Unlike many soon-to-be weds who attend wedding expos, cake tastings, and visit potential venues in person, Devon and I relied on the wonderful world of the web for the majority of our “big day” planning. Not because we don’t love a good expo, or enjoy sampling delicious wedding cakes, but because we were traveling around the Pacific Islands in New Zealand, Australia, Tonga and Samoa for many of those busy 10 weeks between our engagement date and our wedding.
Our biggest priority for our wedding was to have it be infused with our personalities, and our love for all things creative. From the moment we started planning, Devon and I had a blast, whether it was sitting (and sweating) under a mosquito net in Tonga creating our interactive save the dates or scouring thrift stores in Nashville hunting for the perfect vintage TVs for our centerpiece art installation.
We realized early on that DIY was the way for us to go — we kept coming up with fun ideas and we wanted to be the ones to bring them to life. I’ll never forget two weeks out from the wedding, discussing the decorations for the ceiling and Devon trying to explain his idea of a paper chandelier. I was a bit dubious so he created a model so I could better understand what he meant. The second I spied his adorable “model” venue, my heart melted and I knew he was onto something.
An Engagement Ring Like No Other
The first actual DIY element of our wedding was my engagement ring. As we were gallivanting around tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean with no real access to jewelers, Devon surprised me by crafting a beautiful ring out of a vintage button and a keyring. I wrote about his beautiful proposal here, and even though I love my diamond, I feel like my button ring is the most precious object I have.
It seems it’s very popular these days to have a photobooth at the reception. Thanks to the powers of one MacBook and one Nikon d90, complete with the help of our friends who love a good challenge, we rigged up our own homemade photobooth in the event space, complete with a colorful vintage fabric backdrop and far too many wacky props. I think the results speak for themselves.
Etsy was a constant source of inspiration online. It’s where we first spied the idea of using fabric flower garlands, like these by dolciodille, and where I purchased my adorable vintage baby blue rose earrings from Nomsa. Our cake toppers were handmade, and were very similar to these delightful hand-stitched fabric birds by suebeehb.
My bouquet was created out of fresh craspedia flowers and I loved how cheerful and unpretentious these flowers are. I have seen far too many brides weighed down by a huge bunch of flowers that steal the limelight. Days before the wedding I found floresdelsol on Etsy, who sells dried arrangements of craspedia which we used as decoration next to our centerpiece art installation. In the photograph above you can also see the vintage fabric that we used in CD cases that we created for our wedding favors — a sampler of songs Devon and I had recorded together.
Without a doubt, our wedding day was magical, but the lead up was also incredibly joyful and memorable. My advice to many soon-to-be-weds is to be in the moment and enjoy the process, rather than simply counting down to the big day. You are creating a beautiful memory, so I don’t think wedding planning needs to be full of anxiety, drama and stress. Enlist your friends and family, unleash your creativity and enjoy this journey together!
About the bride: Golriz Lucina is an Etsy enthusiast, film camera junkie, and the co-director of content at SoulPancake. Although Golriz continues to call New Zealand “home,” she is currently living in sunshine-drenched California, with her husband Devon Gundry (who co-created SoulPancake). Together they are co-authors on the upcoming SoulPancake book due to be published by Hyperion in the fall.
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