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Whimsical Weddings: Erin & Alex | Rancho Bernardo Inn, CA

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{Featured in Vol. 25}

Photographer:  Savoring The Sweet Life Photography
Reception Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn // Submitted by: Two Bright Lights



My husband and I come from families of crafters, we just can’t sit back and let someone else do a task that we can do ourselves.  With that said, it was important to us that we put the effort in to make our special day memorable, taking on tasks from carpentry, to sewing, and baking.  We had a dream team of helpers to accomplish the many creative projects that we undertook.  The Rancho Bernardo Inn was kind enough to give us total creative freedom.

My dad and I  constructed the floral arch out of birch poles, cedar boxes and cement.  The florist was then able to decorate it.  It was a quick one day project that really set a focal point for the ceremony.

All of the women in the wedding helped me hand punched and glue over 800 paper hearts to line the aisle, while my father-in-law sharpened all 800 dowels to make them easy to punch into the ground.  This was one of the more time consuming projects, but we had a fun afternoon catching up and crafting.


My favorite details were the UP inspired crafts.  UP was one of the first movies my husband and I saw together and since then we loved the relationship of Carl and Ellie.  We go to San Diego Comic Con dressed as them and our photographer even captured some of our engagement photos all dressed up!  It was so fun to make my own guest book.  I learned how to book bind, and had so much fun decorating the pages with our photos from our adventures.  I also love the mailbox that I painted.  I thought it was a creative way to dress up the gifts table for guests to put cards in.  I think it personalized the day in a way that ties back to our favorite Disney couple and our love of costume making.


The most memorable moment of the day was walking down the stairs toward the aisle and seeing all of our loved ones gathered and all of the fruits of our labor.  Months of planning and work went into this day and to see it so perfectly in such as special moment was breathtaking.  The ceremony area was stunning and even more so with the happy faces of everyone we cared for around.


We themed our wedding around Disney Pixar’s Up.  We took inspiration from Ellie’s adventure book, Carl and Ellie’s mailbox and house, as well as their wedding song as our recessional song.

The boys also had some fun and themed themselves like the Avengers.  Each boy had an undershirt that could be revealed from under their suits for their true hero identity.  They had matching cufflinks that were Avengers themed and their likeness was captured on the wedding favor cookies with Avengers medallions on their suits.


We would encourage other brides to find a balance between DIY and  seeking professional help.  We had a phenomenal bridal party, parents and planners that helped us to accomplish all of our projects on time and on a budget.  If you are a do it yourselfer, give yourself plenty of time to accomplish everything before the big day.  That being said, even with as much as we took on, we still knew when to contact the professionals to accomplish tasks.  Often times the professionals helped to make the DIY projects shine.

Another valuable asset to any DIY bride is a day of planner.  Especially if you take on a lot of projects, you will need someone to assist with day of preparation while everyone in the wedding gets ready


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