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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!
Photo: I Am Baker
A common question brides ask their cake bakers is: “Which type of cake frosting should I choose?” Hold your sweet tooth because we’ve been pasting primed from our ultimate cake frosting dictionary filled with different types, each with its own look and taste:
Buttercream - Without a doubt, the most popular type of cake frosting. It’s sweet, buttery flavor is hard to resist.
Rolled Fondant - It’s dough-like consistency made from sugar paste is kneaded with flavor (like marshmallows) and rolled out before it‘s applied to the exterior of any firm type of cake. Although it's expensive, many people don’t like its chewy texture and bland taste. So, if you want it for its look, consider asking for a layer of buttercream frosting placed underneath the smooth sheet of fondant to lock in moisture.
Ganache - Made from a combination of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate and heavy cream, it’s the richest type of cake frosting. However, it has to be kept refrigerated! In order to get it’s thickness, ganache has to cool before pouring over the cake. The longer you allow it to cool, the thicker it will be.
Cream Cheese - Generally topped on rich-flavored cakes such as red velvet, carrot, and pumpkin, cream cheese frosting is thicker and less fluffy than buttercream frosting. Remember, they both are soft frostings, which means unless crusted, heat and humidity are concerns.
Whipped Cream - Whipped cream frosting is perfect for a fruit or mixed berry cake due to it’s light texture.
Meringue - This frosting holds up well in the heat and humidity, especially on pies, tarts, and puddings, but unfortunately, it’s time consuming to make from egg whites.
Marzipan - A paste made from finely ground almonds, marzipan can be rolled out before it’s applied to the exterior of the cake, similar to fondant, but should be left out for several days to dry out it’s oiliness. Otherwise, it can discolor.
Royal - It’s thin-to-stiff consistency dries candy-hard for lasting decorations on the exterior of the cake, especially used for “gluing” flowers to a fondant cake.
Spun Sugar - A caramelized sugar that’s pulled into threads as they harden. The threads usually are gathered together to form shapes of all sizes.
Gum Paste - Although we wouldn’t recommend covering your entire cake in gum paste, it’s another option for lasting decorations on the exterior of the cake. This frosting much like Play-Doh can be molded and tinted into various edible garnishes and colors, respectively.
Fudge - Made from cocoa powder and heavy cream, fudge is a chocolate lover’s dream. Its shiny glaze is primarily made for chocolate cakes, but the fudge can mixed with other flavors such as peanut butter, mint, and coffee.
Photo: This Modern Romance
Photo booths are all the rage at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own.
Materials Needed:Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod Remote shutter release Backdrop Props
The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, tunr on the flash (unless you're having a spotlight) and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. As backup, have polaroid cameras on standby.
Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli
The Backdrop - Pick a colored or patterned piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground.
Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather
The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Look for props in your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on.
Photo: This Modern Romance
The Location - Choose an area that doesn't obstruct the flow of the reception, but is still easily accessible. If you're having an indoor reception, consider a hallway or corner of the ballroom, or if you're having an outdoor wedding, consider next to the DJ that way guests can pose to the beat.
Photo: This Modern Romance
The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into a scrapbook. Those memories will last a lifetime!
Chances are, your groomsmen are not accustomed to taking formal portraits on the regular. So try to keep things relatively natural and easy for them when it comes to taking pictures. Here are a few of our favorite “poses” for groomsmen shots.
The most traditional of the groomsmen poses, your guys stand in a row or, if there are more than five or six of them, in two rows, hands in pockets. It's so GQ.
Photo by Sherri J Photography
The "We're All Friends Here"
Hopefully, all of your groomsmen are pretty close - and even if they aren't, at least they can act like it by putting their arms over each other's shoulders, frat brother style.
Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography
The "Just Taking a Stroll"
Fact: People look more natural in photos if they're in motion. So, tell your groom and groomsmen to take a walk together. Their faces will look much more relaxed, you'll see!
Photo by Melvin Gilbert Photography
The Seated Pose
Your groomsmen may feel more comfortable posing while sitting down. And here's a bonus: these portraits will show off those cute socks!
Photo by Petula Pea Photography
The Groom in Front
It's the groom's special day, so give him some pride of place by having him stand a few steps ahead of the rest of his best buds. This is a particularly nice pose if all of the guys are dressed fairly similarly.
Photo by William Innes Photography
The "Do Something Funny"
Of course, you'll need to take some more traditional portraits, too, but if it helps your guys loosen up, let them have some fun with their portraits. Add props like sunglasses if you'd like!
Photo by Steven and Lily Photography
The Jumping for Joy
If you can get your groomsmen to try it, it's pretty cool to have a shot of them in midair!
Photo by Wren Photography
Need we say more?
Photo by Weston Neuschafer Photography
Looking for more groomsmen attire ideas? Check out our Fashion Editor's board for even more men's attire inspiration!
Formal wedding portraits are a must for any wedding, but that doesn't mean there can't be room for a little creativity.
Related: 8 Groomsmen Portrait Ideas
1. Caught With Their Pants Down
Photo by Shipra Panosian
One sure-fire way to make portraits at a formal wedding seem less, well, formal? Lose the bottom half of the outfit!
