Elizabeth & Chris’ Beautifully Blinged-up Purple and Orange DIY Wedding


paseo country club wedding

It’s another new week and I have another fresh batch of inspiring celebrations & shoots to share with you, starting with Elizabeth & Chris’ rustic, pretty, and blinged-up wedding filled with colorful dazzling details, touching homages to family members + some very creative & whimsical DIY touches! For instance, have you ever come across a brooch bouquet with a pocket for tissues and lip gloss? Awesome, right?! Making it even more special is the fact that the bride’s mom made it for her! There’s more where that came from so from here I’ll just let Maria Trupiano of Maria Angela Photography‘s pretty photos show you just how fun and wonderful their celebration turned out.

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

Family played a major role in their celebration: the garter was the bride’s grandmother’s;  the ceremony arch and aisle pedestals were made from branches and twine and chandelier crystals by the bride’s parents. The Unity candle brooch is a bride family heirloom and the candle stick holders were the bride’s great aunts’.

DIY paseo country club wedding

How adorable are their little doggie’s outfits?

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

Isn’t Elizabeth gorgeous?Lucky for us she’s here to tell us all about herself and Chris + how they made their wedding truly theirs. Over to you Elizabeth!

Christopher and I are both from  Florida. We met in the spring of 2007 through one of my best friends and bridesmaid, Nicole.  We spent most of our relationship long distance, but traveled to see each other every chance we had. I moved to Maryland 2 years ago for a position  with the department of defense and then Chris came to Maryland a year after I did when he was offered a residency position at Johns Hopkins which happened to be 2 months before he proposed.  We have 2 chihuahuas named Henry (9 yrs old) and Clara (3yrs old). (Both named after the Ford family due to my obsession with the car industry).  I’ve had Henry 3 years before I met Chris and I convinced him that we should get Clara when we found her 2.5 years ago. They are a huge part of our life and not the least bit spoiled!!!! So life has been crazy awesome for us and we are really finally being able to enjoy each other. And we couldn’t ask for anything more!

DIY paseo country club wedding

For our wedding we had a lot of DIY projects! It was fun being able to enjoy the process and all the projects. It was all rockstar quality time to spend with my friends and family to partake in them with me especially since all my friends and fam were in Florida while I was planning from Maryland.

We didn’t have flowers, all bouquets were handmade by me and my mom, from the boutonnières to the bridesmaids’ bouquets. They were made from tulle, potpourri, thread, crystal beads, random rings and eclectic brooches.

My bridal brooch bouquet (which Chris calls my “Captain America shield”, lol) had a hand-sewn satin pocket on the backside for tissues and lip gloss and it was also made by my mother. It also contained a locket of my great grandparents whom mother and I were very close with. The bridesmaid bouquets each featured their own styles of brooches and rings collected from thrift shops and eBay. They also had tiny pictures with an image of myself with each bridesmaid designating who’s who’s and a message from me thanking the girls that “I couldn’t say ‘I do’ without you!” All brooches were collected from eBay.com and all supplies were from Michaels arts and craft store.

I made the ceremony programs and reserved seating cards (free template online and then designed, printed and cut) and got the invitations on sale.

DIY paseo country club wedding

The ceremony arch was made by my parents out of collected branches, twine, palm leaves from our backyard, and crystals from a broken chandelier found at a garage sale.

DIY paseo country club wedding

My personalized vows were written on toilet paper to look longer then it is, and to be used if I started getting teary eyed.

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

Our getaway car was Chris’ 1966 Dodge Charger, his first car which he bought when he was 15 and didn’t even have a license yet!

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

We budgeted from the beginning… we would stop at craft stores, thrift shops and dollar stores. When we got home mom and I would watch bridal shows and we would create these pieces for the wedding that would end up being such keepsakes and things that would make my wedding unique.

I probably changed my theme and colors at least 5 times. When we found Paseo, it was like everything came together and my creativity was inspired. I wanted to utilize all that the venue had to offer so I used the terra cotta orange color (or as my Italian husband likes to call it, “vodka sauce”). We used Paseo as the accent color and used eggplant purple to represent most of the wedding with rustic branches and driftwood. So, From the ice cream  parlor to the movie theater to the water falls. I guess I kinda came up with a fun, rustic blinged/shiny elegance, which makes no sense I think to anyone until the details come into play. And at that point its just a pretty and rustic combination!? There were lots of collected driftwood, branches, crystals, brooches and sentimental pieces throughout the concept!

DIY paseo country club wedding

The venue itself was an all inclusive site that presented itself with opportunities of fun uniqueness beauty and elegance!

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

Our centerpieces were bases of tree trunks decorated with moss and collected driftwood and manzanita branche decorated with crystal garlands. They were made by my co-worker (The Accidental Artist from Chestertown, MD) as a gift.

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

Our favors were live spruce and pine trees in recyclable bird feeder tubes with customized labels from the Arbor Day Foundation. The tube container can be reused as bird feeders.

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

We had a table set up called “Our History of Love” which displayed pictures of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents weddings.

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

Our cake topper was my grandparents’ wedding cake topper updated by my mother. She cleaned it and put it on a crystal bowl and used small crystal stickers and made a new dress, veil, and bouquet for the bride figurine. The cake knife and server are from Christopher’s recently late maternal grandmother.

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

A surprise gift for Chris at the reception: a professional cigar hand roller and cordial bar!

DIY paseo country club wedding

DIY paseo country club wedding

Elizabeth also has some advice for you dear readers:

Enjoy the planning process. Especially if you are doing a lot of DIY stuff! You really don’t realize how fast a year of planning and preparing goes and is needed until you are sitting in the makeup chair and they are attaching the veil to your head! But from one bride to the next, it’s such a rewarding and beautiful experience to see all of your hard work come together and then to be enjoyed by the most important people in your life and remembered on the most important day of your life with the most incredible man of your life.

DIY paseo country club wedding

Thank you Maria for sending this beautiful wedding my way, and congratulations Elizabeth and Christopher! Here’s wishing you guys a blissful married life! 🙂

Photographer: Maria Angela Photography
Event Venue: Paseo Country Club, Fort Myers FL
Favors and Gifts: Arbor Day Foundation
Cinema and Video: Iberseder Productions
Dress Store: Chrissy O’s Designs
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Veil: Bel Air Bridal
Cake Designer: Publix (bride’s note: …yummiest cake everrrr)
DJ: Black Tie Entertainment
Shoes: Predictions
Personal Stylist: Jamie Lyn Cintron~Wedding Stylist & Makeup Artist
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Stafford Essentials
Officiant: Wanda R. Scott (bride’s note: my dear friend and “Maryland mama” )
Coordinator: Chrissy Casstellano
Jewelry and head brooch: Swarovski
Groomsmen suspenders and cuffs inks: Amazon.com
Groomsmen tuxes: Stafford
Centerpieces: The Accidental Artist of Chestertown, Maryland
Henry and Clara’s tux and chiffon dress: Amazon.com
Candy bar vases: Ikea (bride’s mom decorated the glassware)
Candy: Oriental Trading Company and Wegmans
Ice cream and catering: in house at Paseo

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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