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Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: Vellum paper, 56 sheets of paper, a sewing machine, fishing weights (not pictured), an exacto knife and straight edge (or a stack cutter,) artist tape (for hanging)
Cut the sheets of vellum into one inch strips. You can do this with an exacto knife or have it cut all at one time with a stack cutter. (If you decide to go the stack color route organizing the paper in the order you want it to hang in will save you some time.)Measure the height of the space where the mobiles will hang to figure out how long you want them. Keep in mind you'll want to keep the eyesight of the guests clear of any obstruction. Once you know the length of the mobiles, layout the different colors in the order you want. Repeat until it is close to the length of mobile you want. Then put it into a stack and it is ready to sew.
Leave a 12" tail of thread at the beginning and start to sew down the middle of the first strip. (I found it is easiest to put a piece of tape on the sewing machine at the end of the strip as a guide to mark where the vellum should be sewn.) Continue feeding each addition strip into the sewing machine.
In this project, Mary Swenson extended the life of a pre-packaged paper flower centerpiece kit by turning the blooms into favors and centerpieces as well. Love it!
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Available at The Green Vase
10 DIY and ready-made ways to bring paper flowers in to your wedding.
Want your wedding bouquet to last longer than a season? Consider investing in a beautiful paper alternative from The Green Vase ($325). This multi-talented NY-based floral design shop also offers single paper blooms, cake toppers, and cake decorating kits.
Available at Frances & Francis
We love the idea of topping a reception table with a single romantic stem in a vintage glass bottle—and then repurposing the centerpiece as bookshelf decor in your new home! These romantic blooms from Frances & Francis ($14 to $60) are perfect for that.
West Elm Paper Flower Shop
Several national chains are hopping on the paper flower trend. For example: Furniture store West Elm, which offers several pretty pre-made sets ($7.99 to $36).
Available at House That Lars Built
Handcrafted in Copenhagen, these gold-stemmed paper roses ($14 each) will look beautiful gathered in a vase or laid upon individual place settings. Designer Brittany Watson Jespen also creates jumbo-sized versions of these blooms, as well as paper flower hats—email her for custom projects!
Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet DIY
You won't believe how easy (and inexpensive!) it is to whip up these colorful crepe flowers—it takes just three simple steps.
Available at Paper Source
Looking for a little guidance while you construct your paper blooms? Consider a pre-packaged kits from The Paper Source your new best friend ($10.95 - $19.95).
The Crafting Book
Paper to Petal, Available at Barnes & Noble
Husband and wife duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell are very good at what they do (which includes photography, design, and, yes, plenty of paper crafts). Releasing late this August, their new book ($16.29) will show you how to make 75 paper blooms yourself. With a forward authored by Martha Stewart herself, it's clear the couple knows what they're doing.
The Perfect Prop
Large Paper Rose, Available at BHLDN
This extra-large paper rose ($68) is almost five feet tall! At that size, it's the perfect addition to any wedding photo booth. It's also, as the website suggests, a whimsical alternative to a basket of petals for the flower girl.
Paper Posy Escort Cards
Easy-to-make crepe flowers will add a joyful touch of color to any spring wedding! This tutorial offers step-by-step instructions for making these cheerful escort cards out of streamer ribbon. It's a great way to save money on a fun but lower priority item on your decor list.
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If you're still on the fence about paper flower decor, you have to check out Liz and Josh's color-infused Minnesota wedding. They created some of the most unique centerpieces we've ever seen!
Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick
With 2014 fast approaching, we've been scoping out the latest wedding cake trends. Here are the delicious details:
Ombre - This cake captures all the drama with symmetric ruffled fondant frills that begin in an ivory white and descend into a rich coral.
Photo: Katelyn James Photography
Lace Doilies - Create a 3-D effect on your modern wedding cake with delicate lace doiliy shapes.
Photo: Orange Turtle Photography
Signature Monogram - Update the classic monogram with an embossed lettered plague.
Photo: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Nature-Inspired - Go green! For those outdoor-lovers having a rustic wedding, choose a design that resembles tree bark.
Photo: Glass Jar Photography
Pancakes - Don't like frosting? Stack your favorite fluffy flapjacks and top with syrup and powdered sugar.
Photo: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
Cheese - Brie, gouda, asagio, parmesan, and swiss, the options are endless for a vineyard wedding. Don't forget to pair with wine!
Photo: © 2012 Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography
Fresh Fruit - Summer is filled with seasonal fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and cherries that will make your guests' mouth's water.
Photo: Alders Photography
Words of Wisdom - As a couple, pick words that are meangingful to your relationship and have them hand-painted onto your cake.
Photo: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Textured Blooms - Instead of fresh flowers, consider textured fondant flowers. They're just as realistic-looking.
