Friday calls for a bit of extra whimsy, don’t you think? We’re getting ready for the weekend with this beautiful styled shoot from LeeYen Photography, Betsy Couture, and Mille Fleur Design, with its Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired fairyland filled with green moss and lush floral arrangements. We simply adore the pops of gold here, especially against that amazing moss!
Now that Labor Day has passed, we’re well on our way to fall — and we couldn’t be happier about it! We’re ready for all the moody colors, woodland settings, and dramatic details, and you’ll happen to find all of these in today’s styled shoot from Katie Ricard Photography and Kensington Florals & Events. The bride’s burgundy lace coverup is especially catching our eye, not to mention the incredible wedding cake with a miniature chandelier actually inside the cake.
If you’re looking to get inspired by a wedding with a stunningly clean and green wedding palette, Agnes and Jeff’s Michigan wedding is it. Shot by MorningWild Photography, it’s got these whimsical and romantic details that had us wanting more and more. Rebecca from Ideal Events & Design sought to bring Agnes’s elegant woodland wedding ideas to life and it’s quite safe to say she achieved that goal along with Damsel Floral‘s unbelievably good centerpieces. Those glimmers of peach florals in the arrangements were the perfect touch of color!
From the planner, Rebecca from Ideal Events & Design: I was thrilled when Agnes reached out to me to work on her upcoming wedding to Jeff. As an art director, Agnes had a wonderful vision for their wedding day and I was thrilled to help bring her elegant woodland wedding to life. Agnes had already chosen a beautiful location, a private white barn at Bieker Farms, which is nestled between beautiful woodlands and an apple orchard, so we began working on securing the rest of her vendors and bringing together all of the elements of the day.
Of course the location was such a feature of the design for this wedding – Agnes wanted to highlight the woods that surrounded the property because she and Jeff often escape on weekends to family woodlands in Northern Michigan. Incorporating moss (collected from the family land) and ferns was a way to bring their life into the design elements. The bride and her friends spent a day creating the gorgeous moss covered sign to hang behind the bar and ferns were featured in the centerpieces by Damsel Floral. Agnes even created a fern logo to use throughout the wedding stationery.
As we began to build the day, it was always evident that Agnes and Jeff kept their guests at the forefront of their minds. They truly wanted everyone in attendance to feel part of their celebration – from ensuring polka music was played for her Polish family members to serving family style meals to encourage conversation – so many decisions focused on their family and friends. As the evening went on and the celebration lasted well into the night with late night pizzas and a sparkler send off for the newlyweds, I do believe their guests enjoyed every minute of it!
Event Design and Coordination
Hair and Makeup
Catering and Bar
Cocktail Hour Musician
Vintage Furniture Rentals
Hello, grass place mats! When this wedding made its way into our inbox, it was one we all immediately fell head over heels in love with. There was an overcast haze throughout this shoot, but it seems to have elevated these fantastic colors Ninth & Everett used in this Christy Wilson Photography shoot. The cool and crisp colors of the venue emphasized the overall neutral palette found on the handwritten Italian paper menus and the pink and white darling centerpieces by The Farmers Florist. This shoot is just a win all around.
From the event planners and designers, Ninth & Everett: When we initially partnered with Christy Wilson of Christy Wilson photography, we discussed the idea of working with one of Nashville’s most beautiful new venues, Long Hollow Gardens & Nursery. We wanted to take a very natural environment and add a rich touch of luxury to create the perfect balance of earthy and elegance – A modern but timeless greenhouse wedding.
Event Planning and Design
Hair and Makeup
Set in an industrial space and shot by the uber-talented Emily Sacco Photography, today’s shoot has me falling in love with how Revel+Bloom and Sweet Pea Flowers dressed up Moss Denver. While the space itself is edgy and urban, the look is contrasted with lush greenery and flickering candles sprawling all over that sweetheart table, seemingly-endless moss walls, and a swing bedecked in vines snaking all over the ropes. Kudos to the vendor team for bringing such a creative idea to life!
From the event designer and planner, Revel+Bloom: In our shoot, we are featuring two custom built 16′ moss walls, garden-inspired swing, overgrown and raw sweetheart table design, an intimate and minimal ceremony space, and gravity-defying dessert display. The shoot was styled as “urban garden party” and we worked very hard to keep things original, inventive, and cutting-edge. The final product is very high-end and couture inspired. I really believe that readers will resonate with and be inspired by the work we’ve produced for this shoot!
Event Planning, Styling, and Design
Hair and Makeup
Who says you can’t bring the outdoors inside? Calluna Events recently held a staff party, and took it as the perfect opportunity to create an inspiring tablescape full of moss and elements of greenery for a lush look we can’t resist. Thank you, of course, to James Christianson Photography for capturing it all!
From the event planners, Calluna Events: As a wedding planner I’m constantly dreaming up inspiration shoots and thinking outside of the box for my next design. Planning our staff holiday party was no exception to this. Our entire team works so hard all year long that when it came to celebrating the holidays I wanted to do something completely unexpected and blow them away in the process. The inspiration for this dinner party came from my desire to create a party, just like the ones we create all year long, only where they were the guests of honor.
Wine and Sommelier
Signage and Calligraphy
Summerour is truly one of the most beautiful venues in Atlanta — just wait until you see this wedding from Jason Hales Photography and you’ll agree too. Ansley and George wanted to bring the garden aesthetic indoors, and thanks to the never-ending talents of Juli Vaughn Designs the couple was able to bask in the glory of an event executed to perfection!
From the bride, Ansley: From the decor, to the food, to the band – our Atlanta wedding was a perfect representation of George & I and the people and things we love most. I wanted the overall feel of the wedding to be what I like to call “boho traditional.” It was important to G & I to get married in a church, so we set the ceremony at our church – Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Buckhead. And the moment I saw Summerour Studio, I was in love and knew we could bring the bohemian elements I wanted to include into our reception. I loved the courtyard with vines growing up the brick walls and that inside the venue was a blank space that we could make our own. Juli Vaughn truly brought the feel of the courtyard into the reception space and perfectly captured the whimsical/romantic/bohemian style by hanging vines from the steel rafters, string lights, Edison bulbs and a ton of gold and silver Mercury glass.
My friend created menus and escort cards with hand-drawn floral wreaths that also included vines that were a consistent theme of the reception. We used soft colors of blush, sage and gold and the floral centerpieces softened the industrial space to give it the romantic feeling I wanted. Amid the boho and romantic feel of the reception, I worked in traditional elements with my full lace, trumpet-style gown. I also paid homage to the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” by wearing a garter made by my aunt from tatting lace hand-crafted by my great-grandmother, my grandmother’s diamond bracelet and my mother’s sapphire ring.The menu covered all of our Southern favorites, and each station represented one of our favorite meals from throughout our relationship. The fried chicken and mac & cheese station (that was based off the meal we had the night we got engaged) was a guest favorite! And the bite-sized southern desserts were a fitting reflection of the out of control sweet tooth George and I both have. After dinner, dancing commenced and the dance floor was packed for three straight hours.
After so many months of planning for this day, and having so many of our friends and family come to celebrate with us, we couldn’t bear the thought of the night ending, so we continued the celebration at the Artmore Hotel with more champagne and late night eats from the Waffle House food truck! After a sparkler exit, as G & I drove away in a ’56 Bentley, we knew it was the best night of our lives and the months and months of planning had come together just as we had pictured. The sweetest moment of the day was our first look. George’s reaction was more than I could have imagined – so many tears! We had a lot of laughs about our first dance as husband and wife that we had practiced so many times, but ended up completely improvising. And of course, a favorite memory was having all of our loved ones in one (beautifully decorated) room to celebrate such an important day with us.
We love a crafty bride, and bride Karina is just about as hands-on as it gets. Not only did she take care of the calligraphy and the floral design (along with the help of her sweet bridesmaids), she also handmade the ceremony backdrop and pieced together her own veil. Karina and Jonathan’s wedding was captured by the wonderful Dana Fernandez Photography, and we congratulate the happy newlyweds!
From the bride, Karina: We wanted a fun romantic wedding. Nothing too formal or stuffy. We had one of our best friends marry us and everything was just so personal and special to us because we had a hand in making it ourselves.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Some advice we have for couples in the process of planning is to not sweat the little things. Some details will not turn out how you expected, it might rain, but all that matters is that you got to marry the love of your life. We had our hearts set on an outdoor, sunny, Spring wedding but the rain we’ve been getting in Texas made us move our celebration inside. We would recommend to always have a Plan B. It can never hurt to prepare for the worst. Also, if there is something you know you absolutely want on your wedding day you should find a way to make it happen. It’s the things that are really special to you that you end up remembering most vividly. And don’t worry about pleasing other people. Your wedding should be about celebrating yourselves and the love you have for each other.
Bridal Party Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Marriage Certificate Signing: “La Vie en Rose,” Edith Piaf (We actually signed our Marriage Certificate during the Ceremony because we wanted to be officially married when we walked back down the aisle. It was just so romantic.)
Recessional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
First Dance: “Time After Time,” She & Him
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Mother/Son Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
We knew we wanted our Mexican culture to be reflected in our reception so we had a Mariachi play during dinner. It was so much fun and our families loved it.
From the photographer, Dana Fernandez: Karina and Jonathan’s wedding was a photographer’s dream with mainly neutrals but added pops of color through the florals. Karina (the bride) was involved with planning and designing every little detail. She even did the florals, calligraphy on the invitations, the veil out of extra dress material, as well as the ceremony backdrop that was handmade with paper! Everything was so thought out and ended up being absolutely beautiful, even despite the rain storms that started in the middle of the reception. To end the night, they surprised all of the guests with a mariachi band to dance the night away.
Floral Design, Calligraphy, Ceremony Backdrop + Veil
Hair + Makeup
This styled shoot from the marvelous team of Laura Witherow Photography, Camille Victoria Weddings, and Stemline Creative shows us what a wedding celebration may have looked like the morning after A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Eucalyptus crowns, mossy accents, a tower with macarons ready for the picking, and hints of whimsy in all the right places make this shoot as inspiring as it is romantic and woodsy!
From the event designer, Camille Victoria Weddings: The movie A Midsummer Night’s Dream brought Shakespeare’s famous play to life for me. I was mesmerized by the lush forest scenery that, when night fell, was a playground for mischievous fairies. But at the end of the play and the movie, the evening’s fun and merriment is covered up with a bit of magic. The imagery of the movie stuck with me, and, as an event planner, I knew I wanted to one day try to capture that aesthetic. The concept for this shoot came as I wondered: What if, instead of a cover-up, the playful fairies of the story had left evidence of their shenanigans the next day?
I imagined what it would be like for a wanderer in the woods to come upon a beautiful table set for a feast that hinted at the excitement that took place there. Even during the day, such an encounter could seem like a dream. With this shoot, I hoped to depict that magic of the forest and show that it doesn’t have to disappear during the day! In the actual story, the character Helena is madly in love with Demetrius, who, in turn, only has eyes for another. For our shoot, I envisaged a scenario where Helena finally gets her man (maybe with a little help from the fairies) and is celebrating her wedding.
I wanted the tablescape to seem like an offshoot from the forest floor, incorporating shades of deep greens, whites, ivories, and browns. To create a dream-like effect, I pictured flowers cascading from above. Ryan Turner from StemLine Creative brought the vision to life. The table truly became a forest floor by composing a runner of moss with various herbs, plants, and birch vases full of blooms sprouting upwards. A column covered in curly willow branches brought the forest indoors and gave the feeling of a large tree sheltering the party. Ryan hung strands of rose petals and dangling votives from above to give the feeling of chancing upon this hidden feast.
The bride’s bouquet was full of texture, showcasing dusty miller and fiddlehead ferns for just a touch of whimsy. Every detail was meant to highlight elements of the forest while still maintaining the elegance of a noble wedding. The place settings consisted of large tree slices as chargers. Even the Spode silverware features woodland animals on the handles. We used Chiavari chairs to maintain that formal feel, yet we mixed the type of chairs, from fruitwood to Lucite, for the eclectic feel of the forest. Windy City Linen provided the beautiful Shantung tablecloth and napkins. Letterpress by Lydia designed place cards using a wood grain paper to echo the organic feel of the forest. As a nod to Shakespeare’s play, each place card names one of characters, and baby artichokes served as a natural card holder. Lydia made menu scrolls tied with sprigs of Rosemary that we placed atop small birch tree slices that would act as bread plates. And if you look closely, the menu consists of ingredients that could be found in the forest. The letterpress wedding invitation is traditional and elegant with just a light dusting of glitter along the edges for a touch of the magical.
Sugar Fixe Patisserie provided two exquisite macaron topiaries that we positioned as part of the centerpieces to look as if they were also growing out of the forest floor. I also loved that the topiaries could be an interactive dessert, where our imagined guests could pull off their own macarons to snack on. Sugar Fixe also made a three-tiered wedding cake decorated with royal icing to look like moss. We draped the wooden cake table in moss and used a tree stump as the cake stand, so that even the wedding cake seemed to emerge from the forest. Michelle Jeremias of My Chicago Stylist coordinated the fashion. The gorgeous dresses came from Mignonette Bridal. The accessories came from Mignonette Bridal and Le Thrift, and the shoes came from James Ciccotti Bridal Shoes and Accessories.And, of course, Laura Witherow Photography took the incredible photos, highlighting every detail and turning our work into art.This shoot was truly a collaboration, mixing the organic with the elegant. I am still in awe of everyone’s talents. After creating such an amazing setting, I only wish that we could have actually sat down to a woodland dinner together at that stunning table!
