Top 5 DIY Wedding Flowers

top-5-diy-wedding-flowersLet’s be honest, doing your own flowers for your wedding day is a big undertaking, but it is possible! It’s a fantastic way to save a little money, and if you have the talent, we encourage you to go for it. We’ve rounded up the only 5 tutorials you’ll ever need to create a stunning wedding from ceremony to reception! And keep reading for some pro tips on how to best plan for your DIY wedding flowers.

long-hypertufta-moss-cement-organic-centerpiece-DIY-ferns-maidenhair-lily-of-the-valley-thyme-farm-table1. These awesome DIY hypertufa pot centerpieces were handmade by Rylee Hitchner for her small backyard wedding, and you could easily recreate these and pot the plants ahead of time for your wedding to achieve a gorgeous and organic look!

diy-wedding-wreath-ideas2. A stunning DIY wreath like this one from Rosegolden flowers would be a great addition to any church, and again- this could easily be prepared ahead of your wedding and hung right before your walk down the aisle!

flower-crown-for-wedding-veil3. Now that you have decor taken care of, you can start on your bridal party! Get started with a lovely DIY wax flower halo like this. You can even take this tutorial and create darling crowns for your flower girls!

DIYBoutonniere-134. This DIY boutonniere tutorial from Ashley Beyer is sure to teach you how to outfit your guy with a lovely and easy to create bout!

tree-peony-lavender-wedding-bouquet5. And the Pièce de résistance to your DIY wedding could be this simple DIY peony bouquet! After you create the bouquet of your dreams, take these steps and design smaller versions for your bridesmaids to finish everything off.

Pro tip #1: To create a cohesive aesthetic for your wedding, choose a limited color palette with a lot of variation within the type of species of flowers you use and then you’ll have limitless options for your centerpieces, bouts, and bouquets! Your florals will look richer if you include a bit of diversity in the textures you use.

Pro tip #2: To get your hands on some stunning blooms, contact your local wholesaler or ask around as to where you can locate a large selection of flowers to choose from. Some wholesalers require a tax ID, but you may ask if they’ll let you make a one-off purchase! If you have something specific in mind for your wedding, it’s best to order ahead of time (on your wedding week, the selection at the wholesaler may not be as large as you would like).

Pro tip #3: Take advantage of what nature has given you. In the great outdoors, you can find some stunning greenery, and if the season is right, you may even find some blooms!

Pro tip #4: Flowers will NORMALLY last around 2 days outside of a cooler (this varies depending on the type of flower), so if at all possible, wait until you absolutely can’t wait anymore to put together your florals. Some people may tell you to put your flowers in the refrigerator at home, and that’s fine, but the fridge may also freeze the flowers if it’s too cold. Also make sure to place the flowers in the center of the refrigerator so they don’t touch any of the sides.

Pro tip #5: Have fun. Playing with flowers is very therapeutic, and the most beautiful arrangements come together when you’re just trying to have fun!

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08.22.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Bridal Shoot Inspired by Italian Architecture

We were so thrilled to share a beautiful Italian boudoir shoot  just a few weeks ago from Laura Murray Photography and Fine & Fleurie, and today we’re even more excited to share this absolutely stunning bridal shoot they created during their stay in Italy.

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This shoot took place in the incredible cliff side city of Polignano a Mare, in the South of Italy. Our gowns were all designed and meticulously crafted by Spanish couturier Santos Costura. In following our theme of art & architecture each gown style played on elements of the local landscape: a two-piece ivory gown with lace top and chiffon skirt that plays on the patterns and florals we found around the city; a highly structured and more conservative long-sleeved beaded gown that pays homage to the deep religious roots of Italy; and lastly a classic ivory tulle gown whose true showpiece is a pearl-collared cape that caught the ocean breeze in the most beautiful way. Our gown choices were a mix of classic and modern, but styled naturally and in a way we hope can inspire real destination brides.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography  | Styling & Accessories: Jessica Gallo of Fine & Fleurie  | Local Coordination & Logistics: Anna Calzolaio | Model: Alessia Vaccaro ( | Film Lab: Mammum | Hair: Marilena Panarelli U | Make-up: Simona D’agrosa ( | Felicia Doyle ( | Wedding Gowns: Santos Costura

