DIY Wreath Making for the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing! Over the weekend we attended a lovely workshop hosted by Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals in the beautiful barn at Weatherlow Farms in Westport, MA. Phoebe walked us through two approaches to making wreaths, using fresh (and dried) greenery foraged from the farm or sourced locally.

The barn at Weatherlow Farms

The barn at Weatherlow Farms

Here's an overview on how to make your own festive wreath for the holidays - or anytime!

1. Gather your craft supplies, including: floral wire, work gloves, and shears. 

2. Gather your materials:

BASE: Phoebe made our grapevine wreath bases prior to the workshop. You could make your own ahead of time, or you can purchase a grapevine base at craft stores like Michael's or Joann Fabrics. You could also use a wire frame if you choose, but the exposed grapevine adds a nice rustic touch. 

Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals with handmade grapevine wreath bases 

Phoebe Poole of Weatherlow Florals with handmade grapevine wreath bases 

GREENERY: We had lots of greenery to choose from, including fresh pine, spruce, holly, rhododendron, dried eucalyptus, and more. 

wreath greenery

FINAL TOUCHES: The greenery looks beautiful on its own, but you can also use pine cones, ribbon, dusty miller, twine, etc. - get creative! 

Wreath ribbon

3. Once you have everything gathered in your work space, it's time to start layering your wreath. 

Method one involves creating small bunches of greenery (like small bouquets), wrapping them tightly with floral wire, and then securing those bunches to your wreath base using floral wire. Tuck the ends of the bunches into the grapevine as necessary. Add more bunches around the wreath until you achieve your desired fullness. 

Phoebe demonstrates how to make a small bouquet with floral wire to layer on the wreath

Phoebe demonstrates how to make a small bouquet with floral wire to layer on the wreath

With method two, which is the approach we took, simply weave the branch stems into the grapevine, starting with some bigger branches and layering on top of them. 

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The finished wreath

The finished wreath

If you've got crafty friends or family, make it a DIY wreath making party, complete with seasonal snacks and drinks. We were lucky to have bites from Ohh Goodness

Catering by Ohh Goodness

Catering by Ohh Goodness

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Vendors:

Venue: Weatherlow Farms, Westport, MA

Florals: Weatherlow Florals

Catering: Ohh Goodness

 

Christine & Matt's Woodsy Food Truck Wedding

Event Date: June 25, 2016

Services Provided: Day-Of Coordination 

Christine and Matt wanted a simple, laid back, DIY summer afternoon wedding, and that's exactly what they got on the woodsy grounds of the beautiful Gore Place estate in Waltham, MA.

Photo Credit: Aiden Rhaa

Photo Credit: Aiden Rhaa

We just adored the paper poms that Christine made, which we strung from the trees over the walnut dining tables and rockin' band (they were awesome!). 

Photo Credit: Aiden Rhaa

Photo Credit: Aiden Rhaa

The food trucks were open throughout the afternoon for people to enjoy at their own pace in between dancing or playing lawn games. 

Photo Credit: Aiden Rhaa

Photo Credit: Aiden Rhaa

Photo Credit: Aiden Rhaa

Photo Credit: Aiden Rhaa

Vendors: 

Venue: Gore Place, Waltham, MA

Ceremony Music: Jay Psaros, accompanied by Matt Spitz from The Van Burens

Reception Band: The Van Burens

Food Trucks: Papi's Sopapillas & Mess Haul 

Photographer: Aiden Rhaa 

 

 

Therese & Ryan's Rustic New England B&B Wedding

Event Date: September 5, 2015

Services Provided: Vendor Research/Coordination, Planning Support, Day-Of Coordination

Therese and Ryan had one of those weddings where you could just feel the love. 

Set just outside of Boston at a rustic and historic B&B, their wedding day was perfectly them: laid back, silly, and full of sentiment. We adored the details, including the cute succulent guest favors and their custom cake topper. Enjoy these photos by the talented Madeline Barr

Congrats, Therese and Ryan!

