Today’s styled shoot was already pretty incredible with its lush living wall, striking tropical inspired floral arrangements, and a seriously stylish wedding party, but the talented team of Anastasiia Photography, Catering by Corey, and Springvine Design turned it up to 11 by adding in some live snakes from a local serpentarium! If you’re ready for your daily dose of edgy style and striking looks with some gorgeous wedding inspo for good measure, take a seat and read on:
We think styled shoots like this should definitely be a thing. When putting together this shoot, Callie Hobbs Photography and Yonder Floral and Decor House wanted to think out of the box and construct an editorial different from the traditional bride and groom shoot. As soon as Callie and Gretchen found an engaged model, they thought to do a glam shoot with her and her girlfriends, dressed to the nines in boho chic gowns and gorgeous hair and makeup. What a fun concept to tackle with your own bridesmaids!
From the photographer, Callie Hobbs Photography: When putting this shoot together with Gretchen of Yonder Floral and Decor House, we wanted to do something different than the standard bride and groom session. Gretchen was the brains behind this magical day! She actually found a model who is soon to be married and then we brought in two of her girlfriends to have a bridal brunch! To make it even more fun we turned it into a photo session with a bride and her best friends! Who doesn’t want a chance to get all dolled up with a fabulous braid and flawless makeup?!
Gretchen created the beautiful florals and then also made these gorgeous greenery belts for her besties in the ethereal gowns. It was the perfect touch! I could not get over how beautiful everything came together! As the girls were blasting and dancing to music, it made me wish we did something this fun before my wedding! I loved the table setting on the floor with an over hanging woven fixture. I mean wow! Gretchen is truly a talented human being! Along with the tee-pee and the fun rugs she set up in such an industrial, clean space, that made it stunning! Blanc could not have been a better location for such a fun and light-hearted event. I feel like the engagement period just flies by so to anyone in this phase of life, don’t let it pass you by! Take advantage of it and gather with people you love every chance you can!
There are oodles of reasons to love today’s styled shoot, but chief among them is the fact that it doubles as a stylish bridal luncheon and also a portrait session for the bride and groom. Allison Marie Photography, Weddings by Hannah, and Branches and Twigs pooled their talents to create a gorgeous event for the bride and her ‘maids, complete with incredible floral decor and all, then had the groom join the bride outside for some dreamy shots of the couple.
From the photographer, Allison Marie: Inspired by the beautiful architecture and grounds at Longview Mansion, the designers and I created a vision for this inspirational bridal luncheon. It would be an event the bride would host to celebrate the beautiful friendships she has with her bridesmaids, and would include toasts, decadent treats and gifts.
The details and attire for the shoot were inspired by feminine, earthy details. The bride wore a stunning floral necklace, and the bridesmaids were gifted with one-of-a-kind flower rings. After the bridal luncheon portion of the shoot, I was able to photograph the model bride and groom outside for photos. I am still amazed by how all the aspects of this shoot came together so perfectly, and it was an honor to work with such talented wedding vendors!!
Hair and Makeup
Bridesmaid Dresses and Jewelry
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
While there are plenty of gift ideas for your honey out there right now, we thought it’d be nice to show off this cute Valentine’s Day (or any day!) gift for your girlfriends. Not only are these friendship bracelets the perfect way to perk up a friend’s day — they’re also a perfect add-on gift for your bridesmaids. Thank you so much to Cambria Grace for capturing this tutorial, and Lauren of Lauren Wells Events for sharing her tips!
From Lauren of Lauren Wells Events: I have always loved sending my girlfriends Valentines. They appreciate pink and glitter and xoxo’s way more than my husband does, and it’s always fun to let your friends know you are thinking of them. This year, I decided to make some old school friendship bracelets. They are the perfect snow day activity, and so simple to make. Not to mention all the colors you can choose from!
For this project, you will need:
-Clipboard (optional, but helpful!)
Classic Chevron DIY
1. Cut 5 colors of embroidery thread 60-70″ in length, then fold in half and tie a knot. You should have 10 strings total, 2 of each color.
2. Secure the knot down (we used a clipboard, but you can use tape or a safety pin, too), and separate the 5 colors to each side. Make sure the order of the colors mirror each other as shown in the photo.
3. Starting with the thread on the far left (in this case, green), cross it over the thread next to it (blue) in the shape of a 4. Holding the blue thread taut, pull the green thread tight and secure into a knot. Repeat, so the same knot is tied twice.
4. Using the same green thread, move to the next thread (red), and repeat the same knot twice.
5. Repeat two knots on the pink thread, and then two knots on the gold thread, until the green thread is now in the middle.
6. Repeat the entire process on the right side, beginning with the outer most green thread once again. Rather than making a 4 shape, cross the thread over in a P shape. Then, tie each knot.
7. Once you have reached the middle, tie the two green threads together, again knotting twice. Your first row is done!
8. Repeat the steps above, using the new outer thread each time (the second row will now be blue), and you will see the classic chevron pattern emerge a few rows down!
9. Once the bracelet is long enough, separate the extra thread into two braids, and tie around the knot to secure.
The heart DIY is almost the same as the chevron, so once you have mastered that, this one will be a cinch.
1. Select 2 colors, and cut 2 60-70″ pieces of each. Fold in half, and secure with a knot. You should have 4 pieces of each color, 8 strands total.
2. Secure the knot down, and separate to each side, alternating colors. Make sure the order of the colors mirror each other as shown in the photo.
3. Make the first two rows the same as you made the classic chevron. We will call these the “classic rows.”
4. For the third row, take the thread that is second in from the left. Make a “P” as you would on the right side, and knot twice. Then, take the thread you just knotted on, and complete the row as you normally would, with figure “4” knots.
5. Repeat on the right side, taking the thread that is second in from the right, and making a “4” knot on the outer thread, knotting twice. Complete the row as you normally would with “P” knots, and knot the two strands in the middle once they meet. We will call this a “heart row.”
6. For the fourth row, repeat steps 4-5, making another “heart row.”
7. Alternate two classic rows, with two heart rows. Once the bracelet is long enough, you can braid the ends, and tie it on! Friendship bracelet success.
I absolutely love the idea of an intimate bridesmaids tea party… especially when it’s as dreamy as this one thought up by the wonderfully talented Jennifer of Jennifer Laura Design. Flowing fabrics and fresh florals were captured beautifully by Bertuzzi Photography, while the warm summer sun offered the perfect lighting.
From the designer, Jennifer: The inspiration for this shoot came from the Rifle Paper Co. “will you be my bridesmaid” cards that I found and thought were SO beautiful. I wanted to create a dreamy and ethereal shoot based on those pretty cards. The idea was that the bride had put together this tea party to ask her bridesmaids to be in her wedding. We hung fabric streamers from the trees and the wind was so perfect that day – it just brought the streamers to life. To get that ethereal look I used a sheer tablecloth which I think is an interesting choice since you can still see the rustic farmhouse table underneath.
For the flowers I used pink peonies and a pretty lavendar limonium with just a hint of seeded eucalyptus. Bourbon and Bloom provided our chairs, teapot, and vases. Their pieces are so special and unique that it added so much to the tablescape. For the dessert spread I wanted to do something very simple and just purchased cakes from the supermarket – ask them not to add the decorative piping for a simple streamlined (and affordable!) look. I added rock candy strung up with ribbons above the dessert cart for a bit of fun and whimsy.
Event Location: Houston, TX / Photographer: Bertuzzi Photography / Design, Florals, and Styling: Jennifer Laura Design / Rentals: Bourbon and Bloom / Hair and Makeup: Meredith Cooke / Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. / Models: Meredith Cooke and Megan Hurst
Today we’ll be sharing more entries from our DIY Contest, and they are SO good! There’s still time if you would like to participate, but hurry. The deadline was extended till tomorrow, March 27. Simply send me 4-6 photos (600 pixels wide), instructions and a list of materials of your do-it-yourself project to amanda [at] ruffledblog.com. Good luck!
Next up is a DIY Statement Necklace made by Lisa, from Ink and Button. She made this necklace with bridesmaids in mind, and what great gifts they make!
What you’ll need:
– One strand of crystals from a vintage chandelier. My crystals are made out of glass and thus cheaper than the real deal. Crystal and glass strands from old chandeliers can be found at antique stores, architectural salvage stores, or on eBay.
– About 4 yards of satin ribbon in desired choice of color from a local craft or fabric store. I bought mine by the yard at a fabulous trim store in Nashville called Textile Fabrics (http://www.textilefabricstore.com)!
– Embroidery floss in a color that matches the ribbon, found at a local craft of fabric store.
– Wire cutters
1. Use some wire cutters to take the chandelier strand apart so that only the crystals are remaining.
2. Wash the crystals with warm, soapy water (mine were quite dirty but shined up so pretty!) Many strands have graduated sizes of crystals. I lined mine up for the necklace so that the largest crystals were in the middle.
3. Begin with one end of your ribbon, tucking the rough end under and then folding the ribbon back and forth accordion style so that you achieve two loops. The size of your loops should be pretty uniform throughout the necklace to create a neat look. Mine were about a half inch tall.
4. Thread your needle and sew through the two loops of ribbon you just created. The idea here is to create a loop of thread (see photo) where you will eventually attach the ribbons that will tie around your neck.
