Teal and Yellow Casual Affair at The Rose Room Boise Idaho

Can’t wait to share with you today this incredibly charming and elegantly casual teal and yellow wedding. This color palette combination has been a huge hit in the past, so I wanted to feature this little gem with the hopes you would find lots of steal-worthy ideas to use for your own big day. And if you’re on a tight budget (like this cute couple), you’re bound to be inspired by their incredible DIY (just check out the lovely handmade paper centerpieces!). The wedding took place at the The Rose Room in Boise, Idaho and was sent to us by Nack Photography who snapped a bunch of stylish pics that will stand the test of time. Totally relaxed, incredibly sweet and beautifully stylish – we just love that!
 
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Beautiful bride Stacy shares: 

What was the vision for your wedding?

Our vision was a fun, casual wedding where we could be ourselves and celebrate with our closest friends and relatives. 

What was the size & budget of your wedding?

We had around 90 guests and spent around $9,500. 
 

Cceremony & Reception

We had only two absolute requirements when it came to location: the ceremony and reception needed to be in the same space and we had to be able to party later than 10 p.m. The Rose Rose was our only viable option that wasn’t outrageously expensive. I could have done without ceilings painted a rosy pink, but having a smooth wedding is all about compromise. 
 

Your Bridal Style

I went with a simple chiffon dress with a sweetheart neckline. I found my dress (on sale!) at my first visit to David’s Bridal. The dress originally had a flowery strap that I chose to eliminate on a whim on my way to my first fitting. Go with your gut. Don’t overthink! I knew I wanted to wear flats (who wants to suffer on your wedding day?), so I went with hot pink crocheted Tom’s. I didn’t realize how much they would poke out from under my dress, but they were a fun touch. The only thing I regret is the feeling of elegance you get when you walk in high heels with a beautiful dress on. Oh well! My accessories were simple, my “something blue”/”something borrowed” was a blue-diamond ring of my sister’s that’s been in our family for generations and my earrings I got from Etsy. 
 

Bridesmaids & Flower Girl

My girls got their dresses from RentTheRunway.com – a great inexpensive option – and I let them pick out which style of dress they wanted to wear. Our flower girl (my niece) wore her favorite white dress and added a grey sash for a bit of flair. 
 

Groom’s Attire

Mike wanted to keep things casual so he ditched the formal tux and went with dress pants and a vest from Express Men. All the groomsmen wore matching grey chambray Vans. I handmade their ties in coordinating teal fabrics. 
 

Decorations

Mike and I handmade thousands of paper flowers for the centerpiece decorations. We also spent months gathering glass jars to be used as vases. Our goal was to be thrifty as well as “green”. After the wedding was over we had very little to throw away. Even the fabric-strip ceremony backdrop was re-purposed into a quilt!
 

Bouquets

My bridesmaids and I did carry real flowers — nothing compares! I asked my talented florist-friend for monochromatic bouquets without much fuss. Our style was more streamlined modern than soft and romantic. 
 

Wedding Cake

Mike’s step-grandma insisted on baking cakes for the big day. I believe we had 7 different cakes, all from family recipes. She even traveled to Boise from Chicago and had several undecorated cakes with her in her carry on! 
 

Favors

We kept things simple. No favors. Please don’t hate us! 
 

Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

Nearly every detail of our wedding we did ourselves — from the invitation design through the decorations. We did as much “in-house” as possible. 

Did you include anything unique? Tell us about the bridesmaids hockey playing?

To explain the hockey — Mike’s little brother is a serious AAA hockey player and his basement was custom-built for his training. The rehearsal dinner was at Mike’s parents house and our friends played several rowdy games of hockey down there. My bridesmaids somehow missed out on the fun the day before and couldn’t resist taking a quick trip to the basement to shoot some pucks before we left to take photos. 
 

Did you find anything challenging?

It was challenging to keep things simple. When you first start planning your wedding, Pinterest and wedding blogs are great sources of inspiration, but they can also overload you with things you feel you HAVE to have at your wedding. There was a point where I had to accept that my time and resources wouldn’t allow me to have a wedding like those I was seeing online. But the trick is that you still CAN have a “blog-worthy” wedding without all the bells and whistles. I found it better to set my top three priorities and do those things really well rather than struggle to hit my entire wish list. Your guests will notice what you do have at your wedding, not the things you don’t. So let go of what isn’t absolutely essential. 
 

Tell us about the stand-out moments?

