Jen Causey-Kidder
Jen Causey-Kidder February 18, 2013

DIY wedding | Aaron + Carmen

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“Aaron and Carmen planned and held their DIY wedding in their own backyard. The theme was old Florida and the decor was perfected with cigar boxes and oranges on the tables, a wine bar, a DIY mojito bar and home brewed beer Aaron made himself, especially for the wedding! Carmen and Aaron were so much fun to work with… it was an absolute pleasure celebrating this day with them.” – Heather Rice Photography

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I absolutely love all the amazing interactive details that Aaron and Carmen incorporated into their wedding. A Mojito Bar, wine tasting, cigar lounge, and craft beer from the Groom… are you kidding me – what fun for their guests!!! Having interactive activities like this really involve your guests in the party; giving them things to do creates movement throughout your event and provides lots to talk about. I am sure their guests will be talking about their darling backyard bash for years to come!


“Aaron and I chose to do things in a not so traditional fashion. We decided to walk down the aisle together and that meant we were waiting with one another before the ceremony began. We were tucked away and secretly watching all of our guests arrive through a window. It was so nice for just the two of us to sit and watch our family, friends and loved ones gather in one place to celebrate our love. We were both able to share the feelings of excitement and anticipation together…


DIY and handmade is a huge part of my life, so naturally I chose to incorporate a few DIY elements for the wedding. The biggest project was definitely the florals that acted as centerpieces for the tables. We wanted everything to feel very natural and I think the tables ended up being just that! The most fun DIY project was planning out the Mojito Bar, which guests loved!


My advice to brides who are planning their wedding is, let the day be a reflection of you as a couple. There are a lot of expectations as to what a wedding should be, but at the end of the day you are celebrating your love and nothing else matters!” – Carmen, the bride


Photography – Heather Rice Photography // Rentals – Orlando Party Rentals // Catering – Black Bean Deli // Pies and Cakes – Darland Bakery // Officiant – Lovely Ceremony // Invitation Suite – Paper and Pigttails // Wedding Coordinator – Truly Chic Inspirations // Concept and Styling – The Flair Exchange // Cake Toppers – Craft That Party

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