How To Make A Peony Bouquet

 If you consider yourself a novice at working with flowers but you’d like to learn how make a bouquet for your wedding (you can do it!!) there are two tips I can give you:

1) Make your bouquet in a vase first. This will make it much easier for you to manage and will allow you to step back and see how you’re liking it.

2) Choose a big bloom to make up the majority of your bouquet and then just a few smaller bits to bring some life and personality into the equation. Tree peonies, like the ones we used above, are definitely more expensive and harder to get but they are so amazing on their own that you don’t have to do much of anything else to them to make a beautiful bouquet. They will make your job SO much easier!

Photography: Ali Harper // Styling: joy thigpen

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Chocolate “Wax” Seal Mini Monogramed Cakes

We bought plain petit fours from our local bakery and personalized them by making little “wax” seals out of chocolate. Fun, right? We used a monogrammed wax seal found on etsy and pressed the seal into semi-melted chocolate.

Are you a cake kind of person or are you planning to serve some desserts in addition to or instead of the standard wedding cake? Although, when it comes down to it, petit fours are pretty much in the cake category…. But still…they’re a fairly alternative choice for a wedding.

Photography: Ali Harper // Styling: Joy Thigpen // Chocolate Wax Seals: Dodge and Burned

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Wedding Hairstyles for Medium Hair Tutorial

Wedding Hairstyles for Medium Hair

How perfect would this pretty wedding updo from Amanda Paige and Jessica Sloane be for your maids? Or for your rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. Click wedding hairstyles for medium long hairto see more ideas!

Wedding Hairstyles for Medium Hair
Instructions
1. Start off by curling all of your hair to add texture.
2. Next, section off the two front parts of your hair. These sections should start behind your ear and go up to your part . Do the same thing on both sides. You should now have three sections (including the center section, see photo).
3. Then, take the center section and tease it at the root with a teasing comb to add volume to your crown.
4. Then take the center section and create a loose bun. Pinning it into place using bobby pins.
5. Next, take one of the front sections of hair, twist it, then bring it back, creating another bun right next to the center bun, pin it with bobby pins.
6. Repeat on opposite side
*For an even softer look, pull strands of hair out around your face and/or out of the loose bun*
Creative Direction, Floral Design and Styling: Jessica Sloane // Photography: Austin Gros // Hair and Makeup + Hair Tutorial: Amanda Paige // Dress: Free People

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DIY Winter Wedding Candleholders

DIY Winter Wedding Candleholder

Kelli Hunt created this candle tutorial for us last year, but I couldn’t resist featuring them again since we’re so close to Christmas. The tutorial is based on porcelain candleholders from this winter weddingboard. Enjoy!

DIY Candleholder Wedding Tutorial

Supplies

-Rolling pin
-Taper candles
-Pizza cutter
-Wine cork or something of similar size
-DAS Air drying modeling clay

Winter Wedding Candleholder Instructions

Step 1: Roll clay out to about an 1/8? thick with the rolling pin.

Step 2: Cut clay with pizza cutter into 3/4? strips, and cut ends to a diagonal.

Step 3: Wrap strips around wine cork, then take the clay off the cork.

Step 4: Place candles in holder to test the correct width. Take out the candles and let the clay air dry overnight (about 10-12 hours).

Step 5: Paint clay to desired color (white for this inspiration board).

Step 6: Place candles in holders and you’re finished!

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