Valentine’s Day is tomorrow (!!!), and we’ve got the perfect styled shoot to celebrate. A perfect fusion of winter hues and handcrafted details, this editorial from Casie Marie Photography, Tickled Pink Weddings, and Porch Therapy is sure to inspire. Of course, we have to give a special shout-out to the jaw-dropping gown by Made With Love — that lace!
It seems like Valentine’s Day offers an unending supply of romantic wedding inspiration, which is precisely what we found in this styled shoot from Four Corners Photography and Amanda Jewel Floral Design. With a floral patterned ceremony backdrop, incredibly lush floral arrangements, and a table runner accented with love notes, this is the ultimate in inspiring wedding design.
From the photographer, Four Corners Photography: I have photographed quite a few backyard weddings as well as Valentine’s Day weddings and I really wanted to create something to inspire backyard brides everywhere that they can have something beautiful, romantic, and timeless. I also wanted to create something that inspires you to think outside the red that comes with Valentine’s Day. I still wanted to incorporate a few intentionally red pieces (ring, lips, a few florals) and heart motifs (shape of the dress, hearts on the cupcakes), but tried to keep those things minimal!
Host, Planning, Photography: Four Corners Photography
Floral Design: Amanda Jewel Floral Design
Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone
Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Hair and Makeup: Vigilante Cosmetics
Ring: Trumpet and Horn
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Wedding Cake: Ginger Spice Bakery
Baked Goods: The Dessert Table
Furniture: Four Inch Fold
Ceremony Backdrop: Ashley Woodson Bailey
China: Vintage English Teacup
Silks: Adorn Silks, Tono & Co
Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer
Paper Goods: Lairsey Paper Co.
Models: SALT Model
With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, we figured it’s time to share this ultra-chic wedding inspiration filled to the brim with romantic colors, fashion, and truly enviable centerpieces. Erin Stubblefield, Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Events, and An Affair to Remember left no detail unattended to as they get us ready for the Valentine’s spirit!
Here’s a shoot featuring a lovely marriage between modern and industrial that we just can’t get enough of today. These colors have us all googly-eyed and feeling hopelessly romantic, while Jenna Henderson‘s chronicling of the day via photographs have us falling hard for this chic juxtaposition. Kennedy Occasions‘s lush floral arrangements do this shoot so much justice and they were the perfect, bright pop of pinks to accompany such a fun styled shoot.
From the photographer and shoot designer, Jenna Henderson: We drew our inspiration from Cupid’s arrow, finding fun ways to sneak the arrow into our decor including an arrow through the bouquet, cake, and on the paper goods. We also loved the romance of the lush florals and rich colors, and to contrast the softness, we selected an urban industrial location and a chic Edison bulb lighting installment. The result is a romantic, intimate wedding full of industrial chic touches.
With such a fun lighting installment overhead, we totally welcome contrasting styles like this. Finding an industrial space for your wedding venue doesn’t mean that you have to go the modern route when it comes to style and design. Stick to your guns if you want to dress a contemporary space in sumptuous linens, dreamy centerpieces, and romantic elements. The huge plus about venues like this are that they tend to carry a very neutral color palette, so design it to your heart’s content.
Photography and Shoot Design
Floral Design and Decor
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
We’re reliving a little bit of Valentine’s Day charm with this styled shoot from Carolynn Seibert, Angela Marie Events, and The Plantation Florist. The team used the romantic holiday as a starting point for this lovely imagined wedding, using a color palette of red, fuchsia, blue, and gold to create a modern approach to classic decor.
From the event designer, Angela of Angela Marie Events: I love new ideas for couples wanting a fun and unique vibe to their wedding, yet keeping it super elegant and classy! Valentine events can be tricky and most time all the same. I feel like our inspiration has a beautiful vibe, adding blues and hints of plums!
Event Design and Planning
Wedding Cake and Macarons
Valentine’s Day is coming up on Sunday, so naturally we’re spending today sharing some gorgeous inspiration shoots heavy on the romance! First up we have this beauty from the team of Endless Exposures Photography, Vintage Indulgence, and Edelweiss Events, who created a romantic engagement party complete with a darling tablescape and plenty of sweet treats.
