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Florida Wedding with Cake Table Numbers

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Merari Photography

There’s something so timeless about using pastels on a wedding day, and the wedding we’re sharing today absolutely nails it. Merari Photography captured the wedding of Katie and Kevin, who made their way from Buffalo, NY to South Florida in order to exchange vows in the sunshine. While it ended up raining with hurricane-force winds, you’d never know it from their smiling faces!

Florida wedding with cake table numbers - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

From the photographer, Merari of Merari Photography: Kevin and Katie flew down from Buffalo with family and friends to South Florida looking for a sunshine-filled wedding weekend. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. Hurricane-like winds came down in a force and the garden party they had in mind had to be quickly reworked. Luckily, as the guests started arriving to the reception, the skies had opened up and a nice breeze came though. Their garden party still happened under a lovely tent under the stars.

watercolor wedding invitation - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

blush pink wedding dress - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

pastel bouquet with berries - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

paper goods - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

bridal party - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

bride with bridesmaids in white dresses - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

They wanted to have a simply but personalized wedding. Katie’s dress was a romantic shade of blush and had intricate lace details. Kevin and his groomsmen wore personalized lavender ties and a family friend made their unique and beautiful stationery. At the reception, the tables were decorated with understated flowers and at the center were unique cakes for each table, because everyone loves cake! Despite the ugly start to their wedding day, everything went off smoothly and even more beautiful than we had hoped.

bejeweled wedding necklace - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

bridal dress - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

watercolor escort cards - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

escort cards - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

cake table number - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

Florida wedding with cake table numbers - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

cake table number - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

cake table number - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

ruffled wedding cake - photo by Merari Photography http://ruffledblog.com/florida-wedding-with-cake-table-numbers

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Merari Photography

Church

Historic St. Anne Catholic Church

Venue

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

Florals + Bakery

Publix

Wedding Dress

BHLDN

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Glam Carondelet House Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Sloan Photographers

Any time we see a wedding at Carondelet House, we know we’re about to experience something special. The venue itself is nothing short of magical, and Nancy and Sam’s style only enhanced its natural beauty. Sloan Photographers and Live.Love.Create. blew this one out of the water, and you absolutely won’t want to miss the slo-mo booth shot by Studio 205 Films!

glam carondelet house wedding - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

From the bride, Nancy: We wanted something rustic, vintage and old fashioned. We really didn’t have one style or one vision to our wedding. We kind of put a lot of DIY projects together and hoped it would work. Our venue, Carondelet House, was built in the 1920s and much of the furniture, artwork, and interior design was kept intact so it was just beautiful as it is. We wanted to add things that fit well with the vintage feel, but we didn’t want to ruin the integrity of the venue and all its beauty.

bride getting ready - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bride getting ready - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bride getting ready - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bridal shoes - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

berry wedding bouquet - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/
Bouquet recipe: My bridal bouquet had an assortment of flowers from succulents, dahlias, wild flowers, ranunculus, wild berries, baby roses, orchids, and a lot more. The bridesmaid bouquets were also similar to the flowers in the bridal bouquet but my mom had added some more vibrant fall colors (dark red dahlias, more wildflowers).

navy blue suits - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

first look reaction - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

first look - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

guest book ideas - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

Download the guestbook poster above here!

Our wedding would best be described as vintage, rustic, woodsy, romantic with a touch of old flair. We didn’t really have a specific theme because we wanted the venue to shine. We used a lot of candles and hanging lights for the ceremony that made it even more romantic and ethereal. All the decor and florals were done by myself, mom, and my bridesmaids. We made succulent terrariums and used wood branches to decorate the long communal tables. We used a lot of candles on the tables and around the window panes to give the reception room a warm and cozy feel.

indoor ceremony - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

indoor wedding ceremony - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

indoor evening ceremony - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

wedding ceremony - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

romantic flowers - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

polka dot tie - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

red blue bouquets - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bridesmaids dresses in blues - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

Our main color was navy blue but we ended up having an earth tone color palate. We had navy blue, slate grey, olive and sage greens, beige, and hints of gold. Some of the DIY projects we did were the marquee “bar” lights for the bar area. We used paper mache letters and some string lights. We also made a heart ombre cork board that our guests signed their initials on. We made some lace paper lanterns with doilies and paper lanterns. Also, instead of table numbers we decided to label the tables with all the cities that meant something to us. And for escort cards we made “boarding passes” with specific destinations (cities/tables).

