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Easy DIY Straw Backdrop for Your Next Party

DIY Projects

If there’s anything better than an easy DIY, it’s one that’s easy AND affordable. Enter this quick DIY straw backdrop garland project we created with Fiskars to celebrate their 50th Anniversary of their famous Orange-Handled Scissors. We’re proud to announce that this project will also be on display at the Helsinki Design Museum in Finland next month for the party! You can make this backdrop to create a colorful statement piece perfect for your ceremony, cake table, sweetheart table — anywhere, really! We chose an orange ombré pattern, because there’s pretty much no better color match for summer.

Easy DIY Straw Backdrop for Your Next party - photo by Clarence Chen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/easy-diy-straw-backdrop-for-your-next-party
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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Clarence Chan Photography

Floral Design

Sweet Thorn Flora

Venues

501 Union

40 Eye-Catching Geometric Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past couple of years, it’s that geometric wedding decor is here to stay. Geo design has found its way into nearly every aspect of the wedding day, from ceremony backdrops to centerpiece holders to even wedding fashion. To help you out in planning your geometric-inspired wedding, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite wedding ideas using clean lines and great shapes.

Custom Wedding Illustrations with Miss Design Berry

Wedding Vendors

Not trying to be punny, but if you’re drawn to whimsical and custom illustration paper goods, then should bookmark Miss Design Berry for your future wedding stationery + paper goods needs. We’re talking invitations, backdrops, coasters and custom portrait illustrations. Take a peek at our favorites:

While Miss Design Berry has flipped the print shop game, it’s their dedication to customer connection that puts them above the rest. From start to finish, you’re speaking to a designer one-on-one who will ask questions, share opinions and ultimately deliver something that is uniquely you. And did we mention your pets can become works of art too? This might be the perfect way to incorporate them into your big day!

Take a look at the video below and see just how easy it is to commission these conversation starters.

This post was sponsored by Miss Design Berry. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

Wedding Vendors

Wedding Decor

Miss Design Berry

DIY Watercolor Block Backdrop and Favor Boxes

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Josh Deaton

Obviously we love DIYs, but when it’s a DIY that serves double duty? We’re totally obsessed. These watercolor blocks come together to make an incredible 3D backdrop for your ceremony or dessert table, but as individuals, they make perfect escort “cards” too! It couldn’t be easier to make them, so let’s figure out how to do just that:

DIY Watercolor Block Backdrop and Escort Cards - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-block-backdrop-and-favor-boxes
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Backyard Elopement Inspiration for Valentine’s Day

Wedding Design

It seems like Valentine’s Day offers an unending supply of romantic wedding inspiration, which is precisely what we found in this styled shoot from Four Corners Photography and Amanda Jewel Floral Design. With a floral patterned ceremony backdrop, incredibly lush floral arrangements, and a table runner accented with love notes, this is the ultimate in inspiring wedding design.

Backyard Elopement Inspiration for Valentine's Day - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

From the photographer, Four Corners Photography: I have photographed quite a few backyard weddings as well as Valentine’s Day weddings and I really wanted to create something to inspire backyard brides everywhere that they can have something beautiful, romantic, and timeless. I also wanted to create something that inspires you to think outside the red that comes with Valentine’s Day. I still wanted to incorporate a few intentionally red pieces (ring, lips, a few florals) and heart motifs (shape of the dress, hearts on the cupcakes), but tried to keep those things minimal!

wedding boutonnieres with blue accents - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

Claire Pettibone wedding dresses - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

lasesr cut wedding shoes - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

romantic bouquets with blue silk - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

unique engagement rings - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

wedding invitations - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

groom accessories - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

wedding paper goods - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

backyard garden ceremonies - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

garden ceremonies - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

wedding ceremony recessionals - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

groom fashion - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

bride and groom - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

lush garden wedding bouquets - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

lace wedding dresses - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

lace wedding dress details - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

wedding menu paper goods - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

garden weddings - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

backyard garden weddings - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

romantic garden weddings - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

calligraphy table runners - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

wedding tablescapes - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

written table runners - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

cake tables - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

blue and grey wedding cake with flowers - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

wedding lounge areas - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

ceremony recessionals - photo by Four Corners Photography http://ruffledblog.com/backyard-elopement-inspiration-for-valentines-day

Wedding Vendors

Host, Planning, Photography: Four Corners Photography
Floral Design: Amanda Jewel Floral Design
Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone
Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Hair and Makeup: Vigilante Cosmetics
Ring: Trumpet and Horn
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Wedding Cake: Ginger Spice Bakery
Baked Goods: The Dessert Table
Furniture: Four Inch Fold
Ceremony Backdrop: Ashley Woodson Bailey
China: Vintage English Teacup
Silks: Adorn Silks, Tono & Co
Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer
Paper Goods: Lairsey Paper Co.
Models: SALT Model

Build Your Dream Backdrops with Wayfair

Design Inspiration

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Just in case you hadn’t noticed, backdrops have become all the rage in the wedding world these days. They immediately give character to your event, shaping the aesthetic and setting the scene in one fell swoop. We’ve taken a look around the web for some of our favorite vignettes from weddings just aching to be turned into a photo booth setup or lounge area for your own big day, and taken the time to pull dupes from Wayfair so you can get your own scene figured out ASAP. We’ve already learned Wayfair is a great home for your wedding registry — who knew it was perfect for wedding decor, too?

tropical plant backdrop - photo Jen Sosa
Photo by Jennifer Sosa, design by Inessa Nichols Design.

Shop the Look:

A few months ago, we curated our own collection for a Wayfair registry. Check it out if you haven’t already — it’s filled to the brim with unique pieces and classic staples guaranteed to make combining your households a breeze after you say I Do. Thanks to Wayfair’s extensive inventory, you can also register for items to use on your wedding day! Choose the right items, and your choice will do double duty as both wedding and home decor.

gold and white seating lounge
Via Pinterest.

romantic lace a frame tent - photo Blush Wedding Photography
Photo by Blush Wedding Photography, design and flowers by Delovely Creative.

Rustic Chic Wedding backdrop lounge - photo Allison Kuhn
Photo by Allison Kuhn Photography, design by Love & Honey, floral design by Nectar Floral Boutique.

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More and more, couples are turning to open vignettes as their photo booth backdrops instead of the more traditional photo booths. With an open vignette photo “booth,” you can make your picture-taking-area just as chic as the rest of your wedding decor, seamlessly blending function and fashion. If you have eclectic mis-matched chairs at all your reception tables, keep the eclectic feel going with a unique love seat and hanging rug backdrop. If your wedding is full of plant life, we love the idea of going all out with a wall of foliage as your photo booth backdrop!

paper flower backdrop - photo by Heidrich Photography http://ruffledblog.com/monochrome-bridal-inspiration
Photo by Heidrich Photography, event design by Hera Weddings + Events from this feature.

Shop the Look:

macrame wedding backdrop - Hazelwood Photo
Photo by Hazelwood Photo, event design by Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals, floral design by BLUM Design in Florals.

vintage chic wedding outdoor ideas - photo Yaroslav and Jenny Photography
Photo by Yaroslav & Jenny Photography, wedding planning by Mrs Maxim Wed Bureau, floral design by Flower Lovers.

So why choose Wayfair for your wedding registry, you ask? Wayfair Registry is the first wedding registry to cover every room in the house, ranging from kitchen to bedroom to bathroom to even nurseries and patios, with over 7 million products to choose from. Not sure what your exact style might be, but you know renovations are coming up? No problem! You can even register for home improvement items with Wayfair. If you’re registering for big ticket items like beds or sofas, Wayfair offers Group Gifting so everyone can contribute within their own means. Extra perks? Glad you asked. Free shipping on all registry orders, white glove delivery for large items, an extended 90-day return policy, AND a 10% completion discount for anything that may have slipped through the cracks!

70s boho chic wedding backdrp - photo CJ Williams
Photo by CJ Williams, styling by Flights of Fancy by Kristy, rentals by Pretty Willow Hire.

Shop the Look:

cotton candy pink dessert table
From Art Valenta.

Of course, one thing to keep in mind is displaying your wedding hashtag near the photo booth vignette. Make sure that anyone who shares on social media uses the hashtag, so finding pictures from your wedding day will be a breeze!

natural and wicker wedding backdrop - photo Scarlet O'Neill
Photo by Scarlet O’Neill, event production by The Vow Project, co-event coordination and styling by Blue Lavender Events, floral design by Tanya List Design.

whimsical tent wedding set up - photo When He Found Her
Photo by When He Found Her, event design by Shaw Events, floral design by Sue Gallo Designs.

Shop the Look:

Head on over to Wayfair and start building your perfect wedding registry today!

Thanks Wayfair for sponsoring this post!

Modern French Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Where oh where to begin with today’s styled shoot? We could start with the delicate color palette of blue, grey, and white, or the jaw-dropping hand painted backdrop by Christine Olmstead, or the stylish tablescape by Caroline Dutton Events peppered with flowers from Eight Tree Street, or the ornate wedding cake nodding to classic French design, but perhaps we’ll just let the images from Alicia Lacey Photography speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Modern French Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alicia Lacey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/modern-french-wedding-inspiration
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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Alicia Lacey Photography

Event Coordination

Caroline Dutton Events

Floral Design

Eight Tree Street Florals

Venue

Congress Hotel

Wedding Dress

Amsale

Bridal Store

Hitched Salon

Wedding Shoes

Kate Spade

Vintage Ring

Susie Saltzman

Hair

Mardi Mack

Makeup

Kristin Elizabeth

Wedding Cake

Buttercream Bakeshop

Custom Painted Backdrop

Christine Olmstead

Wedding Invitation Suite and Calligraphy

Just Write Studios

Shoot Host

Camille Catherine

20 Ceremony Backdrops for Tears of Joy

Slideshows

Photos by:

When you turn the corner and see your loved one at the other end of the ceremony aisle, everything else is going to disappear. That’s just a fact. But it doesn’t mean you should neglect the chance to provide your guests with some serious eye candy while you say your vows to each other! Beautiful backdrops will always be in style, and we’re here to show you 17 of our current faves to get you inspired for your own walk down the aisle.

DIY Matisse Inspired Wall Hanging

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Opal+Rose Photo

It’s #WeddingWednesday, so what better time to share a great DIY project? We’ve partnered up with Fiskars to bring you this modern backdrop installation, perfect for your ceremony or any wall in your home! Inspired by the abstract shapes popular in Matisse’s artwork, we created our own abstract masterpiece you can easily replicate in a day. Thank you to Opal+Rose Photo for capturing the images!

DIY Matisse Wall Hanging - learn more  http://ruffledblog.com/diy-matisse-wall-hanging

DIY Matisse Wall Hanging - learn more  http://ruffledblog.com/diy-matisse-wall-hanging

DIY Matisse Wall Hanging - learn more  http://ruffledblog.com/diy-matisse-wall-hanging

For this project, you will need:

Fiskars Easy Change Detail Knife
Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Scissors
Fiskars Cutting Mat
– Leather
– Card stock
– Thin plywood or birch veneer
– Cotton rope
– Wooden dowel
– Paint and paint brushes

Click through to the slideshow to see the rundown of steps for this DIY!

We’re so in love with how it turned out! Pretty, huh? We are all about DIYs that can be used after the wedding, and we think this beauty would look amazing at home hanging above a bed or a sofa.

DIY Matisse Wall Hanging - learn more  http://ruffledblog.com/diy-matisse-wall-hanging

DIY Matisse Wall Hanging - learn more  http://ruffledblog.com/diy-matisse-wall-hanging

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DIY Matisse Wall Hanging - learn more  http://ruffledblog.com/diy-matisse-wall-hanging

DIY Matisse Wall Hanging - learn more  http://ruffledblog.com/diy-matisse-wall-hanging

Fiskars’ new craft knives is ideal for precision cutting, which is essential to a project such as this one we shared. This kit includes 12 changeable blades that serve different purposes, and it comes with 5 standard blades for future replacement.

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DIY Matisse Inspired Wall Hanging

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Thank you Fiskars for partnering with us on this project — check out our Pinterest board for more DIY Toolbox Essentials and be sure to follow too for more creative DIY ideas!

DIY Hershey Kiss Dotted Backdrop

DIY Projects

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Behold, the ultimate dessert + candy buffet table backdrop! Oh the possibilities when you have Hershey Kisses in all colors of the rainbow and pegboard sheets. This DIY dotted backdrop was inspired by brushed dot patterns and our new found obsession for painterly and irregular shapes. And these treats, friends, don’t even need to be glued on!

DIY Hershey Kiss Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hershey-kiss-dotted-backdrop/

This is another DIY project we created for , which you can also find it on their page! This backdrop can be designed in many different ways (initials, big red heart, geo shapes and more), and all you need is two materials.

What you will need:

Pick out any colors you like! This project is all about your choice and your style. We used:

(colors we used were black, silver, red, purple, green, light green, blue, light blue and orange)
2 2×4′ Pegboard Sheets
White Butcher Paper (I have a roll of 36″ Butcher Paper from Paper Mart)
Tacky Glue Spray
Masking Tape (white)
Something to punch the paper, I used this embossing tool from Fiskars

DIY Hershey Kiss Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hershey-kiss-dotted-backdrop/

How-to instructions and tips in the step by step slideshow below:

And that’s really it as far as the DIY part goes! Have fun placing Hershey Kisses colors at random or play with shapes or letters. We were inspired by pattern play and colorblocking, so you can see how easily you can change it up to make your own!

DIY Hershey Kiss Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hershey-kiss-dotted-backdrop/

DIY Hershey Kiss Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hershey-kiss-dotted-backdrop/

DIY Hershey Kiss Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hershey-kiss-dotted-backdrop/

Thank you Hershey’s for partnering with us! You can find more .

Modern Romance Inspiration with Pops of Jewel Tones

Wedding Design

This wedding inspiration editorial has everything: a stunning backdrop that could double as fine art, an impromptu boudoir session, and a lovely modern grey tablescape with flashes of deep plum. It’s all so brilliant and we’re so thrilled Jillian Rose Photography snapped it all. Ede by Jacqueline was smitten by the location of the shoot and knew the exact direction to go to complement the outdoor space, highlighting the delightful architectural features. Autumn Vine Design thought to pair the various shades of blue with shades of purple, and it was such a swell move since the floral arrangements stick out so beautifully amidst all of the design elements.

boudoir session - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

From the event planner, Ede by Jacqueline: The venue itself was so incredibly charming and unique. I loved Ebell’s high ceilings and unique chandeliers that were offering that outdoor feel. I thought having stronger jewel toned colors would pop in this space. Also, with Ebell’s stunning bridal suite, I knew I had to incorporate a soft and romantic boudoir session.

blue wedding invitations - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

bridal accessories - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

wedding garter - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

boudoir ideas - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

A boudoir session doesn’t always have to be a separate day of shooting. Don’t hesitate to ask your photographer about getting some choice snapshots of you before the heyday of hair and makeup come around. Pick a great spot with nature lighting and wear your favorite lingerie and most importantly, relax and let the camera snap those natural smiles!

navy tuxedo jacket - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

wedding ceremony venues - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

California wedding venues - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

During the planning process, I came across a stunning art piece made by Christine Olmstead and I knew I had to incorporate it in the shoot somehow. It was definitely not easy shipping it across the country, however I knew this would make this shoot come alive. I’ve become a fan of using stunning art pieces as backdrops for weddings, it can be so versatile and unique!

wedding photography - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

bride and groom - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

gray wedding tables - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

white and plum wedding flowers - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

rustic table numbers - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

wedding tablescapes - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

wedding menu - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

purple and white wedding centerpieces - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

wedding bouquet - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

wedding reception ideas - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

artistic wedding cakes - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

wedding fashion - photo by Jillian Rose Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-ideas-with-pops-of-jewel-tones

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Be sure to catch the film from James Pett Weddings:

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Jillian Rose Photography

Coordination and Styling

Ede by Jacqueline

Floral Design

Autumn Vine Design

Venue

Ebell of Long Beach

Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige

Wedding Shoes and Accessories

The Blushing Bird

Lingerie

BHLDN

Jewelry

Trumpet & Horn

Ring Box

The Mrs. Box

Beauty

Face It Sugar

Groom's Attire

Friar Tux

Wedding Cake

Love Cakes

Rentals

AFR Rentals

Tabletop Rentals

Dish Wish

Napkins

La Tavola Fine Linen

Backdrop

Christine Olmstead

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods

Heidi Davidson Design

Videography

James Pett Weddings

Model

Aaron Chinn

Chic Wedding with a Lush Floral Wall Backdrop

Elegant Weddings

If you’re ready to inject a little bit of chicness into your day, there’s no need to look any further than Yeva and Brett’s stylish California wedding. Wanting to add a show-stopping element to her day, Yeva and her friends set to work making an incredibly lush floral wall backdrop to accent the couple’s sweetheart table, and we frankly couldn’t be more obsessed with it. Everything was captured by Chad Annie Photography, and the inspiring floral decor came by way of Nora’s Designed Flowers!

Chic Wedding with a Lush Floral Wall Backdrop

From the photographers, Chad Annie Photography: It was an honor shooting this stunning bride and groom’s Wedding. The Bride, Yeva, designed the whole wedding herself and the groom played an amazing role in helping her execute everything the day of. Their sweetheart table was one of the best we’ve seen, complete with the lushest DIY floral wall backdrop.

wedding shoes and bouquet

wedding dress buttons

bridesmaid helping bride get ready

simple bridal makeup
Yeva’s bridal makeup is the perfect marriage of simple and romantic with a bold black eyeliner and pink lips. Talk about a classic beauty!

bridesmaids in blue

wedding ceremony

Catholic wedding ceremony

wedding photography

chic wedding with a lush floral wall backdrop

They married at Saint Kateri Catholic Church where the family performed a traditional unity candle lighting. Cocktail hour and reception was held at the Newhall Mansion, a private estate that dates back to the 1800s. Yeva and Brett’s love for each other was clear. The Best Man gave a speech saying that “Yeva was the Girl of Brett’s dreams,” and by seeing the way he looked at her, there was no doubt this was true.

elegant wedding reception

guestbook ideas

vintage wedding details
The couple added a few vintage inspired details to their wedding decor, like these unique key bottle openers for the guest’s favors.

tall centerpieces

unique table number ideas

chair signs

floral wall backdrop
Doesn’t this make you want to build your own flower wall to take with you everywhere? No, just us?

chic wedding reception

classic wedding cake
This cake couldn’t possibly look any more tempting than it does, with a cascading row of roses and blue hydrangeas adorning it. Too pretty to eat? Just about!

first dance

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

DIY Patterned Fan Backdrop

DIY Projects

Continuing with our summer wedding story inspired by Ashley Goldberg paintings, this New Jersey wedding dream team whipped up a breezy backdrop using bright paddle fans from .