Photography: Madeline Barr Photography 

Venue: Samuel Fitch House, Westford, MA

Catering: Redbones BBQ

Tent Rental: Above All Tent & Party Rental

Hair & Makeup: Adore Styling

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

Photo Credit: Madeline Barr

DIY Black & Gold Party Photobooth

We put together this easy DIY photobooth for a black and gold themed holiday party! Here's what you need to create your own: 

  • Gold fringe curtain (you can buy them at party stores or on Amazon). 
  • A black backdrop - we used thick black fabric. 
  • A cute banner to jazz up your backdrop.
  • Fun props! 
Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Black and Gold Photobooth

Circus Themed First Birthday Party

Services Provided: Full Event Design and Planning, Day-of Coordination

This fall we put together a circus-themed first birthday party for Kelsie's baby boy, Reed. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

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Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Ryan & Megan's Romantic Backyard Wedding

Services Provided: Day-of Coordination, Planning Support

Date of Event: August 16, 2014

Ryan and Megan had a vision for an intimate, romantic affair under twinkling lights on the lawn of Ryan's mother's house, and that's exactly how the evening felt. It was magical.

We love working with DIY couples to help making their vision come to life on the day of the wedding. Ryan and Megan had so many creative touches, from designing their own photobooth to helping arrange ceremony music.

Thanks to Wonderbliss Wedding Photography for all these amazing photos! 

Guests dined under strung globe lights at long candlelit tables with classy vintage touches - old books, kitschy salt and pepper shakers, rolled music sheets in vases, blue Ball jars filled with baby's breath. Megan collected mismatched plates from antique stores for the place settings. 

The whole evening  truly felt majestic - the perfect atmosphere for Megan and Ryan to make their vows to each other, and celebrate the night away with their community of family and friends. Congrats Ryan and Megan! 

See more photos from Wonderbliss Wedding Photography here

Kara & Ted's New England Backyard Wedding

Services Provided: Day-of Coordination 

Date of Event: July 19, 2014

Kara and Ted's wedding was such a unique, fun-filled event with so many lovely DIY touches. They wanted their day to feel laid back, with different activities that guests could enjoy throughout the evening.

Photo Credit: Rzescotti Photography

Photo Credit: Rzescotti Photography

The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Ted's family's place, right on the ocean, perfect for a New England nautical vibe. Here are some of our Instagram shots from the day. 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Instead of a sit-down dinner, they had various food trucks that guests could enjoy throughout the reception. They were delicious! There was an oyster bar too! Complete with oyster shooters... 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

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Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

We loved the creative use of this bar boat!  

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Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Fireworks went off at the end of the night, which was such a fun way to wrap up the evening. Congrats again, Kara and Ted! We're so excited for you and your future adventures together! 

Photo Credit: Rzescotti Photography

Photo Credit: Rzescotti Photography

See photos of the day from Rzescotti Photography here

New England Country Club Wedding with a Rustic Twist

Services Provided: Day of Set Up

Date of Event: Mary 25, 2014 

We had such a lovely time setting up for Melanie and Kyle's spring wedding and reception. Our job was to set up the decorations provided by the couple, in line with their vision for the look of the day. 

The wedding was held at the stunning, historical First Parish Church in Plymouth, MA. Since the church has such natural beauty, we kept things simple with some sweet lavender bundles along the church pews and big bundles of baby's breath at the alter. 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

The reception was held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, MA, in the Blackstones event room, overlooking the beautiful golf course. The centerpieces pulled in the lavender color scheme, with a hint of vintage and rustic elegance. 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

For the placecard presentation, we lined up rows of dried lavender in between the cards. It smelled so good! 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Congratulations, Melanie and Kyle! 

Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration

Romantic Roses, 3 Ways

We recently teamed up with Fiftyflowers.com to craft a romantic, feminine shoot to showcase these pink and peach wholesale roses. We used the roses in three different ways, each of which would be perfect for a spring wedding or bridal shower. We hope you enjoy these images captured by the talented Boston wedding photographer Lara Kimmerer. 

1. Bouquet

Roses offer such depth and variety in color, size and texture. We wanted to create a simple bouquet that really highlighted the peony-like blooms of the Cabbage Garden Roses, the frilly petals of the Peachy Cantaloupe Garden Roses, and the delicate blooms of the Perfumela Peach Spray Roses. The roses are offset by just a few sprigs of leaves.

2. Flower Crown

We love the flower crown trend, especially for spring weddings. The large roses and asymmetrical arrangement created a dramatic flower crown in vibrant pinks and soft shades of peach.

3. Tablescape

On the table, we again wanted to let the roses shine, this time with stems in a collection of glass vases, arranged from dark pink to peach to soft pink, creating a subtle ombre effect. We constructed a three-tier fresh flower chandelier to give additional drama overhead. Finally, the pink and peach roses were complemented with minty greens in the antique plates, votives and tablecloth.

Find out how to make these yourself; our easy DIY instructions were recently featured on Wedding Chicks

Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration by Blue Jar Events
Vendor Credits: Event Styling & Floral Design: Blue Jar Events Photography: Lara Kimmerer Wholesale Flowers: Fiftyflowers.com

Vendor Credits:

Event Styling & Floral Design: Blue Jar Events

Photography: Lara Kimmerer

Wholesale Flowers: Fiftyflowers.com

Lavender & Rosemary Winter Wedding Inspiration

Styled Shoot

For this inspiration shoot, we wanted to create a romantic, soft, rustic winter wedding with a touch of vintage glam that offered an alternative to silvery, glittery winter weddings (which we also love). We were inspired by lavender and rosemary, and incorporated both throughout the shoot, from the overall color palette to the drink and menu selections to the invitation design. We love the symbolism behind both - lavender is a representation of peace and tranquility, while rosemary is often associated with love and remembrance. Perfect for a winter wedding. 

We shot mostly outside on a very cold day (like 19 degrees cold). We loved the isolated feeling and natural beauty of the rustic landscape. The stunning blush "Faith" gown by Karen Willis Holmes from Ceremony Boston added just the right amount of color against the fresh dusting of snow, and the vintage furs rounded out the bride's elegant look while keeping her surprisingly warm. For the groom, we chose a classic look with a navy jacket from 9tailors and topped it off (pun intended) with a fun fedora. We're obsessed with the bride's headband - it glittered so beautifully in the sunlight and added unique vintage-inspired flair. 

We used wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com to create simple arrangements, with deliciously fragrant roses, as well as a stunning greens garland that we used both on the tablescape and as a festive ceremony backdrop. 

We hope you enjoy our work, and huge thanks to Jenn Bakos for capturing it all so beautifully. 

 

VENDOR LIST 

Photography: Jennifer Bakos Photography 

Event Design + Styling: Blue Jar Events  

Invitation + Menu Design: Blue Jar Events 

Bridal Shop: Ceremony Boston / Dress: Faith by Karen Willis Holmes 

Wholesale Flowers: FiftyFlowers.com 

Macarons: 'Cuz it's Good 

Hair + Make-up: Station 8 Salon 

Groom's Jacket: 9tailors  

Groom's Hat, Tie + Pocket Scarf: Salmagundi Boston  

Bride's Headpiece + Jewelry: Salmagundi Boston  

Chalkboard Art: Cut.Paste.Love  

Fur Stole + Muff: Vintage

Location: Antrim, New Hampshire 

 

Randy & Ione's 60 Year Vow Renewal

Services Provided: Complete Event Planning, Event Styling & Day of Coordination 

Date of Event: January 1, 2014

Randy and Ione celebrated 60 Years of marriage on New Year's Day, surrounded by friends and family on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. We were so honored to be a part of it all; they are truly an inspiration. 

Flower arrangements by Renee Landry Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

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Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Leah & Dan's Rustic Massachusetts Wedding

Services Provided: Day-of Coordination, Place Card and Table Number Design

Date of Event: September 22, 2013

We had such a fun time at Leah and Dan's rustic, hippy, Jewish wedding in September, held at Woolman Hill in Western Massachusetts. The whole weekend was filled with family, friends, potlucks, and DIY touches, as many guests stayed in cute little cabins on the venue property. We arrived the night before the wedding to serve as day-of coordinators for the big day. 

In addition to day-of coordination, we also created custom place cards and table numbers, based on artwork Leah had created herself for the wedding invitations. 

Congrats again to Leah and Dan! 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

Photo Credit: Kelly Benvenuto Photography 

See more from Leah and Dan's wedding here, through the lens of Kelly Benvenuto Photography. 

Kelsie & Doug's Woodland Baby Shower

Services Provided: Complete Planning and Event Design, Paper Goods, Day of Coordination, Catering 

Event date: August 18, 2013

Kelsie and Doug's baby shower was so lovely! They wanted to include couples, so we did a Sunday brunch at their new home and their large front porch turned out to be the perfect location to celebrate their coming baby. We decided on a gender-neutral, woodland theme, which was really fun to style. 

We used cute birch straws and attached "oh baby" banner stickers around them. Half-pint sized Ball jars were perfect for the make-your-own mimosa bar and guests were invited to keep their jars as a favor. The jars were decorated with scalloped kraft paper and cute hedgehog and owl stickers. 

Since it was a brunch party, we decided to take an interesting twist on brunch food with omelet bites and French toast skewers. They were a big hit! The food tables were decorated with tree cookies and paper leaves to add to the woodsy feel. 

 

We decorated the porch with lots of clear glass apothecary jars filled with fresh flowers and even hung small wooden wreaths with flowers tucked in them.  

 

A "wishing tree" with paper leaves was displayed for guests to write well-wishes for the baby. The messages from Kelsie and Doug's friends and family will make a great keepsake. 

 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

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Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Tori's Parisian Bridal Shower

Services Provided: Complete Planning and Event Design, Paper Goods, Day of Coordination

Date of Event: July 13, 2013

Tori and her fiancé, Mathieu, met while they were both living and working in Cairo, Egypt. Tori is from the U.S. and Mathieu is from France, and this travel-loving couple is now planning a New Year's Eve destination wedding

in North Carolina from their current location in Cambodia. Since Tori had limited room in her suitcase for the typical shower and wedding gifts, we planned a lingerie bridal shower during her recent visit to the U.S.

The Parisian theme was a perfect fit! Working with a color palette of soft pinks, whites and light grey, the shower had a lovely, feminine feel.

Tori's family had an extensive collection of antique pink glass plates and platters. Milk glass vases and sweet little roses decorated the table. Sparkling pink lemonade and homemade lavender lemonade made for refreshing, and pretty, beverages for a lunch-time shower.

We created a photo backdrop with mixed fake flowers - so easy and simple, and so pretty! As each guest arrived, they took a picture with Tori with a Fuji Instax Camera. Using decorative tape and pens, each guest attached their photo and added words of wisdom, a special wish for the new couple, or a shared memory in a guestbook, which became a treasured keepsake for the bride-to-be.

For favors, each guest selected a luggage tag, which were displayed in a cute vintage suitcase with a sign that said, "Thank you for joining us! Please take a luggage tag for your future travels. Bon Voyage!"

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Paper bunting: Rifle Paper Co.

Ashley & Sherry's Massachusetts Barn Wedding

Services Provided: Complete Planning and Event Design, Paper Goods, Day of Coordination

Date of Event: June 30, 2013

For Sherry and Ashley, it was important that their wedding be fun, personal, and full of love. And was it ever. 

They're both from the Midwest and really wanted a farm wedding that could be both lowkey and elegant. They decided on the Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm as soon as they saw it. They loved the natural beauty of the apple orchard and the vibrancy of the restored red barn. Plus, the big lawn overlooking the orchard would be perfect for lawn games! 

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

The ceremony was held in a garden across the street from the barn. The goal for the ceremony space was to keep it simple and focused on the reason we were all there: Ashley and Sherry vowing to love and support each other forever! We lined the aisle with shepherds hooks and hung jars of freshly picked flowers from them (some of which we picked ourselves the day before). Then we hung white paper flower garland from the arbor, creating a backdrop for the ceremony. 

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Ashley's Aunt Sue makes delicious pepper jelly in MIchigan so they decided to use that as the guest favors. We cut out three different floral fabrics to secure under the jar lids and then tied a raffia bow around the jar for the final touch. The escort cards were kraft paper tags strung from antique picture frames.  

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

In choosing decorations for inside the barn, the couple wanted the styling to be colorful with a rustic and vintage flair, incorporating antiques and homemade decorations as much as possible. 

