This Tattoo Artist Bride Had A DIY Arch for her Forest Wedding

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Boho California Forest Wedding

Charlene and Chris are two souls who met at a house party, and had an instant, electric connection. Fast forward to this magical forest wedding with the coolest, wildwood DIY wedding arch for their ceremony! A DIY bride is close to our hearts. Especially, when the DIY projects involve beloved family + friends.

Charlene shares some planning #bts: We wanted to make a staycation out of our wedding! We started searching Malibu, then our planner, Lizzy Liz Events, found SkyPark Village! We handmade a lot of details, like our signage, table numbers, wedding ceremony arch backdrop + yarn tassels. I am a tattoo artist, so I thought it would be really neat to have our guests tattoo their names on faux skin in lieu of a traditional guest book. With culture in mind, I also made a traditional Vietnamese hat, gluing lace appliques for a more modern look,

Charlene’s traditional Vietnamese hat miiiight be our absolute favorite accessory to date. But with this forest wedding, it’s really hard to choose! As you’ll see, the night for C + C ends with a boba bar, s’mores, and selfies with a rad, neon sign. Isaiah and Taylor snapped all the DIY wedding magic…and then some.

Forest Wedding Invitation

wedding rings

wedding pajamas
This. Is. A. Vibe.

Boho Bride with Hat
Since we’re all about drama, we’re excited to share this stylish detail. Dress designer, Adam Zohar, was on hand throughout the day to assist in styling all three of her bridal looks! Now that’s a designer who delivers.

Spring Anemone Bouquet
In addition to this muted and wild bridal bouquet, Oak and Ivy Designs used lush designs to elevate C + C’s DIY decorations.

Boho Chic Bridesmaids with Folk Hats

Bridesmaids with Hats

Bridesmaids with Hats

Bridesmaids with Hats

Red Suit Wedding Attire
Chris keeps things all rock n’ roll, wearing a custom merlot suit by b.spoke with scull print liner and pocket square.

First look

First look

A favorite moment was giving Chris his gift! I redesigned a new tattoo for him and had made it on faux skin for him to keep. We also loved our first look! We were both so nervous and couldn’t wait to see each other.

Boho California Forest Wedding

DIY Wedding Arch Backdrop with Wildwood

Boho California Forest Wedding
The pièce de résistance! As can be seen, this DIY wedding arch backdrop is a thing of beauty! Not only is it rustic and wild, but it’s also bohemian and inviting. Charlene’s Dad and the groom put their hearts into this design. Certainly, it’s well-worth the DIY work.

flower girl

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Processional: “Only One” by Yellowcard

Recessional: “Home” by Edward Sharp (Whole-Z Remix)

First Dance: “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cook (Remix with “I Love You Baby” by Frank Sinatra

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Forest Wedding Reception 

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Neon signs for your wedding are still sooo cool!

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding
Yum yum boba tea station from Rollin’ Creamery. Obviously, an über trendy wedding treat!

Boho California Forest Wedding
To emphasize those rustic, forest vibes, Annie Mazakas creates a naked wedding cake with edible gold!

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding
Tradition with a twist…quite possibly our favorite design approach! Charlene knocks her headpiece out of the park! Stunning, stunning, stunning.

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding

Hire vendors that you trust because they will truly take care of you on your wedding day. We didn’t stress at all, and we didn’t have to worry about anything. Time flew by so fast, so enjoy every second of it!

Boho California Forest Wedding

Boho California Forest Wedding


Get out your DIY notebooks, and enjoy this video from the day by The Official Wedding!

Many congrats to C + C for keeping things authentic and oh-so inspiring!

photography: Isaiah and Taylor // venue name: SkyPark Weddings, Skypark, California, USA // planning: Lizzy Liz Events // florals: Oak & Ivy Floral Design // wedding dress: Adam Zohar // hairpiece: handmade // hair stylist: Julian Morales // makeup artist: Julian Morales // videography: The Official Wedding // handmade details: Cali Craft Designs // cake: Annie Mazakas // dance lessons: Bella Ballroom Dance Studio // boba tea station: Rollin’ Creamery // mc: Dante Le // production: Livin Productions // production: Elon Events


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