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Weekly Wrap-Up + Lab Event Giveaway Winner!

Local Guide, Weekly Wrap Ups

The winner of The Lab Event has been finally revealed, and we can’t wait to see the chosen board brought to life! Read on to find out if you’re the lucky winner. And continuing with our Midwest love today, we’re shining the spotlight on our next Local Wedding Guide: Minnesota! If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out all of our Minnesota weddings.

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Amy Rae Photography

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Paul Vincent Photography

On Solid Ground Rentals

Sky Focus Films

The winner of The Lab contest is Gretchen G with her gorgeous Poetic Whimsy board. The winner of the Wed & Wish giveaway is Elizabeth. Congrats, we will be in touch soon!

In case you missed any of our features from this week…

The Cream Event NYC Part I
The Cream Event NYC Part II
The Cream Event NYC Part III
Modern geometric wedding from Sarah Yates
Signature Drinks from Daily’s Cocktails
DIY gold leaf cement pots
Paper goods from Wedding Paper Divas
DIY Polka dot glass bottles
Handmade Oregon wedding from Anna Jaye
Rent-able bridesmaids dresses from Little Borrowed Dress
Bohemian chic wedding inspiration
DIY paint stick table runner
Blanton House brunch wedding

This week, in Recycle Your Wedding

Set of 50 brown favor boxes
Huge selection of candles
Jim Hjelm wedding gown
200 kraft mini-envelopes
Vintage china cake stands
Large mason jar stamp
150 bamboo plates

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Blanton House Brunch Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Looking at this wedding from T&C Photographie, you’d absolutely never guess that newlyweds Kindra and Taylor lost their venue a mere three weeks before their wedding. Luckily they stumbled across the incredible Indiana venue The Blanton House, which would soon house one of the prettiest weddings we’ve seen to date! We love the idea of lowering reception costs by hosting a post-ceremony brunch instead of dinner — not to mention more time for daylight pictures!

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From the bride, Kindra: Three weeks before wedding our planner (Linda Cook) received some news; our venue was double booked! Calmly we called venues around the city. That day we went to visit the only venue still open. It was out in the country, I am not a country girl and I did not want a country wedding. I was certain it was going to feel like a step down from our current venue. I was so wrong. The Blanton House was perfect! Early 1900’s home with beautiful grounds and the most elegant white tent for the reception already in place!

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Next we needed a caterer and rental company. Matt Mills, our caterer, fell into our lap with a brilliant brunch menu. We heard about the most amazing rental company Violet Vintage. They blew my mind! The warehouse was filled with unique lovely vintage items ranging from chairs to plates to old doors. We almost rented the entire place!

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A week before the wedding we went to the floral warehouse. We hit another speed bump. We were told this crazy drought we were experiencing was going to inhibit any chance of getting the flowers I had always dreamed of having!

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The week of the wedding my husband and I went to get our marriage license. When we got to the city we saw a huge weekly farmers market happening. I LOVE farmers markets so we had ourselves a look. We ran into a very cute woman selling beautiful garden flowers and it clicked. She was going to be the fix to my flower problem. The day before the wedding our day of planner Drew drove a total of 2 hours to get fresh back yard flowers from our new friend. Needless to say, they were stunning.

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Our wedding day was a beautiful 80 degree day; which would make it the coldest day of the entire summer! My husband looked handsome and my maid of honor was beautiful! The ceremony site was stunning and the brunch was delicious! It was a perfect way to start a life with my best friend.

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Wedding Location: Danville, IN / Wedding Photographer: T&C Photographie / Wedding Venue: The Blanton House / Event Designer: The bride, Kindra Keller / Wedding Planning: Linda Cook / Day-Of Coordination: Drew Hoopingarner / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Veil: Made by bride / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Ruche / Groom’s Suit: Michael Kors / Wedding Flowers: Ronda Orebaugh and Alma Hamblin / Rentals: Violet Vintage / Wedding Invitations: Rachel May

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DIY Paint Stick Table Runner

DIY Projects

Inspired by a rooftop garden party, I made a table runner for our craft table at The Cream Event NYC using yellow “slats”. After endless trips to the paint store and a shelf stocked with buckets of paint, I was left with a healthy amount of paint sticks. As anybody would, I kept them all. Until this herringbone table runner came to life. You can arrange the stirrers in different patterns and paint them to match you color palette, or create a colorblock or ombre effect across the table!

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DIY paint stick table runner

What you will need:
paint sticks (or wood trim)
primer + paint or stain
glue gun
saw or miter saw
sand paper
roller brush

DIY paint stick table runner
DIY paint stick table runner

Start out by cutting the odd end of the paint sticks. For the arrow table runner, you will just need to cut the paint sticks in half. To make a herringbone pattern, you will need one extra cut, making three pieces per paint stick.

DIY paint stick table runner

Lay the pieces flat, spacing them out a bit so paint won’t stick. Using a large roller brush, start with primer.
DIY paint stick table runner

I used primer to hide the wood grain. Give one coat paint for now (I used Citrus Splash by Behr). Once they are dry, you can paint the edges. Stack the paint sticks sideways. With a clamp or just holding a few pieces at a time, run a few coats of paint. Let them dry, repeat on the other sides. Try a metallic gold or neon edge!

DIY paint stick table runner
DIY paint stick table runner

Once your pieces are painted, you can start playing with patterns. The herringbone pattern needs all pieces (mainly the center ones) to be as close to exact length as possible to ensure there are no gaps in the runner. The arrow pattern is a bit easier, so if the length of the pieces don’t really match, it won’t be noticeable. If you’re feeling handy, you can also cut the pieces at an angle to create a chevron pattern.

DIY paint stick table runner

With your chosen pattern in place and glue gun in hand, start gluing the wood pieces on a sheet of felt. I used felt because it’s thick enough that the glue won’t bleed through yet it’s not noticeable on the table, but you can use anything here. Trust me when I say gluing the pieces directly onto each other won’t work – it will come apart if you place them on an uneven surface. Glue all pieces in place on the felt. Flip it upside down and cut excess fabric.

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I bought sheets of felt at a craft store, and made the runner in tiles of 5 lines each. By making them in tiles, it will be much easier to transport. All you need to do is place them on the table next to each other, like a puzzle. You can also paint each “tile” in different colors to create a colorblock look. Once they were glued in place I sanded them again and gave one last coat of paint. After the wedding, you can take them home and use them as trivets! An all around win-win.

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