CREATIVE POOLSIDE DIY WEDDING | Whitney + Richard exchange vows where both sets of parents were married! | Justin Hackworth Photography

Happy Monday, lovelies.  Ok, first off, I’ve got some potential news that could soon turn into big news, but before it can, I kinda need your help.  Honey and I have been tossing around the idea of a puppy for what has essentially been the duration of our relationship.  Well, the time is pretty much here.  So I’m open to recommendations.  Super open.  Got any?  FYI, we’re nyc apartment dwellers, and our place is pretty spacious for nyc, but certainly not enough space for a doggie that needs to move around constantly.  Anywho, thanks, bubbies!

Right then!  Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

Here’s a recent tweet of Kanye West’s I’d like to share with you:

“I just zoned on how ill it is to really fall in love… Pimpin’ is whatev … Love is that s***!”

Guys, I think Kanye makes a great point here.  Pimpin’ truly is “whatev.”  Wouldn’t you agree?  Especially when you can zone on how ill it is to be hopelessly in love with someone who feels the same way about you.  It truly is “that s***.”

Other KW tweets (“Sometimes I f*** with my Timbs on,” for example) are not as insightful.  But they can’t all be winners, now can they.  No, they can’t.  And, unfortunately, most of them are losers.  Horrible, horrible losers.  However, the winner quoted earlier really hits the nail on the proverbial head.  And it rings as true in today’s wedding as it would with any other we’ve featured.

Today’s wedding was submitted by Justin Hackworth, and it’s a colorful DOOZY.  I gotta tell ya, our bride really DIY’d the heck out of this wedding, and you’ve gotta hear about it.

↗ Look at that punim! ↖

Here’s her rundown of this brightly colored day:

Every aspect of our wedding day was a fairytale. The day started out bright and early with my mom, sisters and I going to get our hair and make up done.  Our ceremony was very special because it took place where both of our parents had been married, The Salt Lake Temple.  Richard first saw me wearing my beautiful Vineyard Collection dress (Trish) as I walked down a hallway to go out and meet all of our family and friends. I will never forget that moment. I couldn’t believe that we were finally married and could start the rest of our lives together. After walking out to see family members and friends, we walked around the temple grounds and took many beautiful pictures. Our reception was magical. There were a few nerve-wracking moments because there were signs of rain and the reception was outside in my parent’s backyard. However, it turned out to be beautiful and just how I had always imagined it. Justin Hackworth captured everything perfectly. I wanted the reception to have a feeling of eclectic beauty; this was accomplished with candles, handmade décor, flowers, a photo booth and lots of color. Handmade hairpieces, iron and crystal used in many different shapes, sizes and textures added to the eclectic and found look. I even made mirrored strings to add sparkle and the feeling of candlelight in the late afternoon sun. It was an easy craft that added so much. I went to the local craft store and bought every shape and size of mirrored pieces, sandwiched a piece of fishing string between the two sides and hot glued them together. Another personal touch were the signs I made that hung on the basket with the thank you gifts and the sign with my new last name above the cake. The color scheme was inspired by a piece of dupioni silk ribbon that I have had since I was ten or eleven. Looking back at everything I can honestly say that I would not change a single thing about our wedding day. It truly was a dream come true.

My color palette was hot pink, bright orange and charcoal grey. The boys wore gray suits with orange ties and the girls wore pink, orange and gray to tie everything together.  The bridesmaid’s dresses were from J.Crew and Anthropologie.

My advice to other brides would be to look at as many magazines, blogs and websites as possible. Then take all of that beautiful inspiration, organize it and put it into a binder that you take everywhere. It makes the planning process go much quicker and makes it a lot easier. After all, no one likes a stressed out bride!

The bride crafted mirrored strings to replicate the effect of candlelight in the late afternoon sun.  Creative, much?

I wholeheartedly say yes to ice cream stands at weddings.  There was one of these (it was gelato, but whatevs) at a Martha Stewart Holiday Party I attended last year and it was a SERIOUS hit.

This image might be my favorite.  Gorgeous, Justin. ↴

This bouquet’s been through a lot, but I think it’s holding up quite well, don’t you? :)

How cute are these two?  I mean, seriously?  HOW ADORBS??!!

Will you be crafting any of the elements involved in your wedding day?

xoxo!  – Alison

Justin Hackworth Photography is member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view this listing, click here.

Photographer: Justin Hackworth Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Caterer: Culinary Crafts / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Dress Store: Anthropologie / Dress Designer: Avenia / Bridal Cake Designer: The Sweet Tooth Fairy / Photo Booth Equipment: All Occasions Photo Booths

Label(s): Color, Orange, Pink, Yellow, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Jess on March 28, 2011

    My fiance and I are talking about getting a puppy, too! Try looking at beagle/border collie mixes… I met one in the park yesterday and they’re wonderfully adorable – they’re not too small, but they’re not Marmaduke either.

  2. Kristin on March 28, 2011

    Oh puppies. We adopted one about seven months ago from a rescue group. He’s a beagle/jack russell terrier, and absolutely adorable.

    He has TONS of energy however, but does fine in our apartment.

    I recommend checking out what rescue organizations in your area have on-hand. While we are unsure of his past (scared of fire, brooms, etc.) he totally knows he was rescued and loves us for it.

