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Australian Summer Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

This wedding sent from across the seas by Australia’s Samm Blake has just what we need to add a little pep to our day — a gorgeous country setting, pops of bright pink, and of course a gorgeous wedding gown. Newlyweds Tilde and Gavin had a garden ceremony under the trees followed by an outdoor, weekend-long celebration with friends and family.

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From the bride, Tilde: We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed weekend away for our friends and family. The whole idea was to “make a weekend of it”!

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For the day itself, we wanted an outdoor garden ceremony under the bright green plane trees with a full dance floor under the stars and festoon lights (wired and installed by friends). Good food, wine and music. The celebrant was an old friend of my husband and we were surrounded by wonderful friends. We planned our wedding to take place over the Australia day long weekend. As all of our guests had travelled for the occasion we had four days of celebrations! On Australia day, Thursday, we organised a day of lawn bowls, cricket and of course a BBQ.

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The wedding day was a continuation of the relaxed weekend and the country and friendly vibe made for a fun night of eating, drinking and dancing under the lights.

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We would describe our wedding as country, pretty, pink, aqua, floral, antique, fresh air, HOT (it was a steamy 39 degrees well into the night!). Stormy night sky (but luckily without the rain) and live music. A friend and I made the tablecloths (we cut doona covers in half that I found on sale online at Anthropologie) and we had a large amount of wonderful flowers. Those two things and the lights were the only decorations.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Try and get everything finished at least a week before the day and reserve the morning of the wedding to spend relaxing with friends and family.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
Registry signing: “Hard Sun,” Eddie Vedder
Recessional: “I Would Do Anything For You,” Foster the People
First Dance: “Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra

Wedding Location: Euroa, Victoria, Australia / Ceremony Venue: Euroa Butter Factory / Wedding Photographer: Samm Blake / Florist: Georgie Campbell / Wedding Dress: Collette Dinnigan / Shoes: Miu Miu / Hair: Matt Dallas / Makeup: DIY / Jewelry: earrings from groom’s mom / Bridesmaid Dresses: Silk dresses by Ginger and Smart / Groom’s suit: Zegna / Band: The Baker Boys Band / Caterer: Euroa Butter Factory Amazing food (our main requirement) local, free range product where possible. They even picked the figs from the tree in their garden for the salad. We had canapes and cocktails in the garden following the ceremony. We had roasted lamb shoulder with honey and pistachio, barramundi with mango salsa, fig and buffalo mozzarella salad, pumpkin and green beans. / Dessert: We had a dessert table to finish – homemade campari and champagne jelly, old fashioned trifle, meringues, fruit tarts, salted caramel cheesecakes and the cake – home made by Cat, one of my bridesmaids. Chocolate cake with raspberry and chocolate ganache, then citrus with white chocolate ganache and a traditional fruit cake on the top. The cake was then hand painted by my mum. / Wedding invitations: Designed myself and then given the finishing touches and letter press printed by The Hungry Workshop

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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DIY Paper Flower Backdrop

DIY Projects

We’re delighted to have Jenny of Hank & Hunt back with us today to share another DIY tutorial. Last week you saw her DIY Feather Clips, and today she’s teaching us how to make a low-budget, high-impact paper flower backdrop! We love the idea of playing around with colors and perhaps even patterns to fit the feel of your wedding day perfectly. Let’s get to it:

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From Jenny of Hank & Hunt: The best part about this backdrop is its portability. Ever wonder how they manage to move those huge photobooth backdrops? Or even how they set them up when you have a million and one other things to be doing on THE day of. The solution is this fun yet modern take on the traditional kid’s art project, a tissue paper backdrop. It’s cheap, it’s light and it’s fully customizable. I’m obsessed with deep blues lately and stayed solid, but think about doing patterns or watercolor styles with it.

For each board, you will need:
-white foam core board
-pack of 20×30″ 24 sheet fold of tissue paper
-roll of double stick tape
-empty water bottle

Simply multiply your list by the number of boards you want; I made four. Each board takes about 30-45 mins depending on how fast you are; the first usually takes the longest. Bribe some friends to help and knock out a ton at the same time!

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1. Unwrap the fold of tissue paper, keep stacked and cut 6″x6″ squares. Don’t worry about being exact, it doesn’t matter… yet another beauty of this project.

2. Take your board and make a row of double stick tape across the short side of the board. Take your squares and loosen them up from each other — this makes it faster to pick up while pressing.

3. Take one square and center it over the top of the water bottle and press down. Remember the pencil eraser trick from elementary school? Just like that, but we’re working bigger.

4. Hold the paper in place, flip and press into the tape. Presto. Repeat this down the entire line of tape.

5. Add another row using the same technique about 1-2″ over, depending on how dense you want the backdrop to be. Repeat until the board is covered.

6. Repeat on as many other boards as you want.

7. Hang your first board square to where you want it to start and use two small nails to hold it up. I know some venues are anti-holes, so you can use command strips if you need to. They are super light and it doesn’t take much to hold them up. Now that the first one is up, just line up additional boards, tack into place, fluff the lines and you have an instant backdrop with minimal setup time at the location.

After I made these, I realized how pretty an ombre version would look. The light plays off the different corners of the paper and is really pretty even in a solid color. Perfect for a simple shower or party as well. Photographers could even carry one around for some detail shots!

Project and images by Jenny Batt of Hank Hunt for Ruffled

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Georgia Wedding at Serenbe

Rustic Weddings

If we had to envision a wedding for the term “eco-chic,” it would certainly take place at Georgia’s Serenbe outside Atlanta and it would probably look exactly like this wedding from super-talented Andrew Thomas Lee. Newlyweds Sasha and Sarah pulled together the greens of succulents and orange flower tones for a fresh, woodsy palette we’re completely in love with.

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From the photographer: Sasha and Sarah are wonderful people, and they had one of the most beautiful celebrations I’ve ever been a part of. They were both completely taken by each other the whole day, which made things on my end very easy. Their ketubah signing was amazing. Normally it’s a ceremony reserved for family and close friends, but they had everyone from the wedding at theirs! 125 people are taking shots of whiskey and scotch — what could be better than that?

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Wedding Location: Atlanta, GA / Wedding Photographer: Andrew Thomas Lee / Wedding Venue: Serenbe / Wedding Coordinators: Kim and Amy of Serenbe

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