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Been there, seen that—yep, even that. When it comes to wedding portraits, we love a good eyes-closed-and-kissing shot as much as the next person, but we also love a twosome willing to get a bit creative with how they pose. Need some inspiration for your own pictures? Look no further than these 14 examples.
1. Flowers over Face
Photo by Bryan and Mae
Because the groom is just an accessory anyways, right? (Kidding, kidding)
2. Dance Off
Photo by Kelly Stonelake
Break it downnnnn.
3. The Signage Speaks for Itself
Photo by J. Wiley Photography
In case anyone is confused about who is who.
5. Let Your Hands Do the Talking
Photo by Josselyn Peterson
That pic on the right would actually make a super cute "We're Engaged!" Instagram, don't ya think?
6. Standin' on the Dock of the Bay
Photo by Paper Antler
Very artistic, very beautiful
7. Gool Ol' Amersand
Photos by Lili Durkin Photography and Catherine Ann Photography
Not exactly a new wedding trend, but we love the way these couples let the symbol take the forefront and speak for their togetherness.
8. Laying Down
Photo by Unique Design Studios
Sounds a little iffy in concept, but how beautifully did this portrait turn out?
9. Hide In Balloons
Photos by Mike Arick Photography and Bryan and Mae
Having trouble with a natural smile? This from-childhood prop should bring it of ya! (And, if all else fails, you can always hide behind them.)
10. Umbrella Time
Photo by Jennifer Longaway Photography
Speaking of hiding: We adore the private kiss happening behind those parasols. Too cute!
11. Do's & Don'ts
Photo by Maria Mack
Steal a smooch while reading up on how to keep your spouse happy. (Get your own copy of these books here and here.)
12. Landmark Moment
Photo by Gerber & Scarpelli
Try being a tiny, tiny part of one spectacular background.
13. The Notebook Moment
Photo by Allyson Magda
If you're a bird, I'm a bird.
14. At the End of the Night
Photo by Kyle Hale
Sparkler exits are great and all, but how about returning to the emptied-out reception space for one final moment together?
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Photos By: Thistledown PhotographyWe're all over the ombre trend, and paired with our love of ruffles, we thought this clever DIY project was golden for a centerpiece or room décor concept. Supplies: Rit Dye- We used two colors, wine and purple Glass Cylinders Water 5 Bowls or Tubs for dyeing Clothespins and Clothesline 1" Ruffle Trim (cotton or synthetic, the more ruffle it has the better it turns out). Hot Glue Gun Timer Flowers Step One: Cut the un-dyed fabric trim to the diameter of your glass cylinders. Determine how many pieces of trim you'll use on each cylinder, and therefore how many shades of dye you'll need to prepare. Since the cylinder we used was short, only six pieces were needed. Step Two: Prepare the batches of dye. This is more of an art than an exact science. It tends to look best when the darkest shade is pretty dark, and the lightest shade is very light or white. Following the instructions on the dye package, make sample dye pools. Two main things will impact the shade: the water to dye ratio, and how long you let the fabric soak. We recommend coming up with your own palette using water to dye ratios and timings, being careful to record your measurements. Then test a sample. Step Three: Once you've created a palette you're happy with, then go for dyeing the fabric pieces in bulk. Step Four: Rinse the fabric until the water runs clear, then hang on a clothesline until dry. Step Five: Adorn your cylinder with trim, using a dab of hot glue. Overlap the ruffle layers just a bit to create a seamless look. Display Tip: Display the ruffle embellished vase along with undecorated vases for balance. Add simple, color coordinated florals: tulips were a sleek and modern contrast to the flouncy, ruffly vase.
Photos By: ohhappyday.com This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor. We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend. Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is. Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape. Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs. Happy Celebrating!
Photo by Jack Looney Photography
For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.“Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
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Hooray! It's the morning of your wedding (and you've probably started hair and makeup at 7 a.m.) but that's what it takes to look absolutely picture perfect before you walk down the aisle to meet your handsome husband. Just as your photographer arrives, make sure he/she gets a few of these snapshots in the making:
1. Patterned Robes - Gift your bridesmaids floral patterned robes, oversized monogrammed button-up shirts, or rhinestone tank tops and shorts to wear. Get more outfit ideas here.
Photo: Andi Mans Photography
2. Curlers In, Eyelashes Out - There's nothing better than being pampered, right? That should definitely be worth smiling over.
Photo: LeAnna Theresa Photography
3. Sharing an Intimate Moment With Your MOH - Reminscence of the good times with your maid of honor on the couch with a comfy blanket.
