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Yes, weddings are filled with gorgeous gowns, pretty flowers, and delicious cakes, but at their core, they're about the time you share with friends, family, and your future spouse. Here's 10 of the most unforgettable moments like this we encountered this year, all pulled from real world weddings.
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Emily and Ben's Emotional First Look
Photo by Gideon Photography
Proof positive that grooms get teary-eyed, too!
Silka's Proud Mom
Photo by Ben Q. Photography
Fathers aren't always the ideal candidate to give you away, and that is completely OK. For her Dallas wedding, bride Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a person look so proud to be arm and arm with their offspring. It reminds us that weddings aren't just for you and your spouse-to-be—they're also a supremely special moment for every member of your family.
Lisa and Adam Say "I Dew"
Photo by Brio Art by Katie Fears
Both Lisa and Adam have been huge Mountain Dew drinkers since they were kids—so they took a swig of the green stuff when saying I Do! Weddings are all celebrating what makes you unique as a couple, and we love that this Georgia twosome took that to heart—even if it involved bringing a soft drink to the altar.
Danielle and Tucker's Altar Excitement
Photos by Steven and Lily Photography
The readiness to be Mr. & Mrs. is certainly palpable between this Virginia couple. From the deep, dramatic kiss to those super excited faces, Danielle and Tucker reminds us just how awesome it is to get married.
Corey's Gorgeous Groomsmen
Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton
The tans. Those smiles. Sorry, but we're still swooning over this handsome wedding party—and it doesn't hurt that the bridesmaids they paired off with wore some of our favorite dresses of the year.
Pete's Marching Band Surprise
Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography
Pete kept a performance by their alma mater's marching band a secret from his bride for over six months. When they showed up at the reception, the bride was truly touched.
"As a bride, you go over every single detail of the day over and over in your head, so for me to be so genuinely surprised by something my husband had planned was truly special," says Julie.
Dancing in Confetti
Photo by Katie Slater Photography
One gorgeous bride, surrounded by family, best friends, and piles of confetti. We wish we could be this happy every day of our lives.
Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography
At the end of the day, a wedding is a big party with everyone you love most in the world. If you're not having this much fun, then you're just not doing it right.
Allia and Grant's Sunset Kiss
Photo by Joel Bedford Photography
Allia and Grant met as high school students studying abroad in Europe, and fell in love while watching the sunset in Santorini. So it's only fitting that their wedding ended with an equally memorable smooch!
Tanya and Josh's Sparkler Send-Off
Photo by Josh Goodman Photography
Does it get any more magical than a couple circled in sparkler lights? Nope, didnt think so. We see plenty of sparkler send-offs here at Project Wedding, but we love how beautifully this shot highlights a still moment of total infatuation between Malibu couple Tanya and Mark.
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.
Photo By Chelsea FussUsing five varieties of Lilac and a a few stems of springtime Spirea, we created a gathered, musky bouquet that any bride would be happy to sink her nose in for a day. The textured, romantic style is perfect for a modern, traditional or country wedding. You will need: 30 stems of lilac. We used: Korean Lilac (tiny flowers), "Beauty of Moscow (light pink), "Mount Baker" (white), Common Purple Lilac and Wedgewood Blue. 15 stems of spirea string flower clippers ribbon or cloth tape Directions: 1. Condition flowers overnight. Cut the stems and cut a slit upwards in each stem to allow it to drink water. Sit them in lukewarm water in a cool place away from drafts, heat, and fruit and food. 2. Strip most of the leaves off the lilacs. Usually the stems are long so trim them to around 12" each. Make sure there is one stem per large blossom. If there are two stems, trim one off. 3. Make piles of each type and color. 4. Gather 1- 2 stems in your one hand. Add stems at a 45 degree angle. Turn the bouquet to the right each time you add stems. The stems should spiral. For the most part, larger, heavier blooms should sit at the bottom of the bouquet and lighter buds and blossoms should sit near the top. 5. Secure with twine or string. 6. Add a ribbon. We used a patterned cloth tape (usually sold for bookbinding) and simply wrapped it on top of the string. If you use a ribbon, secure with a pin. Tips for working with lilacs: Always give them a clean cut when you bring them home. Cut at an angle, and then cut upwards into the stem, once. Use lukewarm water, lilacs don't like to be shocked by really cold or hot water. If some blooms start to wilt, recut the stems. Keep away from fruit, food, direct sunlight, and drafts. Plan to buy a bit more than you need, a few stems in the bunch will always wilt. Don't be afraid to work with lilac, if you remember these simple tips, it's easy! Photo By Chelsea Fuss
Project & Photos By: Victoria HudginsLooking for a less traditional cake topper for your wedding? These vintage fabric stars will bring a dose of bright charm to your cake or dessert bar. Materials: To make them, you'll need basic star frame(s), mod podge, fabric, and scissors. Small cardboard star frames are available at your local craft store, while larger metal frames can be readily found at thrift stores or at many big box stores. Materials (cont.): Find a fabric that coordinates with your wedding day. Search Etsy for a wide variety of pretty vintage florals or check your local fabric store for vintage replica fabrics. Step One: Cut your fabric to the approximate size of your star and dredge it in a bowl of Modge Podge until completely wet. Place the fabric on top of your mold and use your fingers to gently shape it into form. Let dry overnight. Step Two: Once dry, cut the fabric closer to the frame shape and turn over. Secure any extra fabric in the back with glue. Step Three: Use wood glue to attach a stick to the backside of a large star frame. Many smaller frames come sold with small wooden sticks already attached. Display Tip: Place one large star in your cake for a bold bright touch or scatter smaller stars atop cakes, cupcakes and desserts.
Photos By: Chelsea FussThese sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath. Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon 1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times. 2. Cover the circle in floral tape. 3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem. 4. Secure each piece with wire. 5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces. 6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place. 7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests. Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss