DIY VINTAGE BICYCLE WEDDING | Cameron Leung Photography | Sometimes, weddings just rule. And then, a giveaway sneak peek happens! + Some Bambino face :)

As I sit here in the gorgeous afternoon sun, protected of course by window panes because I’m WORKING INDOORS, and tolerating the puffs of wind escaping Bambino’s behind as he slumbers on his day-pillow beneath my desk – puffs which, mind you, are as pungent as they are endless… I have this one thought floating around in my head, and it’s been there since Friday.  And, because I care about all of you so, so much, I feel the need to warn you guys about it.

My sister is in town with her husband and their wittle behbehs (who we happened to be chillin’ with this past holiday weekend.  And let’s just say, they took to the puppy.  Head-over-heels-style).  Anywho, last week my Mom texted me pics of the two of them to let me know they had arrived.  ADORBS, obvs.  And, as any loving Auntie would, I typed out “Awwww!” on my wonderful new iPhone that I love so much, in response to seeing their pretty wittle behbeh faces.

What nearly reached her, however, was a very, very different retort entirely.  In fact I don’t even feel comfortable sharing the autocorrect horror of that day.


Asses.  Asses is what I nearly texted my Mom when she texted me beautiful pictures of my niece and nephew generally being innocent and all sorts of cute and adorable.  … Actually to be precise, “Asses!” – complete with one very bewildering exclamation point – is what my trusty iphone chose to replace “Awwww” with.

My findings: it’s a conspiracy.  Because, friends, it’s not limited to our Awwwws with 4 W’s.  Try to text “Awwwwww!” and you’ll be ever so kindly offered “Swearer!” as a replacement, since that’s clearly a more likely word to write in a text to someone.  I especially love the accusatory tone of “Swearer!” because it makes it seem like a sort of stoneable offense you’re screaming across the Town Square, so that the townspeople may come with their Stoning stones, and proceed with a stoning.  Sigh.  It’s clear that iphone is trying to get sweet gals like me, who like to respond to texts with “Awwww” into heaps of trouble of the dirty-mouth persuasion.  There’s really no doubt there, anymore, in my mind.  And, while my Mother would have fallen to the floor in a fit of belly-attacking laughter (she always ends up saying “it hurts!  it hurts!” when she laughs) induced by bewilderment and a general propensity to falling down laughing had that text gone through – which it wouldn’t have, ever, because, having witnessed the horror though more often hilarity of iphone’s infamous autocorrect, I know to keep a close eye on those little “helpful” switcheroos – but had it been someone else’s mother?  WHO KNOWS.  Given that “Awwww!” seems a fitting response only for kind, loving, and exceedingly smileworthy texts, I can’t imagine that responding to that genre of messages with “Asses!” would go over well in 100% of the cases.  My conservative estimate is that somewhere around 17% of those cases will result in some sort of family feud, or at the very least an angry call from mom that she’ll use to segue into other, more serious issues, like how you don’t call anymore. (“… and what – you don’t care?  You don’t care about your family?  Huh?  I wait here all day, for a phone call, just a phone call, and what do I get.  I get a dirty word.  And a dirty word with a – you know, what’s that thingie, honey, with the line and the dot underneath?  Sweetie you know that thingie, that means you’re yelling at me…?  What is that?  Ohhh whatever, so all I get from my darling baby, who doesn’t call me anymore unless she needs some money, all I get is an angry dirty word.  I DIDN’T RAISE YOU LIKE THIS!!!!!!!”).

Ok, WHOA.  Something happened there and all I can promise you is that it will never happen again.  Wellll I can’t promise you.  But I’m pretty sure it won’t.

And now, for another segue-less transition, because that’s just how I do it sometimes.

