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DIY Watercolor Place Cards

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 EventsThis 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.

Materials

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

instructions

step-1

Prep your cards and paint. Be sure to have a dish of water on hand to dip/clean your brush as needed

step-2Use 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!

step-3

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!

step-4

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

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Whimsical Boho Chic Wedding in North Carolina

Awash with bright hues and boho accents, this fashion forward soiree is a slam dunk. And I’m not just talking about the Laker playing Groom. Nope, I’m talking amazing tapestriesteepee tents adorned with life-size cut outs, and even a dapper furry friend. From the Bride’s colorful Converse to the cake topper, every detail Millie Holloman Photography and Heart Stone Films shot is sure to delight!

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Summer
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Barn
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Bohemian

From Heart Stone Films… Lindsay and Ryan were high school sweethearts who met and fell in love at Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh North Carolina. They exchanged personal hand written vows in a beautiful bohemian themed ceremony at the Angus Barn Pavillion. The party that followed was EPIC and we had a blast capturing all of their family and friends celebrating together on the dance floor. Their wedding had some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen! Teepees, life size cut outs, a fabric wall behind the DJ booth, and an amazing tapestry behind the altar all courtesy of the talented Ivy Robinson Events.Ryan spent his college years playing basketball for Duke and is currently signed by the Lakers.

Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Videography: Heart Stone Films | Florals: Kelly Odom | Wedding Gown: David's Bridal | Stationary: Atheneum Creative | Ceremony Venue: Angus Barn Pavilion | Catering: Angus Barn | Boho Styling & Calligraphy : Bohemian Ink | Photobooth: TruthBooth | Planning & Design: Ivy Robinson Events | Tent: Party Reflections

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Merrimon-Wynne House Bridal Inspiration

Here’s the recipe for an awesome day in Raleigh: take the seriously stunning Merrimon-Wynne House, add in a team of of talented vendors (think Gather Together, Simply Elegant Floral Designs and The Cupcake Shoppe), throw a fabulous bridal event and then document it all in breathtaking images captured by Katherine Miles Jones.  Sounds like a plan. Soak in all of the gorgeous right here.

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From Gather Together… The Merrimon-Wynne House held its first Bridal Event on January 10, 2015. Jodi and Kaila wanted to host a fun and upbeat event that celebrated their current brides as well as all of the newly engaged couples who were interested in choosing The Merrimon-Wynne House to celebrate their big day! When Jodi and Kaila thought about who was going to participate, they decided that they didn’t want this event to feel like your typical bridal show where you meet multiple vendors in each vendor category. Instead, they decided that one vendor from each vendor category would be chosen to show off their best work. They chose vendors who they felt would best exemplify the feeling of a wedding day at The Merrimon-Wynne House from the minute that a bride walks through the doors in the morning with their bridesmaids to begin getting ready, to the moment that they are about to walk back out those same doors with their new husband at the end of the evening. Once the vision was set in stone, Merrimon-Wynne partnered with Gather Together Event Planning + Design to pull all the gorgeous, fun details together.

As recently engaged couples stepped into The Merrimon-Wynne House for the event, they were greeted with a glass of champagne served on a silver platter, and the smooth sounds of Robert Spaziano’s keyboard and saxophone. They were also offered the opportunity to register to win some amazing prizes offered by each vendor. Every half hour guests could gather at the base of the staircase for a tour of the venue with Kaila or Jodi as their guide.

Their first stop was to see Anna with Simply Elegant Floral Designs, who had set up a bouquet bar adorned with low to high-budget bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, and flower crowns. The future brides were able to hold her bouquets, try on her flower crowns, and see the versatility of what Simply Elegant Floral Designs can offer on their wedding day. The fabulous florals didn’t stop there. The entire event had touches of Simply Elegant Floral Designs’ work throughout. There were beautiful arrangements in every room, on the mantles, outside under the tent, and even atop all of the vendors’ heads – flower crowns for everyone!

As the future brides set down the bouquets, they moved into the next room where One & Only Custom Stationery had their hand-crafted invitation suites beautifully displayed alongside their calligraphy, and guests could help themselves to another drink. Walking past the champagne tower set under the center chandelier, visitors were lured into the next room by the delicious scent of a signature Donovan’s Dish Shrimp and Grits station.

