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DIY Papercut Leaves Backdrop

If you asked me my favorite element of wedding decor, I’d have to say that backdrops pretty much take the cake. They have the incredible ability to pack such a “wow factor” punch while often requiring not too much effort. Kathryn Godwin has mastered the art of the backdrop, and we’ve got her here with us to share how she made not one but two show-stopping backdrops for your next party or wedding!

DIY Papercut Leaves Backdrop

Papercut DIY

For this project, you will need:
-templates
-scissors/x-acto blade
-healing gel mat
-hot glue gun
-hot glue sticks
-cardstock
-ribbon

1. Print downloadable templates on cardstock color of your choice – you can buy bulk packs of white paper, for more specific color choices, check your craft store’s scrapbooking aisle.

DIY Papercut Leaves Backdrop

2. Use either scissors or an x-acto blade and cutting mat to cut out templates, making sure to be cutting on the inside of the black lines. Stack one template printout with one blank card stock sheet, this will allow you to cut two pieces at once!

DIY Papercut Leaves Backdrop

3. Lay out design on a large flat surface (table or floor) slightly overlapping pieces, use hot glue to tack these overlapping pieces together. Work from top to bottom, every now and then gently lifting the sheet of cut paper to make sure areas are being glued to your work surface and that a piece hasn’t been forgotten.
DIY Papercut Leaves Backdrop

4. Glue a length of ribbon across the top – you will use this to hang or attach to a wall or whatever structure you chose to use for display.
5. Use a hair dryer on high heat, and low to make the glue strings disappear!

Check back soon for the next one!

Cambria Pines Lodge Wedding

Photos By: Kelsea Holder

We’ll say it time and time again – oh, how we love a creative bride. After boyfriend Reilly proposed to her, Katie set to work to create a wedding day that was personal, jubilant, and relaxed. This included heaps of DIY projects, including pallet board frames, hand-stained tree slices, and light bulb table numbers, our personal favorite. Kudos to Kelsea Holder for capturing a lovely day so beautifully!

Cambria Pines Lodge wedding - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

From the bride, Katie: We wanted to get married in the forest, but did not want to make traveling an issue for our guests; thus we decided to bring the woods to us (via decor and styling)! We got married in the beautiful town of Cambria, which holds a special place in our hearts as it is where Reilly proposed to me and has a variety of breathtaking landscapes. We knew we wanted an intimate wedding that was relaxed, welcoming, personal, and celebratory! We spent countless hours envisioning, designing, and crafting together to create a wedding that showcased our unique style.

bride jumping on bed - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

groom opening gift - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

classic groom boutonnieres - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

groom and groomsmen - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

eucalyptus anemone bouquet - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Eucalyptus, peonies, anemones, dusty miller, ranunculus, dahlias, white roses.

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

bride with bouquet - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

garden wedding ceremony - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

newlywed processional - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

garden wedding ceremony - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

newlyweds recessional - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

chalkboard paper goods - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

Our overall vision was rustic, eclectic, hand-crafted, simple, and personal, with a color scheme of blush and grey. We added lots of DIY projects and personal touches, including: Reilly designed “thank you”s which were put at each place setting, frames were crafted out of old pallet boards, Birch Pole Posts were made using gallon paint buckets and burlap sacks, I made Edison light bulb table numbers (a “Katie” original idea), centerpiece tree slices were all hand-stained, wire handles were crafted to hang the jars from shepherd hooks, a seating chart was hand-painted on a vintage window, and the pictures you see on our cake table are our grandparents’ and parents’ wedding photos.

unique wedding portraits - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

light bulb table numbers - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

guest book ideas - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

Cambria Pines Lodge wedding - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

seating chart - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

cake tables - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the planning process! Do it together, make it fun, and don’t take it too seriously (seriously).