From the photographer, Endless Exposures Photography: We could not be more thrilled with this Valentine’s Day engagement party styled shoot done by a group of extremely talented vendors that graciously offered their time and talents to put together a fun-day of showing off our craft. We wanted the shoot to have an amorously charming feel to it from the beautifully styled tablescape done by Lauren with Vintage Indulgence down to the little details like the calligraphy apples and stationery done by Hey Bernadette.
The shimmery Neil Lane engagement ring sits on a bouquet designed by Lisa with Edelweiss Events and reflects the moments before the party on a mirrored table. Brittany and Josh are getting primped and dolled up by the amazing hair and makeup team, The Fairest One, while we put the finishing touches on the dinner setup. From the unique and sweet Love cake and cookies Jenna with Sinfully Sweet Cake’s made to the cake balls and pops from Pretty Pops… the desert table is a to-live-for Valentine’s treat.
It wasn’t hard to convince my camera to fall in love with Brittany and Josh as they exchanged sweet kisses, laughter, and naturally intimate moments between each other in front of a DIY, bohemian, laced teepee and open outdoor backdrop. Dressed in a rose red gown from Couture House, Brittany’s beauty shined through every image… and Josh’s sweet and real love for her was undeniably anything but styled.
As soon as I hear “French castle wedding,” my mind immediately drifts to fairy tales. Maïwenn and Benjamin’s wedding isn’t far off from a fairy tale with a lace wedding gown designed to wow, a lofty party in Le Château de la Colaissière, and a veritable treasure trove of French desserts (including a cake set on fire with sparklers!) all captured beautifully by Joyeuse Photography.
From the bride, Maïwenn: We just wanted a day that was like us — young, happy, with plenty of laughs (and a little bit retro because I love “Les années folles”). We decided to say “I Do” in the middle of winter. So, for more cheerfulness, it was fun to create a dress code for our guests. Attendees were asked to wear red, yellow, or pink, and all our decorations were based on these 3 colors.
Flower recipe: I created my bouquet with artificial flowers and brooches. The flowers in the church and in the dining room were lilies and freesia (because it was the favorite flower of one of my grandfathers).
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be yourself and enjoy your wedding day! (and before that, you should prepare the day with little details, it’s the key to enjoying the day!)
From the photographer, Tahni of Joyeuse Photography: Maïwenn and Benjamin are pretty creative and unique and wanted an interesting spin on their wedding. They got married in a church and had their reception in a castle outside of Nantes and had a bit of a nostalgia theme going on. All their tables were themed by “bandes dessinées” – which are comic/graphic books from France or Belgium. They got married on Valentine’s Day and their colors were pink, red, and yellow and had all their guests dress in those colors (and wear hats!). They also had cootie catchers- those games you played as a child with the folded paper thingies. Also, their wedding cake lit on fire – on purpose! PS – the Rolls Royce that escorted us around was Brad Pitt’s! Ha!
Bride’s Processional: “Ruby Tuesday,” The Rolling Stones
Recessional: “I Was Born to Love You,” Queen
Ceremony: “Flora’s Secret,” Enya; “Una Mattina,” Ludovico Einaudi; “Tales of Two Sisters (Epilogue),” Byeong-Woo Lee; “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You,” Ingrid Michaelson
Newlywed Entrance: “Right Here Right Now,” DJ Zebra et le Bagad de Carhaix
Cake Cutting: “Levels,” Avicii
First Dance: mix of “Stranglers,” Golden Brown; “Johnny B. Goode,” Chuck Berry; “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got),” Fergie
What’s Valentine’s Day without a bit of whimsy inspired by Cupid himself? Anissa Manzo of Urban Poppy and Obscura Photoworks worked up this short but sweet shoot with the perfect Valentine’s Day floral arrangements and an incredible hanging display of Cupid’s arrows and flowers. Let’s jump in!
From the stylist, Anissa Manzo of Urban Poppy: For the overhang, I loved hanging the different colored roses intermixed with Cupid’s arrows, precariously hanging over the couple and tablescape. Romantic and “dangerous” at the same time. Radiant orchid is the 2014 color of the year which inspired the jacket worn by the model with her bouquet of roses that looked like they were designed for each other! We all know that red is the holiday’s historic color and although pink is sweet, radiant orchid and light purples add a playful side and look amazing with red.
The chunky red necklace made of coral (urban poppy) is quite the statement piece and lends a bold yet fun element tour model. Overall, our inspiration was fun, playful romance — combining a color palette that in past years might seem to clash, but with today’s look create something more modern, refreshing and interesting.
Shoot Location: Savannah, GA / Photographer: Obscura Photoworks / Event Styling and Flowers: Anissa Manzo of Urban Poppy / Coral Necklace: Urban Adorn (a division of Urban Poppy) / Love Boxes, Wooden Arrows, Vintage Valentines: Urban Poppy Shop (coming soon!)
I have to say, I had my eye on the heart-shaped clay tokens from our ballet wedding inspiration shoot earlier today, so I’m chuffed that Katy of Without Wax, Katy is back with us to share just how she made them. Read on for the full instructions!
For this project, you will need:
-Knife and/or Pizza Cutter
-Cookie Cutters and/or Glasses for shaping clay
Using the large, round “take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic” as an example:
1. Slice the clay into thin stripes.
2. With a rolling pin, flatten the clay to roughly 1/8 – 1/4 inch in thickness.
3. Using a cookie cutter or glass, press into the clay and remove excess clay.
4. Place your stamp of choice in the center of the clay, press and remove. Your design or quote is now transferred on to the clay.
If you choose, you can add more designs at this time. Let the clay dry overnight.
We’re closing out our week-long celebration of Valentine’s Day with a bodacious styled shoot from a solid dream team of talent: Nicole Rene Events, Izzy Hudgins Photography, and French Knot Studios, who wanted to bring a funky spin to one of our favorite holidays. Bringing a touch of Pop Art was the perfect way to achieve this, and the ladies were inspired by some of the brightest of bright hues in candy-colored nail polish.
From the stylist, Nicole: For this shoot, I knew I wanted to do something modern, funky, bright, and a little hipster. Izzy of Izzy Hudgins Photography and Audrey of French Knot Studios were perfect to collaborate with to capture this vision. Red, pink and white are so predicable for Valentine palettes, instead, our colors were inspired by a collection of candy colored nail polish. Not wanting to leave Valentine’s completely out of the project, we hinted at the “love”ly holiday with motifs of hearts, arrows and XOs throughout the detailing.
I really wanted an installation of some sort for the ceremony backdrop, and we came up with the idea of a curtain made up of hundreds of geometric forms, each with a facet of gold glitter. To show off the bright pop colors and modern elements, we needed a white space with great architecture. Savannah’s modern art museum, The Jepson Center has just what we were looking for; the lobby is clad in white limestone with a glass ceiling soaring thirty feet in the air. The sweeping staircase and lofty sky bridge all added to the visual impact. Ghost chairs are my favorite for their modern lines and lack of visual clutter, they were a must have. Local furniture company, 24 e. had these geometric ghost chairs, which were just perfect, and our scene was set.
Finding a wedding dress with hot pink at the bottom was also at the top of our “must have” list, but proved difficult to source. Instead of borrowing a dress from a boutique, Audrey scored a fabulous thrift store find, and with clever alterations and hot pink petticoats designed the ideal gown for our shoot. To play off our white environment, color was essential in all the details. From the florals to the baked treats to the handmade table linens, color is everywhere. For the invitations and paper goods, we looked to Miss Pickles Press. Her contemporary sensibilities and love of glitter fit right in with our happy, sparkly setting.
I know I’ve said it before, but I’m constantly amazed by how a touch of gold will transform a look. In the case of this styled shoot from Natalie Spencer Photography and Darling & Daisy, some gold paint on feathered Cupid’s wings and some cookies with a touch of our favorite metallic bring everything together and complete a perfect theme — “Kissed by Cupid.”
From the designers, Darling & Daisy: Our Kissed by Cupid Styled Dessert Buffet was inspired by our love of gold, romance and delicious treats. Everything from our love struck backdrop details, homemade sweets, and birch display accents were DIY creations. From gilded Oreos and feathers, to ethereal handmade wings, this buffet is our interpretation of a one of a kind Valentine’s Day celebration.
Our bride was adorned with a dreamy floral halo, dainty gold jewels, a vintage fur shall and ruffled skirt for the occasion. The soft florals and pink ombre cake added a hint of Valentine’s romance.
