CREATIVE CHIC DIY WEDDING | Rhiannon + Andy | I love this wedding like McAdams loves Gosling.


See that doorknob?  That’s called detail-oriented styling, and it’s just one of the many reasons I freak, you’ll freak and we’ll all freak over today’s feature.  This wedding is so many levels of pretty, I can hardly stand it.  The colors, the perfectly planned details, the dress, the shoes, the scenes, the EVERYTHING.  It’s sort of like a wedding fairytale book my niece would ask me to read her at bedtime, and then, when we’d finish, she’d beg me to read it again.  ’Cause you just can’t stop staring at the purty pictures.  Rhiannon is one of our beloved vendors, but she’s also a rad down-to-earth chickadee, and she rocked the crap out of her wedding, in true event stylist form.

Now, I must say, while you all know I wasn’t a wedding-dreamer as a wee one, I imagine Rhi and Andy’s wedding is what I’d be dreaming about if I wasn’t so busy playing sports as a child.  I mean, really, isn’t this wedding the stuff of little girl (and all grow’d up girl) dreams?  Because, seriously, I DIE.

Time for a quick Pupdate (← puppy update): our brand new furbaby is still unnamed.  I KNOWWW.  (I added that third “W” because I didn’t think one “W” was enough, but I also didn’t want to infringe on JWoww’s pending trademark.)

So, WTF, us?  It’s been just under a week, and he remains nameless.  I swear, he’s answering to “Boy” now ← this is not ideal.  It’s getting dangerously close to a Picabo Street shotgun naming situation, you guys.  (You know that Olympic skier whose folks had to name her with the quickness when they were crossing the border or something?  Her name was “Baby Girl” for the first three years of her life, and legend has it that they named her “Picabo” because – get this – she liked the game peek-a-boo.  Of course, that’s too adorable a story to readily believe, and it’s not true.  Well, actually, it’s ALL true, except for the sourcing of “Picabo;” they actually named her after a town in the area.  But that’s kind of the only detail of the story that wouldn’t piss me off, had I been that “Baby Girl.”  They waited three years to name her, and then in a pinch went with a neighboring town?  That sounds like an epic naming fail to me.

Anywho, all of your name suggestions have had the unintended effect of making naming our little Frenchie TOO DIFFICULT.  Your name ideas are kind of all too good, I’m not even kidding you.  So we can’t choose.  And that’s when my girl Marit stepped in…

“If he’s still nameless and you don’t know what to call him – What about ‘Jenesaispas?’ hehe”

Marit, first, your new name is Creative McWittypants.  Also, Jenesaispas (“I don’t know,” in French) is beyond adorable, and appropriate.  The only things that prevent that one from becoming a reality are 1) his nickname would be Jonny, and that’s my older brother’s name and, 2) I would feel so highfalutin explaining that name to anyone who ever asked.  And I know that’s silly, but I gotta do me.  And ‘me’ is def going to feel high on the horse with that one.  And so… the naming process continues…

And OMGI’MRAMBLING.  And this wedding is too good to keep from you with my ridiculous stories and words…

Take it away, Rhi-Mix!  (yes, that’s her NICKNAME.  Well, actually it’s her official name now, from my perspective.  How can I be expected to call anyone anything but Rhi-Mix, when that’s an option?  Answer: I cannot be expected to do that.)

Le sigh. Our wedding. Where do I even start? Our wedding was such a surreal day that sometimes I have to pinch myself to remember it actually happened. I know uber amounts of brides say they sort of did it all themselves (that would make em DIY-ers right?) but I for reals really did do it all myself; which made for a rather bittersweet ending to it all that day for me. I look back on our day with fondness as I think I handled the task of balancing bride and planner pretty well. From picking up the cake and setting it up myself, helping set up the florals, putting together the Dessert Dresser, decorating our venue, making each and every little project by myself on those lonely weekends away from my then fiance who was 13 hours away, and then being the main go to gal the day of the wedding I truly served as my own coordinator; and got a pretty dirty look from my sweet hairdresser when I showed up nearly two hours late to my hair appointment.

After the wedding I spent many hours, far too many to be exact, feeling like I could have made our wedding better. It could have been fancier, more vintage, more blog-worthy, more diy-ish, more romantic, more whatever. I could have spent more here, saved more there. Done this or done that. I seconded guessed a lot of my decisions and seriously went into this post wedding funk that was so the last thing I should have been feeling as a newlywed. I wanted a redo. Actually scratch that. I wanted like eight redos. So I could do all the things I wanted each time on a different day. I wanted a better dress, sexier arms, a different first dance song. I wanted to do it all again with the experience I now had as a former bride. But there wouldn’t ever be a redo. Thank goodness for my job right?

