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DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop

If I had looked at the final shot and didn’t know that a how-to instructions list would follow, I wouldn’t have believed it could possibly be a DIY. I mean, just take a looksie below. This jaw-dropping DIY paper wisteria backdrop created by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled, shot by Emily Chidester Photography, is one for the books folks. Make double sure to bookmark it for your wedding, for your friend’s nursery, and for your entry foyer (how amazing would this be behind a lucite console?) while you’re at it too. Beautiful flowers by Nectar at the Separk Mansion.

DIY paper wisteria backdrop

Materials:
- crepe paper streamers
- scissors
- jewelry or floral wire (22 or 24ga)
- wire cutters
- tree branch

DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop


View all step-by-step instructions

Steps:
1. Cut streamers to various lengths of 10-16 inches.
2. Use thumbs to shape and twist little pods, like in some candy wrappers
3. Pinch the twist between both thumbs to lock into shape.
4. Cut wire to about 5 inch length.
5. Bundle 3-4 pod strands together, twist wire tight.
6. Twist wire around branches.

DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop
DIY Paper Wisteria Backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-wisteria-backdrop

Photographer: Emily Chidester Photography / Florist: Nectar / Model: Ariana Clare / Venue: Separk Mansion

Verdant Alabama Wedding

If you’ve ever wanted to see a monochrome wedding done right, today’s your day. Rebecca and Sam chose a color palette of rich greens with just a hint of blues to produce a relaxing, calm, and at-home feeling on their wedding day. White Rabbit Studios was behind the camera while Kris Clark of Sugar Rock Events helped the couple plan their ideal day.

green bridesmaids dresses - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

From the bride, Rebecca: I wanted our wedding to represent us. I envisioned a laidback, relaxed wedding with a focus on décor and design. I’m an interior designer, so the décor was the most important part to me. I knew I wanted to incorporate vintage items because the majority of the furniture in our home is vintage. Our house is extremely colorful, and I carried that through to our wedding. Our home is decorated in blues and greens, which are the same colors used in the wedding. For our color scheme, I used the same colors that are in our house – blues and greens. I would describe our wedding as vintage mismatched. Some people looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned that I didn’t want anything to match, but thankfully the vendors we chose all understood the vision for the day.

nature inspired invitations - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

paper flower boutonnieres - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

paper flower bouquet - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

paper flower bouquet - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

bridesmaid handkerchiefs - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

I LOVE working on crafts and projects. I always have multiple projects going on at the same time, and our wedding day was no exception! DIY projects that I tackled were the save the dates, invitations and programs, all the flowers, my veil, church wreath, cake toppers, signage, and ribbon wands for our departure. I made paper flowers for the bouquets and backdrop. This was definitely the most time consuming project! I started on the flowers as soon as we got engaged and kept making flowers for about 7 months. My bridesmaid, Melissa, was huge help! We made about 60 flowers in one weekend! Sam also was great at making flowers! He made all the boutonnieres for the groomsmen.

paper flower boutonniere - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding
dog ring bearer in bow tie - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

pets at weddings - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

green paper flowers - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

ceremony decor - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

ceremony decor - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

My sister, Megan, helped with the invitations. She drew the border that was used on the invitations and several signs. She also drew the map that was included with the invitations. My friend, Ashley, offered to make the bride and groom couple cake toppers. Sam wanted our dog, Finn, to be included on the cake, so he made the tiny Finn topper to go with the bride and groom. I made the state shaped cake toppers to represent our home towns and states. My hardest DIY project was the veil. I read a couple tutorials on making your own veil and it seemed easy enough and a huge money saver. I’m sure this would have been a very easy project for someone who is great at sewing, but I am not that person! Both my parents are very talented at sewing, and my mom was able to help me with some of the more challenging aspects of this project.

verdant Alabama wedding - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

verdant Alabama wedding - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

paper flower bouquet - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

wedding succulents - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

verdant Alabama wedding - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Hire a wedding coordinator! Hiring Kris from Sugar Rock Events was the best decision I made! She made the whole day run smoothly, and I didn’t have to worry about a thing! I’ve been to weddings where the bride’s mom and/or aunt are acting as wedding coordinators, but coordinating is a full time job and I wanted our family to be guests at our wedding instead of worrying about tons of details. Planning our wedding was so fun and not the least bit stressful, which is in large part, due to Sugar Rock Events. If you are planning any DIY projects, start working on them WAY in advance! My goal was to have every project complete one month before the wedding, which I didn’t quite make. I ended up finishing everything two weeks before the wedding, and I’m so glad I didn’t have any last minute details or projects in the days leading up to the wedding. I was able to relax and enjoy being a bride!

animals at weddings - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

animals at weddings - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

vintage wedding details - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

green wedding decorations - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

cake tables - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

state cake toppers - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

unique cake toppers - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding

verdant Alabama wedding - photo by White Rabbit Studios http://ruffledblog.com/verdant-alabama-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Such Great Heights,” Iron and Wine
Bridal Processional: “Perfect For Me,” Ron Pope
Interlude: “Three Rounds and a Sound,” Blind Pilot
Recessional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
We aren’t really dancing people, so instead of a First Dance we wanted to do something that was more representational of our relationship. A typical weekday for us consists of Sam playing the guitar while we sing together. It took MONTHS of convincing, but Sam finally agreed to sing together at the reception. We sang “Cake and Eggs” by Deer Tick and Sam played the guitar.

Wedding Location: Mooresville, AL / Photographer: White Rabbit Studios / Film Developing: Indie Film Lab / Wedding Planner: Kris Clark of Sugar Rock Events / Flowers: DIY / Ceremony Venue: Old Brick Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: Limestone Bay / Wedding Dress: Watters via Finery / Dress Alterations: Alison Anne Bridal (alisonannebridal @ gmail.com) / Wedding Veil: DIY / Wedding Shoes: David Tate / Hair: Laurie Brandon / Makeup: Made Ya Blush / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal, Madison Town and Country, and Maykool / Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Finn’s Bow Tie: LA Dog Store / Wedding Cake: Gabby Million of Grounded Cake / Pies: Mason Dixon Bakery / Ceremony Musician: Sound Impact / Ceremony Rentals and Decor: Vintage on Macon / Rentals: Mullins / Game Rentals: Party Plus / Transportation: Coats Classic Cars / Videographer: Southern Wedding Films / Wedding Invitations: DIY printed at Smart Press






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Mixed Metals, Summer Wedding Inspiration

When it comes to inspiring design and eye-catching details, we can always count on Camden of Emerson Events to bring her A game. This styled shoot is chock full of modern elements with a mixed metallic twist and plenty of textured goodness. Amanda Watson Photography worked her magic behind the camera, bringing us a shoot we’re thrilled to share with you all!

Geode wedding inspiration - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

From the event designer, Camden of Emerson Events: I was looking to create something fresh, new and modern, while keeping some natural raw elements. After a few brainstorming sessions, I developed my theme. My tabletop inspiration came from an old tree branch that I had picked up at a site visit for a client. I knew I wanted to incorporate it with some mixed metals and different textures. After a trip to a local fabric shop, I picked my color palette.

red green bouquets - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

Geode wedding inspiration - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

unique flower halo - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

Geode wedding inspiration - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

groom looks - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

Geode wedding inspiration - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

modern wedding flowers - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

mixed metal wedding inspiration - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

modern wedding ideas - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

mixed metals summer table - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

The venue I chose is local OKC restaurant, Red Prime. They had the perfect setting with the exposed brick and natural lighting. I gave the baker creative range with her design, and she executed it perfectly. Lighting was also an element that I felt was important in the overall design. The lighting arrangements hung above the table were all custom designed by my go-to lighting company here in OKC. I told them what I envisioned, and they delivered! A lot of the details were custom made and crafted by myself and my team. I wanted to show brides that they can think outside the box, and still have a chic design!

Geode wedding inspiration - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

blue bridal shoes - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

mixed flower centerpieces - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

gem wedding inspiration - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

mixed flower centerpieces - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

jewel toned weddings - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

metallic wedding cake - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

amethyst wedding ideas - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

wedding signs - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration

wedding backdrops - photo by Amanda Watson http://ruffledblog.com/geode-wedding-inspiration


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Shoot Location: Oklahoma City, OK / Photographer: Amanda Watson Photography / Event Design, Planning, and Styling: Emerson Events / Venue: RED PrimeSteak / Wedding Cake: Madison’s On Main Street / Lighting: Innovative Event Solutions / Videographer: Leslee Leaming Films / Wedding Invitations: The Paper Lion / Model: BRINK Model Management

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