sophisticated wedding receptions - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

unique escort cards - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

city table numbers - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

indoor receptions - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

succulent centerpieces - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Some advice I would give to couples are: Enjoy every moment of the planning process. It goes by so fast but its really a time to enjoy being engaged and planning the most special day of your lives. You can find ways to save money so research, research research!! We saved a lot of money by doing a lot of the the work ourselves and making our own stuff. Start your DIY projects early. It’s better to start on it and see if it works, rather than starting it late and realizing its too late to fix/change/add etc.

bride groom initials - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

string wrapped bottles - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

eclectic centerpieces - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

city table numbers - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

city table numbers - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

black and white wedding cake - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

succulent wedding cake - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

confetti photo booth - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “We the Redeemed”
Ceremony: “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
Bridal Party Entrance: “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
First dance: “Make Me Whole,” Amel Larrieux

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Sloan Photographers / Wedding Planning and Event Design: Live.Love.Create. / Floral Design: Mother of the Bride / Venue: Carondelet House / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Atelier by Dawn / Hair: Jasmine Chang / Makeup: Jen Wang Makeup / Wedding Caterer: Four Seasons Catering / Dessert: King’s Hawaiian / DJ, Lighting, and Music: Shine Entertainment / Live Singer and Pianist During Cocktail Hour: Erin McClain from “The McClain Project” / Videographer and Slo-Mo Booth: Peter Chang of Studio 205 Films / Photo Booth: Apixture / Wedding Invitations: Bridesmaid

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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DIY Cross-Stitched Placecards

DIY Projects

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Stitching on paper is one of my favorite ways to mix media in a modern way. Elisa Restea Design created these cross-stitched cards and placecards and she will show us how to make them. If you have lots of guests, this idea would work just as great as table numbers! Thanks to Vanagraph for the images.


DIY Cross-Stitched Placecards

DIY Cross-Stitched Placecards
DIY Cross-Stitched Placecards
DIY Cross-Stitched Placecards

You can do the same for table numbers and place cards:
DIY Cross-Stitched Placecards

You will need:

– watercolor paper card and envelope
– bone folder
– embroidery floss
– embroidery needle
– head pin
– clear tape
– foam sheets
– cardboard
– clothespins
– scissors
– cardstock
– foam tape
– printed text in a pretty font

Find a font that you like and create a template with the message you want on the card. Make sure the font letters are not too thick, and that the template is small enough that you won’t have to sew too close to the edge of the card (potential for tearing card). Once you have your template, cut it out and lay it out in the direction you choose. Tape it lightly to the card.

Take the cardboard, lay the piece of foam paper over it, then the card, and secure all together with the clothespins.

Take the head pin and press into the paper along the template. Leave enough space between punctures so that you will not have to stitch too closely (potential for tearing). Once you are done, carefully remove the template off the card.

Thread your needle and use a backstitch technique to move along the card until you have stitched all the letters. Keep your template handy as a reference.

Cut a piece of cardstock the same size as the card. Place a small piece of foam tape on each of the corners of the card on the inside where you have the stitching. Match the cardstock to the inside corners, pressuring down on the paper so that it sticks well to the foam tape.

Use a bone folder to fold the card. Voila! You have your very own unique handmade card!

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Amanda Day Rose

Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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DIY Moss Table Numbers

DIY Projects

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We’re delighted to have our good friend Jenny of Hank and Hunt with us today to share how to make these eye-catching moss-covered table numbers. You could always use the numbers alone on the table, but to kick it up that extra notch we love the idea of placing the numbers under a bell jar as seen here!

diy moss table number

From Jenny: As the temperatures cool, you can still add touches of the season from outdoors into your wedding décor. The easy moss wrapped number resembles a tiny topiary gracing your table and is a perfect addition to a fall wedding.

For this project, you will need:
-large bell jar
-wood numbers (to fit bell jar)
-bamboo skewers
-wood disks
-instant Green Moss sheets
-kitchen scissors


Instructions:
1. Cut skewers to 3” using the inside part of the kitchen scissors. Hot glue to the back of the wood numbers, be sure to adjust for straightness.

2. Moss comes in large rolls with a mesh on the back. Cut a small sheet large enough to overlap around the number. Trim around the edges, leaving enough to wrap.

3. Wrap the edges and secure moss down with hot glue underneath, trimming and pulling as needed. If it starts to move on you on a few of the trickier numbers, feel free to tack down the front of the number with a few dots of hot glue first. For curves and corners, cut the overlap to the edges with slits. Add small pieces or chunks of moss and glue to fill in holes on the back.

4. While holding the number vertical, hot glue the bottom of the skewer to the center of the wood disk to make a stand.

5. Cut a piece of moss to cover the base of the bell jar and trim to fit. Cut a radius slit from the edge to the center to slip in the number stand.

6. Secure the number to the center with hot glue. Add the moss base over it and tack down edges with hot glue. If you plan to reuse the bell jar, it’s okay because the hot glue will come off easily later.

7. Place the top over the jar and repeat with remaining numbers.

The moss wrap technique will work for any base of your choice, think about incorporating into a floral centerpiece or tacking to the top of a interesting collection. Use a variety of objects, like ribbon or fabric, to hide the base of the number. They would be equally gorgeous as initials or a grouping to say hello on the escort table.


View step-by-step tutorial images in the gallery

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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DIY Arrow Seating Chart

DIY Projects, Free Downloads

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Tammy of Uniquity Invitations is stopping by to graciously share this mini shoot the she created, shot by Cora’s Photography. She also designed a set of editable free downloads, which includes save-the-dates, favor tags, table number assignment, and of course feather templates for your DIY arrows. This is just a teaser of her matching wedding invitation coming out this week. This project has a fun spin on “Shot through the heart” written all over it!

DIY arrow pendleton valentine wedding ideas
DIY arrow pendleton valentine wedding ideas
DIY arrow pendleton valentine wedding ideas
DIY arrow pendleton valentine wedding ideas

What you’ll need:

– striped paper straws or pencils (depending on what you’re giving your guests in the bag, striped pencils can be found at Michael’s)
– large wood slices, available at floral + craft stores
– tacky glue
– scissors
– cardstock
– drill

DIY arrow pendleton valentine wedding ideas

The seating chart display idea of arrows stuck on the wood would be equally adorable with itty bitty arrows with mini flags made out of toothpicks with your guests names on flags. Using the feather template and blue and green cardstock, cut out your feathers. If you prefer, you can also fringe them sans template and used patterned cardstock to mix and match.

DIY arrow pendleton valentine wedding ideas

Click here to view all step-by-step photos

All downloads are editable and available as PDFs. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it free here.

Download Arrow Save-the-Date

Download Arrow Favor Tags

Download Mini Feather Templates

Download Table Number Assignment

Download Large Arrow Templates

Uniquity Design is a member of Blue Label and her designs are available online.

Not that we need to tell you, but we just wanted to mention that these free downloads are for personal use only and are exclusively designed by Uniquity Invitations for Ruffled.

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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 Floating Hot Air Balloons

DIY Projects

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I now have this sudden urge of throwing a party that requires hot air balloons. Just so I can make these. Karen, the crafty bride from this gorgeous wedding shot by Paul Von Rieter, made these whimsical hot air balloons using large bouncy balls. They are often found at dollar stores, so they can be made affordably. Thank you for sharing, these are incredible! More DIY details in the gallery and on her blog.

DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces
DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces

What you’ll need:

– large bouncy balls
– potted herbs
– square tin pots (or cans)
– acrylic paint
– brush
– twine for tying tins to the “balloons”

hot air balloons centerpieces
DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces
DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces
DIY Hot Air Balloon floating centerpieces

hot air balloons centerpieceshot air balloons centerpieces

Instructions:

To make each pattern, I started off by drawing a base guide. I taped a long piece of string to the ball, and then I tied a Sharpie to the end of that string where I wanted to start drawing a guide. Then I rotated the Sharpie along that string “axis” to draw a perfect circle around the ball. I did this several times along different lengths, with the same taped point. Just imagine a bunch of “latitude” lines drawn on the ball with Sharpie. I use those new circles to guide me with drawing a symmetrical pattern for each of the balls. If you want to be really precise, I would measure the circumference of the “equator”, and divide that evenly by a number for an exact repeating pattern.

