Darling DIY Wedding in Washington by Kat Skye Photography

I have to say I take my hat off to this bride. She is a DIY natural, who has crafted the loveliest of soirees brimming with oh-so-pretty details and breathtaking blooms, you’ll want to ensure you relish each one. It’s rustic elegance meets country glam for this darling Washington DC  event. With a coral and white color palette, splashes of burlap and cute-to-boot button accents – it’s more than gorgeous! All captured beautifully by the swoon-worthy talents of Kat Sky Photography. Not much more I can add friends, except for ‘go ahead and lap up all the loveliness!’ 

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 From the photographer:

I had the time of my life photographing these two. I’ve known them since college… actually I didn’t really know them individually, only as a couple. Which is why it was kind of surreal being their wedding photographer. It meant that we were all really grown ups now and at least 2 years out of college. And they chose me to be the one to capture the most special day of their life.

We weren’t in our college bubble anymore, this was real life and they were finally getting married! Their friends and family have been waiting for this for a long time. And the day finally came and it was a very big celebration!

Lots of tears, lots of smiles, and enough cake and beer to keep everyone satisfied. Even though I truly loved every moment of the day, I think I had the most fun photographing the dancing.

Mitch and Mallory were so relaxed and happy and ALL their friends really know how to do a dance party. They would have danced all night if the venue didn’t cut them off at 10. Everyone loved celebrating on this joyful day! 


Photographer: Kat Skye Photography // Event Venue: Mrs. Kalins Barn// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sweet Rustic Wedding on a Budget

This is not just a beautiful celebration of two people in love, but also a lovely celebration of their Dutch heritage! Janessa and Eric combined sweet rustic style, homemade DIY details and a pretty array of delft blue and white Dutch decor to create their perfect and personalized wedding day. What’s more, all this beauty and charm was budget-friendly with plenty of help from friends and family! Thanks to Lyn Ismael for perfectly capturing all the adorable details.

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Beautiful bride Jenessa shares the details: 

Wedding Theme

My vision was a wedding that was very personal to myself and my husband. We wanted every detail to reflect us and allow every guest to see our love for each other and our excitement for our special day. We went with a mix of themes to allow this to happen. When I looked through wedding pictures, I loved the rustic theme, and had decided to theme my wedding with rustic decorations. I also loved the DIY weddings, and wanted to have part in decorating my wedding. Finally, my husband and I both have backgrounds from the dutch culture. We chose a few dutch patterns (delft blue) and traditions to incorporate in our wedding.

Wedding Budget

We had a low budget wedding! I am proud to say our total wedding cost was just under $10,000!

Ceremony & Reception

We chose to get married in my church where I grew up. It was a beautiful space, very personal to me, and also traditional. We had decided to have our reception in a beautiful golf club with lots of wonderful details!

Colour Palette

We chose a dark navy blue colour mixed with a fresh green. We used lots of burlap and, of course, white!

Bride’s Wedding Style

My wedding gown was purchased at David’s Bridal. It had a sweetheart neckline and was a fit to flare style. The wedding party all wore TOMS shoes to the wedding! (www.toms.ca) My accessories were all made by my good friends! I had a beautifully simple earring set and necklace with some pearls!


The bouquets were a mixture of fresh green and white flowers. They were wrapped with burlap and I carried two pins from my late Oma’s (great-grandmothers).


The bridemaid’s wore beautiful dresses from Macy’s. They were only $15! They were halter top style in a dark blue colour. They also wore handmade jewelry made by the same good friends that made mine. They used a delft blue bead for the earrings! Our flower girl wore a traditional white dress and carried a basket with burlap flowers, throwing white petals on the aisle.

Decorations & Flowers

We decorated with lots of fresh flowers (including baby’s breath). The reception tables had a white table cloth with a burlap square in the middle. Each table’s centerpiece was unique. We had a tree stump in the middle, a homemade table number (including pictures), and a variety of delft blue decorations and candles.

Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by my fabulous sister! It was white with little birds on top which were hand painted by my amazing mother to represent the bride and groom! We had sheet cakes made by my Aunt for a late night snack (decorated in a delft blue pattern!)


We chose chocolate letters as our favours. This is a dutch tradition! The letters we gave our were “J”‘s, “E”‘s, and “V”‘s! My mother sewed little burlap bags for each box and I attached a wooden heart burned with a message on each.

Congratulations Jenessa and Eric on your beautiful wedding day. You prove how it is possible to achieve a gorgeous look on a low budget!




Photography:  Lyn Ismael: Evocative Imagery of Love Stories / Reception Venue:  Listowel Golf Country Club / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

A Bride on Horseback and her Rustic Ranch Wedding

There is something so natural and organic about this rustic ranch wedding sent to us by Amber Davis Photography. I’m guessing it’s got something to do with the stunning country scenery or the amazing rustic decor and pretty pastel flowers which complement the natural scenery so effortlessly. Then again, it could be the homemade honey favors made by the bride’s family farm or the awesome burlap Toms the bride chose to wear as her wedding shoes. What if it is purely the fact the beautiful bride arrived on horseback, turning this gorgeous wedding into one truly breathtaking country wedding with a romantic vibe. But who I am to decide? I’m going to leave the choice of which fabulous element makes this event totally memorable up to you all you lovely readers. Scroll through all the beautiful images below and then let me know what you decide!

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Photography: Amber Davis Photography / Location: Cheval Manor Ranch /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Succulent Inspired Beach Wedding from Carrie Wildes Photography

You know when a beach wedding is in Florida, it’s already miles ahead in the stunning stakes. But when viewed through the lens of Carrie Wildes, it takes beach beautiful to an entirely different level. Inspired by succulents and classic “Tommy Bahama” style this beautiful beach soiree is decorated with green succulents, burlap details and white orchids from the flowers to the tables, from the cake to the favors and everywhere in between. With pure white sandy beaches, pretty blue bridesmaids in flowy dresses and organic decor which beautifully blends with the natural landscape, it can only be summed up with one word – fabulous!

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From the bride Jennifer: I didn’t grow up fantasizing and dreaming about my wedding day, so I had no idea where to start after Jason’s sunset proposal on the lake near our home in Dallas, Georgia. Having lived in Tampa for years, it was Jason, actually, who had always dreamed of getting married at the Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The first time he took me there I knew it was the perfect place. 

I knew I wanted to keep the decor and other essentials somewhat muted. I wanted the decor to flow with the ambiance and beauty around us. Comfortable, casual, classy and elegant. Those were the key elements in my vision. I believe that everything came full circle when I found the bridesmaids dresses – the movement of the crinkle chiffon WToo by Watters dresses in the stunning ‘Mediterranean Blue’ hue. They were a perfect example of how our color scheme and decor could perfectly complement the natural beauty around us. As the planning continued, our various vendors starting referring to our theme as “Tommy Bahama Rustic”.

I’m not a big fan of flowers, thus planning our centerpieces and bouquets was extremely difficult for me. I searched endlessly for ideas and always came up short! I knew I wanted all green and white to keep with the natural, simple elegance theme, but beyond that I was having a tough time describing the look I was going for. Jana Stall, with Events in Bloom, was absolutely amazing at translating my scatter-brained thoughts and ideas into beautiful, cohesive reality. Her exquisite use of stock, succulents, manzanita branches, and other “non-traditional” elements in the bouquets, aisle runners, cake decor and centerpieces completely brought our natural, beach rustic theme to life.

Aside from the floral decor, I knew I wanted to do the remaining details myself. (Who doesn’t love a good DIY project?) I wrote numbers on extra large, real sand dollars for our table numbers. For our table assignments, I found a fabulous antique window at a thrift store for $3. With a little sanding, paint, and chalk pens, we brought new life and purpose to the old window. I sent burlap to our wonderful Pastry Chef, Tara Bishop, at the Don Cesar to use on the cake. For our favors, we adorned burlap sacks filled with local salt water taffy with ribbon and sand dollars.

Although the inclement weather required us to move our outdoor reception indoors, we were lucky enough to have a break in the clouds to still hold our ceremony outside, facing the beach, at sunset, under a covered pavilion. The weather even allowed the sun to appear just in time to snap some amazing photos on the beach. I remember Sylense, our lead photographer, telling us we had maybe 5 minutes before the rain would start up again. We finished up just as it began to spring, and moved inside to eat, drink, and dance the night away among our closest friends and family. It was truly everything we could have ever dreamed of!

Thank you Jennifer and congratulations on a truly stunning beach wedding!

♥ ♥ ♥

Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography / Floral Designer:  Events in Bloom / Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo by Watters / Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Bahama / Reception:  Don CeSar Beach Resort / Cinema and Video:  Expert Productions / Makeup Artist:  KyleLynn Weddings / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Chic Wedding Ideas We Loved in 2011

There were so many fabulous wedding ideas and an abundance of creative inspiration for weddings in 2011. Here is are a few favourites we featured last year which we believe will add a personalised and stylish touch to your wedding, yet still stand the test of time no matter what the year or wedding season!

Beautiful Burlap Wedding Ideas

Burlap is still a popular wedding trend which allows you to add a charming rustic element to your decor without huge budget.  We put together a ton of burlap wedding ideas to show you how to use this versatile fabric elegantly and stylishly on your wedding day.

Burlap Wedding Table

Flower Girl Purse Bouquets

This stunning idea to replace the traditional flower girl posey will give a stylish wedding plenty of wow factor. We loved these sweet scented floral handbags designed by Karen Tran Florals. They’re the perfect accessory for your little princesses to strut down the aisle.Flower Girl Purses

Mason Jar Wedding Lighting

Another wedding idea trend which has dominated weddings but is showing no sign of exiting anytime soon is the humble mason jar. We put together a feature with different ideas for wedding lighting using a collection of mason jars. They’re a pretty and cost effective way to decorate wedding tables, aisle ways and outdoor receptions and give your whole event a magical glow.Mason Jar Wedding

Reception Tablescapes by BHLDN

How can you not love BHLDN? In fact, I challenge anyone to not find one little ounce of inspiration for their wedding from this amazing line up of reception tablescapes. This is one of the best displays of decor inspiration I saw in 2011 – and this creative team of visionaries are ‘the bomb’ as far as I’m concerned.Wedding Reception Tablescapes

Lace Doily Decor

If you’re planning a vintage wedding or visualising a gorgeous garden soiree embellished with vintage details, then this nostalgic wedding idea is perfect for you!  Check out this pretty line up of lace doilies by Cedarwood Weddings and beautifully all creatively used throughout a vintage wedding theme. There are banners, cushions, table settings and even a pretty dessert buffet to inspire your vintage heart.

Bridal Shower Tea Party Theme

My absolute favourite wedding idea for 2011 was the bridal shower tea party theme. Not only is it a fun and fresh idea for a wedding shower, but it also gives you a great excuse to go all out with girly colours and prettier than pretty decor. We walk you through some gorgeous themes and tips to put together a sensational bridal shower.Bridal Shower

What was your favourite wedding idea in 2011?  I’d love to hear your comments!

Burlap & Lace Dessert Buffet Table by Jenny Cookies

When I spotted this amazing burlap and lace Dessert Buffet Table masterpiece by Jenny Cookies my “gorgeous radar” went into serious overdrive!  As far as I’m concerned this is dessert styling done to perfection. If you haven’t yet discovered the talents of Jenny Cookies then make sure you take a peek at her glorious blog. It’s a scrumptious manifest of eye candy confections and delicious delights. This talented dessert diva not only creates all these sweet treats, but also does all the styling and alot of her own photography too!  (I’m seriously turning green with envy right now). Hats off to you Jenny and please keep all the gorgeousness coming thick (sweet) and fast! Burlap Lace Dessert Buffet TableBurlap Lace Rustic Wedding CakeRustic Sweet Mini PiesBurlap Lace Buffet Table DecorationsVintage Brown Dessert Buffet

Beautiful Burlap Wedding Ideas

Burlap is a wonderfully versatile fabric with a gorgeous texture and natural organic appeal. Not only do we love it because it is easy to DIY, but because it is so budget friendly too. Burlap, (also known as ‘hessian’) gives your wedding decor a charming rustic element and it’s natural colour provides plenty of versatility when co-ordinating a wedding palette. We’ve put together a selection of beautiful burlap wedding ideas to show you elegant and stylish ways to use this popular fabric.Burlap Wedding

Burlap Table Runners

A burlap table runner gives your wedding table a lovely textural element without compromising on style. Here, it looks great used on a modern minimalist table or edged with lace for a pretty soft vintage feel.

Burlap Table Runners

Burlap Wedding Table

When you include burlap details on your wedding table it makes for a great effect, but in order to keep the look stylish you don’t want to overdo the amount you use. This beautiful wedding tablescape, uses burlap not only for their tablecloth but also for their wedding favors. They successfully maintained a sense of style by balancing the raw texture and earthy tones of burlap with crisp white linens, soft pretty florals and fantastic pops of mint green.

