Katherine & Brad’s DIY wedding with a touch of retro whimsy


Katherine and Brad loved playing with little Lego people and rubber duckies as kids so naturally they *had to* have them at their wedding, and what a whimsical, colorful, and beautiful celebration it was! The moment photographer Carrie Wildes sent me these photos I knew I had to share them with you…

rubber ducky cake toppers

cute wedding with diy details

Katherine and Brad look so adorably in love! Here are a few words from photographer Carrie who, IMHO, managed to beautifully capture the precious moments and fun details:

Katherine and Brad definitely planned a lot of very unique details! Katherine is a librarian, and her bouquet was made of paper printed with her favorite quotes from books and letters she had gotten. Instead of the girls carrying flowers they all had black clutches with a little Lego girls on them. The guys also had Lego men on their boutonnieres and Lego tie tacks. Brad also made sure the guys were prepared with everything they needed in a survival kit complete with mints, pez, and band aids. Their card box on the gift table was even made of Legos! Each table was accented with a different color and center piece with matching paper florals. The cake, and escort cards you will have to see for yourself. :) Katherine and Brad, you definitely pulled off an amazing and unique day. Congratulations!

paper bouquet lego clutches

lego corsages

personalized wedding bible

Our beautiful bride Katherine is also on hand to take us through the unique handcrafted elements that made up their special day:

We didn’t really have an overall theme, but we knew we wanted to focus on elements that were more “us”.  We really just wanted to keep everything relaxed and personal so people would have a good time.

lego wedding corsage

paper wedding bouquet

I really want to highlight the bouquet that my mom made for me as it’s my favorite DIY element of the whole wedding.  I found a picture online of flowers someone had made out of pages from a book and loved it.  As a librarian with a deep love of books I couldn’t bring myself to actually destroy a book for the pages to make the flowers.  My mom came up with the great idea to print passages from my favorite books onto colored paper and make the roses from those.  She also incorporated letters from my bridesmaids, parents, in-laws, and my husband on the cream colored pages so those flowers carry well-wishes and words of love from those dearest to me.  It was really special to be able to hold those words with me as I walked down the aisle.

mismatched bridesmaid dresses

lego tie clips

wedding golf cart

rubber ducky guest seating cards

lego house for wedding guest cards

rubber ducky wedding cake and favors

table names

Just about every element of the wedding reflected something about us.  We wrote our own ceremony and two of our friends got ordained so they could perform it.  We picked our favorite colors and used those throughout the decorations and the wedding party’s clothes.  My mom is a very crafty person and she helped us make all of the centerpieces and the Lego house card holder.  Those little rubber duckies are a running joke between my husband and his friends, so we incorporated them into the favors and the wedding cake topper.  We both played with Legos as kids, and my favorite video game is the Lego Batman game (so of course my husband had to be Batman and I had to be Catwoman!).  We really wanted to have fun with everything and create an atmosphere that spoke of the two of us and the people and things that we love.

Retro toys and candy, mismatched bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits (in jewel tones at that), nontraditional bouquets and bouts, DIY everything, and lots of love and heart certainly made Katherine and Brad’s celebration meaningful and one of a kind!

Thank you for the wonderful submission Carrie, and congratulations to the lovely couple! :)

Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography
Reception Venue: Eastlake Woodlands
Cake Designer: Apron’s Event Planning at Publix GreenWise Markets, Hyde Park
DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates, Inc.

Images submitted via Two Bright Lights

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