After reading my vows, I desperately needed a tissue. I was a mess. I turned around mid-laugh/cry and accidentally snot rocketed behind me. Only the groomsmen could see what happened, which they found hilarious. Luckily no one else saw and it remains a moment that only we shared. And now you know. 
  • My sister gave an amazing speech that I’ll never forget. 
  • Dancing with my dad. He’s a better dancer than I am and I had a hard time keeping up! It was a very special moment for me. 
  • Dancing with our friends was the most fun — we had our venue until 2 a.m. and we carefully planned out our playlist to hear all of favorites. 

Your advice to Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?

Designate someone who will coordinate all final day-of details. Being a control-freak, I never gave up the role of ring-master on the day of the wedding and found myself unnecessarily stressed the morning of. Let someone else stress about your makeup artist showing up late, or wonder where the hell your officiant is just minutes before the start of the ceremony. Things will never go exactly according to plan, so improvise and be adaptable. 
 
Thank you Stacy & Mike for sharing all the lovely and congratulations on an amazing day!

 

Photograher: Nack Photography / Wedding Venue: The Rose Room Boise / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

DIY Wedding Breakfast by Benjamin David Photography

You know what I love the most about this DIY wedding by Benjamin David Photography . . . the sheer JOY that is jumping out of every image. Well, admittedly that’s not the only thing that I love. I love how it’s a wedding breakfast held at 8am in the morning when everything is fresh and the air is crisp. I also love the sweet handmade touches such as the simple burlap and lace wrapped mason jars filled with pretty baby’s breath, the DIY vintage styling and the yummy looking breakfast buffet for their guests. But what I think is really awesome is the couple’s message on a chalkboard sign asking their guests ‘to choose a seat, not a side’ – what a wonderful sentiment. It’s just one of those weddings which makes you smile and feel the love!

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Photography: Benjamin David Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Chocolate Brown and Apple Green Wedding

We have a darling of a DIY wedding from Florida for you this lovely Wednesday! With a delicious palette of chocolate brown and apple green, adorable mini apples and a line up of whimsical chalkboard signs dotted throughout, it’s as cute and crafty as can be. Add a stunning bride and some gorgeous green and white florals, and you have one sweet handmade soiree. Oh, and let’s not forget a big thanks to Snappy Shots by Bev captured every charming little detail!

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Bride Liz shares: 

What was your wedding vision?

For our wedding we wanted to make sure that it was a memorable night for us and our guests but we also wanted to make sure everyone had a great time filled with good food, dancing, and great friends.

Color Palette

Our wedding colors were chocolate brown and khaki with pops of apple green.

Ceremony Decor

To decorate the ceremony site we used shepherd hooks with hanging vases full of baby’s breath and tall glass cylinders with apples and hydrangea to line the aisles. A friend of ours made us a cedar wedding arbor as his present to us and it was decorated with a large hydrangea and curly willow arrangement.

Reception Details

To decorate the cocktail hour we used glass vases with brown ribbon and hydrangea on the tables. We also had games on some of the high top tables as decorations. Guests were encouraged to play Guess Who? But instead of of the typical characters you would see we put in pictures of all of our family members. The game Headbanz was also out for guests to play. But instead of guessing different objects on the headbands they had to give each other clues about what Wedding Party Member they were.

For the reception tables we used chocolate brown linens with gold overlays and chocolate pin tuck table runners. We used a combination of high and low centerpieces. Some tables had tall cylinder glass vases filled with apples, curly willow and hydrangea. The other half of the tables had Manzanita trees with hanging glass votives and crystal jewels. The entire room was also illuminated by candlelight, and uplighted with green uplights.

Wedding Attire

I had a Casablanca wedding gown in ivory. We had chocolate brown bridesmaid dresses with apple green Nina shoes, and gold and pearl necklaces with apple green flowers on them. The groom and groomsmen wore khaki suits with chocolate brown vests, and brown with green argyle ties and socks.

DIY Details

We tried to include as many personalized details as possible. We used monograms on almost all the vases for a added touch. Our favors were wine glass that we dipped in chalkboard paint and wrote guests names on them to double as place-cards. When we displayed them on the placecard table we put lampshades on each wine glass and illuminated them with battery operated tea lights.

Wedding Menu

We served all mini-dishes for cocktail hour. From mini carmelized mac n’ cheese, strawberry shortcake bites, mini pork sliders, and a taco bar. Also for cocktail hour we served signature cocktails: “Married Mojito,” “Foster Fizz,” and “I-do Margaritas.” Also, after dinner we had a s’mores stations and an Italian Dessert Bar (made by my Grandmother!) with over 700 cookies and pastries.

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Photography: Snappy Shots by Bev / Floral Designer: A Fantasy in Flowers / Ceremony & Reception: Country Club of Orange Park / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Southern Highlands Farm Wedding

I was so entranced by this amazing farm wedding I knew it was mandatory I share it with you. Held in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW and photographed to perfection by Tim Coulson, it is a stunning portrayal of an eco-friendly wedding in natural bush surrounds. Lovely bride Harriet Goodall, a sculptural basket maker, creates her designs from the surrounding bush, beaches as well as rusted farm salvage, and her talent and eye for detail is evident throughout this whole lovely outdoor affair. This inspiring couple grew, made and co-ordinated every element of the day themselves including Harriet’s wedding gown which she eco-printed using leaves and flowers – incredible! Here a few highlights, but you’ll also want to head on over to Tim’s blog to the full breathtaking portfolio of this enchanting Southern Highlands affair.

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DIY Vintage Backyard Wedding by 2&3 Photography

I admit I have a soft spot for a DIY backyard wedding and this one is full of heart warming touches and sweet vintage details, I know you’ll fall in love with it immediately as I did. This vintage garden themed soiree was brought to life by everyone pitching in to make sure the day was a true reflection of the couple’s love for each another. The bride made all the bouquets, boutonnieres and favors, her Mother and bridesmaids helped create the floral centerpieces and aisle decor bouquets, and the groom made the wedding cake and desserts! (now that’s impressive!). But for me, the two ‘stand out’ details was the groom including a ‘groomsmaid’ in his bridal party (such a cool idea!) and the bride chosing to wear a family vintage wedding gown (such a beautiful gesture). Thankfully, 2&3 Photography were on hand to capture all the amazing DIY details, plus we’ve included very little detail from the bride herself, so all you DIY brides can receive first-hand a ton of priceless information and sweet inspiration.

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Bride Nikki shares: 

Wedding Theme: In light of my dress being almost 30 years old (it was my mother’s dress), and my engagement/wedding ring coming from an estate collection from the 1950’s, we decided ‘vintage‘ would make a great theme. And since we were in our backyard with our closest friends and family, we went for a garden party feel. And so the ‘Vintage Garden Party’ theme was born.

DIY Elements: Almost everything we did was DIY. We didn’t have a ton of money to spend on a wedding (we bought a house and fixed up the yard at the beginning of the same year) and we didn’t want many of the extra details that go into traditional weddings like getting my hair and makeup done professionally (I did it myself and it looked great), renting/buying a tuxedo, or fancy centerpieces. We didn’t want the day to feel like a staged production so we tried to keep things as natural as possible, from the burlap table runners and mason jars and flowers stems to the decor and food.

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Vintage Wedding Dress: I wore the wedding dress handmade by my great-aunt for my mother. Although, it was a tad too big, knowing it was made with love by a family member, (and the fact that Mom never actually got to wear the dress because it wasn’t finished in time), made it even more important I wear it. The simple, deep V in both the front and the back is my design; the original top had much more fabric. I added a sash of ivory ribbon and a fabric flower just under the bust. I left the bottom the same because the original lace was so beautiful and my awesome seamstress made it feel light and flowy.

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Color Palette: The two colors we agreed on were purple and green. Purple is my favorite color and green is our compromise color for just about everything because we both really like it. Even though we had an Autumn wedding, I really wanted to keep things bright and cheery so purple and green seemed perfect. 

Decor: We decided on minimal decoration to allow the natural beauty of our backyard to shine through. We spent several months before the wedding mulching, weeding and filling in newly-built steps in the backyard. My parents helped out a lot and in the end, the yard looked amazing. From the porch railings we hung a string of photos I made, with photos of us starting in early childhood and ending with us just a few years ago. We made a “Just Married” banner out of burlap and white acrylic paint and hung it on the fence behind the food table to enjoy during the reception.

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Fashion: The girls wore their own green dresses they picked out themselves. I told them if they already had a green dress to wear it but if not, I asked them to choose one that was pretty and any shade of green but, most importantly, that they felt comfortable wearing. The guys wore white button-down shirts with khakis and each wore a green tie with a different pattern.

Flowers: My parents and I purchased a bunch of flowers from the supermarket the morning of the wedding, to use for the centerpieces. We also made small bouquets (with the help of my amazing bridesmaids) to tie to the chairs lining the aisle. We also made a few bouquets to sit around the yard. I made the bouquets and boutonnieres ahead of time with artificial flowers. I used dahlias, hydrangeas, and roses to make the bouquets and roses for the boutonnieres. I wrapped them all in burlap to keep things rustic. And apparently I went a little crazy with the hot glue because we had trouble pushing the pins through the boutonnieres!

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Reception: Nick (my husband) strung up some string lights and hung pretty white paper lanterns. In keeping with our  vintage theme, the centerpieces consisted of old mason jars, bottles and vases of various shapes and sizes we filled with the supermarket flowers. My mother, bridesmaids and I (they did most of the work) put together all of the flowers for the centerpieces and chairs. We covered tables in white linens and burlap runners. Each table contained two centerpieces where we arranged three jars (one small, one medium, and one large) together on one white lace doily and placed a few flower stems in each one. I also really wanted to somehow incorporate into the decor several other ceremony readings (which were’nt used during the short ceremony) which perfectly described our sentiments. So, I printed the readings and displayed them in frames around the yard for people to read.

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Catering: We brought in catering from two of our favorite restaurants. Our wedding cake was a homemade Key Lime Cheesecake Nick baked himself. He also made little cheesecake cupcakes for the guests. We had Raspberry Swirl, Blueberry, Plain, and Key Lime cheesecake cupcakes. He did such a great job and everyone loved them; our friend even asked him to do some for her upcoming wedding!

Favors: I wanted the favors to really mean something to our guests, to let them know how appreciative we were of them spending our day with us. I decorated little note cards with a pretty bride and groom stamp and wrote short, personalized messages to each guest. We also set up a candy bar for them to pick out their favorite sweet treats.

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What was your wedding vision?

We knew first and foremost we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our love and commitment to each other and of the love and support we’ve received from our friends and family. We wanted it to be casual, comfortable and fun. Ultimately, we wanted it to be about the most important aspects of our decision: our love, our family and friends, and spending the rest of our lives together.

What else made your wedding unique?

We had a groomsmaid! One of Nick’s best friends is a girl and it was really important to him that she stand with him on our day. She dressed similar to my bridesmaids in a green dress, but was part of the grooms party.

What was your biggest challenge?

We thought the biggest challenge would be keeping the guest list small but really it was managing the wedding! We didn’t have a wedding planner so we had to do all of the research, decide what we wanted, and execute it all ourselves. In hindsight, we would have greatly benefited from a day-of coordinator because the most stressful part was the few hours before the wedding started; we were running around, making sure everything was out, up, and running the way it was supposed to be.

Thad and Sarah proved to not only be awesome photographers but they were a lifesaver, as well! Thanks to their experience, they were able to help us organize our processional, which was really confusing us in the beginning. But thanks to them, it all ran smoothly. 

Any favorite moments?

During our vows, Nick started to tear up and his voice cracked a little to keep himself from crying. I thought I would be the one who cried at our wedding,  but it was my almost-always serious husband who was overcome with emotion. It was really touching. Another favorite moment was our speeches. Two of my bridesmaids gave really heart-warming talks and then Nick, who kept interrupting mine by leaning into the mic every time I thanked someone he forgot.

Wow – so much great information! Thank you Nikki for going explaining your wedding process and sharing all the DIY details. Congratulations on creating such an amazing day! Also a big thanks to 2&3 Photography for the wonderful imagery.

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Photography: 2&3 Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

How To Make Handmade Fabric Flowers with Tulle

How To Make Handmade Fabric FlowersHow pretty are these tulle flowers? Well, today you’re in luck because we’re going to show you how to make these gorgeous handmade fabric flowers in a few simple steps. There are so many ways you could utilize these feminine florals. As well as a stunning hair accessory, they also make for some drop-dead gorgeous wedding details. Imagine them attached to table runners or jazzing up a bridemaid’s plain clutch?  Used to decorate wedding favours, or strung together as a whimsical ceremony banner. Absolutely lovely! 

Handmade Fabric Flowers

What You Need:

  • tulle & chiffon material*
  • piece of paper
  • pen
  • scissors
  • needle and cotton
  • glass seed beads
  • plain hair clip or comb

*These fabric flowers are made using chiffon and tulle. How many metres of material you need will depend on how many flowers you make and their size, as well as the the thickness of the material used. 

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

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Step 1. Make the stencil first by hand drawing a rose petal shape on card then cutting out. Retrace the shape several times onto a larger sheet of paper to help create a full flower shape and even pattern. Cut out the pattern.

DIY Fabric Flowers

Step 2. Take some material and fold it into a square slightly bigger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to the folded material, then carefully cut around. Repeat the process until you end up with enough tulle and chiffon layers to make a full flower. In this example, 26 layers of material are used, however the number of layers you use will vary on the weight of your fabric and the size of your flower.

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Step 3. Place the cut out flower shapes on top of each other. Stagger the alignment of the petals and alternate the different materials. Use your needle and thread to secure the flower together in the centre.

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Step 4. To create volume, pinch the centre of the flower together (from underneath) and secure it with a few stitches. This will give the flower volume and a realistic shape.

Step 5. For a more glamorous look, you can sew decorative beads into the centre of the flower.

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Step 6. Lastly, sew the flower securely to a hair comb or clip. Alternatively, you can tie the  flower to a corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.

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Images via Project Wedding