DIY Patterned Fan Backdrop

For this project, you will need:

8ft x 4ft foam board insulation
White masking tape
Scissors
Black marker or marker color of your choice

DIY Patterned Fan Backdrop

DIY Patterned Fan Backdrop

DIY Patterned Fan Backdrop

DIY Patterned Fan Backdrop

DIY Patterned Fan Backdrop

Head over to and check out their other super-helpful wedding tips, tricks, and inspiration; not to mention their huge selection of wedding supplies!

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Jessica Cooper Photography

Event Planning

Patchwork Planning

Floral Design

Papertini

Venue

Awbury Arboretum

Wedding Dress

Sweet Caroline

Wedding Shoes

Bella Belle

Bridal Accessories

Bel Aire Bridal

Jewelry

Harry Merrill

Makeup

Elegance Artistry

Wedding Cake

Nutmeg Cake Design

Rentals

Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals

Place Mats

Chictip Design

Confetti

The Flair Exchange

Wedding Stationery

Hadley Custom Designs

Post Processing

Visual Vibes Co.

Model

Stefani Rosenberg

Painterly Summer Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

We teamed up with Jessica Cooper PhotographyPatchwork Planning, Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals, and Papertini on a fun shoot we’ve been dreaming of for a while. Our obsession with Ashley Goldberg isn’t going anywhere, so when we asked them to bring our inspiration to life they took it to the next new level. Check back for the how-to on that fun fan backdrop soon!

Colorful Summer Wedding Inspiration - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

When we start off with a cake as amazing as this one from Nutmeg Cake Design, you know it’s going to be something special. Taking cues from abstract art and some of Ashley Goldberg‘s distinctly fun patterns, Nutmeg Cake Design added lots of fresh summer colors and plenty of texture.

Colorful Summer Wedding Inspiration - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

fuchsia and orange wedding invitations - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

gold invitation lettering - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

Leaving no stone unturned, even the wedding invitations from Hadley Custom Designs were a perfect match to the decor with their bright hues and bold paint strokes.

modern wedding rings - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

boho chic brides - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

fun wedding inspiration - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

place settings - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

watercolor table numbers - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

wedding dress separates - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

place settings - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

whimsical wedding bouquet - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

And can we just take a moment of appreciation for this incredible bouquet by Papertini? Coral charm peonies, parrot tulips, dahlias, and wild wisps of greenery are the way to our hearts for sure.

modern wedding ideas - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

summer wedding cakes - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

bride and groom - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

We’re of course still smitten with bridal separates, and these days no one knows them better than Caroline Styles. The mix of a bright white crop top with a blush pink skirt is sure to be a fun option for any modern bride.

cake utensils - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

fan backdrops - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/colorful-summer-wedding-inspiration

The paper fan backdrop stole our hearts from the get-go, and we’re thrilled to say we’ve got all the deets on how to make it! Check back later today for the lowdown on the how-to.

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Jessica Cooper Photography

Event Planning

Patchwork Planning

Floral Design

Papertini

Venue

Awbury Arboretum

Wedding Dress

Sweet Caroline

Wedding Shoes

Bella Belle

Bridal Accessories

Bel Aire Bridal

Jewelry

Harry Merrill

Makeup

Elegance Artistry

Wedding Cake

Nutmeg Cake Design

Rentals and Styling

Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals

Place Mats

ChicTip Design

Confetti

The Flair Exchange

Wedding Stationery

Hadley Custom Designs

Post Processing

The Refined Union

Model

Stefani Rosenberg

DIY Paper Cherry Blossom Backdrop

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Jenn Byrne Creative

Using just one tool and two materials, this cherry blossom backdrop is a doozy. Fiskars carries extra large paper punches that are great for large-scale projects like this one. Thank you Jenn Byrne for the images! Check out the slideshow for the full HOW-TO:

DIY wedding projects - photo by Jenn Byrne Creative http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-cherry-blossom-backdrop

cherry blossom ideas - photo by Jenn Byrne Creative http://ruffledblog.com/diy-paper-cherry-blossom-backdrop
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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Jenn Byrne

Shooting Venue

Something Borrowed Rentals

Botanical Lavender Bridal Inspiration

Wedding Design

We’ve got a treat for everyone today, literally and figuratively! It starts off with this beyond-beautiful bridal inspiration shoot from Audra Wrisley Photography with styling by Jean Hilpert of Magnolia Lane Creative and floral arrangements designed by Studio DBI. It features the color lavender in a gauzy, muted light matched up with cool-tone grays and a mix of neutral and warm greens. What’s most adorable here is that fun and whimsical tulle skirt separate that perfectly matches the hue of the easy-to-create lavender cocktail and what’s even better is that the recipe to this refreshing cocktail is below!

floral wedding invitations - photo by Audra Wrisley Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-lavender-bridal-inspiration

From the photographer, Audra Wrisley Photography: This botanical lavender inspiration shoot is filled to the brim with eco-friendly and chic wedding ideas. Inspired by the amazing hand-made backdrop by Jean Hilpert, our shoot revolves around a palette of purples, grays and greens to create a soothing yet imaginative space. Created by hand dying coffee filters, the ombré purple colors in the backdrop set the stage for this bridal inspiration shoot, and led the way to a world of majestic creativity. The wardrobe was selected with simple silhouettes and colors, so as not to compete with the backdrop. A custom gray tulle skirt was created for the occasion, and paired with a simple bralette top. Silver Betsey Johnson heels were the perfect glamorous accent!
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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Audra Wrisley Photography

