A Bright DIY Wedding at Red Barn Studios in Chehalis, Washington

Amaia and Ben met while interning at the same state senator's office. Amaia would wait for her ride to pick her up and pass the time with the crossword in the Washington Post Express and Ben would come over to help out. Seven years, three campaigns, a car, a dog and an MBA later, Ben spontaneously suggested and planned a weekend trip to Niagra Falls. "I was a little suspicious of his motives. On the last day, we hiked to the top of the Falls and -- nothing!" Amaia says. "Trying to hide my annoyance, we went to dinner at a nice steak house and in the middle of the conversation he interrupted whatever I was rambling about with the ring! I was so surprised I forgot to say yes!" The two began planning their wedding at Red Barn Studios in Washington. Local food and bright colors were at the forefront of the couple's wedding must-have list, but DIY was a huge aspect as well. "I wanted to DIY a lot of the wedding to help reduce costs but also to make it personal and reflect the talents of many of our family members. 435 feet of fabric bunting, 100 fabric chargers, 60 square feet of tissue paper flowers and fresh dahlias from a nearby local dahlia farm all in our color palate of mango, papaya, salmon, peach, tomato, raspberry, grapefruit, paprika, cayenne pepper, etc later we had what I describe as an Anthropologie store window -- exactly what I was going for," Amaia says.