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!
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:
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 Fiskars too for more creative DIY ideas!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
The couple added a few vintage inspired details to their wedding decor, like these unique key bottle openers for the guest’s favors.
Doesn’t this make you want to build your own flower wall to take with you everywhere? No, just us?
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!
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.
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! Read more
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? Read more
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.
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!
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.
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.'”
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!
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.
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.
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.