Vintage Barn Wedding

Today is the official kickoff for our DIY Contest, and there are so many entries to share! To warm you up for the DIY Festival, I’d like to share this wedding sent by Sharon of Sharon Taylor Designs. This Missouri wedding is the epitome of a DIY wedding done right. Hannah and Evan chose The Loft at Keith Farms in Ash Grove as the perfect backdrop for their vintage countryside wedding.

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A little bit from Sharon, the designer behind it all: “This sweet countryside wedding could not have touched me more. I was fortunate to have worked closely with my cousin, Laura Key. We worked together through out this last year year and frequented many garage sales and even trash piles…(yes, we do that on occasion). She and her husband, Brett poured more love and labor into this wedding than I have ever seen before on such an event – Brett hauled their family piano all the way to Ash Grove for the ceremony so that their oldest daughter, Chloe, could play at Hanna’s wedding – her sister. A labor of love by all the family! It was SWEET. Made me cry, laugh, and dance with a happy heart. “

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Wedding Vendors (Ash Grove, MO):

Venue: The Loft at Keith Farms / Wedding planner: Sharon Taylor Designs / Wedding coordination: Bringing it Together Events / Florist: Lonie Mae, Schaffitzel’s Flowers / Photographer: Chase Heilman Photography / Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie / Flower girl dresses: Polly Hawkins (Bride’s grandmother) / DJ: Nick Keith / Catering: DIY by bride’s family / Wedding Cake: Anna Cavvelin

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!

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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.

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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.

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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






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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 :)

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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 ruffledblog.com.

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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