You might as well just call Ashley and Aaron the dynamic DIY duo. For their sweet Texas wedding celebration, the couple handmade everything from the invitations to the cupcake stands. We guess that’s what happens when the bride is a middle school art teacher and the groom is a diehard garage tinkerer! Read on to cop some of Ashley and Aaron’s pretty (and pretty do-able) DIY wedding ideas.
1. Invitations With Flair: Though their wedding didn’t have a specific theme, Ashley and Aaron knew they wanted to incorporate a lot of natural textures, metallics and beautiful fall colors into the decor. They started with the invitations, which Ashley made the envelopes for herself. She took a calligraphy class to ensure she’d get the address script just right, and she used fun printed paper from Rifle Paper Co. as envelope liners.
2. Handmade Ring Box: This classy ring box looks like a million bucks, but thanks to Ashley’s clever crafting, it didn’t cost nearly that much. She purchased the box at a craft store and stained it a rich brown color before carving her and Aaron’s initials into the top.
3. Colorful Wedding Program: We love Ashley’s ingenious take on the wedding program: She designed an eight-page coloring book that details the activities of the day, and then handed them out with crayons to encourage guests to get in touch with their inner kid. “I don’t think twice about grabbing markers or crayons, but I bet a lot of our guests hadn’t touched crayons in years!” exclaimed Ashley.
4. Script-y Chalkboard Signs: Ashley put her new-found calligraphy skills to work again on the chalkboard signs for the directions to the reception and the beautifully detailed cocktail menu. Her mixture of super script-y and sans serif fonts kept things fun, but not overly formal.
5. Personal Touches: For the reception decor, the couple made sure that they included lots of items that held personal significance, including this cute origami dinosaur on a reception table. Ashley loves to make origami with her students, so Aaron followed a YouTube video to make the dinosaur and then used it as part of his proposal. Can you say “awww?”
6. Rustic Cupcake Stands: Those delish-looking cupcakes came from Nothing Bundt Cakes, but those gorgeous rustic cupcake stands were all Aaron. He crafted them out of copper piping and an old trellis that he found set out on the curb in his neighborhood. Chic and thrifty? #Swoon
7. The Cutest Cake Topper: Okay, this is seriously the most adorable homemade cake topper ever. How did Ashley do it? With simple wooden pegs, paint and tulle. The best part? She was able to reuse them after the wedding. “As I painted them I thought how it’d be a fun idea to add a little baby for a pregnancy announcement whenever I got pregnant. In May we were able to do just that.” said Ashley.
8. DIY Thank You Garland: Ashley couldn’t end the night without one last DIY. To make this simple “thank you” garland, she purchased chipboard letters from the craft store, painted them and then poked holes through the top of each letter using an awl so that she could thread string through to make a garland. Their ingenious photographer Amy Karp positioned the couple and the garland perfectly to capture “thank you” spelled out in a shadow on the wall.
9. All’s Well That Ends Well: Despite some last-minute ceremony changes due to uncooperative weather, Ashley and Aaron’s wedding proved to be a sweet celebration among family and friends. “I’ve sat through many weddings thinking how nervous a bride must be to walk down the aisle with all those people staring at her,” said Ashley. “But I realized that everybody in our audience was there for US. They weren’t strangers like they were at other people’s weddings. I absolutely loved looking out at everybody while walking down the aisle — I probably should’ve looked more at my husband, but I have the rest of my life to look at him!”
Congrats, Ashley and Aaron!
Photography: Amy Karp
Wedding planner/coordinator: Wendy Kidd with Each and Every Detail
Caterer: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
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