Photo: Jenna Rae Cakes
In case you couldn't already tell, Instagram is one of our favorite ways to cover Bridal Market. We instantly post photos of dresses and details we love, and you instantly tell us whether or not you love 'em right back. After obsessively posting from every collection we visited, the results are in: here are the most beloved photos from our feed for the Fall 2014 collections. Enjoy! (Captions run right to left, top to bottom) 1. Rivini's Epic Ball Gown A perfectly fitted corset that flows into a magical sheer paneled skirt. Seriously, what's not to love about this this shot? VIEW THE COMPLETE RIVINI COLLECTION 2. 45 Flavors of David's Bridal
Believe it or not, all 45 shades of David's Bridal's bridesmaid gowns fit on one rack. Apple, Malibu, and Plum are popular shades, but we hear Mint and Biscotti will be the next big things.
VIEW THE DAVID'S BRIDAL BRIDESMAID COLLECTION 3. Monique's Dreamy Sleeves Brides and bridal fashion lovers alike swooned over this fit-for-a-snow-princess gown by Monique Lhuillier. We can't get over those illusion sleeves! VIEW THE COMPLETE MONIQUE LHUILLIER COLLECTION 4. High-Low at Lazaro
This frothy skirt wowed the crowd at Lazaro's 20th anniversary collection, and we like that it shows off a bride's shoes without sacrificing volume. VIEW THE COMPLETE LAZARO COLLECTION 5. Anne Bowen's Sparkly Back This celestial-inspired gown sparkles with subtle shimmer, a look we know PW brides have come to love :) 6. The Art of the Twirl at Anne Barge Is there any better way to show off a wedding dress? VIEW THE COMPLETE ANNE BARGE COLLECTION 7. The Blushing Brides of Watters
Only time will tell if real brides will fully embrace the pink wedding dress trend, but y'all sure do love the shade on Instagram. VIEW THE COMPLETE WATTERS COLLECTION 8. Serious Sequins from Carol Hannah
Sequins were hand-sewn over the boning of this corset top, and it is absolutely exquisite.
SEE MORE SEQUIN WEDDING DRESSES 9. Sottero & Midgley's Billowing Ball Gown
Another one that completely wowed the fashion crowd, and with good reason. Floaty skirt, sparkly top -- this look is pure bridal perfection. VIEW THE COMPLETE SOTTERO & MIDGLEY COLLECTION 10. Modern Versatility by Modern Trousseau A beyond-cute way to go from ceremony to reception. Love it! View All of the Fall 2014 Collections
The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks.
Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca
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Bouquet Photo by: Presshaus LA
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Centerpiece Photo by Calynn Berry, Event Coordinator: Courtney for Petals Planning Company
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Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech
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Well, it finally happened. After years of belting out some of our favorite break-up and independent women tunes, American Idol sweetheart Kelly Clarkson finally tied the knot. She said 'I do' to music manager Brandon Blackstock last weekend on a private Tennessee farm. The singer donned Temperley London's long-sleeved 'Jessamine' gown for the small affair, and trussed up her platinimun locks with a gorgeous head piece by Maria Elena. Feeling inspired by the singer's romantic meets rock 'n' roll look? We whipped up a similar ensemble below -- and we're offering more inspired gown and headpiece pairings after that.
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By sticking with silver hues and a crystalline headband, we put a slightly wintery spin on Clarkson's rustic look. Temperley's 'Guinevere' dress features the same lace sleeves and slim skirt as the Jessamine style, and the more condensed collar is perfect for brides looking for just a bit more coverage. Top it all off with a dusty rose gloss and you have a romantic wedding day ensemble that's equal parts stunning and sentimental.
The Gown Temperley London Guinevere Dress ($6180) / The Necklace Vanessa Mooney ($45) / The Lip Color Butter London 'Hot Toddy' Sheer Lip Gloss ($20) / The Head Piece BHLDN ($300) / The Earrings Amazon ($39)
Not totally in love with the gown and head piece pictured above? Here's a few more variations on the look:
Pair 1: Fresh from the Fall 2014 runways, this Claire Pettibone gown features the same sheer sleeves and lace overlay. Paired with Twigs & Honey's Regal Crystal and Blossom Headband ($255), this look is vintage inspired and very pretty.
Pair 2: Elizabeth Bower's skinny floral crown is the perfect compliment to this L'Fay Bridal Fall 2014 gown -- and the headband shape will keep it snugly in place!
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Before you and your significant other swap rings in front of your guests, give them the attention they deserve with a photo shoot. Below are some ideas to help you get creative!
1. Invitation Only
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Place your wedding rings on your wedding invitations, and focus in on the month of your nuptials. Frame the photograph for a cute momento to cherish for years to come.
2. Naturally Rustic
Photos by Morgan Trinker Photography
Hang the bands off of a small branch, or etch a design into a piece of wood for a more rustic and natural photograph.
3. Fruity Fun
Photos by (from left to right): Glass Jar Photography and Katie McGihon Photography
Add some bright colors to your ring photos by placing them on fruits like grapes or lemons. Just about any fruit will add a pop of personality to the picture!
4. If the Shoe Fits
Photos by (from left to right): Hazelnut Photography and Kaysha Weiner Photography
A picture-perfect way to show off your bridal stilettos and gorgeous gems at the same time. We recommend shooting this before your walk down the aisle in case your heels get dirty.
