Sarah & Robert’s Eclectic Vintage DIY Wedding in San Diego


I know how much you all love sweet & inspiring DIY detail-rich weddings and today you’re in for a treat because Sarah & Robert had exactly that. It started with a sweet first look, followed by a simply beautiful ceremony at San Diego Woman’s Club and a rocking party where everyone had a blast. As for the DIY I promised, well their celebration was bursting at the seams with creative handmade touches. I suggest you get your virtual pins ready because you’re in for a lot of eye candy!

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This absolutely gorgeous shot of the lovely couple — as well as the rest of the photos on this page — is courtesy of Sarah Layne Photography. She had only the sweetest things to say about Sarah & Robert too. Here’s an excerpt from her blog:

I don’t know if I have ever met a couple who were crazier about each other than Sarah & Robert. They seriously lit up anytime they glanced at each other. It was easy to tell that this really was the best day of their lives because they were making the ultimate commitment to never be apart.

A  madly in love couple, fabulous photography, artistic handmade details that reflect the couple to a T — it’s definitely a wedding made in Poptastic Bride heaven. ;) I’m proud to present this feature, hope you enjoy it!

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DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

Let’s get to know the handsome couple a little bit better. Here’s lovely Sarah:

Robert and I knew each other for years as friends before we started dating. We both lived in San Diego and ran in the same circles of friends. Seemingly out of nowhere, the friendship became something more…only then did I learn that this is something he’d been wanting a long time. I had no idea! We now live in Los Angeles and work in the comic book industry, and Robert also is active in the craft beer scene as a bartender.

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

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DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

Wasn’t that ceremony simply beautiful? Sarah shares a few things they kept in mind when planning their celebration:

Our wedding was dictated by a few things we found to be “non-negotiable”: we wanted to have a big party, with as many people we cared about in one room, at one time, eating and drinking excellent things! From that point, we looked to find a venue that could hold everyone and allow us to use the vendors we wanted to use. Oh, and of course — with a very small budget.

We had a few thematic ideas kicking around, but we allowed the venue itself to dictate a loose theme of found, vintage items surrounded by succulents, air plants, and folded paper rosettes. We’re both super pleased with how everything turned out. It was a lot of hard work sourcing all the items at thrift stores, garage sales, swap meets and the internet, but it all combined into something that was very “us.”

Get ready to see a TON of creative DIY inspiration!

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DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

LOVE the eclectic mix of succulents, airplants, vintage books, handmade paper rosettes, and assorted thrifted items!

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

Their Dia de los Muertos cake topper, miniature papel picado banner, and colorful Mexican tissue paper flowers certainly added a lively atmosphere to the dessert table!

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In a way, every bit of our wedding was personalized, and that’s just how we wanted it. Having a small budget forces you to get creative, but often what we found was that the perfect cakes, the perfect flower arrangements, the perfect dress — it all came together because of the creative visions of friends, vendors suggested by friends, and just plain old ingenuity. There was definitely some blood, sweat and tears, but on the big day I think us as a couple and our individuality really came through in everything, big and small.

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

DIY san diego wedding

A few words of advice from Sarah:

The two biggest things I can share is to get creative and call on the talents of your friends. I looked at a lot of wedding inspiration sites, to gather data on what we liked and also didn’t like. The more you look, the more you can start paring down and creating something cohesive. Then, you’ve gotta get creative to be able to execute it, especially if you are working with a budget. If we found something we liked that was way out of budget, we’d try and replicate the spirit of the thing with the items we had available. And absolutely call on the talents of your friends. We are lucky to have insanely brilliant, artistic friends who were there for us every step of the way, from establishing a vision to showing up on the day of to arrange the tables. They were also instrumental in sourcing vendors, supplies, etc. We literally would not have been able to do it without them, and it made the day even more meaningful to know they supported us with their love and hard work.

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Thank you so much Sarah for sharing your images of this wonderful wedding with all of us, and congratulations Sarah & Robert! I wish you guys a blissful married life. :)

Photographer: Sarah Layne Photography
Coordinator: Francine Ribeau Events
Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Diego Woman’s Club
Florist: Chris Wojdak from The Bee & The Bobbin
Officiant: Deborah Davis
Catering: Alchemy Restaurant
Cake & Desserts Table: Krakatoa Cafe
Center Cake: Porto’s Bakery & Cafe
Photo booth: Mobile Photo Booth
DJ: Kipper Schauer

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  1. man, this brings back some great memories :) i cant recommend these vendors enough!

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