Pulling off a DIY wedding is already a massive feat in our opinions, but making it happen in just 6 months while planning from a different country—now that’s impressive. That was the case for Magda + Nico, Europeans living in Canada who came across the perfect venue in the US—a family friend’s backyard in Connecticut. From DIY floral arrangements to all the stylish, coordinating fashion, these two and their fam and friends dreamt up one unforgettable backyard wedding.
Thanks to Elvira Kalviste for the photos!
BTW, be sure to read the story of how M + N chose their wedding colors below, it’s so thoughtful and creative.
Magda did her own makeup and her bridesmaid dreamt up her boho, wavy hairstyle. So pretty!
Nicolas and I are both from Europe. Nicolas was born and raised in France and I was born and raised in Republic of Georgia. We met in Toronto at a party when we were both new immigrants to Canada. Nicolas was visiting Toronto from Montreal with his friends for the Caribana Parade just for the weekend. I was with my friends and my brother who was visiting me from Connecticut. It was a beautiful, fun and colorful night. Based on my brother’s story Nicolas kept his eyes on me all evening but did not dare to approach until my brother introduced himself and later me to Nicolas. The connection was almost immediate, and I would say magical. After 8 beautiful years of our relationship Nicolas proposed to me in Bali during our backpacking trip.
We wanted something non-traditional and relaxed but classy at the same time. It also reflected my dress which was a classic cut with traditional French lace paired with bohemian accessories. We chose blush, burgundy, and green with a hint of yellow. Green is a very earthy color and we both are in tune with nature. We love hikes and outdoor activities, so we thought it would represent us. Pink is a very feminine color and burgundy is just beautiful, as well as representative of the passion for love. And finally, Nicolas came up with the idea to use a very summery and flashy color and that’s why we opted to have some yellow.
The bride’s dress is Alin Le’ Kal, adorned with a sash her mother made.
Most of our wedding was DIY. We were on a budget and decided to utilize the creativity of our family and friends and decorate the garden on our own. The bridal bouquet, flower piece on the arbor, and hanging flowers in the center of the tent as well as the floral arrangements on the tables were DIY. The lights above the dance floor too. We also decorated with mason jars. My wedding dress sash and the art flower piece above the bed in the bedroom was made by my very talented mother.
Such a magical summer eve, don’t you think?
Cheers to M + N, and thanks to Elvira Kalviste for sharing their DIY wedding!
Photography: Elvira Kalviste / Venue: Private Residence in Darien, Connecticut / Florals: DIY / Hair: Bridesmaid / Makeup: Bride / Cake: browne & co in Darien / Catering: Georgian Deli & Bakery / Bride’s Dress: Alin Le’ Kal / Sash: Handmade by Bride’s Mother / Necklace: Etsy / Sapphire Ring: Gift from Grandmother / Ring Set (right hand): Aldo / Groom’s Suit: Custom by Surmesur / Bowtie: Boom Bowtie