For this shoot we also wanted to incorporate the wintery feel of a crisp, snow filled Valentine’s Day. The faux fur shawl and birch display stands add a little warmth and charm. Overall we wanted to capture the magic and romance of being love struck this Valentine’s Day.
Photographer: Natalie Spencer Photography / Event Design, Stationery, Cake and Dessert: Darling & Daisy / Wedding Flowers and Halo: Nancy of Darling & Daisy / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Baroness Bridal / Jewelry: Avani Designs / Ring and Shawl: Vintage / Rain Boots: Hunter / Hair and Makeup: Katie of Darling & Daisy
Janie Medley from The Bride’s Cafe is sharing a bit of floral inspiration for Valentine’s Day with us, all captured by Katelyn James Photography. Her bouquets never fail to leave us daydreaming of receiving one of these pretties tomorrow!
Photographer: Katelyn James Photography / Floral design and Fashion Styling: Janie Medley Flora Design from The Bride’s Cafe / Creative Direction and Styling: Dana FitzGerald / Dress: Ivy and Aster from Bella Bridesmaid in Richmond, VA / Cake: Candy Valley Cake Company / Makeup: Emily Hudspeth / Invitations: Page Stationery / Venue: Historic Mankin Mansion / Models: Tori + Aaron of Marvelous Things Photography / Flowers: Fifty Flowers
It’s T minus one day till Valentine’s Day, and this sweetness shot by Kay English and designed by Reverie at the The Ashford Estate in New Jersey is just the ticket. Poppies are always one of my favorite blooms, so needless to say this bouquet is a dream!
Valentine’s Day is mostly focused around couples, but why not celebrate it with your besties who will stand at your wedding? With a “Love Yourself First” theme, this inspiration styled by Belovely Inc and shot by Krista Leigh Hurst Photography was originally shot for teens, but the advice extends to life and relationships. Plus, what better way to thank your girls than with a pampering us-time evening?
From the stylists, Belovely Inc: This year we decided to take a fresh look at Valentine’s Day and really show off a strong self image with a styled shoot embodying the idea of loving one’s self first. The concept was having our host, Erin inviting her girlfriends over for a Valentine’s party where the girls spent time loving themselves – with fashion, magazines, photo shoots and sweets.
We feel like the best love in this world comes from when each individual loves themselves entirely. So instead of being bummed you don’t have a date, or perhaps you’re engaged or married – be sure to not only love your partner, but to love yourself!
Shoot Location: Ambler, PA / Style, Design, and Concept: Belovely Inc / Photographer: Krista Leigh Hurst Photography / Clothing and Accessories: Free Shop Ambler, stylist’s own / Wardrobe Styling: Brittany Bollard / Makeup: Yumi Kim / Baked Goods: Ambler Bake Shop
Give me some light pink, grey, and pops of metallic and I’m going to be a happy girl. When you throw the aesthetics of Vitalic Photo and Cute & Co. and a ethereal gown by Ivy & Aster into the mix, I know it’s going to be complete infatuation. If this doesn’t get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what will!
From the photographer, Vitalic Photo: When planning this editorial shoot in our minds we envisioned three words — clean, sparkly and sweet. We’ve been loving the mercury glass details popping up and thought the sparkle of the sequin overlay in a light lofty setting was a little different than the norm. We wanted to keep the florals neutral and sweet and incorporated a bit of modern with the cakes and invitations. Our bride wore one of the most lovely gowns from Ivy & Aster — we adored the oversized bow and sweetheart top.
Wedding Location: Melbourne, FL / Photographer: Vitalic Photo / Event Styling: Cute & Co. and Vitalic Photo / Wedding Flowers: Pink Pelican Florist / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster / Hair: Lindsay Naffziger / Makeup: Molly Sagan (mollysagan @ gmail.com) / Wedding Cake and Cookies: MariaVCreative / Table Numbers: Gauge NYC / Wedding Invitations, Favor Boxes, Metal Heart Mobile: Vitalic Photo / Chairs: Ballard / Sequin Overlay: Fabric Empire / Dinnerware: Pottery Barn / Flatware: Martha Stewart / Stemware: Pier1 / Hurricanes & Votives: Target / Mercury Glass Containers: TJ Maxx
Kiana of Tulipina, a boutique floral design studio in San Francisco, is sharing how to make floral arrangements just in time for Valentine’s Day. Using a variety of pink blooms and textures, Kiana incorporated unique vases and vintage containers she already owned for an eclectic mismatched table look. We love the flower arrangement with dates, such a perfectly suggestive choice for Valentine’s Day. Thank you Angie Cao for the gorgeous images!