THIS DIY WEDDING MAKES ME WANNA BREAKDANCE.  You’ll see why.  No, but seriously, folks, when Cameron Leung submitted the fantabulousness that is today’s yellow, grey and green explosion of fun, I was on the floor.  It kicked my butt with it’s super happy feel and the color scheme just rocks my socks off.  Also, there’s going with a theme just ’cause you kinda like it, and there’s going with a theme because it has meaning to you.  And Phong, our groom, is an avid cyclist, so today’s theme makes freaking SENSE, ya dig?  I love it when things make sense.  Just gets me right *here* in the chest.  Love it.  Enjoy!

Here’s the killer rundown from our beautiful bride, An:

From the moment Phong proposed to me on top of the Eiffel Tower, I started to envision and plan out our wedding day. I’ve always loved the rustic, Anthropologie look and knew I wanted to recreate something like that for our Big day, so we came up with a vintage bicycle theme. The theme is especially meaningful to us because my fiancé Phong is an avid cyclist. I spent hours and hours researching inspiration, driving around town collecting our props, and crafting like a mad woman (with the help of friends, of course). I collected various mason jars, vintage vases, vintage books, and oil lamps for our centerpieces. We even found a 1973 yellow Schwinn tandem bike! It was a perfect addition to our yellow and gray bicycle themed wedding. We even tied our theme down and had our ring bearer ride down the aisle on a RadioFlyer tricycle with the flower girl on the back of it. It was the cutest thing ever! The first thing we decided on was the date. We got married a day after our nine-year anniversary—it would have been on the exact date, but the venue we loved was already booked.

The next thing we took care of was photography. We knew great photographers booked quickly, so once we found Cameron and Tracy from Cameron Leung Photography we just had to book them before someone else did! The venue we chose was the Summit House in Fullerton. Since March in Southern California can be a bit unpredictable and chilly in the evening, the venue’s windows allowed our guests to feel like they were outside while staying warm and toasty inside. Our florist, Marisa of Empora Floral, did an amazing job taking my crazy idea of a mossy flower wall and turned it into a reality. She seriously did an awesome job with it! The wall was a fun backdrop for the ceremony and we were able to repurpose it as a backdrop for our sweetheart table. After deciding on all our major vendors, we were able to focus on the details of the wedding day.

Budget was a huge concern of ours and to stay within budget, we DIY’ed as much as we could. Phong designed our wedding invitation suite, which we had printed at a local print shop and assembled at home. He also drew our thumbprint tree and made our cake toppers. For our favors, I wanted something budget friendly and that would compliment our wedding. I purchased honey in bulk and 200 glass jam jars and spent weeks filling the jars. I found cute fabrics in the garment district downtown to tie over the lids.  We could not have finished any of our projects without the help of our friends. Our bridesmaids helped me tie the squares of fabric and escort tags onto our honey jars and my cousins helped write the escort and thank you tags. On the day of the wedding, our friends arrived at the venue early to help set up the décor and to make sure everything was arranged the way I had envisioned.  One of my biggest advice for brides thinking about going the DIY route is to start your plans early and enlist the help of your crafty friends or groom! Learn to let go and HAVE FUN!

The wedding day was such a blur. Our ultimate goal was to create a wedding experience for our guests that they will remember forever. They were in awe at how wonderfully everything came together and shocked that we planned this wedding ourselves without the help of a planner. We are so grateful to be surrounded by all the love that day and so blessed to have amazing friends and family.

Asses!  I mean… well you know what I mean.

And now, A Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants, Weekend Edition…





And now, for the breakdancing baby I’ve been waiting ALLLLLL POST to show you…


MASSIVE P.S. in regards to today’s post title… We’ve got a little photography giveaway action comin’ atcha faces quite soon, so, uhhhhhhhhhhh, you might wanna stay tuned this week, friendlies. ;)

In other news, thoughts on today’s killer wedding?!  I particularly love the couple’s commitment to bicycles.  They rocked the theme THROUGHOUT!  And I just love those little tots on the bike riding down the aisle.  THE. CUTEST.

xoxo!  – Alison

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

Photography: Cameron Leung Photography / Hair Stylist: TG Hair & Make-up / Floral Designer: emporaflora / Reception Venue: Summit House / Cinema and Video: 4120 Weddings / Cake Designer: Kupcakespot / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie

Label(s): Color, Mr. McPuppyPants, Yellow, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Anna[Nüage Mulberry] on July 5, 2011

    OMG! The same thing happened to me once. My hubby texted me something real sweet and I went with the “Awww” response and my phone (Android, not even iPhone) autocorrected to “ASS”. Luckily I caught it before hitting send. We still laugh about it.

