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DIY Wedding Decor: Silver Geometric Shapes

When my wedding planning process first began, I knew that it would involve a few DIY projects. But it wasn’t until I put together a visual direction that it became apparent what that might be. I knew silver accents were going to play a key role in styling, so I came up with an idea that would mimic the geometric shapes of constellations, incorporate pieces of greenery and use disco balls to create that twinkling effect in our tented reception. Today I’m sharing the instructions for how to make silver geometric diamonds using items you likely already have on hand – so get crafting and enjoy!

Materials

Straws (I used regular thin straws and wider “smoothie straws” for variety)
Silver muffler tape
String (I used ‘Bamboo Cord’, from the beading section of the craft store)
Thin wooden dowel or skewer
Ruler or measuring tape
Scissors
Tape
Invisible thread (for hanging)
Greenery of your choice
Thin floral wire
Wire cutters
Disco balls (in a variety of sizes)

instructions

Cut your straws to size. You can experiment with various lengths and shapes, but I used two different sizes for this project, using the regular thin straws for the smaller diamonds, and the wider straws for the larger diamonds, with the following lengths for each:

Small Diamonds:
Four 3” straws
Six 5. 5” straws

Large Diamonds:
Four 9” straws
Six 6” straws

Cut the muffler tape into pieces that correspond with your straw lengths. For the thinner straws, one piece of muffler tape will actually cover two straw pieces, so you can cut those in half lengthwise once they’re the right size. For the thicker straws, you’ll need the full width of tape to wrap each piece of straw.

Wrap the straws lengthwise with the muffler tape. You’ll want to be very careful doing this, as the tape is incredibly sticky and wrinkles easily. Gently peel off the tape backing, lay the tape flat on your work surface and then place the straw lengthwise along one side of your tape. Roll the straw gently, covering with tape and smoothing as you go.

In order to start constructing our diamonds, we first want to attach a length of the string to the wooden dowel using a small piece of tape, which we’ll be “threading” through the straws. I like to start with a fairly long piece of string so that I can limit how many times I need to reattach a new pieces of string, but do whatever you feel comfortable working with.

Thread through three straws in this sequence — long, short, long — leaving a small tail of string at the beginning. Pull the string taut at the end, forming a triangle with the three straws and tying off the string with a tight double knot where the two ends meet. Trim any excess string.

Following the same idea as the previous step, we’ll add our next section. Start from the bottom, threading through one of the long straws, then adding a short straw followed by another long straw. Again, tie off at the bottom and trim the ends, leaving you with two triangular sections.

Again, starting from the bottom, thread through one of the long straws, then add a short straw and then another long straw, once again tying off at the bottom and trimming the ends. Now you’ll have three triangular sections.

To finish off the bottom section and create the pyramid shape of the diamond, thread through one of the long straws, add a short straw at the top, and then thread back down through the long straw on the other side, tying off at the bottom. Now you should have a 3D pyramid shape.

For the top section of the diamond, we want to thread through one of the small straws on the pyramid, and then add two more small straws, threading back through one of the base small straws in order to meet the other end of the string and tie it off.

Follow the same instructions as the previous step to add your final two small straws that will create the top of the diamond shape. And voila! You now have a silver diamond, ready to be decorated and hung as you please. If you want to add greenery, disco balls or any other decorations, you can follow the steps below, or you can simply use the diamonds on their own.

To Add Greenery:

Trim off small pieces of greenery, grouping to create little bundles that achieve the look you’re going for. Use a small piece of floral wire to tie the pieces together, and then to attach the bundles to the diamond shapes.

To Add Disco Balls:

Use invisible thread to hang the disco balls or other accents in the center of the diamonds, tying at the top of the diamond. Hang the diamonds in groups at varying heights to create a layered effect. They make a great installation or backdrop, and when they catch the light, you’ll find it dancing it dancing on the walls thanks to the disco balls and reflective silver.

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The Most Elegant Island-Style Elopement Draped in Florals

It doesn’t get much prettier than the majestic backdrop of the Hawaiian Islands; and Anna Ranch is right in keeping with all that tropical beauty. Inspired by this gorgeous locale, Moana Events, Modern Elopement and Grace Flowers Hawaii crafted the most elegant elopement inspiration draped in a sea of white. This destination wedding is taken to a whole new level of stunning. See even more of Aria Studio’s beautiful captures right here.

Inspired from the history and beauty of Anna Ranch tucked in the uplands of Hawaii Island, we designed a sophisticated and elegant all-white elopement against one of Hawaii’s majestic backdrops that tourists rarely have the opportunity to experience.
The rolling and impossibly green hills of Waimea serve as the backdrop for the quaint and historic Anna Ranch.

Anna who the ranch is named after was a real woman and inherited the ranch in 1939 after it being in her family for a century and earned her title as “The First Lady of Ranching.” Not only was Anna a skilled rancher and sportswoman, she also loved to throw amazing social events at the ranch to raise funds for the surrounding community. Anna always dreamt of developing a heritage center on her ranch and toward the end of her life she donated her land and ranch house to the community and it has since been listed on the National Historic Register.

In the same vain as our unexpected heroine and romantic hills we wanted to design a sweetheart tablescape perfect for a luxurious elopement that represented Hawaii’s natural foliage without the usual brightly colored flowers. Instead, we wanted tropical Hawaiian flowers in elegant whites and greens paired with romantic lace linens and vintage inspired dinnerware. The cascading white orchids and crown flowers were inspired by the Hawaiian lei and subtly represents the bride and groom as royalty on their special day.

The elegant simplicity of the Sarah Janks wedding gown was perfect for our modern interpretation on the traditional Hawaiian wedding lei. The lei has been used for hundreds of years to signify the wearers status, enhance beauty, and show love and respect from the lei giver to the receiver. The crown flowers that made up the backward lariat style lei that dramatically draped down our bride’s back were chosen because they were Queen Liliuokalani’s favorite and most prized flower.

The bride’s exquisite bouquet matched our non-traditional Hawaiian theme with white bougainvillea, orchids, and tropical white antheriums mixed with white garden flowers and tied with a cascade of crown flower strands.

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Photography: Aria Studios | Event Design: Moana Events | Event Planning: Modern Elopement | Floral Design: Grace Flowers Hawaii | Hair and Makeup : Mara McMichael | Calligraphy: Hawaii Calligraphy | Venue: Anna Heritage Ranch Center | Dress & Veil: Love And Lace- A Bridal Boutique | Linens : Les Saisons | Photo Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Big Island Tents | Rentals: Maison De Ware | Wedding Ring: Heidi Gibson

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How to Snag a Gorgeous Bridal Bouquet at Any Price Point

Gorgeous bouquets come in all shapes and sizes but understanding just what you can get for different price points can be somewhat of a mystery.  That is until now. From $150 to $350, Emma Lea Floral, The Styled Soiree and Sara Lynn Fine Art Photography are breaking down all the beauty of bouquets no matter your budget. Plus read up on Emma’s insider floral tips below.

Why do bouquets vary so much in cost? Pricing of bridal bouquets is dependent on many factors such as size, style, season, and floral choice. A modest and affordable bouquet might emphasize simplicity by using a smaller variety of flowers, more greenery, and more affordable blooms. Increasing the size of a bouquet, using premium blooms, and limiting the use of greenery will all increase the overall cost of a bouquet. With the exception of certain styles, a well rounded bouquet will feature a variety of textures, greenery types and bloom sizes.

Example of a $150 Bridal Bouquet

Simple and textural

Ingredients:

Garden Roses (Edith & Juliet) $$$
Playa Blanca Rose $$
Cappuccino Rose $$
Lysmachia $
Alstroemeria $
Ginesta $
Green Huck $
Blackberry $$
Peach Spray Rose $

This bouquet was created using a few simple and affordable ingredients with texture and dynamic shape to create visual interest. Large, open standard roses created much of the structure with greenery and textural blooms throughout for added shape and detail. Alsotroemeria, a flower commonly overlooked for weddings, adds bright color and airy detail to the bouquet. An affordable bouquet can still have gorgeous elements such as a few well-placed garden roses and fruited blackberry. The stems of this bouquet are simply and cleanly wrapped with satin ribbon.

Example of a $250 Bridal Bouquet

Full and Fabulous

Ingredients:

Garden Roses (Edith & Juliet) $$$
Playa Blanca Rose $$
Cappuccino Rose $$
Purple Hellebore $$
White Lilac $$$
Blackberry $$
Antique Hydrangea $$
Peach Spray Rose $
Purple Scabiosa $

This bouquet price allows for a larger sized bouquet along with a variety of premium blooms. In this specific design, antique hydrangea adds rich color and texture. These expensive blooms fill much of the bouquet making it more cost effective and leaving room for other gorgeous blooms such as garden roses and white lilac. These premium blooms offer a variety of textures creating a more interesting composition. Greenery is tucked throughout this bouquet but more for color and texture rather than size and shape. The stems of this bouquet are wrapped in premium hand-dyed silk ribbon with a loose bow and tails.