For the centerpieces, we collected vintage apothecary bottles and sugar and creamer sets, and arranged them with tree cookies, votives, white pots with succulents,  and blue Ball jars filled with wildflowers. We hung fabric bunting made by Ashley's mom across the barn dance floor for another splash of color. 

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

For dinner Sherry and Ashley chose a tasty BBQ buffet (the steak tips were amazing). They aren't really cake people and wanted to do something unique for the dessert option so we set up a whoopie pie bar! We offered six varieties and decorated them with tiny bunting and little flags with celebratory phrases. The guests loved the whoopies!

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

We all love the photobooth trend so we created a backdrop using ribbon curtain and paper bunting, and included fun props for guests, like mustaches, glasses, and chalkboard signs to write the couple messages.

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

 Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

It was certainly a fun, love-filled wedding. 

Words of advice from Ashley & Sherry: Really think about your choices. You don't have to do anything. Fill your day with as many personal touches as you can. It was so special having our friends and family involved in almost every aspect of our day (in a way that wasn't stressful). And then just remember to breathe and enjoy every moment. 

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Photo Credit: Solare Wedding Photography | www.solareweddingphotography.com

Vendors: 

Venue: Smith Barn, Peabody, MA

Event design and planning: Blue Jar Events

Invitation design: Blue Jar Events 

Flowers: Picked at Blue Heron Organic Farms in Lincoln, MA; Whole Foods Market; Russo's Market

DJ: Soundchoice Events

Photographers: Nora & Troy, Solare Wedding Photography

Catering: Cloverleaf Catering

Dessert: 'Cuz it's Good Whoopie Pies 

Ashley's dress: Mikaella Bridal, purchased from VOWS in Watertown, MA

Sherry's suit: Black Lapel

Ashley's hair & makeup: Station 8 Salon, Jamaica Plain, MA

 

DIY: Ribbon Curtain

Ribbon curtains make such a nice event or photobooth backdrop.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (For a variety of textures I used satin ribbon, burlap ribbon and lace ribbon)
  • Rope cord or something similiar

1. Cut ribbon to desired length. I made mine about 5 feet long and cut at least 50 strands total.

2. Leave extra room, about a foot, on the side of the cord you're starting with, for tying when you hang the curtain. Tie a ribbon to the cord with about an inch of ribbon coming out the top. I just did a regular ol' knot. 

3. Repeat with all the ribbon, rotating colors or textures, until the curtain is as wide as desired. Leave about a foot of extra cord on the other end as well for tying when you hang it up. 

4. Hang and enjoy!

 -Ashley

 

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

Photo Credit: Blue Jar Events

DIY: Antique Dessert Stand

What you’ll need:

  • 3 antique plates in various sizes (I used 2 dinner plates and 1 salad plate)
  • Super glue or Gorilla Glue
  • 2 glass candlestick holders (I got mine from the Dollar Store!)

These darling dessert stands are super easy. I ordered the plates on Etsy, but you can also collect them from antique stores.

1. Wash the plates and candlesticks and let dry.

2. Figure out how you’d like to order your stand. You’ll want the big plates on the bottom, with smaller ones on top for a nice tier.

3. Apply a thin layer of glue around the the edge of the base of the candlestick holder. You’ll want to find the right balance - you need enough glue to firmly secure the candlestick holder to the plate, but you also want to keep the glue hidden from view as much as possible. The Gorilla Glue I used puffed up a bit so keep that in mind. Place the glued end on top of the bottom dinner plate. Let dry.

4. Apply a thin layer of glue around the top of the candle stick holder and place the middle plate on top. Let dry.

5. Repeat the process with the top tier, lining up the candlestick holders as closely as you can.

 -Ashley 

 

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DIY: Decorative Letters

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Fabric 
  • Craft alphabet letters
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush

I have a thing for initials, so I couldn’t resist these A & S craft alphabet letters. I decided to use fabric scraps to decorate them, although scrapbook paper would also work well. Here’s how:

1. Cut strips of the fabric or paper. I cut mine about six inches long and one inch wide.

 2. Lay one out on the letter so that it covers as much of the letter as possible.

3. Put a few brushes of Mod Podge over the fabric.

4. Repeat with additional pieces of fabric, until the entire letter is covered. For curvier letters, especially ones with nooks and crannies, smaller pieces of fabric work better.