  2. Mimi Tilton on July 5, 2011

    Yellow just happens to be my favorite color – not to wear, cause I’m not as pretty as your An. But, I am always yellow in Parcheesi (Auto-correct woulda inserted, “Para Me, I like Cheese!”).

    I love that Bambbers also is breakdancing in his photo. He just needs a little hair gel and some flashy McPants!

  3. i LOVE the details in this wedding, and the clarity of the photographs is just killer! love it all.

  4. Alison on July 5, 2011

    Anna – LOL. What the eff, iphone???? Seriously though, what the eff. I think the iphone elves are playing a joke on us.

    Mimi – SO MUCH BREAKDANCING GOING ON! It’s the best. And I adore yellow, too; shame it makes me look jaundiced. :|

    Jacin – Don’tcha though? :) Those photos are BRILL, as I hear the British, from whom we just recently celebrated our independence, would say.

  5. Melanie S. on July 5, 2011

    Love the breakdancing baby! This wedding is so lovely, I’m crazy for the color scheme!! And I love how they worked in the bikes really nicely, without going overboard, even though there’s a lot of bike-ness to the wedding :) It really works!

  6. Joanne on July 5, 2011

    Her bike belt? Oh BROTHER I’m in love. This is a bride after my own heart :)

  7. Cocroft & Delbridge on July 5, 2011

    Oh my gosh. I can’t get over how incredibly cool/cute the break dancing little boy is! I won’t lie to you…I wish that I could pull something off like that.

    I am also loving all of the bicycle details in the wedding…so sweet…and I agree it is always wonderful when a theme makes sense!

    P.S. – Hon often turns to Jon when texting on an iPhone…which can be dangerous if your boyfriend/fiance/husband is not named Jon.

  8. Alison on July 5, 2011

    Melanie S. – So… I almost called you Melania. Oy, too much Real Housewives!! ;) Anyway, MELANIE, I love the not-overdone-but-actually-just-right bike factor, too. Perfectly executed.

    Joanne – Feelin’ ya. That belt is PRECIOUS WITH A CAPITAL P but you already know that ’cause I capitalized it back there in the beginning of this response. Yeah.

    Cocroft – Don’t we all wish that, doll. Don’t we all. ;) Also, OMGOODNESS that’s a pretty insane autocorrect decision. Whyyyyyy, smart phones? Whyyyyyyyyyyy.

  9. Shannon on July 5, 2011

    Can I just saw that I LOVEEEEEEE the daily updates of Bambino McPuppyPants… Sigh… LOVE HIM!

  10. Elsie on July 5, 2011

    First of all, your puppy needs to walk me down the aisle. So let me know if we can arrange that. Thanks! ;) Second, I love the bridesmaids dresses, and the detailed accessorizing right down to the cute silver belt buckle. Too cute. THIRD, the breakdancing child. Need I say more? :)

    Such a fun wedding, truly lovely photography, and the couple is darling. And now I’m off to the anthropologie site :D

  11. The Perfect Palette on July 5, 2011

    UM, I’m in yellow heaven!! Seriously loving the fabric the bride used on the favors, the fun paper straws + the pinwheels!!

    Hope you’re doing great. Hate that the bachelorette was a re-run yesterday!! ugh!

    xo, chrissy.

