort cards with mason jars
Bubble Tear Bar menu illustration by joliejoliedesign

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A Silhouette Wedding Invitation

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and there is reason for that which I will explain later =)  but first, I wanted to share with you one of the more fun wedding invitations I got to design this year. One of my good friends Christine, whom I’ve known since jr. high enlisted me to design all the wedding stationery. You might remember their “pencil me in” save the date.

The idea behind the invitation was that they liked the idea of the silhouettes of their profiles as well as incorporating a bit of  a Tahitian element because Christine does Tahitian dancing. Initially, as I designed their silhouettes, I felt it was too formal for them. Christine and Jack definitely have their own style (as well as the largest collection of Nike shoes any couple has together). I wanted it to be more modern so I suggested something more modern with some harder lines. Christine has this long hair she always wears in a side braid and Jack has these thick rimmed glasses he’s always wearing. I figured these elements would really make their silhouettes recognizable.  We ended up die cutting and letterpressing their wedding invitations for a fun and whimsical type based invite. It was a great wedding and lots of fun for everyone. It even included a mini pearl tea bar  named “Taylor’s Pearl Tea Bar” after their 4 year old daughter who loves pearl tea =)

Blind embossed their logo onto the belly band.

blind-emboss-bellyband

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photo by Rock the Image

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photo by Rock the Image

We decided to do an RSVP postcard for guests to send in and I always feel like the back side is wasted so I thought it’d be fun to do a little note page area for guests to write a message to the couple. The idea behind this came from Christine being a school teacher! christine-jack-letterpress-invites3

Wedding stationery details. Typography wedding menu and table number signage. unique-wedding-menu

Wedding program cover and inside.

wedding-program unique-wedding-program

For the escort cards, we spray painted a bulletin board gray and pinned a card for each name and each guest would receive a little 1″ pin of the couple to wear during the wedding.

escort-cards

Some lovely photos of the day by Rock the Image.

These two and their impeccable taste for shoes…

Found a picture of the pearl tea bar at the wedding. We served them in little tumblers and cut the straws so it was a cocktail version of a pearl tea drink!

Deny & Vivian’s Wedding Part 1

So I know you all remember my friend Deny and his proposal. The big day had arrived and Lisa and I were recruited to be decorating slaves. Deny’s wedding was intended to be simple and budget-friendly but still carrying over their personalities and also the elements of their invite and engagement. Check out some of the fun elements of the big day!


Setting up the room with some big, big blue balloons. Each balloon was a centerpiece and had a photo tied to it of numbers they spelled out with some light–the same way Deny proposed to Vivian! The awesome bird house money box was created specifically for the wedding by Deny’s best man and local artist, Erik Otto. Check out his shop for more on the series.

Erik also painted the adorable cake toppers for the wedding. See that little black box with a red tongue? That is Deny’s beloved pug, Rocky. Looks like him, eh? Rocky always has his tongue out.


They also had this awesome photo booth set up by Deny’s friend. My past experience with photo booths that people set up on their own have generally been less than spectacular. But let me tell you, this phootbooth that his friend built and programmed was amazing. There’s even a softbox in there aimed right at you (hence the great lighting in the photos). I will probably blog a post just on this photobooth!

More to come!

A Wedding in a Class of its Own

I somehow stumbled up on Amber and Jeff’s wedding site through a random link on Wedding Bee. This wedding happened in 2008 and maybe I’m behind on seeing this particular wedding, but it’s so cute that I’ll just post about it anyway. You’ll see based on their profile how the theme came into play.

“My husband and I met as mechanical engineering students back in university, so it goes without saying that we are quite the science geeks (I was actually in the Math Club during high school, where we stayed after school to write math tests – for fun!).”

Prepare yourselves…

Their save the dates. I love the pencils!!


A matching wedding website. Don’t you love when people take consistency seriously?

The invites: A report card and file! Cute red suitcases.
Someone went shopping at Paper Source!


Escort cards in test tubes: adorable!




The rest of the wedding can be viewed here.

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