It was until about mid-February (I’m a late bloomer) that I finally realized something. 1) I’m crazy (duh!) and 2) Our wedding, flaws and all, was perfect. Because it was ours. Did I mention I’m crazy? I was sitting on our little couch in our little one bedroom apartment here in Chicago and it sort of hit me at once. This sulking over the rain on our wedding day, and my hair which I totally hated, and the lack of a videographer, and whatever else was peeing me off, was total crap. Instead, I thought “Rhi, you are such a lucky lucky girl to have a loving family, supportive friends and a husband – a husband! of all things – who loves you unconditionally on the bad days as much as he does on the good.” Then I slapped myself. The silly little drink flags I made, the seating chart I glue gunned until my fingers were stuck together, the endless car loads (OK eight to be exact) of stuff I dropped off that morning, well none of that really mattered because thank the heavens, we are finally married. Which means permanent sleepovers for the rest of our lives. Bonus!

And in case you like it short and sweet, my fave moment of the day was immediately after the ceremony when my husband and I and our bridal party were all hugging each other. And my super tough buff friend who is always really tough and really buff, started to cry tears of happiness. Oh and I also loved my Dad’s speech. Nothing will ever mean more to me than his cleverly put together and incredibly heart-warming words. I also loved watching the 60 plus person Congo line that included my Grandfather, and hometown neighbors, wrap around our venue. Biggest smiles eva. I loved my veil. I loved how pretty my beautiful mom looked. And our cake! I loved that thing. Alright I confess. I loved a whole lot of it. Isn’t that what weddings are all about? Lots of love all around? I think so.

Ummm.  OMG?  I mean, how do you follow that level of gorgeousness and well-thought out styling?  I don’t think one can.

Tell me, what’s your favorite element of Rhi’s wedding?  I am LUHH-UHH-VING the ginormous balloons and the wide black lace used to keep them grounded.  Seriously, what an elegant touch.

Hope you have the happiest of Thursdays, folks!

xoxo!  - Alison

Hey Gorgeous Events is a member of Vendor Love™, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view this listing, click here.

Photography: Amanda Wilcher / Styling and Design: Hey Gorgeous Events (Booyeah!) / Venue: Paletta Mansion, Burlington, ON / Dress: Enzoani “Diana”, Promises and Lace / Bridesmaids: J. Crew Lydia Halter Gown / Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes / Paper Products: Papertalk Press / Cake Pops/Macarons: Lemon Tree Patiserrie / Garter: custom made, Lo Boheme / MOB dress: Jessica McClintock / Love Mugs: Anthropologie / Earrings: a mall kiosk in Canada / Beige shoes: Nina – Gray shoes: Spring / Grooms wear: Moores

Label(s): Black, Color, Pink, Ryan Gosling, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Emily on April 7, 2011

    Wow! I never ever would have thought that was a DIY wedding. NEVER! Absolutely gorgeous!! I love all the personal touches and I especially love the centerpieces, they look so professional. As a semi-DIY bride I’m inspired, I now know that DIY doesn’t necessarily equal cheap/tacky/less than. I will definitely be referring back to this in the 14 months until my wedding day!

  2. Angela @ Swatchbook Weddings on April 7, 2011

    UMMM!!! I don’t even know what to say!! This is perfection – every little detail is thought out & styled amazingly!! BEAUTIFUL!!

  3. Claire on April 7, 2011

    I mean, duh, I’m just obsessed.

  4. Sandy on April 7, 2011

    Dear Rhi-Mix, girl, you’re craaaazy for hating on ANYTHING from that amazing, gorgeous wedding!!! I know we’re all our own biggest critics, but daaang girl, you rocked every bit of it. I can’t believe you did that all yourself – you looked absolutely STUNNING (love the getaway dress especially!!) and I love love LOVE the pic of you sneaking up on your groomy for the first look. Just priceless! Congrats girl and WOW!

  5. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on April 7, 2011

    Ahh, crazy gorgeous. I’m in love with her reception dress. And, lurving the idea of tying the balloons with lace instead of string. Genius!

  6. Aileen@Love&Lavender on April 7, 2011

    Aww I love this wedding too! Rhiannon is gorgeous, and I adore her sash and the black lace on her bouquet. So chic.

  7. Lisa on April 7, 2011

    Seriously, the more I see of this wedding, the more I love it!!! All the colors and details are so romantic and beautiful, and girl, your hair looks fabulous :)

  8. The Bride's Butler on April 7, 2011

    Simply stunning! I remember following Rhiannon’s blog months and months before her big day and seeing all her ideas and plans come together, and sometimes change. Planning a wedding is stressful & time consuming – but if you hold in there, you can end up with a wedding as Gorgeous as this one. :)
    Kudos to you & Andrew!

  9. Rhiannon Nicole {Hey Gorg} on April 7, 2011

    Hi Everyone! Thank you for all of your sweet sweet comments. They have made my day :) I did not actually arrange the flowers myself into the vases (my fab florist Tonya who works out of her home did and I have to give her full credit for taking what I wanted and bringing it to life) but we had fun setting the centerpieces up the day of. As for the vases I made those with lace and vases from the Dollar Store. There’s a little tutorial on my blog :) Much love to all of you XOXO Oh and the lace on the balloons. Totally my husbands idea at the last minute when we were so frazzled that we forget string. It’s kind of why I married him :)

  10. Aimee Wendell on April 7, 2011

    That is one HOT couple, one GORGEOUS wedding, one KILLER ring shot and so much more! LOVE is an understatement!

  11. Evan at MyDeejay on April 7, 2011

    This is such a beaituful wedding! Her dress is gorgeous!

  12. Marlene on April 7, 2011

    Awesome wedding, excellent attention to detail. So much beautiful stuff!!! Just wondering, how big are those circular latex balloons? I’d like to buy a couple for my own wedding but I’m unsure of how large they need to be to look as effective as they do in these photographs….thanks!!!

  13. Holly C. on April 7, 2011

    I absolutely love Rhi! Her wedding photos are amazing, she out-did herself on the amazing-ness of her special day!

  14. Be U Brides on April 7, 2011

    Totally loving the giant peach balloons tied with lace! Elegant and playful at the same time — genius.

  15. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on April 7, 2011

    Yay! Love Rhi and love her wedding:)

  16. RentMyChurch on April 7, 2011

    this was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve seen and the lace string for the balloons awww that was genius! Loved it all!

  17. erin * sparkle & hay on April 7, 2011

    lady you are CRAZY – your wedding was absolutely spectacular!!! and for the record, i never in a million years would have known it was raining by looking at the photos (& i have… like a million times) i just ADORE all of the details, and LOVE that you had belles of ireland in your centerpieces (can’t get enough of those!) embrace the crazy wedding lovingness… but let up on the beating yourself up because it was perfect. :0 xo

  18. Koru Kate on April 7, 2011

    I’ve seen so many of these photos from reading Rhi’s blog but honestly, I can’t get enough! Fabulous eye candy. Such a gorgeous wedding!!

    p.s. my childhood neighbor’s dog’s name was nuthin. people kept asking what his name was & his owners would respond “nuthin yet” because they couldn’t decide on a name. it was shortened to nuthin :-)

  19. Emily A. on April 7, 2011

    love the wedding, but on the topic of dog names…

    you could always hold a dog name focus group.

    heh. sorry, i couldn’t help myself. ;)

  20. Kelly Olivares on April 7, 2011

    Absolutely stunning, every detail could not be anymore fabulous. Beautifully artistically done. Bravo. If this wedding reflects her every day life, where does she live, I want to meet this girl!

  21. Katherine {flower & honey} on April 7, 2011

    Giant peach balloons with black lace strings?!!!??? I die. Seriously, this is so stunning. And her dress? I die, again. It really is amazing. And her reception dress too? And the cake…gah, I don’t know why I’m just repeating everything. You all have seen it (eleventy billion times too)…well, I repeat it all, because it’s that stinkin’ fantastic…

  22. Lauren H. (Absolutely Fabulous Weddings) on April 7, 2011

    This is absolutely amazing! Goes down in the books as one of our favorite weddings….Seriously. The balloons are a great touch, and believe me we never thought we would be in favor of balloons of any sort at a wedding. PERIOD. The lace makes them even more spectacular.

    In honor of these amazing balloons and the creative and unique flare they add, we think you should name your little guy Loony. It would totally go with the adorable frenchie face these little pooches adorn. :) Thanks for sharing this amazing blog and we look forward to many more!

    ~Lauren and the AbFab Team

  23. rhi is a gorgeous little lady, inside and out. love this wedding.

  24. the Perfect Palette on April 7, 2011

    Rhi is adorable. Love this wedding.

  25. Emily (Gem Photo) on April 7, 2011

    RHI!! I hope that last photo is a huge CANVAS in your apartment. HUGE.
    I love it so much it hurts.

  26. Naomi on April 7, 2011

    Rhi is absolutely a gorgeous person inside and out! Her wedding…STUNNING! It’s no wonder why she is an amazing coordinator. Yes, I fancy Rhi quite a bit!! Get to know her she’s just the bomb!

  27. Jen on April 7, 2011

    LOVE that ring shot with the macarons! OMG! So many fabulous ideas here :)

  28. Sarah Tucker on April 7, 2011

    LOVE this wedding. as in every single detail about it. Rhi is so detail oriented, coupled with great taste and beauty – everything is so very stunning.

  29. Theresa on April 7, 2011

    I love black accents in weddings! My favorite part of this wedding is the bridesmaids dresses. I love the Lydia dress so much I have it in 3 colors!

  30. Megan @ Tres Sweet Designs on April 8, 2011

    HOLY BEJEEZUS! This wedding is gorgeous!!!! Saved forever! Thanks for posting!!!! <3

  31. Brancoprata on April 8, 2011

    Absolute perfection in every way possible! Rhiannon was a beautiful bride and her wedding is one of the unforgettable ones!!!… Every single details is gorgeous!! And don’t get me started on those balloons…

  32. Christine on April 8, 2011

    Simply BEAUTIFUL.

  33. Laura *You Stir Me* on April 8, 2011

    Rhiannon is such a beautiful gal (so is that name, right?) and such an insane talent. I’m so happy every time I see her wedding featured! Those balloon ties will go down in history…they will, Rhiannon, they will.

    Alison – how about “Knottingham” for the pup. His nickname could be “Knotty” :) I’m horrible at naming animals, too.

  34. Laura *You Stir Me* on April 8, 2011

    oh – my other favorite detail from Rhiannon’s wedding is the fact that she changed her earrings later on in the reception. That’s something I would NEVER have thought to do – I had the hardest time deciding between classic but colorful earrings vs. fun and bold…why not have both? Brilliant.

  35. Liesl on April 9, 2011

    I simply adore Rhiannon and thought her wedding, personal touches and attention to detail were just lovely!!! I also love that you featured her and have added her to your preferred vendor list…as would I! This post makes me so, so happy! :)

    Liesl :)

  36. Prosklitiria Giota on April 9, 2011

    Everything looks planned by professionals. I s Never would have thought this is a DIY wedding!

  37. Amanda Wilcher on April 9, 2011

    From the PUG-ly (said only in the MOST affectionate way) wedding of Allison and John to another of my favourite bride (and grooms!) Rhi and Andy! Thanks for the second feature! :) xx

  38. Heather Pranitis on April 11, 2011

    WOW! I love the color scheme and all of the wonderful accents. And the black/grey flowered sash is absolutely fabulous! Double WOW. This wedding really caught my eye in its entirety. Thanks for sharing and congrats to the lucky couple -I wish them all the best.

  39. girlywedding on April 11, 2011

    I love her dress and the way she makes the flower belt work. A beautiful DIY wedding.

  40. Sara {Then Comes Life} on April 16, 2011

    I LOVE Rhiannon and Andy’s wedding. She is a super sweet bride that planned a Gorgeous day. Thank you for sharing more pictures- I can never get enough!

    And thank you for your super sweet comment on Jacin’s blog about my wedding video- it was so nice to share it with so many people

  41. Beautiful photos!! The dress is stunning… LOVE the black sash at the waistline. The flip flops are also great… so unique!

  42. Liesl on May 12, 2011

    Oh how I adore Rhiannon and so many of the lovely details from her wedding! So glad you were able to share this with everyone as well…LOVE it!!!

    Liesl :)

  43. Azulsahara on June 16, 2011

    That last photo is just gorgeous! So stylish!

  44. Gracie on November 2, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your day with us, everything looked beautiful! Everyone loves the idea of having a function at Paletta Mansion because the ambiance is so beautiful, but no one ever talks about the food Caterers! Was the food amazing? Did OCBC do a great job? Were their staff polite & courteous? Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide me with.


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