You are going to love this sweet and simple wedding. The bride wore her mother’s dress and flowers in her hair, the groom wore a polka dotted bow tie and skinny suspenders, guests enjoyed homemade “Hostess” cupcakes. But the most wonderful thing about this wedding is the ceremony backdrop: an exquisite castle crafted entirely from cardboard.

How amazing is that castle! Amy is an artist and created the entire thing from cardboard. She also created the cake-like turrets for the dessert table.

The dessert table included red velvet, carrot, and filled chocolate cupcakes.

From the bride:

What was your favorite part of the day?  I was so nervous and stressed out, but as soon as I walked down the aisle and saw my husband waiting for me I felt only joy.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Have fun! Drink water! Take a break if you need one during the reception. Also, the day doesn’t need to be perfect. We had a few mishaps like scrambling the seating chart a little bit and me trying to put the ring on the wrong finger! But we just took it all in stride and tried to have a lot of fun.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Friends provided the music for the ceremony. One friend played “Strawberry Fields” for the processional, and two bridesmaids sang “The Book of Love.”

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: Berkeley Faculty Club in Berkeley, California / Bride’s reception dress: BCBGMaxAzria / Groom’s suit: vintage / Catering: Berkeley Faculty Club / Cupcakes: Noe Valley Bakery
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  1. victoria @ milkfed press

    I could not possibly love this more. Seriously. Viva Amy and Josh! They will clearly have a long, loving life together. I would love to see more of her work, too. Swooning.

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  2. Candace {}

    That castle is spectacular! And I love how the bride wore tights with her reception dress! Very beautiful!

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  3. Matthias (Matthias Photography)

    love this wedding in every way. So stylish and unique. Cardboard caste = fanastic!

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  4. Debi Sementelli (@Letterheadgirl)

    The cardboard castle is absolutely astonishing! I can’t even imagine how long it took to plan and construct. I hope they are able to keep it as a piece in their home!

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  5. Koru Kate {Koru Wedding}

    WOW! I can’t believe that castle is carboard!! I adore this labor of love wedding~

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  6. Josh Gruetzmacher

    Thanks for sharing these images on your blog Kathryn! Amy and Josh are SO crafty, and their wedding was super fun. They definitely raised the diy bar to the next level with the cardboard castle.

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  7. Dustin

    The cardboard castle is awesome! What a great piece of work!

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  8. Julie Randall Photography

    Love the backdrop and the venue! I was fortunate enough to shoot a wedding there this past summer – such a lovely spot.

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  9. Lauren Brady

    Beautiful. And all I can say is I love cardboard.

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  10. Mari

    The castle is so original. The design details and the work involved is just amazing. I love that the castle design was carried over to the cake. Truly one of a kind!

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  11. Rosalind Grace

    Wow! That is very clever and very cool.

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  12. Mark – Plymouth Wedding Photography

    Loving the castle and impressed by all the work that went into crafting something so intricate. It really made this just a little different from the norm :)

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