Christopher + Crystal had the ultimate DIY wedding. The couple found their wedding venue - an open outdoor area with lots of old Oak trees - and with hard work and time, turned it into the perfect ceremony + reception spot. We love how Christine Gosch captured their sweet, love-filled wedding day and the beauty that surrounded it.
Since I love to look to Pinterest for all things inspiration, I thought I'd share my recent finds with everyone. I adore the idea of using simple pieces in your wedding decor that are both practical and stylish. Whether you are a retro or modern bride, you can easily incorporate these ideas into your wedding and budget! Don't forget to pin your favorites and keep them trending.
Photo via Wedding 101
Left: Dawne Photo / RIGHT Top: SW Mag / Middle: Brandon Kidd Photography / Bottom: Distinctive Occasions
1. Glass bottles. Gone are the days when glass bottles were used for just drinking. Bottles are multi-purpose and make the perfect centerpieces, table decor or floral vase. I love the look of mismatched bottles!
Left: Primary Petals / RIGHT Top: TheSweetestOccasion.com / Middle: Style Me Pretty / Bottom: FrenchKnotStudios
Left: Etsy / Right: Style Me Pretty
2. Paper backdrops. Now, you can put those ideas on paper - literally. Perhaps one of my favorite trends, I love how paper can be completely transformed to look elegant and stylish at a ceremony or reception. Not sure about using paper as a backdrop or decoration? Talk to your wedding planner about jazzing it up with lights, fabric or floral.
Rustic Cake Topper via OneWed
3. Chic cake toppers. It seems brides are opting for a simpler style wedding cake, and instead, choosing to go "over the top" and decorate with a stylish cake topper. Not for every bride, but the ideas are endless.
Hello there. I’m Candice, assistant editor of Woodlands Bride. I'm a small-town girl and a hopeless romantic. I live in The Woodlands with my husband and am expecting my first child (a little girl) this fall. I am a nutrition junkie and I love a good DIY project. I have past experience as a wedding writer and love sharing my inspirations and knowledge with everyone!
April + Chris chose a quiet ceremony at Heather's Glen in Conroe, Texas. Blank Slate Photography shared their work with us and described the couple's intimate wedding day:
The day of their wedding was a complete mess - the weather was stormy and flooded. The couple did not let that define their big day and they had a simple, traditional and family-friendly wedding.
Inspirational quotes were placed throughout the reception, like "All You Need is Love," and the couple provided an assortment of cookies and wine for guests to enjoy. The bridal bouquet was handmade by the bride and her sister and consisted of broaches and antique clip earrings given to her by her grandmother.
April + Chris were highly impressed with their venue selection and service.
"Heather's Glen was absolutely amazing and coordinated the entire event. From the cake, flowers, food and DJ, everything went straight through their personal vendors."
We have had the opportunity to share many gorgeous weddings from the talented team at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, but this one is nothing short of swoonworthy. The classically elegant florals brimming with hydrangeas, the bright blue bridesmaids - and then to top it all off with dueling pianists? We love it! Best wishes Ashley + Birkir!
STYLE GUIDE// Photography: Claire Miranda / Ceremony Venue: The Woodlands United Methodist Church / Hair + Makeup: Shag Salon + Spa
Another lovely Katie Lamb Photography wedding to show you today. The wedding of Will + Justi was a reflection of them, says their photographer. The couple got married in the church that Justi grew up in then had a noon reception in their friend's backyard, on the lake. The beloved Hamburger Man catered the reception and everyone enjoyed an afternoon outside under the big Texas sky. What we love most about this wedding are all those gorgeous handmade details! We love a good DIY wedding - with ideas brides can actually use. Get all the deets below (and get that Pin button ready!)
Photographer: Katie Lamb Photography / Caterer: The Hamburger Man / Florals: Kroger / Dress Designer: Beth Stripling / Makeup: Kaleigh Simons / Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth / Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Every once and awhile, we like to share an out of state wedding on the blog that has caught our attention. La Vie le Gage Couture Wedding Planning sent us this rustic ranch wedding, detailing their vision for it (and refers us to where they found each element, below!) The wedding took place at Spruce Mountain Guest Ranch in beautiful Larkspur, Colorado. The bride, Jenna, wanted the wedding to represent the "love of nature's beautiful colors and textures" with a modern twist, keeping with traditions. The couple, along with their wedding planner, decided on a color palette of Amazon Jungle, Dill, Mustard Seed, Walnut Bark, and Elegant Lace - all colors of an aspen forest in autumn.
La Vie le Gage describes the details and style of the wedding:
"The Bridesmaid dresses reflected the aspen leaf with the golden yellow color, Snap Dragon, from the Dessy Collection. The groomsmen wore classic tuxes with just a hint of a custom camouflage fabric in the handkerchief pocket, which brought the color palette out with style!
The decor included a combination of rustic and elegant elements that included silver, crystal, glass, fabric, wood, candles, unique props and much more to convey the warmth of both styles. Jenna also incorporated some DIY projects to reflect her personal touch - using dark green river rock as place cards and designing the candy table for her guests."
We personally love the wooden touches and the oversized centerpieces. Yellow is a lovely color choice for a rustic/woodlands style wedding - whether it's in the fall, spring or summer. Props to the photog, Kim Nodurft Photography, for the lovely images!
Vendor Love + Lovely Finds
Event Design La Vie le Gage Couture Events Wedding Planning www.laviegage.com
Venue Mountain Guest Ranch www.sprucemountainguestranch.com
Photography Kim Nodurft Photography www.kimnodurft.com
Cake Design Teacup www.teacup.com
Floral Flowers Forever Design www.flowersforeverdesign.com
Music Affinity for Music www.affinityformusic.com
Catering Gourmet Fine Catering www.gourmetfinecatering.com
Linens Cloth Connection www.cothconnection.com
Rentals Event Rents Denver www.eventrentsdenver.com
Gown M. Bridal www.mbridalsalon.com
Bridal Headpiece WrapsodyandInk www.wrapsodyandink.com
BM Dresses Dessy www.dessy.com
Favor Boxes WrapsodyandInk www.wrapsodyandink.com
Jewelry Lia Sophia www.liasophia.com
Props Candy Bar Etsy www.gracefilledhands.com
Candles Pottery Barn www.potterybarn.com
Today's Friday Favorites post is all about color! Spring is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons - the beautiful, bright-colored flowers that pop up everywhere, the busy wedding planning season (which means a busy season for us!) and the fact that my birthday falls in the middle of this wonderful season.
Color can scare many brides. The thought of having more than one or two colors in your wedding may seem like a reach out of your comfort zone. Meet one couple who dared to break all the wedding color rules and incorporated their own offbeat taste and colorful personality into every aspect of their wedding. Then, see our ideas for adding a little color to your big day (without the panic attack!)
Handmade, Colorful Wedding by Cory Ryan Photography
The handmade wedding of Joelle + J in Bee Cave, Texas was truly unique, according to their photographer, Cory Ryan.
"Being invited to shoot a wedding for these two uber creative pump project artists was quite an honor. The groom hand made boutonnieres for himself and the groomsmen - made with a branch, succulent air plant and buttons in shades of opalescent pink and purple. The bride wore a lovely and classic strapless dress delicately ornamented with just a touch of sequenced flowers and leaves. For the ceremony, Joelle constructed a hanging wall of multi-colored yarn poms that were so original and provided a perfect photo backdrop."
"Brightly colored lanterns set the stage for the venue. After the ceremony, kids were invited to have fun at the arts and crafts table. The couple constructed the single most amazing centerpieces I may have ever seen. Spray-painted horses and dinosaurs in pastel candy colors were surrounded with table numbers and frames with nested birds atop and both real and fake pom flowers inter dispensed."
Photographer: Cory Ryan Photography / Caterer: Pink Avocado Catering / Floral Designer: Arthouse Design / Reception Venue: Star Hill Ranch / Band: The Whiskeyshivers / DIY Designer: Project U / Etsy Designer: Divine Domestication / Other: Abrakadoodle