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08.21.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

The Art of Freehand Wedding Invitations

Freehand-wedding-invitationsThere are few things more personal than getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Opening an envelope addressed to you, the feeling and smell of the paper, the ink slightly raised from the page–the experience of opening a letter is sensory and personal. When creating an invitation for your event, consider that hand lettering stands out in this digital age. Since the invitation is the first glimpse your guests have of your event, an invitee who receives a hand lettered invitation immediately feels appreciated and knows to anticipate an intimate affair with your personal touches.

thumbnailLettering is a true art form with a rich history, and incorporating lettering into your invitations conveys a sense of timelessness. Modern Calligraphy, for example, is a great way to hint at the past tradition of calligraphy while perhaps incorporating a more fluid style and modern details, the perfect mix of elegant and relaxed. Working with a calligrapher or letterer enables you to create something unique to you and your event.

gold-calligraphy-wedding-invitationsWhen planning your invitation with your designer, you’ll be able to truly customize your invitation suite so that it reflects you and your significant other and your special celebration together. Since a free-hand wedding invitation is entirely custom, you are able to add interesting details such as a unique floral illustration, a drawing of your venue, or a meaningful quote. Wedding invitation designers are artists, so take advantage of their knowledge and particular skillset. Don’t hesitate to ask plenty of questions, and give them examples that are similar to what you are looking for. Remember to listen to their suggestions and trust their artistic instincts.

beach-theme-wedding-invitation-suiteYour wedding invitation becomes a keepsake. More than any favor, a hand lettered invitation is a tangible memento of your celebration. Just as a letter in the mail becomes a special priceless treasure, your invitation becomes a special part of that tradition.

Article: Jessica Sloane | Graphic: Hannah Lee| Credits in order of appearance: | Stationery : La Happy | Styling : Pearl & Godiva  |  Photographer : Brumley and Wells Production, Art Direction & Styling : Pearl & Godiva | Photography: Tec Petaja | Stationery & Calligraphy : Chelsea Petaja from Oh my Deer | Styling and Creative Direction: Pearl & Godiva | Photography : Jen Huang with Nevealbums | Stationery: Maybelle Imasa | Photography: Erich McVey | Design & Styling: Ginny Au | Paper and calligraphy: Meghan Kay Sadler 

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08.21.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Delicate Spring Wedding Ideas

We loved this delicate inspiration shoot from the Belle Lumiere workshop shot by Mint Photography. This is a gorgeous twist on traditional spring wedding ideas. With the incorporation of light and airy flowers and lighter colors, Ginny Au’s styling created a lovely and elegant shoot to serve as inspiration for your spring wedding!

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It was such an honor and great experience to attend the Belle Lumiere workshop in Tennessee at the gorgeous Bloomsbury Farm! Elisa and Edward were wonderful at explaining the ever growing field of film photography. The whole team of vendors pulled together the most beautiful styled shoot set in the nature that surrounded us during the workshop. It was a great platform to learn and have hands on experience with film, as well as learn about the film scanning and developing process from Austin and Ryan. A big thanks to Lexi Vornberg for creating this workshop and allowing us the opportunity to learn together and get to know other great vendors in the industry!

Photography: Mint Photography | Workshop: Belle LumiereCameras: Contax Rental Location: Bloomsbury FarmLab: Film Box LabStyling: Ginny Au | Paper Suite: Abany Bauer (Brown Linen)Rentals: 12th TableHair and Makeup: Amanda GrosTeachers: Elisa and Edward Bricker, Austin Gros and Ryan BernalModel: Caylin Cervetti Dress: Dress TheoryDress Designer: Sarah SevenFlorals: Kelly Lenard

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08.20.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog