A Renaissance wedding with cupcake slaying and DIY details


Serena from Love by Serena Photography shot Lindsay and Joe's Renaissance-themed, ultra DIY wedding. Note the fantastic flower braids in Lindsay's hair.


Here's a close-up of her delicate sleeves and flowers. I love that it's a hint of Renaissance but totally contemporary.


Gorgeous nest-eggs-faery combo and ethereal flowers blurring the view. It's like we're sneaking a peek at her.


Outdoor ceremonies always get me. And I'm loving the non-matchy groomsmen and bridesmen.


Here comes the DIY part. Lindsay and Joe crafted the card box themselves, both creating the structure and painting it. Look at the antique finish. They also made the centerpieces and favors themselves. I want to befriend these people.


I love the look of an intimate table for two as the head table. They also have some beautiful multicolored glasses.


The pièce de résistance of this Renaissance theme has to be the hacking of the cupcake with a battle axe. That cake didn't stand a chance. Amazing.


Um, NOM. They had strawberries and cream, lemon, peanut butter cup, and vanilla chocolate. So pretty, so neat.


I have a penchant for a garden gnome, so this was detail shot was getting included. This was their cupcake topper, natch!


Serena said of this shot, "I just had to include this one in the blog post. I heart the napkin cape." I do as well. He was just getting into the spirit of things. For the rest of this inspired party, head to Love by Serena's Photography blog.

  1. I'm in love with the book card box…and that picture of the peanut butter cup cupcake makes my mouth water. Beautiful wedding!

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  2. When I first saw this on Twitter, I was very skeptical about how it would work out, but I love the unique idea. The bride looks beautiful and I love her sleeves. Everything looks great!

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  3. LOVE THIS! I will be wearing the same dress for my wedding! Also, I love the bouquet (daisies are going to be the main flower), and hairstyle!

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  4. OMG! Is that at Swan Harbor Farm? My cousin just got married there last month! Beautiful!! And I LOVE the hair and dress!! Congrats!!

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  5. I LOVE the card box!!! I am having a bookish wedding and was trying to think of how to do a card box that would fit. Any ideas on how they made it?!!

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    • I've seen some decorative book storage boxes in stores. Even some that looks like stacks of books. Looks like they cut the bottoms off a couple and stacked them.
      Check places like Hobby Lobby. I know I've seen them at Big Lots and Beall's Outlet- not sure if you have those stores in your area or not.

      Really cute idea!

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  6. *swoon* super cute!! Hair is beautiful…everything looks amazing. I love seeing the happy looks on the couples face!

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  7. Absolutely love the nest w/eggs & fairy. Was that the centerpiece? It is beautiful!!

    Also love the slaying of the cupcake with an ax, we are thinking of using a sword for ours!

    Congrats!!

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  8. I really love her gloves/sleeve thing she wore to her ceremony and the hair style is beautiful too!. The axe cake cutting is a cute idea. Great pictures… congrats to the couple!!.

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  9. Cupcake slaying = epic, and I'm swooning over those sleeves. What a great way to add tons of color and personality.

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  10. Ooh, I love those sleeves! They're making me want opera gloves over here. And I *so* want a battleaxe for the cake-cutting! Now that it's in my head, I can't imagine it any other way!

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