Once your balloons are dry, attach your herb “baskets” to them using twine. Punch holes on your herb tins with the help of a hammer and nails. Attach them to the ceiling and add your table numbers to the bottom of each.

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Simply K Studios

Simply K Studios is a connecticut-based, award-winning photography company serving New England and worldwide destinations. These Connecticut wedding photographers photograph engagement sessions, boudoir sessions, and weddings.

We love lots of emotion – the laughs, the smiles, and the happy tears. Beautiful light, stunning details, and approaching every wedding differently so that we can create a unique set of images for each couple.

From the photographers:
It’s about you, and the way we see you. The way we see the two of you and everything you love.

Your style, your family, your friends, your personality, and your laughter.

It’s about the moment you first step into your gown.

The realization that it’s finally your wedding day.

The deep breath you take before you see each other. It’s about the promise you make.

It’s about your details. The celebration.

And we want to photograph it. We want to create a set of authentic, timeless, and modern photos. We want to create your heirloom album.

It’s about your love story.

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Woodsy Aspen, Colorado Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Geneoh Photography strikes again, this time with a whimsical woodland wedding in Aspen, Colorado. Aside from throwing one heck of a party, Tori and Adam with the help of their friends, handmade most of the decor items — including their invitations and cd favors that were designed by Tori’s friend, Jennifer Woockman. If that wasn’t enough reason to love this wedding, Tori shared that their wedding cost around 10k. Proof that you can have a gorgeous wedding with any budget!

woodsy Colorado wedding
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

Choosing a venue was actually one of the most difficult parts of the wedding planning process for us. We had two other sites in Colorado that we almost used before finding this gem! We knew we wanted an intimate wedding and we’ve always loved Colorado and the mountains, so it seemed only natural to take all our friends there to get hitched. We ended up choosing a nature center in Aspen (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, or ACE’s). We loved this site for so many reasons. First of all, they don’t do very many weddings, so their prices were incredibly reasonable. We even ended up doing a bit a trading (they had an event the next day, so we gave them our centerpieces in exchange for the use of various kitchen accessories). We loved their core values and their organic garden :). Amazingly enough, I didn’t even see the site until the weekend of the wedding. We found it online after already visiting Colorado for the wedding planning. We weren’t entirely satisfied with our current venue so we decided to switch it only 3 months before the wedding! People thought we were crazy for taking such a risk, but it felt right and so we went with our gut ;).

woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

We wanted our wedding to feel as intimate as possible. We invited only a small number of our closest friends and family and began our ceremony holding hands in a circle. We wrote cards to each of our guests and used these as the place settings. A destination wedding was perfect for us as we loved getting to spend quality time with our guests throughout the weekend leading up to the wedding.

woodsy Colorado wedding
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

I wanted the wedding to have a vintage, woodsy, romantic, and bohemian vibe! We had a loose color scheme, including bronze, gold, and copper (mainly in the bridal party’s attire), robin’s egg blue, and muted jewel tones (in the flowers and table arrangements).

woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

DIY projects: I was a nanny for the year leading up to the wedding so I collected all the baby food jars I used, along with jars from thrift stores and flea markets and used those as the base for the lanterns we hung in the trees. My friends and I twisted wire around them, filled them with sand from the Moab desert (where my husband and his groomsmen went camping for his bachelor party) and stuck LED tea lights inside them. We ended up making just under 200 of them! The centerpieces were composed of old bottles my uncle found as an underwater welder and tin cans I had collected, stripped, and spray painted gold, brown, and turquoise. The tablecloths were lace pieces I had collected from garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores over the past year. My friends and I cut the burlap to use as table runners.

woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado
woodsy Colorado wedding

I collected vintage and goofy costume items throughout the year to use as photo booth props, as well as chalkboards so our guests could write messages to us. I collected blankets and vintage crates to hold them so our guests could sit on the ground or use them to keep warm when the sun went down. We put together a cd of music that represented our story of us as our wedding favor. Our friends helped us design the cover and cd label and we all assembled them before leaving to Colorado. A friend of mine designed the programs and put twigs through the tops of them to keep with our woodsy/rustic theme.

woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado
woodsy wedding in Aspen Colorado

As I mentioned earlier, we wrote cards for each of our guests to use as the place settings. A friend of ours did the calligraphy and we glued various tulle and decorative paper shapes to the front of the cards. We both love to read so I collected unique/vintage looking books to use for the table numbers. My sister and I bought wooden numbers and painted and glued them to the front of each book. We propped these up on each table.

Quite possibly the biggest DIY project was the ceremony itself. My husband and I really wanted to write our own ceremony from start to finish. We incorporated Jewish traditions (like writing our own Ketubah) and Quaker traditions (like self-solemnizing and allowing time for silent worship). We also collected our favorite quotes and poems to be shared throughout the ceremony.

woodsy Colorado wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would say don’t be afraid to be different, or even to disappoint people, for the sake of staying true to who you are as a couple and sticking to your convictions. In having a non-traditional, small destination wedding, we didn’t always feel supported, but ultimately, we are so glad we stayed true to who we are. Don’t be afraid to question or throw out entirely any traditions you don’t jive with. Our favorite elements of the wedding were the most risky, those which were entirely different from anything we’d seen before. Everything we did that day had particular value to us and that made the day so much more rich and full of meaning!

I would also encourage brides to include their grooms in on the process. Some of my favorite ideas were ones my husband suggested and it meant so much more because we decided them together.

I’m convinced that weddings do not have to cost a fortune to be beautiful and unique! We did everything we could to not be duped by the wedding industry and are so glad we had our friends so intimately involved in the process.

Lastly, even if you are a micro-manager like myself, I encourage you to let go and let people bless you the day of your wedding. I loved being surprised by the beauty my friends created with my DIY projects when I chose to let go and trust!

Wedding Songs:

We did things a little differently for our processional (and well, for most of our wedding!). Instead of having an aisle, we decided to have Adam, my husband, lead everyone to the ceremony site where I was already waiting. This was really special for me! Because our wedding was at a nature center, we did very little with magnifying music. The only music at our ceremony was an a cappella rendition of Holy, Holy, Holy by two of our friends (Sufjan Stevens style). Our first dance was to our song, “The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel. Paper Bird also played a rendition of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes at the dance as we often sing that song to each other! As wedding favors, we gave each of our guests our “soundtrack,” the music that told the story of us. Our soundtrack included:

Us, Regina Spektor (Soviet Kitsch)
The Chain, Ingrid Michaelson (Everybody)
A Song for Christine, Anathallo (Sparrows – EP)
White Blank Page, Mumford & Sons (Sigh No More)
Saviour King, Hillsong United (All of the Above)
The Wolves (Act I & 2), Bon Iver (For Emma, Forever Ago)
Awake My Soul, Mumford & Sons (Sigh No More)
Ára Bátur, Sigur Rós (Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust)
Wide Eyes, Local Natives (Gorilla Manor)
The Cave, Mumford & Sons (Sigh No More)
Colorado, Paper Bird (When the River Took Flight)
Northern Lights, Bowerbirds (Upper Air)
Vesuvius, Sufjan Stevens (The Age Of Adz)
The Book of Love, Peter Gabriel
Can You Tell, Ra Ra Riot (The Rhumb Line)

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Wedding Vendors (Aspen, CO + Minnesota):

Ceremony and reception locations: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies / Wedding planner: friend, Elisha DeGrave / Florist: We purchased our flowers from Mountain Flowers of Aspen, centerpieces and bouquets made by a friend / Photographer: Gene Pease, of Geneoh Photography / Wedding Dress: Allure, style #8634 purchased at Rush Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Aldo, and turquoise moccasins from H&M / Hairpiece: Brides of France / Jewelry: Target / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie / Hairpieces: Rayna Jaye on Etsy / Groom’s cardigan: Banana Republic/ Band/Ceremony Musician: Paper Bird / Caterer: bride’s friend, Johanna Raymond, contact victory_m8@yahoo.com / Wedding Cake (or other dessert): My sister and I both have gluten allergies so we decided to have gluten free cupcakes for the wedding. We offered pomegranate margarita and champagne pear flavors from Happy Cakes and they were delicious! / Wedding invitations: Jennifer Woockman / Videographer: couple’s friend

Geneoh Photography is a member of Blue Label. To find more vendors in your area, click here

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NotedOccasions

Notedoccasions offers unique custom wedding invitations, with designs for every type of wedding- rustic chic, country weddings, boho chic weddings, outdoor weddings and whimsical vintage weddings alike.

As a graphic designer, I believe that great graphic design is in the details {read: spending lots of time at the computer looking at pixels.} If you dont know what a pixel is- congratulations- because that’s why graphic designer types exist! {to save your eyesight} Really, though-design is more than matching colors and picking pretty fonts {but I do have major love for fonts} – it’s about conveying your message to the world with a swirl, a flourish, a dot, a pattern- whatever it takes to creatively encompass your clients vision and send that vision out into the world with impact.

That’s what I try to do. EMPHASIS on TRY. I adore designing and am currently the owner of NOTEDOCCASIONS.COM , an online site catering to everyone who loves having a party. And who doesn’t because as I see it, life’s a party!

Custom invitation design requests are always welcome – we welcome the opportunity to make your event absolutely perfect!

Sandy Buckley, NotedOccasions

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Table Number Download

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We have a sweet design download from the lovely Betsywhite Stationery Boutique this afternoon that has me thinking of spring. I love the medallion on these pretties and the fresh color combination. Thank you Gia for sharing!

 editable printable wedding table numbers

Download these sweet table numbers. In PDF format, from tables 1 to 20!

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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DIY Fishing in a Jar

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This project was sent all the way from Switzerland by Jane. She made “fishing in a jar” table numbers. So adorable, I can barely stand it.

 fishing line table numbers

 fishing line table numbers

 fishing line table numbers

What you’ll need:
– a big jar (like this one)
– a regular jar (like this one)
– a napkin (flea market)
– a branch
– natural string
– water
– clay
– a piece of cardboard
– a pen
– a pair of scissors

fishing line table numbers

fishing line table numbers

Step 1. Take the two jars, put them on the napkin.
Step 2. Fill one of them with water and the other one with clay.
Step 3. Tie a piece of string to an end of the branch.
Step 4. Cut a fish form in the piece of cardboard and pierce a whole in the fish’s head.
Step 5. Write the table number on the fish.
Step 6. Tie the fish with the string.
Step 7. Plant the fishing cane in the clay.

Stay tuned for the matching place cards project!

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Coco Red Events

At Coco Red Events, we want to help create, facilitate and implement weddings that will make our client’s vision come to life. We also love to help clients imagine what their wedding can be, to collaborate creatively to enhance every experience of their guests. We work hard to maintain a high level of customer service throughout the whole planning process. We will be with you every step of the way. At the end of the day, a win for us is when our couple says, “today was the best day ever!”

We are a family-owned and operated company. Colette, or “Coco,” started our company almost 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with many brides – budgets big and small. We love what we do and we love working together as a team to create exceptional weddings.

Although we are based in Atlanta, our team has executed events with excellence all over the country. Each person on our team has a specific strength–from environment design to logistics to building sets and crafting props–we will collaborate to make your wedding the one that every one talks about for years to come.

Thank you for considering us! We would be honored to work with you on your big day!!

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DIY Marbled Table Numbers

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Today is the last installment of sharing our selected entries. There was a ridiculously amazing response for this contest, we’re so grateful for everyone who participated. We extended our picks to a healthy count of about 50, including everything wedding from boutonnieres to seating charts! Kelly is the finalist behind this fun marbled table numbers. Love the bright colors, and now I am dying to make a white on black version of this!

 marbled table numbers

What you’ll need:
– 1 can shaving cream (the foamy white kind, not a gel type)
– 1 shallow dish or tray large enough for your paper
– Colorant (I used my son’s tempera paints. You can use tempera, acrylic or even food coloring) Note: I used bright colors so they would show in the photos but you can use (or mix) any color combos you like.
– Paper for marbleizing (I used a cardstock tag style)
– Toothpicks

 marbled table numbers

 marbled table numbers

 marbled table numbers

These directions are for the table numbers but really it is more about the technique itself which can be used for save-the-date cards, place cards, table numbers, …

Step 1. Fill your shallow dish or pan with a layer of shaving cream about 1/2 inch thick.

Step 2. Use a sturdy scrap of cardboard to spread the shaving cream into an even layer.

Step 3. Drip your colorants onto the shaving cream.

Step 4. Use the toothpicks to drag the color through the shaving cream. You may need to add more color as you go until you have the proper amount. Drag back and forth in one direction then back and forth crosswise.

Step 5. Gently press your paper into the shaving cream then carefully lift out.

Step 6. Repeat with the rest of your paper. Note, you will have to repeat steps 3 & 4 as the paper will lift the color out of the shaving cream. You can keep using the shaving cream for a while without replacing.

Step 7. As you pull the paper from the shaving cream, set aside. Let them sit for a few minutes so the color can set.

Step 8. Using something stiff such as a piece of cardboard, or even an ID card, gently squeegee the shaving cream off the paper. Use paper towels to wipe the paper clean if necessary.

Step 9. Decorate the marbleized paper as desired. If using a calligrapher, they can add the numbers or you can hand-draw or even use a stamp.

 marbled table numbers

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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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DIY Lavender Table Numbers

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We all love Julie Harmsen at Ruffled HQ…This time she created a lavender and burlap table number, which combines two of my favorite things.

 flower pot table number wedding centerpieces

 terra cotta flower pot wedding ideas

What you’ll need:
– ceramic pot
– burlap
– glue
– small tag
– tea bag and water
– lighter
– metal button
– ivory stones
– lavender

Instructions:
Step 1. Soak the small tag in the tea.

 tea stained wedding tags

Step 2. Cut a rectangle piece of burlap and glue it to the ceramic pot.

 burlap and terra cotta vases wedding project

 flower pot wedding vase

Step 3. Allow the tag to dry and burn the edges.

 vintage paper tag

Step 4. Write the table number on the tag

 flower pot burlap wedding table numbers

Step 5. Glue the metal button to the end of the tag and glue it to the burlap pot.
Step 6. Fill the pot with ivory stones.
Step 7. Insert several sprigs of lavender in the center. Ta-dah!

DIY Silhouette Table Numbers

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These table numbers made by Chelsea were intended for weddings, but I’d like to think they would look adorable on anyone’s office desk. Or maybe a one-year anniversary gift (the paper year)? Hm, yes. To refresh your memory, first place will receive $500, second place a $300 gift certificate to Modcloth and third place a Silhouette Machine (which could easily cut the number silhouettes for ya!).

 

What you’ll need:
– 4 x 6 picture frame from Goodwill ($2-4)
– used book from Goodwill ($2)
– home printer with paper and black ink
– scissors
– double-sided tape

 
 
 

Instructions:
Step 1: Choose your book. I chose a used encyclopedia found at Goodwill for the background of my framed table number. (I was happy to find the LIO-MUN volume, which has both “Love” and “Marriage” in it!)

Step 2: Print out table numbers. I printed out table numbers on my home printer in “Engravers MT” font (400 pt.), the letter N (72 pt.), the letter O (36 pt.), and the tilde symbol (36 pt.).

Step 3: Cut out the black letters and number, and mount them onto a page from the book with double sided tape.

Step 4: The mounted cut-outs then go into a black, pre-matted 4×6 frame, found at a local discount store. Quick, easy, and chic!

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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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Downtown LA Wedding

Bohemian Weddings, Real Weddings

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Happy Friday! I am off to explore New York with my in laws who are visiting us this weekend, and wanted to leave you with this chic city wedding sent by Braedon Photography. I love how rock ‘n roll chic this wedding is from its stark color palette – just black, white, grays, white and red – and how stunning the pictures turned out!

From the bride, Marcela: Downtown LA is very special to us. It’s where we met, fell in love and said “I do”.

 bride and groom black white grey
 bride before wedding
 groom black white wedding
 bride and groom dancing in front of black and white background
 black white bride and groom at ceremony long veil
 long wedding veil and black and white wedding ceremony
I made the table numbers using Mexican Loteria cards. I matted them with black photo corners and placed them on a mini easel. I also bought straw fans and tied some ribbon on them for guests to use during the ceremony. We used a photo from our engagement shoot and had it printed like a postcard for our save the date. We also had a Nickelodeon animator create our invitations.
 wedding table numbers on easels black white red chalkboard
 wedding with lots of candles
 wedding poster and hanging light lanterns
Advice for other brides: Keep it simple. It’s not about the flowers or favors or whatever, it’s about the two of you making a commitment to each other and sharing it with your family and friends.
 hanging light lanterns and black and white wedding menu

Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Event Coordinator: TACT Event Management / Florals: LA Flower Mart / Photographers: Braedon Photography / Groom’s outfit: JCrew, Cole Haan / Catering: Huntington Catering / Rentals: Huntington Catering / Wedding Cake: Porto’s Bakery / DJ: Colgate / Band: Mariachi Bohemio / Invitations: Lasting Design

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The Blooming Bride

It’s your special day. And we want to make sure you are not only taken care of but most importantly…over-joyed with the most important day of your life!

From complete floral design and decor to day-of coordination, the gals at The Blooming Bride will make your dreams become a reality. If you are looking for the perfect modern urban loft or a romantic vineyard or even an impromptu beach soiree we are here to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind! Let us take care of YOU for a change!

Prices are tailored exactly to your needs. So please call (310) 804-5438 or email us below for customized quote.

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DIY Pinwheel Table Numbers

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I was able to squeeze in one DIY entry for today! Remember the DIY Contest deadline was extended till Saturday March 27 so you have two more days to send over your projects. I received so many entries that I actually won’t be able to post them all tomorrow. Since the remaining entries will be spilling over into next week, I might as well give you one more chance if you wanted to enter but ran out of time! The first place winner will receive $500 and second place $100 to spend in goodies from Wendy Mink Jewelry. Follow the link to enter our DIY Contest.

Today’s entry was sent by Veronica, she made the most adorable vintage wallpaper table numbers!

What you’ll need for one 6″ Table Number Pinwheel:

– 3×6″ strips of wallpaper x 4 (I used vintage wallpaper found on eBay)
– Card stock
– Contrasting construction paper (for the numbers – see directions for other options)
– Hot glue gun and glue
– Glue stick
– Scissors

DIY Pinwheel Table Numbers Horse Ribbon

Instructions:

Step 1: Start by making 1/2″ accordion folds in each strip of wallpaper. Overlap the end of one strip onto the next strip, using a line of hot glue to secure, and so on. Bring the last strip around to the first strip and secure as you did with the others. You will now have a floppy, oblong tube.

Step 2: On a flat surface, push the top of your tube down and towards the center until it’s laying flat and the center edges meet – this is your pinwheel shape. Secure with a dab of hot glue in the center and hold until the glue is set. Flip your pinwheel over and dab hot glue in the center of the backside as well, for added strength.

Step 3: For the numbers, I used construction paper and cut the 1 1/2″ tall shapes with a die-cutting machine. If you have a die-cutting machine, great, but it’s totally not necessary. Another option is printing the outline of the numbers onto colored paper and using scissors to cut the shapes. You can also draw numbers using a marker or paint them on. You could even purchase vinyl numbers or stickers at any craft store. So now that you’ve got your numbers …

Step 4: Cut a 2″ circle from your card stock, then secure your table numbers to the surface using a glue stick. Place another dab of hot glue into the center of your pinwheel and simply press your circle on top. That’s it! I used all sorts of different wallpaper patterns for our table numbers, and I’m super excited to use them at our wedding.

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Bulles de Joie

Photographer of Happy People – I capture natural beauty and love in a candid way.

Lifestyle photography: make you feel at ease so you can show your true feelings that I transpose into joyful, candid, lightful shots.

Proposals, engagements, elopements, honeymoons, portraits.

Based in Paris, I capture your love everywhere in France and in Europe.

See you soon!
Stéphanie

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Wedding Menu Template

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I have to admit I have a slight obsession with Ikea. Wedding bells and whistles instantly rang, quite literally, when I saw this new frame. The Ikea Tolsby frame costs 99 cents and is double sided, which makes for the perfect table number and menu stand. Carolynn from Two Brunettes designed a floral patterned border for you to type in your wedding menu or table numbers, or both if you would like. Made to fit Tolsby frames, just type in your menu or numbers (on Word, Photoshop, Illustrator, …), print and cut. The template is available in both .jpg and .pdf.

Wedding Table Number template and Menu frame
Wedding Table Number template and Menu frame

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Printable Table Numbers

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This week Carolynn from Two Brunettes designed these delightful table numbers. You can print them on full label sheets then wrap them around vintage bottles or print them on thick cardstock to stand on their own. Table numbers go from 1 to 20 with four different colors to choose from. Enjoy!

Printable wedding table number template

Download printable table numbers.zip.

We have a lovely wedding coming up soon to tie in this week!