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DIY Branch Slice Backdrop

DIY Projects

We’re always fans of mixing high and low elements in wedding design, and this backdrop made of natural wood slices and gold leaf is a prime example of how beautifully the two can work together. Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate is here to share all the details behind this DIY branch slice backdrop, with help from Brian Schindler behind the camera!

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

For this project, you will need:
-branch slices (you can find these on etsy or ebay, or if you know how to use a miter saw, then find a branch in your backyard!)
-spray adhesive
-gold leaf
-jute or gold twine
-drill
-1/8″ drill bit
-scissors
-tapestry needle

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

Instructions:
1. Drill two holes on opposite ends of branch slice.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

2. Measure twine to length you would like your backdrop to be.

3. Use a tapestry needle to thread gold twine through both holes.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

4. Tie a knot at the top hole.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

5. Thread the next slice, keeping them about 1.5″ apart, continue steps 2 & 3.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

6. Use spray adhesive on section you would like to apply gold leaf- hold can about 8″ away. We created a diagonal stripe with our gold leaf application that spans the width of the backdrop.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

7. Gently apply a sheet of gold leaf to slice, using the tissue paper layers to help smooth the leaf sheet.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

8. Suspend from rod or arch, allow ends to vary in length for a soft organic finish.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

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View all step-by-step images from this tutorial in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Brian Schindler

Backdrop and Design:

Studio Cultivate

Florist:

New Creations Flower Co.

Bridal Store:

Hayden Olivia Bridal Boutique

Hair and Makeup:

Patrice Shannon

Model:

Amanda Beck

Assistant:

Bree Saya

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Garden Weddings

The bride from today’s wedding describes her vision more perfectly than we could ever hope to — “a full day of love and laughter and beauty with our dear ones in a cozy, organic setting.” Erica and Andrew exchanged vows on picturesque grounds in Victoria, British Columbia, with the always-wonderful Shari + Mike Photographers and Rook & Rose making their vision a perfect reality. Could you imagine a more perfect ceremony spot?

Canadian garden wedding at Starling Lane Vineyard - photo by Shari and Mike Photographers http://ruffledblog.com/canadian-garden-wedding-at-starling-lane-vineyard

From the bride, Erica: We wanted our wedding to be a holistic celebration – a full day of love and laughter and beauty with our dear ones in a cozy, organic setting. We loved the idea of being married on the Island, in amongst the trees, and when we discovered Starling Lane, we knew that it was the perfect fit. Every space was so full of life, character and color – the shaded groves, the lush rose garden, the tall grass field, the rustic barn covered in vines and, our favorite, the whimsical glass greenhouse. It was an ideal canvas for us to work with.

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Bouquet recipe: Garden Roses, Juliet Roses, Ranunculus, Hydrangeas, Camellia, Wax Flowers, Lavender, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Olive Leaves, Acacia, Fresh Herbs, Succulents.

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I curated the visual design of our wedding, handpicking every piece. I loved creating a romantic and intimate feel using soft fabrics, watercolors, vibrant florals, calligraphy, and candlelight. I wanted everything to feel intentional and cohesive, inviting our guests to feel at home. For months I collected vintage furniture and decor and worked closely with our florist. It was really important to me to have our flowers as a focal point. The exceptionally creative team at Rook & Rose captured our vision completely. It was absolutely magical.

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We also had a strong vision for our ceremony. We wanted to design each element with our understanding of love & marriage at the center. After walking down the aisle, my parents blessed us rather than “giving me away”. We had two officiants. They shared the role of leading us through a carefully crafted liturgy that emphasized our empowering, peace-loving partnership. Andrew and I wrote a set of collective vows that we read to each other, allowing us to mutually commit to one another. We also wanted to show the importance of our relationship as part of a greater whole, a larger community. We made space to sing and partake of communion together with our gathered loved ones. From our entrance to our exit, music artistically tied it all together, giving us the opportunity to share another integral part of both our lives. Listening to an acoustic hymn performed by our dear friends, Jordan and Jocelyn, was one of my favorite sacred moments.

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Feasting and fellowship followed. Andrew and I wanted to share our love of fresh food in a unique way. After an afternoon of cheese, loaves, honey and berries, we gathered for a time of meaningful toasts and a lively family-style dinner. Our caterer, The London Chef, helped us create a menu filled with our favorites prepared in a simple yet elegant manner. We wanted our food to be full of color, healthy and whole. Andrew and I also made a playlist of our favorite folk love songs to play while everyone relaxed and enjoyed the meal. We committed to mingling from table to table during the dessert. The evening of festivities concluded with dancing. It was the perfect way to end the day. Seeing all the silly moves and smiles gave us more joy than we could have imagined. We are so thankful that we were able to spend so much quality time with our guests. It was something we will never forget.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take the time to define your values and then allow them to guide you in your preparations. You can easily become swept up in the chaos of trying to do everything, please everyone, and achieve every expectation when you are not grounded in what is most important to you. When you align the details of your day with your values, you can infuse each moment with meaning. See each decision you make as an opportunity to be intentional. Despite popular opinion, your wedding doesn’t need to be trendy. It needs to reflect you and the one you love. It should reveal your heart.

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy
Recessional: “Take Care,” Beach House
First Dance: “Cicadas and Gulls,” Feist

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Shari + Mike Photographers

Floral Design:

Rook & Rose

Venue:

Starling Lane Vineyard

Wedding Dress:

Ellebay Bridal

Wedding Shoes:

Aldo

Hair and Makeup:

Ma-Luxe Studio

Bridal Party Attire:

Spruce Collective, Topshop, H&M, Forever 21, The Tie Bar

Groom's Attire:

J.Crew, H&M, The Tie Bar

Caterer:

The London Chef

Ceremony Music:

Jordan Klassen and Jocelyn Price

DJ:

The Parish of Little Clifton

Wedding Invitations and Graphic Design:

Of Desks

Videographer:

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