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Such a good wedding, this one is. Not only is it a beach-side wedding done right, but the entire day is a touching homage to the bride’s grandmother who passed away shortly after bride Aileen met her husband-to-be. Thank you Vis Photography and A Good Affair for your beautiful work on this one!
From the bride, Aileen: Inspired by love and the mass beauty of the ocean. When we got engaged, I knew there was one person I wished could be at my wedding. My grandmother. She passed away shortly after I met Adam. The day she passed away, a hummingbird came to me, and ever since that moment, a hummingbird has been part of every important day in our lives. Because of this, I knew I needed to be married outside. That’s where my grandma lives. I knew she would find a way to be at my wedding.
We selected the Montage Laguna Beach because the moment we saw the space, we could feel a soft, calm energy about it. The ocean was at peace, completely overcome by life. It was perfect. Like most girls, I’ve dreamed of my wedding since I was five years old. I’d have strawberry shortcake as my wedding cake, and cookies for favors, and I’d marry the man of my dreams. I got all of the grown up versions of those things. I had a vision of monochromatic neutral colors, romantic white flowers, accented with moss, and raw lavender – to not take away from the natural beauty of the sea. I wanted something small and intimate, so as to only be surrounded by the people I love most in the world. Live music with my favorite songs. I wanted layers of interest, vintage charm, and a setting that exuded soft, elegant romance “al fresco.” Something timeless. Personal. Completely custom to our taste. Natalie Good and the team at A Good Affair Event and Productions designed and brought my vision to life, while incorporating a million personal details and finishing touches.
Vis Photography were my dream photographers. Their work is amazing and I knew their style and artistry could capture the essence of the most important day of our life. Every important day that followed, would only be because two people fell in love, got married and decided they’d be best friends forever. The pictures were the most important part of the wedding, as I am set on sharing them with our future grandchildren. No one ever says, “I wish I had less pictures of our wedding.” The pictures are perfect. The distinct beauty of the ocean, the creativity and design of Natalie Good, and the artistry of Vis Photography, made for the most magnificent Southern California day at the beach. And yes, my sweet hummingbird made her way to my wedding. She was present the entire day. My favorite was when she showed up moments before I walked down the aisle and just stood with me. My grandma found a way to be there. Leah Vis captured it.
Wedding Location: Laguna Beach, CA / Photographer: Vis Photography / Event Planning, Design, and Floral Design: A Good Affair / Venue, Caterer, and Wedding Cake: Montage Laguna Beach / Hair: Georgette Berry / Makeup: Victoria Patino / Live Musician: Denny White / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Chair Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Vintage China: Sugarbaker & Toad / Favor Bags, Calligraphied Quotes, Lavender Satchels: A Good Affair / Cookie Favors: Parchment / Printed Menus and Signs: Darla Marie Designs / Thumbprint Guest Book: Bleu de Toi / Officiant: Rev. Bruce Danzara / Videographer: Tweed Video Productions
What’s Halloween without a little bit of spookiness? This styled shoot from Rach Lea Photography and Ivory and Beau takes the Spanish moss that’s native to Savannah, GA and uses it to add an eerie, almost swamp-like effect that’s perfect for All Hallows’ Eve. We love that the “groom” brought his own pets to the shoot for an unexpected treat!
From the stylists, Nicole and Adrienna of Ivory and Beau: My best friend, Rachel, who is now getting married was dying to model for us and her tattoos inspired us to come up with an edgy, funky and darker wedding inspiration. With that are our starting point we came up with the theme of oddities and skulls. The Paris Market and Graveface Records had some amazing skulls and taxidermy pieces that we used for decor elements. For the flowers we wanted really dark elements and used a staple of Savannah and Savannah weddings, spanish moss, in a much darker way than normally seen.
The shoot took place at an old dairy farm, which has an almost haunted feel to it. Savannah is known for being a haunted city so it fit really well but in a completely different way than vendors normally portray Savannah. For an added treat, our guy model brought his 2 pets: a boa constrictor and a pitbull, which were perfect touches for the theme, except for when the boa constrictor decided to slither on the table… :) For the bride we modeled her in an assymetrical funky short dress from Faith Thornburg with a tulle and fishnet Twigs & Honey veil and we have Milan Day Spa do a faux hawk with intertwining braids.
Shoot Location: Savannah, GA / Photographer: Rach Lea Photography / Event Stylist and Bridal Dress: Ivory and Beau / Venue: Old Dairy Farm / Dress Designer: Faith Thornburg / Veil: Twigs & Honey / Hair: Milan Day Spa / Makeup: Lindsey Wirht / Mugs, Flatware and Other Table Props: The Paris Market / Taxidermy Props: Graveface Records & Curiosities / Videographer: CINEMoBIUS / Wedding Invitations: Shelby Bittinger / Boa Constrictor and Pitbull: Guy model’s pet
As soon as I read Brooke Michaelson‘s description of this styled shoot – a whimsical, tropical paradise loosely based on Out of Africa,” I was pretty much obsessed already. Of course, the images didn’t disappoint — and neither did the styling and floral design by Girl Friday and DeBruyn Designs. Get ready for a burst of color to brighten up your Friday!
From the photographer, Brooke Michaelson: We called our shoot “Out of Africa,” since we loosely based the concept on the memoir. We tried to create a whimsically tropical paradise on farm land in the Minnesota River Valley. Here are a few more details from the shoot stylist: “Shot at the photographer’s private residence and farm on the Minnesota River bottoms in Eden Prairie, MN. We draped the tent in sheers to mimic mosquito netting. Ceiling installation: Spanish moss and grapevine were loosely woven to create a false ceiling. Brand new lanterns from Midway Party Rental are hung at varying heights over the table with braided decorative robes and tassels. The 5 ft floral arrangement on the table sits atop a moss runner layered over a raw, bleached linen runner from The Vintage Type Rentals.”
“DeBruyn Designs combined African flowers with Minnesota native varieties while A Milestone Paper Co. printed the menu on exotic wood veneer. Debruyn Designs made the bridesmaid necklaces by combining strands of dates and beads with paper necklaces made by women in Rwanda as a fundraiser for Educate Rwanda. The beaded necklace that the bride is wearing was purchased by the photographer during her travels in Ecuador last summer. Girl Friday’s chalkboard art inside our “living frame” was photographed to create the invitation and envelope liners. Coordinating fabrics displayed in embroidery hoops behind the bride on the porch. The darling bathroom we used for the suit and boutonniere shots is the result of the HGTV show ‘Bath Crashers.'”
Shoot Location: Eden Prairie, MN / Photographer: Brooke Michaelson Photography / Event Styling: Girl Friday / Florist: DeBruyn Designs / Dresses, Suit, and Veil: Mestad’s / Bride’s Necklace: from Otavalo Market, Ecuador / Bridesmaid Necklaces: Educate Rwanda / Hair and Makeup: Priscilla Bruce / Caterer: Premier Catering and Event Planning / Tent: Total Rental Center / Rentals: Midway Party Rentals / Vintage Rentals: The Vintage Type / Menu and Placecard: A Milestone Paper Co.
I always love seeing college sweethearts get all gussied up and head back to their alma maters to exchange vows, and that’s precisely what Scott and Erin did for their beautiful wedding styled by Tamara Wendt Design. We’ve got photographer Ashley of Artistrie Co. to give us the scoop on their big day, so without further ado, let’s get started!
From the photographer, Ashley of Artistrie Co.: Scott said from the very beginning that Erin was the kind of girl you marry. After meeting and falling in love at Augustana College, it only seemed fitting to return to the beautiful Rock Island, Illinois campus to celebrate their wedding day. The Denver residents packed everything from Erin’s wedding dress to their honeymoon luggage in their car and made the drive to their alma mater for their spring affair. Early in the day, the couple met at Blackhawk Forest Preserve for an intimate moment. Erin and Scott hugged, kissed and went for a walk through the preserve, hand-in-hand. It was the first perfect weekend of spring.
Trees were coated in leaves and flowers were in full bloom. The location complimented the couple’s earthy and natural style, and their love for the outdoors. Before getting ready for their ceremony, Erin and Scott revisited Augustana’s famous Bell Tower. Here, it’s known that whomever you kiss under the bell tower ends up being the person you marry. Erin and Scott exchanged a final kiss and then prepared to walk down the aisle.
The wedding party processional was accompanied by the sounds of acoustic guitar. Guests filled the chapel as they watched the happy couple exchange vows and become husband and wife. After the touching ceremony, their friends and family gathered at Blackhawk Forest Preserve’s Watch Tower Lodge for cocktails outside on the veranda. The rich texture of the wooden walls, mixed with the floor to ceiling windows and soaring ceilings set the scene for a marvelous reception. Designed, conceptualized and crafted by Quad City mastermind Tamara Wendt, there was not one detail out of place. The soft palette of sea foam green, navy, white, coral, and gold flowed effortlessly throughout the room. Potted succulents, mosses, and greenery were found at every table. Sequin white and gold chevron table runners added the perfect geometric touch to the earthy elements.
The wedding party enjoyed Moscow Mules in their signature copper mugs. After being introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Scott Walker, the couple shared a first dance to the Coldplay ballad “Sparks”. After dinner, the party instantly started as the Brat Pack, an 80’s cover band, performed all of the classics. Everyone was on their feet dancing. Scott and his band even had the opportunity to take over and entertain their friends. The crowd went crazy! From start to finish, this was definitely a wedding day to remember.
Wedding Location: Rock Island, IL / Photographer: Artistrie Co. / Event Design: Tamara Wendt Design / Ceremony Venue: Ascension Chapel, Augustana College / Reception Venue: Watch Tower Lodge / Wedding Veil: Sara Gabriel / Wedding Shoes: Charlotte Russe / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Hair and Makeup: Salon Halo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Caterer: Biaggi’s / Favors and Gifts: Lagomarcino’s / Wedding Cake: Le Cake / Band: The Brat Pack
Personally, I’ve been so thrilled to see the recent reemergence of the fern. It’s always a bit of a “jackpot” moment when we come across something that’s low-cost and yet high-impact, and the fern absolutely fits that bill. Arina B Photography set to work styling some wedding inspiration filled to the brim with greenery and focusing on the wonders of nature – and we have to say it’s pretty much perfection.
From the photographer and stylist, Arina B Photography: Before there were any buildings, churches and venues, there was always never ending forests – forest became my inspiration for this styled shoot. When surrounded by so much greenery and nature not much decorating is needed — simplicity is the beauty. Moss and green plants for centerpiece came from local gardening store. All the glass items were collected over time from vintage stores. When planning a vintage wedding it’s always a great idea to start shopping early and attend garage sales and vintage markets often – this will save brides tons of money.
My bride wore summer dress from local store called Melrose in OC, I love how simple and relaxing it looked, I really think brides do need to look into the dresses that are not falling off or making them feeling uncomfortable. As a photographer I constantly get to deal with brides fixing their dresses during very pretty moments that could have been a beautiful photo. I really liked to think about our environment, there is why everything in this shoot was environment friendly materials – from recyclable wedding invites to string around bride’s bouquet. So even if something was left behind after the shoot it will do no harm to the nature. Save the planet for future generations.”
Shoot Location: Orange County, CA / Photography, Styling, and Invitations: Arina B Photography / Wedding Dress: Melrose in the OC / Hair: Sara Broussard of Salon Bleu / Makeup: Tiara Rupp of Salon Bleu / Wooden Sign: Fourthings By Cablue / Hand Made Candelas: allMontana
Today’s Oatlands Plantation shoot from Sarah Park Events Love By Serena sure was a beauty, wasn’t it? If you’re like us, you fell in love with the signage lovingly created by Sarah. We’re excited to say it’s our lucky day as Sarah is back with us to share how to make the moss-backed desserts sign from the shoot!
For this project, you will need:
-White Poster Board
-Instant Moss Mat Green 18″ x 48″
-12″ x 24″ Craft Plywood
-Desserts sign trace (download here)
1. Trace wood board onto poster.
2. Cut off the excess poster board.
3. Trace “DESSERTS” and connect all letters to make it one whole piece.
4. Cut out the word with X-Acto knife and scissors.
5. Cover the wood board with moss and attach it by using hot glue.
6. Glue the “DESSERTS” cut out onto the moss with hot glue.
Bride Ashley planned her color scheme around her emerald engagement ring, a color which matched perfectly with the wedding’s Lake Tahoe setting. If emerald green is gorgeous as is on its own, when paired with aqua is pure perfection. This romantic Tahoe wedding shot by Anita Martin with beautiful flowers by Jiosia Designs is filled with details to pin!
From the bride, Ashley: The one thing we knew for sure was that we wanted a beautiful, unique, intimate gathering which is what led us to a destination wedding (we have a very large social circle). Once we decided on Lake Tahoe, the style and ideas for decor and colors just came naturally! We also started with emerald green in our color palette due to the beautiful emerald engagement ring Josh designed for me. It also worked nicely with the rich landscape of the Aspens in Tahoe and the mountainous backdrop we were so fortunate to have.
If I could sum up the style in 3 words, I’d say I was going for romantic, rustic and chic. We wanted to leverage the natural beauty that Tahoe offered, so we complemented with rich greens, fresh lavender and a million unique touches. I also really wanted an accent color and something unexpected, so we offset the deeper greens with vibrant mint greens. Oh my gosh, the ENTIRE wedding was DIY. Every single element of decor was hand done by my mother who spent an entire 8 months dedicated to it! We had hand designed ‘place mats’ at each seat that doubled as a place for guests to leave us well wishes that now live in a scrapbook we will have forever. Our name cards were made from vintage spools- we put paper straws in them and a tag with our guests name. Also, the letter flash cards we used to organize the name cards are vintage and my mom has had them for many many years. The silver candlesticks we used to line the head table were my grandmothers. My mom handmade ribbon wands that our guests waved when we were announced as husband and wife. We also used vintage style hankies in lieu of napkins that doubled as our wedding gift to our guests. I could go on forever, but absolutely everything was made unique with love by my mother.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Decide what’s most important about the day to the BOTH of you and make sure that you do your best to focus on the important things and just let the rest happen. Things will go wrong, stress will pop up, things will get expensive, but just get back to what is MOST important to you and focus your efforts there.
Bridal Party Processional: “Marry Me,” Train
Bride’s Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Recessional: “Forever and Ever Amen,” Randy Travis
First Dance: “Wicked Game,” James Vincent McMorrow
Father/Daughter Dance: “Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison
Wedding Location: Olympic Valley, CA / Photographer: Anita Martin / Floral Design and Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Drobnica of Jiosia Designs / Wedding Venue: PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: I gave them a color palette of emerald green dresses and mint green shoes / Hair: Laura Seegmiller of Salon Bella Vita / Makeup: Jennifer Ergut of Kiss & Make-up / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Ties: The Tie Bar / Ceremony and Reception Music: Eric Dennis (family friend) / DJ: Derek Tarpey, Lake DJ / Officiant: Reverend Mark Frady
When it’s one of the biggest days of your life, what’s a little rain? Bride Megan didn’t let the bad weather forecast get to her, and was rewarded with parted skies as soon as she walked down the aisle to her new husband, David. Our thanks go out to Geoff Duncan, who photographed their wedding and shared these gorgeous images with us!
From the bride, Megan: David proposed to me in Savannah last July. We are originally from Texas but our first duty station for the military was there, where we lived for two years. So Savannah holds a special place in our hearts, and couldn’t have been better suited for our wedding! With an original wedding date of Oct 2013 I felt like I had plenty of time to plan, until over Christmas we had to change our date (due to Uncle Sam) and moved it all the way up to February 16th! The day we returned from our small vacation my fiancé (at the time) left for training and was gone for over 3 weeks with zero contact. And yes, I mean zero contact. Wheeew! That’s how I was feeling. So the 6-week wedding planning process began!
When deciding colors I knew that I wanted to use succulents, so I immediately chose mint. I wanted to keep everything else pretty soft to go along with the environment, like the Spanish moss in Savannah, so I let the bridesmaids choose their own dress. They picked lacy combinations of creams and blushes. A few of them wore mint colored cardigans the day of to stay a little more warm. I love the mis-matched look anyways and it all worked together so well.
I wanted the picnic style seating for dinner and over a couple weeks of trying to figure out a way to bring the ‘fancy’ down a notch, it finally came to me- kraft paper table tops! I played around at home with mock-up tables and decided that we would have the placemats chalked out for each seating. The china and glassware that we had collected would be set, and I ordered flour sack dish towels that had a green stripe to use as napkins for the guests. We love art and wanted our guests to be able to be creative so we provided oil pastels and chalk on the tables so guests could doodle during cocktail hour or at dinner, and by placing a name place stamp in the corner of each placemat they could write their name in so we know who each artist was! The coordinators rolled them up at the end of night, and we had so much fun checking out our guests artistic skills! It was probably my best idea yet!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings? I planned my wedding in 6 weeks! -Don’t do that! Well, I had no choice however, just be organized, & pick your top three things you will NOT budge on for your big day and stick to it! My top 3 were photography, my gown, and my guest list. The make the budget cuts in the other areas. DIY might sound difficult, and its a lot of work but so rewarding! When you are able to stand back and look at all of your details that you specifically had a hand in, you appreciate it so much more and so will your guests! Have fun with it, because when the day comes it will pass so quickly!
My favorite memory of the wedding: It rained just about all morning- well, it drizzled if that sounds any better! The ceremony site was about 8 miles away and on the radar that area looked much worse & the more bad weather was moving in. While hanging out in anticipation at the ceremony site the wedding coordinator shot in and said we were getting going early because the rain (more rain) was on its way! The line up began, and everyone started being ushered out- very quickly. I should mention it was also about 20 degrees colder that day than anticipated! Needless to say guests were shivering and holding jackets over their heads to stay dry. Not ideal for your wedding day. The instrumentalists had packed up already, and as Dad and I began walking out under an umbrella, in the silence (it was a bit awkward!) as we moved closer to the aisle the rain began to slow down. Once I stepped into the aisle the rain stopped completely, the wind became calm and the violin began playing again. After my Dad gave me away, the moment I took David’s hand the sun broke through the clouds and shined right on us! It couldn’t have been more perfect. It was by no means a coincidence, all by purpose, that so many people were able to witness such a special moment for us. I know they say rain on your wedding day is good luck, but sheesh! But by far my favorite memory!
Bridal Party Entrance: “Let’s Get It Started,” Black Eyed Peas
First Dance: “Turning Page,” Asleep at Last
Father/Daughter Dance: “Wildflowers,” Tom Petty
Mother/Son Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Wedding Location: Savannah, GA / Wedding Photographer: Geoff Duncan / Ceremony Venue: Wormsloe Historic Site / Reception Venue: Brockington Hall / Week-of-Wedding Coordinator: Morgan Gallo Events / Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Kiwi Fleur / Ceremony Flowers: Hand made my bride and bridal party / Reception Flowers: Bulk from Sams Club / Wedding Gown: Leanne Marshall / Head Piece and Cuff: Johanna Johnson / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Cover- up and Earrings: BHLDN / Gold Sash: Handmade by bride / Hair and Makeup: Rebecca Wash / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Esther, BCBG, Urban Outfitters, and Modiva / Tuxedos: Vera Wang Black / Wedding Caterer: Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons / Wedding Cake: Homemade by a friend’s mother / Wedding Cake Toppers: Bunting hand made by the bride, letterpress pieces collected at Savannah’s Paris Market / Cakes and Pies: Joe’s Homemade Cafe / DJ: Don of Rockjocks / Menus, Programs and Labels: Handmade by the bride and groom / Favors and Coffee Bar Goods: Tulle and Twig / Event Rentals: In Any Event / Table Decor, Centerpieces, China, and Glassware: Bride and groom / Other Paper Goods: vintage wood forks/straws- angieheartsjared / Name Stamp Kit: BHLDN / Transportation: Old Savannah Trolleys
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!
