New York backyard wedding: Kali + Hansel

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We’re ready to jump right into the week with Kali + Hansel’s wedding, shot by Jesse + Whit of Our Labor of Love. She’s a graphic/package designer. He’s an animator and video producer. Her family is from Georgia. His from Guatemala. She’s a hardcore DIY superstar. He’s got a family that can cook up a storm. Can you tell that this wedding is going to be well-crafted, multi-cultural, and fun? Kali worked her fingers to the bone days, months, and weeks before their wedding, and it truly paid off!

The stunning chiffon goddesss gown Kali wore was purchased on ideeli (bookmark this, Cakelets!) for $100!

Tulle on young flower girls should be required, yes? It’s just too adorable. Our DIY superstar bride purchased the pink tulle at Mood and put this little getup together herself.

Bamboo cutlery is gaining in popularity, and we can see why. It’s eco-friendly and a great alternative to renting silverware, or using plastic utensils. But, personalizing it? That’s something we never thought about until we saw how Kali decorated hers. A little stamp shop in the West Village (The Ink Pad) had the perfect decorative stamp, with food safe ink. She used it on the handle of the forks and knives to look like the embossed decorations you see on most silverware. And, let’s not overlook the colorful paper doily-like decorations she glued together that surround the centerpieces (bundt molds with flower arrangements). Paper stripes + glue = a super unique and pretty way to incorporate color to your tables.

The lanterns hanging in the trees are mason jars that were painted with a mixture of food coloring and craft glue, to resemble stained glass. As far as the colorful twine balls, those were also made by Kali. She blew up balloons and wrapped them with twine (coated in a glue + water solution). When they dried, she popped the balloon and dipped the twine balls in dye so they were two toned.

Kali’s dad created the octagon-tiered stand, and Kali and her mom baked all the cakes. Each layer was a different flavor baked in it’s own unique bundt mold.

No first dances here. Kali + Hansel skipped the formalities and went straight for the dance party!

What’s a party without heart holographic glasses? Kali found these holographic glasses that make points of light look like hearts. She nixed the cheesy graphics and decided to make them into wayfarers. Brilliant! With a silhouette printer, which was an initial investment of $200, she drew the template of the wayfarers in illustrator, let the silhouette printer do all the cutting, then spray mounted everything together into super cute paper sunglasses.

Coolest, cutest couple? We think so. Congratulations Kali + Hansel!

Photography: Jesse & Whit of Our Labor of Love / Venue: Groom’s family home / Wedding planner: Lauren of Loli Events / Flowers: Bride’s Grandma / Mariachi: Mariachi Nuevo Mexico / Food: Groom’s family / Rentals: Camelot Rentals / Bride’s dress: APART & Alice + Olivia / Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka / Headpiece: made by bride / Groom’s suit: Zara / Groom’s tie: vintage from Old Hollywood / Flower girl dress:  handmade, shoes: Zappos

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PAULA on Oct 10, 2011

Hello, i'm from brazilian and your photos is fantastics!!!!

Hannah on Oct 10, 2011

Who designed the goddess dress? I must know! xxx

KY on Oct 10, 2011

Her dress is gorgeous!

Christina on Oct 10, 2011

Beyond impressed.

nicole on Oct 10, 2011

Hands down coolest, cutest couple and that backyard is perfection. Love it!

Sarah Jenks | Nutrition Coach for Brides-to-Be on Oct 10, 2011

Totally adore this couple, tons of spunk, and the wedding truly reflects that. Kali's dresses are gorg!

Intertwined Events on Oct 10, 2011

So adorable! The colors are fantastic and her dress is to die for! Love love love the how the sparklers photographed!

kuessdiebraut on Oct 10, 2011

we love the cakes <3

Dinah, I Do Deals on Oct 10, 2011

What a natural Diy-er! The wedding looks so gorgeous that it's hard to believe Kali did so much of it herself! And inexpensively! LOVE it!

Naturally Yours Events on Oct 10, 2011

I love the bride's hair, dress, and look! So beautiful. Also, that cake setup is so cool!

Louisa on Oct 10, 2011

So beautiful! I especially love the cakes!

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Emilypf on Oct 10, 2011

Stunning wedding! I love the day to night photos. The yarn balls, and bright colored jars are a very nice detail.

Corrie Anne on Oct 10, 2011

I love it so much. BOTH of those dresses are absolutely incredible.

Elona on Oct 10, 2011

Lot's of work, but it was all worth it. Hands down, one of the most creative and fun weddings I have ever attended. I die for the GA peaches and the tamales made by Hansel's family were amazing!

The Perfect Palette on Oct 10, 2011

So sweet - loving the details.

Ashley, Indie Atlantic Films on Oct 11, 2011

LOVE LOVE LOVE the bunt cakes and the bride's dresses!! Sooooo beautiful!

Iconoclash Photography on Oct 12, 2011

Sooo cool. Love it. Yay for stylish DIY!

mobile crusher on Oct 21, 2011

So beautiful! I especially love the cakes!

Wedding Belle on Oct 24, 2011

The Flowers girls umbrella! love it!

Louis Vuitton Sale on Nov 1, 2011

I love action movies like Jonah Hex but not too sure about the excessive cgi effects. It can detract from the story line at times.

Meagan on Nov 8, 2011

I love everything about this wedding: the bunt cakes, her dress, and even the pictures at the end of the sparklers! amazing job!

filmy z napisami on Dec 27, 2011

Great work with your article! I found this article via Yahoo and I'm glad!

Genna White on Jan 17, 2012

I would love to find out the DIY for the cake stand, or buy it/rent it from the bride if she would sell it or part with it for a bit!

jonahliza on Jun 17, 2012

i knew i wanted heart hologram glasses for years, before i even got engaged. now that i am.. i love how the bride dressed them up. i was thinking of just covering them with pretty paper, but i do have a few friends with silhouette machines. this wedding looked like lots of fun. the bundt cake tower is awesome!

RCurtis on Jan 18, 2014

I love the cake stand, are you willing to share the DIY instructions?

Md Razaul Karim on Apr 29, 2015

Congratulation Kali and Hansel, i love your post and i wish your life would be happy. Thanks

Mohammad Salauddin on Mar 14, 2016

So cute! The colors are fantastic and her dress is to die for! Best wishes for you.

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