Diane and Mike’s DIY Portland, OR Wedding by Heather Bayles Photography


Diane is one crafty gal with a deep love of the environment. Most of her details are vintage and DIY, accomplished with the help of a dedicated group of family and friends. Her wedding fashion has a darling shabby chic vibe with her brooch bouquet and DIY veil (very creative!). Read below for the details on all of Diane’s fun projects! Thank you to Heather Bayles for sharing this fantastic Northwest day!


What was your vision?


Planning for the wedding was very fun, but surprisingly stressful. I purposely did not let myself get absorbed by the millions of wedding magazines or websites. We both wanted an environmentally friendly, reasonably priced and FUN celebration. With this in mind our theme developed into a vintage, eco-friendly, DIY wedding.


I found my wedding dress at a resell wedding boutique and fell in love with the dot lace pattern and unique lace trim. It had great bones. With help from an amazing seamstress we were able to redesign it to be exactly what I had envisioned. It originally had long sleeves with beautiful trim cuffs. We cut the sleeves off but I still wore the cuffs.


What were your DIY projects?


Brooch bouquet- Most of the brooches came from my mother’s and grandmother’s collections. I scavenged thrift stores and estate sales looking for enamel flowers and filler brooches.


Lace birdcage veil- I made a cute hair accessory out of a folded handkerchief and vintage earring and I sewed the leftover lace onto it.


Wedding card table- The table runner was made from a variety of different lace and vintage fabrics. We used vintage suit cases and train cases to hold cards. Instead of a wedding book we had guests write a note on vintage postcards.  I used mason jars to hold wedding pictures of our parents.


Favors- At the bridal shower I had friends and family make the origami boxes that held our engraved rocks. It was so fun teaching and making these cute wedding souvenirs.


Table centerpieces- One of my bridesmaids had experience in making terrariums and offered to make them so we worked together to create the moss terrarium centerpieces.
Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

Yes, I am a practicing Nichiren Buddhist and I knew I wanted to have the ceremony at the Oregon Buddhist Center. We were the second couple to host a wedding there.
Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?

Driving to the ceremony it started to downpour and then hail. I was pretty nervous, but shortly after I arrived the sun started to shine and the clouds cleared out long enough to get some fabulous photos and enjoy the terrace during the reception.
Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?
Do what you want, be happy, enjoy the planning, even though you think it’s never going to end. Looking back you will only remember the good parts. Weddings don’t have to cost a fortune or be wasteful. Choose carefully and be creative.


Photographer: Heather Bayles

Venue: Ecotrust Building

Dress and shoes: vintage

Men’s Attire: Nordstrom Rack

Catering: Artemis Catering

Flowers: dried hydrangeas- reused from Mike’s sister’s wedding.

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about the author
Sarah Sarah has been editing the blog at mywedding for four years. She enjoys watching classic movies, spending money on eyeliner that she never wears, and convincing brides to write thank you notes.

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