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DIY Matisse Inspired Wall Hanging

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Opal+Rose Photo

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

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

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

For this project, you will need:

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

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

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

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

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DIY Matisse Inspired Wall Hanging

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

DIY Geometric String Lights

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Always believers in a good ol’ DIY, we’ve got an extra fun one as a late summer weekend send off. Using our partner Fiskars‘s newest 3d paper punch, some pretty paper, and string lights, we’ve got a great DIY that’s not only a eye-catching garland, but also has the added bonus of providing some extra light for your nighttime fêtes. Our thanks to Emily Chidester Photography for capturing the end result and each step needed to create these fun party additions + home decor!

DIY Geometric String Lights - view more http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-string-lights/ photo Emily Chidester

DIY Geometric String Lights - view more http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-string-lights/ photo Emily Chidester

String Lights Garland ideas - view more http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-string-lights/ photo Emily Chidester

For this project, you will need:
Fiskars 3-D Triangle Lever Punch
– Paper (I used a mixture of gift wrap and cardstock)
– Glue, or tape strips
– LED String lights (I used these)

String Lights decor ideas - view more http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-string-lights/ photo Emily Chidester

Pyramid String Lights DIY - view more http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-string-lights/ photo Emily Chidester

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Big thanks to Fiskars for sponsoring this DIY! Got the crafty itch? Check out our Pinterest board for more DIY Toolbox Essentials and be sure to follow too for more creative DIY ideas!

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Emily Chidester Photography

Venue

Ciel Gallery

Chair and Table

West Elm

Throw

Anthropologie

Owl Vase

Kate Spade

DIY Easy Artful Backdrop

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Ariana Clare

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

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

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

Photography

Ariana Clare

DIY and Styling

Studio Cultivate

Painter

Kathryn Schermbeck

Floral Headpiece Designer

Maiden Flower Crowns

Outfit

Cut from the Same Cloth

Hair

Leigh Claiborne

Makeup

Lovely by Patrice

DIY Intricate Paper Punch Chandelier

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Today we have the ladies from Ruie + Grace, whom you may remember from this popular DIY we shared last year. This time they are back to share this DIY paper punch chandelier that you can create in a few hours with the help of our partner Fiskars. We’re loving their intricate paper punches for backdrops and installations like this one for that “how-did-you-do-that” look!

DIY Intricate Paper Punch Chandelier - styling by Ruie & Grace - photo Valerie Demo  http://ruffledblog.com/diy-intricate-paper-punch-chandelier/
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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Valerie Demo Photography

Event Design

Ruie + Grace

Furniture

Paisley + Jade

Venue

Highpoint & Moore

DIY Felt Backdrop

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

DIY Felt Backdrop
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DIY Tulle Skirt

DIY Projects

This is just one of those gem of DIY projects that you get an immediate return of every minute of your DIYvestment. Make one for your engagement session, ladies. Rock it on dinner dates with your love and at various brunches with your gals. Also, hello, bridesmaids gifts. Wedding gown designer Sweet Caroline is here to teach us how to make a tulle skirt with rhinestones with the help of Fiskars that would make Sarah Jessica Parker jealous:

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Jessica Cooper Photography

Tools

Fiskars

Wedding Gown Designer, DIY Contributor

Sweet Caroline

DIY Mini Cakes to go in Paper Cups

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We Are the Castros

This just one of those DIY projects that we whole-heartily can get behind, hold the flag and hail it from all traffic stops. Nicole Adams of Gingerspice Bakery created these beyond beautiful treats that are essentially wedding cakes to go in small cups. These cup finds from our partner and a sweet tooth are all you need to make these DIY Cake in a Cup treats captured by We Are the Castros.

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Wedding Vendors

DIY Shag Backdrop

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

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DIY Paper Flower Bouquet

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Appetite Paper

Today we have such an exciting and creative DIY project from paper flower maven Rachael over at Appetite Paper. She’s stopping by to show us how to create this vibrant and artful paper flower bouquet filled with ranunculus, anemonies, poppies, and a darling peony.

DIY Paper Flower Bouquet by Appetite Paper - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-petitepaper-flower-bouquet


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DIY Papel Picado Table Runner

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Here’s our second fantastic DIY project with Fiskars and I think this super-easy, beginner-friendly project will certainly bring the wow factor at your next event. Like our last DIY project, this one is also a papel picado project and this time it’s a gorgeous table runner. Keep scrolling for the how-to’s and photo inspiration!

DIY Papel Picado Table Runner - photo Jessica Cooper styling Candice Mock for Fiskars - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-papel-picado-table-runner/

Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System

Fiskars Garden Lattice Large Punch Cartridge

Gift Wrap

Materials:
Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System
Fiskars Garden Lattice Large Punch Cartridge
Fiskars Orange Handled scissors
Gift Wrap

DIY papel picado table runner

In a similar way you’d make our papel picado backdrop, this table runner follows suit. Cut a long strip of butcher paper or gift wrap and fold every 2-3″ inches like a paper fan.

