DIY Wax Candles Wedding Ideas

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For the wedding we imagined thin, mismatched dripping candles along the long dinner table. I searched online, but I had in mind something more organic and imperfect. I’ve worked with beeswax plenty of times, so I thought I would give it a try myself… Candle-making without any real instruction. I created my first candle, sent it to Joy and she agreed this was the way to go. So I set off to make candle-dipping dates!

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Supplies:
Melted Bleached or Unbleached Beeswax. We used Bleached Beeswax for a lighter color candle. Wax be found on Amazon.com or an art supply store.
A small piece of wood
2 nails
Candle Wick. Also found on Amazon.com or an art supply store
A glass of water
A tall heat proof container. I bought a pouring pot I found online, but I believe you can use anything that is heatproof and tall enough for your desired candle length.
Hammer

Prepare by heating your wax in a double broiler until entirely melted.

Directions:
1. Create your dipping tool by putting two nails into a small piece of wood about 2 inches apart. We just used a small branch from outside but you could also use a ruler or perhaps a pencil.

2. With the wick draping over your dipping tool, decide how long your want your two candles. Remember to add an additional 2-3 inches to each candle since you will not drop your wick all the way to the wax. Since the wick is doubling over, double your math and measure out the rest of your wicks accordingly. *

3. Take each of your cut wicks, and quickly dip them entirely into your wax and remove and allow to dry. If you bought pre-waxed wicks, you can skip this step. This allows your next few dips to have something to grab onto.

4. Place your cooled & waxed wicks over the two nails and dip into the wax quickly. Alternate between dipping in the wax and into the water, which will quickly cool the wax before diving back in again. Watch the candle start to form.

5. Repeat until you find your desired width of your candle. For my candles, I dipped them 10-15 times.

*Remember: How deep your hot wax container is will determine how long your candle will be. Decide how long you want your candles to be and find a container to match your needs.

Tip: Halfway through the process, your wax may start to cool off. Take a break, put your pot back into your double broiler, and heat again.

Main Image Photography: Tec Petaja | Tutorial Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Styling: Ginny Au

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06.07.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Moss Pots

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Here is a really easy (cheater’s) way to get really aged looking flower pots without all the age!

Months before my wedding, we had plans to hand make really organic hypertufa pots (natural, rock-like containers) for our centerpieces. We imagined planted flowers that grew between moss and cascaded over the tables.

As all weddings do, ours came quickly and 2 weeks before the date the pots still weren’t made. All hypertufa recipes online encouraged weeks and weeks of aging… and we didn’t have that. Brand new concrete is not what we had in mind, so we had to find a way to age the concrete pots. We threw the previous recipes out the window and started from scratch. My dad had been making his own natural looking pots for years (unbeknownst to me) so he showed me his own tricks.

And here is what he taught me…

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Supplies

Portland Cement (mixed according to directions on the bag)
Peat moss
Dried or fresh moss
A bowl or object to create a mold
Rubber working gloves
Water

Directions

1. Pour concrete over molding piece.
To allow the pot to mold really organically, avoiding  straight lines or sharp edges, we put the molding piece only on the interior of the pot. This is unlike most tutorials which will encourage you to mold the exterior of your pot as well. This molding piece, which is more correctly only a ‘shaping’ piece, is placed on the table or ground and then poured onto with the concrete, to encourage your pot to shape naturally. This molding/shaping piece can be anything- an old bin, bowl, tub, pot…. Or for even more control of shape and size, you can create your shaping piece out of making a mound of wet sand (think building a sandcastle) then pour your concrete thickly over your sand mound. We did this to create our 3-foot long flower pot on your main dinner table, and it worked perfectly.

2. After pouring your concrete, make sure it’s plenty thick- otherwise it might crumble. Fill in any thinner spots with more concrete. At this point, also create a drainage hole by pushing your index finger into what will be the bottom of the mold, to allow drainage for your plants.

3. Heavily sprinkle peat moss over the concrete and massage it in. Sprinkle a second layer to really coat it.

4. Soak a small piece of moss with water the squeeze out the extra liquid.

5. Vigorously pat the small piece of moss onto your wet concrete pot. Make sure your moss is gripping onto your concrete and will be able to hold onto it once its dry. The concrete will start to soak through the moss– this is a good thing. You want it to hold nicely. From here, you can add more moss randomly around your pot & even add small pebbles or other natural textures.

6. Let sit for about 3 days.

Top Image: Tec Petaja

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06.05.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

A Delicate Tuscan Inspired Wedding II

During my creative session with Joy I remember saying “I think I want the wedding to feel like this scene in my head: A group of family & friends attending a baptism at a fountain in an Italian city & then together celebrating the baptism over dinner at a family’s small garden in the village.” It sounded weird saying it out loud, but that vision embodied the refreshing, life-filled, warm, intimate celebration I imagined ourwedding to be. We were blessed with amazing family and friends who are not only incredibly talented but also so selfless & giving. All of these people made our wedding more than I could have ever imagined & filled our hearts more than I knew could be filled. My Italian grandmother and aunt made the delicious feast, while Caitlin made the perfect little panna cottas for dessert. My sister and I made the hypertufa pots for each table and Katie potted beautiful, unruly arrangements in them- which I proudly still nurture & keep today! The candles were a therapeutic project my sister and I took on; making them tall, thin, and perfectly imperfect. And my dad, who gave the most of all, built our long wooden dinner tables and hand laid century-old bricks for a patio for us to eat on- both of these tasks being completely new to him.

