Chelsea + Ryan: A Lovely DIY Wedding Indeed

Sep 16

I am so excited today to share the beautiful wedding of our very own Chelsea of Lovely Indeed! Chelsea and Ryan planned a truly personalized celebration loaded with great DIY details, focused on celebrating with their closest family and friends. Chelsea shares, “We decided to DIY just about everything, because each detail was so important to us, and we loved putting our hands and hearts on every little thing. And by doing things ourselves, our wedding had so much personal connection to each of our families and our history, which made the day feel so extraordinary.

I constructed my bouquet from vintage brooches borrowed from the women in my family – both grandmothers, three aunts, my mom, and my sister were all represented there. For the boutonnieres and corsages, I made fabric flowers to keep our floral costs down.

We found a vintage typewriter at a yard sale and used it throughout our whole process; every save-the-date and invitation was addressed using it, as well as the place cards at the reception (which were also decorated with a DIY rubber stamp that we handmade). The typewriter was also part of our guest book table, and our guests had a ball typing us sweet messages. Around the cake, we placed framed photos of each of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days.

Our centerpieces were especially meaningful, a mixture of vintage books from my grandmother’s house, mason jars that once held canned fruit from another grandmother, wooden letterpress blocks that Ryan and I bought each other as an engagement gift, and free-standing wrought-iron table numbers, which my dad handmade for us. We filled the mason jars with flowers that looked hand-picked and fresh from the garden, thanks to Audrey at Botanica Floral Designs.

I have to say, though, that one of my favorite memories of the day is driving from the church to the reception in my dad’s ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Ryan and I had made a “Just Married” sign for the back, and just the two of us were in the car. People were honking, waving, rolling down windows to shout congratulations – it was like the world was conspiring to make us smile. Looking back, I don’t think I could have imagined a better day. From the group of my friends who formed a choir and sang at our ceremony, to the silly and heartfelt speeches at the reception, to the very last dance, the day was way on the other side of perfect. We left feeling exhausted and blessed, but most of all, loved.

Much love and best wishes to Chelsea and Ryan! Can’t get enough of this super cute couple? Revisit their Central Park engagement photos and visit Chelsea at Lovely Indeed!

Vendors –
Photography:  Joelle Pulido Photography / Flowers: Botanica Floral Designs / DJ + photobooth:  SJS Disc Jockey / Church:  Holy Spirit Parish, Sacramento / Reception Venue:  The Firehouse, Old Sacramento / Hotel:  The Citizen Hotel, Sacramento / Dress:  Kleinfeld Bridal (Melissa Sweet’s Fiesole) / Cake: family friend

{Photos by Joelle Pulido Photography.}

5 thoughts on “Chelsea + Ryan: A Lovely DIY Wedding Indeed”

  1. Having attended this beautiful wedding and ceremony, I can attest to the care and warmth that shone out of every amazing detail. Looking at the photos that Joelle took bring tears to my eyes. These are two very special human beings. May we all love as lovely as they love.
    .-= Laura’s most recent blog post: Photo =-.

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