Depending on the length of your table, you can add an extra 12″ on each end of it to waterfall on the edges.

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The trick here is to keep each square punch separate from one another. That’s how the strips will stay in one piece. The closer your folds are to the width of the punch, the more seamless your final product will look.

To do this, get your AdvantEdge ready and run the paper through exactly as the instructions.

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Each time you move down the handle of your AdvantEdge for the next punch, it locks itself in place. You want to feel your cartdrige locking itself in each notch, which is how you get the evenly spaced punch.

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DIY papel picado table runner

DIY papel picado table runner

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DIY Papel Picado Backdrop

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

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

Materials (hover the image for all supplies):

Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System Starter Set

Butcher Paper Roll

Fiskars Original Orange-Handled Scissors

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

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Instructions:

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

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

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

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3.Cut strips of 2-3 scored folds

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

DIY Rice Paper Lanterns with Creativebug

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Earlier this month we announced we’re partnering with to bring you a series of DIY projects brought to life inspired by their classes, and we’re thrilled to share our first one today! This DIY was inspired by this rice paper lanterns class, and you can sign up for a .

DIY rice paper lanterns with Creativebug - photo by Jonica Moore Photography Styling by Gina Paola Design for Creativebug and Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-rice-paper-lanterns-with-creativebug

DIY rice paper lanterns with Creativebug - photo by Jonica Moore Photography Styling by Gina Paola Design for Creativebug and Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-rice-paper-lanterns-with-creativebug

DIY rice paper lanterns with Creativebug - photo by Jonica Moore Photography Styling by Gina Paola Design for Creativebug and Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-rice-paper-lanterns-with-creativebug

As we mentioned earlier, is THE destination for DIY classes made so easy, you have no excuse not to try them for yourself! Even better, you can gather a group of friends, some wine and hors d’oeuvres, and make a night of it while you tackle your wedding decor with extra helping hands. Oh, and did we mention you can sign up for a free trial? You’ll get access to over 700 classes, with the ability to save one class to your library even if you choose to cancel. To keep the fun times coming, it’s only $4.95 a month for unlimited access! Gina Paola Design created these ceremony lanterns (shot by Jonica Moore) from this class, which would look great for home too.

DIY rice paper lanterns with Creativebug - photo by Jonica Moore Photography Styling by Gina Paola Design for Creativebug and Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-rice-paper-lanterns-with-creativebug

DIY rice paper lanterns with Creativebug - photo by Jonica Moore Photography Styling by Gina Paola Design for Creativebug and Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-rice-paper-lanterns-with-creativebug

DIY rice paper lanterns with Creativebug - photo by Jonica Moore Photography Styling by Gina Paola Design for Creativebug and Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-rice-paper-lanterns-with-creativebug

Interested in learning how to make your very own rice paper lanterns? Head right over , where you can get all the details in a video tutorial. You can also discover more about Creativebug’s wedding offerings in this highlight reel:

Wedding Vendors

Production and Syling

Gina Paola Design

Photographer

Jonica Moore Studio

Venues

501 Union

DIY Destination Wedding Save the Date

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Are you ready for a big dose of adorableness? We’ve partnered up with to bring you this totally unique Save the Date idea — a mini suitcase packed with confetti! Could this possibly be any more perfect for a destination wedding? Thanks to Jessica Hill Photography for capturing these pretty images.



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DIY Paper Feather Backdrop

DIY Projects

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

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Wedding Vendors

DIY Concept and Execution

Studio Cultivate

Photography

Emily Chidester Photography

Bridal Store

Hayden Olivia

Hair and Makeup

Lovely by Patrice

Flower Crown

Maiden Flower Crowns

DIY Geometric Wall Decor

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In the market for some high-impact, low-stress wall decor to make your party pop? Look no further, because we’ve got Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate with us to share how to make these great geometric wall shapes that will add some quick pizzazz to your wall (or cake, or plants, or so much more) in seconds flat!

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For this project, you will need:
-balsa wood 1/4″
-cardstock
-gold spray paint
-hot glue sticks
-hot glue gun
-miter cuter hand shear
-X-acto blade
-glue dots or double sided tape

DIY geometric wall decor - photo by Emily Chidester DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-wall-decor

Instructions:
1. Measure out the lengths you want each geometric shape to be, using either an X-acto blade or the miter hand shear to cut at marked points.