  12. Alison on July 5, 2011

    Shannon – awww, he loves that you love it. *giggle*

    Elsie – Hmmmm. If you are in the NYC Metro area, it’s possible that it could be arranged… *puts pinky finger to sidemouth* …. for ONNNNNE MILLLLLLLION DOLLLLLLARRRS. ;)

    Anybody? Anybody? Dr. Evil? Who’s with me.

    Chrissy – Right? Those fun paper straws are always such a hit! I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of them. They’re pretty much the perfect accent. LOVE! And I hate the re-run factor, too, but I’ll be honest, it was a nice respite. :)

  13. Lena on July 5, 2011

    First, asses. SO genius.

    Second, THAT BICYCLE BELT. Someone tell me where that bridesmaid is so I can rip that sucker away from her. It’s AMAZING!

    Third, how I’ve missed my Knotty Bride. It’s a little embarrassing, actually, but I was relieved that I didn’t also have to catch up on the Bachelorette to catch up with you today!

    And fourth, BAMBINO! I don’t know who I’ve missed more.

  14. Aleah + Nick on July 5, 2011

    This has to be one of the cutest weddings ever! I adore that belt, too! {A}

  15. ABC Dragoo on July 5, 2011

    @DoorSixteen on twitter today shared an iPhone auto correct that made my sides split. She wrote to her husband ‘I am leaving now’ and the phone changed it to ‘I am lesbian now’ -not exactly the kind of information that should be texted to your mate, now is it?

    I have had many, many iPhone flubs – my least fave auto correct is when it changes me to ms. I suppose eventually they’ll fix the issue?

    BTW: love that bouquet!


  16. Alison on July 5, 2011

    Lena – Seriously, right? WTF. Asses certainly doesn’t seem like an appropriate substitution for “Awwww.” Not in the slightest. I think Steve Jobs is up to something, OR his employees are getting Disney Animators ‘not satisfied with my working conditions’ disease that results in such things as erect peni in priests in The Little Mermaid movie.

    Aleah & Nick – SO cute. Totes. And that belt is so great. So. Great.

    Amy – BWAAAAHAHAHAAHAHAA! Had to tweet you about that one. Too freaking FUNNY. My face hurt after reading that.

  17. Rachael on July 5, 2011

    This wedding makes me wish there were one thing that Boyfriend and I were both really into enough to make it the theme of our day! “Looking at stupid things on the internet” wouldn’t make a good wedding theme. Now I need to get thinking and maybe find us a good hobby so I have something when the time comes.

  18. ok i died laughing about the “asses!” thing. too funny! as for the wedding, adorbs!!! i love it :)

  19. Cameron & Tracy on July 6, 2011

    Alison! Thank you so much for the feature!!! Every time we see A+P we want to say “Asses” too because they are so SO so beautiful together. The other half, Tracy kept on “AWWWWing” behind the lens…she is definitely making wedding plans of her own. And the baby was definitely making a move on the floor!

  20. Alison on July 6, 2011

    Rachael – Rachael, that was a hilarious comment. I think you win the award today. *looking at stupid things on the internet*. Priceless. I heart you so much for saying that. You made my day. :) So funny!

    Stephanie – :)

    Cam & Tracy – LOL! Nice. I’m glad to see you paying the *Asses* thing forward. Team players, is what you are. What you ALSO are, are amazing photographers. Even though that sentence sounded WHACKED OUT with the back-to-back ‘are’ usage. Ahhhh, whatevs. Great job with this wedding! And A and P are the best!

  21. An on July 7, 2011

    Thanks so much for all the love ladies! I <3 the knotty bride!

    PS… Bambino is just toooooo cute!

  22. JenW on July 8, 2011

    Playing catch up on my blog reading this week. This is by far my favorite wedding this week. So many cute details. — oh those shoes!!!

  23. Love Wedd on July 8, 2011

    The yellow and gray look so great together! I love the bicycle built for two also! So fun!

  24. Lisa on July 10, 2011

    Oh my goodness. I want this wedding! Haha. I am especially in LOVE with the book centerpieces. Too perfect. Ahh!

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