Today I’ve got another sweet wedding to share with you today from Jennifer Roper.  You might remember this gorgeous rustic Ojai wedding of hers I featured a few weeks back, and her images are all over this blog since she also shot my wedding!  Well, today a charming backyard wedding with lots of personal DIY details, and a lovely pastel color palette.  Feast your eyes!

Now a little from Danielle on how they used DIY and personalization to make their wedding “them”:

The first thing my husband and I did- before any planning began- was ask ourselves, in one or two words, what we wanted our friends and family to experience for that day. We decided we wanted people to have the experience of love and laughter.

My husband is a writer and we both love the power of language and poetry. We thought it would be fun to incorporate that into our wedding.  We made a list of some of our favorite words and phrases that pertain to love and family. As people walked through the space we wanted their eyes to catch on a word “smitten” or a phrase “my one and only…”. We didn’t want to go over the top with it- but we wanted it to be a part of the atmosphere and decor. I went to Anawalt and asked for the discarded wood pieces and my friend and I painted dozens of signs with the words and phrases on them. We hung signs in trees and leaned them against rocks in the garden. We used our favorite words to distinguish the tables. The table that we shared with our parents was “kindred”.

In keeping with the word theme, I had a vision of people driving up to the house and the first word they would see is LOVE in big letters hanging across the top of the house. My girlfriend, a great seamstress, helped me sew each letter on a separate piece of cloth material. We hung each piece side by side like a clothing line. Because I love the rustic, homemade, vintage look- it all fit in beautifully.
One of my favorite last minute details? We were originally only going to have beer and wine and at the last minute our friend was able to get us several cases of tequila for free. Since my husbands favorite drink is a margarita it was perfect! We were just going to have regular margarita’s until my mom (4 days before the wedding) suggested bringing some prickly pear syrup from Tucson (my hometown). We ended up having a signature drink! “The Weekstrong Prickly Pear Margarita”. Weekstrong is our last names combined. The drink ended up being a bright pink color and a huge hit during cocktail hour!

 This wedding was definitely a community effort. We had tons of help from family and friends. This started out as a necessity because we were on such a budget- but it ended up being such a blessing and really one of the most wonderful things about the whole process. The day was more magical than my husband and I could have imagined. We were shocked at how beautifully it all came together. It was a true collaboration. And in the end, people said they really got “our hearts”. Oh, and the love and laughter abounded!

I just love that!  It really shows you how the DIY and personal details are what often makes your day so magical, because your guests all see and feel “you” and your love in every detail.  And you feel it too, as well as the love of your friends and family.  This is more imporant than anything you can plan or buy for your wedding, don’t you think?  So, what’s your favorite part?  The pastel bridesmaids dresses, the sweet signs, the adorable flower girls?  I love all of the above!

{Vendors} Photographer: Jennifer Roper / Day of Coordination: Ashley of Coco Rose Events / Venue: my best friend’s backyard in Echo Park / Attire: Jenny Yoo gown and Hugo Boss suit (bridesmaids wore mostly vintage dresses – some from Shareen Vintage downtown) / Florist: my friend, Annie, designed all the arrangements with the help of friends and family. We saved lots of money by going to the flower market downtown and getting them the day before / Music: DJ UnieQ (Quaye Kennerly) / Food: the best caterer on the PLANET Chef Cameron Czekalla with Romega Catering(seriously, these guys are amazing and so great to work with- I can’t recommend them enough!) / Cake: Maryn Surrey / Lighting: my talented friend Geoff Ross