Jesus and Elena’s natural backyard wedding featured a cream and white color palette with a touch of gold.
“My vision for the wedding was for it to feel very natural, elegant, rustic,” the bride explained. “The wood, burlap and twine tied it all together.”
For the bride and groom, who are middle school sweethearts, the wedding was the culmination of a long and storied romance. “We met in middle school and began dating right away,” Elena said of her new husband. “He proposed in my backyard and had it all planned out with my family!” The ceremony included the lighting of a unity candle, and the couple chose to write their own vows as a meaningful expression of their love and commitment.
Following the ceremony, the reception livened up the evening with DIY elements including sweet treats and rustic details. “My favorite DIY was the wood rounds and wooden cake stand,” Elena shared. “My husband and I went to the bakery to get a round cake board, and then took a trip to the plant nursery. We found a log that was the perfect size for the cake, and one that was about 16 inches in diameter for the centerpiece wood rounds. They sold us the wood for only $7 a log. We bought three and my husband and father-in-law cut them to size.”
What was your favorite moment of the wedding?
Our vows. Telling each other how we felt in front of our whole family was so special, especially because he kept making me laugh.
What advice would you give to other military brides?
Make sure you feel comfortable on your special day, particularly when it comes to your outfit. Don’t feel pressured to spend big bucks on your wedding day. Try your hand at DIY! We did a lot of DIY projects for our wedding. Use Pinterest.
Photographer: Memory Lens Photography
Bar: Liquor Passion Bartending
DJ: DJ Chino
Live Music: Trio Los Padrinos
Florist: Tommy Austin
Dress and veil: David’s Bridal