Aimee & Brian’s Flower-Free Jewel-Toned DIY Winter Wonderland Wedding
Why hello there, Friday! Before we all hit the weekend, let me show you a lovely winter wedding filled with rich pops of color and gorgeous handmade details that the artistic bride & graphic designer groom made, arranged, and sourced themselves! Aimee and Brian practically turned their venue into a sparklingly colorful winter wonderland. They also had a really sweet first look across a railroad track which I can’t wait for you to see. We have KrisD Mauga of KrashingMotions Photography to thank for the beautiful photos and here she is with some background info:
Aimee & Brian Takumi married this past January at the gorgeous Franciscan Gardens, where funny enough she is now the event specialist there (but wasn’t when she married). She has a great fondness for this venue with it’s rustic beauty and ability to transform weddings into bride’s dreams. Given her love for event planning, she created much of the details and elements herself. While some also were discovered via Etsy.
Doesn’t everything look beautiful so far? Wait ’til you see their first look…
Just how adorable are they? I’m delighted to say that lovely Aimee is here to tell us more about the two of them:
Brian and I met working for Oakley through happy hour with mutual friends. We actually worked in the same building for almost 2 years without ever meeting each other. We met in the fall and started dating around Christmas time, so needless to say, winter and the holiday season is our favorite. We have 3 dogs (Sasha, Aspen, and Zoe) and spoil them rotten! We love watching/going to football games, traveling, entertaining, and anything Broadway related. My husband is way more stylish than me, but we definitely complement each other in that department. After our wedding, I accepted a job at the venue where we were married and love showing people how magical this venue can be and how unique weddings can be in the space.
Crafty gal Aimee DIYed almost all of this amazing decor! Here she is to tell us more about it:
Our wedding in a nutshell was Winter Wonderland with lots of color. I am from Colorado, but it made more sense to get married in California, so I wanted to bring Colorado winter to California! I loved having the winter elements (white glistening manzanita branches, snow, lots of candlelight, etc), but both my husband and I are not afraid to use color either! Our color scheme was deep cool jewel tones (amethyst, turquoise, navy, etc) with a pop of lime green. The lime green was a risk, but paid off well.
We did our ceremony after dark to create a very romantic feeling. I made all of the centerpieces so I could have everything be exactly as I wanted. We didn’t use any flowers at all (except for the toss bouquet). We used all satin or birchwood flowers to keep the colors that we wanted. Brian (a graphic designer) designed all of the menu cards, programs, save the dates, invites, etc. He was very involved in the overall look of the paper products and let me run wild with the centerpieces and decor.
Very wise and helpful advice from the bride (and I couldn’t agree with her more):
Hire a professional coordinator! Even if you want to do all of the decor yourself, give yourself the gift of a day-of coordinator. They are basically your wedding insurance and they are very worth the money! I had an amazing coordinator. She set up all of my centerpieces, kept the boys in line (wild bunch they were), made sure all of the events happened on time, etc. I cannot stress enough how important it is for your sanity to have a coordinator, and not just any random friend. Make sure they are a professional and they do this full time. You don’t want someone “learning” at your wedding.
Huge thanks to KrisD for sending this creative & gorgeous wedding my way, and congratulations to Aimee and Brian! Thank you for sharing your special day with all of us. Here’s wishing you guys a lifetime of married bliss!
Photographer: KrisD Mauga of KrashingMotions Photography
Venue: Franciscan Gardens
Catering: 24 Carrots
Wedding Coordinator: Heather Hoesch of LVL Events
DJ & Lighting: Brian Lee of Elevated Pulse Productions
Cake: Sweet Gems Bakery
Officiant: Todd Rodemel
Getaway Car: Lake Forest Limousines
Hair: Laura Curtis of Salon Vivase
Make-up: Melissa Hennessee of OC Makeup Artist
Bride’s dress and headpiece from Mon Amie (shoes are from BHLDN)
Bridesmaids dresses from The Bridal Collection (in Denver)
Flower Girl dress from Pink Princess
Groom, Groomsmen, and Ring Bearer attire from Friar Tux (shoes from Nike: Air Force Ones)
All bouquets are from Badabloom (etsy.com)
All boutonnieres and corsages are from Bellafiore2009 (etsy.com)
Ring Bearer pillow from BostonStreetBoutique (etsy.com)
Wood Flowers on tall centerpieces are from AccentsandPetals (etsy.com)
Aspen Wood Candle Holders on head table from Miwoodcrafts (etsy.com)
Wire branch candle holder on head table from Z Gallerie
Cake Topper from Tuckerreece (etsy.com)
Garter from KrumpetsDesigns (etsy.com)
Favors from Naturalfavors (etsy.com)
Directional Signage from TheWoodenOwl (etsy.com)
Branches, Hanging Votive Holders, and LED Votives from Blooms & Branches
Bracelet from Nordstroms
Earrings from Bloomingdales
Guest book leaves from PaperSource
Toss Bouquet from Mission Flowers
Alter pieces were from iKea
LED strings for big centerpieces were from Party City
Sparklers from SparklersOnline.com
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: alternative wedding venues, DIY weddings, first look, multicultural weddings, non-flower bouquets, non-traditional weddings