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Images: Lissa Ryan Photography

Suuuuuuper pumped for today’s real wedding. Amber & Obi’s Busboys & Poets engagement session was one of my recent favs. Amber’s style was just gorgeous (that yellow lace top & tulle skirt!) and I loved everything about their vibe & style in their DC engagement pictures. So when their photographer told me she had their intimate, DIY wedding for me, I was so excited to open the picture set! You won’t be disappointed. Though the wedding was small, it was not short on details – DIY gold glitter dipped vases, hand gathered wildflower arrangements, and long family-style dinner tables for the guests. You’re going to love this one.

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From the couple:

We chose to have an Intimate wedding with just our immediate family and closest friends. Our wedding day was such an important day that we wanted to keep the focus on our union and enjoy it with those closest to us.

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Colors included yellow, gold, cream and multi-color in the wildflowers. Our details allowed us to create an environment that was intimate, whimsical and reflected us as a couple. We chose Meadowlark Botanical Gardens because it was absolutely beautiful, required little to no decoration, made us feel like we were in nature, and the space allowed us to have the ceremony and reception in the same location so we could spend more time with our guests. Not to mention the lights on the indoor trees that gave that extra punch of whimsy.

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Our moms performed the only two readings during our ceremony. Our parents participated in a ring warming ceremony. We passed our rings around to each parent so they could put their best wishes, hopes and blessings for us on our wedding rings.

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My husband and I wrote our own wedding ceremony. We found a fantastic officiant that allowed us to browse through some of her previous ceremonies and incorporate some of our favorite elements with our personal ideas to create our own unique ceremony.

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—> CLICK INSIDE FOR THE REST OF OBI & AMBER’S GORGEOUS MEADOWLARK BOTANICAL GARDENS WEDDING <—

We decided to have an intimate ceremony and reception instead of the traditional get together. My husband and I aren’t strangers to going against the grain, and we really wanted to be able to enjoy our day with our closest loved ones. We [also] decided not to have a wedding party in order to keep the focus on us and our union.

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From the photographer:

To top off the perfection of the day, the weather forecast had called for pouring rain all week, but the rain held off long enough to allow Amber and Obi to have their ceremony outdoors – then after a brief downpour, the rain cleared and a gorgeous rainbow stretched out over the gardens providing the perfect backdrop for a few more portraits of the newlyweds.

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On their DIY wedding projects:

My mom was a huge help with DIY-ing the decorations. My mom and I dipped vases we found at craft stores in gold glitter, a family friend arranged the flowers for the centerpieces. My mom and I decorated the broom my husband and I jumped over at the end of the ceremony as well as painting the miniature elephants and writing the notes for the name cards.

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We attached tiny elephants to note cards-that we used instead of the traditional name cards- that listed qualities elephants have that we’ve learned from each of our guests that we’ll bring into our marriage. I have a huge love affair with elephants and knew this was the best way to incorporate them into our wedding.

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In order to help translate the intimate vibe, the dinner table was a single long family style table in the center of the reception space.

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We had cupcakes instead of traditional cake at our wedding, and both my husband and I had our own cupcakes that were decorated according to our personalities. My cupcake was topped with a fondant sunflower and my husband’s cupcake was topped with a fondant android.

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