bride-groom
November 02, 2015

“This Downton-Abbey-esque wedding venue was the dream location for our DIY bride Cassandra. Nestled in the hills of Tacoma, it’s English brick complimented the marsala and rich jewel tones carried throughout the wedding. From the two hand-made couture gowns and veil, to the floral centerpieces and bouquets, her personal touch was evident throughout the event. If that’s not enough creativity, while the bride was busy designing her own gowns, the groom was designing their rings! One of our favorite DIY details was the mini bags of fresh cherries as edible take home favors. Surrounded by family and friends the couple set up the event the day prior and added the finishing touches before they were whisked away to the ceremony.” – Christa Taylor Photography

Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning bride, black and white portrait.
Stunning bride and her handmade wedding dress.
This bride designed and made her own wedding dress - must see!
This bride designed and made her own wedding dress - must see!
Adorable flower girl hair style.
This bride designed and made her own wedding dress - must see!
This bride designed and made her own wedding dress - must see!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning peony, cabbage rose and eucalyptus bridal bouquet
Royal blue bridesmaid dress ideas!
Stunning peony, cabbage rose and eucalyptus bridal bouquet
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Custom wedding rings shot in a cabbage rose.
Beautiful wedding first look!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Beautiful gold, cream and eucalyptus green wedding invitations.
Adorable ring bearer and flower girl.
Ring bearer kissing the bride
Bride looking stunning with her blusher veil.
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding with a burgundy, royal blue, black and white color theme!
Cherrie favors and Italian soda bar.
Stunning old english style wedding with a burgundy, royal blue, black and white color theme!
Champagne and flowers
Stunning old english style wedding with a burgundy, royal blue, black and white color theme!
Stunning old english style wedding with a burgundy, royal blue, black and white color theme!
Custom wedding rings shot in cherries
Stunning old english style wedding with a burgundy, royal blue, black and white color theme!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
Stunning old english style wedding where the bride made her dresses!
The beautiful first dance.
The beautiful first dance.
Amazing naked cake made by the bride herself!
Amazing naked cake made by the bride herself!
Dancing into the night...

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

There were so many magical moments, I kept pinching myself seeing all the details I had been obsessing over for months come together so beautifully! But I would have to say my favorite memory was our getaway – running down the gauntlet of sparklers and smiling faces, jumping into his BMW convertible and jetting off into the night.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

I’m a classically trained couturier, so I made my wedding dress, reception dress, MOH’s dress, my flower girl’s dress and my veil. My sister and I baked the cake, made the fruit syrups for the Italian soda bar (my brother and I built the bar itself) and I arranged some of the bouquets as well.

My husband was a jeweler, so he made my ring!

Something old, new, borrowed and blue?

My something old and borrowed was my grandmother’s garter, my aunt bought me blue ribbon from Paris that I sewed to it. My earrings, dress and shoes were all new.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Make time for family, heed advise (mom does know a thing or two!) And live in the moment! – Cassandra, the bride

Event Credits

Photographer: Christa Taylor Photography // Venue: Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma // Officiant: Pastor Thomas Shuck // Catering: John O'brien Catering of Aberdeen // Rentals: American Party Place // DJ: Brandon Ghorley // Dress: Designed + Made by the Bride; Cassandra Couture // Shoes: Blue By Betsey Johnson Ever // Jewelry: Carlson Brothers Jewelry // Men's Attire: Nordstrom // Flowers: DIY by the Bride + her maids // Cake: DIY by the bride + sister // Invitations: Minted // Cherry's Favors: Bill's Berry Farm


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