2. Caught With Their Pants Down, Part Two
Photo by Shipra Panosian
Lose the bride this time around. Also, let's note how proud the guy all the way on the right looks.
3. The Basket Toss
Photo by Aaron Watson Photography
Just because your wedding party doesn't consist of former cheerleaders doesn't mean you can't steal one of their best moves.
4. The Human Pyramid
Photo by Andi Mans
Try this as a "warm-up" pose before you start taking more formal pictures—it'll loosen everyone up and make smiles come more naturally.
5. Props Galore
Photo by Bird and the Bear
Raid the photo booth prop box for hats, signs, moustaches, whatever, then let the group get crazy.
6. The Harry Potter
Photo by Birds of a Feather
Broomsticks! Because why not?
7. Damnnnnn, Girl
Photo by onelove photography
You know you'll be turning heads and raising eyebrows all day—why not get photographic evidence?
8. Behind the Barn
Photo by Karena Dixon Photography
The picture pretty much says it all.
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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After a full week of scoping out the stunning collections at Bridal Fashion Week, a few trends emerged as favorites among the wedding dress set. After sorting through the lot and sussing out our favorites, the 10 that follow are the looks we predict to see on real brides come Fall 2015. Good news: there's something available for everyone, no matter your bridal style.
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1. BREEZY BOHO
Gowns by: Carol Hannah and Amy Kuschel; Photos by Dan Lecca
From flowy sleeves to floaty skirts, these gowns are low mantinence and perfect for dancing. This gown from Alyne also contributed to the rise in boho.
2. CLEAN AND SIMPLE
Gowns by Jean-Ralph Thurin and Anna Maier; Photos courtesy of the designer and Dan Lecca
These well-constructed silk gowns will emphasize your curves in all the right places—and look just as striking without any embellishment.
3. CROP TOPS
Gowns by Naeem Khan and David''s Bridal; Photos by Dan Lecca
This street style favorite is going bridal, and we have to admit we love the flirty glimpse of midriff. Houghton and Theia also featured crop top bridal looks.
4. GOLD ACCENTS
Gowns by Badgley Mischka and Della Giovanna; Photos by Dan Lecca
Gone are the days of silver being the only acceptable accent for brides! The glam gold made an appearance on many runways this season, and it feels luxe and modern. Sarah Jassir and Amsale also featured this metallic accent.
5. DEEP V
Gowns by Dennis Basso and Inbal Dror; Photos by Dan Lecca
Necklines took a seriously sexy turn this season by dipping lower than ever before. Delphine Manivet and Ines Di Santo's designs also took the plunge.
Gowns by Hayley Paige and Johanna Johnson; Photos by Dan Lecca
This unusual detail really packs personality into an otherwise classic wedding gown, and we bet it'll really wow the crowd when they see the way it moves on the dance floor. This Kelly Faetanini number also makes use the detail.
7. THE FROZEN EFFECT
Gowns by Alfred Angelo and Theia; Photos by Dan Lecca
Between icicle-like shimmer and bundled up snow queens, the Disney movie Frozen definitely served as inspiration for many designers. The brides on Houghton's runway also featured a cozy look.
Looks by Houghton and Naeem Khan; Photos by Dan Lecca
Brides are no longer limited to a dress for their bridal look. Tuck a blouse into a skirt, or opt for a well-tailored pants suit, a perfect ensemble for a same-sex wedding! Rivini also showcased a sheer pantsuit on her runway.
9. SHOWING SKIN
Gowns by Pnina Tornai and Rania Hatoum; Photos by Dan Lecca
The designers this season are daring you to bare by offering sheer skirts, thigh-high slits, and cut-outs galore. Badgley offered illusion detailing, Ines di Santo featured high slits, and Rivini showcased cutouts.
10. Tiered Ball Gowns
Gowns by Anne Barge and Maggie Sottero; Photos by Dan Lecca
For the bride who wants to live out fantasy, this look is playful and romantic! Isabelle Armstrong and Katerina Bocci also made gowns fit for a princess.
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch Celebrate your bridesmaids and say thank you for all their support, with a hand painted watercolor clutch that matches your wedding colors. This is a great gift for your wedding party that you can easily add your own special touches to. Materials: Small to medium size fabric clutch Spray bottle filled with water Fabric paint in two shades of the same color Paint brush How To: 1. Start by spraying the clutch with a water bottle until damp. 2. Then, starting with your darkest color, begin painting the bottom of the clutch in an abstract painterly fashion (you don't have to create a perfect stripe here or anything with hard lines). 3. As you are painting, spray more water onto the bottom area as necessary, to give it more of an irregular watercolor feel. 4. Next, add the lighter color paint just as you did for the first color. Only this time, you'll be painting above the darker paint (more toward the middle of the clutch). Add more water if necessary. 5. Lastly, swipe your brush upward, from that second lighter layer of paint, to create a very faint third shade that will disappear into the natural fabric color. Wait for the paint to dry and it's ready to use. Take this gift a little further and add additional goodies inside the clutch, your bridesmaid may also like - a necklace, a pair of earrings, cute sunnies, etc.
By: Jenny BattA touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings. Materials White latex paint Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end. Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure. Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels. Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint. Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint. Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath. Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use. DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired. These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors! (photos by hankandhunt.com)
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.