We loved these great luminaria (shown below) that Kelly Wilkinson shared on A Practical Wedding so much that we wanted to share them with you here, too! They are so budget friendly and easy to do, and create such a nice ambiance….that’s a win in our books! Kelly lays out a more detailed tutorial…if you feel like you need extra instruction I definitely recommend it. But basically, you just iron some foliage or petals (or whatever else that’s flat) between wax paper, cut them into equal panels (we just traced a template), tape the panels together using washi or scotch tape, and then we hot glued some little balsa wood sticks for added support, but you don’t have to… (The balsa wood sticks are super cheap and available at most craft stores. You could also use little twigs though if you want them to look more rustic.)
Léan and I were both living in the awesome Cape Town when he asked me to marry him. We both love the Cape so much and especially the beautiful Franschhoek winelands. We always wanted to get married there and found our dream venue at Babylonstoren. We wanted a personal wedding where we can share it with our closest friends and family and stay on the venue with our family over the whole weekend. It was just that – an amazing weekend of celebration, our own love festival!
We kept the decor true to the nature of the environment and sourced all our flowers and food from the gardens of Babylonstoren! It truly is heavenly gardens, evident in our pictures.
We involved our families as much as we could (especially our siblings, in making music) as we both come from lovely big families! It was just as we wanted it. So real, natural and elegant. And to put the cherry on top – we were blessed out of our shoes with the most beautiful weather and could realise our big special dream; to set up the dance floor outside on the grass under a few naked bulbs strung between two huge oak trees! Perfection.
A flower crown/halo/wreath/whatever-you-want-to-call-it can be the perfect finishing touch to your bridal look. We particularly love it over a long drop veil. They can be so beautiful and the best part is that they’re really not that hard to make! (They don’t have a very long life-span though so you’ll definitely want to make it on the day of your wedding.) You can go a lot of different directions with a flower crown but for this one we wanted to keep it simple and delicate so we chose to use just a few simple delicate flowers: genista, wax flower, and agapanthus. Here are the steps:
1 – Choose 1 to…..several types of blooms and buds. Look for things that will: hold up pretty well once they’ve been cut, bend easily, have enough of a stem to wire into the wreath, and are a good scale for your head. :) There are so many wonderful flowers to choose from!
2 – Create a circle of thin green wire that will be the right size for your head.
3 – I like to start with the smallest flowers to create a delicate base that hides the wire. I started here with the genista and bits of wax flower and worked my way around the circle, wrapping snips of flowers in with kind of shorter lengths of wire (like, 10″ lengths so they’re more manageable) as I go. For the back I kept the flowers closer and tighter to the wire circle and then for the front I built up some volume by only wrapping the base of the clipping and letting the top half stick out further from the wire.
4 – Finally I wired in just a few choice blooms of the agapanthus to create a focal point for the front of the crown.
That’s really it! But the outcomes are endless! We’d love to see your version…please tweet, instagram, FB, email us a pic!!
Finding the right wedding hairstyle under your veil can be a tricky prospect, particularly if you’re wearing a drop veil (which we love). For any of you who have already tried on a drop veil, you know the challenge: the veil kind of flattens your hair which can be bad news for many hairstyles. With a drop veil you’ve got to find a wedding hairstyle with a low profile. The example above gives you the low profile plus some nice interest. I think it walks a nice line between vintage-glam and a relaxed modern look. Follow the steps below to get the look:
1. Prep your hair with a big loose curl and some hairspray to give it some body and texture.
2. Section your hair into three parts: two “wings” in the front (imagine you’re wearing a headband–the hair in front of the headband should go into the wings and the hair that would be behind the headband should go into the ponytail) and then pull the rest into a low pony.
3. Do a little topsy-tail.
4. Do another topsy-tail in the same place but this time only pull it halfway through.
5. Pin the halved ponytail out slightly wider than it would fall naturally.
6. Pin any extra length of hair back up onto the front of the roll of hair.
7. Using a deep side part, pin the two front sections of hair into waves that meet at the top of the roll of hair in the back. Secure temporarily with bobby pins and spray with plenty of hair spray as shown in the final picture. When the hair spray is dry gently remove the bobby pins from the front and sides and the waves will stay right where you put them.