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DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

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Jessica made hot cocoa favors for her wedding with the outstanding total cost of 35 cents per favor. The final product shot was retaken, but don’t let it fool you – read on to check out Jessica’s tips on how to achieve this yummy favor for so little. So timely for fall weddings!

 hot chocolate wedding favor cones

What you’ll need:
– 100, 12″ Disposable Decorating Bags (x3)
– Chocolate powder (x2 from Costco or Sam’s club)
– 75 teeny, tiny hair ties (x2)
– Marshmallows bags (x4)
– Twine (x1)
– Favor tags (optional: download printable tag)

 hot chocolate wedding ideas

Instructions:
Step 1: Cut decorating bags around 6.5″
Step 2: Fill bag with 2 tablespoons (or whatever your chocolate powder suggests) with chocolate.
Step 3: Use the teeny, tiny hair tie to close off the chocolate. (You may need to cut the access bag after tying it off. The picture below, for example, should be cut so there’s just about a 1/2 inch of bag showing after the hair tie.)
Step 4: Insert chocolate filled cone into another decorating bag; make sure seams line up.
Step 5: Scoop out a 1/4 cup of marshmallows and poor into decorating bag on top of the chocolate cone.
Step 6: Tie a piece of ribbon, yarn, or string above the marshmallows. You need to make this tight so the marshmallows don’t dry out. I tied it into two knots.
Step 7: After string is secure around bag, add your favor tag and tie it into a pretty bow.
Step 8: Repeat as many times as necessary.

And there you have it, a quick, easy, and affordable wedding favors that are perfect for fall and winter weddings!

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Alexis June Weddings

Hello beautiful! We’re Brandi + Ryan, the husband-wife photographers behind Alexis June Weddings. So who is Alexis June? They are the two loves of our life, our daughters, Kierstyn {whose middle name is Alexis} and Kaija {who was born in June}. Two years ago we sold everything we own to pursue our dreams and move across the country to NYC. We’ve been married for nine years and still crazy in love. Ryan speaks Norwegian. Brandi loves everything about Norway. Ryan has his MBA from Notre Dame, but loves to cook. Brandi was a journalist in the United States Air Force and eats everything Ryan cooks. Together with our girls we live in Atlanta, Georgia and cherish every day together.

Being wedding photographers is an honor and a privilege, to be a part of one of the most important moments in a someone’s life is deeply personal. Capturing a couple’s love story together makes what we do even more special. We have laughed, we have cried and we have experienced those joyous moments when its more about two individuals joining as one and less about the details. It’s about the marriage. It’s about the future. Love is a gorgeous thing and we are truly passionate about what we do. We believe everyone has a story and it should be told.

This is our story, what is yours?

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South African Wedding with a Glam Gown

Romantic Weddings

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dna photographers

We wholeheartedly agree with today’s bride, Chrisli, who says that simplicity can still be exciting as long as it’s well-executed. If you need some convincing, just take a look at her wedding! South African wedding professionals dna photographers, AnnaH, and Fleur Le Cordeur helped Chrisli and Matt find their true wedding potential

South African wedding with a glam gown - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

From the bride, Chrisli: We wanted something sophisticated, but still young, fresh and out of the ordinary. We believe less is more if it’s well executed – and there’s always space to add a touch of your own personality. Let’s just say we went for ‘red carpet’, not fairytale!

South African wedding with a glam gown - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

bride getting ready - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

South African wedding with a glam gown - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

tulip bouquet - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown
Flower recipe: Imported yellow baby orchids, white orchids, tulips and interestingly used greenery.

groom looks - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

flower girl - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

flower girls - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

ceremony processional - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

We wanted simplicity and sophistication, with a touch of personality. Our colour scheme was natural, white, wood and a touch of gold and yellow for fun. Minimalist, simplistic, sophisticated, fresh, slightly off-beat, light and summery!

wedding ceremony - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

ceremony kiss - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

ceremony recessional - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

wedding portraits - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

glam wedding gown - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

South African wedding with a glam gown - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

modern wedding decor - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

wedding reception - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

South African wedding with a glam gown - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1. Don’t get lost in the detail – remember the main reason for the day (if you end up marrying the love of your life, everything went according to plan!) 2. Hire a wedding planner (they save you many hours, tears and frustration…and most likely money too) 3. Download a To-Do list app (like Wunderlist) to keep track of everything that needs to be done.

tulip wedding flowers - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

modern reception - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

wedding reception - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

weddings with a view - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

cake cutting - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

South African wedding with a glam gown - photo by dna photographers http://ruffledblog.com/south-african-wedding-with-a-glam-gown

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Mid Air,” Paul Buchanan
Recessional: “Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Reception Entrance: “Hooked on a Feeling,” Blue Swede
First Dance: “I Wanna Grow Old With You” from The Wedding Singer, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Whitney Houston

Wedding Vendors

Photography

dna photographers

Wedding Planning and Design

Anneke Roux from AnnaH

Florist

Fleur Le Cordeur

Venue and Catering

Vrede en Lust

Wedding Dress

Kobus Dippenaar

Hair and Makeup

Alicia Buckle Hair & Make-up

Bridesmaid Dresses

Forever New

Wedding Cake and Dessert Table

Cakes by Wade

DJ

DJ Chopper

Cocktail Hour Musicians

Manouche Trio

Stationery

Seven Swans

Videography

Desert Rose Productions

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Skip the salon, select the professional for your needs, and wait for beauty to knock at your door. It’s your wedding day, hair and makeup should come to you!

Need help selecting a stylist or planning out your beauty prep? Email Weddings@Stylisted.com for a seasoned bridal concierge to help make your day as seamless as possible!

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Anita + Phil's Vintage "Anthro" Inspired Wedding

Real Weddings, Vintage Weddings

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Kate sent me this wedding last week thinking it was a good fit for Ruffled and boy, was she right. Anita and Phil created most of the wedding decor themselves, with lots of vintage touches. When Kate told me Anita’s bouquet and Phil’s boutonniere had raspberries in them I instantly fell in love with their wedding, before even seeing the photos. Not only that, but they also bought a vintage mantle to use as a backdrop for their ceremony which is now being used in their living room. Big thanks to Kate Harrison Photography for sharing this vintage chic wedding with me today!

Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison
Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison
Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison
Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison
Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison
Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison
Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison
Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison
Anthropologie Vintage Inspired Wedding by Kate Harrison

Check back later for part II of this vintage inspired, Anthropologie-like wedding!

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ARTE DE VIE

Husband and wife wedding photographers based in New Orleans, Paris and destination locations.

It all starts with “Yes.” There was a feeling when you knew; that gut feeling that told you, your partner is the one. We won’t allow you to settle for anything else when choosing your photographer. Emotions, stories, and experiences power our photos. Let us document the best of yours.

“It doesn’t end with “I Do”. That feeling of forever will dance through your spirit as you relive those special moments with the photos captured by Arte De Vie.

A wedding isn’t a job for ADV, it’s a partnership in trust. We’re excited and ready to capture the magical nuances that make your love special!

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