5. Begin by attaching your first crystal. Each crystal should have holes drilled in each side. Take the thread that is attached to the ribbon and push your needle down through the crystal and into the ribbon. Bring the needle and thread behind the ribbon (forming a small tight loop on the back of the necklace) and push it back up through the ribbon and through the other hole of the crystal.
6. Gather two more loops of ribbon, folding accordion style, just like you did in the beginning and push your threaded needle through the loops. (I tried using three loops around the center crystal to create a unique effect.)
7. Repeat this process until all the crystals have been used or desired length is achieved. Finish the necklace the same way you began: trim the ribbon, tucking the rough end under, and create two loops of ribbon. Sew through the ribbon loops and back – creating a loop at the end of your necklace with the thread.
8. Cut your remaining amount of ribbon in half. Fold each piece in half – these two pieces will become the ends that will tie around your neck. Push the folded end of one of the ribbons through the thread loop that you created at one end of the necklace. Pull the two loose ends of ribbon through the loop to form a loose knot.
On a recent trip to Nashville, my husband and I were doing a button-search, and I came across some strands of crystals that had been taken apart from an old chandelier. Inspired by the challenge to re-purpose a gorgeous vintage piece, I decided to transform this chandelier strand into a glamorous piece of jewelry!
I have recently been loving some of the “bejeweled” necklaces that have been emerging at stores like J.Crew so I used that as my inspiration to create a unique and affordable necklace that brides could create for their bridesmaids. Brides can easily choose ribbon that will coordinate or contrast with the bridesmaids dresses – making a lovely statement at the wedding and a treasured gift for the ladies after the wedding. I made this necklace for $14 and I love it!
Closing our bridesmaid gift idea roundup is accessories in a broad range of styles and tastes. Tomorrow we resume our real wedding inspiration features and don’t forget to vote for your favorite couple to win free wedding photography by the talented Caroline Ghetes. Today is the last day to vote and with nearly 900 entries, the competition is tough so every vote counts now! Click HERE to cast your vote.
1. Reusable grocery bag with pouch, Baggu bag; 2. Cozy and delicate inifinity scarf by Infinity scarf Carly Sophia; 3. Mustache pocket mirror by Barrel of Monkeys; 4. Mini pouch clasp purse by Emen Gee Designs; 5. Love Shall Conquer All tee shirt from Forever21 (shhh don’t tell anyone!); 6. Flower headband, Greyluster
I could make a whole week long series of gift ideas on jewelry, specially on necklaces. It was very hard to pick 6, but it was nevertheless fun to research.
1. Vintage doily lace necklace by Tree & Kimball; 2. Compass necklace on a sterling silver chain Riyzedesignz; 3. Blue quartz glass briolette and bird necklace on a gold plated chain by Oceanne; 4. Skeleton key and lock necklace Tryst by Kerry; 5. Hot air balloon necklace, Oh Hello Friend; 6. Sterling silver initial id charm Chain0
Continuing with our bridesmaid gift ideas roundup, here is a few beauty picks:
1. Peach bath foam by Sabon NYC; 2. Solid perfume by Shanghaijava Ananas Imperial; 3. Breath of Fresh Air toner by Lush; 4. Lip Gloss from Victoria’s Secret; 5. Dry shampoo Sephora; 6. Hand cream C.O Bigelow
Next up is necklaces. You will fall in love with this one!
Continuing with our bridesmaid gift idea series, earrings were the most fun yet overwhelming category to choose from! It includes a sterling silver and freshwater pearl earrings, which is a steal for $10!
1. Crystal droplet earrings by GetNoticed; 2. Pear earrings, Polished Two; 3. Hoop coral carved flower and glass beads, Mykonos; 4. Amber and antique brass earrings by Voleur de Bijoux; 5. Glisten earrings by Wiyomu; 6. Freshwater pearls on sterling silver, kgarnerdesigns
Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and extended 4-day weekend for those here in the U.S! Today it will be all about the bridesmaids…I’ve compiled a series of gifts ideas and gift bag stuffers for your bridesmaids, and for anyone who is looking for ideas for holiday gifts as well. All picks are under $20, and you will be surprised at how many wonderful, mostly handmade items you will find!
1. Set of 5 Bicycle folded notecards with lined envelopes, Paper Lovely Press; 2. Poppies Letterpress notepad, Delphine; 3. Enjoy and Thanks notecard set, Duet Letterpress; 4. Birdcage letterpress thank you cards, Lovely Pieces Design; 5. Thank you notecards set of 6, Linda & Harriett; 6. Sitcky notes box set, Julia Rothman for Anthropologie
Check back in a few to see part II of this series!