DIY geometric wall decor - photo by Emily Chidester DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-wall-decor

DIY geometric wall decor - photo by Emily Chidester DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-wall-decor

2. If you don’t want to be exact with the angled cuts, the miter hand shear helps to estimate the proper cuts. As you work, align the pieces to be able to better decide on the angle to cut.

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3. Do the same with the 3-dimensional pieces that will project from the base, cutting after studying the desired angle, and trimming if necessary afterwards.

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4. With a dot of hot glue on each end, the pieces are easily assembled and quickly set. Hold in place while the glue cools.

DIY geometric wall decor - photo by Emily Chidester DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-wall-decor

DIY geometric wall decor - photo by Emily Chidester DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-wall-decor

5. Choose the preferred color of cardstock, apply hot glue to the base of balsa wood structure and press to the paper.

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6. Gently cut around the edge of the balsa wood with an X-acto blade to cut away from paper sheet.

DIY geometric wall decor - photo by Emily Chidester DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-wall-decor

DIY geometric wall decor - photo by Emily Chidester DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-wall-decor

7. To temporarily adhere to wall, use glue dots or double sided tape and arrange in a clustered gathering.

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DIY geometric wall decor - photo by Emily Chidester DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/diy-geometric-wall-decor

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

Tips:
-Odd number quantities always make for a more dynamic composition!
-Make a variation without attaching to cardstock paper and use as a cake topper.
-Use larger pieces of balsa wood and create center pieces, we pulled a plant through one for an interesting take on table decor.

Whimsical Poconos Woodland Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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This eclectic woodland wedding, captured by Redfield Photography, definitely shows the bride and grooms personalities. Some couples steer away from taking every element of their wedding on but not Jane and Brandon. Just about every detail of their wedding was planned or created by their family and friends or themselves. Now that is some serious teamwork!

whimsical Poconos woodland wedding - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

From the bride, Jane: Brandon and I both come from creative stock (his mom’s a dancer, my parents are both classical musicians), so the little details and what they represented really mattered to us. We started out wanting to keep it simple, but ended up making pretty much everything and dragging our best friends and family into it, too. I learned to do a lot of things I didn’t know how to do before (Wood carving? No big deal!). A few days before the wedding, it basically became a craft fair in the woods – a few days of summer camp full of DIY, painting, tying, punctuated by karaoke and beer pong and family chats. It was a blast. It helped that the owners of the barn, Mia and Ralph, were awesome and game for making the day what we envisioned.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Big wood initials – Brandon is an amateur furniture maker (he made all the furniture in our NYC apartment!). When I told him I wanted him to build something cool, he sawed and hammered in his parents’ garage, and when he was done, he had created two giant initials (J and B), painted them gold, and attached LED lights to the back so they would glow for the dance party. Pretty cool husband I’ve got.

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Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

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Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Invitations – We designed our invitations based on old vintage Poconos postcards. As a keepsake, we burned little forest landscapes into small wooden rounds with our initials on the back, and tied everything together with baker’s twine.

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Programs – We wrote every guest a little thank you note in our program, because we wanted to make sure everyone knew they were a part of our family. I dusted off the old Photoshop skills and cobbled the programs together myself. A illustrator friend from the tech startup I work for drew a caricature of us that we used for the front, and I literally got them printed from Office Depot two night before (whew). Flowers – I was convinced we didn’t need to spend a fortune on flowers. We found bloominous.com, which ships flowers to you – designed and bulk. One of their designers, Richard, and I plotted over the phone for weeks, and a day before the wedding, all the flowers came FedEx. Our lovely friend made my floral crown and all the bouquets (she’s never ever done it before and they turned out to be AMAZING) and my bridesmaid and family put all the table flowers in all sorts of vases to place on the tables.

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Wedding ceremony chapel – My parents disappeared for two hours, and when I found them, they had decorated the ceremony chapel with fresh garlands I ordered online (from Sam’s Club!) and added some color with flowers Mia had around the barn. So beautiful.

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Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Cake – Brandon’s groomsman Nick’s mom is basically his second mother. He’s been dreaming about a wedding cake baked by Daria for years – it’s half the reason I suspect he wanted to marry me. When I told her we were hoping for a “naked” cake, she pulled herself together, googled it, and made the most spectacular and delicious carrot cake I’ve ever seen.

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Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Tables – Well, this wasn’t DIY, but we found Forget-Me-Not Vintage rentals. I told Renee my vision for a family style dinner with jewel colored old-world goblets, eclectic china, and mismatched… everything, and she obliged. We set all the big farm tables out in the clearing in the woods – together it looked pretty magical.

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Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

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Favors – A friend of mine started Sriracha2Go which makes tiny, keychain versions of the hot sauce I (and every other Asian in the world) put on everything. He generously sent us a bunch of these to use as favors! I printed my mom’s Chinese chicken recipe and put them in little burlap sacks. Totally functional!! 

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Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Brandon and I really just wanted a big ol’ party in the woods with all the people we love, and as many of the things we like, as possible. When we found Tall Timber Barn in the Poconos amongst all the beautiful tall trees, next to an old abandoned resort rumored to be haunted, 15 minutes bus ride from a local casino for an afterparty, we were sold. We wanted a family dinner outside in the clearing with eclectic table settings, lots of flowers and vases, games, and sunshine, followed by a dance party in the barn with glowsticks and animal masks, lots of things to see and eat, and lots of laughter and bourbon. We wanted the day to feel romantic and slightly otherworldly. Our wedding party got to explore the haunted resort in the area with our photographers, Marisa and John, and videographer. Brandon and I wanted to honor our families’ journeys. Brandon’s family hails from Hawaii and my parents and I are from China, so we wanted to make sure we took pieces of our cultures we loved and brought them into our wedding. Both our families have gone through a lot to get to celebrate together and we felt so deeply grateful. We had a traditional Hawaiian lei ceremony officiated by Brandon’s uncle Juan, who came all the way from Honolulu to join us.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

My parents are both musicians, and my brother and I were forced as children of musicians to learn (albeit rather poorly in my case). We brought the band back together for a big show, my parents and I on violin and my brother on piano. My dad also plays a host of Chinese folk instruments, and he busted out some mean solos on the Er Hu, a 2 stringed instrument traditionally used in Chinese theatre. Everyone started stomping the floor on the beat and hollering – it was awesome. We also brought Chinese street shiskabobs straight from the streets of Flushing, Queens. We basically went to Flushing one day and convinced our favorite street vendor to drive to the depth of Pennsylvania at night. What awesome guys for coming! These late night snacks were my favorite food growing up as a little girl in China, and they were a huge hit at the wedding. And finally, my dad’s speech. He’s not a verbose guy, and when he said, “This is everything your mother and I hoped for you,” it meant everything. He also hand carved a photorealistic picture of Brandon and I in wood as a gift for us – unreal.

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Go for everything you truly want and make sure you make your family and friends feel loved and special. I believe you should do all the things you dreamed of to make this one day yours – it’s a day that really represents who you and your fiancé are as people and as a couple. People kept telling me not to focus on the details, but I’m so glad we made it a fun, creative project we got to work on with the whole family. Details for me were all the fun!

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Ruffled - photo by Redfield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-poconos-woodland-wedding

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Photographer

Redfield Photography

Florist

Bloominous

Venue

Tall Timber Barn

Cinematography

Mint Wedding Cinematography

Bridal Gown

Sarah Seven

Reception Dress

Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Dresses

Badgley Mischka

Hair and Makeup

True Beauty Marks

Caterer

14 Acre Farm

DJ

Joe O'Malley DJ

Rentals

Forget-Me-Not Vintage

You are a Gem Candy Treats

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better way is there to start celebrating than with a sweet treat you can make at home? Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate is with us to show how to make these gemstone hard candies, with images captured by Emily Chidester Photography.

Gemstone Hard Candy

Tools:
-candy thermometer
-silicone candy/ice mold (ours was from here)
-saucepan

Ingredients:
2 cups white sugar
1 cup water
2/3 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon flavored oil (we used peppermint oil)
1 teaspoon food coloring (or less to preference)

Gemstone Hard Candy Recipe - photo by Emily Chidester Photography DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/gemstone-hard-candy-recipe

Instructions:
1. In a saucepan, stir together sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Using a candy thermometer, cook to around 300-310 degrees. It is not necessary to keep stirring during this time, as this will cause bubbles to form and set when the candy hardens.

2. Remove from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring, the less food coloring you use the lighter the tint of color.

3. Using a spoon, ladle into silicone mold. If the candy starts to harden in the saucepan sooner than you can fill all the molds, you can place back over heat to melt again, until you have removed it all from the pan.

4. You can use any candy/ice silicone mold. We chose a diamond ice mold.

5. After allow candy to set, remove from mold and bundle in cellophane bags, add a twist tie and sweet card. These make perfect treats for your maidens, or party favors!

Gemstone Hard Candy Recipe - photo by Emily Chidester Photography DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/gemstone-hard-candy-recipe

Gemstone Hard Candy Recipe - photo by Emily Chidester Photography DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/gemstone-hard-candy-recipe

Gemstone Hard Candy Recipe - photo by Emily Chidester Photography DIY by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled http://ruffledblog.com/gemstone-hard-candy-recipe

DIY Pegboard Backdrop

DIY Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DIY Gift Wrap

DIY Projects

In a pinch for a modern gift wrap? Kathryn from Studio Cultivate whipped up this quick project for wrapping last minute gifts. Better yet, you may already have all of these materials in your craft closet! Thanks Alicia White for the images.