Event Styling and Backdrop

Jean Hilpert, Magnolia Lane Creative

Floral Designer

Studio DBI

Wedding Shoes

Betsey Johnson

Hair and Makeup

Lori Nansi

Wedding Invitations

Thao Kim Trang

DIY Easy Artful Backdrop

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Ariana Clare

Not all DIYs are created equal. This one that Kathryn of Studio Cultivate is a clear example that you don’t need to labor over decor in the name of DIY. Instead, you can invest on a few paintings like these ones from artist Kathryn Schermbeck and decorate around them for a big impact at your wedding. These images by Ariana Clare fuses together artistry and an easy project that will be an interesting talking piece at your wedding. Hang it at your ceremony, behind your sweetheart table at the wedding reception, then take them home to decorate your walls for years to come!

DIY wedding projects - photo by Ariana Clare - DIY and Styling by Kathryn Godwin http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easy-artful-backdrop

From the painter and DIY designer, Kathryn SchermbeckInstead of spending the majority of your wedding flower budget on just flowers, why not invest in pieces like this artistic canvas that can be a great wedding backdrop that will live on in your home to continually celebrate and remind you of the special day? 
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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Ariana Clare

DIY and Styling

Studio Cultivate

Painter

Kathryn Schermbeck

Floral Headpiece Designer

Maiden Flower Crowns

Outfit

Cut from the Same Cloth

Hair

Leigh Claiborne

Makeup

Lovely by Patrice

DIY Felt Backdrop

DIY Projects

Photos by:

We love us a quick DIY project that can be used anywhere. It can be nestled under your wedding arbor at your ceremony altar, behind your dessert table, or even as a prop backdrop for your funky photo booth section. Felt is a great material to transport and store because it doesn’t wrinkle, tear like paper nor fray like other types of fabric. Whatever your use for it, Fiskars made cutting several sheets of thick felt a breeze. Let us begin:

DIY Felt Backdrop
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DIY Shag Backdrop

DIY Projects

This one, guys. This DIY is it. It’s one of those DIY projects that we feel like hoarding forever because it’s SO good. This DIY shag backdrop is the queen of all of your fringe needs. Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate is teaching us how to create this colorful statement piece, which can be customized in an endless array of patterns and colors to fit your wedding or party. Or home, because I’m totally making this as curtains for my home office.

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Wedding Vendors

DIY Papel Picado Backdrop

DIY Projects

We’re giddy to announce our partnership with one of our favorite DIY brands, ! Maybe you’ve heard of them? They just happen to be a household name for crafts + cutting tools. We’ll be sharing a series of DIY projects and we’re starting with a bang with this papel picado backdrop from our Papel Picado inspiration shoot styled by Candice Mock of Patchwork Planning and captured by Jessica Cooper.

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-papel-picado-wedding-inspiration

Materials (hover the image for all supplies):

Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System Starter Set

Butcher Paper Roll

Fiskars Original Orange-Handled Scissors

Butcher paper (we used a roll of meat-wrap paper from Paper Mart)

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Instructions:

1.Cut a piece of butcher paper at the length you need your backdrop to be + 3″ or 4″ extra for a tab at the top

DIY Papel Picado Backdrop with @FiskarsAmericas - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-papel-picado-backdrop/

2.Fold your paper in 3″ wide strips like a fan

DIY Papel Picado Backdrop with @FiskarsAmericas - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-papel-picado-backdrop/

3.Cut strips of 2-3 scored folds

DIY Papel Picado Backdrop with @FiskarsAmericas - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-papel-picado-backdrop/

DIY Papel Picado Backdrop with @FiskarsAmericas - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-papel-picado-backdrop/

4.Now that you have long strips of paper, you’re ready to start using your AdvantEdge Punch System Starter Set! Leaving 3-4″ inches extra, punch your paper once.

DIY Papel Picado Backdrop with @FiskarsAmericas - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-papel-picado-backdrop/

5.Push the handle a notch to the right

AdvantEdge locks itself in each track to maintain a continuous 12″ pattern. Once you reach the end of the track, flip it upside down to align it seamlessly with the next round.

Once you’ve reached the end of the AdvantEdge track, bring the handle back to the left to continue the process.

DIY Papel Picado Backdrop with @FiskarsAmericas - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-papel-picado-backdrop/

Trim excess paper, fold tabs around a wooden dowel or rod, and bam, you’ve got yourself a faux laser cut backdrop that does not look like DIY at all!

If you don’t own the infamous yet, you should – it’s a DIY Toolbox essential. These can cut a wide variety of materials including denim, silk and multiple layers of fabric. It’s our go-to scissors for most of our projects.

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Check out our Pinterest board for more DIY Toolbox Essentials and be sure to follow too for more DIY ideas!

DIY Paper Feather Backdrop

DIY Projects

If you ask me, today’s DIY project is the perfect touch for any boho inspired wedding or party. Who doesn’t love it when some feathers join in on the fun? Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate recently shared this creative + fun paper feather backdrop (with Emily Chidester Photography capturing it all on camera), and we especially adore the idea of it as a cake display accent!

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Wedding Vendors

DIY Concept and Execution

Studio Cultivate

Photography

Emily Chidester Photography

Bridal Store

Hayden Olivia

Hair and Makeup

Lovely by Patrice

Flower Crown

Maiden Flower Crowns

DIY Pegboard Backdrop

DIY Projects

Over on the East Coast we’re getting our fair share of snow and chilly weather this weekend, and we can’t think of a better way to pass the time than with a fun DIY project! Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate and Emily Chidester Photography are with us to share the secret behind this striking DIY Pegboard Backdrop, perfect for a dessert table or even a ceremony backdrop on a bigger scale.

