Mimi & Brenden’s Festive, Funky & Colorful DIY Wedding
When lovely bride Mimi first told me about her wedding, she cited 8 reasons why I should consider it for publication. To be honest, she had me at #1 – their dress code was “festive, funky, and colorful”. And when I read #2 – “We organized our tables by vegetable and made paper veggies…” I knew her submission was a keeper. Their celebration in a lovely Sonoma county vineyard was peppered with personal, meaningful elements with a quirky twist and here now are Savady Photography‘s photos to prove it. Enjoy!
A little bit about the lovely couple in Mimi’s own words:
We’ve gone by the name Choifer (Choi + Schaefer) since our first summer dating in Boston nine years ago. Since then, our relationship has spanned four continents, ten cities, and numerous plane flights. (!) We now live happily in Los Angeles, where I am a pediatrician working with the underserved in South Central Los Angeles and my husband is does marketing for Naked Juice. We love food, being outdoors, traveling, and generally being silly together.
The last two years of our relationship were spent doing cross-country (NYC to SF), so when we got engaged, we knew we wanted to celebrate in a very Choifer way, not only our marriage, but also the fact that we were finally going to be living in the same city again! We wanted a relaxed weekend full of good food and fun, surrounded by friends and family in a beautiful outdoor setting.
We specifically wanted vegetables to be included in our floral arrangements, so if you look closely, there are radishes in Mimi’s bouquet and artichokes in the bridesmaids bouquets.
Because we’ve both lived in so many places, more than half of our guests would be traveling, and as native Californians, we thought of Sonoma County as the perfect place to showcase the Golden State. Finding an affordable venue with a beautiful view of wine country and a big barn to party in was difficult initially, but the second we discovered Barndiva in Healdsburg, we were set!
Some of the things they did to put their personal stamp on their wedding day:
1) Our wedding dress code/theme was “Festive, Funky, Colorful”
2) We organized our tables by vegetable, and made paper veggies to go with our planter box centerpieces
3) We made 120 paper pinwheels and 120 paper flags for our guests
4) Rather than having a big wedding cake, we had 7 homestyle cakes made from our favorite bakery, spelling out “Choifer” (our combined names) and homemade cake stands and toppers from Brenden’s mother
5) We did Zumba and went on a bike ride prior to starting the festivities on the big day
6) Rather than have a set program, we asked our friends/readers to surprise us with a piece of their choosing. Also, Brenden’s uncle officiated the ceremony, and our siblings (Mimi’s brother and Brenden’s sister) MC’d our reception — a family affair all around!
7) Because Mimi doesn’t have a favorite color, the bridesmaids wore similar dresses in totally different colors
8) Our RSVP cards required a creative reply and were used as part of our reception decor
Advice from the lovebirds:
No idea is too crazy, although there were some major crafting marathons that took place in the weeks leading up to the big day! Pinterest was such a great resource for organizing all of the great inspiration on the web. Don’t be afraid to personalize your wedding to your tastes — it’s so amazing to see everything come together on the big day! Also, a day-of coordinator is totally worth it — then you can sit back and enjoy everything!
Thank you Mimi & Brenden for sharing your fun and colorful celebration with all of us. I sincerely wish you guys a lifetime of married bliss! 🙂
Photography: Savady Photography
Ceremony Venue: Copain Wines
Reception Venue: Barndiva
Dress: from the bride – “I customized a Vera Wang gown that I got at Glamour Closet (a shop that sells wedding dress samples) with an awesome seamstress named Carol at Novella Bridal”
Hair and Makeup: Brush
Bridesmaid Dresses: Target
Invitations: The Birds and the Beasts
Flowers: Dragonfly Floral