Cerise & Jeremy’s Garden Picnic Wedding with Beer and a Burger Truck


handmade backyard wedding

Cerise and Jeremy are quite the artistic pair. Almost their entire wedding was DIY — the flower arrangements, centerpieces, tissue pompoms, bunting, cake display and quirky wooden bow ties were crafted by the couple themselves. Since they were on a budget, they didn’t hire a coordinator so they kept the party small and cozy. A self-serve burger food truck and mugs of beer kept their guests happy while further adding a relaxed, informal tone to the intimate garden picnic. In other words, as Cerise described her wedding to me, it was “super hipster”.

And now we will witness their funky DIY celebration as seen through the lens of photographer Valarie Ortiz.

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

Isn’t Cerise lovely? From this point on I will let her tell you all about herself and Jeremy + their wedding:

Jeremy is a general contractor that does custom pieces — furniture, lamps, clocks etc… — on the side. (His etsy shop is here). He used to be a singer in a few bands when he was younger but now his passion is beer and building things out of old skateboard decks or wood. You can usually find him in a pool hall.

I am a Denim (Fashion) Designer by day and a day dreamer by night. I try to find time to draw, do something crafty or bake something sweet.

We met on OKCupid and we just sort of hit the ground running and never stopped since we met. Honestly, it was the beard that did it for me. I’ve never even seen him without one. We both love camping & scrabble and are pretty artistic people which I think keeps us both going.

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

Our wedding didn’t really have a theme. Well at least we never had one at first. It came together as a garden picnic theme with beer & a burger truck. Our budget was pretty low so we knew that if we DIY a lot and shopped smart that it would come together.

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

We hand made a lot of the decorations. I made all of the bouquets, flower crowns & added beer hops into all of the boutonnieres since Jeremy loves beer. I also made glass candle centerpieces by cutting wine & beer bottles in half and gluing lacey trim to them. I had our guests take them home at the end of the night too.

We were actually very impressed with ourselves once it was all set up.

handmade backyard wedding

My family and I joke about how “crazy” I am (it’s more of particular to perfection) so I had the ring bearer carry down a sign that says “it’s your last chance to run”. I know Jeremy was going to cry so I wanted to give him a comic relief to help him make it through the ceremony.

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

The Guestbook was was definitely one way that it became unique. Both of us are scrabble nerds and are pretty competitive with each other about it so we wanted to incorporate it into our wedding day somehow. We bought a giant old dictionary from an estate sale and I actually made the guestbook out of a binder. I put clear plastic sheets inside of it too so people could slip in their “word of advise”.

handmade backyard wedding

We had our guests use the photo booth as part of the guestbook so we could see how much fun everyone was having when we look back on it. The first step was to get their pictures taken in the photo booth where they would get at least 2 sets (one for them and one for the book). The 2nd step was to pick a word out of the dictionary and rip the page out. Third step was to circle their word, give us some advise that goes with that word, put their picture on the page and slip their page into one of the clear sheets in the guestbook. Our guests had so much fun with it that they did this more than twice.

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

Our guests had fun with the self-serve burger truck. I think they felt more comfortable with the idea of the wedding not being so formal and being more intimate.

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

handmade backyard wedding

Jeremy made the cake topper (which actually didn’t fit on top of the cake). I almost cried the day he showed it to me. He also made all of the boys in the wedding party wooden bow ties. Mama Jones helped him sew the straps on them.

handmade backyard wedding

The fabric streamers were made from all of the scraps of fabric I’ve hoarded through the years. It was actually a really fun ladies night, sitting in my apartment drinking wine and ripping up fabric and tying the strips together. Very therapeutic and highly recommend for any future bride.

Our first song was Ray LaMontagne – “Let it Be Me” which we both have matching tattoos of. We got them a week before we got married since I wanted it to show.

handmade backyard wedding

Our word of advise is don’t do too much and overwhelm yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Jeremy actually helped more than I could have asked for and took the reigns when I needed him to. He actually pretty much planned the wedding and all I had to do was fill in the details. Jeremy and I also decided not to get a wedding coordinator. It was hard and at times we wanted to kill each other but it’s not impossible as long as you communicate with each other. You’ll also be surprised how many people want to show up the morning of your wedding day that want to help you. So many of our close friends and family helped set up, organize and help us relax and enjoy the day.

handmade backyard wedding

Thank you Cerise for sending your sweet garden wedding my way and congratulations to you and Jeremy! I wish you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Valarie Ortiz
Dress: from Weddingdress Bee
Photobooth: Photobooths for Parties
Rentals: Baker Party Rentals
Tattoo artist: Paul Maluso at Black Bird Tattoo
Food Truck: GD Bro Truck (Bride’s note: They are fantastic and super accommodating and were such a pleasure to work with them. The food was fantastic too.)
Everything else: DIYed by the couple + their family and close friends

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