Julie & Johnny’s Rainbow-Colored Rock & Roll DIY Wedding
Julie & Johnny got married just a little over a month ago in a rock and roll-themed fest filled with spunk, personality, and magnificent rainbow colors! I couldn’t wait to show you this creative DIY wedding the moment I first spotted it and I’m glad I can finally share it with you today.
This delightful feature is made possible through the fab Kelley & Kim, talented photographers behind San Diego-based Studio Sequoia who, as you will see, managed to artistically capture the quirky awesomeness this celebration had to offer. The girls had this to say about the colorful musical day:
Julie and Johnny wanted to throw the wedding of the century but were stopped dead in their tracks when they tallied up their final budget. But Julie, being an incredibly friendly and clever young lady, brought together the talents of all her family and friends and was able to pull together a gorgeous D.I.Y. wedding that ended up being one heck of a party!
Before we see the rest of the photos, let’s get to know our bride and groom better:
Julie and Johnny met in 1999. At the time Julie was a Freshman at San Marcos High School, and Johnny (a Junior and a friend of her older brother Steven) used to torment her by asking her to marry him every single day. She would always say no and tell him to leave her alone but much to Julie’s annoyance he never listened. Then one fateful day, Johnny got a girlfriend and stopped asking Julie to marry him. Of course since Julie secretly enjoyed the attention from Johnny, she was a little sad about this.
Fast forward eleven years later to June 2010, when Johnny had just returned from Chico State after graduating and was to attend a wine tasting tour with a group of friends, which Julie was also to attend. After this trip and its following pool party festivities, Julie and Johnny decided to spend some more time together and get to know one another. They realized after a very short time that they had something very special between them, and they fell in love rather quickly, and very deeply.
Such a cute love story, huh? And now they’re married! (If you want to know how he popped the question, better click here.)
Julie’s kusudama paper flower bouquet was crafted out of music sheets!
Those rainbow socks are pretty awesome, don’t you think?
I love how the girls’ bouquets match the colors of their sashes! Fresh from her honeymoon, pretty newlywed Julie is here to tell us more about their wedding:
I guess our wedding’s theme would be “rock and roll” since we incorporated a lot of vinyl records, black and white, and things like that. Other sub-themes were definitely music, as that is a huge passion of mine, and rainbows because really who doesn’t love rainbows?
My entire wedding party (myself included) wore Converse Chuck Taylors, and I wore thigh-high rainbow socks under my dress.
The funky groomsmen wore Chucks as well and donned rainbow-colored ties and vests to match the girls’ sashes.
Aren’t they the sweetest? Julie’s back to share what they did differently to make their wedding uniquely theirs:
We tried to stray away a little bit from the traditional wedding and made sure we didn’t include anything in our wedding just because it’s “tradition”. For instance, I had a dance with my mother, whereas most weddings have a mother/son dance.
We also both love Star Wars and dinosaurs, so our cake toppers were Admiral Ackbar (IT’S A TRAP!) wearing a top hat, and a Velociraptor wearing a veil and pearl necklace holding a bouquet. We’re not big on champagne, so we had personalized beer mugs for toasting that my mom bought for us. Lastly, our favors were beer can koozies that had our names and wedding date on them.
Get ready with your virtual pins because Julie & Johnny’s rainbow-colored music-themed DIY details are coming right up!
The mom and daughter dance was such a great idea. Love the emotion in these shots.
Some parting insights from the lovely bride:
I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding. Everything went off without a hitch and could not have been more perfect. The planning was very stressful since we (a) did not have a wedding planner and (b) my maid of honor moved to New York last September, but honestly I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
A very special thank you to Kelly & Kim for giving me unbridled access to hundreds of their wonderful images, and congratulations to Julie and Johnny! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your brightly-colored special day.
Photographer: Studio Sequoia – San Diego, CA
Venue: Marina Village – San Diego, CA
Caterer: Cafe Athena – San Diego, CA
Photo Booth: San Diego Photo Booth Rentals – San Diego, CA
Bar Rental: Allie’s Party Rentals – San Marcos, CA
Cake: Donna Liu, Lady Donna’s Pastry Arts – Los Angeles, CA
Dress: David’s Bridal – Vista, CA
Alterations: Sara’s Alterations – San Diego, CA
Image submission via Two Bright Lights