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Michigan Metropark Wedding

DIY Weddings

Alex, the bride, is not new to Ruffled – she was one of our DIY Contest participants (and the winner!) two years ago with this adorbs DIY pom pom bouquet. Today she is back to share a little bit of her wedding day with us:

Alex & Travis

From the bride, Alex: When Travis and I got engaged, we were living in Portland, Oregon. We decided that we wanted to get married in our home state of Michigan, even though it meant planning from thousands of miles away. We did everything we could from there – got our outfits, booked a venue sight unseen, booked our photographer – and then scrambled to get the rest done once we moved back. I am a crafter by nature (and by profession) so of course, that meant I wanted to make EVERYTHING. I ended up giving in and having someone else make my dress (good decision), but I made my headpiece, designed all the paper-bits, made our canopy (if you can call it that) and did all the florals with some help from friends. Our overall “look” was a sort of “antique prettiness mixed with old-timey-natural-science-museum,” complete with dinosaur skeleton cake toppers (a tribute to my husbands dino-geekery. He also wore authentic dinosaur bone cufflinks!)

Alex & TravisAlex & Travis

Alex & Travis

We decided early on that we wanted our wedding to reflect only the things that mattered to us, with little regard for tradition. Instead of walking down the aisle, we had a parade to our outdoor ceremony site, complete with kazoos and other instruments. Our ceremony was extremely short- just a few words by our friend/officiant and an exchange of rings and red string bracelets (which we also handed out to guests.) Then we went inside to have dinner and rock out.


dinosaur wedding cake toppers

Alex & TravisAlex & Travis

We skipped the special dances and sappy songs, opting to let things unfold naturally- I ended up dancing with my father to “I wear my sunglasses at night”, haha. We hired a photo booth to give people something to do when they got tired of dancing, with some amazing results! Our goal was to create a true celebratory atmosphere, high on love and fun, low on cheesiness, stuffiness, and waiting-around. I think we succeeded :-)

Alex & Travis

Alex & TravisAlex & Travis

Alex & Travis

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding vendors (White Lake, MI):

Wedding venue: Indian Springs Metropark, Environmental Discovery Center / Wedding photographer: Nicole LaDonne / Wedding cake: Decadent Delight / Wedding caterer: Kosch / Succulents: Succulent Designs / Wedding dress: Urchin Re.Design / Hair accessory and jewelry: made by bride / Wedding shoes: Irregular Choice / Groom’s suit: Bespoke by Duchess Clothier / Groom’s shoes: Walker & Whyte / Wedding stationery: bride / Transportation: Motor City Party Bus

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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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

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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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With our Focus on artisry, all florals are carefully choosen. Studio La Fleur’s exceptional color and texture combinations set your event apart from the rest of the cookie cutter looks that are currently flooding the wedding and event scene. We live to design and create new looks that will help your event set you apart. Let your personality come through. From Romantic soft looks, to edgy, modern and vintage inspired events. We are devoted to creating a beautiful event.

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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:

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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
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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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