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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photography 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.  
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You will need a chocolate cake recipe, along with an equally delicious recipe for chocolate ganache which we found here.     Ingredients for this yummy cake typically include unsweetened cocoa, buttermilk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda.     For the ganache topping, make sure you have plenty of whipping creme and semisweet chocolate chips.     Always mix your ingredients together well and let sit for a bit!    

    Bundt cake pans. Each of these will serve approx. 5 guests. We like these.

    Tip: Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.

    The day of, pour chocolate ganache over the cakes and lift them onto some china plates.    
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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!

      There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious!     We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan!     Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor.     We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding.     Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect.     You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine!     The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local).     Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco.     Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas!     Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney  
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  • By: Mary Swenson

    That of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it!     Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom.     Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container.     Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy.     Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint.     Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table.     Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card.     Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail.     Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day!     (photos by Mary Swenson)
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  • Photo By Chelsea Fuss

    Using 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
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    How sweet would it be to have all of your guests sporting a colorful corsage! Here's how to create them.

    Materials: One stem per guest (carnations, roses and dendrobium orchids all work well for this project) Traditional paper florist ribbon Corsage pins A sign with instructions for guests     Directions:   1. Cut each stem down to one inch.   2. Tie ribbon around and trim the ends.     3. Secure with a corsage pin.     4. Arrange on a table cloth or tray with an extra dish of pins and a sign with instructions.     A tip: Prep the flowers the evening before and keep in the fridge until the event.     These corsages will make your guests feel special and will bring color to your photos!     Enjoy!

     

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    Photos By: Chelsea Fuss     You'll Need: Candies (to use as paper weights), balloons, strings, pens and parchment paper.     So our name cards don't fly away, we wrapped the candies in parchment paper and tied with a string.     For a striking visual display, pick a color scheme of 2 or 3 colors to buy the balloons in.     We made place cards with a paper cutter and bone folder (about 2" by 3"). We wrote names and table numbers with a white pen and then created a small hole in the top of the card.     Next, we took the string that was tied to the balloon and pushed it through the hole in the card, then tying the string to the weight.     Guests will carry balloons to their tables (creating a lovely scene!) and then the balloons will serve as table decorations.       Display the balloons at different heights. They are a perfect way to ensure your reception will be off to a fun-filled start!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Are you a good baker? Then cut out the catering cost at your event and create your very own dessert table! With some jarred lemon curd, a quick swiss meringue and a torch, you can create lemon meringue tartlets in no time. Top them with some fresh blueberries and you have a dainty treat with a beautiful and natural color palette.

    You can find pre-made pie or tart shells at just about any grocery store to save many steps. If you feel a bit uneasy about making meringue, use a packaged vanilla pudding mix to fill the shells, and top your tarts with some fresh fruit tossed in a simple syrup or apricot glaze.

    Besides mini-pies, here's another idea: Fill your own tall and slender shot glasses with store-bought crushed chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding made from mix, freshly cut bananas, and some whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and sprinkle on a few dark chocolate shavings for an ultra chic version of banana cream pie.

    For a more personal touch, roll out some sugar cookies topped with a monogram motif in pre-made royal icing tinted with drops of food coloring to match your wedding colors.

        Get creative with lovely tulips or any other simple arrangement to accent your table.     Use fruit in season -- summertime tarts will make everyone really happy!     People tend to eat with their eyes, so elevate a plain brownie square with a little floret of espresso pastry cream, sprinkled with chopped almonds for a decadent take on mocha almond fudge.     Even if your wedding is on a budget, your guests will be impressed with these professional-looking (and tasty!) DIY dessert creations  

     

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photography 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.  
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You will need a chocolate cake recipe, along with an equally delicious recipe for chocolate ganache which we found here.     Ingredients for this yummy cake typically include unsweetened cocoa, buttermilk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda.     For the ganache topping, make sure you have plenty of whipping creme and semisweet chocolate chips.     Always mix your ingredients together well and let sit for a bit!    

    Bundt cake pans. Each of these will serve approx. 5 guests. We like these.

    Tip: Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.

    The day of, pour chocolate ganache over the cakes and lift them onto some china plates.    
    4
  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!

      There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious!     We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan!     Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor.     We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding.     Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect.     You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine!     The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local).     Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco.     Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas!     Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney  
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  • By: Mary Swenson

    That of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it!     Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom.     Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container.     Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy.     Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint.     Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table.     Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card.     Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail.     Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day!     (photos by Mary Swenson)
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  • Photo By Chelsea Fuss

    Using 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
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    How sweet would it be to have all of your guests sporting a colorful corsage! Here's how to create them.

    Materials: One stem per guest (carnations, roses and dendrobium orchids all work well for this project) Traditional paper florist ribbon Corsage pins A sign with instructions for guests     Directions:   1. Cut each stem down to one inch.   2. Tie ribbon around and trim the ends.     3. Secure with a corsage pin.     4. Arrange on a table cloth or tray with an extra dish of pins and a sign with instructions.     A tip: Prep the flowers the evening before and keep in the fridge until the event.     These corsages will make your guests feel special and will bring color to your photos!     Enjoy!

     

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    Photos By: Chelsea Fuss     You'll Need: Candies (to use as paper weights), balloons, strings, pens and parchment paper.     So our name cards don't fly away, we wrapped the candies in parchment paper and tied with a string.     For a striking visual display, pick a color scheme of 2 or 3 colors to buy the balloons in.     We made place cards with a paper cutter and bone folder (about 2" by 3"). We wrote names and table numbers with a white pen and then created a small hole in the top of the card.     Next, we took the string that was tied to the balloon and pushed it through the hole in the card, then tying the string to the weight.     Guests will carry balloons to their tables (creating a lovely scene!) and then the balloons will serve as table decorations.       Display the balloons at different heights. They are a perfect way to ensure your reception will be off to a fun-filled start!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Are you a good baker? Then cut out the catering cost at your event and create your very own dessert table! With some jarred lemon curd, a quick swiss meringue and a torch, you can create lemon meringue tartlets in no time. Top them with some fresh blueberries and you have a dainty treat with a beautiful and natural color palette.

    You can find pre-made pie or tart shells at just about any grocery store to save many steps. If you feel a bit uneasy about making meringue, use a packaged vanilla pudding mix to fill the shells, and top your tarts with some fresh fruit tossed in a simple syrup or apricot glaze.

    Besides mini-pies, here's another idea: Fill your own tall and slender shot glasses with store-bought crushed chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding made from mix, freshly cut bananas, and some whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and sprinkle on a few dark chocolate shavings for an ultra chic version of banana cream pie.

    For a more personal touch, roll out some sugar cookies topped with a monogram motif in pre-made royal icing tinted with drops of food coloring to match your wedding colors.

        Get creative with lovely tulips or any other simple arrangement to accent your table.     Use fruit in season -- summertime tarts will make everyone really happy!     People tend to eat with their eyes, so elevate a plain brownie square with a little floret of espresso pastry cream, sprinkled with chopped almonds for a decadent take on mocha almond fudge.     Even if your wedding is on a budget, your guests will be impressed with these professional-looking (and tasty!) DIY dessert creations  

     

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