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DIY Striped Vases

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Camden Chitwood of Emerson Events is back with us for one more tutorial from her stunning Wedding Inspiration Shoot we shared this morning. Photographer Amanda Watson tagged along to capture the key behind making those gorgeous striped glasses seen in the shoot — this one couldn’t be easier!

DIY striped vases

For this tutorial, you will need:
– Rubber bands, all different widths
– Glass cups
– Spray Paint (special purpose works best)

1. Clean cups and put rubber bands around them, spaced out randomly.

2. Spray cups (upside down so not to get paint inside the cup), 2 coats is best.
3. Let dry 2-3 hours.
4. Remove rubber bands and enjoy!

Thank you Emerson Events and Amanda Watson! View the full shoot here.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration

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Nothing beats a sophisticated color palette mixed with texture with a nod to Mother Nature. When Esther of Esther Sun Photography told us she and a group of California pros gathered for an inspiration shoot to celebrate Earth Day, we knew it was going to be something beautiful. As an added bonus, Sara Holland of At Your Door Events, is here to share with us 5 Eco-Chic wedding planning tips:

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eco-friendly wedding invitations

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1. Location: Reduce your carbon footprint by selecting a venue with an on-sight ceremony space. Not only isn’t good for the Earth, but it saves you on the cost of hiring transportation for you and the wedding party!

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2. Invitations: Select an Earth friendly recycled paper or plantable paper. Plantable papers have tiny little flower seeds embedded in the paper fibers, guests can plant the paper in the ground and flowers will grow!

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3. Rings: Select environmentally conscious metals. Ask your jeweler about rings made of recycled metals. OR — collect jewelry from family and have it melted down and crafted into your own personal ring design.

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4. Bridal Gown: Consider using vintage or taking your mothers wedding dress and having a tailor transform it into something unique for you!

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eco-friendly teal place settings

5. Floral: Cut flowers are not green. Considering centerpieces such as terrariums! These are living, breathing eco-system contained in a glass jar. As a grouping on a table they make a glamorously green center piece AND a wonderful keepsake for guests. For your bridal bouquet, add succulents. The stems of succulents are actually root systems. After your wedding, you can take the succulents and plant them. The succulent will thrive and you will be able to keep a living memento of your wedding day!

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View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Long Beach, CA):

Venue Location and Paper Goods: Paper Crew / Wedding Photographer: Esther Sun / Wedding Planner: Sara Holland of At Your Door Events / Wardrobe Styling: La Femme Vintage / Makeup: Rose Park / Furniture: Urban Cottage / Wedding Caterer: Seafood World Restaurant / Desserts: Sweets by Annie / Videographer: Lovebirds Film / Models: Minta Allred, Lorraine Caguin, and Lauren Jensen

Right Now in Recycle Your Wedding…


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We were so delighted to stumble upon bride Jennifer’s listing in Recycle Your Wedding, we decided to make a full feature of it! For those of you not yet in-the-know, our Recycle Your Wedding section allows individuals to sell wedding items from across the board — from votives to china to dresses — so that other brides may scoop them up. Not only does this keep things eco-friendly by reusing items, but it adds that extra special touch of thrifty charm to your wedding day. No need to create an account… and did I mention this service is free? Adorable bride Jennifer is listing nearly all of the items from her wedding in RYW, and we hope you’ll take advantage of these great deals! All photos by Peacock Photography.

We especially love these handmade signs — how cute is hand drawn banner below?

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Burlap table runners, wooden table numbers, wooden flower box crates — the possibilities are never-ending with these rustic chic decorations!

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The bride will ship the items, or you can pick them up if you’re in the Austin, TX area!

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See the bride’s listing here and gawk over oodles of cute vintage ideas from her wedding in the gallery.

Right Now in Recycle Your Wedding…


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What better way to celebrate Wedding Wednesday than to find some carefully pre-loved wedding decorations for your own reception? We’ve seen listings come pouring in, and we’ve picked a few of our very favorites from the past week to share with you all. Personally, I’m loving the amber glass bottles… I am a huge fan of all things apothecary-like, and a wedding inspired by vintage apothecary is at the top of my list of favorites! Everyone is welcome to sell items they no longer need… brides, event stylists, florists… around the globe. Start selling.

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Clockwise from top:
Vintage Decor & Cake Plates, $500 obo for lot of 800 pieces including 300 vintage doilies, 200 vases and 300 candle holders; glass cake stand, $35; amber glass bottles, $2 each, 120 available

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In the spirit of Spring, our picks from Recycle your Wedding this week are just waiting to be part of another gorgeous garden wedding. One listing that caught our eye is the Ikea Tolsby Frame, which we shared as part of a menu download last year. We revamped it and added an editable form, so you can type in your menu and table numbers directly. You can download them here while you’re at it.