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)
-instant Green Moss sheets
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.
I have so much love for this darling wedding and its intimate size — a mere 18 guests of utmost importance to the bride and groom. Ash Imagery captured Melissa and her new husband’s day to perfection at Pennsylvania’s Terrain, which handled both the gorgeous scenery and provided an 8-course meal for guests. Can you think of anywhere dreamier to be married?
From the bride, Melissa: For our wedding we wanted our immediate family to celebrate, laugh, and witness our union at a unique location; Terrain at Styler’s for an intimate (18 people) family wedding. It was important to us to make sure we involved our family in the wedding. The bride’s son, Paris, was ring bearer and was presented with a family necklace during the ceremony. Both Mothers did a reading and we were married by the groom’s father (who happens to be a Lutheran Minister). The ‘father of the bride’ performed the toast during our decadent, local and sustainable 8-course meal, that was served in Terrain’s Greenhouse cafe. The meal was lovingly cooked by Chef Keith Rudolf of Terrain’s Garden Cafe. Cupcakes & s’mores followed the meal. The six young adult guests (ranging in age from 10-14) loved unwinding and hanging out by the fire pit after the long meal.
Style-wise we leaned on the gorgeous, rustic and eclectic style that is Terrain. I wore a Grecian, Nicole Miller (on sale for $400!) that was as comfortable as a nightgown, sparkly platinum flat sandals and the Free People headband (also on sale!) was very bohemian. The tone was bohemian/special occasion. Hans wore earth tones and my son wore a straw fedora and a linen suit. The 18 person double table was an arrangement of moss, flower, burlap, pebbles and candles provided by Terrain. Not-so-new candles were scattered around the Greenhouse and were also provided by Terrain. DIY, the invitations were made by Nancy Mueller (the bride’s Mother-in-law) and she made the paper for the invites as well. We put the invites into Kinfolk Magazine (which was perfect to explain the tone of our gathering) and then mailed the package to each family member.
We were married under two Thai doors in the middle of Terrains outdoor garden center. There was no need to decorate, the store’s merchandise was a floral paradise. I did not want to hold flowers and instead, I entered the ceremony with my future husband in hand.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Think Sunday nights for smaller, more intimate weddings. Prices are usually more forgiving.
Wedding Location: Glen Mills, PA / Wedding Photographer: Ash Imagery / Wedding Venue, Flowers, and Caterer: Terrain / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s Headband: Free People / Bride’s Makeup: friend of the bride / Bride’s Hair: Devon of Selena Salon (Phoenixville PA) / Wedding Invitations: Made by groom’s mother
When Victoria Canada Weddings and Events sent over this gorgeous wedding shot by photographer Stephanie Fay, we knew it would provide the perfect inspiration for this Easter weekend. The delicate color palette and the bird motif are all so perfectly reminiscent of spring. Animal lovers Angie and Garrett made sure to include their furry friends in the wedding ceremony, and we adored seeing them pop up around the reception as well!
From the event designer, Victoria Canada Weddings and Events: Angie and Garrett’s wedding took place at the breathtaking Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. They were so many fun and unique elements to this one of kind wedding. Angie and Garrett are huge animal lovers and do volunteer work for animal organizations. At the wedding, guests were given cards to choose from three different charities for the couple to donate to.
As anything can happen when animals are involved in a wedding, one of the dogs got loose and ran full speed down the aisle before ceremony. The dog on the loose ended up being scooped up by a wedding guest and watched happily as Angie and Garrett said their vows.
Angie and Garrett’s 1-year-old flower girl sitting in a cloud of tulle in a wagon that we made and had a sign saying “here comes the bride”, simulating a Just Married “get away” car.
Wedding Vendors (Scottsdale, AZ):
Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Wedding Cake: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Stephanie Fay / Event Designer: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events / Wedding Flowers: Camelback Flower Shop / Bride’s Makeup: Corinna Cooke / Ceremony Musicians: String Serenade / Reception Band: The Walkens / Wedding Invitations: Studio Grace / Wedding Officiant: Mike Kennedy / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Lounge Furniture: Kool Party Rentals / Dance Floor: Platinum Pro / Lighting: Sound Lighting F/X / Photobooth: Keith Pitts Live Photobooth / Videographer: Bright Bokeh
No surprises here, Ruffled loves international weddings — especially when they’re in the French countryside! 70 kilometers outside of France lies the village Boisset-les-Prevanches, where this bride and groom held their nuptials with the aid of One and Only Paris Photography. Maëlis, the bride, was an avid reader while planning her wedding and is sharing their beautiful DIY wedding with us today!
From the bride, Maëlis: From the start, we envisioned our wedding as a wonderful summer day, with friends and family enjoying themselves in a chilled-out atmosphere. We fell in love with a beautiful country-house in Normandie, and created the decor from here. I sought out a lot of inspiration online, especially on the US blogs – Ruffled being one of my main sources! – but I also meant to craft in a French touch. I was so thrilled that I opened my own blog on the latest trends for French brides.
We wanted our wedding to be truthful to who we are as a couple, so we incorporated a lot of us in it, like a homemade chutney as a favor for our guests. We did everything ourselves, from the flowers to the escort-cards! I can’t thank enough my husband for going along with all (well, almost :) of my crazy ideas, like having actual moss on the tables. My Mom was a great help too, scouting antiques markets in every part of France and doing an amazing job with the flowers. Audrey and Anthony beautifully captured all of it!
Wedding Vendors (Boisset-les-Prevanches, France):
Wedding Venue: Manoir des Prevanches / Wedding Photographer: One and Only Paris Photography / Day-of Coordinator: Made In You / Wedding Dress: David Fielden, “Grace Kelly” / Wedding Veil: Metal Flaque / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage / Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Paul Smith / Wedding Cake: Sugarplum (Paris) / Paper Goods: Desplis
Kimberly and Justin’s wedding has one of my all-time favorite natural decorations: Spanish moss. There’s something about it that’s just so undeniably romantic, don’t you think? This wedding, shot by Stacy Paul, took place at Cross Creek Ranch in Florida with some seriously amazing scenery. Get ready to fall in love!
From the bride, Kimberly: I envisioned my wedding to be simple, romantic and one with nature. I love rustic/vintage inspired things so I went with that idea and expressed it through the color and tone of our wedding. Romantic, charming, simple, one with nature describe our wedding day. As far DIY, my in-laws made all the candle light favors. My husband and I made the signs/pendants that said thank you and just married, along with our initials.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t stress or perfect every little thing. Remember what the day is all about.
Processional: “Where is My Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Wedding Vendors (Dover, FL):
Wedding Venue: Cross Creek Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Stacy Paul / Wedding Planners: Emilee Rumore of Cross Creek Ranch and Erica Rexroat of One Love Weddings / Wedding Flowers: Alta Fleura / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Wedding Shoes: Blow Fish / Wedding Hair: Mary Phillips / Wedding Makeup: Sarah Phillips / Groom’s Suit: Zara / DJ: Bil Mitchell – Bil@TravelingSoundandLight.com / Wedding Caterer: Hungry Harry’s Bar-B-Que / Cupcakes: Alessi Bakeries / Wedding Invitations: The Papery / Transportation: The groom’s grandfather’s 1957 Chevy Truck
This South Carolina affair shot by Corbin Gurkin (who recently relaunched her gorgeous new site!) and styled head to toe by bride Shannon, who also happens to be a fantastic photographer herself, is the ultimate in Southern charm. In this gorgeous plantation setting moss cascades from the trees, providing the ultimate background for a soiree at dusk! There’s much more to see, so head over to the photo gallery to get a better look!
From the bride, Shannon: Jake and I got married in October, specifically, on HALLOWEEN! It was not necessarily a Halloween-themed wedding, but the date worked and our friend and photographer, Corbin Gurkin, was available then as well. We got engaged at the very end of March, so we had about 7 months to plan. I have always absolutely loved the feel of the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation, so that is where we chose! So with 7 months, we set out to create our perfectly unperfect handmade wedding!
The morning of the wedding Jake and I headed out to Boone Hall with some of our family and friends to start the prep. I gave some ideas I had and then left them in charge of the rest of the setup! I really did not want a large wedding party so my sister and I got ready at the Restoration on King.
Jake is a musician (drummer) and has played in several different bands in Charleston so three of his friends played as guests were walking into the ceremony area and as my Dad and I walked down the aisle, my friend from preschool, Kendra, sang Cat Power’s “I Found a Reason” and Jake’s friend, Ransom, played along with the piano. Our ceremony was short and quick. We each wrote our own vows and my friend from kickball officiated. I am definitely at times more quiet than Jake so I thought I would have the hard time saying my vows in front of all our friends and family, but it was actually quite the opposite! Jake even started to tear up (this is rare, extremely rare). After our ceremony, guests waved fabric wands that we made as we walked up the aisle.
Guests headed over to the Cotton Dock as we took photographs with Corbin and Thatcher. I did not really want the traditional “grand entrance” and was really quite nervous about this first dance. So Jake and I entered the reception and immediately just went into our first dance (“Mango Tree” by Angus and Julia Stone). We then each danced with our parents. Since our wedding was on Halloween, I made jars of candy to put on each table so our nieces and nephew (flower girls and ring bearer) could “trick or treat” at each table. We also set up a photo booth with some crazy glasses, hats, etc. I am a huge sweets person and knew right away that I wanted to get treats from Sugar Bakeshop! Jake is not really into cake, so I had a pecan pie for me and cake for me (although we still cut the small cake). My grandmother made cookies and my Dad made fudge to add to the dessert table. And… we also had s’mores supplies for guests to create at the fireplace.
Our wedding day was amazing and literally could not have happened without the help of all our family and friends. Jake especially spent so much time making stuff for the wedding including salvaged wood planter boxes, our book paper heart sign, directional signs, and he surprised me before the wedding with the “LOVE” sign that sat above the fireplace—it hangs in our living room today! We exited as our guests waved sparklers — I put on a white Mardi Gras mask and Jake wore sunglasses as a small nod to Halloween!
From the photographer, Corbin Gurkin: Shannon is just a lovely person and was one of the first friends I met when I bought our home in Charleston three years ago. I immediately loved her sweet and calm nature and could not have been more honored when she and her fiance Jake asked if I’d photograph their wedding. The event was so beautifully done – the perfect balance of handmade details and use of the natural environment that makes for a gorgeous backdrop already. A photographer herself, Shannon was conscious of the timing of the day and we were really able to make the most of the late afternoon light. It was a portrait session following the ceremony that is every photographer’s dream. Shannon and Jake’s affection for each other was so palpable and they also really trusted me to capture their personalities in a way that was understated and natural. Having such a great rapport made for some of my favorite portraits to date.
Corbin Gurkin (who recently relaunched her gorgeous new site!) and styled head to toe by bride Shannon, who also happens to be a fantastic photographer herself, is the ultimate in Southern charm. In this gorgeous plantation setting moss cascades from the trees, providing the ultimate background for a soiree at dusk! There’s much more to see, so head over to the View all images from this wedding in the gallery
Wedding Vendors (Mt. Pleasant, SC):
Wedding Venue: The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation / Wedding Photographer: Corbin Gurkin / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s bracelet: Malso Design / Bride’s Necklace: Banana Republic / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Bride’s Hair: Amy Arrington / Bride’s Makeup: Elizabeth Quinton / Wedding Catering: Home Team BBQ / Wedding Desserts: Sugar Bakeshop / Day-of Coordinator: Pure Bliss / Officiant: Adria Fernandez / Flowers and Rentals: OOH Events / Bar Service: Snyder
We’re approaching the end of our DIY wedding favor series, but I guarantee you will love our last picks as much as the first ones. These vertical terrarium wedding favors make great gifts because they don’t take any room, and are extremely easy to maintain. Who wouldn’t want to bring a little bit of the outdoors to their home or office?
– Gravel (can be found at any pet store in the aquarium section)
– Air plants, cactus or succulents (you will need a small amount of potting soil if not using air plants)
– spray paint
– magnetic metal tins (from here or here, you just need to slap magnetic tape on the back!)
– Dremel tool
– painter’s tape
– E6000 glue
Cover your tins with painter’s tape before you begin spray painting the inside of them. Spray tins with 3-4 light coats until they have are opaque in solid white. While your tins are drying, remove the acrylic top from all lids by putting a small amount of pressure with your hands to pop them off. Measure the diameter and mark a line with a permanent marker. Using the diamond cutter tip of your Dremel tool, slice all acrylic lids in halves (you can also try different shapes or drill holes). Lightly sand the edges using a sander tip of your Dremel tool.
