A Bright Book-Themed DIY Wedding at a Private Residence in Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Pastel pink and blue tied together a vintage-inspired, backyard meets beach party with quirky details and a sweet “love story” theme for Kristen Sabestina (24 and a nanny) and Alexander Silva’s (24 and a server) wedding.

The literary-loving couple exchanged vows against a DIY backdrop covered in open books, while guests looked on from vintage arm chairs arranged in two semicircles around the bride and groom. 

At their seats, guests found their place cards propped up by gold-painted Lego Star Wars figurines—a playful touch for the groom’s love for all-things Lego and Star Wars. Robin’s-egg-blue card catalog drawers filled with pink peonies and roses, light blue hydrangeas and succulents topped table runners crafted from torn book pages.

Kristen opted to use fake flowers in her bridal bouquet to ensure that the pretty bunch would stand the test of time and pass through generations. Two pairs of glasses belonging to her grandparents lent an original, sentimental final touch to her succulent and rose bouquet.