Photo: Katelyn James
4. Reading a Love Letter While Sipping Champagne - You'll need at least one libation to relax those nervous jitters.
Photos (from left to right): Rachel Marie Photographie and Clary Photo
5. Opening a Gift - OMG, it's a _______!
Photo: Katelyn James
6. Zipped or Buttoned Up by Bridesmaids - Whether it's just one, two, or maybe three helping hands, it takes a lot of work.
Photos (from left to right): Katelyn James
7. Or Zipped or Buttoned Up by Mom - Let the woman who loved you first do the honor.
Photo: Kristina Cipolla Photography
8. First Reactions - Obviously, there won't be a dry eye around. Be prepared to have tissues.
Photo: Katelyn James
9. Standing in the Mirror - Don't hesitate to check yourself out from head to toe.
Photos (from left to right): Kurt Boomer Photo and iZO Photography
10. Putting On Your Shoes - Last but not least, the final touch.
Photos (from left to right): Joshua McDonald Photography and Sequins and Candy
Due in part to their versatility, tree slices have become popular among brides wishing to bring an organic flare to their wedding decor. Here are our 10 favorite ways to style them!
1. Charger Plates
Photo by Laura Murray Photography
Tree slab chargers are a great way to bring texture to a rustic tablescape.
2. Serving Platters
Photo by Clarence Chan Photography
Have your cateres pass cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on these makeshift trays.
3. Guest Book Alternative
Photo by Vallentyne Photography
Instead of a traditional guest book, have friends and family jot notes on a large wooden slab you can display as artwork in your home.
Photo by Wren Photography
Carve script into smaller slices for festive signs.
5. Tea Light Votives
Photo by Your Story by Jeremy
Use these romantic, woodsy votives to accent your reception tables or give them to guests as favors!
6. Ring Pillow
Photo by Christa Elyce Photography
What a clever detail for a countryside ceremony!
7. Lounge Tables
Photo by Coco Tran Photography
Add a natural touch to your cocktail lounge with tree stump ottomans.
8. Centerpiece Pedestals
Photo by Julie Cate Photography
Prop your centerpieces on stacked tree slices for a little more impact.
9. Makeshift Lanterns
Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography
Create romantic, glowing centerpieces from hollowed-out tree slices.
10. Cake Stand
Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton
For a rustic dessert display, serve your wedding cake, cupcakes, and other treats on tiers of bark.
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Project by Janie Medley Photos by Rachel May Photography Decorate your ceiling with hanging floral arrangements! We'll show you how to create your own blooming chandeliers in a few easy steps. Ingredients: Seeded Eucalyptus and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Fresh Flowers (I used ranunculus and zinnias) Scissors Floral Wire Green Wire Wreath – I used one large and two small ones How To: Step One: Separate the eucalyptus into smaller bunches. Step Two: Place the eucalyptus on the wire frame and secure it on with the floral wire. Continue this process until the frame is completely covered. Note..you want to make sure some of the eucalyptus is hanging over the sides of the wreath. A completed wire wreath covered with the eucalyptus. To add the flowers to the wreath, you can use floral water picks or you can wire them on. You can hang the flower chandeliers with ribbon or use the 12 gauge silver Aluminum wire. Voila!
This inexpensive material is more versatile than you think.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
1. Ring Pillow
A simple, rustic way for the ring bearer to present the rings. View this rustic country wedding.
2. Centerpiece Cover
Save on renting vases and other flower vessels by using old tins and covering them in burlap instead. View this yellow garden wedding.
3. Silverware Holder
A simple burlap packet holds the silverware for Heather and David's charming Annapolis nuptials.
4. Bouquet Wrap
A strip of sturdy burlap will hold all your flowers in place—and look sweet while doing it! View this rustic whimsical California wedding.
5. Favor Bags
You could hide any kind of sweet treat in one of these adorable burlap sacks. View this fun fall wedding.
We love this simple wedding sign. View this Texas ranch wedding.
7. Candle Accent
A mossy green candle collection gets a little texture from a simple burlap wrap. View this country chic wedding.
8. Table Number
Such a sweetly country table marker. Burlap wine bag table numbers, $150 for 10 at Lil Missi Etsy Shop.
9. Table Runner
Thinking about using a burlap table runner? Be sure to strech and distress the fabric a bit before you lay it down. This creates dimension by allowing some of your tablecloth color to peek through. It also gives the fabric a little more grip.
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Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotography By: Pictilio This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor. For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string. Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts. Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process. Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect. Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.
By: Victoria HudginsThis DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests. Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on. Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors) Instructions: 1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon. 2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better. 3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in. 4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps. 5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag. 6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.