Misato + Chris // Handmade DIY Wedding in Arlington, VA

A designer and a chef fell in love. Misato and Chris wanted their special day to be simple and easy going – just like the two of them. Since they’re both rather crafty, they handcrafted many of the items that became a part of their day. They love animals, color, and delicious food – so it was only natural for them to include all of the above!

A huge thank you goes to Green Wedding Shoes for featuring their fun + colorful, DIY wedding celebration on their amazing blog! You can view the full feature, here.

“The wedding favors were sake glasses that we hand wrote our initials into. They were also used for the toast, during the reception. Misato’s mother brought coasters made out of Kimono fabric from Japan for everyone to take home as well!”

The lace centerpiece on our sweetheart table was hand made by Misato’s aunt and took almost a year to complete!

“We used little animal figures (dollar store purchase and spray painted) as guests’ name cards and a pair of elephants (it was a salt and pepper shaker that we bought online, filled the holes and spray painted) as the cake topper. Christopher’s last name is Horton, so we have embraced Horton the Elephant!”

“Our wedding bands are made by each other with the casting of Red string. In some Asian countries, it is believed that people who are meant to be together are connected by red string. When we got married in the summer of 2010, we tied a red string on each others ring finger. We used that string to make our wedding bands to be connected by red string forever.”

And, to wrap, a wedding short film by the awesome Caravan Cinema Co. We had such a blast working with them!

Bridal Gown: LM by Mignon via Bloomingdale’s
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie
Cake: Sophie Camp
Catering: Northside Social, Lyon Hall, Liberty Tavern
Decor: DIY – Lace sweetheart table centerpiece handmade by Misato’s aunt
Florals: DIY – Flowers from Potomac Floral
Hairstyling: Keiko Goto via Ozuki Salon Georgetown
Jewelry: Anthropologie
Makeup: Akea via SephoraBanana Republic, Express, Topman
Shoes: Nine West
Stationery: DIY
Venue: Northside Social / Bon Air Park
Videography: Caravan Cinema Co.
Wedding Bands: Designed by Misato; Made by each other for one another


Marcella Treybig Northside Social !! wow. you have some really unique & inspiring couples :)

Joseph Hall Love the details, this is a really great wedding – wonderful photos too!

Theresa I can’t believe this couple got married at Northside Social..I love that place to go for editing with some wine during happy hour! Beautiful images, Serena! :)

Derek Martinez Beautiful wedding! Love all the emotions you captured!

Mirela Kasimovic Congratulations for your happy life. Maintaining a blog with lifeloveblog name is a good idea. The blog name is beautiful and your couple also too beautiful. Go ahead live happy life. All the best and keep posting..

Yolandé Marx Beautiful storytelling. Those blue dresses with the popping yellow is too cute for words! Love this!

Victor Saidov This is a beautiful wedding and you did an amazing job capturing it! Very inspiring!

Darren Gair Really nice collection, im sure they will love them, well done!

/mariahedengren So beautiful. Love the colors and the details of this wedding!!

nora Such a lovely wedding. Great work!

Veronica Varos So, so, so lovely! The portraits of the two of them are especially touching. Fabulous work!

sam Really bold images, gorgeous tones and a lovely looking couple. What’s not to love :)

Porter they got married IN northside ?!?!?! thats SO AWESOME!!!! gorgeous coverage serena!

Derek Olson I love the details you incorporated, gives a great sense of ‘being there’. Beautiful couple and great photos!

Charity mhmm. these are GOOD. I love how natural and simple your editing is–you really let the couple shine through and take such lovely shots. Gorgeous!

Angela Snyder Love every single detail and how unique and happy everyone and everything is. You really captured such beautiful moments!

Katrina Akins-Jackson such a cute wedding! So many special details and memories they will sure cherish for the rest of lives.

Brea I love everything about this wedding! The colors are so perfect and their style is just amazing. So adorable.

Dani So in love with this wedding!! Love the chairs so so so much!

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