  3. Lainey on March 28, 2011

    I love the cupcake display and ice cream station idea. so yummy looking! I’d be all over that in my white dress. … Maybe bibs would be a good idea? ;)

    You should get a lab. Labs are the best dogs!

  4. Lauren Elise on March 28, 2011

    OMGYOU’REGETTINGAPUPPY!!! I’m so excited for you! I definitely recommend trying rescue organizations in your area. We got our dog from a rescue and they were really great. They knew her background more and were able to tell us more about her personality than a pound would. The rescue we used actually allowed us to “foster” her for 3 weeks so we could decide if she was the right fit for our family. We fell in love with her so than we officially adopted. Yes, they kind of let us take our dog out for a test drive. :)
    Also, this wedding rocks by the way! This bride did a fabulous job on all the details and she’s as cute as a button! Love her shoes!

  5. Crystal Blair on March 28, 2011

    I love that white ruffle piece hanging from the tree. IS that a lamp shade? Where did it come from? It’s beautiful! (along with everything else in this wedding)

  6. Dana Laymon Photography on March 28, 2011

    i love all the different angles in these pictures and all the cute DIY details! Poolside makes for such a fun wedding!

  7. Meli (Lovely Paperie by Meli) on March 28, 2011

    The Hubby and I have a shih tzu and she is the best! She was so easy to train and always lets us know when she needs to go out to do her thing.

    She is also such a great companion and is always by my side.

  8. postcards and pretties on March 28, 2011

    I’m seriously loving the bright & cheerful color palette in this wedding. Her veil & dress are pretty fab too!!

  9. M.C. on March 28, 2011

    Getting a puppy is the best! We recently got a Pembroke Welsh Corgi – she’s amazing and we were able to adopt her from the humane society. She has a ton of energy though! I work in a doggy daycare and have to say that shih tzus, shipoos (shih tzu/poodle cross), and havanese are all really awesome, sweet dogs. For the most part, I can’t think of any dogs of those breeds at work that aren’t wonderful dogs! And they are all super cute! I think they are all really good apartment dogs too.

  10. Kate on March 28, 2011

    This makes me want to have my wedding near or inside of a pool. The colors are brilliant.
    Great photography, really bright and lovely.

  11. Koru Kate on March 28, 2011

    A poolside wedding . . . that was my dream wedding! Except I decided to get married in January. Oh but this one is a beauty!

    Good luck with the puppy! Definitely go the rescue route, try We rescued a beagle/basset hound & he is perfect for our city life. And he’s such a LOVE!!

  12. Super Burbs on March 28, 2011

    WOO HOO!!!! You are getting a PUPPY!!!!

    So much work – but SO worth it, honestly. It’s the best thing since sliced bread.

  13. Corrine @Buds and Blooms on March 28, 2011

    LOVE this colour pallet.

    I am also super jealous. I want a puppy!!!!!!!! Boston Terriers and French Bulldogs are GREAT breeds that are excellent for apartments. 2 things to keep in mind though; both should be bought from a reputable breader and they both have higher medical costs. Oh, and I’m biased. Grew up with a Boston and want a Frenchie soooo bad.

    Good luck choosing!

  14. Whitney on March 28, 2011

    We recently got a Miniature Schnauzer. They are wonderful dogs. Playful, easy going, will bark to make you feel protected but aren’t aggressive. A major perk is that they don’t shed, which is pretty much great.

  15. Emma on March 28, 2011

    I agree with everyone that is recommending you adopt…you can easily find a young dog at a shelter. I also wouldn’t be breed specific, just go to the shelter, ask to be shown the dogs they think would do well in your type of apartment, and fall in love. Tons of dogs are waiting behind bars for someone like you to take them home.

  16. Lena on March 28, 2011

    I am 100% smitten. The cheery colors and big smiles are totally irresistible, and I think I like the Trish even better with sleeves! So perfect!

    As for a furry friend, won’t you get a French bulldog so I can live through you? Pretty, pretty please?

  17. Weddingish on March 28, 2011

    Now THIS is something I haven’t seen before! Marvelous! Original!

  18. Katherine {flower & honey} on March 29, 2011

    It’s puppy time!!! Congrats :) Me and the beau want one too, but our abode is just too tiny for the type of dog we want (BIG). Someday…

    This wedding is dripping with gorgeousness! Fresh, bright colors – this bride has the BEST smile, too! :) fun post xo

  19. I love every single aspect of this wedding.. the details are incredibly creative and the colors are gorgeous!

  20. Naomi on March 30, 2011

    Ok first the puppy!!! YAAAY! Lotta work my friend but in the end it is so worth it!!

    This wedding is gorgeous! What a nice set up around the pool!

  21. Kim on March 30, 2011

    I love the colors and style of this wedding!

    PS-on getting a puppy a lot of people are telling you to not be breed specific but honestly do your research! Lots of dogs do not do well in apartment living. And every breed has different personality traits. Figure out what you want in a dog and then find a breed that fits. I started with a min pin cross and after six hard months I adopted him out. Now I have an English Bulldog and we are a perfect fit. Lol

  22. lizzie on March 30, 2011

    absolutely FREAKING out over her dress. it’s PERFECT. also, all of their details are completely AMAZING. love this wedding.

  23. Nicole on April 18, 2011

    yes I am making things for the wedding decor ~ of course :D
    question is … what sort of cut outs did the bride use to cut the shapes of that banner? Or did she stencil them and hand cut them?

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