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.
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!
For this project, you will need:
– Fiskars Easy Change Detail Knife
– Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Scissors
– Fiskars Cutting Mat
– 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.
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.
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!
This is another DIY project we created for Hershey’s new wedding site, 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:
Hershey’s Kisses (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
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!
Thank you Hershey’s for partnering with us! You can find more wedding inspiration treats on their page here.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Be sure to catch the film from James Pett Weddings:
Coordination and Styling
Wedding Shoes and Accessories
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
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!
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.
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.
For this project, you will need:
Beau-coup paddle fans
8ft x 4ft foam board insulation
White masking tape
Black marker or marker color of your choice
Head over to Beau-coup and check out their other super-helpful wedding tips, tricks, and inspiration; not to mention their huge selection of wedding supplies!
We teamed up with Jessica Cooper Photography, Patchwork 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rentals and Styling
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:
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!
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!
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!
From the painter and DIY designer, Kathryn Schermbeck: Instead 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?
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:
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.
We’re giddy to announce our partnership with one of our favorite DIY brands, Fiskars! 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.
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)
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
2.Fold your paper in 3″ wide strips like a fan
3.Cut strips of 2-3 scored folds
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.
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.
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 Fiskars Original Orange-Handled Scissors 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.
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!
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.
For this project, you will need:
-pegboard 4×4 ft
-tapestry needle (a large eye is needed for the yarn)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
We loved the pops of color in this project from Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate photographed by Emily Chidester.
Vines of greenery made a beautiful statement in this project from Calie Rose photographed by Kristina Curtis Photography.
We had great charger plates with calligraphy decals thanks to this project.
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!
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.
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.
Photography and Styling
Wedding Dress, Veil, and Earrings
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Cake, Pastries, and Styling
Linens and Chargers
Wedding Invitations, Calligraphy, and Backdrop
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Then spray paint any color you want! You could also use colored paper to create something super exciting!
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!
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.
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.
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.'”
Wedding Dress and Jewelry
Chairs and Linens
Lighting and Draping
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Florist and Design
Paper Flower Backdrop
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 :)
For this project, you will need:
– plastic Easter eggs
– white twine or fishing line
– white spray paint
– acrylic white paint
– tapestry needle
– gray spray paint (the right shade of gray is hard to find, so we used primer)
1. Cut plastic egg halves apart – trim off the connecting piece. Lay on protected surface to paint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Today’s wedding is so full of amazing ideas, you’ll be sure to return to it time and time again. D’Arcy Benincosa Photography captured Ben and Amber’s wedding in Salt Lake City, and as you’ll be able to see from these images, Amber is a natural crafter at heart. She handmade not one but two brilliant backdrop walls, and the rest of the details followed suit with amazing creativity.
From the bride, Amber: I know you’ve heard the saying “I feel like the luckiest girl in the world” time and time again, but guys, I felt like the absolute luckiest lady when my groom slipped that engagement ring on my finger and asked me to be his wife. Not only did I get to marry one of the most wonderful human beings on the planet, I got to plan and execute a wedding! A wedding to me is like a fantasy land where creativity, design, music, fashion, family, and friends all get meshed together in one amazing little package. As a self proclaimed “craftster” & “DIYer”, I was overflowing with ideas as to what my wedding day could become.
My husband and I became engaged exactly one year and a day before our wedding date. The nice thing about being engaged the full year before we were married is that I was able to pick a wedding venue and see what it would roughly look like the next fall. The choice was not hard, as our venue was completely gorgeous on its own, having both outdoor and indoor elements. However, I wanted to add those extra DIY crafty elements that made the space really feel like it was “ours”. In fact, before picking our venue, we had talked about renting out a warehouse space for several months to completely customize, but my mom put the brakes on that idea [and thankfully, mother knows best (sometimes)]. Lucky for us too, our venue was absolutely happy to accommodate any crazy idea we threw their way. I remember when I sat down to come up with the decor/installation elements for the wedding I wrote down “textured.” I love the look and feel of using different materials, sizes, and colors right next to each other. By the time I had finished all of my projects for the wedding I was actually concerned that it all wouldn’t look good or cohesive because I had brought in so many different elements (even so much that we had to rent a U-Haul to get all of it to the venue), but much to my relief everything looked amazing and it felt like it had transformed into our own little wonderland.
My favorite thing about Fall, and one of the main reasons I picked it for us to get married, is all of the beautiful saturated colors. I remember when I told our venue coordinator all of the colors that I would be using her eyes went wide, and she said “that’s a lot of colors.” (Her eyes went even bigger when I told her I was bringing not just one, but two “walls” in.) I should tell you that throughout our wedding planning process I never really listened to the advice that most people or popularity gave me (because everyone wants to give you advice). If you want fourteen colors to your wedding, have them. If you want huge displays, make them. My favorite part of the wedding was that it was distinctly mine, I did exactly what I wanted (budget permitting) and in the end I felt so good about the choices I had made. Now, if you are planning a wedding, I’m not telling you to be a bridezilla, but make sure to make yourself happy! It’s your special day after all!
Our ceremony was wonderful, my legs shook the whole time out of nerves, but luckily it was cold enough everybody thought I was just cold (which it really was). The groom and I wrote our own ceremony with the help of the officiant, which was good because we knew exactly what was happening next and kept our composure for the most of it (we’re both a bit tender-hearted). Our ceremony then led into a Soup Bar dinner, and a marvelous reception. We wanted to make sure that our wedding reception would be one to remember, and that our guests would be thoroughly entertained, so instead of doing a “money dance” the groom and I opted to take a note from Jimmy Fallon and we competed in our very first love song Lip Sync Battle. Our guests absolutely loved the “super secret surprise” and it gave family and guests from far away that don’t know us well a chance to see our hilarious competitive side. For the rest of the night we did what my husband does best, and danced the night away.
Hair and Makeup
Tabletop Decor and Ring Holder
We’re always fans of mixing high and low elements in wedding design, and this backdrop made of natural wood slices and gold leaf is a prime example of how beautifully the two can work together. Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate is here to share all the details behind this DIY branch slice backdrop, with help from Brian Schindler behind the camera!
For this project, you will need:
-branch slices (you can find these on etsy or ebay, or if you know how to use a miter saw, then find a branch in your backyard!)
-jute or gold twine
-1/8″ drill bit
1. Drill two holes on opposite ends of branch slice.
2. Measure twine to length you would like your backdrop to be.
3. Use a tapestry needle to thread gold twine through both holes.
4. Tie a knot at the top hole.
5. Thread the next slice, keeping them about 1.5″ apart, continue steps 2 & 3.
6. Use spray adhesive on section you would like to apply gold leaf- hold can about 8″ away. We created a diagonal stripe with our gold leaf application that spans the width of the backdrop.
7. Gently apply a sheet of gold leaf to slice, using the tissue paper layers to help smooth the leaf sheet.
8. Suspend from rod or arch, allow ends to vary in length for a soft organic finish.
Of all the things we love, weddings that are as much of a party as they are a celebration of love is right up at the top of the list. The Schultzes, Willow Event Design, and Joey McDermott put together some of their best work for Lindy and Jason’s wedding, which included incredible bursts of color and confetti at every turn for one heck of a beautiful day!
From the bride, Lindy: Creating from my heart, and celebrating love is at the heart of my core and what I love about being an artist and designer. Our wedding was a rare opportunity for me to bring our love to life and to give Jason, along with our friends and family, the gift of an experience to celebrate that love. We also wanted to invite our friends and family into our world here in Savannah and share with them pieces of the life we’ve built together. We wanted to celebrate our love, and the love of our family and friends. I always said – if there was a world created from our love, our wedding day would be a glimpse into what that world would look like – and that’s what we based every single decision on. We wanted the day to be fun and lighthearted.
Wedding bouquet: My bouquet included pink, white, and yellow ranunculus, hot pink and white anemones, billy balls, fuchsia peonies, blue delphenium, white feverfew, white scabiosa, and dark purple lisianthus.
We aren’t afraid of color and knew that it would play a big part in the look of our wedding. We chose white and grey as our core colors, with fuchsia, yellow, coral, kelly green, bright blue, and purple as our accent colors. We also mixed in silver and gold accents. We kept the décor simple for the ceremony, letting the beauty of Savannah shine. We set up the chairs to create a close knit semi-circle, and adorned the back rows with fabric streamers. We had a welcome table set up so guests could congregate, get a cool glass of water when they arrived, and be welcomed by us through a welcome sign/message. We also had large white balloons with fabric streamers around the square.
The confetti girls lined the aisle with multi-colored confetti for me to walk down and our guests showered us with confetti as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. They wore adorable, custom-designed dresses from Vesper Clothier who was wonderful to work with. After that, guests had two “to-go” drinks to choose from to have in hand as they walked to Ships of the Sea for the reception (thanks to Savannah’s brilliant open container law!). We also had pedi-cabs waiting for guests after the ceremony so they could get a ride from the square to Ships of the Sea. We wanted to continue with our colorful, fun and whimsical reception world full of love with the and this is really where it came to life.
The reception featured long, family style tables with a mix of glass, milk glass, and mason jars holding a mix of bright, colorful, and whimsical flowers. Gracing the tables, along with the mix of flowers, were peaches and bunches of cotton – a nod to our love of the South – along with some paper flowers. Each table had a grey and white table runner – a mix of stripes and polka dots – so each table was a little different. Each guest had their name card waiting for them with a little bundle of love, including a thank you note and the menu for the evening.
The biggest labor of love was the paper flower installation that hung over the dance floor. This was a creation straight from my heart and I couldn’t have made it happen without the help of Jason, my father, my mother, sister and a group of loving friends who help me create the 200 flowers that hung from it. I had a vision for this and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping it come to life. We wanted an explosion of color to hang above us as we celebrated the night away and it was magical!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Your wedding day is just that – yours. The two of you. We knew early on that we had a unique vision to celebrate our love and that was what guided each decision we made. We infused our story, personalities, and things we love in every detail of our day. We truly wanted our wedding day to be a glimpse into our love, the life we’ve built together, and the life we want to lead as a married couple. Our best piece of advice beyond that would be to enjoy and savor your engagement, the week leading up to the big day, and your wedding day as much as possible. Ask for help. In some cases, just because you can do it all doesn’t mean you should. We were truly blown away by the generosity of our friends and family. Having their help, incorporating their talents, and having them be such an integral part of making our wedding day happen made it that much more special to us. So many details are woven with family traditions and would not have been possible with the help of our family and friends. We would also advise couples to carefully select the partners and vendors you work with. You are placing so much trust in them to help pull off a day that means so much to you. Communication is key and trusting them to do their part is a huge leap of faith. Listen to your gut, and don’t be convinced you “need” this or that to make your day complete – the world of wedding planning can be extremely overwhelming and remembering that this day is about your marriage and starting your life together as husband and wife is key. As fun and beautiful as all the pretty little details are, there is nothing more important than the fact that the day is the beginning of your marriage.
Processional: “Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake (piano version)
Bride’s Processional: “Somebody to Love,” Queen (piano version)
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Father/Daughter Dance: “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
Mother/Son Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel
Wedding Shoes, Purse, Reception Necklace
Confetti Girl Dresses
Groom's Bow Tie
Ice Cream Cart
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
Make sure you’re cozy in your seat, because today’s wedding from A Brit & A Blonde, Darling & Daisy, and Blush And Bloom is a doozy. Aleksandra and Dave’s wedding in Toronto was full of the most incredible touches, including a darling sweetheart table with a sequin backdrop, a cake table with endless treats, and a ceremony setup I could stare at for days on end.
From the photographers, A Brit & A Blonde: There’s nothing more exciting for a wedding team than a couple who dreams of an explosion of creativity for their big day. Every single part of this wedding was rad, stunning and perfect. There were so many details that are just to lovely for words. The couple brought together some of the best Toronto wedding vendors to create what the bride Aleks called her “Dream Team”. Mercedes from Darling & Daisy was the creative director pulling together a most gorgetastic and whimsical look and feel.
Aleksandra works in a library and is passionate about reading, which inspired such details as the book page backdrop and library card “seating chart.” Beet & Path designed personalized library cards which include the guests name, meal choice, and an itinerary on the flip side. Each guest retrieved his or hers in a vintage library card box. The room was adorned by candle light, lace, books and flowers. Blush and Bloom created, garlands, bouquets and an abundance of centerpieces featuring pink peonies, mums, a variety of roses, and greenery arranged with a lush yet organic flair. The vintage furniture added character and a sense of family comfort to the wedding.
A focal point of design was the ladder archway under which the vows took place, later transformed into an elaborate sweet display on the dance floor. The Wedding cake Shoppe baked the most delicious variety of cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, tarts and everything your sweet tooth could possibly crave. Darling and Daisy hand made a “Sweet Love” marquee sign, labels for each treat and styled the display incorporating a sequins table cloth, bar cart, 2 vintage desks and of course – tons of beautiful foliage. We have literally never seen so many flowers – the reception set up was gorgeous and felt like a garden.
From the bride, Aleksandra: We wanted the day to be about us and our unique relationship; and we wanted to share that with our closest family and friends. We are very untraditional, we planned our wedding, then told our family and friends, and then did the “formal proposal” We instantly decided that we would not do anything that we didn’t feel comfortable with, especially the traditional aspects of weddings that didn’t have meaning to us. We decided that we would spend as much time as possible together, we woke up together, had breakfast together with family, and we saw each other as soon as we were ready. We walked down the aisle together too. We wanted to the whole day to be a reflection of us and our style; fun, casual and pretty, basically we wanted to host a great party.
Veil and Headband
Getting Ready Dress
Groom's Suit and Shoes
Book Page Backdrop
Library Cards and Itinerary
Robes, Hanger, Champagne Flutes, Table Numbers
It’s no surprise we love a good backdrop, and even more so when you can make it yourself. Juli of Juli Vaughn Designs is with us to share the secrets behind her inspiring floating candlestick backdrop from today’s styled shoot, so I’ll let her take it away from here!
For this project, you will need:
*Large Black Foamcore Board
*19-21 Gauge Wire
*2 Large Brass Desk Clips (Mine are from Anthro and can be found here)
As far as Valentine’s Day events go, this one is just about as pretty as it gets. With a greenery backdrop in a loose diamond design, plenty of French desserts, and an incredible embellished gown from Bree Lena topped off with a floral crown, every bit is styled to utter perfection by photographers Lori Romney Photography and Jennifer Fauset Photography.
From the photographers, Lori Romney and Jennifer Fauset: As photographers, we loved creating this romantic, cozy, Valentine’s inspired shoot in the warmth of our Salt Lake City studio. We used a color story of pinks, reds and golds. Since Valentine’s Day makes us think of sweet treats, everything about this photo shoot was based around these amazing and delicious pastries. Our pastry chef, Dani with The Petite Pastry, went all out! The gorgeous color of her sumptuous treats made our table drip with romance. Dani amazed us with her “not cake” cakes, and this cream puff cake was divine! It added texture and interest to our entire event. Everyone involved kept sneaking the pink almond heart shaped cookies. YUM! We wanted the desserts to shine, so we asked our floral design contributor to help us with understated floral arrangements to tie in the Valentine theme. The vine wall was our favorite part! It was made from Eucalyptus that smelled of perfection. It added warmth and beauty to our walls.
The dress was another very important item on our check list! We knew that we wanted sophisticated and romantic. Bree Lena is such a talent and her designs are amazing. This one of a kind dress was a new design she is working on for Provo Fashion Week and we were lucky enough to get to use it, just hours after she finished making it! It is simply stunning. The elegance of this backless gown, mixed with the stunning beaded fabric, looked flawless on our model, Abby. This dress is so intricate, laced with heavy beads, it couldn’t even be hung on a hanger! She brought it to the studio folded up perfectly in a box.
From the pastry chef, The Petite Pastry: Since returning from my fairytale surprise honeymoon in Paris, the city of romance, I have been flirting with the idea of a French-themed table scape full of delicate, sweet aphrodisiac—sweet nothings that inspire and cultivate love. In the limelight is the classic croquembouche, a traditional French wedding “cake” that was created for royalty. A croquembouche is a tower of creme-filled cream puffs held together by caramel and spun sugar. Classic French cookies of all varieties were brought in as supporting cast, including chocolate-dipped pirouettes, brown-butter madelines, strawberry-meringue rosettes, eclairs, almond icebox hearts, and assorted rosewater macaroons.
And just because there wasn’t a traditional wedding cake doesn’t mean didn’t mean we missed out. Oh, there was cake. The classic French opera cake consists of layered jaconde cake soaked in espresso syrup, coffee buttercream, topped with mirror glaze and edible 24k gold leaf was made into bite-sized petite four shapes and paired with chocolate-covered strawberries. Other cakes included a freestanding white chocolate creme cake finished with fresh strawberries and white chocolate shavings, and mini chocolate angel food bundt cakes. As you can see, this sweet table adds to the ambiance of romance and beauty that the couple radiates. I think this French-inspired wedding is one for the history books.
Shoot Location: Salt Lake City, UT / Photographers: Lori Romney Photography and Jennifer Fauset Photography / Flowers: Chelsie Draney / Venue: The Studio Room / Wedding Dress: Bree Lena / Hair and Makeup: Heather Deus / Pastries: The Petite Pastry / Table and Decor Rentals: Diamond Rental / Stationery: West End Creative Group / Models: Abby Payton & Tyson French
With its soft coral and calming aqua hues, today’s styled shoot from Cannon Candids Photography and Jstat Design has us longing for spring. While we wait for things to warm up a bit outside, this is a fantastic way to tide us over! We’re particularly taken with the wedding bouquet — it took us a few good looks to realize that it wasn’t made with real flowers, but rather silk ones with vintage brooches.
From the photographer, Cannon Candids: This summer Cannon Candids Photography had the opportunity to shoot at a new up and coming venue in Barberton, Ohio, The Piggery at Anna Dean Farms. After shooting their first wedding there, they knew that they wanted to go back. The space was simple and full of beautiful natural light. The designer of the shoot wanted to take the fresh rustic space and fill it whimsical colors and sparkle! Elyse’s Boutique, Suzie Kays Keepsake Brooch Bouquets, Sitting Pretty Linens, Jstat Design, and Cannon Candids Photography worked together to create this stylized shoot. We were inspired by the natural accents of everyday life and wanted to reveal nature’s beauty of glittering dew, natural light, and vibrant greenery.
Shoot Location: Barberton, OH / Photographer: Cannon Candids Photography / Event Design and Decor: Jstat Design / Bouquet: Susie Kays Keepsake Brooch Bouquets / Venue: The Piggery at Anna Dean Farms / Wedding Dress: Elyse’s Boutique – Bridal & Prom / Linens and Coverings: Sitting Pretty Linens