DIY marbled gift wrap - photo by Alicia White Photography

DIY marbled gift wrap - photo by Alicia White Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gift-wrap

For this project you will need:
-nail polish (cheaper is better!)
-white craft paper
-scissors
-tape
-ribbon
-plastic container
-coffee stirrer stick
-plastic gloves

Ruffled - photo by Alicia White Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gift-wrap

Instructions:
1. Gather nail polish in 2-4 colors of your choice, and complementary ribbon.

2. Using a bin that is larger than the paper you wish to marble, fill with 2 inches of water.

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3. Remove brushes from bottles and shake polish over water, it will sit on the surface of the water. This is where the quality comes in, nicer nail polish sinks to the bottom, you want polish that actually floats on the surfaces.

Ruffled - photo by Alicia White Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gift-wrap

Ruffled - photo by Alicia White Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gift-wrap

4. Use a coffee stirrer stick (or even just the polish brush) to pull the colors around the surface, breaking up the larger globs of color and swirling it around. Work quickly, as the polish will set on the water and will not work as desired.

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5. Lay the paper you wish to marble face down on the surface of water. Do not submerge, but gently press your finger across the sheet of paper, pressing it to the water.

Ruffled - photo by Alicia White Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gift-wrap

Ruffled - photo by Alicia White Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gift-wrap

6. Peel back paper and set aside to let dry for a few hours.

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7. Then get to wrapping! Use a satin ribbon that matches the colors you used in marbling to pull the packaging together.

Ruffled - photo by Alicia White Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gift-wrap

Ruffled - photo by Alicia White Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gift-wrap

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DIY Cascading Holiday Wreath

DIY Projects

Nothing really says “holiday season” better than a festive wreath, so we’re delighted to have Twin Lens Weddings by Georgia and Sarah with us to share how they made their own take on the Christmas wreath by giving it a cascading effect. Read on to get the tips for making your very own!

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What better way to welcome in the holidays than a festive wreath hanging on your door? We wanted to take the traditional Christmas wreath and give it a twist with a cascading effect.

DIY wreath supplies - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

For this project, you will need:
-Wire wreath frame
-Floral cutters
-Floral wire
-Wreath hanger

To create this wreath, we chose to harvest from our backyard forest, but any of our chosen stems can be replaced depending on what you have available.

What we used:
Loblolly Pine
Yaupon Holly
-One bough for medium and long stems, cut as needed
-A selection of shorter stems
-Stems without berries
Juniper

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

Instructions:
1. Starting the wreath is easy – just lay your chosen stem on the wreath frame and begin binding the greens to the frame by wrapping wire around tightly. Cutting the wire while wrapping shouldn’t be necessary with this method, but it isn’t against the rules either. To ensure the wire is wound tightly, it may be easier to cut and tie off small portions of wire as you go along.

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

2. To create a subtly layered effect, we began by laying down small cuts (approximately 4”-7” long) of each material in a general pattern of two to three pine stems, one holly (with berries,) juniper, and holly (with no berries.) Feel free to mix up the pattern as you see fit.

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

3. We began the cascading portion of the wreath by adding medium length stems (7”-10”.) The stems were laid down and bound as before, but depending on the shape you are trying to make you may want to wrap wire individually around certain stems and then attach them to the frame. This allows for more control in positioning the cascading section. We then added long stems (10”-16”) and tapered out the cascade by returning to medium stems, then short stems. Take care with this portion – it will take the longest, but make sure to double check how the shape is coming out. You will want the long cascading stems to flow with the direction of the shorter stems.

cascading wreath DIY - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

4. The rest of the wreath can be completed by continuing to lay short stems and wrapping wire tightly around the frame near the bottom of the stems. Lay the stems down closely on top of one another, so the free portion of the greens will cover up where you wrapped wire previously.

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

5. When you come to the end of the circle, lift up any greens in your way and fill in the remaining area with short stems.

6. Now you are ready to hang your wreath! If using evergreen plants, this live wreath should last without water for several days. We’ve had ours up for a week with little change. Happy wreath-making!

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

Ruffled - photo by Twin Lens Weddings http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cascading-holiday-wreath

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DIY Hanging Living Terrariums

DIY Projects

If you caught today’s shoot at Terrain, chances are the hanging root balls grabbed your attention. We love the idea of using these as terrariums and displaying all sorts of beautiful flowers, both indoors and out! Thank you Jessica Cooper Photography and Sebesta Design for sharing your tips.

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For this project, you will need:
-(1) Grapevine ball of 6” or larger
-Moss
-Wax tissue
-Plastic Sandwich Bag
-Tape or Bindwire
-Flowers
-Floral Snippers
-Wire
-Wire cutters
-Water

diy terrarium supplies - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Instructions:
Step 1: Take your grapevine ball, find a large hole and push the vine open so you can have enough room to put your hand inside.

