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Seafoam California Wedding

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Next to Me Studios

Honestly, how can you possibly go wrong with a seafoam and coral color palette? Jacqueline and Daniel wanted their wedding to feel like a fancy backyard party, so they recruited the talents of their friends and family to make the big day feel as personalized and lovingly assembled as possible. Next To Me Studios came on board to capture all the details – one of our favorites is the string art seen throughout the reception!

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From the bride, Jacqueline: Above all else, we wanted there to be a fun atmosphere and for people to feel loved. Throughout every part of the day we envisioned it to be a celebration, and we wanted our family and friends to feel like they were at a fancy party in our backyard. While there was no specific theme, we were drawn to natural decor and colors. We used a palette of natural colors lightly accented with sea foam green and coral pink.

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Bouquet recipe: hydrangeas, spray roses, lisianthus, wax flowers, baby’s breath, eucalyptus and a few others.

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The wedding was almost completely DIY, though by the end we called it a “Do It Together” because we had so much help from our wonderful, talented friends. We did our own flower arrangements, the boutonnieres were handmade, all the decor was handmade (twine balls, yarn “beloved” sign, twine wrapped mason jars), our signs were hand-painted, the cork key chain party favors and its display were handmade, the cross for the ceremony was handmade, the cork table numbers were handmade, our DJ and live musicians were our friends, make-up and hair was done by our friends, and while a particularly talented friend designed our save-the-dates and invitations (AND the website), we printed and put them together ourselves. Instead of a traditional guestbook, guests were asked to write us messages on postcards we made using pictures from our engagement shoot with Next To Me Studios, and had them mailed to us over the course of a few months.

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wedding reception games - photo by Next to Me Studios http://ruffledblog.com/seafoam-and-coral-california-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Start planning and saving early. Especially when working within a budget, it’s important to start working on wedding projects well in advance. Have a lot of fun and don’t sweat the small things. Get your friends and family involved: everyone is gifted in something, and they will all love to help make the wedding happen.

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Processional: “Oil & Lavender,” Nathaniel Rateliff
Bridal Processional: Song written by the groom
Recessional: “Girls and Boys in Love,” The Rumble Strips
First Dance: “At Last,” Etta James

Wedding Location: Temecula, CA / Photographer: Next To Me Studios / Wedding Venue: Secluded Garden Estate / Tea Ceremony Location: Embassy Suites Temecula Valley Wine Country / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm Blush / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Temecula Catering / Wedding Cake: Von’s Bakery / Rentals: Premier Party & Tent Rentals / Photo Booth: Recorded Memories Photo Booths / Wedding Invitation Design and Website: Christopher Auyeung

California Winter Wedding

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Whenever we see snow in wedding pictures, it’s almost as though it adds a mystical quality to the wedding itself, and this wedding sent over by Jennifer Eileen is absolutely no exception. Brett and Brandon married in the mountains of California during a particularly snowy January, and we have to say the weather meshed pretty perfectly with their wedding aesthetic. Don’t miss their mason jar snow globes or the cold-weather animal table numbers!

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From the photographer, Jennifer: My all time favorite thing about photographing weddings is when I click so well with a client that a friendship is created. That is exactly what happened with Brett & Brandon. Brett is uber cute, uber talented, and uber fun. Her creativity knows no bounds. Paired with her now sister-in-law, this duo can pull off the most fantastic moments. Brett built her wedding off of the song “January Wedding” by Avett Brothers. Therefore Brett and Brandon were wed in the mountains, in January, on the first major snow of the season. It was utterly beautiful.


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Their wedding is chock full of DIY details! I loved their chalkboard escort table, the homemade mason jar snow globes, the canned peaches which were the favors, the hand drawn table numbers, the flowers that Brett (the bride) did were just so stunning, and the dessert table was not only beautiful but delicious! Also, I have to mention, the clips in Brett’s hair, her mom’s hair, and her sister’s hair were all made by Inglenook from Brett’s mom’s wedding dress. Such a lovely touch.


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Wedding Location: Lakeshore, CA / Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Eileen Photography / Reception Venue: Lakeshore Resort / Dress Store: Mia Bella Couture / Bakery: Diane’s Village Bakery

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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Tennessee Farm Wedding

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Nothing brightens our day like a gorgeous wedding paired with an endlessly smiling bride and groom, and that’s what we have in Adam and Carmen! Ulmer Studios captured this couple’s infectious happiness on their big day in Franklin, TN, complete with innovative handmade and vintage details tackled primarily by the bride and her bridesmaid. We just adore Carmen’s Time Capsule idea!


Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

From the photographers, Josh and Amber Ulmer: Adam and Carmen had a gorgeous southern farm wedding at Southall Eden. Carmen, her bridesmaids & her planner, Jennifer Hamilton of Mr & Mrs Events both worked hands on together to create all of her fabulous details.


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Carmen wanted a very undone/natural feel to her flowers so we went to Import Flowers and picked out lots of colorful wildflower bunches, lavender (most important to the bride), garden roses, hydrangeas and lots of greenery. The day before the wedding, Carmen and the bridesmaid’s went to Jennifer’s house and we worked cutting and arranging flowers and making the bouquets for a few hours before the rehearsal. I LOVE the lavender that we used in Carmen’s bouquet… really gave it a whimsical feel.


Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Time Capsule Activity – this was set up at cocktail hour and made by Carmen. Different colors and designs of paper were set out for guests to write advice etc… to the couple. I believe they’re going to wait 10 years to open the box and read all the notes.


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Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

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Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm WeddingAdam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

Adam & Carmen, Ulmer Studios Farm Wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Franklin, TN):

Wedding Venue: Southall Eden / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Wedding Planner, Designer, and Flowers: Jennifer Hamilton of Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events / Wedding Caterer: Down South Delights / Desserts: Bride and bridesmaid, Elizabeth Parker / Rentals: Music City Tents and Events / Ceremony Music: Russell Mauldin / Officiant: Groom’s Grandfather, Rev. Jack Dean / Transportation: Nationwide Parking and Valet

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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Washington Music Inspired Wedding

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We are always giddy to see weddings from our readers come to fruition. When Atalie, the gorgeous bride from this wedding, sent over these images shot by Tonhya Kae, we literally squealed. We immediately fell in love with all of the musical inspiration spread throughout her wedding day, from vintage music sheets to an amazing soundtrack selection. The bride’s amazingly talented friends and family pitched in for her big day, handcrafting details such as the bridesmaids’ headbands and the darling peacock boutonnieres.

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From the bride, Atalie: My first inspiration was of course my relationship with Gus. I decided to do everything music themed because we bond over music. We used a guitar for our guest book and placed a few engagement photos in the strings. I hand made all of the boutonnieres, adding the peacock feathers was the perfect touch! I added music paper feathers to tie them into everything… my favorite! The music we played at our wedding was music we both loved and music that made us think of each other. I ended up having everyone walk to Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap. It flowed beautifully, and Gus definitely cried when I walked down the aisle! Our venue 4-H camp was very old and rustic. Together we decided our colors would be grey, navy blue, and a sage-ish green. We brought some vintage furniture, and I was very happy to find that the old piano I remembered playing as a child was still there! We also had tons of mason jars and all the old books, frames, suitcases, records, and vintage music paper were from my Grandma.


Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

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Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography
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The other inspiration for the wedding was our photographer Tonhya and her style of photography. I loved how friendly she was, and that she was our age. She related so well to us and all of our friends, and was so sweet the whole day. My advice to brides about photography is to hire someone you believe in, and that you can be friends with. Splurge on it too, because it will be the only thing you have to remember your day with!


Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae PhotographyAtalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

The actual day was amazing. We were afraid it was going to be pouring down rain, but it only began to sprinkle as I walked down the aisle to Sigur Ros… which made the moment even more magical. Everything looked so beautiful, and I loved how personal all of it was to Gus and I. It was the most surreal day of my life, and I wish I could relive it! My advise to brides is to make things because you love your fiance, not just because you want it to look like a wedding you saw on a blog. Take a moment to sit down and admire everything with your husband.


Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae PhotographyAtalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

Atalie & Gus' Wedding - Washington DIY Wedding by Tonhya Kae Photography

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Wedding Songs:

Bridal Party Processional: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap
Procession of the Bride: “Godan Daggin,” Sigur Ros
Communion: “House of God Forever,” John Foreman
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “The Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne

Wedding Vendors (Olympia, WA):

Wedding Venue: Panhandle Lake 4-H Camp and Calvary Chapel of Olympia / Wedding Photographer: Tonhya Kae Photography / Wedding Dress: Private Label from I Do Bridal in Seattle / Bride’s and Bridal Party’s Shoes: TOMS / Bride’s Headpiece: Tessa Kim / Bride’s Earrings: Macy’s / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Bride’s Hair: Jennifer Johnson and Mea Johnson / Makeup: Erin Dammon of Clinique and Alaina Tarver / Bridesmaids’ Headbands: made by bridesmaid Rachel Edgbert / Boutonnieres: made by bride / Groomsmen’s Outfits: H&M and Forever 21 / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shoes: ASOS / Groomsmen’s Ties: Tie Bar / Groom’s Suit: Joseph Abboud / Groom’s Shirt: The Gap / Photobooth: Julia Pulliam / Invitations and Program Design: Ethan Kimberling / “Better Together” Banner: Earmark / Flowers: Olympia Farmer’s Market / Flower Arrangements: Mother of the bride, Peggy Hurd and Rosmarie Thomas / Cupcakes and Cake: Bernadette Niebhur / Catering: BayView Thriftway Catering of Olympia

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Bella Lily Bridal

Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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It’s been a while since our last picks from Recycle Your Wedding, so it’s about time we highlight some of our favorite finds before they are gone. We found lots of vintage wedding decor for sale — anything from milk glass vases in bulk to vintage suitcases. Most of the sellers will ship anywhere, so be sure to check everyday to snatch up the best finds. If you’d like to sell your gently used wedding decor, click here and list away!

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Clockwise: lot of 160 mason jars, lot of 15 wooden flower boxes, unused birdcage veil, vintage mailbox

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Home Sweet Flowers

Home Sweet Flowers is flowery hearted; there is no doubt that in every creation that is made the recipe consists of love & intuition. Flowers are not merely “pretty”, we believe each stem has the inevitable ability to enhance ones mood, daily life, & wedding day.

HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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Handcrafted Wisconsin Wedding

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We might say it too often, but this wedding really could be the cutest darn thing we’ve ever seen. Emily and Tim took the on the challenge of a country DIY wedding, and they didn’t take it lightly — they didn’t just stop at designing their own invitations, they even went as far as to whittle their precious kissing squirrels cake topper! Their reception is inspiration central, right down to the cookie tree (yes, cookie tree. yum). Thank you so much to the ever-fabulous Emily Johnston Anderson for sharing her captures of the day with us!

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Wedding vendors (Walworth, Wisconsin):

Wedding photographer: Emily Johnston Anderson / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie / Wedding Dress: the bride’s altered her mother’s wedding dress

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

We can’t wait to meet you and make your celebration remarkable!

Serving Niagara Wine Country, The Greater Hamilton Toronto Area, Muskoka, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Areas

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DIY Ceremony Chair Flowers

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Kelsey created a charming project to be hung from a chair during the ceremony (and reception afterwards) for her own wedding.

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What you’ll need:
– Mason jars (your choice of size, a variety can create a little whimsy)
– Fabric (I used burlap, but a colorful print can be fun as well)
– Lace
– Ribbon
– Wire
– Hot glue or fabric glue
– Pliers

diy ceremony chair decor
diy ceremony chair decor

Instructions:
Start with your desired size mason jar, any size will work and multiple sizes can add a fun ambiance to your event. Begin by cutting the fabric of your choice into a strip long enough to go all the way around the mason jar, leaving about a 1/4 of an inch extra to overlap slightly (It doesn’t have to be perfect, a little imperfection shows that it was handmade and special). Glue your base fabric to the outside of the mason jar. You can use either fabric glue or hot glue, I suggest using whichever you are more comfortable with. Only glue the end of each side of the strip, with one end directly onto the jar and the other end slightly overlapping the first end. Cut a strip of lace the length of the first piece of fabric, if lace isn’t your thing you can skip this step. Again, glue the lace only on the ends to give it a clean look and sightly overlap one end over the starting end of the lace. Once the lace is added you can add a piece of ribbon that goes with the theme of your wedding. Pull the ribbon very taunt and place a dab of glue underneath the knot that you tie. After this dries you can tie a bow to finish off the project.

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If you want you can leave the mason jar vase as is and use it as a centerpiece with flowers, or fill it with candles to line a walkway.

If you prefer to have the mason jars hang as vases for an aisle way you can proceed with the last step which is adding a wire hanger. Pliers are necessary for this step and the wire can be found at any craft store; choose whatever thickness you prefer. If your look doesn’t work with wire, you can always use string, yarn, twine, or ribbon, just make sure that you fasten it with some glue to keep it secure enough to hang. The wire can be fastened by cutting one long piece and twisting loops into each end-having a round object such as a pencil or pen to keep a firm loop will help. Once the loop has been made on each side cut a second piece of wire to wrap around the top of the mason jar. A quarter of the way through wrapping the wire around the top of the jar, loop the first loop made on the hanging part of the wire through the wire and make a loop in the base wire to hold it in place. Continue wrapping the base wire around the jar until it’s across from the first loop and create a second loop with the hanging wire looped through. When you get to the start of your wire, use the pliers to twist the two ends together and tuck them neatly against the edge of the jar.

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Kate Preftakes Photography

Kate Preftakes is a fine art wedding photographer in the New England region and available for travel worldwide. Her approach is soft and organic, and she shoots with a combination of editorial and fine art portraiture. Kate loves creating true photos that are filled with emotion and light. She uses a combination of film and digital, drawn to the soft look that it creates. She has her degree in fine art and uses that background to narrate stories in a beautiful way. The soft touch of a hand on a back, the look in her eye when she first sees him, the way her dress falls when he spins her around. These are the moments that make each wedding day special and inspire Kate to document in a timeless way. The details tell the story and Kate loves to capture them in the most romantic fashion. Kate is based out of New England and available for travel.

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Homespun Oregon Wedding

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Katie and Landon’s wedding is DIY heaven. She designed everything herself, and came up with an all around sweet and effortless look throughout the entire wedding day. I love the mix of fabric patterns – specially the groomsmen’s orange striped shirts. This cheery color palette will leave you longing for hot summer days! Thanks to Yasmin Khajavi for sending over this gem of a wedding.

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Katie said: I wanted our wedding to be foremost about family, but to also be a really fun and comfortable atmosphere. I also wanted to do most of the decorating on my own, rather than hiring out, to give the day a more “homey” or handmade feel. I wanted soft colors, lots of fabrics, paper, and a good deal of storytelling (Landon and I were both journalism majors in college). I tried to combine the colors, fabrics and words to create fun decorations that our guests would remember.

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We were married in the front yard of my parents home in Happy Valley, Oregon. I’ve always wanted to have an outdoor wedding, so when my parents moved 4 years ago into a home with 1.5 acres of land surrounding, I knew that was the spot. Having our wedding at home was not only meaningful, but very, very convenient. We didn’t have to transport any food or decorations, which made for a fairly simple setup and teardown process.

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In terms of DIY projects, there were a lot! One side of our programs had the ceremony order and wedding party, and the other told the story of how Landon and I met and fell in love. I also did a bigger version of our “story” and had it set up during the reception. It was fun little detail that I think our guests enjoyed.

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I wanted to stay away from the typical “2 wedding colors”-look, so I used different shades of gray, yellow, tangerine and a peachy pink as the focus for most of the decorations and flowers. The table flowers were all different colors, and I loved how organic and natural they looked.

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One of my favorite details was incorporating our parents and grandparents’ wedding photos. I suspended them above the guest book table with painted dowels and ribbon.

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My mom made dozens of batches of jam for our favors, and I painted the shelf they sat on. We went to Vermont for our honeymoon, which is why “Vermont Cotton Co.” was perfect on the shelf, which my sister found.

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The guest book table had two typewriters that guests could use to type little notes to Landon and I! One of the typewriters belonged to my great aunt, who used it to type birthday letters to my siblings and I when we were younger. The other was given to me as a graduation present from my grandparents. It belonged to my great grandfather, and was made in 1925! I took them to a local typewriter shop before the wedding to have them checked out and to get the ink replaced. I printed a little “L&K” monogram on standard printer paper to use in the typewriters.

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We served strawberry shortcakes instead of traditional wedding cake, which tasted delicious and looked beautiful! My mom, again, made the shortcakes and had a very able kitchen staff to execute the plating of them during the reception!

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The story of the table flowers is one of my favorites from the entire planning process. My mother-in-law works at the local Curves and posted a flyer on the bulletin board asking women to drop off any cut flowers from their yards they were willing to donate on her porch. When she came home that night, her porch was overflowing with all different types of GORGEOUS flowers! Landon’s aunts and uncles arranged the flowers in glass jars, which were each painted with a table number and used as the centerpiece on each table.

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My mom made the table runners and napkins (275 napkins!) as well as all the pennant flags, which my sister and I assembled.

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Katie’s advice: Don’t be afraid to let go of traditions if you have ideas for making your day more meaningful. I’ve never liked the flower/garter toss at weddings, so I scrapped it altogether. Instead, I presented my bouquet to my grandma during the reception, which turned out to be a much more meaningful than the traditional flower toss.  I also don’t like most wedding cakes and I really wanted to get fun with dessert. Strawberry shortcakes allowed us to bake and prepare them on our own (saving money) while also giving guests something different than any traditional wedding cake!

You can also see her equally adorable DIY wedding invitations here.

Wedding Vendors (Happy Valley, OR):

Photographer: Yasmin Khajavi / Dress: Bride’s mother, fabric from Mill End Store / Bride’s shoes: Gap /Bridesmaid dresses: Loft / Bridesmaid shoes: DSW / Bride and Bridesmaids’ earrings: Noon Designs / Bridesmaid necklaces: made by bride using ECAB tutorial / Groom’s suit: Overstock / Groomsmen’s attire: Old Navy / Groomsmen’s ties: Solid Color Neckties / Groomsmen’s shoes: Converse

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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A Light and Airy Oregon Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

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I first spotted this wedding on Olivet, and immediately contacted the photographer and the bride to hear all about it. You may have seen bits and pieces from their wedding, but it’s so fun and creative that I asked Midori to share it with us today. If you like what you’ve seen so far, wait till you hear about their details…their wedding is chock full of amazing DIY projects, including the bridesmaids gorgeous gray dresses. Not to mention her wedding dress which was inspired by Dior’s 2007 Origami Collection and handmade by a local artist. In another words, taffeta and “poofy” never looked so good in a wedding.


Midori made her bolero and hair flower! I died and went to DIY wedding heaven.

Heard about the venue from a friend about a magical place called Hornings Hideout. Family owned land. Chose the location for it was close enough in proximity to Portland for family and friends from near and far to join us for the event as well as it’s outdoor scenery that encompasses Oregon for its beauty. Upon driving in, it’s wooded. Driving down into a canyon, it opens up to fields of peacocks and a large lake. We also chose the location for its activities – paddle boat rides and fishing for guests, hikes and camping.


Midori listed some of her DIY projects: logo and invitation in fold out map style; green silk bow ties and ties for the groom and groomsmen ; bridesmaids dresses; big paper flower pom pom decorations; picnic blankets; event board and menu board; collection of classic and contemporary china and silverware; collection of mason jars in various sizes used as flower vases and cups (logo stamped and attached to cups and giveaway paper fans airbrushed with designs.


Their wedding flowers consisted of locally grown dahlias and other in season blooms.

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Let loose and enjoy the ride! Prepare for anything. And only chew what you can handle. We were overloaded with DIY projects.

Wedding Vendors (North Plains, Oregon):

Venue: Horning’s Hideout / Photographer: Marne Lucas and Jaclyn Campanero for Opaline Pictures and more from here / Wedding Planner: Liz Calderon from The Special Projects Dept. / Caterer: Nathaniel Price / Wedding cake: pdxstump / Florist: Wesley Younie, Artist and floral designer / Wedding Dress: Jessica DeWall by Heating and Cooling Apparel / Veil and shrug: made by the bride / Hair and makeup: Tamara Goldsmith of Redux / Bridesmaid dresses: handmade / Band: Shaky Hands / DJ: DJ Avant / Invitations: makelike / Videography: grow film / Photobooth: The Original Photo Booth / Transportation: van rental to transport guest to and from Portland

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Wedding Fusions

Beautiful wedding stationery suites, alternative guest books, fingerprint trees, seating plans and personalised wedding/table decor.

Budget savvy brides receive a personalised file which can be printed at home or locally – professional design with huge cost savings! Wide selection available.

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