5. Let dry, and you’re done! Use as wall decor or to jazz up a table display.

 -Ashley

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Kelsie & Doug's New Hampshire Farm Wedding

Services Provided: Complete Planning and Event Design, Paper Goods, Day of Coordination

Event date: June 23, 2012

Doug and Kelsie wanted to plan a very intimate, detailed outdoor wedding, and decided to get married at Doug's aunt and uncle's maple syrup farm in New Hampshire, Sugar Hill Farm. Getting married at a family member's farm where they, along with many of their friends and family, had devoted time and energy to getting the space ready made it a very personal experience.

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com/

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com/

Sugar Hill Farm has several intimate gardens that flow naturally into one another - perfect spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. Once the barn was cleaned out and draped with curtains, strings of lights, and vintage-style chandeliers, it was the perfect place for dessert and dancing. They even found an antique cast iron stove in one of the rooms, which we incorporated in our display of tea cups for the coffee served with dessert.

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Little did they know, the barn would also become the ceremony space. It started raining just before the ceremony was scheduled to start, and the couple was married in the middle of the barn instead. Luckily, the skies cleared during cocktail hour, and guests were able to wander and enjoy the gardens. 

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

In styling the wedding, we were inspired by some of the rustic wedding trends, with our own personal touches. For place settings, we used a collection of mismatched antique china that has been passed from friend to friend - this was the fourth wedding in which the china was featured! Hand-picked flowers were arranged in a collection of vintage vases on burlap table runners.

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

We also picked a vintage-style font and incorporated soft, botanical images in our table numbers and programs.  For escort cards, we used 16th century botanical illustrations and made personalized seed packets for each guest. The flower image on the seed packet corresponded with the botanical illustration on each table. Since Sugar Hill Farm makes maple syrup every winter, the favors were small bottles of syrup made from the sap of the surrounding maple trees!  

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Food was very important to Doug and Kelsie. We found a great caterer who specialized in locally sourced ingredients who was willing to do a vegetarian wedding. Kelsie really wanted the meal to feel like it would if you were coming to eat at their house, so it was all served family-style at each table. Doug and Kelsie homebrewed all the beers, and their two signature drinks (a rosemary and cucumber infused gin and tonic, and a French 75 with St. Germaine) were named after family members. And, as Kelsie doesn't love cake, her grandma (known in the family for her pie-making skills) made all of the pies from scratch!

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Words of Advice from Kelsie & Doug:

The most important advice we can give couples planning an outdoor wedding is to never lose sight of what you're doing and why you're doing it.  Remember: you're marrying the love of your life! If you spend your wedding day inconsolable because your perfectly styled ceremony garden is turning into a mud puddle, you might just miss your own wedding, and you'll regret that way more than you'll ever regret the fact that no one got to see your cute parasol display.  Hopefully you get a beautiful, sunny day with perfect white clouds, but if you need to go to Plan B, go to Plan B with a smile.  If you're radiating joy and love, your guests will see that and will also relax and enjoy themselves. We know this from experience: right before the ceremony was supposed to start, it rained. And I mean it poured. We rushed everyone to the barn and held the ceremony there. The beautifully landscaped gardens, all the details we thought would unfold according to plan - they all went right out the window. And it didn't matter one bit. Our guests bonded over the shared experience of braving the terrible weather, and we had people telling us all night that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to...or at least the most memorable!

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Photo Credit: Dreamlove Photography | www.dreamlovephotography.com

Vendors:

Venue: Sugar Hill Farm, Antrim, New Hampshire

Event design and planning: Blue Jar Events

Catering: Inn and Out Hospitality, Denise Meadows

DJ: Avid Entertainment

Photography: Dreamlove Photography

Pies: Made by Kelsie's grandmother

Flowers: Locally picked from Vera Flora Farm, NH

Kelsie's dress: Melissa Sweet Celerie (sample dress from Priscilla of Boston)

Kelsie's hair and makeup: Station 8 Salon, Jamaica Plain, MA