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Best of 2011: DIY Projects

Weekly Wrap Ups

We’re shifting gears a bit for the last week of the year as we’re looking back at our favorite photos, projects and inspirations we shared in 2011. First up are a few of our favorite DIY projects – some made by creative real brides, some by talented designers and some by yours truly. Click on the images to see each project.

DIY Moroccan lanterns radiator sheetsDIY hand lettering chalkboard menu
1. DIY Moroccan lanterns + vases; 2. DIY Chalkboard lettering

wall DIY terrarium vertical garden
3. DIY vertical garden terrarium

DIY mini pinatasDIY soy candles
4. DIY mini piñata; 5. DIY soy candle favors

DIY carnival marquee letters
6. DIY carnival marquee letters

DIY artichoke candle holdersDIY donut holes wedidng favors
7. DIY artichoke ideas; 8. Donut hole favors

DIY streamer flag backdrop
9. DIY streamer backdrop

DIY coffee bean wedding favors
10. DIY coffee bean bag favors

vintage book table numbers framesDIY garland seating chart
11. DIY vintage book frames; 12. DIY garland seating chart

Check out all of our DIY projects in the library here.

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Weekly Wrap-Up, Holiday Style

Weekly Wrap Ups

We’re so excited to share our very last Wrap Up before the holidays! The story from this shoot from Martha Stewart Weddings is all about a holiday icon: champagne. Check out the winter issue on stands next week and click here to see more, including Dom Perignon-inspired invitations and some signature cocktails. We’re loving the champagne coupe tower centerpieces:

champagne bubbles wedding ideas
chamgpagne wedding ideas
champagne bubbles wedding ideas

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Take a peek and make sure you didn’t miss any of our features from this week:

An amazing wedding at one of our favorite venues, Alder Manor
A sweet Steel Magnolias-inspired shoot from Amorology
An Australian rock ‘n’ roll wedding with a nod to modern French style
A to-die-for authentic al fresco Italian dinner shoot
A glamorous yet budget-conscious Utah wedding
A word from Sarah Winward on how to work snowberries into your flower arrangements
A simply stunning boat house wedding from Caroline Ghetes
Christmas proposal photoshoot – cute alert
Vermont Christmas wedding

And of course, we can’t leave you for the holidays without sharing this precious photoshoot video from our Blue Label member Tree of Life Films from this photoshoot by Love Me Do! You won’t want to miss it.

Happy Holidays!

Martha Stewart credits: photographs by Christopher Baker/Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2012. Copyright © 2012.

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Vermont Christmas Wedding

Vintage Weddings

We adore this Winter Wedding for its ability to tie in the holiday spirit without coming across as overly “themey.” Niurka and Eric married right before Christmas last year, and welcomed their guests into the festivities with holiday songs played by Vermont’s own Symphony Orchestra. Love. A huge thank you to Morgan Trinker for these photographs and Niurka for sharing their story with us!

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From the bride, Niurka: My husband is very fashion forward and chic. My style is vintage inspired all the way. We wanted to incorporate both of these styles for our day, but also create a general atmosphere of playfulness. Our wedding day was a big tribute to the many children who attended as well as the kid in all of our hearts – ice skating and snow fights followed the reception, skiing and snowboarding filled most of our weekend, and, of course, we had a very A-list celebrity pop in for a visit – jolly old Saint Nick. It’s hard to tell who was more excited when he walked in, the kids or the adults! We also paid tribute to our nearest and dearest time and time again. We surprised Eric’s sister by using her recipe of Coquito (Latin American eggnog) as our signature drink. In honor of our immigrant parents and in the holiday spirit, for favors, we chose granola made by the non profit organization Hot Bread Kitchen whose proceeds benefit immigrant women and families. Our wedding centerpieces we redonated to a local senior citizen’s home for their annual holiday party. We really wanted to embrace and share the Holiday spirit in every way.

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When I think of our wedding, I think of phrases like Old Americana, Winter Wonderland, Christmas Cheer, and Latin spice. The color theme for our ceremony was navy, deep purple, and silver – very wintry. Our reception site was green, red, and gold – it was all about the Holidays.

christmas vermont vintage wedding

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christmas vermont vintage wedding

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice to brides and grooms is to imagine their wedding day from the point of view of the guest via all five senses. Imagine what guests will see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. For guests, the most fun weddings are those where the reception or cocktail hour immediately follows the ceremony and where driving between the ceremony and reception site is kept to a minimum, so don’t be afraid to get the portraits out of the way before the ceremony. Once Eric and I started picturing our wedding day from the guest’s view, we realized the first thing we wanted our guests to see when they walked in was a friendly smile from one of the incredible folks at the Round Barn, and we wanted them to taste some fresh apple cider. We realized after walking in from the cold, the warmth of the cider would be comforting, and we wanted them to hear some great Christmas tunes right from the start, so we instructed our ceremony musicians (the string quartet from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra) to start playing just before the first guest walked in. All this worked, many friends told us our wedding day felt like Christmas morning.


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Watch the video by Monachetti Cinematography:

Wedding Songs:
Bridal Party Processional: “Yellow,” Coldplay
Bride’s Processional: Mendelssohn’s Wedding March
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
Groom & Bride First Dance: “Tu Amor Me Hace Bien,” Marc Anthony
Bride and Father of the Bride Dance: “De Nina a Mujer,” Julio Iglesias
Groom and Mother of the Groom Dance: “Veronica,” Cristian Castro
The Groom also did a special Dance with his sister, our DJ played Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up”

From the photographer, Morgan: Niurka and Eric were married in snowy Vermont last December, right before Christmas. I absolutely fell in love with the whole idea of the wedding from the first moment Niurka described their vision to me: one part winter wonderland, one part Norman Rockwell meets Tim Burton, one part intimate family affair. They chose the Round Barn Inn as the central location for the weekend’s festivities, which included a morning ceremony and a delicious brunch and dancing in the barn, followed by an afternoon of ice skating and an evening spent sharing drinks and good memories with friends and family. The whole day was magical, from the picture perfect snowy setting, to Santa and Mrs. Claus, who made an appearance at the brunch, to Niurka’s show-stopping gown and fur wrap, to the energetic Latin band who played as guests enjoyed holiday-inspired brunch treats. A winter wonderland wedding, indeed!

Wedding vendors (Waitsfield, VT):

Wedding Venue: The Inn at the Round Barn Farm / Wedding Photographer: Morgan Trinker / Event Designer: Luli Meets Tulle / Wedding Dress: Christos “Sutton” / Wedding Shoes: Pour la Victoire / Bride’s Reception Veil: Agnes Hart / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: Theory / Groomsmen’s Suits: J. Crew / Wedding Flowers: The Blue Toad / Bride’s Hair: Kerry Armstrong / Bride’s Makeup: Jamie Dragon / Ceremony Music: Vermont Symphony Orchestra / Reception Music: Grupo Sabor / Wedding Videography: Monachetti Cinematography / Wedding Invitations: Sheena Powers of BagLady Designs / Master of Ceremony: Favors and More

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