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DIY Paint Stick Table Runner

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Inspired by a rooftop garden party, I made a table runner for our craft table at The Cream Event NYC using yellow “slats”. After endless trips to the paint store and a shelf stocked with buckets of paint, I was left with a healthy amount of paint sticks. As anybody would, I kept them all. Until this herringbone table runner came to life. You can arrange the stirrers in different patterns and paint them to match you color palette, or create a colorblock or ombre effect across the table!

paint stick table runner

DIY paint stick table runnerDIY paint stick table runner

DIY paint stick table runner

What you will need:
paint sticks (or wood trim)
primer + paint or stain
glue gun
saw or miter saw
sand paper
roller brush

DIY paint stick table runner
DIY paint stick table runner

Start out by cutting the odd end of the paint sticks. For the arrow table runner, you will just need to cut the paint sticks in half. To make a herringbone pattern, you will need one extra cut, making three pieces per paint stick.

DIY paint stick table runner

Lay the pieces flat, spacing them out a bit so paint won’t stick. Using a large roller brush, start with primer.
DIY paint stick table runner

I used primer to hide the wood grain. Give one coat paint for now (I used Citrus Splash by Behr). Once they are dry, you can paint the edges. Stack the paint sticks sideways. With a clamp or just holding a few pieces at a time, run a few coats of paint. Let them dry, repeat on the other sides. Try a metallic gold or neon edge!

DIY paint stick table runner
DIY paint stick table runner

Once your pieces are painted, you can start playing with patterns. The herringbone pattern needs all pieces (mainly the center ones) to be as close to exact length as possible to ensure there are no gaps in the runner. The arrow pattern is a bit easier, so if the length of the pieces don’t really match, it won’t be noticeable. If you’re feeling handy, you can also cut the pieces at an angle to create a chevron pattern.

DIY paint stick table runner

With your chosen pattern in place and glue gun in hand, start gluing the wood pieces on a sheet of felt. I used felt because it’s thick enough that the glue won’t bleed through yet it’s not noticeable on the table, but you can use anything here. Trust me when I say gluing the pieces directly onto each other won’t work – it will come apart if you place them on an uneven surface. Glue all pieces in place on the felt. Flip it upside down and cut excess fabric.

herringbone paint stick table runner
DIY paint stick table runnerherringbone paint stick table runner

I bought sheets of felt at a craft store, and made the runner in tiles of 5 lines each. By making them in tiles, it will be much easier to transport. All you need to do is place them on the table next to each other, like a puzzle. You can also paint each “tile” in different colors to create a colorblock look. Once they were glued in place I sanded them again and gave one last coat of paint. After the wedding, you can take them home and use them as trivets! An all around win-win.

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Bella Lily Bridal

Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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Bohemian Chic Wedding Inspiration

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We’ve got quite the treat for all you bohemian-inspired brides out there: lunaphoto and Alchemy Fine Events teamed up to design this stunning styled shoot full of gorgeous pottery, feathers, pops of chevron and touches of teal, all with floral touches by Isari Flower Studio. We’re positively head over heels about the ceremony aisle:

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Location: San Diego, CA / Wedding Photographer: lunaphoto / Event Design and Bride Styling: Alchemy Fine Events / Wedding Flowers: Isari Flower Studio / Venue: Bandy Canyon Ranch / Table Decor: Casa de Perrin / Furniture Rentals: YEAH! rentals / Wedding Decor and Vases: West Elm / Dress: Allyson Simone of Provence Bride / Cake: Hey There Cupcake! / Bow Tie: Jill Courtenmache

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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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Little Borrowed Dress


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So it’s tradition for brides to wear ‘something borrowed’ on their wedding day, but what if that lovely tradition extended to bridesmaids too? We know how expensive it can be to be a bridesmaid, which is why we are in love with Little Borrowed Dress and the practical and fashionable service they offer! They are the first online wedding boutique to offer bridesmaid dresses for rent, starting at just $50, giving brides the opportunity to choose a picture perfect dress at a price that all their bridesmaids can afford.

Little Borrowed Dress has a fantastic selection of beautiful dresses to suite every taste and with a rental price tag starting at $50, the option can’t be beat! If you really love the dress and want to hang on to it for the long haul, all of their styles are for sale too, starting at $150! All of the dresses are 100% silk and manufactured locally in the Garment District in New York City, which is an aspect we just adore! They have a range of shapes and colors to flatter all figures, designed with built-in adjustment points for a perfect fit. If you are still worried about fit, they send a free second size with every order! And you can request a free fabric swatch on their site here. For brides in the NY area, their showroom is open seven days week to come try on dresses before you order.

The borrowing process is simple and stress-free. Simply place your rental reservation online and the dress will arrive two weeks before the wedding ready-to-wear. After the big day, drop them in the mail in the pre-paid packaging and they handle the rest! The best part is the bridesmaids get to return the dresses, so their memories are of how fun the wedding was and not the once-worn dress gathering dust in their closet.

Little Borrowed Dress is hosting a Pinterest contest through September 7th, where you can win free dresses for your bridal party by pinning your wedding inspiration. For more details and to enter to win, check out their blog post about the contest here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

all photos by Elizabeth Messina

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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