Easy DIY Holiday Wreath

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Today we have a gorgeous holiday wreath how to from Laura Murray. Wreaths can be a bit daunting, but the tutorial Laura sent over makes the whole process really easy…..

I wanted to make some organic-styled wreaths to decorate my home over the holidays. I gathered much of the materials used to make these wreaths from my in law’s property in the mountains.  I like how these wreaths feel more organic in style and are a bit imperfect.  Plus they are a special reminder of my time spent up in the mountains of Colorado.

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First gather the materials you would like to use from nature.  I used scissors to clip greenery from each plant.  To be environmentally friendly, I pulled a little bit from the bottom of a few different trees, as not to harm the tree.

Materials

Blue Spruce Clippings
20 Inch Box Wire Wreath Frame
Scissors
Ribbon
Floral Tape
Floral Design Wire
Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

1. Arrange the blue spruce clippings around the wreath frame, until you have no blank spaces remaining.
2. Use a mix of floral tap and wire to attach the clippings to the frame.
3. Tie a bow and hot glue it to the bottom of the wreath.

Photography and Tutorial: Laura Murray Photography

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12.19.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Sandals Royal Bahamian

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When you’re looking for a location for your destination wedding, or honeymoon, it’s important to find a place that will feel like a home away from home; find a place of peace and relaxation that will help you celebrate your new marriage. Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island, in Nassau Paradise Island, has created an oasis for newly married couples or those wanting a gorgeous location for their destination wedding that meets all of these criteria. Sandals is a luxurious all-inclusive resort that looks out over the crystal clear turquoise water of the Bahamas. Along with being an all-inclusive resort, Sandals is an oasis full of old world charm and understated elegance that creates an environment perfect for relaxation in the days leading up to your wedding in the Bahamas or after the stress of planning and executing your perfect day back in the states.

Sandals was so generous in allowing me to visit their beautiful resort to learn more about the wedding amenities, entertainment, and spa on the island, and I’m so excited to share with you more about Sandals Royal Bahamian and how easy they make it to plan a destination wedding or honeymoon in the Bahamas!

The service at the Royal Bahamian is unmatched- upon our arrival at the resort, we were handed warm towels, and we were even assigned our own personal butler during our visit. The butler service at Sandals is truly amazing. They have a staff of specially trained butlers that are at your service any time of day or night. The resort provides you with a cell phone for the duration of your visit for you to use to contact your butler at any time during your stay. Along with personal butler service, some of the suite packages at Sandals come with luxury vehicle service to and from the airport. The resort makes planning your honeymoon easy by providing a large selection of room packages for you to choose from to ensure that you have an absolute perfect stay.

The relaxation continued for us as we were treated to a day at the spa at Sandals’ Red Lane Spa that is famous for its classic European spa services with a Caribbean flair. We loved that they only use all natural and organic products. We enjoyed an amazing tropical bliss massage, which is similar to a traditional stress-relieving Swedish massage. The spa also provides couples massages, scrubs, wraps, skin treatments, eco-vegan friendly nail treatments, and different spa packages for you to choose from if you want to spend an entire day a the luxurious spa. After a beautiful day at the spa, we dined at Gordon’s on the Pier, which is situated over the gorgeous water where we enjoyed stunning views of the ocean! We then returned to our room to find chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us. I just can’t say enough about how amazing the service was during our visit!

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Sandals has made planning your destination wedding at Sandals Royal Bahamian incredibly easy- even easier than if you were getting married back home. Weddingmoons is the Sandals wedding experience where you can design your wedding in your style. They make planning your destination wedding incredibly easy with their online wedding designer tool. Start by choosing a color theme for your wedding and then you are able to choose venue locations, flowers, linens, and even photography packages. They couldn’t have made it easier for you to plan a perfect destination wedding. Sandals also has a special for couples: if your wedding party books 20 rooms, you get your wedding for free!

Sandals has so many activities for you to enjoy during your honeymoon or to keep your wedding party entertained during the days leading up to or after the wedding. Sandals has great wine nights, jazz shows, and reggae music on the island. Explore the offshore island, fresh water pool with a swim up bar, zen garden, and Red Lane Spa during down time. There are also sports activities all over the island for active couples on their honeymoon or for your guests to enjoy. Play basketball, billiards, darts, and beach volleyball on the gorgeous white sand beaches of the Bahamas.

All in all, we were blown away by the service at Sandals Royal Bahamian and how beautiful everything was. WeddingMoons makes planning your wedding and honeymoon an absolute breeze, and we’re still reeling over having our own personal butler during our stay. Visit the Sandals Royal Bahamian website to learn more about their wedding and honeymoon packages! Thanks again for inviting us!

We recently found out from Sandals they are launching “Soon to Moon”,a service offering the assistance of a concierge, who will help couples bring their wildest proposal dreams to life. No request is too big or too small when it comes to setting the perfect scene for popping the question. To celebrate the season of proposals and to help launch Soon to Moon, Sandals Resorts is bringing back its popular ‘12 Days to Engaged’ sweepstakes, counting down to Christmas Eve with twelve days of giveaways. Starting Dec. 13, followers of @SandalsResorts and @WeddingMoons will be invited to answer daily questions on Twitter using the hashtag #12DaysofSandals, with a new prize being offered each day. The grand prize winner will receive a 6-day, 5-night Luxury Included® WeddingMoon® at Sandals Resorts. For more information, visit www.sandals.com/12DaystoEngaged/.

12.19.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Flowers in Her Hair

How pretty is this little photos series from Honey of Thousand Flowers, Aubrey Nelson, and Jessica Peterson? It was my favorite find from over the weekend.

12.17.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Intimate French Riviera Wedding

Michael and Lori married at the beautiful La Forge d’ Hauterives in the French Riviera. Family members surrounded them with love and support in the quaint cobblestone courtyard where they took their vows. The calm breeze urged the couple through the gates of the mansion and out into the village of La Colle sur Loup where the natural beauty effortlessly became the backdrop for portraits. Locals walking and dining nearby in outdoor cafés cheered as the bride and groom walked by hand in hand. When the sun went down the couple arrived back at the mansion garden where a charming and elegant reception dinner was awaiting them. Owner of the mansion, Anne d’Hauterives, used antique family china and silverware for the place settings with handwritten name cards and menus. Fresh flowers and candles garnished and illuminated the table with a perfect ambience as the newlyweds and family gathered talking, laughing, and dining for hours under the starry sky.
Photography: Ryan Ray | Venue: La Forge d’ Hauterives

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12.16.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog