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DIY Cake Topper

Photos By: Ariana Claire

Wedding cakes have long been the sweethearts of wedding receptions, but over the past few years, wedding cake toppers have been the ones stealing the show. And with so many unique ideas, how can you blame them? Today we’ve got Kathryn Godwin in to show us how she made these inspiring toppers out of simple cardstock and paper punchers. You’ll have to see it to believe how easy it is!

DIY Cake Topper - photo by Ariana Claire, tutorial by Kathryn Godwin http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cake-topper

Instructions after the jump!
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A Destination Wedding in Portugal

You know that feeling when you fall in love with a wedding day, from the couple right down to the place settings? That’s exactly what we have here. Londoners Leah and Joao took their wedding day to Porto, Portugal – the groom’s hometown – for a destination wedding that simply takes our breath away thanks to Piteira Photography and Parque da Penha. Of course we can’t forget the bride’s Collette Dinnigan for BHLDN wedding gown, which appears to be tailor-made just for Leah.

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From the bride, Leah: We had our wedding and reception in the garden outside Serralves, a modern art museum, in Porto, where Joao (the groom) is from. We chose this venue because it is less than a mile from Joao’s childhood home, it had beautiful gardens (and we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding!) and gave the guests from overseas an excuse to visit this beautiful city. When planning the wedding, our key focus was to make sure that the day fully felt like ‘us,’ that our guests were comfortable and that everyone had fun. We had family and friends coming from all over the world – and coming from different cultural and religious backgrounds. For that reason, it was very important to us that all guests felt welcome and at ease, which we tried to do incorporate into everything from the décor to the ceremony to the music to the toasts. We did a mix of DIY and had the wonderful support of our amazing planner (who was invaluable in every way – especially since we were planning from London!). We met with our planner several times, regularly emailed back and forth pictures and inspiration and she got to know us and our tastes very well. She did an amazing balance between quirky and classic – which was perfect for us and our venue. We made the menus and programmes ourselves, but most importantly for us, we wrote our own ceremony and vows.

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bohemian bridal looks - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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first looks - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself. We wrote the ceremony with my sister (who officiated) and incorporated different traditions that we really liked. We didn’t do a religious ceremony (I am Jewish and Joao was raised Catholic) but we did incorporate the chuppah and breaking the glass, as both of those are traditions we really like. We also did a ring warming ceremony, where Joao’s 10-year-old sister passed around our rings to all the guests asking them to provide good wishes and blessings. I love that I wear a ring that has been ‘warmed’ by all the people at my wedding. We also included our close friends and family in the ceremony: My sister officiated (and even burst into song at one point!) and we asked our mothers, Joao’s sister and Leah’s close childhood friend to each read something they wrote. The most emotional part of the ceremony was reading our vows. We had agreed on a structure and approximate length in advance but hadn’t shared the vows with each other before the big day. I will never forget that moment. It was more special than I could have imagined.

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ceremony seating - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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geometric paper goods - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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wedding ceremony - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

wedding ceremony - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

newlyweds dancing - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

wedding reception ideas - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

simple tablescapes - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

We were incredibly lucky with the weather that day: it rained on and off until 5pm and cleared up just in time for a beautiful outdoor cocktail reception following the ceremony. From that moment, we were on our feet all night, dancing well into the next morning when the sun rose. We wish we could do the day again, and both of us look at pictures from the day regularly. Kerry and Luis (from Piteira photography) captured our day so perfectly that we can’t stop looking at the pictures! It was the best day of our lives and we are still so overwhelmed with all the love we felt from our family and friends. Our advice to brides- and grooms-to-be is to ask for help when planning (especially on the day as you don’t want to be focused on logistics), put as many personal touches as you can into the day to make it feel like you… and when the day arrives… ENJOY. It will so wonderful and go by so quickly that you want to cherish every moment.

wood slice table settings - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

wedding flowers - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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Porto destination wedding - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Porto, Portugal / Photographer: Piteira Photography / Event Styling, Flowers, Decor and Coordination: Parque da Penha / Venue: Casa de Serralves / Wedding Dress: Collette Dinnigan for BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Groom’s Suit: Spencer Hart / Rings: Catbird NYC / Caterer: Chef Rui Paula / DJ: Quem casa quer dança / Photobooth: Dreambox Photobooth






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15 Engagement Rings to Obsess Over

Shopping for engagement rings may very well be the most thrilling part of planning a wedding. I myself must have spent a whole afternoon just drooling over the screen for these handpicked pretties. Once you have that sparkly on your finger, fear often sets in. What if I scratch it? What if I lose it? Oh no, I am not taking it with me on my honeymoon for fear of being stolen! We cannot stress enough the importance of insuring your ring, and that’s what Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is all about.


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Too often women leave their rings back home when they travel to avoid the risk of them being stolen, or leave them in the safe box of the hotel hoping and praying the room doesn’t get broken in — because that’s all you think about when you leave such a valuable piece behind when you’re out and about exploring the destination with your new spouse (how do I know this?). And speaking of traveling with jewelry, check out Jewelers Mutual’s tips for keeping your rings safe when you travel – it’s a must read for anyone who is contemplating leaving their rings at home for fear.


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At the end, the fear becomes a habit which turns into using your engagement ring only on certain occasions. Or, you start running a mental checklist on whether you should wear the ring or leave it in its box every time you want to go out.

Jewelry means so much more than what it costs; its sentimental value is just too precious to risk losing it. If you insure your car and other valuable possessions that you couldn’t afford to lose, then why wouldn’t you trust the experts at Jewelers Mutual and insure your ring which means so much more to you? You can get a free quote to give you an idea of how little it costs…you will be surprised.

Check out Jewelers Mutual® for more info on how to insure ring!

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