What you will need:
4 mix and match eclectic vases and vintage containers
One bunch pink peonies
One bunch pink ranunculus
One bunch pink hellebore
One bunch of dates
One bunch pink hurricane lilies
One bunch vintage colored roses
2-3 stems dark pink amaryllis
2 bunches of drumstick allium
One bunch dusty miller
One set of floral shears
From Kiana of Tulipina: Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday for floral design and a great opportunity to make as many beautiful things as possible.
In this project I thought it would be fun to take some of my favorite vases and fill them with complementary flowers and use them as a clustered centerpiece for a Valentine’s Day table setting – maybe brunch or dinner. If you invite friends, you can send them home with one of these designs.
I love owls, and here they become the theme. I found the cutest owl plates on sale at Sur La Table after the holidays, and bought some matching owl vases from Anthropologie knowing that they would be the perfect vessel for some amazing little arrangements!
Paperlily Photography and The Funky Shack teamed up to create a Valentine’s Day with a “Book of Love” inspiration. Library touches are always perfect for any wedding. Case in point: ceremony readings from literature. This inspiration shoot blends what we love most about Feb 14th with lots of vintage touches.
Photographer: Paperlily Photography / Event Designer: The Funky Shack / Musicians: Cribbs Music / Invitation Designer: Beacon Lane / Dress Store: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta / Makeup Artist: Claudia Mejerle / Tuxedo and Mens Attire Mast-McBride / Bakery: Blooming Flour Bakery / Videographer: Incer Studios
It’s Friday, and we couldn’t be any happier over here at Ruffled headquarters! We’re celebrating the weekend with a little spotlight on our Blue Label vendors from Washington, DC — and how better to celebrate than to share some images from the wonderful Adam Barnes Photography? All wedding professionals mentioned here love to travel, so keep an eye out!
If you are a vendor and would like to be considered in our vendor guide, please click HERE to apply. If you would like to recommend additional local resources to this list, please email us. We’d love to hear from you!
In case you missed any features from this week…
Handmade Michigan wedding
Sweet vow renewal at dusk
Sapphire engagement rings from EraGem
DIY teacup planter favors
Cherry Valley peach wedding
Rock N Roll Smog Shoppe wedding
Beauty and the Beast wedding inspiration
Rock Quarry wedding inspiration shoot
Cairnwood Estate wedding
Whimsical Marvimon House wedding
This week, in Recycle Your Wedding…
Let the Valentine festivities continue! There’s no fighting our love of Valentine’s Day-inspired photo shoots, especially when it includes a collaboration between two great vendors like Juli Vaughn Designs and photographer Amber Wilburn. Read on for the duo’s inspiration behind their shoot and a special DIY Project!
From the stylists: Nobody – and I mean nobody – really wants to get Kroger flowers and cheap chocolates for Valentine’s Day. And they definitely don’t want a tweet or a facebook message. But an old fashioned love letter? One that is straight from your love’s heart and dripping with meaningful inside jokes and true romance? That will melt any disillusioned Valentine’s heart. This was the inspiration behind a project that Amber Wilburn Photography and Juli Vaughn Designs concocted: An old fashioned love letter “updated” in a coffee table book format and personalized for anyone wanting to tell their love to “be mine.” These images are from the shoot for that project. They are inspired by the idea of a romance that is both playful and timeless. A “Mars” sweeps “Venus” off her feet and tells her he’s “Her biggest fan; She’s his “Honey Bun” his one true “Sweetheart.”
The sign/markers above could be used as table numbers! To make them yourself, you will need the following:
-Heart Shaped Egg Molds (Found at cooking.com)
-Wooden Circles (Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
-Small White Frames
-Brown Craft Paper
-Letter Stamps + White Inkpad
-Hot Glue + Scissors
1. Open the Egg Molds and hot glue the Wooden base to the Wood Circle
2. Cut out the Brown Paper into 1 inch strips and then cut to arrow shape
3. Stamp desired name on Brown Paper
4. Glue strip of ribbon on end of “Arrow”
5. Hot glue the arrow to the Egg Mold and hold until dry
6. Place the wooden base on the small white frame (you can glue it if you want to.)
Wedding Vendors (Douglasville, GA):
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here’s a round up of some of our favorite Valentine’s Day photoshoots we shared last year to tide you over till Monday. Each is filled to the brim with wedding ideas, and they are so worth the mention again!
This week was particularly amazing with such gorgeous weddings and fun announcements:
Classic Europe Inspiration
Connecticut farm wedding
Wedding timeline download
The Luminous Portrait book by Elizabeth Messina
South Africa beach wedding
Gold and pink Valentine’s day inspiration
Simple do-it-yourself ideas from HeyLook
DIY zip tie chandelier
Dip-dyed packaging bow
Winter ranch elopement
Sugar and Fluff (featured this week on this gorgeous shoot they did), will be throwing an event along with AbiQ and Richelle Dante called The Walk in The Park Las Vegas 2012 Event. If you loved their aesthetics from our shoot this week, wait till you hear their inspiration for this event. A “Walk in the Park” shoot will be heavily inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”. This is basically your chance to shoot a dream styled shoot to add stunning images to your portfolio and a tremendous amount of eye candy in your blog, including portraits with an editorial fashion twist – all you need to do is click here to sign up!
The concept of the shoot:
Amanda Daniels is a modern rich socialite who always gets what she wants. She decides to take a break from her hectic life and have lunch in central park with her young daughter Melanie. She drives about an hour away from her home to the city. Soon after her arrival, the birds and animals start to act strangely. Strange but beautiful things start to occur. There is no explanation as to why this might be happening. Something unusual, something unexpected, something extraordinary.
An amazing dry river bed in the middle of the Las Vegas desert!
Sunday. February 19, 2012
The ladies from HEYLOOK created this quick Valentine’s Day gift packaging for the last minute gift you got your honey, complete with watercolor gift tags (also great for favors)! These lovely dip-dyed ribbons for packaging remind us of hand dyed silk ribbons, though for much less. You could use one of these ribbons and fabric stiffener or cornstarch to create a bow to embellish your a simple white wedding cake. Just sayin’.
For this project, you will need:
– White cotton fabric (or any other non-synthetic fabric) torn or cut into strips. You can use muslin fabric (available at craft stores) or sheets
– Cloth dye or liquid fabric paint
– Water and dipping dishes
Prepare your fabric strips by rolling them into small rolls that will fit your dipping dishes. If you’re using fabric dye, follow the instructions on the package to prepare the dye (most likely you will need hot water). We used liquid fabric paint and mixed it with water in a ratio of 1:2. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. Just experiment a little.
Dip the fabric rolls into the dye as shown on the picture. For the two colored ribbon, let the paint drip off a little, then turn the roll around and dip the other side into the other dye. For larger gradients, just let the roll sit in the dye for a moment until the paint is soaked through the roll about half way.
For softer color, soak the fabric roll in water first, then dip shortly into paint. Try out different ways to get variating effects. Play around. Let the dipped rolls dry on a paper sheet until they are not wet anymore, only moist. Unroll and hang the ribbons to dry.
Download Watercolor Favor tags. For personal use only.
The Event Stylists HEYLOOK are back with another DIY Project perfect for any occasion, really: a chandelier made from zip ties! These are ridiculously low-cost with a huge design payoff, and can be easily customized to fit the theme of your event. I’d love to see these as a giant art installation for a ceremony!
From HEYLOOK: To give a little industrial edge to this sweet valentine’s table setting, we made a zip tie chandelier inspired by Anthropologie displays.
For this project, you’ll need:
– Spraypaint in the colors of your choice
– Zip-ties (we used 200 small ties for this chandelier)
– Clippers and metal wire
Start by making a circle of metal wire. Depending on the thickness of your wire, you’ll need to make it a double or triple round. It needs to be relatively stable so it won’t bend too much when the weight of the zip-ties is added.
Then add some lines of wire to the inside of the circle to give your chandelier some layers. Depending on how full you want your chandelier to look, you will need to add more wire lines. Now, if you’re not going for the industrial edgy look, you can replace the wire circle frame with anything more sleek and pretty. You could use any ready-made wooden, plastic or metal hoops. Spray paint them if you like. Use a large hoop for the outside and smaller ones for the inside. Then either tie them together with thin metal wiring or make the entire chandelier separately (you’ll end up with different sized, single line chandeliers that you can use either apart or hang them layered into one another).
Now make the zip-tie chains. Tie one loop (just until you hear the first click, so you get a very open loop), then tie the next one into it. Continue in this way. Now again, if you’re going for a symmetrical look, you can make all the outside chains one length and all the inside ones another one (the inside ones should be longer). We variated the chain lengths throughout the entire chandelier.
Tie the chains to the frame, then grab a bunch from one side, lay them out flat on a covered surface and spraypaint them in one color. You can spraypaint the chains entirely or go for a white to color gradient look as we did. Hang them up to dry (make sure the painted chains don’t touch the unpainted ones – just tape the unpainted ones together), then repeat with another color.
When you’re done, arrange the chains on the wire frame to get the look you want. Then add a dap of hot glue to each chain to fix it into position on the metal frame. We bent them wire frame a little bit at this point, because the perfect circle frame was well, too “perfect” for the look we wanted. Hang the chandelier with nylon string.
Now, imagine a whole venue full of these. Awesome! You can make rainbow colored chandeliers or keep them all in one color or different shades of one tone.
Today we’re mixing things up a bit. We’ll be sharing a few projects from the Valentine’s Day shoot that the ladies of HEYLOOK have created just for Ruffled. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Michaela and Lotta used its festive hues, but they can be made to match your wedding colors. The flurry of unbearably cute ideas and buttery easy + cheap projects is about to begin.
Instead of simple votive glasses, we made these spray painted jars, again to make the setting more industrial looking and a little less cute. To make these, simply tape the very top of a glass jar with a wide tape strip. Then spray paint the top of the jar with a thick layer of paint very closely, until the paint starts to run down the jar. Let it dry a bit, then add another thick layer of paint. The image shows our jar after one layer of paint. For the end result we added two more layers after this.
We wanted our table to have have many of the traditional valentine’s elements, so we knew we needed some cherubs. Pick some up from a thrift or dollar store and spray paint them in the colors of your table setting. Aren’t they sweet?
Instead of a cloth table runner, you can use heart shaped confetti to give your table setting that special valentine’s look. Simply punch out some hearts from colored paper with a paper punch, then arrange the hearts on the table.
Now, you can match your cutlery with your place setting by spray painting the handles in the same color. But if you prefer a non-permanent option, just get some masking tape in a matching color and wrap it around the handles.
This recently-wed couple is the perfect fit for this golden Valentine’s Day photoshoot styled by Grit + Gold and shot by Sara & Rocky Photography. Don’t you just love that ombre cake and the wall of mirrors? Our minds are already reeling with wedding inspiration!
From the Event Stylist, Lottie: Our little shoot took place at Main Social, a small and intimate gathering hall in downtown Lewisville Texas. Our models are a real live couple that actually got married this week. ;) They are too sweet!
Wedding Vendors (Lewisville, TX):
Shoot Location: Main Social / Photography: Sara & Rocky Photography / Event Stylist: Grit + Gold / Event Design: Ebony Peoples Events & Design / Flowers: Nest Floral Studio / Wedding Stationery: Pulp Letterpress / Desserts: The Jenny Layne Bakery / Vintage Rentals: Rent My Dust Vintage / Linens: Linen Hero / Wedding Makeup and Hair: Tia Vang
Tammy of Uniquity Invitations is stopping by to graciously share this mini shoot the she created, shot by Cora’s Photography. She also designed a set of editable free downloads, which includes save-the-dates, favor tags, table number assignment, and of course feather templates for your DIY arrows. This is just a teaser of her matching wedding invitation coming out this week. This project has a fun spin on “Shot through the heart” written all over it!
What you’ll need:
– striped paper straws or pencils (depending on what you’re giving your guests in the bag, striped pencils can be found at Michael’s)
– large wood slices, available at floral + craft stores
– tacky glue
The seating chart display idea of arrows stuck on the wood would be equally adorable with itty bitty arrows with mini flags made out of toothpicks with your guests names on flags. Using the feather template and blue and green cardstock, cut out your feathers. If you prefer, you can also fringe them sans template and used patterned cardstock to mix and match.