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For this project, you will need:
-pegboard 4×4 ft
-yarn
-scissors
-tapestry needle (a large eye is needed for the yarn)

DIY Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-pegboard-backdrop - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled, photo Emily Chidester

Instructions:
1. Cut a 3ft length of yarn to start, any long and it will become easily tangled. Thread tapestry needle and begin stitching at a corner of the pegboard.

DIY Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-pegboard-backdrop - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled, photo Emily Chidester

2. Loop through the first two holes and double knot on the backside. Continue to stitch the yarn in and out of the holes, and back to fill the lines. It will help to move at a faster pace when creating horizontal or vertical lines to skip over several holes at a time.

DIY Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-pegboard-backdrop - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled, photo Emily Chidester

3. Vary the patterns with stitching, create horizontal, vertical, diagonal and chevron lines. Patch working the stitches into each other will bring an organic flow to this graphic and modern decor.

DIY Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-pegboard-backdrop - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled, photo Emily Chidester

4. Set on a table and lean against the wall as a back to your dessert, gift or escort card table, or go big with a 4×8 foot sheet and use it as a backdrop!

DIY Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-pegboard-backdrop - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled, photo Emily Chidester

DIY Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-pegboard-backdrop - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled, photo Emily Chidester

DIY Pegboard Backdrop - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-pegboard-backdrop - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled, photo Emily Chidester

View step-by-step images from this tutorial in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Best of 2015: DIY Projects

DIY Projects

Photos by:

It’s not a secret — we love DIY projects. Love. And we had a great crop of ones to share this year, ranging from do-it-yourself backdrops to eye-catching tabletop decor and more. Without any further ado, let’s get into our Best of 2015: DIY Projects!

DIY Easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-diy-projects
We loved the pops of color in this project from Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate photographed by Emily Chidester.

DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-diy-projects
Vines of greenery made a beautiful statement in this project from Calie Rose photographed by Kristina Curtis Photography.

DIY tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-diy-projects
We went ga-ga over the suspended tassels in this project from Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate photographed by Anna Naphtali.

Best of 2015 DIY Projects - http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-diy-projects
We had great charger plates with calligraphy decals thanks to this project.

DIY starburst centerpiece - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-diy-projects
We made striking centerpieces using this project from Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate photographed by Emily Chidester.


We adore the backdrop created in this project by Taya Lyskanycz with Jayne Weddings photographed by Megan Saul Photography.

DIY watercolor table runner - photo Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-diy-projects
Our love for watercolor continued with this project from Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate photographed by Emily Chidester.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2015-diy-projects
Gold foil stole the scene in this project from Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate photographed by Brian Schindler.

Black Tie Halloween Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Halloween is creeping up on us, and we can’t think of a better way to kick off the spirit than this elegant take on a Halloween wedding from Smith House Photography, Paige Kristian Planning, and Arteflora Design. The team used an updated palette of navy blue and burgundy with just a touch of gold, and a selection of fresh fruits made the perfect accent. The cake especially caught our eye — we love the idea of using gold foil!

black tie Halloween wedding inspiration - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

From the photographer and stylist, Becki of Smith House Photography: When we began dreaming of a Halloween inspired wedding shoot, we knew we wanted to step away from the typical “orange and black”. So we replaced orange with golds (take a close look at the flatware from Anthropologie, it is to die for!) and black with navy (of course we kept SOME black, it just seemed to fit!) to create something unique and beautiful for the holiday. With burgundy as our main color accent and a venue with gorgeous greenery, we aimed to use organics and florals to bring in deep, dark colors to our Halloween inspiration; blackberries, figs, deep peonies. We wanted classic.

fall wedding invitations - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

black tie Halloween wedding inspiration - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

navy wedding shoes - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

black tie Halloween wedding inspiration - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

engagement ring - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

fall wedding bouquet - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

black tie Halloween wedding inspiration - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

bride and groom - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

ceremony backdrop calligraphy - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

wedding ceremony - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

burgundy place cards - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

black tie Halloween wedding inspiration - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

wedding table - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

We wanted details that would be appealing even to a bride who may never consider a Halloween affair. But since it is Halloween, we added in amazing Halloween details; Cue the most unique BLACK wedding cake you’ve ever seen and romantic Corpse Bride quotes incorporated into the invitations and ceremony backdrop. So without a pumpkin in sight, we present to you the gorgeous Black (Berry) Tie Halloween Inspiration Shoot at The Gallery in Houston, Texas.

black tie Halloween wedding inspiration - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

black tie Halloween wedding inspiration - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

fall wedding invitations - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

dark wedding cake - photo by Smith House Photography http://ruffledblog.com/black-tie-halloween-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography and Styling

Smith House Photography

Event Design

Paige Kristian Planning

Florist

Arteflora Design

Venue

The Gallery Houston

Wedding Dress, Veil, and Earrings

BHLDN

Wedding Shoes

Kate Spade

Engagement Ring

Joseph Keith

Hair and Makeup

Alexandra Nini of Glam Studio by Misty Rockwell

Groom's Shoes

Banana Republic

Wedding Cake, Pastries, and Styling

Whisk Bakery

Linens and Chargers

What's the Occasion Event Rentals

Flatware

Anthropologie

Wedding Invitations, Calligraphy, and Backdrop

Artful Design by Rachel Nieman

DIY Geometric Paper Backdrop

DIY Projects

We hope you enjoyed the beautiful modern safari wedding inspiration from Megan Saul Photography and Jayne Weddings earlier today, as we’re super excited to have them back with us to share exactly how they made the DIY Geometric Paper Backdrop seen behind the wedding cake! You might remember Amanda’s baby shower origami backdrop, so here are instructions that are super easy to follow! A special shout-out goes to Taya Lyskanycz with Jayne Weddings for creating this show-stopper of a display.

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

For this project, you will need:
-Stapler or Double Sided Tape
-12×12 Square card stock paper
-Foam Core in the size of your backdrop
-Gold Spray paint
-Straight Pins
-Scissors
-Bone Folder

Instructions:
1. Start by taking the paper and folding it in half. Crease with bone folder. Then fold it in half again, crease with bone folder. You should now have a smaller, thicker square.

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

2. Take that square and fold it in half diagonally. Crease very hard with bone folder to get a nice seam, then unfold back to the smaller square stage.

