01 Jul

REAL WEDDINGS: Cheery Summer Bicycle {Part 1}

colorful summer wedding ideas

Esther Kim from My Bride Story Weddings & Events recently sent over pics from this fabulous “Summer Bicycle Inspired” wedding that she created… doesn’t it look like so much FUN?!

Along with the help of some talented vendors, Esther transformed the church courtyard where the wedding took place into a colorful, whimsical “playground” complete with GORGEOUS flower arrangements and playful bicycle and pinwheel accents.

colorful summer wedding ideas

colorful summer wedding ideas

There’s so much eye candy to be shared, so I decided to break the feature into 2 parts. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous flowers & decor here in Part 1… and then in Part 2 (coming later today), we’ll showcase the fabulous “Love is Sweet” Ice Cream Station by Kayla’s Kakes.

Read on for tons of AMAZING pics (by DonDavidStyle Photography} and all the fun details, as told by Esther


colorful summer wedding ideas

“Young Ju & Yong Ho contacted me the moment they got engaged.  They wanted to have a fun, outdoor, summer-inspired wedding. They also wanted to incorporate bicycles into the wedding because they had their first kiss at Redondo Pier while riding their bikes!

For the color scheme we decided to go with bright yellow, blush pink and lime green with a touch of light blue. We incorporated bicycles and different pinwheel elements here and there to  create a casual, summer inspired wedding.

colorful summer wedding ideas

This wedding was  really unique and one of a kind. Best of all, it definitely represented the couple’s bubbly and outgoing personality!

Before I start explaining the different details, I first have to give a big shout out to Courtney of Joyful  Weddings & Events, as this wedding was originally inspired by the gorgeous Anthropologie Picnic Vintage Bicycle photoshoot that she did a while back.

colorful summer wedding ideas

We had 2 different kinds of tables for the reception. Rectangular tables featured custom-made yellow and white checkered runners and bright yellow napkins, and round tables were dressed up with lime-green linens that contrasted nicely with the pink and yellow centerpieces.

colorful summer wedding ideas

colorful summer wedding ideas

colorful summer wedding ideas

Kristine Shin – the floral designer – was my fairy Godmother for the night! She executed all of our ideas perfectly – I LOVE collaborating with her for weddings.

colorful summer wedding ideas

colorful summer wedding ideas

colorful summer wedding ideas

We were so lucky to have coral peonies incorporated  into the arrangements, as they’re gorgeous and will be out of season very soon!

colorful summer wedding ideas

For the head table, Kristine hung flower balls from color-coordinating satin ribbons…

colorful summer wedding ideas

colorful summer wedding ideas

Now to the stationeryPosh Paperie did such an  awesome job creating all the paper goods! From menu cards and wish tags to signage for the ice cream station (more on this in Part 2), they were spot on and we couldn’t have been happier with the end results!

colorful summer wedding ideas

colorful summer wedding ideas

I think I’m going to trademark this genius idea that came to me during our consultation: We displayed a yellow bicycle decorated with sunflowers and pinwheels at the reception, and the guests wrote wishes on the wish tags then tied them on the bicycle. The signage said: “Built for  Two: Please write your wishes for the couple’s ride through their journey of life together.

colorful summer wedding ideas

The couple had originally planned to ride in on the bike for their grand entrance, but it ended up not being possible because of the length of the bride’s dress. It would have been perfect for the entrance though, no? =)

Our staff blew up more than 100 balloons that were handed out to each guest. The guests were asked to let go of the balloons just in time for the couple’s grand entrance. You should have seen the expressions on people’s faces… we all felt like we were being kids again!

I hope that this event will help inspire others to get creative and bring your vision & concept to life no matter WHERE you’re getting married!”


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Melissa Paul SAYS:

What a fresh, happy design! love those coral peonies and paired with that blue, yellow and crisp white… SHARP!

July 1, 2010 at 9:35 am

Amber Eustace SAYS:

This wedding makes me feel happy inside, I love it!

July 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

Chaukeisia SAYS:

I love this. This is so original and pretty

July 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Jennifer Gillespie SAYS:

This wedding is fun and vibriant! I love it. Very Unique and outside the box! Great job!

July 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Esther Kim (My Bride Story) SAYS:

Jen, Thank you SO much for featuring YJ & YH’s wedding. We had a blast planning their wedding and can’t wait to see part 2! :)

July 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Annette SAYS:

Such a great concept and lots of creative juicy stuff, very inspiring.

July 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Lily SAYS:

Wow – this wedding is just stunning and amazingly creative in every way! love, love, love it!!!

July 2, 2010 at 7:32 am

Katie Hutson SAYS:

the flowers are GORGEOUS!! I can only aspire to one day be so talented!! The rest of the details are wonderful too, with the exception of the balloon release (it really isn’t good for the environment!). Thanks for sharing!

July 2, 2010 at 8:05 am

Esther Kim (My Bride Story) SAYS:

Hi Katie,
Thanks for pointing out about the balloon release. Didn’t think much when we came up with the idea but will definitely think twice next time to protect our environment. Thanks so much for the feedback!

July 2, 2010 at 8:46 am

Sarah SAYS:

This is seriously just pure JOY to look at! wish I was there right now :)

July 2, 2010 at 8:51 am

Vania SAYS:

The wedding is absolutely magical and beguiling. Every little detail is exquisite. I absolutely love the flower balls. How did you attach them to the ribbons?

July 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Janet SAYS:

Do you know thw source for the oblong floral containers on the tables. I’m looking for that exact size with a liner.HELP!!! :))

July 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

HeatherRene SAYS:

Where did you get the Flower Balls!!! They are adorable, I have to have them!!!

July 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Carolyn gutierrez SAYS:

My friend took me here when I was in LA… It was amazing! A great idea for a bridal shower.

July 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Gayle SAYS:

Ooh I saw some photos of this wedding on another website and loved the vibrancy and happiness. I can’t remember seeing those gorgeous flower glass balls though! I love that idea!

July 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Melissa SAYS:

Wow, this looks like such a fun wedding!!!

July 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Wedding Flowers SAYS:

I love the flowers on the table arrangement…Flowers arranged very attractively

July 14, 2010 at 4:52 am

Annette SAYS:

I must have those flower balls? Any idea where to purchase them? Sooooooooo cute!

July 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

esther (my bride story) SAYS:

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments about this wedding. The flower balls were purchased at Moskatel’s in Downtown LA but I believe you can also buy them online at CB2 http://www.cb2.com/ Hope this helps!

July 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Cindy SAYS:

I may have to renew my vows…hmmmm! :o)

October 11, 2010 at 6:25 am
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