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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


Elegant Purple and Gray Wedding

Excited to share with you (but extremely hard to photograph) a classic and elegant blind letterpress wedding invitation. The bride really wanted to incorporate the vintage feel of lace and burlap. In the design, we have blind letterpressed, which means pressed in with no ink, a lacy background into the paper. The beauty of blind letterpress is that it’s subtle but it can give off a really nice “wow factor”. Wrapped in a goccoed burlap belly band, these unique wedding invitations were definitely fun to work on.

Some detail shots of the blind letterpressing

The couple hired the extremely talented wedding photographer, Jose Villa to shoot their special day. Here are some of the details of the day shot by Jose including the couple’s full stationery set. The day took place at the beautiful Bently Reserve in San Francisco.

The wedding program were tucked into goccoed burlap bags.

I found about six of these old frames at a thrift store and paid $30 for them. The bride spray painted them gray to create a consistent and vintage look for the hang tag escort cards. The hang tags were to harp on the previous notion from their wooden hang tag save the dates.

One of my favorite things about this wedding was the gorgeous flowers done by Natalie Bowen. The centerpieces were set into beautiful wood boxes and the tables were identified with zinc letters.

The couple had hired a creme brulee cart as a post-party treat. Everyone received a little wooden spoon with a flag as a ticket informing them of the cart.

A Rustic DIY Yellow & Gray Wedding

Our good friends Jenn and Antoine recently tied the knot at a beautiful venue called Mountain Terrace in Woodside, California. It was a little bit cold and rainy that day but the rain for some reason added a sense of magic to the wedding. Jenn is a graphic designer and this wedding was completely a DIY wedding. She lovingly labored over all the lovely details including printed napkins to little ticket RSVPs in the invitations. This was a beautiful and rustic yellow and gray wedding and we were so happy to have been able to be a part of it. Jenn has also promised to share with us more photos once she gets them from her photographer. For now, we will have to deal with my amateur photo-taking skills and some lovely shots from friends and the groom’s brother at Anh Truong Photography.

These signs were made out of Jenn’s neighbor’s old fence and cut into beautiful signs around the wedding. A friend hand-lettered in the words.

mountain terrace in woodside

Love this succulent in a suitcase

Twine-strung yellow and gray wedding programs

yellow and gray diy string lanterns
Gray napkins printed for the adorable little lemonade stand.
The seating cards were actually little yellow flags on the wedding favor mason jar mug. Everyone got to keep one and fill it up with some delicious lemonade! I loved the gray striped straws!

Burlap table runners for each table and yellow flower centerpieces
burlap table cloths

The sweetheart table was so lovely with their own little plot of succulents.

Lisa and I enjoying the photo booth with the kiddos.
Congrats Jenn & Antoine!
rustic diy wedding

Travel-Themed Wedding Invitation

Travel themed weddings have been all the rage recently and sadly, many of them can be a little bit cheese so I was delighted when I received my cousin, Jon’s wedding invitation. It was literal but the design helped carry it through. It was designed by one of the bride’s bridesmaid, Jenny Pan.

The invites came as boarding passes enclosed in a specially designed converted envelope. One of my favorite parts was that the map was printed on the inside of the envelope.

At the wedding, passport programs in cloth bags were handed out. At the reception, guests were escorted by luggage tag looking seating cards that directed you to airport named tables. There were also little glassine filled bags of peanuts labeled with the “par avion” sticker that read the couple’s names. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a shot of this 🙁

It’s good to know that good taste runs in the family 🙂 Congrats again to my cousin, Jon & new cousin, Jennifer!

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