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Backyard California Wedding

Close up of the ceremony arch. A wild assortment of flowers including protea, eucalyptus, and clover.

Close up of the ceremony arch. A wild assortment of flowers including protea, eucalyptus, and clover.

Last summer, I tried my hand at professional party planning for a few friends who were getting hitched and the end result was just lovely.  They wanted something very small and casual, with an emphasis on great food and lots of booze.  Since it was only about 50 people, they asked me if I could handle it all, from planning to catering to flowers…so basically, it was my dream come true!  While we did do our own wedding, it’s definitely more fun to be the person on the outside making everything perfect for someone else.  More photos of the food and flowers after the jump. Continue reading

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Heirloom Wedding Book

I just finished turning the photographic fabric panels and muslin from one of my best friend’s chuppah into a hardcover book for them to have forever.  Let me begin by saying this gorgeous wedding book wasn’t my idea, I was merely the craftsman in this post, but I always love sharing a beautiful idea.    As you can see from the photos, Sarah and Ryan’s chuppah was a stunning combination of branches, unbleached cotton muslin and white fabric panels printed with photos of their story, from their ancestors to their childhoods to their own new family together.   You could certainly make a quilt out of the panels as a keepsake, but I loved the book idea because it will last a lot longer.   Continue reading

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Milagro Heart Wedding Cake Topper

My dear friend, Kalimba, is getting married on Cinco de Mayo and she asked me to make her a sacred heart cake topper.   I love this little topper and I wish I had thought of it for my own wedding!  I used red velvet, vintage lace, rust silk charmeuse, stuffed it with bamboo filling and poked a wooden skewer in it….done and done!

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Cheap and Cheery- Clothespin Card Holders

I’m planning two baby showers right now, so I was thrilled when I came up with an idea that utilized something I already had in my house.  You could use this idea for place settings at a wedding or for the food and activity signage at any shower or party.  I simply cut 1.5 inch squares of Kraft chipboard with my paper-cutter and glued ONE end of the clothespins in the center of the squares.   You have to leave one end free so you can still open the pin to hold the card.  I printed the food labels, gift table sign and activity instructions on regular old card stock from an office supply store and then used my edge cutter to round them out.  The whole process took about 1 hour!

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Our Picnic Wedding

Here they are…the official photos of our big day!  To read more about our DIY wedding year, click here.  We are selling some of our wedding components on Ruffled and links to buy that stuff and all of our vendors are listed at the end of the post.  We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the day!

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DIY Wedding: The Week Before (And Lessons Learned)

The "prep crew" enjoying my dad's AMAZING dinner!

As far as weddings go, I’m pretty sure ours was as do-it-yourself as you can get.   I’ve had a few weeks now to think about how it all turned out, so before I post the official photos, I thought I’d share with you how we pulled it off (and some lessons learned). Maybe our experience will help you decide to (or not to) take on your own wedding! Continue reading

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Our Brilliant Wedding Photographer

I am very lucky to call Channing Johnson, our amazing Boston-based wedding photographer, a friend for 15 years.   I think we all knew he’d do something special with his life (he was that cool, aloof guy that had a car and a license before the rest of us), and he has certainly lived up to that.   Because he was trained as a photojournalist, his wedding photography feels raw, real and unplanned.  Somehow, even the staged portraits seem like they were captured without us knowing.   In fact, Jeff and I couldn’t even remember seeing him anywhere until 7pm, when he asked if it was cool to put the camera down to join the party.  Somehow, he had blended effortlessly into the action, all the while snapping the most beautiful photos we have ever seen.   Thank you Johnson.

Check out his blog for his post about our wedding, and be sure to watch the slide show at the end for even more photos of our DIY picnic wedding!

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