Place acrylic tops back in the metal frame of the caps and glue both pieces. We also recommend dabbing the edges of the tins with a q-tip with glue to seal the lids to prevent the weight from the gravel popping out of the containers. It took one wall terrarium to splash gravel all over the floor for us to figure that out :)
Once your tins are dry from spray paint, remove tape and wash tins with water and soap. Close all tins, now with open front lids. Add gravel, misty moss and air plants. If you prefer building a closed terrarium and skipping cutting the lids, you will need activated charcoal, which can be found in the aquarium section at any pet store. Air plants won’t work well in closed containers, so you may want to switch to ferns and small leafy plants.
Out of all the great things you can use moss for on your wedding day,, you’d think that using them on photo frames would rank very low on the list. Well, think again. Erin incorporated moss in a such refreshing way…we’re smitten.
What you’ll need:
– An old wooden frame
– Bag of dried sheet moss from a craft store
– Hot glue gun
Inspired by the beautiful northwest this moss frame is perfect for any garden or rustic wedding. It also happens to be very simple. First you take an old wooden frame and clean off the surface that you will be gluing your moss to with a wet sponge. Next remove your moss from it’s plastic and begin laying it out over the surfaces of your frame. Use your scissors to cut your moss into strips that fit perfectly together. Once you have the moss laid out how you want it begin hot gluing it into place. Once you have finished gluing the moss into place you can trim around the edges with your scissors to make a nice clean line. You might also want to take any extra small pieces of moss and fill in any holes. This project is fun and easy and only takes about 15 minutes.
Looks like this week was vintage botanical inspired weddings all around! The combination of moss, glass bottles and kraft paper has such a charming scientist-esque mood. First up is this modern chic wedding shot by Tea Ho of Dreambox Photography. How genius is the idea of using lightbulbs as miniature terrariums for place cards (that doubled as amazing favors!)? The lightbulb place cards, by the way, were a DIY project set up by the bridal party!
You can see more from the gorgeous wedding above here. The botanical inspired wedding below was shot by Erin Grace Photography found via Oh So Beautiful Paper. This time with amber bottles, glass domes and fern:
We have some major announcements to make, but you will have to wait till next week!
Last week I attended the NY Magazine Weddings Event, and couldn’t help but drool over the amazing floral designs some of the booths had. So much inspiration I had to share with you all. Garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and lavender were everywhere, subtly reminding me that spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner. The blooming tea mini centerpieces were my absolute favorite! Pair those with vintage pink Depression Glass goblets and it’s pure bliss. You also might want to check out this post on another gorgeous vintage tablescape from a few weeks ago for more decor eye candy.
Before we start the day, I would like to thank you everyone who entered our DIY Contest so far! I received an overwhelming amount of creative projects, and I truly wasn’t expecting such great response. I will be posting some DIY entries tomorrow and the remaining next week and because of that I am extending the deadline till Saturday at 11:59p (March 27th). So if you wanted to enter but didn’t have the time to take photos, this is your chance. Voting will not begin until all entries are posted later next week, so not to worry! To participate, simply send me 4-5 images (600pixels wide), instructions and a list of materials to amanda @ruffledblog.com or click here for more details.
Last night I attended the Urban Wed Event organized by Brooklyn Bride, and what a great party! It was so nice to seeing so many talented NYC wedding vendors under one roof. I could easily spend all day talking about how delicious were the cupcakes from Nine Cakes were, or how ridiculously talented is Bryn from Paperfinger, and everyone else from the Urban Wed Event. I thought some images from the event might give you great ideas for your wedding. How much do you love that table runner made out of old black and white photos?
List of Vendors:
Venue: Nest Event Loft / Catering: Cobblestone Foods / Photography: Jenny Ebert / Day of Coordination: Just About Married / Calligraphy: Paperfinger / Wedding Band: Elan Artists / Event Design: Hatch Creative Studio / Photobooth: Studiobooth / Wedding Gowns: Samuelle / Bridesmaid Dresses: 57 Grand / Wedding Cakes: Nine Cakes / Wine Tasting: Swirl Events and Seven Sisters / Wedding Invitations: Paper + Cup / Makeup: Facetime Beauty Concierge
All photos by Jen Huang Photography
Our next DIY project is by Christina, who you may remember from this Vintage Milk Glass and Moss Centerpieces post from a little while ago. Today she shares how to make them, and you are welcome to peruse the instructions to create your own (just not for resell). Speaking of vintage milk glass vases, if you have milk glass vases that you would like to sell, please list them in our classifieds section for vintage brides!
Now, onto the project:
What you’ll need: (clockwise from photo above)
– upcycled milk glass pedestals in all different sizes. Mix it up with different shapes like low bowls and even milk glass ashtrays. I would advise a grouping of 3 or more different sizes for a better looking tablescape.
– hot glue gun (a high temp) and lots of glue sticks
– floral pins (can be found here)
– floral foam (for dried flowers not oasis, can be found here)
– preserved moss (shown: reindeer moss, mood moss and sheet moss)
Step 1: Using a knife, cut the floral foam to fit snuggly in the milk glass. Using your glue gun, generously glue the foam into the glass (pic 2). For added height cut a smaller square out of the foam and glue it on top. Shave all of the corners of the foam off. (pic3)
Step 2: Using either mood moss (as shown) or sheet moss, make three clusters that meet together at the top. Hot glue them down and tuck and hide floral pins into them for added security.
Step 3: Fill in the vacant areas with clusters of reindeer moss. Start at the bottom lip of the glass and layer and glue the moss with the best shaped moss on the outside. The reindeer moss comes in all different shapes and sizes so experiment and piece them together like a puzzle.
Step 4: Check to make sure all moss is securely fastened. If loose, re-glue in needed areas and cover with tiny bits of moss. Make sure there are no dried glue drips or strings on your finished product!
Wonderful for a vintage woodland wedding, these centerpieces can be made months and months ahead of time. Just keep them out of direct sunlight and mist the reindeer moss occasionally to keep it soft.
To enter our “Found Tucked Away and Used Today” DIY Contest, email me your DIY project to amanda @ruffledblog.com with 4-8 images that are at least 600 pixels wide and instructions. Last day to enter is March 25, so hurry! Winner will receive $500 and second runner up a $100 gift certficate to Wendy Mink Jewelry!
Brides, wedding planners, florists, Etsy sellers…everyone is welcome to enter!
I’m smitten by the work of Christina Moreno. I’ve never seen vintage vessels, such as milk glass vases, look so modern. I’m particularly loving the milk glass and moss designs. They would make gorgeous wedding centerpieces, being a chic alternative to flowers. Decorative moss also lasts several years, which means you get to use them again to decorate your house. Check out her Etsy shop and her blog.