Cambria Pines Lodge wedding - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

guestbook paper goods - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

vintage inspired cakes - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

photobooth pictures - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

wedding photobooth - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

sparkler getaway - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

sparkler getaway - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding

sparkler getaway - photo by Kelsea Holder http://ruffledblog.com/cambria-pines-lodge-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Heart of Gold” Instrumental, Neil Young
Recessional: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall and Oates
First Dance: “Everything,” Michael Bublé

Wedding Location: Cambria, CA / Photographer: Kelsea Holder / Floral Design: Country Florist and Gift / Wedding Venue: Cambria Pines Lodge / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Panache Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Tory Burch / Hair: Janina Canon of Bluebird Salon / Makeup: Jessi Skipton Campbell of Bluebird Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Suits: Perry Ellis / Men’s Grooming: Olivia Michel of Bluebird Salon / Wedding Cake: Linn’s Fruit Bin / Chalkboard Signs: Bride and Groom






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Charming Calamigos Ranch Wedding

Photos By: Clayton Austin

If you’re planning a destination wedding, we’ve got to throw in a vote for Malibu after seeing this dreamboat of a wedding. Calamigos Ranch in Malibu was the ideal setting for Penny and Andy’s big day, and was complemented perfectly by handfuls of pink streamers, over sized balloons, and flower petals galore. Clayton Austin, A Good Affair, and French Buckets worked wonders on this one, folks!

flirty Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

From the event designer, Natalie of A Good Affair: Penny and Andy’s not-so-typical “boy meets girl story” blossomed thousands of miles from either of their hometowns in Japan. Penny, a California girl, and Andy, a proper Englishman, fell in love while working in Japan. Each avid travelers before meeting, they had an instant connection and throughout their courtship they proceeded to travel all over the world together. When it came time to decide where to host their nuptials, they instantly knew that sunny Malibu was the perfect location.

bride getting ready - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

bridal fashion - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

coral bridesmaids dresses - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

ceremony seating - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

aisle runner - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

blue groom suits - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

bridal processional - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

petal aisle runner - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Calamigos Ranch ceremony - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Calamigos Ranch ceremony - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

I fell in love with Penny and Andy’s international love story and couldn’t wait to dive into planning and designing their beautiful wedding… even from 5,000 miles away! Penny and Andy (affectionately known by friends as “Pandy”) were so open and trusting in me to dream up their wedding design. Penny and Andy took photos to create a custom viewfinder invitation that also featured their silhouette, which I then pulled into the design. Branding the wedding “We Love Pandy” and wanting to represent their playful whimsical side, I created a color palette of rich berry tones set against denim blues. The Pavilion at Calamigos Ranch was the perfect backdrop for the design. From playful paper tassels down the ceremony aisle to a balloon lined walkway to cocktail hour, there was an endless amount of personal touches for their guests to enjoy.

wedding guest portrait - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

folded escort cards - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

blue suit grooms - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

pink glass centerpieces - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

silhouette wedding decorations - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

coral bridesmaids dresses - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

As the sun set, guests sipped on cocktails and relaxed in a vintage lounge from Storied Rentals. It was so important to Pandy that their family and friends have a meaningful day and the A Good Affair team made sure to keep them entertained the whole evening. Guests put messages in anniversary bottles for the couple to open on milestone anniversaries and an artist created a silhouette of each guests as a favor. A traditional Japanese sake barrel ceremony took place and guests were served out of the barrel. Beautiful florals by French Buckets covered the tables in berry painted bottles for a pop of color. The overall look was the perfect balance of romance and whimsy.

tent wedding reception - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding details - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

pink glass vases - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

wedding cakes - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

purple wedding cake decorations - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

paper tassel garland - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

tented wedding reception - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Calamigos Ranch wedding - photo by Clayton Austin http://ruffledblog.com/flirty-calamigos-ranch-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Malibu, CA / Photographer: Clayton Austin / Event Design and Styling: A Good Affair / Florist: French Buckets / Venue: Calamigos Ranch / Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang / Wedding Cake: Superfine Bakery / Ceremony and Cocktails Musician: Denny White / DJ and Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions / Silhouette Artist: Sylhouettes by Sylvia / Furniture Rentals: Storied Rentals / Rentals and Draping: Classic Party Rentals / Balloons: Balloon Celebrations / Officiant: John R / Videographer: Shark Pig / Wedding Invitations: East Six / Transportation: Andy P

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