I love weddings where the bride and groom let their personalities shine through. Like at Nikki & Blake’s wedding. And Charlene & Ron’s wedding. And Liz & Ryan’s wedding. Whether it’s cultural heritage, favorite things, or items that speak to your relationship, anything that shares pieces of you are perfect complements to your wedding day.
So I thought I’d share photos from our wedding to show what I mean. I guess you could say I’m putting my money where my mouth is. Is that how it goes? I’m TERRIBLE with American idioms. But that’s a subject for a whole other post!
Cent and I met at Disneyworld, so after we were engaged, on a trip to Disneyland, I picked up these bride and groom Mickey hats.
And had our names embroidered. A pair of Mickey ears is incomplete without your name on the back!
I DIY-ed our programs and used the monogram of sorts from our invitations on the front of our program.
In addition to honoring my heritage and doing the Filipino traditions of Cord, Veil, and Coins, we also jumped the broom.
I have a feeling that Jumping the Broom will become even more popular with the movie coming out this weekend. Back when we were planning the online resources were few and far between!
Our bridal party was awesome. Enough said.
So the groom’s cake was a surprise for Cent. We had talked about it, but never really set it in stone. I had casually asked him what his favorite video game and system was…and this was brought to life:
Yes, we had a blue cake. I encourage brides to think outside of the white cake box and be bold! When Nikki told me her cake was going to be orange I was so excited. I told her mine had been blue! I totally get brides who love thinking outside the box.
Each of our tables were marked with Disney Movies instead of numbers. The head table was Lilo & Stitch. Other tables included The Lion King, Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid.
And below you’ll see at every place setting a Martha Stewart paper pom pom. I must have made at least 200, and at the time I didn’t know how I wanted to use them. I just gave bags full to our coordinator. I love that they became napkin rings. Later, the girls put them in their hair! See my tutorial here.
I’m a huge believer that your wedding should be about YOU, the bride and groom. I think that your personalities and relationship should be reflected through and through. With hints of who you were, who you are, and who you will become as a couple. There are so many way that this can be done – from the invitations to the ceremony to the favors and all the elements of the reception. And this doesn’t mean that your wedding has to be grandiose, I’ve totally seen weddings where most of the items were DIY projects that turned out beautifully. Having DIY’ed some of the items for our wedding, I will say that DIY-ing is not for the faint of heart – it’s A LOT of work! But when done right, definitely worth the effort.
So let your personalities shine!
[All photos by Travis Hoehne]
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