liz and ryan // diy // after wedding shoot

Liz and Ryan are a bride and groom that I worked with for their wedding the prior summer to shooting this. We wanted to do something similar to a Rock the Dress and I wanted to incorporate some DIY things into the shoot. So this is proof brides to be, if I can do this all in less than 2 weeks you can! 😉

I found everything I needed in one trip to Hobby Lobby, Big Lots and Goodwill, for less than $200 total.
I cut and hand sewed and painted every single thing – even the chairs and the tables and the veil. Everything except for the bouquet, which was simply flowers from the local floral shop. I had a ton of fun with this!!

For the fabric flowers that I made – I found some really nice, almost new sheets at the thrift store and washed and sanitized them. I cut them into strips of fabric and layered some with lace and pearls from Hobby Lobby. For the hanging lanterns, I cut square pieces of the sheets and hot glued them to paper lanterns I found from Big Lots.

The cake is pretty simple, a cake mix, two layers, a butter knife and icing.
The same process for the cupcakes really. I added the hot chocolate because it was winter.

All of the milk glass and all of the tables, etc. were all purchased from the thrift store and sanitized then painted.

Her “fur” is simply fabric from Hobby Lobby.  The love banner I made from burlap and ribbon and yarn.


A HUGE thank you goes to the fabulous Leah Handlon for styling Liz’s makeup.

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