Watercolor and calligraphy are two things I would love to master, but they totally intimidate me. But now, thanks to Rebecca Rose Events and this sweet little DIY snapped up by Nancy Ray, I do believe I can take on the challenge. My head is spinning with about a million ways to use these place cards, so I best get to painting! See the oh-so-easy steps below…
From Rebecca Rose Events…This DIY project is the perfect creative cheat for non-painters who love the colorful look and feel of hand-painting and we’re demonstrating how to pull off the look of hand-painted paper products for your next party. Anybody can do this! If you love the look of hand-painted lettering or calligrapher, but haven’t mastered the arts of calligraphy or painting, this is a great detour to achieve a similar look.
Cardstock – cut to any desirable size (we used 2.5″ squares for place cards!)
Craft Paint – any color, or selection of colors
Small Paint Brush
Small Wooden Dowel with a pointed edge – available at craft stores
Prep your cards and paint. Be sure to have a dish of water on hand to dip/clean your brush as needed
Use the paint brush to make wide strokes across the card. Leave at least one quarter of an inch of space around the edges. Don’t worry about creating neat edges – the brush strokes show your handiwork!
Before the paint is dry – use the pointed edge of the wooden dowel to hand-letter your guest’s name. The dowel will remove the paint leaving the cardstock to show through…so much easier than trying to paint somebody’s name, right?! If you mess up, paint over your work and start again!
Let the cards dry fully and voila! You now have personalized, hand-painted and hand-lettered place cards. Place at individual table settings for your guests
We also love this idea for food and beverage signage! These little cards are the perfect size to tray-pass with your favorite lemonade or cocktail. The same idea also works for escort cards. Just add a table number to the back side of the cards and display in a festive way!
Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Styling & Creative Direction: Rebecca Rose Creative
Give me a tented wedding any day of the week and my heart is happy. But give me a wedding celebrated under the sailcloth canopies of Sperry Tents and that’s an entirely new level of pure, unadulterated joy. Think breathtaking silhouettes, solid wood support poles and seriously sweet pennant flags waving in the breeze. It’s romance meets elegance and it’s exactly how your wedding should be.
There are weddings, and then there are weddings held under the handcrafted goodness of Sperry Tents. Those are the type of weddings where sophistication takes center stage with sweeping panels of genuine sailcloth intricately crafted by sailmakers in coastal New England. Imagine an array of tent sizes, creative lighting and luxurious floor options seriously perfect for your Big Day, no matter the size of your party. So whether you plan on dining with an intimate group of 50 or dancing the night away with 500 of your favorites, Sperry Tents’ nationwide network of licensed providers has a tent just waiting for your creative touch… and flare for the amazing.
Contact the Sperry Tents Southeast location nearest you to begin your journey towards your dream wedding. Offices are now open in Naples and Miami, Florida, as well as Charlottesville, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina. Happy planning, lovelies!
Photography: IRIS Photography + Al Gawlik Photography + Concept Photography + Neil Landino
Ben and Blair met at a pool party, but not in the way you’d expect! It turns out Blair’s then two-year-old son had a hand in making the introduction, and their sweet story is what makes this production by Light Cannon Films magical to watch. We were moved to tears by their letters to each other, cheering them on at their fairy tale chapel wedding, and can’t wait to share their happily ever after with you all!
From Light Cannon Films… As far as a wedding day is concerned, this one had it all. Rain, for good luck. Then a rainbow. A lighthouse, the natural beauty of Carolina’s islands, historic oaks… a stunning bride, an adoring groom. But best of all was the Morels’ story.
Ben is an ER doctor, and Blaire’s an ER nurse. They met at a pool party, but they were introduced by Blaire’s sweet son Eason, then only two years old. Ben and Eason had already become friends, playing in the water, when Ben asked (in some version), “By the way, where’s your Mom?” Blaire gets stars in her eyes when she talks about the friendship between her son and her (now) husband, how they are best friends and so alike.
Ben and Blaire’s admiration and friendship is only rivaled by their romance. They are the picture of love and watching them interact overwhelms us with joy that they have truly found the one their souls desired.
Photography: Eric Boneske | Cinematography: Light Cannon Films | Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen Couture | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Bailey Upchurch | Hair: Head To Toe Salon | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A Banks | Venue: Bald Head Island
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A sense of calm came over me as I admired these stunning photos from Perry Vaile; she captured the breathtaking beauty of combining both Pakistani and Tibetan cultures into one simple and intimate ceremony, leaving me speechless. I’m thinking every Monday morning should start on this sort of note; see every peacefully pretty moment right this way!
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From Perry Vaile… This stunning couple chose to celebrate their wedding in a beautifully unique way – not only did they incorporate their own family traditions by wearing traditional clothing (the Groom in a tailor-made Sherwani, and the Bride in a Tibetan red gown), but they also choose to have a very simple and intimate ceremony with only a handful of those closest to them, followed by a large reception (where they switched to a tux and short white dress) in a beautiful ballroom. The couple used beautiful cherry blossoms throughout their day and gave guests Ilam tea as a favor and Krispy Kreme donuts for the dessert!
Photography: Perry Vaile | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Courtney Hughes | Hair: Enrique Weffer | Band: GrooveTown | Wedding Venue: Carolina Inn | Bride's Shoes (Flats): Ivanka Trump | Wedding Dress - Red: Designed By Bride, Made In Nepal. | Wedding Dress - White: Jill Stuart
When it comes to romantic and seriously elegant venues, the Biltmore Estate stands in a league of its own. Just take one look at this regal affair from Asheville Event Co. and you’re sure to agree. From the chandelier filled reception to the seriously chic ceremony, Realities Photography shared it all with us here!
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From Biltmore Estate…Annsley & Brad were wed on a beautiful day in September. Their ceremony and reception took place at Diana on Biltmore Estate. From the bridesmaids dresses to the florals and decor, this wedding was truly stunning!
Photography: Realities Photography | Videographer: Four Seasons Films | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Floral Design: The Bloom Room | Entertainment: East Coast Entertainment | Venue: Biltmore Estate
If you’re planning a spring wedding filled with pretty pops of color, I suggest you pause and start pinning. Because not only is this next colorful affair the perfect blend of vibrancy and love, it also happens to be a new favorite straight from the lens of Anna Routh Photography. See it all here!
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From Anna Routh Photography…Emily and Josh are two of the most wonderful people I know – full of so much joy and love for each other and for their friends and family. Their spring wedding, on the most beautiful day, was such a joy to be a part of. Emily’s mom is a very talented event planner and florist, and the evening she put together was just perfect. The pops of color, the amazing details, the delicious food – it all screamed of Emily and Josh’s colorful personalities and it came together just perfectly.
Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Coordination: La Fete | Floral Design: Purple Puddle | Cake: Art Of Cake | Bride's Shoes: Michael Kors | Catering: Fig And Honey | Make Up: Skye Marra | Hair: DB Sutton | Lighting: Get Lit | DJ: DJ Spin | Transportation: Harrison Global | Bridal Gown: JCrew | Bridesmaids Necklaces: Stella And Dot | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rock Quarry Farm | Cocktail Hour Music: Mipso | Custom Invitation Artwork: Yellow House Calligraphy | Event Design & Planning: Kathy Buck, Purple Puddle | Film Scanning: Photo Vision | Hand Painted Bar And Road Signs: Sweet Pease | Invitiations: Purple Puddle | Rentals: American Party Rentals