Posts Tagged ‘crafty’

DIY Wednesday: Chalkboard Napkin Rings
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By: Danyelle Mathews

Personalize your reception tablescape with this sweet and simple napkin ring DIY.

Supplies: wooden hearts • brass rings (size will depend on the thickness of your linens) • chalkboard paint • foam brush • glue gun • felt

Step One. Paint your wooden hearts with chalkboard paint.

Step Two. When the paint is dry add a dollop of hot glue to the backside of the heart.

Step Three. Let the glue set for roughly 5-10 seconds then attach the brass ring.

Step Four. Add more glue over the brass ring and cover it with a small pice of felt.

Step Five. Personalize your hearts with chalk.

Your heart napkin rings can also be used as place cards! Simply write your guests names with chalk.

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Tara + Harris: A Crafty Virginia Winery Wedding by Aaron Watson Photography
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Real Weddings

From the Peruvian cookie favors to over 400 yards of ribbon bunting, you will not believe the amount of personal crafting time Tara, Harris, and family put into this cheerful Virginia wedding. The adorable couple (who met at a summertime “nerd school” between their junior and senior years of high school) enlisted nearly everyone they knew in creating the unique details of their special day, and the results are beyond impressive. Special thanks to Aaron Watson for sending these fun images over! We’re delighted to share the story.

The DIYing started with the ceremony. Harris’s father built, stained, and assembled the arch under which they exchanged vows. The moss initials were a surprise gift from the bride’s mother and aunt—the duo assembled them by covering paper maché letters purchased at a local craft store with moss mats. The ceremony fans (which depict the wedding party in cute cartoons) were designed by a family friend, printed at OfficeMax, and also assembled by the bride’s mother and aunt.

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Heather + Tyler: A Springy Backyard Tennessee Wedding by Ulmer Studios
Posted by Sarah Zlotnick. Filed under Real Weddings

Spring is (almost) in the air here in DC, and Heather and Tyler’s lovely Southern wedding has us thinking the warmer weather can’t come soon enough! Shot by the talented Josh and Amber of Ulmer Studios, the crisp, clear images depict a classic backyard celebration filled with springy pastels and plenty of Etsy-inspired finishing touches. Prepare to fall in love from start to finish!

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Homespun Wedding in Madison by Paper Antler Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

These photos are so fresh and very sweet…

(Just love that Paper Antler).

Jen and Charlie married at Quivey’s Grove in Madison, Wisconsin; it was a rustic, homespun fall wedding.

The couple met in Thailand while he was learning to become a scuba diving instructor and she was teaching English.  Charlie is from the Southwest of England and Jen is from Wisconsin. After having enough of the tropical heat, they moved to New Zealand where Charlie proposed!

The bridesmaids looked pretty in mix and match turquoise dresses by J. Crew and Jen was completely lovely in a dress by David’s Bridal.   Furnished with dark wood chairs, exposed beams, and rustic lighting, the ceremony took place in the stable at Quivey’s Grove.  Connie Engmann officiated.

They spent hours and hours making all of the decorations for the wedding. Jen and her mom crocheted and sewed all of the bunting used behind the alter and for the reception. Charlie painted and sewed all of the buttons for the table numbers (Jen felt like the luckiest bride)!

For dessert, there was a spread of pies from Hubbard Street Diner in Middleton.  There were ten in all: fall classics like pumpkin, apple and pecan and then some of their favorites – French silk, peanut butter silk, and black forest- YUM! A friend of the bride made a small cake for cutting. There’s more from the bride, just below!

Thanks to Charlie + Jen and Jonny + Michelle for sharing this wedding with us!

Photos by Paper Antler Photography

(psst. if you haven’t heard Paper Antler is traveling around the country ALL of 2012 photographing weddings.  Double bonus is that they’re donating $1,000 from each wedding towards an amazing nonprofit that works to rescue children who are victims of human trafficking.  There are a few dates left, so check out their route and schedule and book ’em)!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Quivey’s Grove

Florals by Abundance Acres

Bridal Gown by David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses by J. Crew

Bride’s Hair by Holly’s Salon Studio

Officiant: Connie Engmann

Ceremony & Reception Music by Krause Family Band

Cranberry Chutney Favors by Quince & Apple

Pies by Hubbard Street Diner

From the Bride: I was never one of those girls that knew what sort of wedding she wanted from a young age, but when we started planning the wedding we quickly decided we wanted a wedding that reflected us as a couple, so we wanted something rustic, crafty, colorful and intimate. Since we were living in New Zealand and weren’t able to look at very many venues, we chose somewhere we were familiar with. Once we had decided on Quivey’s Grove- so many things fell into place. The venue was beautiful – dark wood, a charming old home and very eclectic décor. – – I love food, all kinds of food, but it was really important that we sourced everything for our wedding as locally and sustainably as possible (food, flowers, services) and supported small businesses.

We didn’t have any particular color scheme – I love color, all colors and so we tried to incorporate lots of colors – especially into the table decorations. Even though we had a fall wedding we wanted to stay
away from typical fall colors – red, orange, browns… For the ceremony we used mainly white and pinks and all colors for the rest.

The weather wasn’t perfect – it sprinkled on and off during the day, but I don’t think anyone noticed – and in the evening we had a lightening storm, which I think everyone enjoyed. We had originally planned a late summer wedding – but we pushed the wedding back and decided to have an indoor wedding and I’m glad we did – I would have been worrying about the weather for weeks before the day.

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