A Quirky Art and Book Themed DIY Wedding at Pearl at the Webb in Buffalo, New York

Rachel Del Monte (27 and a cosmetologist) and Tom Rizzo (27) grew up together, their parents being close friends. While they would see each other occa

Rachel Del Monte (27 and a cosmetologist) and Tom Rizzo (27) grew up together, their parents being close friends. While they would see each other occasionally at family functions, they never really got to know one another until years later (despite their families trying to fix them up) when they bumped into each other one night when they were out with their friends. The two hit it off and were inseparable after their first date. While on their first vacation together in Carlsbad, CA three years later, Tom proposed. The couple planned a fun, funky affair at Pearl at the Webb in Buffalo, NY. Wanting the day to feel distinctly "Rachel and Tom," the couple decided to DIY as many details as possible. Rachel, an artists and book enthusiast, got busy creating everything from miniature hand-painted canvases and handmade water color bookmarks for guests to take home as favors to centerpieces made from her personal collection of books and a seating chart made from canvas and paint samples. A color palette of white, blue and purple felt festive and fresh. And a photo booth, complete with silly props, was set up during the reception and the couple put out games for guests to play while they rested their dancing feet.

DIY Wedding Invitations
"My gown was a total surprise for me. I didn't know what look I was going for, but once I put that dress on I just didn't want to take it off. The color was a very unique light gold and ivory that I had never seen before. I knew I wanted to keep a little tradition with a veil for the ceremony. I couldn't take that 'lift the veil' moment away from my father. Plus — how many times in your life do get to wear a veil?" says Rachel.
Ivory Bridal Flats
"Since I only had two girls in my bridal party, it made it so much easier to decide on a dress. I knew I didn't want a dress from a bridal shop and I wasn't really set on having them wear the same style either," says Rachel. "But, when we got to Lord & Taylor, they both fell in love with the same BCBG dress."
Classic Navy Groomsmen Suits
Simple Baby's Breath Boutonnieres
Playing off the wedding's art and literature theme, Rachel made library-inspired programs for the ceremony.
"Many local churches will not allow you to host your wedding there unless you are a member or you pay them big bucks to rent the church," says Rachel. "We stumbled on the Karpeles Library Manuscript Museum, an old church building that is now used for displaying various famous manuscripts and thought it was the perfect fit."
Rachel and Tom's First Kiss
Home Style Reception Tables
The centerpieces were an eclectic mix of bright blue and purple bottles, fresh blooms and books from Rachel's own personal collection.
The book-inspired table numbers on each table also doubled as the couple's guest book.
Rachel handmade personalized bookmarks for each guest, which had a thank you note from the couple on the back and doubled as place cards.
"We really wanted our guests to feel special. It was so important to us that each guest truly felt that we wanted them there," says Rachel. "I spent quite a bit of time painting 200 individual 2x4" canvases that sat atop little tiny easels. I wanted each guest have their own piece of art to take home, from my heart to theirs."
Sweetheart Table Decorative Lettering
Paint Swatch Seating Chart
Rachel and Tom's Cake Cutting
DIY Owl Cake Topper
For the reception, Rachel ditched her veil for a fun feathery headpiece, which her father picked out.
A photo booth was set up during the reception for guests to enjoy  and was stocked with plenty of silly props like hats, sunglasses and boas.