Kimberly & Thomas ( A DIY Dream Wedding)

Editor's Note: This post was originally written on September 9, 2012 for Amy's professional wedding and event planning website: eventchicdallas.com.

 Photography: Kristen Byas Photography - lifewithstyle.co

Photography: Kristen Byas Photography - lifewithstyle.co

Question:  What do you get when you put together good friends, good music, a canoe filled with beer in a backyard worthy of a Before & After feature in a magazine, and let's not forget, two people who are crazy about each other? Answer: Kimberly & Thomas' wedding. I was truly honored to coordinate their wedding day on May 12, 2012. Kimberly and her mother had started the planning process long before I got involved. They transformed Kimberly's parents' backyard into a perfectly charming wedding venue through landscaping, crafting, and good old-fashioned displays of southern hospitality.

Of course after a year of planning, Kimberly wanted everything to run smoothly. I met with them about a month prior to the big day. That's when I was introduced to the "Wedding Room!" This room would have made Anthropologie's stock room envious. Silver serving pieces and tea sets. Antique candelabras. Floral paper pennants and rosettes. Vintage linens and lace. The perfect shade of robin's egg blue napkins wrapped in burlap. And the prettiness goes on and on...from floor to ceiling...*happy sigh*

I was inspired to say the least. There wasn't much I could add, but I did suggest a way to cleverly display their engagement photos. Sara Combs of Lattice Lover is a wonderful collector of interesting things through her life's adventures, and therefore, my go to girl whenever I need unique finds and props.

 Photography: Kristen Byas Photography - lifewithstyle.co

Photography: Kristen Byas Photography - lifewithstyle.co

I arrived at the house the morning of the wedding with my fingers and toes crossed that the heavy clouds would either do their damage early or hold off the rain all together. Yes, there was a plan B and C BUT c'mon! We did get some sprinkles and I reminded them in my best wedding planner voice, "Rain on your wedding day is good luck!" I hope I was convincing. The good news is that the rain stopped just in time for us to set up the space - paper products and all!

As lovely as the setting was, this wedding was made complete by the wonderful cast of characters that served as their bridal party, family, friends, and band mates. That's right, band mates. The DJ took a break while Thomas rocked the bass guitar with some of his best friends. And they were awesome! Kimberly was front and center jumping up and down throwing up her rock hands.

 Photography: Kristen Byas Photography - lifewithstyle.co

Photography: Kristen Byas Photography - lifewithstyle.co

 Photography - Kristen Byas Photography - lifewithstyle.co

Photography - Kristen Byas Photography - lifewithstyle.co

There was so much joy at this wedding. I had a blast! To Kimberly and Thomas - may the rain always bring you luck, may you always be best friends, may Batman always answer your call for help, and may you never forget how to rock! Cheers!