A Fun DIY Wedding in Rolling Hills, California

Christina Cai (25 and nurse) and Alex Siu (26 and a computer programmer) met in high school when they both played volleyball. They went to separate un

Christina Cai (25 and nurse) and Alex Siu (26 and a computer programmer) met in high school when they both played volleyball. They went to separate universities, but sustained a long distance relationship for eight years. Alex proposed by secretly having his friends plan him a surprise scavenger hunt for his birthday. Christina thought that she was a part of a great birthday surprise for Alex, while in actuality it was all part of a greater plan to get her to the scenic spot where Alex would pop the question. The Christian couple held their ceremony at Rolling Hills Community Church in California. The knew they wanted a church ceremony for religious reasons, and they liked the church's grand southern architecture, as well as its proximity to a quaint petting zoo next door with horses. They chose a simple color palette of oranges and yellows with contrasting grays and purples. According the bride, the couple wanted to keep everything as simple as possible at their DIY affair. Christina and Alex held their reception at Bridges Golf Club in California. They chose the golf club was because of its spectacular views from the grand ballroom. (And the added fun of rented golf carts!) In keeping with their DIY theme, chose two of their friends to emcee their reception. They led some games involving the bride and groom. In one game, the groom was blindfolded and had to pick out the bride from a line of people by only feeling their elbows. Alex and Christina also tossed around a mini volleyball, in honor of how they met.

The bride wore a classic strapless lace fit-n-flare gown by designer San Patrick. The dress had a crystal-embellished sash and a delicate chantilly lace overlay. The bride chose the gown based on the light feel of the chantilly lace.
The bride and groom had a lot of help decorating from their friends and family, especially the community at their church. Decorations, invitations, hair and makeup, photography and centerpieces were all done by their friends.
Bride and Groom First Look
The bridesmaids  wore chiffon dresses by Donna Morgan. Every bridesmaid chose her own favorite tea-length dress style to show her personality. All bridesmaid dresses were in a color called "Grey Ridge."
The groom and his groomsmen wore gray Alfani suits with a casual feel to contrast with the simple wedding color palette of oranges, yellow, coral, green and purple.
Wedding Party in Gray
The bride and groom chose blue and white invitations, created by some of their friends. The bride and groom had an almost entirely DIY wedding, where most of the ceremony and reception decor was created by their close friends family.
Orange and Green Floral Arrangement
The bride and groom chose the Rolling Hills Community church for their ceremony. The bride and groom chose this venue because they always planned to have their ceremony in a church, and they liked its grand southern exterior.
Birdcage Decor at Reception
Succulents at Reception
The bride and groom chose bright oranges and corals for the flowers to contrast with the shades of grey and purple worn by the bridal party.
In the spirit of DIY, the bride and groom chose two of their friends to emcee their reception. They led some games involving the bride and groom. In one game, the groom was blindfolded and had to pick out the bride from a line of people by only feeling their elbows.
Bride and Groom First Dance
Cute Rabbit-themed Cake Toppers
The bride and groom participated in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony where the bride wears a ceremonial long dress and the couple serves tea to respect the elders in the family.
The bride and groom were surprised by a flash mob that performed to Chris Brown's song "Forever," created by the wedding party to open up the dance floor at the reception.
The Bridges Golf Club
Groomsmen at Outdoor Reception
Bride and Groom Grand Exit