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

3. Fold it half diagonally the other direction. Reopen to smaller square. You should now have a small thick square with an X shape fold lines.

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

4. Pick one triangle of the X to cut out. Leave a small section of this to use to tape or staple together. Once cut out, hold the edges and push together so the rest of the shape pops up and becomes 3D. Tape or staple together. We used tape, as it’s easier, but if you are making this for more then a few weeks ahead of time, I would use a stapler.

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

5. Once the 3D triangle is together, push straight pins into the corners of the triangle. Then place on foam core and push pins thru. Flip board over and bend the pins back against the board, so they don’t murder anyone during installation.

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

6. Then spray paint any color you want! You could also use colored paper to create something super exciting!

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

DIY geometric paper backdrop - photo by Megan Saul Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-paper-backdrop

View step-by-step images from this tutorial in the gallery

Whimsical Chicago Wonderland Styled Shoot

Wedding Design

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It’s our worst-kept secret that we absolutely love backdrops here at Ruffled, and today’s shoot is certainly in possession of one. Some of Chicago’s most talented vendors, including Ed & Aileen Photography, Dotted Events, and Blümgarten, came together to create this Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding shoot, blending blues and pinks together with whimsical vintage details for a look that’s straight out of Lewis Carroll’s imagination — all tied perfectly together by a tissue paper backdrop made by Lil Epic Event Design!

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

From Ed & Aileen Photography and Dotted Events: Lacuna Artist Loft Studios, with its uniqueness and eclectic nature, was the perfect platform for a shoot that was not only a little outside the box, but also something that could be out of a dream. The venue creates the perfect atmosphere for an Alice in Wonderland-inspired wedding shoot. And, as this year marks the 150th anniversary of the story written by Lewis Carroll, which has remained one of the most famous fairy tales of all time, it seemed fitting to pay tribute to this magical and unconventional work of art by reinterpreting it for the nuptials of a modern couple.

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

cobalt blue wedding shoes - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

fuchsia peony bouquet - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical tissue paper backdrop - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

We started the shoot on the rooftop. With the city in the backdrop, but not quite within reach, the story unfolds. The bride and groom leave reality and the tumble down the rabbit hole begins. It takes them first down into a romantic dream world where they are backed by draping and meet again under a chandelier. Here, they try get their bearings straight, but things are getting “curiouser and curiouser!” Another tumble further down the rabbit hole takes them into a romantic tea-party inspired ceremony and reception. Captivated by a bright palette of purples, pinks, and greens, we used a mix of bright and neutral colors to bring out a whimsical feel. Enchanting florals, from oversized peony blossoms to layers of moss, were complimented by other natural pieces, such as handcrafted wooden furniture and a naked cake. Elements of the tale appear throughout, from mismatched hand-painted invitations, antique place settings, pocket watches, and golden chess pieces to bronze keys, vintage books, and miniature “drink me” and “eat me” favors. Each and every detail was added to bring in some of the most important pieces of the story through symbolism and presence.

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical inspired bouquet - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

place setting - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical wonderland tablescape - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

vintage book centerpiece - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

drink me tags - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

Their journey ends in a white room that seems to be getting smaller and smaller. This perspective art exhibit at Lacuna Artist Lofts was absolutely perfect. And only a short elevator ride up to bring them back to reality. While Alice in Wonderland has a dark side, the focus of the shoot was on the lighter, romantic elements of the story, as we were inspired by Carroll’s writing to celebrate love and companionship. However, we did separate from the story at the very end; unlike for Alice, for our bride and groom, the experience is not intended to be a distant memory, but instead it will be a day that they will never forget — filled with romance, whimsy, and adventure. “‘I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.'”

whimsical Chicago wonderland styled shoot - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

dessert table - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

whimsical wedding cake - photo by Ed and Aileen Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-chicago-wonderland-styled-shoot

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Ed & Aileen Photography

Event Coordination

Dotted Events

Florist

Blümgarten

Venue

Lacuna Artist Loft Studios

Wedding Dress and Jewelry

Mignonette Bridal

Rings

Gage Diamonds

Hair

Marisol Saucedo

Makeup

Marguerite Preston

Bridesmaid Dresses

Brideside

Tuxedos

Menguin

Wardrobe Styling

Patrick Niles

Wedding Cake

Swedish Bakery

Backdrop

Lil Epic Event Design

Furniture

Makers Chicago

Chairs and Linens

Classic Party Rentals

Place Settings

Rent Vintage Chicago

Lighting and Draping

Art of Imagination

Wedding Invitations

Hand-Painted Weddings

Creative Nashville Wedding with Art Installations

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Eden Frangipane

The bride’s BHLDN gown, the organic centerpieces, the incredible art installations for the ceremony and the reception — these are just a few of our favorite things from Ashlee and Brent’s wedding in Nashville, TN. Eden Frangipane and Modern Vintage Events were the all-stars responsible for bringing together all the finishing touches, and to say they knocked it out of the park might just be the understatement of the year.

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

From the event designer, Modern Vintage Events: Ashlee and Brent are true creatives. She is a chef at Silly Goose, a farm-to-table restaurant and he is a design mastermind for Fort Houston, a creative gym in Nashville. Their wedding was full of creative touches, art installations and fun. Ashlee paid attention to each and every detail, from the food catered by her restaurant to the pressed menu flowers, gold leafed miniature horses, organic floral centerpieces and beautiful art installations for the ceremony and reception.

bridesmaid dresses - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

bride and groom - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

organic bouquet with anemones - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

ceremony setup - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

ceremony art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

wedding ceremony - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

wedding ceremony processional - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

They got married at a working farm in Nashville and had amazing farm-to-table food, an assortment of pies and crafted cocktails. Everyone enjoyed lawn games including archery complete with headdresses. Everything from Ashlee’s dress to the hanging chandeliers felt very artsy and very Anthropologie. Ashlee pulled up to the ceremony in a 1961 Cadillac DeVille. The flowers were flowy and vibrant and popped perfectly against her vintage-inspired dress. Brent’s blue suit complimented everything perfectly.

wedding ceremony - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

ceremony recessional - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

bridesmaid dress - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

hanging flowers - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

Their ceremony may have been one of my favorites. One of her friends put together the flower installations and she brought rugs from her parent’s home to put under the architecture on the farm. They had musicians and their music included anything from “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys to “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt. Both their mothers did readings during the ceremony.