Photos by (from left to right): Millie Holloman Photography and Kaysha Weiner Photography
If you're exchanging vows by the water, grab some seashells for a festive photo op. Not by the beach but still feeling inspired? These decor elements definitely say summer wedding, so go for it anyways.
6. Flourishing Flowers
Photos by (from left to right): Katie McGihon Photography and Weston Neuschafer Photography
What a more beautiful way to display your wedding rings than by using flowers as the backdrop? Whether you place them on the stem or at the center of the petals, the pictures are sure to exude romance!
7. Extra! Extra!
Photo by Natalie Franke Photography
Read all about it! Pick up the local paper on the day of your wedding and use it as a fun backdrop for your ring shot! Make sure the date is clearly visible.
8. A Novel Idea
Photos by (from left to right): Kaysha Weiner Photography and Katie McGihon Photography
If you and your significant other are self-proclaimed bookworms (or if you just love book decor), then this is the perfect photo backdrop for you.
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You adhere to tradition, love a good set of pearls, and long for a gown with a gorgeous train. Sound like you? If so, you're in the right place. We've rounded up 8 perfect hairstyles that every classic bride is sure to love.
Photos by (from left to right): BRIDEface and Blooming Beauty by Cammy
Add something extra to your bridal look by donning a headband. From a classic rhinestone headpiece, to an all-white band, the options are endless.
2. Low Bun
Photos by (from left to right): Joanna Tano Photography and Emily Alt Photography
A tight low bun is a great option for a classic bridal look, especially in warmer months. Style it to the side so guests can see it when you're facing front. We recommend this 'do for summer nuptials.
3. Side-Swept Curls
Photos by (from left to right): Gerber + Scarpelli Photography and JC Page Photographers
Talk about a romantic look. Ask your hairstylist for waves or curls, and sweep them to the side. We think this style will compliment a lace dress perfectly.
4. Intricate Up-Do
Photos by (from left to right): Katherine O'Brien Photography and Page Bertelsen Photography
If there's ever a time to go all-out on your hair, it's your wedding day. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for a super stylish up-do, Not only will it look stunning, but it's a foolproof way to keep strays out of your face.
5. Pretty Pony
Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Aimme Lam Make-up & Hair Design
Whether it's curled or straight, you can never go wrong with a styled ponytail. Off to the side or low in the back, it's always a great go-to 'do.
6. Braided Beauty
Photos by (from left to right): Jordan Koepke Photography and Katelyn James Photography
This unique braid is an eye-catching detail for your bridal 'do. We love the idea of pairing this with a detailed back to really wow guests from behind.
7. Sock Bun
Photos by (from left to right): Landon Jacob Photography and Emily Steffen Photography
Just because you have classic taste doesn't mean you can't add a touch of glam. Add a crown headpiece and fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a princess.
8. Pulled-Back Waves
Photos by (from left to right): Rylee Hitchner Photography and Katelyn James Photography
Going for a more natural-looking hairstyle? Try delicate waves clipped back, it's a simple yet elegant way to leave a lasting impression.
NEXT: 8 Wedding Hairstyles For the Rustic Bride
Whether it's cut and served at the reception or boxed up and given out as favors, the groom's cake has always been known as a surprise gift from the bride. Show off his personality with these out-of-the-box ideas:
1. Career - Pay tribute to his profession. For example, if he's a photographer, then opt for a Canon digital camera.
Photo: Our Labor of Love
2. Alma Mater - So, you met and fell in love at college? Replicate an on-campus building. Below is the multi-tiered UCSD's Geisel Library.
Photo: onelove photography
3. Animals - It may be the state animal of Texas, but this nine-banded creature made it's official debut in the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias.
Photo: Brooke Images
4. Travel - Reveal all the places you've traveled together to with a vintage suitcase and stickers.
Photo: Glass Jar Photography
5. Food - His go-to meal from Chipotle complete with an unwrapped burrito, chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo.
Photo: Katelyn James
6. Hobbies - After you've spent countless weekends in the great outdoors, there's no better place like a tent, campfire, and some s'mores.
Photo: Abi Q Photography
7. Favorite TV Shows & Movies - Courtney and Cory's police public call box inspiration came from Doctor Who, a British science-fiction televsion series on BBC.
Photo: Catie Bartlett Photography
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Project and Photos by Janie Medley This is the perfect floral DIY for the décor at a wedding reception, dinner parties, baby showers...the list goes on! Ingredients: Bud Vases Wire Scissors Flowers (I used Bupleurum, Queen Anne’s Lace and Snow on the Mountain) How To: Step 1: Extend the wire about 12 inches. Next, wrap the wire around the top of the vase 2-3 times and pull it tight. Now, criss cross the wire 3-4 times. Step 2: Repeat Step 1 and remember not to cut the wire until you have connected all the vases with the wire. Also, make sure to leave at least 10-12 inches of wire between each vase! Step 3: I connected the vases to the mantel in my home with clear packing tape. Depending on what you are connecting the vases to, you could use nails to secure them. Once the vases were in place, I placed the flowers inside the vases and I decorated the mantel with flowers and lots of votives! Love the look of suspended blooms? Check out our Hanging Flowers board for more inspiration!