EllsWeddingFinalEdits-180For those of us who search Pinterest for wedding inspiration, look no further! I can’t even begin to say how excited I am to be sharing this gorgeous wedding of a friend of mine that I’ve known since I was 3 years old!  The Esparza Family will always hold a special place in my heart and I couldn’t be more excited that Sarah married her college sweetheart. The entire family (Mr. & Mrs. Esparza especially) put hours of work into making this wedding absolutely perfect.  And special thanks to Danielle Apple Photography for taking the stunning pictures!

Keep reading for some creative, DIY ideas on how to make your wedding a night to remember!

Let me start by saying the beautiful bride, Sarah, and her very handsome groom, Tyler, dated for 5 and a half years before they were engaged.  They tied the knot on the evening of June 7, 2014 at El Rancho Robles in Oracle, AZ. You can tell from the excitement in their eyes, and the strong faith that they share, that Sarah and Tyler were meant to be together.  With 280 of their closest friends and family watching, they forever dedicated their lives to each other.

Table Settings

Mrs. Esparza, with the help of friends, organized and executed the table settings. (This might a good way to save money rather than paying someone to set it up for you!)

EllsWeddingFinalEdits-149-2They also built 25 wood box centerpieces out of old wood found at a salvage yard.

EllsWeddingFinalEdits-98-4(1)The centerpiece boxes and bridal flowers were done by Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers but the Esparza family did the small table arrangements and table succulents themselves. They collected mason jars to use for the vases.


DIY Lighting

For the reception area, Mr. Esparza did all of the lighting himself.  He put aluminum poles in galvanized buckets with concrete to make sure they were sturdy.  He had to tether a few of them to the ground using rope.  Strands of round bulb lights, purchased online, were used to light the dance floor and table area.

EllsWeddingFinalEdits-154-2View of the lighting at night…


Ceremony Alter

If you can believe it, Mr. Esparza, Ben (little brother), and Tyler (groom), built this alter on location!  Isn’t it absolutely stunning!?  It took about 3-4 days on multiple weekends to complete.  Mrs. Esparza painted the sign which Sarah saved to take home and use as decoration in her house.  The entire alter was made from old salvaged wood. (Maybe a TBD post on how the heck they did this?! So impressive!)




Mrs. Esparza made the programs herself!  (This can also save you a lot of money if you are talented at graphic design!) Double bonus that it was a fan for the guests as well!


Dance Floor

They rented the dance floor for the venue. Having the tables lined around the dance floor enabled everyone to easily watch the first dance and all of the major events (speeches, bouquet toss, etc.)


Wood Signs

The Esparza’s put signs around the property to help direct guests (again out of old salvaged wood!).


Pallet signs were created to communicate the overall agenda of the evening as well as to mark the location of the lawn games.


Lawn Games

Mr. Esparza made the cornhole out of wood, and once it was painted, embellished it with monogram letters purchased from Etsy.



Chalkboard Signs

And who doesn’t love chalkboard signs?! :)  Sarah’s friend, Kira Brown, at KB Chalk Board Designs painted the drink menu sign as well as an Instagram sign (#tyandsararequitethepair!)


Guest Book – Polaroids

Using a cute, white Polaroid camera, guests took pictures and wrote thoughtful notes to the bride and groom.  Sarah and Tyler saved the Polaroids and made a huge wall frame with the pictures in their home.


We Can’t forget the Cake!

Village Bake House in Oro Valley, AZ baked this gorgeous cake.  Due to the heat, and the fact they wanted the cake sitting out all evening, the top layer was real and the bottom three were fake.  They used sheet cakes to serve the cake during the reception so the cake was cool and fresh! (This also saved them over $500!)


Sitting Area

Mrs. Esparza collected benches from around the venue and created a sitting area for guests.  She used small pillows and centerpieces from Ikea for decoration.


Guest Table

For the guest table,  Grandma Esparza brought an old birdcage from her back yard to collect the cards and “S” and “T” letters were used as decoration.


Send Off

For the send off, they had personalized matches attached to sparklers.  What a fun way to capture the getaway pictures (and help with lighting on a dark evening)!



Portraits & Other Details

Here are a few more pictures too…there were just too many good pictures to choose from! :)

The gorgeous bridesmaids…


And of course, the handsome groomsmen….


Proud mom and dad!  Great job pulling off all of these projects!!!


Adorable flower girl…



Cheers to happily ever after for Sarah and Tyler, and great job to the Esparza family for DIYing a wedding to remember.  The evening went off without a glitch and now, more than ever, it is evident that Ty and Sar are quite the pair! :)

Congratulations you two!  Thanks so much for letting us share your great ideas!

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