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A Rustic DIY Yellow & Gray Wedding

Our good friends Jenn and Antoine recently tied the knot at a beautiful venue called Mountain Terrace in Woodside, California. It was a little bit cold and rainy that day but the rain for some reason added a sense of magic to the wedding. Jenn is a graphic designer and this wedding was completely a DIY wedding. She lovingly labored over all the lovely details including printed napkins to little ticket RSVPs in the invitations. This was a beautiful and rustic yellow and gray wedding and we were so happy to have been able to be a part of it. Jenn has also promised to share with us more photos once she gets them from her photographer. For now, we will have to deal with my amateur photo-taking skills and some lovely shots from friends and the groom’s brother at Anh Truong Photography.

These signs were made out of Jenn’s neighbor’s old fence and cut into beautiful signs around the wedding. A friend hand-lettered in the words.

mountain terrace in woodside

Love this succulent in a suitcase

Twine-strung yellow and gray wedding programs

yellow and gray diy string lanterns
Gray napkins printed for the adorable little lemonade stand.
The seating cards were actually little yellow flags on the wedding favor mason jar mug. Everyone got to keep one and fill it up with some delicious lemonade! I loved the gray striped straws!

Burlap table runners for each table and yellow flower centerpieces
burlap table cloths

The sweetheart table was so lovely with their own little plot of succulents.

Lisa and I enjoying the photo booth with the kiddos.
Congrats Jenn & Antoine!
rustic diy wedding

DIY Muslin & Fabric Bag Printing

We’ve seen a lot of fun muslin bags being used in weddings and events lately but how is it they get such a lovely design on their bags? Some people shell out and have them professionally silk-screened. Others own gocco machines and are easily able to transfer their designs that way. If you are unable to do either of those options, I found a great and easy alternative on Bloomize to get a design onto your muslin/fabric bag and pouches! What they did was create a stencil out of a punch and used some fabric paint and an iron to set it into the bag.

What they did:
“For the pouch, I took the liberty to add a tinge of pink by painting a heart. This was done by lightly dabbing fabric paint with the help of a stencil made by simply using a heart paper punch on a piece of glossy magazine cutout. A sheet of paper was slipped inside the pouch to prevent bleeding. Later I ironed the print over a pressing cloth.”

My suggestion could also be to print out your letters and design (Making sure it is more of a silhouette. Less detail makes it easier) and cut them out with an xacto on some thicker card stock and make a stencil out of that.

Mini Pennant Save the Date

Got this cute little mini save the date from my designer friend, Jenn for her upcoming wedding. I love seeing how graphic designers design their own wedding stationery! Can’t wait to see how their wedding invitations turn out.

DIY Wedding Favorites

Wedding season is in full swing and I’ve been recruited to help some close friends brainstorm and decorate. Naturally, everyone is on a tight budget so of course we turn to the internets for some DIY wedding ideas. With some time and a few good friends, a DIY wedding can really save you some money as well as make your wedding day much more personal. Rather than make you search all over the web for them, I have generously blogged about some of my recent favorites. You may thank me now.

The awesome DIY photobooth wall found on Ruffled.
Forget those expensive photobooth rentals. With this baby, you get an awesome vintage feel as well as your choice of wallpaper!

Gorgeous DIY feather brooch from
How Did You Make This.
This was definitely one of my favorites. You don’t need to know how to sew or get messy with glue to create this beautiful brooch. Great for the bride or wedding party.

DIY gold glitter paper scroll / escort card on 100 Layer Cake.
Count on 100 Layer Cake to provide you with the greatest and “why didn’t I think of that” ideas for your wedding. I love this color combo of pink and gold as well. I could see other color options like blue with silver glitter. Dazzling!

DIY baby’s breath monogram from Bliss!
There was a time when baby’s breath was repulsed by brides but we are seeing how resourceful they can be! With a little bit of wire and a few bunches of baby’s breath, a beautiful monogram can be created for any wedding or special event. See the rest of the tutorial here.

DIY rainbow coffee filter roses found on Kuchina Pelna Cudow. (Not in English)
This has to be by far one of the most imaginative projects I’ve ever seen. You may need Google Translator to translate the tutorial, but the outcome is so lovely.

DIY paper flowers on Lolly Chops and Heart Handmade UK.
Oh, so you’re one of those crazy brides that wants to make all her own flowers? This section is for you! Check out the awesome round-up on both sites for over 15 paper flower tutorials including a beautiful flower parasol by Martha Stewart. Great ideas for any diy wedding bouquet.

DIY Doily lamp lantern from
More Design Please.
I know, those paper lanterns that you want to hang on the ceiling really illuminate the space but man are they expensive! That is the reason I love this DIY. It uses something inexpensive and turns it into something super gorgeous. DIY Doily lamp FTW! I’ve seen these also done with string.

DIY wedding favor bags from DIY Wedding.
Cute little favor bag pouches to fill with snacks or tossers!

A super easy DIY vintage book ring holder from PaperNStitch.

DIY braided wedding hairstyle on Hair Romance.
DIY hairstyles can save you a lot of money and you’ll know exactly what you’ll get! Hair Romance’s huge collective of hairstyles for weddings makes me want to grow out my hair again. This romantic braided upstyle was part of their 30 Days of Twists and Pin Hairstyles.

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