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Woodsy Camp Wedding

DIY Weddings

Always a sucker for sweet love stories, I swooned a bit when I saw newlyweds Heather and Jamie have known each other since they were in their early teenage years. Then I continued on to the images sent from Dreamlove Photography, and I was sold! The bride designed her own wedding dress, which was turned into a reality by a close friend. Get ready to pore over some delightful DIY goodness:

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From the bride, Heather: Jamie and I met in 8th grade when Jamie dropped his pencil in class. He reached over the desk to get it, his fingers wiggling frantically just out of reach, while I sat next to him laughing at the whole desperate process. Later that year, we started a friendship. We had homework to bring in our favorite song and Jamie and I were the only two who had used same one, “How’s it Gonna Be.” Naturally, the teacher paired Jamie and me up.


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purple wedding bouquetsfloral wedding shoes

birdcage fascinator veil

dress hanging from tree

Twelve years later, looking for the perfect spot to tie the knot, we came across Camp Kiwanee in the middle of the woods in Massachusetts. Between the beauty of the rustic wooden deck overlooking Maquan Pond and the fun and casual atmosphere of the cabins, we were sold.


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ceremony signs setup

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From the wedding dress, invitations, the boutonnieres and bouquets, the dessert table, hairpieces, the centerpieces, signs, the wedding programs, the printed napkin menus, and more, this wedding was a totally group effort DIY project. Friends and family pitched in on the creation and set-up of the entire day.


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rustic reception menu

bride and groom on stump

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clay cake toppers

Some advice for a vintage rustic wedding: Stalk thrift stores, don’t dismiss things because they’re dusty (clean them!), take time to really let your vision evolve. You don’t have to rush into buying something or hiring a vendor just because your list tells you it’s supposed to be done by now, and reach out to friends and family.


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first dance newlyweds


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Hanson, MA):

Wedding Venue: Camp Kiwanee / Wedding Photographers: Dreamlove Photography / Wedding Dress Design: bride / Wedding Dress: Hayley Jean Walter / Fascinator: Abby Koppes / Hair and Makeup: Personal Best Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and Ruche / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Wedding Caterer: DejaBlu Catering / Wedding Desserts: BellaCakes / DJ: DJ by Jake / Invitations and Paper Goods: bride / Videographer: McElroy Weddings

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The Blooming Bride

It’s your special day. And we want to make sure you are not only taken care of but most importantly…over-joyed with the most important day of your life!

From complete floral design and decor to day-of coordination, the gals at The Blooming Bride will make your dreams become a reality. If you are looking for the perfect modern urban loft or a romantic vineyard or even an impromptu beach soiree we are here to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind! Let us take care of YOU for a change!

Prices are tailored exactly to your needs. So please call (310) 804-5438 or email us below for customized quote.

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Weekly Wrap-Up + Summer Inspiration

Weekly Wrap Ups

Nothing screams more summer than fruit popsicles! To celebrate the first of the month we created a color card inspired by fruit: its vibrant colors, yummy desserts and motifs. And how about a popsicle truck at the end of your wedding day?

watermelon and citrus wedding color palette

Colors: watermelon, peach, lemon, lime and kiwi

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In case you missed any of our features from this week…

This hippie chic love shoot from Utah
Summer wedding from Tasmania, Australia
A guide to fitting all your bridesmaids from Weddington Way
This elegant rustic farm wedding
Wedding inspiration in a Virginia art gallery
A wedding registry style quiz from Macy’s
This sweet New South Wales wedding from Jonas Peterson
French fashion wedding inspiration
An Austin wedding with ombre details
Our wedding budget pie from Amy + Jeff’s wedding
This vintage-inspired Perth wedding
A Loveland Ohio wedding from Clayton Austin

In Recycle Your Wedding this week…

Yellow and Grey pinwheels
Champagne J. Crew dress, “Mika” size 8
Twigs and Honey lace edged veil
Vintage white doors
Lot of milk glass goblets and vases
Antique shutters

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Caterina Jewelry

Caterina Jewelry is a luxury designer and manufacturer of silver charm jewelry based in Beverly Hills, California. The company creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that beautifully complements any outfit no matter the time, mood, or occasion, promising unmatched elegance, timeless sophistication, and a fun vibe. Exquisite, delicate, and unapologetically feminine, Caterina Jewelry’s pieces are made from .925 sterling silver and lovingly adorned with stunning gemstones that make even the most casual ensemble look a little more polished

CJ Bridal Minimalista Collection has been designed to honor the long-standing tradition of the bride gifting her bridesmaids. A reflection of the current minimalist modernist trend, the collection features stunning, fashionable jewelry that will delight the bridesmaids, nicely accenting their outfits while offering an enduring gift to cherish for a long time. The ideal favor for your special ladies, our jewelry is versatile and can be worn on numerous other occasions!

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Loveland Ohio Wedding

Garden Weddings

We’re kicking off the weekend and welcoming June with a gorgetastic wedding shot by none other than Clayton Austin. In addition to spotting bottle centerpieces, we’re absolutely head over heels about their ombre paper crane backdrop. Such easy DIY ideas with a huge bang-for-your-handmade-effort-buck!

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From the bride, Krysta: We really wanted our guests to feel comfortable and have a great time. We wanted the entire event to feel personal and homemade- like a bigger, better backyard dinner party. We took care to incorporate elements that were special to us- for example, our brisket was from Slow’s BBQ in Detroit where the bride grew up. The wedding cakes were brought in from NYC (we dated two years long distance before we got engaged- she in NYC, he in Ohio, so half of our courtship was spent in New York). Our best man (aka the cupid who introduced us) wrote and performed the ceremony, we wrote our own vows (which got a big round of applause). We heard so many of our guests comment on how comfortable and personal everything felt. How delicious the food and cake were. The night ended with our groomsmen jumping into the pool naked, so I’d say everyone enjoyed themselves!

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We did a ton of DIY projects- I purchased a lot of vintage glasses from a friend of a friend who had just gotten married and painted all of the clear bottles different shades of yellow. That same friend cut all of the wood disks we used on our tables for us. We arranged our own flowers, planted our own succulents, made a wedding chuppah, and painted all the table numbers. I made all of the name/table number tags that adorned our mason drinking jars. We hand dyed all of our napkins (a time consuming project that I loved in the end). For the things we couldn’t do ourselves, we tried really hard to find small, local, or handmade vendors so every element felt personal.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you are designing your own wedding or doing a lot of DIY projects start to narrow down your inspiration into a few key elements that work well together and can be executed on time (everything takes longer than you think!). It is very easy to get overwhelmed by all of the possibilities and inspiration out there but if you go with your gut, choose the things that make you happy and excited and stay true to yourselves as a couple you can’t go wrong. Something is not going to go as planned along the way- take it in stride- in the end you get to marry your best friend surrounded by your loved ones and it is the best feeling in the world.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Your Hand in Mine,” Explosions in the Sky
Recessional: “Everlasting Light,” The Black Keys
First Dance: “Sweet Thing,” Van Morrison

Wedding Vendors (Loveland, OH):

Wedding Venue: Loveland / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin / Bouquets and Boutonnieres: EcoFlora / Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall / Floral Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade / Wedding Shoes: Dolce Vita / Makeup: Renee at Bobbi Brown, Saks, Cincinanati / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / DJ: Ryan Cox of Coxx Events / Wedding Caterer: Made From Scratch Catering / Beef Brisket: Slow’s BBQ / Wedding Cakes: Momofuku / Cake Toppers: Republic of Cute / Wedding Invitations: Scout’s Honor Co. / Transportation: Executive Transportation of Cincinnati

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