Step 2: Take your moss, green side out and layer the inside of the ball, covering all of the open outer space. If it moves, you can push it a little harder and wedge it through the vine.

diy hanging terrarium - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

diy hanging terrarium - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Step 3: To help hold the moss in place as well as create a supportive base to hold your flower cluster in place, ball up wax tissue and stuff inside the ball. Leave some room towards the opening so you can hide your flowers stems inside the ball.

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Step 4: Create a little handheld bouquet and tie it together.

diy hanging terrarium - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Step 5: Put some fresh moss in the bottom of your sandwich baggie and moisten it to provide a water source for your flowers.

diy hanging terrarium - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Step 6: Cut the bouquet stems, just long enough so that all of the stems will reach the wet moss, but short enough that they fit inside the bag as well as inside the ball.

Step 7: Place the bouquet inside the baggie and tie the baggie closed with heavy waterproof tape or bind wire.

diy hanging terrarium - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Step 8: Place the flowers inside the ball and secure with additional wax tissue and moss if necessary.

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Step 9: Find a couple of supportive vines around the opening where the flowers have been set and twist wire around them, creating a closed hook to hang the ball from.

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Step 10: Add some more bind wire or string to hang the ball and enjoy!

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

Ruffled - photo by Jessica Cooper Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-hanging-living-terrariums

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DIY Geometric Paper Backdrop

DIY Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DIY Share a Coke Bottle Centerpieces + HUGE Giveaway!

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Emily Chidester

I’ll admit, I’m totally guilty of picking through coolers and trying to find a Share a Coke bottle with my name on it. upped the ante by increasing the variety of names by 4x + letting you customize the iconic glass bottle on their site with any name. To celebrate, we’ve got a humongous giveaway you can enter to win. The giveaway package includes two round-trip flights on United Airlines to anywhere in the continental U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Central America or Hawaii plus a $500 Visa gift card, a total of a $1700 value. Read on for how to enter at the bottom of this post!

Today’s DIY takes the idea of personalized Cokes and puts a wedding twist on them, using the bottles as centerpieces for a sweetheart table at the reception — so cute!

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

For this project, you will need:
-Mod Podge
-empty container
-X-acto knife
-foam core
-fine grain glitter
-paint brush
-printer
-masking tape
-healing gel mat or cardboard

Instructions:
1. Print an ampersand in the desired font, to about 5″ in height on normal computer print paper.

2. Tape printed ampersand with masking tape flat to foam core.

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

3. Place foam core on a healing gel mat or a piece of cardboard, to protect the surface you’re cutting on.

4. Use x-acto knife to cut around ampersand – when cutting foam core, don’t try to cut through the first time you slice into it, but trace the ampersand once lightly and return to cut fully through.

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

5. Mix 1 part glitter to 1 part mod podge in an empty container. Brush mixture onto ampersand, covering the top and sides. Then sprinkle with more glitter. Set aside to dry. Once dry return and do the other side of ampersand.

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

6. Using the same mod podge mixture, brush mixture on bottom half of a Share a Coke bottle. Cover the bottle fully around, and gently brush along edge of label. Sprinkle more glitter over mixture. After setting aside to dry, gently tap bottle to shake off and remove excess glitter. If any glitter dust sticks to the label or other areas of the bottle, this can simply be wiped off with a paper towel.

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

7. Set ampersand between two glittered Share a Coke bottles and fill bottles with flowers for a built in special centerpiece detail and vase!

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

DIY Share a Coke bottle centerpieces - project by Studio Cultivate exclusively for Ruffled, photo by Emily Chidester - http://ruffledblog.com/diy-share-a-coke-bottle-centerpieces

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To enter giveaway for a chance to win, here’s what you need to do:

  • Follow @ruffledblog on Instagram and tag a friend who you’d share the prizes with – two round trip flights to anywhere in the continental U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Central America or Hawaii plus a $500 Visa gift card!
  • Use #ShareaCoke in your tags
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Emily Chidester

DIY Design

Studio Cultivate

DIY Watercolor Table Runner

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Emily Chidester

One of the greatest things about watercolor is how many different ways it can be used throughout decor — and it’s a perfect match for this DIY table runner. Studio Cultivate by Kathryn Godwin and Emily Chidester are sharing all the tips and tricks behind this one, and we know you’ll fall in love with it once you see just how easy it is!

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

For this project, you will need:
-Craft paint
-paint brush
-water container
-hole puncher
-white twine
-tapestry needle
-scissors
-watercolor paper

DIY watercolor table runner  - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

Instructions:
1. Cut watercolor paper into 2″ squares.

2. Hole punch squares in the middle on each side – we used this fancy hole puncher to have smaller holes – a normal hole punch created holes that looked too kid-crafty.

DIY watercolor table runner  - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

DIY watercolor table runner  - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

3. Brush clear water onto squares, covering completely. Dip brush in watered down acrylic paint and touch to wet square – paint pigment will immediately start to bleed and spread across square. If you wish to have more color per square, just repeat this step by dipping more paint onto the paper.

DIY watercolor table runner  - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

DIY watercolor table runner  - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

4. Allow to dry. By using various shades of blue, we were able create a nice variation of tones.

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

5. Thread needles and begin to stitch chains of squares together – we tied a knot between each square, to prevent them from sliding.

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

6. After creating chains the length of the desired runner, begin to stitch these chains together – again tying knots between each.

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

DIY watercolor table runner - by Studio Cultivate for Ruffled - photo by Emily Chidester http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-table-runner

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Incredible Handcrafted Wedding in Salt Lake City

DIY Weddings

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.

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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.

navy groomsmen looks - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

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wildflower bouquet - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

wedding program signs - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

bridesmaids wearing skirts - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

flower girls - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

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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.

wedding ceremony backdrop - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

wedding ceremony - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

wedding ceremony - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

ceremony recessional - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

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!

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personalized wedding favors - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

unique backdrop ideas - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

an incredible handcrafted wedding in Salt Lake City - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

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.

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wedding bouquet - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

unique bridal hair - photo by D'Arcy Benincosa Photography http://ruffledblog.com/an-incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

D'Arcy Benincosa Weddings

Venue

Louland Falls

Florist

Pollen Floral Design by Emily Clifford

Wedding Dress

BHLDN

Wedding Shoes

Betsey Johnson

Hair and Makeup

Bella Cosa Beauty

Wedding Cake

Mother and Sister of the Bride

Decorations

DIY by Bride

Tabletop Decor and Ring Holder

Anthropologie

DIY Vine Wall Backdrop

DIY Projects

It’s my personal belief that greenery is always a welcome addition to any type of decor, so this DIY vine wall backdrop tutorial from Kristina Curtis Photography and Calie Rose is right up my alley. Let’s jump right in and find out how to make the perfect greenery backdrop, shall we?

DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

DIY Vine Wall: Adding green vines to a backdrop is a great way to immediately transform a blank canvas, into a beautiful statement piece. Joe and Kirsten wanted a clean yet earthy feel to their formal wedding session so we took a boring white wall and turned it into a gorgeous green earthy backdrop. We thought this would be inspiring for other brides planning their own wedding — this is especially great for indoor events or wedding ceremonies taking place during the cooler months!

DIY vine wall backdrop materials - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

For this project, you will need:
-Greenery, anything that lasts out of water {we used Italian Ruscus}
-Duct Tape
-Fishing Line
-Green Floral Wire
-Scissors

Instructions:
1. We started off by connecting our greenery with the green floral wire so we would have some nice, long pieces to begin with. Once you have a good variety of lengths, you’re ready to begin placing them on your backdrop.

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2. Secure the greenery on your backdrop with duct tape. Duct tape is pretty strong so you will only need a couple small pieces per each vine. We then hung sections with fishing line from the ceiling to create dimension.

DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

3. Continue to build your shape around your focal point, making sure to keep the shape of your greenery asymmetrical. This will help mimic the feel of it growing wild in nature.

DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

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white bouquet with greenery - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop

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DIY vine wall backdrop - photo by Kristina Curtis Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-vine-wall-backdrop


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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Kristina Curtis Photography

Flowers

Calie Rose

Wedding Dress

Watters

DIY Branch Slice Backdrop

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Brian Schindler

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!

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

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!)
-spray adhesive
-gold leaf
-jute or gold twine
-drill
-1/8″ drill bit
-scissors
-tapestry needle

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

Instructions:
1. Drill two holes on opposite ends of branch slice.

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DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

2. Measure twine to length you would like your backdrop to be.

3. Use a tapestry needle to thread gold twine through both holes.

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4. Tie a knot at the top hole.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

5. Thread the next slice, keeping them about 1.5″ apart, continue steps 2 & 3.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

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.

DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

7. Gently apply a sheet of gold leaf to slice, using the tissue paper layers to help smooth the leaf sheet.

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DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

8. Suspend from rod or arch, allow ends to vary in length for a soft organic finish.

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DIY branch slice backdrop - photo by Brian Schindler http://ruffledblog.com/diy-branch-slice-backdrop

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Brian Schindler

Backdrop and Design

Studio Cultivate

Florist

New Creations Flower Co.

Bridal Store

Hayden Olivia Bridal Boutique

Hair and Makeup

Patrice Shannon

Model

Amanda Beck

Assistant

Bree Saya

DIY Gold Leaf Branch Centerpiece

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Brian Schindler

Gold leaf has to be one of my favorite DIY goodies – within seconds it can jazz up even the simplest items, turning them into glitzy accents or show-stopping pieces. Such is the case with these gold leaf branch centerpieces, which can also be turned into place card holders. Thanks to Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate for sharing the tips and tricks!

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DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

For this project, you will need:
-Branch
-3/4″ boring bit
-taper candle
-drill
-gold leaf
-spray adhesive
-handsaw
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Wedding Vendors

Event Design & Stlying

Studio Cultivate

Photography

Brian Schindler

Flowers

New Creations Flower Co.

Calligraphy

Jessica Gatlyn

DIY Floating Candlestick Backdrop

DIY Projects

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!

DIY floating candlestick backdrop - photo by Divine Light Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-floating-candlestick-backdrop

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)
*Brass Candlesticks
*Taper Candles
*Ribbons
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Romantic Wedding Handcrafted by the Groom

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Onelove Photography

It’s always a treat when we see a groom get involved in the wedding planning process, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen a groom quite this involved. Cayselyn’s beau Louie is artistic through and through, so he put his talents to work designing paper goods, the seating chart, cutting out petals for the paper flower backdrop — we could go on and on! Luckily the images from Onelove Photography speak for themselves.

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From the bride, Cayselyn: Our inspiration was behind the dress, something romantic, so the Groom started cutting eight to ten petals per flower for our backdrop. We chose peach and mint for a feminine and masculine touch. We love personal details, and we’re lucky that the Groom is very artistic. He designed and printed the invitations, escort cards, ceremony pamphlet, and giveaway stickers and signs. He made the Bride’s hanger with her name for the gown, marquee and chalkboard signs, gift box, guest sign-in table props, origami, and signature drink sign.

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succulent boutonnieres - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

peach pastel bouquet - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

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We bought our centerpieces such as the Eiffel Tower, honey bear jars, mason jars, and vases, and spray-painted it. He bought wood and cut it into rectangles, and spray-painted it with peach numbers. He spray-painted the ‘Find your Seat’ sign and hand-wrote each name. The Groom designed how the flowers should look, and one of the Bridesmaids’ mom helped us arranged it. He also spray-painted the vinyl records, and made the Bride and Groom sign. He made the photo booth camera, props, Instagram sign, and designed the photo booth logo. This made me fall in love with him all over again for working very hard, and I’m so proud of my husband! The dessert such as macarons, cake pops, meringue, and pretzels were handmade by our friend. Our video was done by our friend, but the Groom edited it.

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wedding program - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

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Romantic Wedding Handcrafted by the Groom - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

Our favorite memory of the day was when everyone got up as we passed the LED light sticks, and danced as our band performed. It felt worthwhile getting compliments from our guests how much fun they’re having because it wasn’t another ordinary wedding they expected, and that the wedding reflected our personalities and styles.

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gold painted centerpieces - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

dessert macarons - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

vintage wedding details - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

paper flower backdrops - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

marquee lights - photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Our advice for brides planning now is to start early. There will be many opinions how your wedding day should be, however in the end it should reflect the Bride and Groom’s choices. It’ll be stressful, try not to please everybody, and just enjoy the journey. Don’t get caught up with details that you forget to have a life outside of planning. Be prepared that nothing will come out as perfect as you would envision, and that’s okay. Just remind yourself of positive things, love, and people’s presence joining you to celebrate your marriage.

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Young and Beautiful,” Lana Del Rey
Bride’s Processional: “Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
First Dance: “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
Party Song: “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got),” Fergie
Grand Exit: “Marry You,” Bruno Mars

Wedding Location: Oak Park, CA / Photographer: Onelove Photography / Event Planner: Frank Martinez / Flowers: Bridesmaid’s Mom / Ceremony Venue: Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Oak Park Community Center and Gardens / Wedding Gown, Veil, and Sash: Vera Wang / Reception Gown: Jovani Fashions / Wedding Shoes: Tory Burch / Jewelry: Givenchy / Accessories: Woomee / Hair and Makeup: Nathaly Morago / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jessica McClintock, Windsor Fashions, Macy’s / Groom’s Suits: Indochino / Groom’s Shoes and Accessories: Cole Haan and Diesel / Groomsmen Attire: H&M and Express / Caterer: Mr. Ardi’s Catering / Wedding Cake: A Sweet Design / Dessert: handmade by a friend / Band: Night Owl Productions / DIY Decorations and Signage: Groom / DIY Photo Booth: Groom / Wedding Invitations: Groom / Videographer: Chelsea Knight (friend), edited by Groom