A few months ago I collaborated with a ton of awesome wedding vendors to create a wedding styled shoot based on Shel Silverstein, specifically his “Dreamer” poem. We were incredibly pumped to hear that the shoot would be featured on Wedding Chicks and now that the feature is finally live, I thought I would break out some of the DIY projects that Abby Grace Photography & I did for today’s DIY Wednesday post!

DIY Lightbulb & Gold Wedding Details from our Shel Silverstein Inspired Wedding Shoot

Up first was our DIY Lightbulb Boutonniere, which to be honest, was sort of an accident. Abby & I realized the day of the shoot that we hadn’t asked Anthomanic to make us a boutonniere! So I grabbed a smaller lightbulb that we had on hand, grabbed an extra lose flower, and went to town with some floral tape and wire.

I was pretty happy with the simple, yet created lightbulb boutonniere that we ended up with. What do you think?

I DIYed their kiss?! – No, not exactly. If you focus on the top left of this picture, you will actually see some clouds that I DIYed to go with our “Dreamer” theme. I found a picture of a DIY cloud on Pinterest and I was SMITTEN. Thankfully I then found this DIY Cloud tutorial on Wedding High.

It was day, so they couldn’t really light up ~ but I thought they still added a nice, whimsical touch to our “ceremony” space.

In addition to the clouds, we thought it might be fun to add some hanging glitter gold lightbulbs from the trees for an added touch. Plus, we all know how I love hanging things from trees … [this might become my signature decor detail].

I used some Martha Stewart glitter paint in gold, painted the lightbulbs with 2 coats, and then hung them from the tree branches using light grey string. Easy Peasy!

The DIY details here included spray painting the flatware gold and using some gold wire to tie the napkin, menu & flatware together. Simple, but nice touches that add that extra something to the display.

When you do styled shoots [or really, this can work for real DIY weddings too, as I pointed out in my How to Have a DIY Wedding Advice series] you really want to make things that can be used twice. These lightbulb escort cards were taken down from the tree above, and then re-made into the seating cards with some simple paper name tags & double sided table!

Spray paint & gold glitter paint were obviously my best friends for this shoot. We mixed a bit of both into a mason-jar like vase and had it to adorn the dessert spread. This awesomely industrial wedding decor item now sits on my mantle at home and i LOVE it.

Finally ~ the Dessert Spread was basically all DIYed by Abby & me! The charcoal grey treys were purchased from goodwill and then spray painted a dark matte grey. All the desserts were meant to fit our “dreamer”, cloud theme – with angel food cake, cotton candy, meringues, and cream puffs! A truly unique wedding dessert display, if I do say so myself.

Check back on Friday for my FULL recap of our Shel Silverstein inspired “Dreamer” wedding shoot!!



  1. I love everything about this!!! Love the concept – I adored Shel as a kid and this was probably my favorite poem ever (with the possible exception of “Sick” but it’s a totally different type of poem.) Anyway I LOVE how you brought it to life, and all the amazing DIY details!! Congrats on the feature, you deserve it! So so fun!!

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