Creative DIY Wedding by Chelsea Nicole Photography

If this wedding had another title, it would have to be…’Coca Cola Bottles and Vintage Sweethearts.’ Or then maybe…‘How to design a Budget Wedding and make it look Totally Adorable‘ would also suit it to a T. Clearly, either one would beautifully sum up this, offbeat, fun and incredibly creative backyard brunch. And with so many pretty pics by Chelsea Nicole Photography, it’s a vintage-inspired affair that will make you wish eclectic was a ‘must-have’ wedding style. 

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The bride’s dress was a handmade vintage dress (from Etsy) which she teamed with a pair of shoes her mom bought two years previously. They were perfect for her vintage retro look.

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She wanted her bridesmaids to be completely themselves and ‘comfortable,’ so they each chose a dress from their wardrobe the day before! The flowers for the mismatched bridesmaid’s bouquets were all individually chosen to reflect each girl’s personality.

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All elements of the wedding were contributed by family and friends, with the bride delegating a specific task to each person she knew they would enjoy. For instance, those who loved to cook brought the food. Her roommate arranged flowers and a bridesmaid arranged the bouquets. This offbeat bride also wanted to look around on the day and see things which were familiar to her. All the decorations used to decorate the backyard came from the bride’s house. Each jar used in the table centerpieces had a story attached to them and the flowers used were from a neighbors yard. Even the oak tables were fashioned by the old man across the street. Everyone played a part ….everyone was connected.

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Naturally, the traditional wedding cake was given the flick. Instead, the bride and her friends visited Dunkin Donuts the day before and voila! …this wonderful interpretation of a breakfast croqombouche was created out of donuts. What an awesome idea!

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From the photographer: This North Carolina DIY brunch wedding stands out amongst most for its creative edge. The Coca Cola bottles, vintage vases, ornately covered books, croquet to entertain quests, doughnut tower and wild flowers, created a rustic, yet vintage venue that mirrored the bride and groom’s free spirit and artistic style. Cobwebs and giant bumbles bees only added to the decor. Being not the typical bride, the guest book was tossed and replaced with a corner table where “love” notes could be written and placed in an ornate box. Bridesmaids each wore there own dress of choice as did the groomsmen and flower girls. An assortment of wildflowers were chosen for bouquets each reflecting the style of that particular bridesmaid who carried it. After skipping down the aisle to meet her groom, the guests chuckled, vows were exchanged, and everyone could see the true, sincere love these two shared. I was honored to be apart of such an important moment in this couple’s journey together.

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 Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Venue: Neighbour’s Backyard / Submitted via Two Bright Lights


  • Julie

    I commend this young couple for deciding against the traditional and “very costly” wedding ~ This is being a good steward of your money and it is just beautiful! All the “personal” touches added to the memories! God bless them both.