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Ikea menu frames, 20 for $15; handmade paper garlands tonnage, $100 for all; handmade fabric bird cake topper, $50

Download courtesy of Two Brunettes

Recycle Your Wedding


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True to our word, we’ve got more gems to share with you all from our classified listings! Ruffled’s classifieds are a wonderful way to keep the carbon footprint of your wedding down by reusing gently loved wedding decor. We update our classifieds daily with new listings, so keep checking back for even more goodies!

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Clockwise from top left: Manzanitta branch centerpieces, $500 for 8 centerpieces; milk glass, $200 for a lot of 30 pieces; burlap bags, $25 for a bag of ~90; clothespin table number holders, $75 for 15 clothespins; mason jars with lids, $10 for one or $25 for all three

Sweet and Natural Malibu Wedding

Garden Weddings

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When you’re setting the scene for a “Thanksgiving in the summertime”, as today’s bride did, it’s important to include amazing scenery, handmade details, and the smiling faces of all your family and friends. Rachel and James held their wedding on a starry Southern California evening and were determined to keep the planning process about their love for each other, not table linens or huge flower arrangements. The bride made nearly all of the rustic-elegant decor and every little piece says so much about their style. Captured by the talented Nicole Polk, this SoCal wedding has “simple chic” down to a science.

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The venue is stunning, romantic, and totally gorgeous so we just let it dictate the style which ended up being more shabby chic than either of us probably actually ever could have imagined our typically modern tastes would have dictated.

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From the bride, Rachel. I always described our wedding to friends as a candle-lit outdoor dinner party with all our friends and loved ones – a Thanksgiving in the summertime. I think we accomplished that exactly.
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The Chuppah we stood under was made by our friend Jeff. He constructed the whole thing in the week before the wedding using a table cloth my mother embroidered when she was newly married. She passed away in 2005 so this was a way to include her in the ceremony.

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I cross stitched the table numbers, hand stamped the escort cards letter by letter, made the burlap table runners and the succulent centerpieces. The colors were pretty organic. White dahlias, lots of greens and browns, seed pods, etc., with lavender sprigs for accents.
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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Only do things that are meaningful to you, that you enjoy, that you couldn’t live without, so you will have no regrets later! Anything that doesn’t meet those three simple criteria can probably get scrapped. You’ll never remember on the day and NO ONE will question why something wasn’t there.
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Wedding Vendors (Southern California):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Saddle Peak Lodge / Florist: Bride arranged succulents from Heritage Succulents for centerpieces; Bouquets, loose blooms and boutonnieres from Flowers by Elizabeth / Photographer: Nicole Polk (from Philadelphia area) / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Veil: DIY by a friend / Shoes: Kate Spade “Lora” / Earrings: Nicole Miller / Hair: Bessie Signorelli at Dolce Salon & Spa in Santa Barbara / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / DJ: Mike Bocek / Ketubah Artist: Jennifer Raichman / Officiant: Rabbi Aaron / Caterer: Saddle Peak Lodge / Wedding Cake: Kaz, the pastry chef at Saddle Peak Lodge/ Wedding invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Wedding Save the Dates: Minted

Vintage Berry Pink Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Vintage handkerchiefs, sweet song lyrics, and bright bursts of pink make today’s wedding a total standout! The couple and their family and friends took their time collecting all the perfect elements to give this wedding the right handmade look. I love their tabletops and the inclusion of some of my favorite lyrics from songwriters of the past and present. Check out the gallery for more stunning images from Joielala Photographie, including a gorgeous and eclectic invitation suite!

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From the bride, Shaylee. There was so much work and detail put into this day, not just by Andy and I, but all of our family and friends really came together to help us make our vision for this day a reality. We spent many days and hours making Jam, cutting, pasting, tying and sealing invitations, scouring flea markets and thrift stores in search of as many vintage books, jars, tins, picture frames, wooden crates, hankies, and any sort of vintage decor we could get our hands on.
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Then the day came and when the doors opened and I saw Andy standing there, all of the stress and worry about every little detail was gone and all I could think about was him and I standing up there together and how I couldn’t wait to say “I do.” I wasnt nervous at all, I was ready to be Mrs. Ross!

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A close family friend, Shonda Jochim, put all of the flower arrangements together the day of the wedding along with help from Andy’s mom and sister Genny. All the table decorations were put together by Genny.
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berry pink wedding ideas
The day was amazing and all of the hard work and attention to detail really paid off. We couldn’t have done any of this without the LOVE and help we received from all of our family and friends!
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Wedding Vendors (Irvine, CA):

Wedding Venue: Strawberry Farms / Photography: Taryn & Shelby of Joielala Photographie / Flowers: family friend / Wedding dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s hair accessories: Tessa Kim / Bridesmaid dresses: JCrew / Bridesmaid necklaces: Mon Cadeau / Bride’s shoes: Jessica Simpson / Ring Bearer bowties: Baby by Stevie / Invitation and RSVP: Hello Lucky/ Photo collage in invites: Groom’s brother / Map and direction cards and fan programs: Groom’s sister / Save the Dates: Ello There / Cake: Heidelberg Bakery / Cake Topper: Natasha Monnerau / Photobooth: DIY / Thumbprint Guestbook: Bleudetoi

Pâtisserie Inspired Table Shoot

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I am so excited to finally share this shoot! Melissa of The Loveliest Day will be working with me on a series of mini design shoots in the upcoming months. She is an aspiring Event Designer who is more like a pro than aspiring in my opinion. I recommend brides booking her now. For this shoot, Melissa proposed a Patisserie inspired dessert table, and I immediately jumped on it. Big thanks to everyone involved: Jen of Found, Melody of My Sweet and Saucy, Jane of Olive Hue, and Ashley Rose of Ashley Rose Photography for the great images!

I will let Mel take it from here: The inspiration behind this patisserie brunch bridal shower shoot was Ladurée and the other tea and pastry salons of Paris. For this shoot we created a dessert table and a tea bar, both ideas that can be easily re-created!
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I wanted to include some fresh flowers, but opted to keep it simple. I displayed the flowers in galvanized metal pails to mimic the look of street side flower shops in Paris. I also added a few single stems and mini bouquets here and there for a bit of added charm.

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Melody posted a tutorial on how to frost the ruffle cake featured in this shoot. Click here to learn.

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The ribbon curtains, which hung behind the dessert table, were inspired by an image of the gift packaging station at Ladurée. Rolls of pastel ribbons cascaded down the wall, ready to be snipped off and used to tie up a gorgeous package of fresh macarons. In between the ribbon curtains I hung a vintage window pane, which I painted white. To me, the window helped bring in the feeling of a Parisian storefront.

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Melody of My Sweet and Saucy Shop whipped up some incredible confections for the dessert table! A mix of traditional French desserts like macarons, cream puffs, éclairs, madelines and fruit tarts, along with some one and two layer cakes and mini cupcakes. It was the perfect blend, and many of the desserts can be made at home, even if you’re not a master baker!

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Jane of Olive Hue Paper Goods created some darling favor boxes. Perfect for guests to take home a few macarons or a colorful cream puff! The boxes were topped with some vintage mother of pearl buttons from my personal collection. You can add buttons like we did, or any other kind of accent you wish. The box has a lovely pattern, so it will also look great without additional accents if that’s the look you prefer! No matter what you choose, your guests will love these adorable favor boxes!

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 Vintage French tea time inspired wedding table hand drawn chalboard

What are pastries without a delicious cup of tea? The tea bar we created offered several different kinds of tea. There was something for everyone, from a bold black tea to a mild herbal tea. Each variety of tea had its own custom colored label. The beautiful chalkboard menu, hand drawn by Jane of Olive Hue Paper Goods, identified which color tea tag coincided with each tea. Written across the top the chalkboard was “heure du thé”, which translates to tea time. Hot water was provided in a vintage silver pot. The table was topped off by a collection of vintage teacups and saucers. Cute little tags reading “sucré” were attached to the end of a toothpick and stuck into the top of sugar cubes. Just pick one up and stir it into your tea?

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Jane of Olive Hue also made the favor boxes, place cards, tea bags and sugar cube flags available to download just for Ruffed readers. Thank you Jane!

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Wedding Vendors:

Event Design & Styling: Melissa of The Loveliest Day / Vintage Rentals: Jen of Found / Cakes and Pastries: Melody of My Sweet and Saucy / Paper Goods: Jane of Olive Hue/ Photography: Ashley Rose of Ashley Rose Photography

Lace Doily Wedding Table

Design Inspiration

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As soon as I saw these doily table runners designed by Ooh! Events and shot by Tracy Turpen, I was in love. Their antique charm coupled with the milk glass centerpieces and rustic style of the tables is so beautifully simple, and the giant moss-draped oaks surrounding the setup make for a perfect background. Want to try it yourself? Start collecting these beautiful pieces early on to get a feel for how long it might take to find everything you need for this stunning setup!

Lace crochet  doily wedding ideas

Lace crochet  doily wedding ideas
Lace crochet  doily wedding ideas
Lace crochet  doily wedding ideas
Lace crochet  doily wedding ideas