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

organic centerpiece - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

creative Nashville wedding with art installations - photo by Eden Frangipane http://ruffledblog.com/creative-nashville-wedding-with-art-installations

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processionals: “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys
Bridal Processional: “If I Needed You,” Townes Van Zandt
Recessional: “I Only Want to Be With You,” Bay City Rollers
First Dance: “Ain’t That Love,” Ray Charles
Father/Daughter Dance: “All I Have to do is Dream,” Everly Brothers
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

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Southern Neutral Wedding Editorial

Wedding Design

When you have striking architectural pieces readily available, sometimes the inspiration just flows. Katelyn James Photography and Amanda Veronee put together this styled shoot inspired by two ornate doors, managing to work them into both a ceremony setup and a reception display! A paper scroll with calligraphy and also a paper flower backdrop served as equally eye-catching elements for this beautiful shoot.

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

From the photographer, Katelyn James Photography: This southern shoot was inspired by a neutral palette and soft tones. The massive ornate doors were the start of the inspiration. We knew we wanted to use this gorgeous piece and so then we worked the rest of the shoot around it! This shoot has a hint of shabby chic but also had just enough “sparkle” to make it a tad glamorous. Enjoy these images and don’t miss the classic car that decided to make an appearance!

wedding invitations - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

white and green bouquet - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

written calligraphy backdrop - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

white frosted wedding cake - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

southern neutral wedding editorial - photo by Katelyn James Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-neutral-wedding-editorial

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

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Katelyn James Photography

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Amanda Veronee

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Urban Set Bride

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Emily Hudspeth, Hair Design and Makeup Artist

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Wedding Cake

The Buttercream Bee

Rentals

Paisley & Jade

Paper Flower Backdrop

Something Borrowed

Ribbon

ShyMyrtle

Balloons

The Caroline Doll Shop

Calligraphy

Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Transportation

First Class Limo Services

DIY Easter Egg Backdrop

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Emily Chidester

When it comes to weddings, one of the first things that catches our eyes every time is the backdrop. They’re such an easy way to make an eye-catching statement, so we’re thrilled to have this one to share with you all today! Studio Cultivate by Kathryn Godwin + Ruffled collaborated to execute and style this DIY Easter egg backdrop with flowers by Springvine, while Emily Chidester took the reins behind the camera. Of course, this would be a great DIY for any time of the year! If you follow us on Instagram, you will see the backdrop in action for Luna’s First Birthday :)

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DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

For this project, you will need:
– plastic Easter eggs
– scissors
– white twine or fishing line
– white spray paint
– acrylic white paint
– tapestry needle
– baster
– gray spray paint (the right shade of gray is hard to find, so we used primer)

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

Instructions:
1. Cut plastic egg halves apart – trim off the connecting piece. Lay on protected surface to paint.

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

2. Use a baster to drip acrylic paint over egg, allow to run and drip over egg – this gave a nice texture and variation to the egg. We varied the quantities that we dripped with paint versus what we spray painted.

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

3. After dripped paint or spray paint has dried, thread your tapestry needle with twine – staring on the inside of the shell, thread and loop through the two holes at the top of the egg, tie in knot.

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

4. Thread through the inside of the next shell, loop again through the two holes and back out the top- slide shell down to almost stack on the previous egg. By looping through the two holes, the twine will lock into position.

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

5. Create varying lengths of these tendrils from 5 egg halves to 20-30, depending on the length of the backdrop you desire. After having strung them, we dusted them with spray paint once more to help cover any area there may have been chipping.

6. Suspend from a strong bar that can withstand weight, and cluster tendrils together – creating a heavily layered backdrop transforms the otherwise recognizable material into something unexpected.

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

DIY easter egg backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-easter-egg-backdrop

View step-by-step images from this tutorial in the gallery

Alternatively, if you’re in a pinch for time, you can string plastic eggs and spray paint them (using the paint + primer cans). Open them up, and starting string the halves with knots in between each.

DIY Easter Egg Backdrop as executed and styled by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled

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Photography

Emily Chidester

Concept

Ruffled

Styling

Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate

Floral Design

Springvine Design

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Adorn Studio, Adorn Studio

Mid Century Modern Spring Elopement

Wedding Design

A bright punch of color, mid-century modern styling, and a backdrop made of flowers and greenery all add up to make the key to my heart. Barrie Anne Photography, Alyssa Hoffman Event Design and Coordination, and Bash & Bloom are here to share their most recent styled shoot, which makes its way onto our pages just in time for the brighter days of spring.

mid century modern spring elopement - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

From the photographer, Barrie Anne Photography: This elopement style shoot that we did was meant to capture the bright side of mid-century modern and to get our minds ready for spring and summer! Alyssa Hoffman Events selected a unique and bright “sunset” color palette to brighten and accent Vintage Ambiance’s newest addition “Don Draper” a stunning mid-century modern sofa.

fuchsia and orange bouquet - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

colorful wedding ideas - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

mid century modern spring elopement - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

painted wedding cake - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

hanging flower backdrop - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

tulle wedding dress - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

pink and green boutonniere - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

mid century modern spring elopement - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

The original vision for this shoot was to be outside, however the Seattle weather did not permit that, and we found the perfect spot in the University of Washington Club that had the most dramatic lighting that Barrie Anne captured flawlessly. The entire team was excited about the bright “sunset” color palette, as you can see through the colors of the stunning bridal bouquet designed by Bash and Bloom, and the sweet pink cake by Honey Crumb. We hope this shoot helps pull your minds from winter to spring as it did ours!

mid century modern spring elopement - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

mid century modern spring wedding - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

groom looks - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

mid century modern spring elopement - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

painted wedding cake - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

organic wedding ideas - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

mid century modern spring elopement - photo by Barrie Anne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/mid-century-modern-spring-elopement

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

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