I’m so thankful for this celebration we have of beauty, love, and family. I’m grateful for the beautiful process of planning for a wedding & every conversation leading up to ours with Joy, Ginny, Tec, Meagan, Joanna, Katie, Emily, Caitlin and our sweet family & friends…. Our hearts are so full. We are so thankful for each of you. 

Styling and Design: Joy Thigpen | Photographer: Tec Petaja | Planner: Ginny Au | Flowers: Joy Thigpen with assistance by Cloth of Gold | Paper & Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell |  Pana Cotta: Caitlin Van Horn | Hair: Joanna Ballentine | Makeup: Brittany Massey | Chairs & Flatware: Market 46 | Tables & Lines: Special Events | Brides accessories: Hair Piece & Veil: Vintage | Earrings: Wildlife Wonders | Gown: Cheryl Taylor | Shoes: Cheryl Taylor | Assistants: Nina Mullins and Mandy Busby | Napkins: At Home Furnishings | Grooms Suite and Tie: J Crew | Glassware: Zara Home | Venue: Bride’s Home | Wholesale Flowers: Fifty Flowers

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06.04.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

A Delicate Tuscan Inspired Outdoor Wedding

Rylee Hitchner and Andrew’s wedding was one of the most sweet and genuine events I have had the pleasure to be a part of. Their personalities set the course of the event. From day one we set out to make everything as organic, delicate, original, and personal as they are themselves. So many talented friends and family members pitched in. But no one worked as hard as her sweet dad. He spent months building the patio for the reception from reclaimed bricks, working from 4am for the final month before his regular work day began. And probably my favorite detail was the arbor he surprised Rylee with the week of the wedding. The tree that held her tree swing throughout her childhood had fallen recently in a storm. He cut some big limbs from the tree and fashioned it into an arbor for her to be married beneath. He also built two tables to be the head tables–one for them to keep for their kitchen and one for his daughter to take to her new home. So many sweet sweet details like this…

Andrew and I met when we were 14 and 17 and five years later we got engaged on the hammock in my parents backyard. 8 months after, we married in that same spot.

The prep time before the wedding felt like a dream- it started early and went by slowly. I totally embraced the process and valued those morning hours with my friends and family. I felt completely at peace but embarrassingly giddy at the same time.

I loved putting on my dress- within each hand-stiched thread held so many memories. The fall before the wedding, my mom & I found a delicate silky soft piece of lace we knew would be a great inspiration for the dress. Joy Thigpen then sat me down for a creative session & blew my mind as she gracefully & magically pulled my desires for the dress & the wedding out of my heart and put them onto paper. We then met the wonderful Cheryl Taylor who handcrafted each piece of the dress and found the most beautiful fabrics- while also including the piece my mom & I found. Cheryl was such a fun part of the process. Besides the dress, she also handmade my lace shoes & found my 100+ year old hairpiece and veil which I will cherish forever.

Andrew designed my ring using his great grandmothers diamond & a rose gold setting and paired them with two thin bands. Along with my rings, I wore small boxwood pearl earrings & a tiny bracelet I bought in Italy as my only other pieces of jewelry. “

I always dreamed of getting married in my parents backyard & I feel so blessed that everyone gave so much to make that happen. The week before the wedding, by dad surprised me with something so special to me. The ceremony structure that surrounded us as we said our vows was made by my dad with branches from a tree which used to hold our childhood tire swing before it fell the month before our wedding. Fittingly, we call this tree ‘the giving tree’ now :)

My favorite moment of the wedding day was with my dad. As we walked from the house to down the aisle, he stopped me just before walking down the aisle and whispered ‘Stop right here and take this all in for a moment…”

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Styling and Design: Joy Thigpen | Photographer: Tec Petaja | Planner: Ginny Au | Flowers: Joy Thigpen with assistance by Cloth of Gold | Paper & Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell |  Pana Cotta: Caitlin Van Horn | Hair: Joanna Ballentine | Makeup: Brittany Massey | Chairs & Flatware: Market 46 | Tables & Lines: Special Events | Brides accessories: Hair Piece & Veil: Vintage | Earrings: Wildlife Wonders | Gown: Cheryl Taylor | Shoes: Cheryl Taylor | Assistants: Nina Mullins and Mandy Busby | Napkins: At Home Furnishings | Grooms Suite and Tie: J Crew | Glassware: Zara Home | Venue: Bride’s Home | Wholesale Flowers: Fifty Flowers

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06.03.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog