Lana & Michael in Long Beach, CA

Lana and Michael paid for their wedding themselves and stretched a tight budget by handmaking many of the day’s elements. The couple got to work and pulled everything together in less than a year. The Bride Lana Yan, 30, account manager The Groom Michael Paek, 29, web developer The Date July 3 They picked a theme of yellow sunflowers with matching greens and oranges. And, since they weren’t having a traditional Asian wedding, the couple incorporated paper lanterns as a subtle nod to their heritage.

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