Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Wedding: Crepe Paper Bridal Bouquet

Photo Credit: Racheal of Lady of Light Photography

I knew from the very beginning I wanted a paper flower bouquet.  Well that was the plan anyways.  I first started by trying bouquets like these: here or these.  And I was liking the look of the anenomes with the black in the middle like this.

So I started by trying to make a bouquet that was white with black middles like the anenome one.  Here's what happened.  Thanks J for modeling the tiny first bouquet.

So obviously it had to be bigger, I made it bigger and didn't like it.  So then I thought maybe I'll just have a red rose bouquet it would be easier.  But as I started making the magenta crepe paper flowers for the centerpieces  I thought it would be awesome if I did these with black centers for my bouquet and ivory ones for the bridesmaids.  The first try was a 6 inch Styrofoam ball, it looked too big and kinda weird.

J was on the phone with his sister and he described it as the size of a basketball, so I knew it was TOO big. 
So I got a smaller Styrofoam ball, ripped out all of the flower gently and glued them into the new ball. 
I took pictures and they looked EXACTLY the same :|
It took a minute but I realized, bouquets are not balls of flowers, they are flowers on the top and stems on the bottom so it should look like more of a half circle. 
I ended up finding that Michaels had bouquet holders for this very purpose, so I ended up buying that part and redoing the whole bouquet...
I liked that it had the stem look on the bottom, even if it was fake. 

I made the flowers following the instructions from this post on 5inch pieces of a 1/4 inch dowel and actually ended up all magenta no black in the middle. 

I placed the flowers where I wanted them in the styrofoam. 
Then I pulled the flowers out and used my favorite Elmers Craft Bond glue to fill up the hole and put the flower back in. 
I spaced out some random white flowers and greenery. 

And here's how it turned out. 
these photos are by Racheal of Lady of Light Photography.  
She's amazing, check out her website!
I did the bridesmaids bouquets similarly, with a different kind of flower holder.  And hot glued fake ferns to the handle part to cover it up.  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Wedding Quilt

Here is our wedding quilt.
Made with pieces of fabric our family and friends sent us. 

I originally saw this idea on pinterest.  I think someone else put the quilt together for the couple and it was just a patchwork quilt of random fabrics.  I thought it might be cooler if it was a little more organized.  Included with the wedding invitation I asked for a quarter of a yard of black, white, or black and white fabric.  And I so enjoyed opening the envelopes as they came in.  Some people chose fabric that was a reflection of them, some people sent us fabric that reminded them of me.

It was pretty obvious at first that people were more likely to send fabric with black in it so I purchased a bunch of different white fabric.  And in between wedding planning I started putting the pieces together.

My helpers did their version of helping...

Also, they were VERY ready for this quilt to be done, every single time I put it down they would try to lay on it. 

For the backing I chose a gray fabric with white and orange hearts...

Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY Wedding: Groomsmen Gifts

After deciding and purchasing the bridesmaids gifts I approached J about his groomsman gift. 
He said he didn't need to get them anything. 
I said, "yes you do." 
He said, "ok hard alcohol."
(and by that he means buying bottles and handing them out.  he's done that as Christmas gifts in the past)
I said, "not just the bottle."

See not just the bottle:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

DIY Wedding: Wedding Totes

Now that the wedding stress is over I can finally start posting all my DIY wedding projects. 
I'm waiting on pictures from the photographer for a bunch of the pictures, but I'll post what I can in the mean time. :)

For my lovely Maids of Honor, Bridesmaids, Best (wo)Man, Mother of the bride, Mother of the groom, I made these cute totes. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recipe Wednesday: Zucchini Pizza Boats

these were surprisingly delicious. 
I will definitely use this recipe again for a pizza fix when I'm trying to stay low carb.