All downloads are editable and available as PDFs. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it free here.
Download Arrow Save-the-Date
Download Arrow Favor Tags
Download Mini Feather Templates
Download Table Number Assignment
Download Large Arrow Templates
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We’re adding a bit of pop and sparkle to today’s Valentine inspiration with a bright and glittery shoot styled by our very own Molly of Glitter + Rye and shot by the lovely duo behind Wren & Field Photography. Looking to glam up a casual coffee date, the team behind this shoot incorporated lots of pink and gold, a DIY cupcake and cocoa bar, custom valentines from Anne & Kate, some funky vintage outfits and lots of creative, home-grown florals from Love n’ Fresh Flowers. There are lots of DIY ideas in the gallery (cupcake toppers! coffee stirrers! glitzy photobooths!) so check out the whole collection. Thanks for sending it over, ladies! I’m gonna go put on some red lipstick, I’m inspired…
Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA):
Photography: Wren & Field Photography / Styling and Event Design: Glitter + Rye / Flowers: Love n’ Fresh Flowers / Paper Goods: Anne & Kate / Hairpieces and Chiffon Flower Accessories: Preston & Olivia / Hair and wardrobe: Jessica Pineda / Makeup: Josie DiCarlo of Red Letter Girl / Location: One Shot Cafe / Models: George and Blair
If you’re a dress fiend (like me) and romantic (like me) then you’re gonna find plenty to drool over in this inspiration shoot sent to us by some wickedly talented folks. That super-light blush pink is such a nice compliment to any wedding palette. And maybe it’s just us romantics, but I find Valentine’s Day to be inspirational year round… which is why I always have heart-lollipops just an arm’s length away. Thanks to Ashley Baber for styling and sending it over and Jeremy Harwell for photographing!
Coordination + Styling: Annette Thurman and Ashley Baber / Wedding Dresses: Chaviano Couture / Flowers: Le Bonne Fleur / Wedding Cake & Cupcakes: Sweet Sensations / Ceramic bowl and ceramic buttons: Paloma’s Nest / Wedding Photography: Jeremy Harwell / Models: Madeleine and Glenn from CLICK Models / Hair and Makeup: Medalyn Salon
Valentine’s Day came a bit early over here when Desiree Spinner Events and Trent Bailey Photography dropped a sweet treat in our laps in the form of today’s colorful cupcake inspiration. Their happy and romantic table for two hints at spring colors popping up in a sea of white snow with that wave of delicious-looking cupcakes from Kumkwat Cupcakery. And later today, we get an even bigger treat when Desiree Spinner Events teaches us, step-by-step, how to create those sweet fabric place cards. Swing by later for the tutorial!
Inspiration Vendors (New York, NY):
Photography: Trent Bailey Photography / Design and Styling and DIY: Desiree Spinner Events / Table and chairs: Luxe Event Rentals / Candles: Pottery Barn / Ribbon Chandelier: Desiree Spinner Events / Cupcakes: Kumkwat Cupcakery / Plates: Antique store find
We’ve got quite the treat today: yet another amazing Valentine’s Day shoot from a ridiculously talented team of artists in Philadelphia! This couple’s style is so perfect- him in that bow tie and her with that great lace dress and funky glasses – I’m loving their look. When you’re combining photographer Alison Conklin, styling mavens Styled Creative, Brown Betty baked goods and gorgeous paper goods from Two Paperdolls, you know the end result will have plenty of to-the-tee perfect ideas that will translate to your wedding day. Check out the gallery for all the lovely vignettes this team put together!
Wedding Vendors (Philadelphia, PA)
Photography: Alison Conklin Photography / Styling: Beka and Kimberly of Styled Creative / Paper Goods: Two Paperdolls / Baked Goods and wedding cake: Brown Betty / Makeup: Beke Beau / Hair: Mack Stylist / Flowers: Beautiful Blooms
Nothing better than a beyond gorgeous engagement session to officially kick off the Valentine’s Day season! Megan and Seth’s session is just a glorious teaser of what we have lined up for you this week. How much do you love Megan’s black lace dress? I’d say it’s a pretty strong contender against the queen color of all wedding dresses, no?