Guests were then led up the staircase to the bridal suites where Alexia’s Bridal had some of their jaw-dropping gowns on display, and a live model glided through the event wearing one of their favorite designs. Parlor Blow Dry Bar was set up with a Braid or Up-Do Bar and a Lipstick Bar. While the girls were getting dolled up, the groom-to-be and mother of the bride were able to chat with Saks Fifth Avenue in the Groom’s Room about their amazing selection of suits and gowns for all occasions leading up to the big day! A “How to Tie a Tie” Bar could also be found in the Groom’s Room, giving the future grooms no excuses on their wedding day! After enjoying some primping, couples could sit down with Gather Together Events for “Why to Hire a Planner” consultations!

The Merrimon-Wynne House sits on an acre of land in the heart of downtown Raleigh, creating the perfect site for a ceremony, lawn games, and dinner underneath market lights. Party Reflections set the lawn up for a ceremony with a beautiful arbor covered in lush greenery by Simply Elegant Floral Designs. Market lights were strung over the lawn to create a romantic and intimate setting.

The event continued out into a Party Reflections tent where Bunn DJ Company was set up and entertaining guests with their dance floor-bouncing beats. There were 3 gorgeous table settings displayed to illustrate low to high-budget tablescapes, including florals on each by Simply Elegant Floral Designs. To complement each table, The Cupcake Shoppe created a unique and beautiful cake! There was also delicious mini cupcakes and cake pops for everyone to enjoy. Lounge areas were created with gorgeous pieces by Themeworks underneath their beautiful center chandelier.

Guests could mingle through the event while sipping on a cocktail, enjoying some fine fare, and getting to connect with some of the vendors that were a part of making The Merrimon-Wynne House’s first year of business such a success.

Photography: Katherine Miles Jones Photography | Florist: Simply Elegant Floral Designs | Bakery: The Cupcake Shoppe | Caterer: Donovan's Dish | Hair & Makeup: Parlor Blow Dry Bar | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Bridal Gown: Lela Rose | Bridal Salon: Alexia's Bridal | Cocktail Hour Music: Robert Spaziano | Event Planning & Design: Gather Together | Groom & Mother Of The Bride Apparel: Saks Fifth Avenue | Rentals (Furniture & Bar): Themeworks | Rentals (Tent, Linens, Flatware, Lighting, Tables & Chairs): Party Reflections | Sponsor: Bailey's Fine Jewelry | Sponsor: Southern Bride & Groom | Sponsor: Diamonds Direct | Stationery & Calligrahy: One & Only Custom Stationery

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Lakeside Engagement Session

So, these two are adorable.  That kind of adorable that is reserved for sweeter than sweet duos that were set up by their parents and spend their e-session frolicking around the great outdoors, pups in tow.  Oh, and they’ll also throw caution to the wind and jump head first into a lake, just because.  In other words? You’re going to love them.  See their sweet e-sesh captured by Robyn Van Dyke right here.

From Robyn Van Dyke Photography Jamie and Wes were set up by their parents, and it actually worked! They are now engaged to be married and they are head over heels in love with each other, the outdoors, and their doggies! Riley (the Golden Retriever) was a gift to Jamie from Wes, and one of their favorite things to do is taking their dogs on walks together! In fact, Wes proposed to Jamie at the exact spot where they had their first date while they were out walking their pups! So they, of course, had to incorporate their adorable doggies into their engagement session as well as their love for the outdoors! I love that they brought a canoe along for their engagement session and even jumped into the lake at the end!

Photography: Robyn Van Dyke Photography

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Southern Style Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

When Kayla Coleman Photography and Pretty In The Details set out to craft this boho shoot, they aimed to fill it with a dreamy, eclectic and timeless feel. But most importantly, they set their stunning couple at the center of it all—and in my opinion, that’s the recipe for pretty that every wedding deserves. Goodies from Paisley & Jade are sprinkled about and paired perfectly with the varied hues. See it all here!

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Summer
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Farm
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Bohemian

From Pretty In The DetailsMy inspiration for our bohemian dream shoot started with three descriptive words; dreamy, timeless, and eclectic. For each detail created and hand-picked, we made sure they held the esthetic of those words. The muted color pallet of the dresses, to the florals and rentals, nothing matched, but everything was picked individually and purposely. with a mismatched feel, we stuck to color families rather than specific colors to use for our design. Partnering with vendors who have a similar esthetic was huge for this shoot to go off successfully. my goal was to inspire brides planning on any budget. Being a wedding designer, I tend to focus on all the details, but I really wanted the details to accent the couple, resembling a real wedding. The couple should never be overlooked because of beautiful decor. Rather, the design should compliment them and who they are, always being the center of attention. Figure out who you are as a couple, and let your wedding shine with personality!! Don’t be afraid to do something others haven’t done yet, that’s the beauty of being you! And let’s be real, this is YOUR day!

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