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Make the Most of Your Getting Ready Photos with These 7 Tips

Fashion & Beauty

Walking down the aisle is one of those moments you’ll remember for the rest of your life, but just before are the heartfelt hours you’ll treasure just as much. Tossing stress to the side and enjoying the morning of your wedding alongside your closest friends is probably one of the biggest tips you’ll hear from tales of brides past. So we’ve whipped up our top 7 Must-Do’s for these pre-aisle moments with the help of luxe bridal robe designer, Le Rose, who knows a thing or two about making these moments count. Their lace and satin robes provide comfort, cuteness and of course warm fuzzies for bridal parties (literally) all over the world. So let’s dive in to our recipe for success, shall we?

Make the Most of Your Getting Ready Photos with These 7 Tips https://ruffledblog.com/make-the-most-of-your-getting-ready-photos-with-these-7-tips
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Wedding Vendors

Fashion & Jewelry

Le Rose

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Callista & Company

Callista & Company offers personalized planning and design services for beautiful weddings and events around the world. With meticulous and organized coordination, warm and attentive support, as well as custom and creative design guidance, we create stress-free events that showcase your unique vision. Our team provides the highest level of service and showcases strong relationships with leading venues and renowned professionals to ensure you have an exceptional team on your side.

We are a consultant and collaborator, working with you to ensure your dream day becomes a reality. Callista & Co. offers advice and personalized
recommendations based on years of experience and etiquette studies, while always considering your specific preferences.

Callista & Co. is a boutique company taking on a select number of events per year to ensure every detail is planned to perfection and every client receives the dedication they deserve.

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Mimosa Bar Bridal Shower Brunch with Free Printables!

DIY Projects, Free Downloads, Party Decor

Nothing says celebration quite like a mimosa bar, right? Whether for a wedding, bridesmaid brunch, or bridal shower put on by the MOB, we’re all smiles when we see pretty bottles of bubbly and OJ. In order to give your mimosa bar a little extra punch, we’ve created these printables with Avery — and they’re perfect for your next party!

Mimosa Bar Bridal Shower Brunch with Free Printables!
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Richard Skins Photography

Hello, my name is Richard Skins and I’m a destination wedding photographer based in Dorset, UK. If I turn the clock back 10 years this is something I never thought I would be doing but I’m glad life has taken me in this direction as I believe it’s the best job in the world, well for me anyway. I feel extremely lucky to have a career which allows me to pursue my love of photography, and use it to capture one of the happiest days two people can share!

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Açaí You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge

Fashion & Beauty

Photos by:

Plum + Oak

Bridal party robes are perhaps one of our favorite bridesmaid goodies. Not only are you guaranteed to have the cutest slumber party photo shoot, designer robes are something everyone can use long after the wedding. One of our favorite kingpins in this arena is Doie Lounge. Their online boutique is just chock full of comfy robes with darling trim. And have you seen their new Destination Collection? For us, it was love at first sight.

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

So it’s really no wonder we asked California dream squad and Ruffled member, Details, Darling to bring to life their own tropical vision for the perfect pre-wedding pampering. “Acai You Down the Aisle” was the theme of the day, and Plum + Oak Photo captured every vibrant detail from this mimosa-filled affair. And can we just ogle over this protea-filled bouquet from Layered Vintage for just a minute longer? Let’s dive into more of this boho magic below!

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

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Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

With toes in the water and citrus overflowing, this is literal wedding day goals. Each robe from Doie Lounge is made from high quality fabrics that create the most serene, blanket-wrapped feeling. Ultra soft and ultra luxe, that’s how much bliss you should feel in the hours leading up to your I-do’s! There are endless pairing options across their various collections, so it’s easy to find the perfect robes to reflect your own wedding style.

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

We’ll never tire of this classic cut with kimono sleeves. And did you catch that Rifle Paper Co. trim on the Sayulita robe? Top contender for our fave, that’s for sure. On every design, a permanent outer tie allows you to get creative with your knots + bows – but don’t worry, there’s interior security too so you don’t have to worry over the possibility of an unexpected slip. Each robe is produced in downtown Los Angeles in small batches to ensure the utmost care, and you can be rest assured knowing the owner herself will personally respond to your questions and requests.

bridesmaids robes

Acai You Down the Aisle with Doie Lounge - photo Plum & Oak

If you’re ready to fawn over more of their charming pieces, browse through all the design options on their site with sparkly beverage in hand. And don’t miss this mesmerizing compilation SJ Videography put together for this tropical boho affair!

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

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MG Hair and Makeup

MG Hair and Makeup is the nation’s award-winning, premier on-site hair and makeup service. Whether for a large bridal party or just the bride, we travel to you wherever you are getting ready for your big day. We also offer in-home blowouts, hairstyling and makeup for engagement photo shoots, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and other special occasions when you want to look your best.

We were inducted in The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame and chosen as the Editor’s Pick for The Knot Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 for New York, New Jersey, Hudson Valley, Minnesota, Chicago, DC/Maryland/Virginia, and Long Island. Their work has been featured on CNBC, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Loverly, Brides Magazine, Inside Weddings, New York Magazine, Ceci New York, Carats & Cake, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Every Last Detail, Black Sheep Bride, Aisle Society, Equally Wed, 2Brides2Be, One Fine Day, World Bride Magazine, Bridal Pulse, Bridal Guide Magazine, Real Simple, Dose, Pure Wow, Gilt Group, Bloom.com, The Knot LIVE, The Knot’s national and regional magazines, The WeddingChannel, WeddingWire, WEtv’s Get Married, Girl Meets Gown and David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding, TLC’s Randy to the Rescue and Curvy Brides, the national tour of Unveiled Wedding Event, The Knot’s Dream Wedding and the runways of NY Bridal Fashion Week.

MG Hair and Makeup also sponsors beauty nights for Covenant House’s homeless teen mothers program, participates in Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine special needs prom, and gives to various local charities.

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Modern Wedding Inspiration in Bend, Oregon

Wedding Design

Photos by:

BrittRenePhoto

Cozy up, all, because this styled inspiration shoot is about to flood you with the warm and fuzzies. The talented team of BrittRenePhoto, Petals Flowers By Katie, and Buzzworthy SF created this winter scene to show the beauty of Bend, Oregon, a small town with no shortage of charm. With two puppy guest stars, this is one you won’t want to miss!

Modern Wedding Inspiration in Bend, Oregon - photo by BrittRenePhoto https://ruffledblog.com/modern-wedding-inspiration-in-bend-oregon
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Wild Hill Flowers & Events

About Wild Hill –
We design unique arrangements for all your wedding and event needs. From a small, intimate gathering to a large formal event, we will plan the perfect florals to fit your style and budget.

About Jenni –
I love weddings and the energy surrounding those memorable days! Whatever your style – rustic, elegant, traditional or vintage, I will work to find the perfect combination of flowers to match your vision. I truly enjoy the entire process of designing a beautiful and perfect event. During our consultations, I will identify key elements that will make your event stunning and unique based on your style. My seamless process will ensure your floral design fits exactly with your vision AND your budget. Pure and simple – let me do the work.

A little about me… I graduated from K-State in 2006 and married my high school sweetheart a few years after. We built our home in the country a few years ago, where we love to spend time together and raise our 5-year old daughter, Katie. We also have several rescue dogs, horses and goats!

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Modern Tropical Wedding Inspiration with a Living Wall

Wedding Design

Today’s styled shoot was already pretty incredible with its lush living wall, striking tropical inspired floral arrangements, and a seriously stylish wedding party, but the talented team of Anastasiia Photography, Catering by Corey, and Springvine Design turned it up to 11 by adding in some live snakes from a local serpentarium! If you’re ready for your daily dose of edgy style and striking looks with some gorgeous wedding inspo for good measure, take a seat and read on:

wreath backdrops - photo by Anastasiia Photography https://ruffledblog.com/lush-exotic-wedding-inspiration-with-a-living-wall
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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Anastasiia Photography

Shoot Design and Catering

Catering by Corey

Floral Design

Springvine Design

Tablescape Design

Mingle Events and Rentals

Venue

Engaged

Wedding Dresses

Wildflower Bridal

Wardrobe Styling

Brooke Williams Wardrobe & Personal Stylist, The Tony Townie

Wedding Rings

Fox and Beaux

Custom Necklaces

Amber Hatchett Designs

Hair

Swell Salon

Makeup

Powder Me Pretty

Wedding Cake

50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert

Bar Tending

Cordial and Craft

Snakes

Serpentarium Magic

Wedding Invitations

Redroot Factory

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Bethany and Dan Photography

“Photography so fresh you’ll want to slap it.”

In love wedding photographers with our suitcases packed for adventures. We specialize in personality driven portraiture and emotional storytelling.

Our number one goal on a wedding day is to show truth. We want the vulnerable honest imperfect and gritty real-life stuff. Ugly crying from how stinking happy you are to be married. We like messy hair and un-fluffed wedding dresses with dirt on the bottom, undone ties and tipsy wedding guests. Bring it.

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Bohemian Bridesmaid Brunch Party

Wedding Design

We think styled shoots like this should definitely be a thing. When putting together this shoot, Callie Hobbs Photography and Yonder Floral and Decor House wanted to think out of the box and construct an editorial different from the traditional bride and groom shoot. As soon as Callie and Gretchen found an engaged model, they thought to do a glam shoot with her and her girlfriends, dressed to the nines in boho chic gowns and gorgeous hair and makeup. What a fun concept to tackle with your own bridesmaids!

gray bridesmaids dresses - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

From the photographer, Callie Hobbs Photography: When putting this shoot together with Gretchen of Yonder Floral and Decor House, we wanted to do something different than the standard bride and groom session. Gretchen was the brains behind this magical day! She actually found a model who is soon to be married and then we brought in two of her girlfriends to have a bridal brunch! To make it even more fun we turned it into a photo session with a bride and her best friends! Who doesn’t want a chance to get all dolled up with a fabulous braid and flawless makeup?!

boho wedding dresses - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

modern wedding ideas - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

wedding braids - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

sweetheart tables - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

wedding details - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

wedding party - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

blue wedding ideas - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

Gretchen created the beautiful florals and then also made these gorgeous greenery belts for her besties in the ethereal gowns. It was the perfect touch! I could not get over how beautiful everything came together! As the girls were blasting and dancing to music, it made me wish we did something this fun before my wedding! I loved the table setting on the floor with an over hanging woven fixture. I mean wow! Gretchen is truly a talented human being! Along with the tee-pee and the fun rugs she set up in such an industrial, clean space, that made it stunning! Blanc could not have been a better location for such a fun and light-hearted event. I feel like the engagement period just flies by so to anyone in this phase of life, don’t let it pass you by! Take advantage of it and gather with people you love every chance you can!

wedding details - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

wedding tables - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

wedding lighting - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

large centerpieces - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

wedding lounge ideas - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

botanical wedding centerpieces - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

wedding dresses - photo by Callie Hobbs Photography https://ruffledblog.com/bohemian-bridesmaids-brunch-party

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Wedding Vendors

Wedding Inspiration at Longview Mansion

Wedding Design

There are oodles of reasons to love today’s styled shoot, but chief among them is the fact that it doubles as a stylish bridal luncheon and also a portrait session for the bride and groom. Allison Marie Photography, Weddings by Hannah, and Branches and Twigs pooled their talents to create a gorgeous event for the bride and her ‘maids, complete with incredible floral decor and all, then had the groom join the bride outside for some dreamy shots of the couple.

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

From the photographer, Allison Marie: Inspired by the beautiful architecture and grounds at Longview Mansion, the designers and I created a vision for this inspirational bridal luncheon. It would be an event the bride would host to celebrate the beautiful friendships she has with her bridesmaids, and would include toasts, decadent treats and gifts.

garden bouquet - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding shoes - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

watercolor wedding invitations

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

lush wedding bouquet - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

The details and attire for the shoot were inspired by feminine, earthy details. The bride wore a stunning floral necklace, and the bridesmaids were gifted with one-of-a-kind flower rings. After the bridal luncheon portion of the shoot, I was able to photograph the model bride and groom outside for photos. I am still amazed by how all the aspects of this shoot came together so perfectly, and it was an honor to work with such talented wedding vendors!!

romantic indoor wedding - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

tablescape - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

place setting with macarons - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding ideas - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

taped down flowers - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

flowers with glitter tape - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

bridesmaids - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

place card - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

bridesmaid luncheon - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

blue and white wedding cake - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

wedding inspiration at Longview Mansion - photo by Allison Marie Photography https://ruffledblog.com/wedding-inspiration-at-longview-mansion

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Allison Marie Photography

Event Coordination

Weddings by Hannah

Florist

Branches and Twigs

Venue

Longview Mansion

Wedding Dress

Altar Bridal

Hair and Makeup

Bellezza B Bar - Silvia Duckworth and Kelly Corso

Bridesmaid Dresses and Jewelry

Addie Rose

Groom's Suit

H&M

Desserts

3 Women and An Oven

Cake Topper

Emily Steffen

Rentals

Ultrapom

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods

Announce This! Design

Calligraphy

Beth Laird Photo & Design

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Buzzworthy Events

Hey there! I’m Ashley, a wedding planner based out of San Francisco planning weddings around the world. Creating an event is something that I value. Not only is an event purposeful but one should be well crafted and beautiful. I don’t believe in sacrificing one element for the other. I believe that purpose, craft, design, and strategy are all cohesive elements to produce a successful event. Weddings are so much more than just a celebration or a pretty tabletop, there is connectivity and flow. From these an opportunity for you and your guests to be enchanted, to be a part of an experience you’ll carry away with you. Have you ever been a part of something where you were swept away by your current state that you forgot whatever else was going on in the world? Where it feels like you’re part of something that only matters right then and in that moment? Creating that experience comes from the energy and love put into planning the event.

Lets be friends. No, seriously though, lets!

I do far more than just plan weddings. I travel, I cook, I laugh (a lot), I play, I hike, I challenge myself, I take risks and I am constantly growing. I love people and adventure. I try new things. I am curious. I have high standards. I listen. I create. I do. Take the time to get to know me and I’ll do the same for you. I am highly intuitive with people and take on personal missions to make your wedding the most suited to you and your dreams as possible. The planning process can be overwhelming and overstimulating. Let’s face it, no one wants to do it on their own, so let’s work together!

I am available for weddings in California and worldwide. Fun fact, I am certified by the board of tourism in Mexico to plan and work there. I have spent years visiting the Riviera Maya + Tulum as well as other regions in Mexico, like Baja California Sur. Tulum is hands down one of my favorite places on earth. If I am not in San Francisco planning weddings and being social, you’ll find me on the beach at BeTulum, Coqui Coqui, Papaya Playa, or exploring the coast lines in Central America.

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Valentine’s Day Friendship Bracelet DIY

DIY Projects

Photos by:

Cambria Grace

While there are plenty of gift ideas for your honey out there right now, we thought it’d be nice to show off this cute Valentine’s Day (or any day!) gift for your girlfriends. Not only are these friendship bracelets the perfect way to perk up a friend’s day — they’re also a perfect add-on gift for your bridesmaids. Thank you so much to Cambria Grace for capturing this tutorial, and Lauren of Lauren Wells Events for sharing her tips!

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

From Lauren of Lauren Wells Events: I have always loved sending my girlfriends Valentines. They appreciate pink and glitter and xoxo’s way more than my husband does, and it’s always fun to let your friends know you are thinking of them. This year, I decided to make some old school friendship bracelets. They are the perfect snow day activity, and so simple to make. Not to mention all the colors you can choose from!

For this project, you will need:
-Embroidery Thread
-Scissors
-Clipboard (optional, but helpful!)

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

Classic Chevron DIY
1. Cut 5 colors of embroidery thread 60-70″ in length, then fold in half and tie a knot. You should have 10 strings total, 2 of each color.

2. Secure the knot down (we used a clipboard, but you can use tape or a safety pin, too), and separate the 5 colors to each side. Make sure the order of the colors mirror each other as shown in the photo.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

3. Starting with the thread on the far left (in this case, green), cross it over the thread next to it (blue) in the shape of a 4. Holding the blue thread taut, pull the green thread tight and secure into a knot. Repeat, so the same knot is tied twice.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

4. Using the same green thread, move to the next thread (red), and repeat the same knot twice.
5. Repeat two knots on the pink thread, and then two knots on the gold thread, until the green thread is now in the middle.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

6. Repeat the entire process on the right side, beginning with the outer most green thread once again. Rather than making a 4 shape, cross the thread over in a P shape. Then, tie each knot.
7. Once you have reached the middle, tie the two green threads together, again knotting twice. Your first row is done!
8. Repeat the steps above, using the new outer thread each time (the second row will now be blue), and you will see the classic chevron pattern emerge a few rows down!
9. Once the bracelet is long enough, separate the extra thread into two braids, and tie around the knot to secure.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

Heart DIY
The heart DIY is almost the same as the chevron, so once you have mastered that, this one will be a cinch.

1. Select 2 colors, and cut 2 60-70″ pieces of each. Fold in half, and secure with a knot. You should have 4 pieces of each color, 8 strands total.
2. Secure the knot down, and separate to each side, alternating colors. Make sure the order of the colors mirror each other as shown in the photo.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

3. Make the first two rows the same as you made the classic chevron. We will call these the “classic rows.”
4. For the third row, take the thread that is second in from the left. Make a “P” as you would on the right side, and knot twice. Then, take the thread you just knotted on, and complete the row as you normally would, with figure “4” knots.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy

5. Repeat on the right side, taking the thread that is second in from the right, and making a “4” knot on the outer thread, knotting twice. Complete the row as you normally would with “P” knots, and knot the two strands in the middle once they meet. We will call this a “heart row.”
6. For the fourth row, repeat steps 4-5, making another “heart row.”
7. Alternate two classic rows, with two heart rows. Once the bracelet is long enough, you can braid the ends, and tie it on! Friendship bracelet success.

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

bracelet diy tutorial - photo by Cambria Grace - view more: https://ruffledblog.com/valentines-day-friendship-bracelet-diy/

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Whim Hospitality

Since our launch in 2012, Whim Hospitality has set about distinguishing ourselves by offering unique products in a unique way. While we may offer traditional services – catering, event and tent rentals, florals and venue management – we are innovative by offering all of them. Whim has brought to the special events industry the uncommon experience of being able to work with a connected family of premier vendors.

We bring people together!

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Bridal Shower Inspiration

Blue Label

I absolutely love the idea of an intimate bridesmaids tea party… especially when it’s as dreamy as this one thought up by the wonderfully talented Jennifer of Jennifer Laura Design. Flowing fabrics and fresh florals were captured beautifully by Bertuzzi Photography, while the warm summer sun offered the perfect lighting.


tea party aqua streamers // via ruffledblog.com

From the designer, Jennifer: The inspiration for this shoot came from the Rifle Paper Co. “will you be my bridesmaid” cards that I found and thought were SO beautiful. I wanted to create a dreamy and ethereal shoot based on those pretty cards. The idea was that the bride had put together this tea party to ask her bridesmaids to be in her wedding. We hung fabric streamers from the trees and the wind was so perfect that day – it just brought the streamers to life. To get that ethereal look I used a sheer tablecloth which I think is an interesting choice since you can still see the rustic farmhouse table underneath.


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tulle as tablecloth // via ruffledblog.com

teapot floral centerpiece

Bridal Shower Inspiration // via ruffledblog.com

vintage tea cups // via ruffledblog.com

vintage tea pot centerpiece // via ruffledblog.com

For the flowers I used pink peonies and a pretty lavendar limonium with just a hint of seeded eucalyptus. Bourbon and Bloom provided our chairs, teapot, and vases. Their pieces are so special and unique that it added so much to the tablescape. For the dessert spread I wanted to do something very simple and just purchased cakes from the supermarket – ask them not to add the decorative piping for a simple streamlined (and affordable!) look. I added rock candy strung up with ribbons above the dessert cart for a bit of fun and whimsy.

tea party sweets // via ruffledblog.com

rustic lace bridesmaids // via ruffledblog.com

rock candy streamers // via ruffledblog.com

Bridal Shower Inspiration // via ruffledblog.com

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Event Location: Houston, TX / Photographer: Bertuzzi Photography / Design, Florals, and Styling: Jennifer Laura Design / Rentals: Bourbon and Bloom / Hair and Makeup: Meredith Cooke / Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. / Models: Meredith Cooke and Megan Hurst

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Dart Collective

DJs • Bands • Party Down

Started as a California-based DJ collective in 2013, Dart has now grown to include numerous live musicians and performers, all with the same simple goal of offering a more customized and personal approach to music curation at weddings and special events.

At Dart, we are all working DJs and musicians. Music is our passion and we want to share it with you and your guests—whether that means digging through vinyl crates for that one song you have to have, or customizing a repertoire list for one of our bands to flawlessly execute, our main goal here is to elevate and personalize your event so that it uniquely represents you.

Despite our attention to detail, we are not elitists and we do not take ourselves too seriously. These events are supposed to be fun, inclusive experiences and we want to only enhance that feeling by playing the best music we can. Whether it’s getting down to LCD Soundsystem or setting the mood with Paul Simon, we want to offer something a little different that will still connect with you and your guests.

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DIY Vintage Bridesmaid Necklace

DIY Projects

Today we’ll be sharing more entries from our DIY Contest, and they are SO good! There’s still time if you would like to participate, but hurry. The deadline was extended till tomorrow, March 27. Simply send me 4-6 photos (600 pixels wide), instructions and a list of materials of your do-it-yourself project to amanda [at] ruffledblog.com. Good luck!

Next up is a DIY Statement Necklace made by Lisa, from Ink and Button. She made this necklace with bridesmaids in mind, and what great gifts they make!

DIY do-it-yourself bridesmaid gift necklace satin vintage crystal Anthropologie necklace

What you’ll need:

– One strand of crystals from a vintage chandelier. My crystals are made out of glass and thus cheaper than the real deal. Crystal and glass strands from old chandeliers can be found at antique stores, architectural salvage stores, or on eBay.
– About 4 yards of satin ribbon in desired choice of color from a local craft or fabric store. I bought mine by the yard at a fabulous trim store in Nashville called Textile Fabrics (http://www.textilefabricstore.com)!
– Embroidery floss in a color that matches the ribbon, found at a local craft of fabric store.
– Wire cutters

DIY do-it-yourself bridesmaid gift necklace satin vintage crystal Anthropologie necklace

Instructions:

1. Use some wire cutters to take the chandelier strand apart so that only the crystals are remaining.
2. Wash the crystals with warm, soapy water (mine were quite dirty but shined up so pretty!) Many strands have graduated sizes of crystals. I lined mine up for the necklace so that the largest crystals were in the middle.
3. Begin with one end of your ribbon, tucking the rough end under and then folding the ribbon back and forth accordion style so that you achieve two loops. The size of your loops should be pretty uniform throughout the necklace to create a neat look. Mine were about a half inch tall.
4. Thread your needle and sew through the two loops of ribbon you just created. The idea here is to create a loop of thread (see photo) where you will eventually attach the ribbons that will tie around your neck.
5. Begin by attaching your first crystal. Each crystal should have holes drilled in each side. Take the thread that is attached to the ribbon and push your needle down through the crystal and into the ribbon. Bring the needle and thread behind the ribbon (forming a small tight loop on the back of the necklace) and push it back up through the ribbon and through the other hole of the crystal.
6. Gather two more loops of ribbon, folding accordion style, just like you did in the beginning and push your threaded needle through the loops. (I tried using three loops around the center crystal to create a unique effect.)
7. Repeat this process until all the crystals have been used or desired length is achieved. Finish the necklace the same way you began: trim the ribbon, tucking the rough end under, and create two loops of ribbon. Sew through the ribbon loops and back – creating a loop at the end of your necklace with the thread.
8. Cut your remaining amount of ribbon in half. Fold each piece in half – these two pieces will become the ends that will tie around your neck. Push the folded end of one of the ribbons through the thread loop that you created at one end of the necklace. Pull the two loose ends of ribbon through the loop to form a loose knot.

DIY do-it-yourself bridesmaid gift necklace satin vintage crystal Anthropologie necklace

From Lisa:

On a recent trip to Nashville, my husband and I were doing a button-search, and I came across some strands of crystals that had been taken apart from an old chandelier. Inspired by the challenge to re-purpose a gorgeous vintage piece, I decided to transform this chandelier strand into a glamorous piece of jewelry!

I have recently been loving some of the “bejeweled” necklaces that have been emerging at stores like J.Crew so I used that as my inspiration to create a unique and affordable necklace that brides could create for their bridesmaids. Brides can easily choose ribbon that will coordinate or contrast with the bridesmaids dresses – making a lovely statement at the wedding and a treasured gift for the ladies after the wedding. I made this necklace for $14 and I love it!

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Accessories

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Necklaces

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Beauty

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Continuing with our bridesmaid gift ideas roundup, here is a few beauty picks:

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Beauty Products under $20 on a Budget

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas and Tote Stuffers: Earrings

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1. Set of 5 Bicycle folded notecards with lined envelopes, Paper Lovely Press; 2. Poppies Letterpress notepad, Delphine; 3. Enjoy and Thanks notecard set, Duet Letterpress; 4. Birdcage letterpress thank you cards, Lovely Pieces Design; 5. Thank you notecards set of 6, Linda & Harriett; 6. Sitcky notes box set, Julia Rothman for Anthropologie

Check back in a few to see part II of this series!

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