Burlap Wedding Table
Burlap Aisle Decor

Burlap also makes a fabulous aisle runner for an outdoor or beach wedding. This pretty beach affair pretty seashells to anchor the runner and burlap bows decorated with starfish to dress up the ceremony chairs.

Burlap Aisle Decorations

Burlap Wedding Bouquet

Burlap wrapped wedding bouquets are a popular trend now for wedding flowers and a great idea if you’re wanting to diy your wedding bouquet. The rustic look of burlap against a bunch of delicate blooms makes a wonderful contrast and can depending upon the design can give your wedding style a modern edge or vintage charm. Florists love to finish off burlap wraps with a pretty satin ribbon or encrusted jewels to balance the  raw fabric with sophisticated detailing.

Burlap Wedding Bouquet

Burlap Wedding Banners

Wedding banners give your wedding a lovely whimsical touch and always look great as props in your wedding photos. You can source sweet burlap wedding banners like these on Etsy or make them truly personal and do-it-yourself.

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Burlap Wedding Decorations

There are so many ways to integrate burlap into your wedding decorations. Using simple burlap tablecloths will go great with a casual or rustic wedding theme. Also, pretty burlap bows on furniture, or burlap ribbon used for detailing on centerpieces looks particularly charming. If  you prefer a softer vintage feel, try combining burlap and lace – just like this in this pretty tree chandelier below – so easy and so effective!

Burlap Wedding Decorations

Burlap Wedding Decor

Elegant Burlap

To maintain a chic wedding style, use just touches of burlap mixed with elegant decor. As you’ll see below, the stark white of a stylish Chiavari chair is beautifully contrasted with the rustic texture of a burlap tie. Likewise, a menu framed with burlap detailing brings a touch of organic loveliness to an elegant table setting. Another new wedding trend is to incorporate burlap accents into a glamorous style wedding theme. Mix it with sparkling crystals, chic candelabra and glimmering jewels, and the overall effect is elegant, warm and gloriously pretty!

Burlap Wedding Ideas

Elegant Burlap

Burlap Details

Another way to elegantly incorporate burlap into your decor is to combine it with bright pops of colour. The natural coarse look of burlap against the canary yellow on this ring bearers pillow is a great combination. Similarly, the wonderful pop of yellow from the billy button and the teal twine on the napkin holders, add a modern and stylish accent against the earthy material.

Wedding Burlap Details

Burlap Boutonnieres

For a wonderful stylish vintage wedding idea, you can’t go past burlap boutonnieres. Wrap the burlap around the base of the blooms, or use it as a background feature, either way they will look fabulous.

Burlap Boutonnieres

Burlap Wedding Invitations & Stationery

If you’re after something a little unique for your wedding, then burlap wedding invitations may be your style. Their natural handmade appearance make them perfect for a beach, shabby chic or vintage wedding and what’s more you can easily DIY. These invitations, found on Etsy use burlap as a background for lovely rustic touch. Also, handmade invitations or wedding stationery with a burlap ribbon or wrapped in twine take on a pretty organic feel.

Burlap Wedding Invitations

Wedding Hessian

Image  Credits: Girl Holding Burlap Heart/ Burlap Bouquet Modern Table Runner /Vintage Table RunnerBurlap & Aqua Wedding Table / Beach Aisle RunnerPink Tulip Bouquet /Lavender Bouquet /Yellow Heart Banner /Red Heart Banner /Burlap & Lace  Chandelier /Staircase DecorationShabby Chic Decor /Chiavari Chair / Elegant Menu /Glamorous White & Burlap Tablescape /Ring Bearers PillowBilly Button Napkin Detail /Boutonniere with Burlap Wrap / Boutonniere with Leaves /Pink Wedding InvitationYellow Wedding Invitation


DIY Burlap

Want to create burlap decorations for your wedding? Then check out these great buys we found to help you co-ordinate the decorations featured (click on text for full details).




 1. To create runners and larger decorations – Burlap by the yard –  natural 60 inch x 10 yd





2. For making favors, menus, bouquets and smaller decorations – May Arts 1-1/2-Inch Wide Ribbon, Ivory Lace 

Lace Ribbon





3. To add a pretty vintage touch to your burlap – Beige Lace Ribbon – 12 inches long x 5/8 inch wide


4. Add a gorgeous detail or pop of colour – Eco Friendly Colored Twine


Paper Lanterns from Luna Bazaar