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Happy Halloween!

In honor of today’s holiday, I wanted to share with you the fun and creative invitations that Miss Dachshund over at Weddingbee created for her Civil Union nuptials to her fiance.  Because her fiance is Canadian, they are having a civil union now to help speed up his visa process.

She created the cute spiderweb pocketfold using her Cricut Expressions!

Plus, she created cute wrap around labels to match with the invitations!

All images courtesy of Miss Dachshund.

Most of you know I’m anxiously awaiting the photo recaps of Jessica Claire’s wedding, so I can’t help but be excited when she posts this.

Jose Villa Photography via Jessica Claire Photography

What I’m really loving though, is her dark nail polish. I can’t tell if it is black or plum, or what, but I love it. Really makes me want to go with red, all the way.

Today wraps up my feature of Grace’s wedding.  You can check out the previous posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

In creating the tables scapes and floral arrangements, Grace was looking for something simple and laid back, just like her. She found a planner, Tricia Huddas, who used the team at Garden on the Square to create her simple floral arrangements. Each of the arrangements were placed into jars and bottles from The Paris Market and then laid out on each of the reception tables.

I’m a huge fan of somehow finding a way to reuse the bridesmaids bouquets.  One way to do that is to have empty vases filled with water on the head table.  This allows the girls to place their bouquets in the vases once they arrive to the reception, and voila! You have an instant floral arrangement.

Grace took this to a new level by having her bridesmaids bouquets placed around the base of her wedding cake, an idea that I l-o-v-e, love.

All images courtesy of Belathée Photography via Design*Sponge.

You can check out more details from Grace’s wedding on her blog, Design*Sponge, or check out the Fall 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Because I love sweets, baking and Bakerella cake pops, I just had to share these cuties with you.  As a side note, if you’re not familiar with the Bakerella Cake Pops, take a look here (I’ll wait).

You can find the instructions on how to make these at home, right here.

But, what I really love about this version of her cake pop, is this:

Images courtesy of Bakerella

Now, unless your boyfriend likes to bake or is a chef, I’m sure he wouldn’t bake these himself…but maybe he could talk your best friend into helping him.

And, now I’d like a piece of cake!

To create the escort cards, Grace used vintage wallpaper.  The wallpaper was scanned in to be duplicated and printed out on on tags.  They were attached to the petticoat dryer with clothespins.

Using the same wallpaper pattern, the Martha Stewart Weddings team assisted Grace in making notecards for guests to leave notes for the couple. They did not have a traditional guestbook, so the notecards were used instead, and guests placed them into the planter they put together.

All images courtesy of Belathée Photography via Design*Sponge

Since Georgia summers can be hot and humid, Grace decided to have fans made for her guests to use.  She used side profile photos of her, Aaron and their two cats, and Julia Rothman turned them into green silhouettes, and added their wedding date.  They were then printed out and attached to wooden sticks to make fans.

Favors for the guests were a throwback to Georgia’s roots.  They included grits from a local farm, as well as a recipe for Shrimp and Grits.  The grits were packaged in a paper bag, and the recipe was attached to the bags with a fabric button from busy beaver button.

Grace had some vintage handkerchiefs left over from the invitations, so she decided to use the remainder of them for her table numbers.  She had numbers screen printed onto each handkerchief and then wrap and tied them to a bottle of water.

All images courtesy of Belathée Photography via Design*Sponge

So, last week I spent some time in my favorite state (Colorado) with some of my favorite people.  During my time there, I was able to catch up with a great friend and get a look into her passion (photography).  She shared the work of a fantastic Colorado-based photographer and that’s when I fell in love with this.


I would give my left arm to get married there. Actually, I would give both arms and both legs.


Photographs by James Christianson as featured on Style me Pretty.

In case you’re wondering, I have already inquired with the location regarding future use for a vow renewal. Le swoon (big time).

Throughout her wedding planning, Grace was able to utilize many local vendors to help her out with her vision.

She contacted the The Paris Market, who loaned her several antique chandeliers, which was used as outdoor lighting for the ceremony.

For her escort cards, Grace borrowed a vintage petticoat dryer and antique dresser from @home vintage general. The escort cards were attached to the petticoat dryer and family photos were placed on top of the dresser.

And, to keep guests dancing, Grace and Aaron hired The Corduroy Road, a bluegrass band based out of Athens, Georgia.

Images courtesy of Belathée Photography and Tara Tonne for Martha Stewart Weddings via Design*Sponge.

In keeping up with the chic DIY theme from Grace’s wedding, I wanted to share with you all this fantastic little DIY project.

I’m a huge fan of grosgrain ribbon (HUGE).  I was always the girl that wore one in my hair whenever I had my hair up. So, it is no surprise when I found this little beauty, I was ecstatic.

The wreath is super easy to make, and would make an adorable addition at a wedding. The wreath could be made in any color. You could even alternate colors to add depth (although I’m a huge fan of the monochromatic look for this wreath).

Here are the instructions to make your own (as found on The Long Thread):

– 12″ foam wreath form
– 24 yards 1 1/4″ black grosgrain ribbon (or less if using a wider ribbon)
– Scissors
– Measuring tape

1. Cut 45-50 16″ pieces of ribbon.
2. Tie one strand of ribbon in a knot around the wreath. I used a “messy knot” — right over left, then right over left again, pulling in the opposite direction. It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you are consistent all the way around. Repeat with the knots, pushing them close together, until you fill the wreath.
3. Cut one long piece of ribbon (48″) and tie one end to form a knot. Leave a long loop for hanging and tie another knot onto the wreath.
4. Trim any frayed or long ends.

Images and instructions courtesy of The Long Thread via iDIY.

This week I’ll be posting about Grace over at Design*Sponge‘s wedding.  It was recently featured in the Fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and has so many wonderful DIY elements that made her wedding charming.

After reading about her wedding online and in Martha Stewart Weddings, I reached out to Grace because I really wanted to make sure you readers have access to all of her wonderful projects and details!

For their wedding invitations, Grace and Aaron used vintage/antique handkerchiefs, in addition to ones they received from family members.  They had their wedding details screen-printed on to each of the handkerchiefs.  As for the packaging, they wrapped the handkerchiefs around their RSVP card and the little package was held together with a woodgrain paper band.

All images are courtesy of Belathée Photography via Design*Sponge

Many of the male guests arrived to the wedding wearing the handkerchief invitations as their pocket squares! How sweet is that?!

Stay tuned tomorrow for another dose of Grace’s North meets South wedding!