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Handmade Sydney Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Raise your hand if you catch yourself glued to your screen each time we have an Australian wedding! We have yet to find an Aussie bride who isn’t stylish and an Aussie groom who doesn’t look dapper in his suit. Elisa and Jason’s wedding shot by Tealily Photography was a total labor of love, handcrafted to the littlest details. Elisa was a Ruffled reader and got some ideas from here, and we’re head over heels with their wedding images!

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From the bride, Elisa: We really wanted the day to be a reflection of us, very personalized. A lot of the elements were initially inspired by our surroundings and just developed from there. I knew I wanted it to have a warmth to it and the venue we chose definitely helped achieve that. One prerequisite I had was definitely NO WHITE CHAIR COVERS!!

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burlap black and white stripes ring pillow

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burlap black and white stripes ribbon boutonniere

Christian Louboutin wedding shoesbabys breath wedding bouquet

burlap black and white stripes ring pillow

ceremony processional

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It was definitely a mix of vintage/rustic/antique anything! We paired all the antique/vintage elements back with lots of natural elements like weathered timber, twine and hessian. Because we had the wedding out of town, we also used a lot of luggage/shipping tags to tie that into the idea of traveling on a journey with us, the bride and groom. There were lots of blues, greys and blacks present in the bridal party outfits but this wasn’t planned or the focus of the wedding (although the grooms striped bow tie did gather some attention!). Lots of DIY definitely!

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Sydney Australia DIY wedding

Sydney Australia DIY wedding

With help from my family (and Jason’s) and especially my two aunties we created the church programs (we made them in the shape of shipping tags), the table place settings (hand stamped shipping tags tied with twine), the candy bar tags & hand painted jars and the seating chart (Jason’s step dad made a frame from weathered timber and attached it to a chalkboard we had bought. I typed everyone’s names onto shipping tags with my aunty’s old typewriter – we were surprised to find the ink on the ribbon still worked perfectly after 20 years! – and placed them on the board in the shape of the 3 long banquet tables we had our guests seated at. Lots of medicine bottles in various sizes that we had sourced were dressed up with twine and Jason’s step dad also made the amazing wooden flower boxes that our florist used to create the most gorgeous flower art I have seen.

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wedding reception rectangular tables

Jason & I had a cute little sweethearts table set up for the two of us at the head of the room. I had two vintage forks hand stamped with ‘I do’ and ‘me too’ at our place setting (from Pretty Paris on Etsy). I also made Bride and Groom hessian bunting flags for the backs of our chairs as well as a ‘hitched’ banner that was placed on the candy bar and a glitter love hearts banner which was placed at the front of our table. I also made the vintage books ‘programs’ display for the church and the ‘yay’ waving wands the flower girls carried down the aisle after we were pronounced husband and wife.

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Sydney Australia DIY wedding

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Our wishing well was a vintage suitcase draped with a beautiful doily runner Jason’s Grandmother had made us and also included another one of my hessian banners (‘cards’). Our cake stand was actually sourced from the local timber yard – a beautiful large piece of timber that weighed more than the cake! I also made timber direction signs for both the ceremony & reception but because of the hideous weather on the day (did not stop raining one bit!) I’m not sure these even got put out?! Our wedding favours were also made by us – wine bottles with a personalised sticker tied with twine and shipping tags.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Just enjoy it! When else will you ever get to organize the biggest party of your life the way you want it?! And personalize it as much as possible – it’s surprising and so heartwarming when your guests realize the amount of effort you have gone to and enjoy it as much as you do!

Wedding Music:
Processional: “River Flows in You,” Yiruma
Recessional: “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,” Handel
First Dance: “Without You,” Lea Michele

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Wedding Vendors (Syndey, NSW, Australia):

Ceremony Venue: St Francis Xavier (Berrima) / Reception Venue: Centennial Vineyards (Bowral) / Wedding Photographer: Trish of Tealily Photography / Wedding Flowers: Myra of My Violet / Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson, “Isadora” / Headpiece and Cuff: Harlow / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Reception Dress: Nicola Finetti / Bride’s Hair: Rita Ferraro from To Fred / Bride’s Makeup: Eve Dang / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Bridesmaids’ Cuffs: Johanna Johnson / Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Tilkah and Thurley / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Vera Wang and Verali / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Tea Princess / Groom’s Suit: Oxford / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila / Groom’s Dinner Suit: Politix / DJ: Loretta of Your DJ / Wedding Caterer: Centennial Vineyards / Wedding Cake: Gumnut Patisserie / Wedding Invitations and RSVPs: Telegram Stop / Videographer: Moving Presentations / Transportation: Wedding Cars of Distinction / Bride and Family’s Lodging: Eastern Pines (Burradoo) / Groom and Family’s Lodging: The Book Barn (Berrima)

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The Wedding Bliss Thailand

The Wedding Bliss is one of the leading destination wedding planners in Thailand. Our highly qualified team of wedding planners mainly focuses on top holiday destinations including Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, & Bangkok.

We believe in every couple’s uniqueness. Thus, we always make sure that every wedding concept is different, reflecting couple’s personalities and preferences. Our weddings are meant to be luxurious, fun, meaningful and have a distinctive character. We combine high international service standards with famous Thai hospitality to bring an unforgettable, timeless and stylish events to all our clients. We have hand-picked the best wedding vendors around Thailand and abroad to provide nothing but the finest products & services. Our wedding portfolios have been featured in many luxury magazines and online publications.

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DIY Sunprint Place Cards

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We’re absolutely wild about this DIY tutorial sent over by Magpie Paper Works. With just a little bit of science and creativity, you’re guaranteed to end up with handfuls of pretty on this one! Jessica’s brand new font, Vermandois looks gorgeous with this project. The truth is, this font is unbelievably perfect for any wedding stationery.

DIY sunprint wedding ideas

What you’ll need:

– Sunprint Kits (here)
– Your favorite font (here shown in calligraphy font Vermandois)
– 8.5″ x 11″ printable transparency film
– Inkjet or laser printer
– Sunprint Template (MS Word or PDF)
– Cardboard
– Scissors
– Water
– Sunlight


sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works

Instructions:

First, open the template in MS Word, Open Office, or another writing/publishing program. Select your favorite font and type a guest’s name in the center of each 4″ square. Print each completed page onto a sheet of transparency paper. When your prints are dry, cut along the inside of the black lines with a pair of scissors. Make sure not to leave any border behind, or it may show up on the final sunprint.


sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works

sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works

In a dim indoor room, carefully open your Sunprint packet and remove the plexiglass square that is included in each kit, along with one Sunprint sheet. Lay an unexposed Sunprint sheet and your trimmed place card on top of a piece of cardboard. You can also layer interesting objects on top of your place card – small flowers, feathers and string can make interesting shapes. When you are happy with your arrangement, place the plexiglass sheet on top to flatten and hold your items to the Sunprint paper. The blue molecules embedded in the paper are sensitive to ultra-violet light, so be sure to prepare your print in a place where the sun’s light cannot reach the paper.


sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works

Take your Sunprint outside and expose it to direct sunlight for 3 – 5 minutes. You will see the paper fading from blue to white. If no direct sunlight is available, don’t worry – just expose your print a little longer and wait for the same fading effect. Under cloud cover, you can expect the process to take approximately 5 to 20 minutes.


sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works

sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works

When your print looks “bleached”, take the paper inside and place it into a tray of cool water for 1 to 5 minutes, or rinse it completely in running water for 2 to 3 minutes. As you wash, the paper will change before your eyes – white becomes a pretty robin’s egg teal and blue becomes white! Dry your prints on a paper towel and blot as necessary to absorb any excess. If you like, you can place a few paper towels and a heavy book on top of your prints, and let the whole shebang dry overnight. When all of the water has evaporated from your prints (about 12 hours later) your place cards will be a vivid dark blue and the names will appear bright white. Pretty pretty!


sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works

sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works

And if you have a large guest list, don’t fret! You can expose multiple place cards at the same time by swapping the plexiglass tile for a larger sheet size. Your local home improvement store sells them in larger sheets.

sunprint place cards diy tutorial from magpie paper works


View step-by-step images in the gallery

Download MS Word template
Download PDF template

Please note…these downloads are for personal use only. They are not intended for commercial use or distribution or alteration.

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Melissa and Mike’s Wisconsin wedding shot by Melissa Schollaert incorporates some of our very favorite motifs — classic glamour, fresh florals, and the occasional horse. One of the sweetest details of the day? A thank you note to all guests: “You are our teachers, partners in crime, guides, and favorite people in the world.” Aww!


Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

From the photographer, Melissa Schollaert: Melissa and Mike’s wedding was held at a family farm in central Wisconsin. The location was beautiful and housed several old barns and fields for the horses. Melissa & Mike chose a vintage aesthetic using heirloom items throughout their day. First, guests were greeted in the main barn with cucumber water & pink, raspberry lemonade and antique cheese crate containers (we were in Wisconsin after all) holding programs.


Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

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Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm WeddingMelissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

The bride & groom also crafted a DIY display of old window frames & suitcases to hold cards & gifts, along with a display of vintage press print letters that spelled out “Bovee”, the groom’s last name. The guests were also treated to handmade candy in old glass containers, as well as a “thumbprint” tree in an old frame to sign for the bride & groom to hand on their wall in their home.


Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm WeddingMelissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

The bride and groom crafted many other DIY items for the wedding including hand-making all of the custom napkins for the guests, crafting all of the table number signs made from old wine bottles, as well as crafting each centerpiece display in old vessels & bottles. The colors were green & tan, along with creams & whites. The florals in the brides bouquet & bridesmaids bouquets were ranunculus, olive branches/leaves, white garden roses, anemones & succulents.


Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm WeddingMelissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm WeddingMelissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding

Melissa & Mike - Wisconsin Farm Wedding


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Wedding Vendors (Mosinee, WI):

Wedding Venue: Paulson’s Country Farm / Wedding Photographer: Melissa Schollaert / Event Coordinator: Jim Moore / Wedding Dress: Amelishan Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Bandolino / Bride’s Accessories: Untamed Petals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Ties: Cyberoptix Ties / Wedding Flowers: Evolutions in Design / Wedding Caterer: The Wright Place / Paper Goods: Leia Zeigler of Paper Reflections

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Jesi Haack Design

We are a team of Event Designers with a flair for curating creatives, and some pretty sweet dance moves.

Design is in our name and in our hearts. We are constantly searching for new looks, materials, tools, and ways of presenting things. From product styling to dance parties we delight in every design element. Our team acts as a liaison for your story to be told through the details and “the big picture”. Specializing in installation pieces, we’re known for transforming spaces and creating once in a lifetime experiences for our clients and guests a like.

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