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Scandinavian DIY Stylized Shoot

There are two things we love around here, gorgeous inspiration and DIYs we can actually do. So this little post from Blush and Whim is sooo up our alley. Because not only do we have the pretty images in this gallery from Jaimee Morse, but there are also a few DIYs tucked below that aren’t only beautiful, but oh so doable. See even more from this shoot here.


From Jaimee Morse PhotographyI worked with a bunch of Minneapolis’ best wedding vendors to create this Scandinavian DIY stylized shoot. We created the shoot to have touches of Scandinavian with lots of natural and earthy tones. We also wanted to shoot it outside to capture the beauty that winter offers. We wanted the details in the shoot to be attainable by all brides so we created a bunch of DIY items such as a bouquet, floral crown, and décor. Also, our amazing hair and makeup artists gave us the “how-to” for the look the model’s are wearing.


1. Use a hair volumizing powder at the roots and backcomb the hair.
2. Gently comb the hair smooth.
4. Section the hair into 4 quadrants. Leave some hair at the nape of the neck out of the lower quadrants.
5. Make a loose braid in each quadrant.
6. Criss-cross the braids on top of the head and secure with bobby pins at the scalp.
7. Take the end of a rat tail comb or with the end of skinny makeup brush and gently lift and loosen the braids.
8. Take the remaining hair (at the nape of the neck) and softly twist several sections up into the style and secure with bobby pins.
9. Spray with a medium hold hair spray.
10. Scan areas that might need to be adjusted and sculpt into place with your hand. Secure with pins and spray to hold.


1. Prep the skin with moisturizer and primer(s)- face, lid and lip.
2. Use 3 different hues of pink on the eyelid. Start with a darker pink with lash line to crease. A mid-tone pink in the crease. And a light and shimmery pink at the brow bone.
3. Use a mid-tone grey eyeshadow to line the top and bottom lash line. Use a clean brush to smudge and soften the line.
4. Use a black eyeshadow to do a tight line on the lash line and on the upper water line of lid.
5. Apply black mascara and then apply false eyelashes.
6. Use an ash- toned eyeshadow to define the brows.
7. Apply concealer in areas that need to be concealed or evened out- around the nose, cheeks, under the eyes.
8. Apply a tinted moisturizer that matches the undertone of skin all over the face.
9. Apply a blue based pink blush on the apples of the cheeks.
10. Finish with a pale pink lip gloss.


1. Wet green bouquet holder.
2. Start at the very bottom of the bouquet holder and place branches in a horizontal line around the front half of the bouquet holder.
3. Make sure to use thin branches because thick branches will tear up the bouquet holder and then fall out.
4. Work your way up the bouquet, creating row on top of row of branches until you’re a row or two from the very top.
5. Use a glue gun to secure any loose or larger branches into the bouquet holder.
6. Once the front is done, take small sprigs and place them in the back or where there is still green bouquet holder showing.
7. To add length to the bouquet wire the top of a branch to the bottom of a branch already in the bouquet holder. We only did this 3-4 times or else it was getting too heavy and looked misshaped.
8. Wrap something around the bouquet stem to make it look pretty. We used birch bark with some newspaper underneath to add width. But you could use fur, ribbon, or fabric!
9. If you’d rather not DIY your bouquet we would love to recommend Munster Rose, Studio Fleurette, and Ashley Fox Designs to create a bouquet that looks like this one here.


1. Start with a somewhat bendable branch of greens.
2. Wire two branches together with about a one inch overlay.
3. Wire the branches together on the other side to create a circles.
4. Repeat making circles until desired thickness is achieved and then wire branches together. We did this twice to create the thickness pictured above.
5. If wiring is showing, hot glue a leaf or two on wire to cover it.


1. Get a space ready for painting by laying down newspaper.
2. Place tape around the bottom of stem of glass so there’s a straight chalk board line.
3. Paint the base of the glass with the chalkboard paint.
4. Let dry about 30 minutes.
5. Paint again 2-3 times.
6. Remove tape slowly.
7. Use chalk pen instead of normal chalk because normal chalk will scratch paint off of glass.


1. Gather a collection of glass bottles in your desired height, shape, and color. We used all clear glasses.
2. Remove all labels and foils on bottles using Goo Gone or soaking in water for a while.
3. Purchase tapered candles in a variety of heights that are also tapered on the bottom to fit a standard size candle holder.
4. Gently twist the candles into the bottles until they are well secured.
5. Working in a warm environment will help the candles twist into the bottles without breaking.
6. You can quickly burn the edge of the candle closest to the bottle neck to secure if still loose. Make sure to do this quickly because it will cause black the candle to turn black.

Photography: Jaimee Morse | Jewelry: Parallel Pulse | Hair: Julie Swenson | Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny | Furniture Rentals: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals | Makeup: Alyssa LaBella | Planner & Event Design: Blush And Whim | Private Studio: Jaimee Morse | Scandinavian Sweaters: Ingebretsen's | Wedding Dress Boutique: Che Bella Boutique

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Bridesmaid Soiree Inspiration Shoot

A celebratory gathering of girlfriends is always a welcome idea around these parts. So when Whitney Furst shared this sweet bridesmaids’ soiree bursting with pretty like you wouldn’t believe…we couldn’t say YES fast enough. Blush & WhimA Day In Provence and a whole crew of talented helpers brought the vision to life, and the result is a whole gallery full of fabulous.


From Whitney Furst Photography… Ladies love to have fun, let’s be honest! And my vision what just that. I wanted to see in this shoot bold colors, fun accessories (sun-glasses, purses, gifts) laughter and ladies having a great time before their bestie gets hitched.

I am a huge fan of details on your wedding day and am an even more super fan of shooting them. I encourage my couples to have fun with the details of their wedding day as this is an added personal touch to celebrate them as a couple. Have fun with those details with your girlfriends before you get married to your man. Take that added time for fun photos with your bestie. Share gifts, drink champagne and get pretty!

Photography: Whitney Furst Photography | Wedding Planner: Blush & Whim | Floral Design: A Day In Provence | Invitations: Kayd Roy | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Make-up: Sarah Elizabeth Artistry | Hair: Amber Rose Hair + Make-Up | Dessert: Cupcake | Gift Wrapping: Gourmet Gift Wrapping By Janna Krueger | Handbags: Ila Handbags | Rentals: Apres Party And Tent Rental | Robes: Comfy Clothing | Video: Whitney Furst Photography

Classic Pink + Blush Wedding

Do you ever come across a wedding that is so perfect you feel like you might just need a little pinch to prove it? It’s layers of beautiful paper from Paperista upon layers of scrumptious details from Park Place Weddings & Events upon layers of love and happiness, and it’s beautifully captured by the talented Liz Banfield. There’s even a delish cake from Cocoa & Fig on top. In case you haven’t caught on, I’m talking about this perfect soiree.

Country Club

From the photographer… Marion and David’s love story began during Marion’s first days as a freshman at Brown University. David, an upperclassman and the older brother of Marion’s best friend, gallantly offered to “show her around.” Soon a romance bloomed. The couple became engaged years later when David proposed at home by hanging a diamond engagement ring on their Christmas tree.

Marion and her planner Stephanie Johnson of Park Place Planning set out to create a day that would suit Marion’s classic and timeless style. Though the couple resides in Florida, Marion knew from the beginning that she wanted to her wedding to take place in her home state of Minnesota, with a reception at the picturesque Woodhill Country Club where she spent the carefree summers of her childhood. The club’s rolling hills provided an ideal backdrop for the cocktail hour as well as views from the upper deck during the dinner and dance.

Since Marion and David were going to have many out of town guests, they prioritized showing everyone all the best that Minnesota has to offer. Upon arriving at the hotel, each guest received a thoughtful, comprehensive welcome box created by Park Place Planning. The box included colorful wayfarer-style sunglasses, mini Chandon champagne bottles, custom stir sticks, a crucial “recovery kit,” along with trail mix snacks and bottled water. The entire weekend was filled with parties so that everyone had multiple opportunities visit with the bride and groom. Since the wedding was happening during the Fourth of July week, they started off the festivities with a welcome party boat cruise around Lake Minnetonka, dining on ribs and chicken while watching the holiday fireworks over the water. The next night, they hosted their guests at a groom’s dinner at the historic Minneapolis Club. And after the wedding reception, everyone was invited to keep the party going after hours.

The wedding day began at the spacious and elegant Minneapolis bridal salon, L’Atelier Bridal Couture. Taking advantage of their “White Glove Service,” Marion and her ladies enjoyed a luxurious morning of pampering at this picture-perfect “getting ready” location. They spent the morning in the sun-lit space having hair done by Jon Charles Salon and makeup by Jett Makeup. Marion gifted her bridal party with matching robes from Plum Pretty Sugar for that extra touch of stylish comfort. The girls sipped Veuve Cliquot mimosas and noshed on gourmet snacks while getting ready. Marion was dressed in her classically elegant Vera Wang Luxe “Esther” gown from L’Atelier Bridal Couture. Marion and the ladies were personally styled by the owner, Amanda Kautt, before they were all whisked away to the church.

Following a traditional service, the wedding guests were led out of the church by a traditional bagpiper (honoring Marion’s Scottish heritage) and lined the majestic front stairs of St. Mark’s Cathedral for a celebratory send off as the just-married couple made their way to the 1956 Bentley S-1. The formal service now over, Marion transformed her dress by removing the lace jacket overlay which gave her a simple strapless silhouette suitable for dozens of congratulatory hugs (and the 90+ degree July temps!).

When it came to wedding details, Marion and David wanted to combine traditional wedding elements with thoughtful, personal details. The couple worked with Paperista owner Antoinette Ramos who designed a classic engraved gold monogram that tied together all the paper goods. Each engraved invitation included this stunning monogram and was personalized with a hand-calligraphed die-cut card and wrapped with a silk dupioni ribbon. The place cards echoed this design, each hand-calligraphed place card wrapping around a menu with gold engraved lettering. For the desert, Marion and David worked closely with Cocoa & Fig’s owner Laurie Pyle to design a five-tier wedding cake adorned with a cascade of fresh flowers and accented with “lace” frosting detail inspired by Marion’s gown.

Guests signed in with a Velvet Raptor guest book decorated with the couple’s monogram. The dining tables were punctuated by lush, classically white and pale pink tone centerpieces created by Jackie Just of Just Bloomed. Low arrangements of garden roses, hydrangea, and luscious peonies were balanced against stunning high floral pieces anchored on a dramatic crystal candelabras.

Following dinner and toasts the couple literally danced the night away, treating guests to an unforgettable musical performance from the Utah band Party Crashers complete with a Michael Jackson impersonator. The dance floor was still
completely full when it was time to send off the newlyweds. Guests lined up with sparklers, fitting for the 4th of July holiday, to light the way as Marion and David hopped on transportation leading to their after party hosted at Graves 601 Cosmos bar.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Italy, touring Positano, Ravello and Tuscany.

Photography: Liz Banfield | Videographer: John Hoel Of Vibrant Film | Event Planning: Park Place Planning And Events | Floral Design: Just Bloomed | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Ceremony Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral | Reception: Woodhill Country Club (private) | Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Jon Charles Salon | Calligrapher: Rosann Konieczny | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | After Party: Graves 601 Cosmos Bar | Bridal Salon & Styling: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Catering For "White Glove Service": France 44 | Classic Car, 1956 Bentley S-1: Gary's Collector Cars | Flower Girl Dress: Suzanne Lively Designs | Getting Ready Location: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Guest Book: Velvet Raptor | Invitations, Menus, Programs (ALL Papergoods): Paperista | Linens & Rentals: Linen Effects | Makeup: Jett Makeup | Reception Band: Party Crashers | Ring Bearer Outfit: Suzanne Lively | Wedding Guest Hotel: Graves 601 | Wedding Guest Hotel: Westin Minneapolis

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