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Weekly Wrap-Up + Giveaway Winners!

Weekly Wrap Ups

Happy Friday, and happy first full weekend of fall! We thought we’d take a look at some of our incredible Blue Label vendors in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. These vendors (in addition to being supremely talented) love to travel, so don’t hesitate to drop them a line if you fall in love!


Above photo by Erica Rose


Above images by Vasia Weddings Photography and styled by Petite Pearl Events

Congratulations to the winner of our Macy’s contest, Nancy!

And of course, congratulations to the winners of our Shutterfly album giveaway: Pam, Elizabeth, and Lisa C! Keep an eye on your inbox for more details!

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

Australian country carnival wedding
Autumnal blush inspiration shoot
FlipKey vacation rentals
Botanical + butterfly inspiration shoot
Shutterfly premium photobooks
1920s vintage Virginia wedding
DIY burlap ring pillow tutorial
Melbourne wedding at The Prince
Pixelated wedding ideas
DIY pixelated backdrop
Villa San Juan Capistrano wedding

This week, in Recycle Your Wedding

Tree log escort card holders
Here Comes the Bride” signs
10 Slate and driftwood centerpieces
Copper table number holders
White sequin Alice + Olivia dress
Vera Wang crystal sash
Collection of 62 white umbrellas
Swarovski crystal and pearl headband

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Villa San Juan Capistrano Wedding

Vintage Weddings

We love that today’s bride and groom took inspiration for their wedding decor from their favorite destination (and honeymoon spot!), France. This wedding is Old World French style meets relaxed California elegance, and has not only one stunning bride but also one of the most dapper grooms we’ve featured this year. Our thanks go out to Ashley Rose Photography for sharing this wedding with us!

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From the bride, Rachel: Our inspirations for our day came from our love of “old world” character. We love antiques and try to go to flea markets as much as we can. It’s all about if it speaks to us and makes us smile, there’s just something about the history tied to old things that we can’t resist.. and I love old things mixed with florals and beauty.


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From the playlist to the candle holders, we wanted everything to speak about us and our style. We took a lot of time to create things that spoke to us – I made all of the napkins for the tables (a labor of love) in all different patterns for each table. I think it brought more character to the dinner atmosphere than just having plain linens. Everything that we created had some sort of French influence to it too – but old world French style – think handmade lace, ornate props, old books… shabby chic mixed with rustic French.


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We love old music and films, and a lot of our songs came from the 1920s-1940s era mixed but mixed with new songs as well. We both love France and Jared visited me there when I did a study abroad program. The culture and the beauty in all things around us really inspired our “french influence”, so much so we decided to go there on our honeymoon. My mom and friends helped by bringing in the French countryside as well by making peach jam for each guest to take home. We wanted all of this for our wedding – AND for everyone to feel relaxed and at home.


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The most memorable moment of the day for me, was when Jared gave me a ring that was unexpected (I thought I was only going to have one ring, my “engagement ring”). I was so surprised and stunned – it is a moment that I will never forget. Our first look was beautiful too and it was so amazing to just take each other in, we really felt relieved to see each other and to just have a few precious moments alone before everything started. It was really a magical and joyous moment for us.


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA / Wedding Photographer: Ashley Rose Photography / Wedding Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano / Event Design and Planning: Bride and bride’s family / Wedding Flowers: Krista Jon Floral Designs / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Trowbridge / Bride’s Hairpiece: Lola M Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: ASOS / Flower Girl Dresses: Olive and Fern / Wedding Caterer: Iva Lee’s / Wedding Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Handkerchiefs: Cush / Wedding Music: Thomby & MC Paul Kim (friends from our church), My sister (Rebecca), Jared’s sister (Mearah), my cousin (Chelsea) and our very good family friend (Alan) provided music during the ceremony / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Hello! Lucky

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DIY Pixelated Backdrop

DIY Projects

We were completely wowed by the epic-scale paper backdrop in this afternoon’s wedding from Sweet Sunday Events, so imagine our delight that we’re able to have Katy herself here to share just how to make our very own! This tutorial is amazingly simple, but will take a fair bit of time to complete — so pour yourself a glass of wine, flip on your favorite program, and get to it! Thank you Caroline Joy Photography for the images!

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From Katy of Sweet Sunday Events: Paper art is something we love. This project added the perfect touch of femininity and gave that wow factor to our shoot. Here is a helpful DIY to give you the step by step on making it yourself. Enjoy!

For this project, you will need:
-Packs of colored paper (we used all shades of green and purple, but you can pick your colors)
-Pack of white paper (again color is up to you!)
-Hot glue gun
-Pack of glue for glue gun
-Scissors
-Large sheet of plywood (we used a 4 x 8 piece from Home Depot, but this is the designer’s choice)

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Instructions:
Come up with an image that you would like to create for this project. We chose to make an abstract flower, but you can decide on whatever your little heart desires. Used as a small framed art piece in your home to a wedding backdrop (link this to our shoot), it’ll look great any way you choose.

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1. Begin by folding paper widthwise into three sections. Fold a good amount because you’ll probably use more than you think.

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diy backdrop tutorial

2. Cut paper on the folded lines. Then make multiple slits in each section. Be sure not to cut all the way through the paper. This will help to save you time!

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3. For extra texture you can curl some of the paper like you would ribbon. Pull the cut paper between your thumb and the blade of your scissors. The friction causes the paper to turn up slightly.

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4. Starting from the bottom, hot glue the cut pieces onto the plywood. Moving from the bottom to the top works best!

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5. Placing the cut pieces approximately 2 inches above the layer below it, continue to hot glue your way up the board. After a few layers of gluing you will start to see a fringe effect happening. Incorporate color and bring your design onto the board.

6. If you curled your paper, just randomly mix these pieces in. You can turn them backwards and forwards to create a more textured look.

7. Be patient and glue, glue, glue. You’ll eventually have a beautiful, one of a kind piece of artwork that’ll make everyone envious.

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