Travel-Inspired Wedding

This wedding is a fresh mix of modern and vintage details. Nicole and Daniel are both flight attendants, so it was only fitting to have a travel inspired mood. Their take on a travel-inspired wedding is one of my favorites – I love their details! Big thanks to Jordana of Hazelnut Photography for sharing this sweet wedding with us!

 travel themed wedding

From Jordana of Hazelnut Photography : Nicole & Daniel shared a love for travel. So much so that they came to the same career. They are both flight attendants and met when Daniel filled in for another attendant on a trip to Mexico. They spent a fantastic evening together in Mexico and haven’t left each others’ side since then. After each other, travel remains their second love. They infused this love into every part of their wedding… custom baggage tags served as escort cards, travel books & maps adorned every table, vintage postcards of their favorite destinations made up a guestbook and airport codes took the place of table numbers. All of the paper goods were a DIY labor of love, as were the centerpieces and escort cards.

 plane travel wedding
 succulents modern boutonniere
 succulents filler wildflower bouquet

Nicole chose to wear her mothers’ wedding dress, her grandmothers’ fur stole for the reception and her great-grandmothers’ brooch on the back of the dress. They wanted the day to be easy, fun and full of laughter. The ceremony was one of the most heartfelt and hysterical weddings I’ve ever heard. They were so excited they kissed three times throughout the ceremony, then giggled hysterically. In between tears of joy, there was so much laughter. Exactly what they wanted to have.

 vintage travel theme wedding
 vintage travel theme wedding
 travel theme table numbers modern
 travel inspired table setting
 vintage wedding cake topper
 travel flight tags wedding

Wedding Vendors (Long Beach, CA):
Photography: Hazelnut Photography / Coordinator: Uyen Nguyen, Sassy Girl Weddings / Florist: Sweet Peas Floral Design / Caterer: Thank Goodness It’s Sofia / Venue: Museum of Latin American Art / Photobooth: Southern California Party Booths / Cupcakes: Yummy Cupcakes / Wedding Dress: Vintage

Announcing the Prizes: Silhouette Machine

As we all know, next week is the final and official DIY Contest kickoff. The prizes: first prize receives $500, second place a $300 gift certificate to Modcloth and third place a Silhouette Machine. I received one of these cutters for me to test, and once I got the hang of it nothing could stop me. All this time I was blaming my X-acto knife for jaggedy cuts in my DIY projects, and little did I know my craft knife was about to retire.


The machine looks like a printer, but is small enough that you can easily store it when not in use. Installing the software was a little tricky because the instructions manual that comes with it is for an older version of Windows, so if you’re on a Mac like me, I recommend skipping the manual and going straight to the help section. Otherwise it is pretty intuitive to use if you’re computer savvy. The software is very easy to use. It also comes with 50 free designs to cut. if you don’t feel like designing anything from scratch, they have an online store where you can purchase new designs, all at 99 cents each. You can also create designs from scratch and use fonts you already have installed in your computer – say hello, fancy fonts and dingbats!


I used one of their cupcake wrappers and it came out perfectly! You can enlarge the design by just dragging the mouse to the size desired using the grid in the background for proper measurement. It was a perfect fit for my giant Crumbs cupcake :)

 diy cupcake wrapper

Third place will receive the following:

  • Silhouette machine
  • Software for Windows XP/Vista, Mac
  • Power cable, USB cable
  • 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)
  • One cutting blade
  • $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store

This is just a last taste of how great the prizes are. You have till Sunday, October 10th at midnight to send over your DIY project. It can be anything wedding related – from creative save-the-date ensembles to reception decor. Simply email me a list of materials (with links to where to find them), instructions, and 4-8 images that are at least 600 pixels wide to amanda at

The Silhouette Machine folks are also giving a discount to Ruffled readers. Enter code RUFFLED to receive the following package: $50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter, fuzzy white vinyl (Valued at $7.99) , light blue smooth heat transfer (Valued at 14.99), yellow flocked heat transfer (Valued at $14.99), home Décor CD (Valued at $50), $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store (Comes in the box), cutting Blade (comes in the box), 2 cutting mats (comes in the box) for $249.

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DIY Montana Wedding

Rachel and Brian created a beautiful soiree set in the picturesque Montana mountains. Just about everything was handmade by the bride during a very short period – one month planning their wedding which even included making her own wedding dress. Captured by Rachel Nickel of Nickel Images who sent over this wedding. Brace yourself for an intensive DIY session!

 bride and groom with montana mountains and arch
 homemade directional signs ideas

From the bride, Rachel: Brian and I planned our wedding in a month! I don’t think anyone was too surprised because we are known for being sporadic and adventurous. Our vision for the wedding was to make it inspirational, meaningful and different. We love nature and are very outdoorsy so we wanted that to be a key element. We also wanted our friends and family to feel special and valued and incorporated that into our wedding. I’m a huge fan of all things vintage and Do It Yourself so I wanted that to be a key element as well.

 bride and groom in outdoor montana wedding
 pretty horse in field
 hanging frames wedding decor

We were vintage farm and nature inspired. Our colors were blue, peach, yellow, green and brown. Our DiY projects were almost everything. Decorations, food, invitations, flower girl dresses, bridesmaid bracelets, my wedding dress and flowers.

 bridesmaids in grey skirts and red and pink flowers
 old typewriter for guestbook and old suitcase plus flower decor
 DIY mini pie buffet ideas
 display of small vintage wedding decor items and chalkboard
 lounge area with draping and antique wedding decor
 hanging lanterns and wedding lounge seating
 tent wedding with bunting in grey pink and peach

Advice for brides planning their wedding now: Stay true to what’s important. What was important to us was our friends and family celebrating our marriage everything else was less important. Since we planned a wedding in a month there were definitely times I was overwhelmed and stressed and times I thought things were less than perfect but then I realized all that stuff didn’t even matter. The day’s perfect even if everything else is imperfect because you are marrying the man of your dreams. What’s more perfect than that?

 outdoor wedding with vintage convertible

Wedding Vendors (Whitefish, Montana):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Private residence / Wedding planner or event designer: Rae Clausen / Florist: DIY by bride’s sister, purchased from Eldens Gardens Dahlias / Photographer: Nickel Images via Two Bright Lights / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: Vintage + upcycled / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom / Caterer: DIY by family / Wedding Cake: Groom’s mother and aunt / Wedding invitations: DIY

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