Jen Causey-Kidder
Jen Causey-Kidder August 11, 2014

DIY Wedding | Matt + Sydney

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“With an incredible couple and a wedding party as big as Sydney + Matt’s, you have two things… AMAZING friends and family on both sides –and- a lot of help for me at the girls’ getting-ready house, thank you ladies, by the way! I arrived at Sydney’s parents house to a ton of gorgeousness to photograph, and a bride as cool as a cucumber. Writing her vows when I walked in, the light behind Sydney was a marvel, and, so their journey of wedding images began. Sooooo.. many gorgeous details accompanied their day and you would never know that Sydney did most of her designs and creations herself – it was a major DIY Wedding! Each detail complimented the Bernardo Winery’s rustic and whimsical ambiance. From the burlap accents to the baby’s breath flowers in the bridesmaid’s hair, her wedding was nothing short of a fairytale out of a wedding magazine. Sydney + Matt, your love for each other is so sweet and true. Your families are so kind and soooo sweet! Thank you for the honor of capturing your love story and for treating us so kindly as if we were one of your guests. Congratulations again. xoxo” – Patty of Petula Pea Photography

Groom lifting and kissing his bride!
Bernando Vineyard wedding...
Lovely wedding dress picture
The beautiful bride writing out her vows
Wedding invitations, rings and shoes!
Stunning wedding ring shot on coral
Bridesmaids pouring the champange
Wedding garter and jewelry
Getting ready on the morning of your wedding is the greatest!
Handmade wedding bouquet with rosary beads
The bride in her Bride robe
The bride getting ready
The bride getting ready
Putting on the garter
Stunning black and white bridal portrait
The stunning bride
The bridesmaids love the champagne!
Beautiful bridesmaids with flowers in their hair
I have found the one whom my soul loves.
The groom
Bernando Winery Wedding
Almost walking down the aisle
The grooms parents walking him down the aisle, look how happy his mother is!
Darling rustic ring bearer and flower girl
The groom seeing his bride for the first time
Father walking his daughter down the aisle
Beautiful pink bridesmaids all in a row
Father walking his daughter down the aisle
Saying I do...
Laughing at the alter...
Handmade bridesmaid bouquets
Ring bearer and flower girl embrace
You may now kiss the bride...
Saying I do...
They are now husband and wife!
The happy bride and her maids
Adorable flower girl and ring bearer
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Amazing chalkboard seating chart
Succulent wedding decor
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Handmade cookie wedding favors
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
The gift table
The guest are ready to party
Enter the new Mr and Mrs!
The first dance, surrounded by family and friends
Cheers to the bride and groom
Sunlit bride and groom portrait
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Small handmade wedding cakes
Party on the dance floor
Grandpa is on the dance floor, getting down!
Gorgeous DIY winery wedding of Matt and Sydney...
Night moves...
The dancing bride...

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

I have to say the most memorable moment for me was seeing my groom, who was very emotional, for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. It is an image I will remember for the rest of my life. Another “moment” that I loved was having all of our close family and friends there to share our special day with us. It was great bringing everyone together and it meant the world to us to have everyone there.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

EVERYTHING! Well except my dress :) I did everything from all of the decor to all of the tablescapes which included succulents which we planted in glass jars that family and friends collected and donated to us for the wedding with the table numbers stamped on burlap table runners. My favorite DIY project was putting together all the flowers the night before with all 11 bridesmaids. We each worked on our own bouquets (even my own) and then began to create bouquets for each table (22 in total). It was such a fun night and it made the bouquets all that much more better.

Something old, new, borrowed and blue?

Yes! My something blue were my undergarments. Something new was my dress and my something borrowed was a pair of beautiful earrings my mom let me. My favorite had to be my something old. I asked each of my grandmas to lend me something old that I could attach to my bouquets. It meant so much to me to have those pieces with me as I walked down the isle.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. A LOT of little things (some big) will go wrong, let it go! Enjoy the process and remember the reason you are doing all of this… to marry the man of your dreams! Another piece of advice I have is to not underestimate your abilities, I had no idea what I was doing but I managed to learn along the way. I have never worked with flowers before and people thought I was crazy to take on all of the flowers. We managed to get them done and I got so many complements on them. The best part about the whole DIY process was creating memories with all of my family and friends that helped us along the way! – Sydney, the bride

Event Credits

Photographer: Petula Pea Photography // Venue and catering: The Bernardo Winery // Officiant: Lewis Leon // DJ: Jeremy Jones // Dress: Allure Couture // Hair and makeup: Jackie Ellis // Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Angelo // Men's Attire: Mens Wearhouse // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Decor, flowers, table numbers, favors, etc. DIY-ed by the bride

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