Wind Part I

We’ve been seeing all of the remarkable images from the most recent Erich McVey Workshop in Bend, Oregon, and we’re so excited to feature this lovely wind inspired shoot designed and styled by Ginny Au and photographed by Lauren Balingit. Ginny styled four shoots throughout the workshop, each inspired by the elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. Ginny worked with the wind to capture incredible movement and softness that this invisible element creates in its path.

Photography: Lauren Balingit All images photographed at the Erich McVey Workshop in Bend, Oregon | Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au assisted by Ashley Nicole | Flowers: Ashley Beyer assisted by Brenna Williams | Hair & Makeup: Amy Clarke for The Halcyon Agency assisted by Beth Level | Gown: ‘Scarlet Gown’ by Rubicon | Veil: Monvieve from Ivory & White Boutique | Jewelry:  J Crew | Groom’s Attire: J Crew  | Paper Goods: Mon Voir | Ribbon: Froufrou Ribbon | Model s : Sydney Babcock of Muse Models  and Garrett Righele of Option Models | Location:  Smith Rock State Park  | Sponsors: Red Leaf Boutique and Neve Albums  | Photo Lab: PhotoVision | Film Sponsor: Fuji Film 

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11.10.14 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog, Reception Tables Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Where to find Ribbon for your Wedding

Finding beautiful ribbon for your wedding sounds quite simple, but in reality, it may be a little more difficult than you would expect. It seems as though you should just be able to run to the nearest craft store and come out with yards of stunning ribbon, but you may be a little disappointed in the selection you find. Luckily, we’re here to help you source all types of ribbon!

For hand-dyed ribbons:

Froufrou Chic ribbons are made from natural silk fabric which is hand-dyed in France in an exclusive collection of colors. Each spool is teared by hand and the edges are frayed to create  a feathery texture which is soft and subtle, resulting in a delicate and soft drape.

Silk & Willow ribbons are “Inspired and Infused by Nature”. The colors created by plants are subtle and complex. Each ribbon is uniquely dyed, so your ribbon will be one of a kind. In addition to the natural dyed silk, Silk & Willow offers recycled Sari ribbon that is made from remnants of silk and dyed naturally as well.

Wholesale Ribbon:

May Arts has a huge selection of silk, velvet, and almost any other fabric you could dream of!

-At M & J Trimming, you can find a large selection of ribbons in addition to specialty trims that will add a little flair to whatever project you’re working on!

Vintage and Antique Ribbon:

Etsy is a fantastic resource if you’re looking for a special, one-of-a-kind type of ribbon.

Ebay has a lot of dealers who have collected antique ribbons as well!

Basic Ribbon:

-Michaels, Joann, Hobby Lobby, or Hancock Fabrics are great resources for basic ribbons like grosgrain and even some lace trims that may make a great additions to your floral creations or wedding crafts.

Article by Mary McLeod | Image: Erich Mcvey | Styling: Ginny Au | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Floral Design: Tinge Floral

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

Modern California Engagement

Jessica Burke beautifully photographed Laura and Jimmy in their new home of Nob Hill in California. We love the modern feeling of this elegant engagement session, and the fact that it took place in this lovely couple’s home. Read more from Jessica below.

From Jessica Burke:

One of the unique pieces of their story is why they chose Nob Hill for their engagement location- Laura + Jimmy are from the East Coast and decided one day to pack up their things and move cross country to San Francisco.. without ever even having been here.  It was so inspiring to me, having their neighborhood as the backdrop just seemed so fitting.  One of the most wonderful parts about Nob Hill is that it is a place in the city that is sometimes forgotten.. especially in the more quiet streets.  There are beautiful european influences throughout and being able to incorporate their rooftop really gives you a sense of a place in San Francisco that isn’t shown off enough.  I just love this part of the city…

Photography: Jessica Burke

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11.06.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Faux Deckled Edge Paper

We love simple DIY projects that our brides can easily do on their own, and this DIY Faux Deckled Edge paper DIY from Martha Hatfield is the perfect project for any crafter- beginner or expert! Use this DIY to give your wedding paper an extra special detail. Keep reading for the full instructions.


-Card Stock
-Steel Ruler
-Watercolor Brush

1.  Print your announcement wording onto a sheet of card stock with crop marks for a 5″ x 7″ announcement. If you can’t print with crop marks, use a pencil and ruler to create crop marks.
2.  Dip the brush into water. Wipe off excess water on the rim of the glass. Wet the card stock in between 2 crop marks.
3.  Line up the ruler with those crop marks and hold the ruler down firmly with one hand. Pull up the corner with your other hand and continue tearing the sheet of card stock along the straight edge of the ruler. The moistened card stock tears unevenly giving it the appearance of a deckle edge. Repeat for the other three sides. 

Tutorial and styling by: Martha Hatfield  | Photography by: Kate Osborne

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11.05.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured