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DIY Wedding | Dustin + Alaina

March 16, 2016

“Alaina and Dustin’s wedding day was a true community effort. You would never guess by looking at their wedding photo’s that their whole celebration was in Alaina’s parents back yard! Both sides of the family spent months preparing by building the giant arbor, creating decor and even the photography was suppose to be done by Alaina’s sister, another talented photographer. Through a twist of fate, I was lucky enough to be called in to help and I’m so glad I was there to witness what it means to love the true sense of the word. Both of these families were all in to create the most romantic rustic wedding I’ve ever seen! It was truly an unexpected joy to be present and document Alaina and Dustin’s incredible love story!” – Mabyn Ludke Photography

We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
Love this gorgeous boho wedding dress!
Love this gorgeous boho wedding dress!
We're swooing over this beautiful boho bride!
We're swooing over this beautiful boho bride!
We're swooing over this beautiful boho bride!
We love this fun shot of this Bride and her Bridesmaids!
Gorgeous details from the Groom at this boho wedding!
Gorgeous details from the Groom at this boho wedding!
Gorgeous details from the Groom at this boho wedding!
We love this fun Groom and Groomsmen shot!
Swooning over these handpainted wedding signs!
Swooning over this darling idea! Throwing rice at the first kiss!
We love this gorgeous boho backyard wedding setup!
We love this gorgeous boho backyard wedding!
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We're loving this darling backyard wedding ceremony!
We're loving this darling backyard wedding ceremony!
We're loving this darling backyard wedding ceremony and first kiss!
We're loving this darling backyard wedding ceremony!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
We're loving this fun wedding party shot!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
Swooning over these handpainted wedding signs!
How fun is this wedding ring shot with dinosaurs? Love!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
How fun is this handpainted Instagram wedding sign? Love!
We love this darling backyard wedding and paint yourself guest book detail!
We LOVE this fun guest book idea! Guests paint themselves into the picture!
We LOVE this fun guest book idea! Guests paint themselves into the picture!
Swooning over these gorgeous menu cards and placesettings!
Swooning over these gorgeous menu cards and placesettings!
We love these fun question cards for guests at this backyard wedding!
How fun is this firepit at this boho backyard wedding!
Loving these rustic and thoughtful wooden centerpieces!
We love this darling couple and their backyard wedding!
We love this gorgeous naked wedding cake! Swoon!
We love this gorgeous naked wedding cake! Swoon!
We love the details on this naked wedding cake and groom's cake!
Loving the smore station at this fun backyard wedding!
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We're swooning over this boho backyard wedding!
Swooning over this darling first dance and Mr. and Mrs.
Swooning over this darling first dance and Mr. and Mrs.
Love this sweet exit at this boho backyard wedding!
Love this gorgeous sunset photo at this darling backyard wedding!

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

My wedding day was filled with some of my favorite memories! One of the funniest, is that on the way from my sisters house {where we got ready} to the ceremony site I somehow managed to get black ink from a pen on my dress. We’re talking a quarter size black ink spot right on the front! All of my bridesmaids gathered around and tried to scrub it out which made it bigger! Everyone just stood around, horrified. Just as I felt my lip start to quiver my mother ran down with white paint! We literally painted my wedding dress white and all was well! One of the more meaningful memories was walking down through the woods with my father. I was too nervous to let go of his hand in order to link arms with him so he just held my hand all the way down.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

Oh goodness! Probably too much! Our goal was to do as much as we could to cut down on cost. I didn’t want my parents dropping ten grand on one day and knew it could be perfect and beautiful without being too expensive. We DIY’d almost everything. The wood chandelier was my idea and my husband helped make it. The centerpieces on the tables. My Father-in-Law made the tables for our wedding out of old barnwood. My father built the arbor where our reception was held. We put the bouquets together out of flowers from the local farmers market. There were many days spent in the woods pulling vines to cover the arbor with. I DIY’d the groom cake. We also DIY’d all of the invitations, programs, place cards and activity cards. I bought a large pack of thick stock paper that I liked and we had everything printed on it at a nearby Office Depot. Lastly, my brother and I made the window table for cocktail hour.

Something old, new, borrowed and blue?

I didn’t actually do that tradition. I’m really not a traditional kind of girl!

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Don’t stress yourself! Figure out what things matter the most to you, take care of those things and then delegate the rest! The most stress came from all of the decisions and questions. It’s okay to not care about every detail! -Alaina, the bride

Event Credits

Photographer: Mabyn Ludke Photography // Venue: Bride's Parent's Home // Catering: Mighty Oaks catering // Officiant: David Crabtree // Engagment Ring: Wentworth and Sloan // Bride's Attire: Free People // Bridesmaid's Attire: Free People // Groom's Attire: H&M // Groom's Shoes: G.H. Bass & Co. // Groom's Accessories: J. Crew // Groomsmen's Attire: H&M


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