DIY Sun Print Wedding Escort Cards


Clary Pfeiffer recently sent over this gorgeous tutorial around sunprints. Remember the sunprint inspired cake Joy Thigpen designed a couple years back on Once Wed? Clary used sunprint paper to create the most delightful place cards. The full tutorial with instructions is below. Thanks, Clary!

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Sun print paper
acrylic sheet
a tub full of water
object to print

1. Arrange transparency with names and queen anne’s lace, or object you want to print, out of the reach of sun on the sun paper.

2. Place the acrylic sheet over the object to help sharpen the edges between the blue and white of the final print.

3. Take the sun print out side and lay in direct sunlight for 2-5 minutes until the paper turns light blue.

4. Rinse the sun print in water and watch the white turn into Prussian blue.

5. Hang or lay the sup print to dry.

6. Cut and fold sun prints for display.

DIY kits – Sunprints

Photography and Styling: Clary Pfeiffer | Assistant Stylist: Sarah Carpenter | Flowers: Catherine Thoele

To see the lovely styled shoot inspired by this DIY, check out the post on Grey Likes Weddings!

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09.03.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

State Flower Wedding Favor Cookies

Maggie Austin is an absolute genius when it comes to transforming cookies and cakes into little works of art. We thought it’d be fun to have Maggie create cookies based on some of our favorite state flowers. We love the idea of including a package of cookies inspired by your state flower in a welcome bag or a delicious wedding favor for your guests.

Photography: Ali Harper | Cookies: Maggie Austin Cake |Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell

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08.29.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

How To Smoldering Smokey Eyes


We’re so thrilled to share this absolutely gorgeous tutorial from Amy Clarke today. She has made it so easy for you to recreate this sexy, yet understated, smoldering smokey eye on your own.

Smoldering Smokey Eyes
1. Prep the whole eyelid and under eye with either a concealer or eyeshadow primer. I used MAC Paint in Bare Canvas.
2. + 3. + 4. +5. Apply a black pencil liner all around your eye, close to your lash line, making the liner thicker on the outer parts of your lid, and in your waterline.
6. Using a mini dome eyeshadow brush, smudge the liner all around the eye until it appears smooth.
7. Apply a matte bone colored eyeshadow to the brow bone.
8. Next, apply a warm, medium brown eyeshadow to your crease, and blend well.
9. Take that same brown eyeshadow and apply it under the lower lash line, blending into the black liner.
10. To add a little interest, take a shimmery gold eyeshadow or pigment and apply to your lid, then, apply a little to the center of your lower lash line.
11. To Finish off the look, apply a coat or two of mascara. Don’t forget to curl them first!Pro Tip: Since applying eyeshadow can be a messy job, first, do your eyes, then clean up any eyeshadow that has fallen on your under eye with some makeup remover. Then, apply your foundation! 

Favorite Products: Stila Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in “Onyx” & Urban Decay’s Naked Palette 1.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett

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08.27.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Sweet Mammoth Wedding

It’s hard for me to adequately describe our wedding because Ben Christensen captured it with such artistry and perfection that I think his images speak for themselves. What Shane and I wanted, above all else, was for the love and simplicity of our day to be the elements we will always remember.

We asked less than 30 of our immediate family and friends to drive up to Convict Lake for an intimate ceremony. Our concept wasn’t too complicated, but we required a lot of help from our venue to pull it off as we weren’t using their designated wedding site. As my bridesmaids and I finished getting ready, Shane and our guests took boats to the back of the lake. We had chosen a spot in the tall grass next to a hut built of branches, with the lake in front of us and a forest behind us. Everyone waited and listened to music, while my bridesmaids and I arrived by boat to a separate cove. I had managed to control my overwhelming emotions for most of the morning until our boat pulled up and I saw my dad waiting on the shore to walk me down the aisle. I walked into our ceremony surrounded by the joy and excitement of our family and friends, who had driven for hours to stand with us. One of Shane’s best friends officiated our marriage, and he had written the most personal and sincere words for us. We took advantage of the informal atmosphere to hug and thank our parents during our ceremony, and there were even a couple of moments during the wedding where our friends and family chimed in and made us all laugh. I will never forget the details that made our wedding uniquely ours, or the look in Shane’s eyes as we made our lifelong commitment to each other. We are fortunate to have what we think are the most honest and beautiful photographs we could have hoped for to help us relive our day. We can’t say enough good things about working with Ben Christensen, and his sister Kami who was our stylist. They’re great at what they do and beyond that, they’re great people. Having them there helped us stay calm, relaxed, and made it easy to be ourselves when it mattered most.

Wedding ceremony and dinner: Convict Lake, near Mammoth Lakes, CA| Photography: Ben Christensen | Hair and Makeup: Kami Christensen | Wedding dress: Theia from Lovely Bride in West Hollywood | Wedding Shoes:  handmade leather ELF | Bridesmaids dresses: Anthropologie | Florals: The Little Branch from Los Angeles | Shane’s suit: Topman | Shane’s boots: Generic Surplus | Shane’s sunglasses: Raen Optics | Our little cake: Schat’s Bakery in Mammoth Lakes | Leather guestbook: Leather Keepsakes 

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08.26.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog