Heather & Aaron’s Colorful and Creative At-Home Wedding


Happy Friday everyone! Today’s featured wedding is going to be a feast for the eyes so be ready with your virtual pins. ūüôā

Heather and Aaron are both artists so it’s no surprise that their wedding is chock-full of creative details and lots of personal DIY touches. Nothing present in their wedding did not represent them, from their venue (it was held in their bungalow) to the artworks on the walls, to what they wore and who they spent it with. They kept it really small and celebrated among¬†only¬†the closest of friends and family.

I’m very thankful to photographer Carmen Salazar for sending this amazing wedding my way so without further chit chat, here are the photos.

Heather & Aaron artistic DIY wedding

DIY artistic wedding

DIY artistic wedding

What an adorable couple! Here’s Carmen to tell us more about the wedding and the awesome details:

Heather and Aaron are both artists and are very tied to the local art community in their town. Heather is a musician that has hosted her own local radio music show and Aaron is part of a cooperative gallery. Both wanted to make sure that their ceremony reflected their passion for art and sharing it with their closest friends and family.

Aaron and Heather decided to have their ceremony in their charming bungalow in Curtis Park. Their house is filled with great artwork collected from friends and they felt it was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. In addition, the couple commissioned a local artist to create an art installation for their ceremony. A custom-made background was hand-cut from felt to create a beautiful and radiating design with which the couple would get married in front of. The artist also had balloons fill with hand-cut confetti that were all tied together with string. If you touched any strung balloon the motion would radiate around the room causing all of the balloons to dance. The artist wanted it to signify how interconnected every guest was and how impactful each person is to each other’s lives… pretty deep, I know! Each guest was also given a straight pin to pop the balloons as the bride and groom walked down the aisle creating a rain of confetti!

The bride’s dress was from JCrew and her boots belonged to the groom’s grandfather who had passed away recently which she wore with sixpence in it for good luck. The hair piece was from Etsy and the bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere was handmade by the maid of honor as a gift. The groom’s tie was custom made by a local embroidery with the art direction of the bride.¬†Apparently surfing is a big thing for the groom hence the shark. The maid of honor’s dress was vintage. I hope you enjoy the images of this wonderfully sweet couple!

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diy artistic wedding

DIY artistic wedding

DIY artistic wedding

diy artistic wedding

DIY artistic wedding

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DIY artistic wedding

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DIY artistic wedding

I’m sure you’d like to know more about the couple and the artistic awesomeness so¬†I’m glad the lovely Heather is here to tell us more about their special day.

Honestly, everything came together in a very natural and spontaneous way. ¬†We never had a theme in mind or anything…

Aaron is an artist who runs a gallery in town and we met through a mutual artist friend, Gioia Fonda. Gioia offered to make the orange and white backdrop. ¬†All that was required of me was to purchase a few yards of orange felt for the wall and she arrived at our house with boxes of little white felt pieces that she carefully placed over the course of 3 days on the orange felt wall. ¬†Of course we knew the ceremony would have to center around this piece — no brainer!

Gioia’s next instruction: 40 balloons filled with “Heather and Aaron” typewritten confetti pieces and then filled with helium. ¬†These tasks were so much fun with friends to do it with. ¬†Upon arrival, each guest was given a pin with which to prick the confetti balloons after the ceremony ended — it was a blast! ¬†Giving everyone fun “jobs” eliminated stale wedding manner behavior, for sure…

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DIY artistic wedding

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Heather shares some more details about what went on:

We had just a few rules that we stuck by:¬†At all costs we would keep it small. ¬†Immediate family¬†only¬†and one friend each — who had important jobs. They ran the ceremony! ¬†Oh, plus Gioia who was the decorator and record player operator, and gave a great speech.

The ONLY thing we splurged on, as in, “We don’t care how much it costs, we want the best” was hiring Carmen Salazar. ¬†We wanted someone to tell our story who would “get us” and love us, and love the whole thing right along with us. ¬†So, Carmen was invited to be in the circle – and we were so right to put our trust in her.

I have to mention Stephanie Rea and John Serences, Our two friend guests. Stephanie flew in from Boston. ¬†She hand-crafted my bouquet out of buttons and fabric and ribbon (it will always be as fresh as day one!) and played the “rhumba” version of “Here Comes The Bride” on our little organ. ¬†She also helped run the ceremony and gave a spontaneous heartfelt speech.

John had obtained a mail-order ministry title: “Apostle of Humility” in order to legally marry us. ¬†He had written a secret speech for us and — not two minutes in — had us crying.

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DIY artistic wedding

DIY artistic wedding

DIY artistic wedding

DIY artistic wedding

A few more words of advice from the bride:

What I would love for brides to think about is trying to keep everything “in the family.” There wasn’t anyone involved who “had done this a million times”– we all felt like we were inventing something for the first time ever.

Also, my husband Aaron was so good at spotting something that didn’t ring true for us. ¬†It was due to his ability to spot the “real deal” that we found Carmen.

Up until the very last second of planning, we were tossing things out the window that weren’t “us.” To be honest, we had to say “no” a lot in order to preserve what we most wanted above all… As Aaron put it, “we don’t want to lose each other in this process”. In the end, I would call it success on this point because Aaron described the whole thing as almost like being alone with people watching, but without any self-consciousness. ¬†We didn’t want this to be a “blur”… and I think sticking to our guns and going with our guts made it possible for us to enjoy every minute of the ceremony.

I love this wedding and I appreciate that Heather was generous enough to share a lot of insight on how they made their celebration unique with all the crafty details while keeping it meaningful and representative of themselves as a couple.

A huge thank you to Carmen Salazar for the gorgeous photos and congratulations to Heather and Aaron for having such a beautiful celebration. Thank you for allowing us a peek into your special day!

Photographer:  Carmen Salazar Photography
Venue: Private residence (Sacramento, CA)

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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6 Comments

  1. A very sweet wedding indeed. Keeping it in the family is great advice to other brides.

  2. so charming! I love all of their special details and what a beautiful, unique color palette!

  3. Love the dress! Please tell me where to find it?

  4. Justine and Kris, thanks for stopping by the blog! I love this wedding too. ūüôā

    Lindsay, Carmen (the photographer) says it was from JCrew. ūüôā

  5. This is incredible!! I love it all!!!!! and you too Heather!!!!!

  6. That backdrop is everything!

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