Every wedding the Rick Dean Photography team has the pleasure of shooting includes DIY (Do It Yourself) elements in the decor. Some weddings have more, some a little less. But regardless of the amount, we capture images of every little DIY detail. Couples spend a lot of time and effort creating those personal touches. Over the years, memories may fade but photos will last a lifetime.
Tampa, Florida couple, Nikki Reynolds and Casey Flup are masters in the art of DIY wedding decor and we have the photos to prove it!
In their professional lives, they both work in finance. Nikki works at Raymond James Financial as a Technical Analyst managing the development of products for the marketing department. Casey is a Wealth Manager and Certified Financial Planner at an independent financial planning firm.
In their free time, over the last year and a half, they have been busy renovating their 1940’s home and building furniture and decor for their intimate & relaxed Lowcountry wedding.
The wedding took place at the luxurious home of the groom’s parents at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, SC under clear blue skies. Beautiful couple. Beautiful home. Beautiful handcrafted furniture, flowers, food & fixtures. And a lot of family fun, goofy moments & silly faces!
Nikki and Casey built their bride & groom table, the bar, the gift & appetizer tables, giant Jenga game & corn hole set, in additional to all the frames, signs and chalkboards. With the leftover wood scrapes and sharpies, guests were asked to “Leave Your Wishes for the New Mr. & Mrs.”. They will incorporate the wood pieces into their next furniture project providing the couple with a long lasting functional guest book.
The couple created a simple, yet moving memorial to family and friends who are gone but not forgotten, present in spirit, “walking beside us everyday”. A special tribute was in memory of Casey’s cousin, who was killed in a car accident a few weeks before the wedding. He was his best friend and like Casey, was a “hot rod & monster truck” enthusiast. Casey carried a small toy truck tire in his suit jacket in memory of his cousin.
Family members were very active in creating this beautiful D.I.Y. event. Casey’s Uncle Tom, Cousins Tommy & Taylor prepared & cooked every bite of the amazing food. Mother of the Groom, Sally, was in charge of set up & placement of the decor elements in addition to supervising family members who created all the flower arrangements for the day.
Nikki and Casey’s wedding was truly an elegant, relaxed, fun D.I.Y family affair!