Example of a $350 Bridal Bouquet

A Stunning Statement

Ingredients:

Garden Roses (Edith & Juliet) $$$
Playa Blanca Rose $$
Cappuccino Rose $$
Purple Ranunculus $$
Purple Scabiosa $
Purple Hellebore $$
White Lilac $$$
Blackberry $$
Antique Hydrangea $$
Peach Spray Rose $
Sweet Pea $$$
Delphinium $$$


A bouquet in this price range is certain to be a show stopper. Using almost entirely premium blooms, this bouquet is meant to create a visual statement through size, color, and a mix of textures. Large delphinium blooms create dynamic shape among roses, garden roses, and white lilac. Smaller blooms such as ranunculus, scabiosa, hellebore, and lysmachia are used for colorful and textural detail. These smaller, more delicate blooms are great for creating depth but do not add much of a structural base making them relatively expensive choices compared to sturdier, larger blooms such as roses. The stems of this bouquet make a statement of their own featuring a variety of hand-dyed silk ribbon streamers.

 

How long does it take to make my bouquet?

A: Designing and creating a bouquet isn’t as simple as heading to a flower market, selecting some gorgeous flowers, and tying them together. Your floral designer will plan the bouquet months in advance and order flowers about three weeks in advance. He or she will pick up flowers as early as a week before your wedding day and prep the flowers and foliage (cutting them to size, removing guard petals, making sure each element looks its best). Designing your bouquet will take about an hour but can depend on the complexity of the design.

How should I hold my bouquet?

A: Always check with your floral designer to see if your bouquet has a “front” and a “back.” Hold your bouquet about belly button level. Make sure you are holding it with relaxed fingers rather than clutching tightly.

How can I make help my bouquet look great until the end of my wedding?

A: Before your ceremony, whenever your bouquet isn’t being photographed, make sure it is kept in water. During hot months, try to keep your bouquet in cooler places and during cold months, make sure it doesn’t freeze untended outside. Some flowers are more delicate than others and will be very sensitive to heat.

What is the best way to make sure my bouquet is totally unique?

A: Give your floral designer some ability to be creative! He or she may discover a bloom at the market the day they are buying your flowers that will elevate your bouquet to a completely different level! Choose your floral designer based on their overall style, but allow them the flexibility to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for your wedding.

I love my bouquet so much but flowers don’t last forever, what can I do?

A: Make sure that your photographer captures your bouquet in detail! Ask your planner or photographer to style your bouquet in a few different settings so you have a variety of gorgeous shots. If a particular bloom is your favorite, request a “detail” photograph of it! And you can ask your florist about Bouquet Preservation services. Finally, you could have a beautiful watercolor painting commissioned from your favorite photography of your bouquet!

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Photography: Sara Lynn, Fine Art Photographer | Floral Design: Emma Lea Floral | Ring: Abby Sparks Jewelry | Makeup: Brooke Rock Makeup | Calligraphy : The Styled Soiree | Bridal Shop: Felice´Bridal | Dress Designer: Palazzo | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Model: Yujin Choi via Wilhelmina Denver | Planning and Event Design: The Styled Soiree

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A Shoe for Every Event on Your Wedding Lineup

We all know that every stunning wedding ensemble deserves a fabulous shoe to match, but if you’re stopping at just one pair for your Big Day, you’re missing out on an entire world of wedding shoe bliss. So today we’re teaming up with Stuart Weitzman to help you choose the perfect shoe for every event on your wedding lineup. From beautiful flats to strappy sandals, we’ve got that bridal shower, honeymoon and more totally covered. Scroll for total shoe happiness.

THE BRIDAL SHOWER

It all starts with the bridal shower, which means getting your shoe game on point early. We happen to be head over heels (pun intended) for Stuart Weitzman’s totally chic + casual looks, like The CHAINGANG Sandal and The SUNDRY Wedge. Or keep it sweet with The CHICFLAT or The PEEKABOW Pump, two gorgeous shoes that really make a statement.

THE BACHELORETTE PARTY

Bachelorette parties are for throwing on those party shoes and dancing the night away with your besties. So finding the perfect heels to really make your outfit POP? Priority number one. Enter Stuart Weitzman and an entire world of beautiful possibilities, from the totally stunning PRANKS Sandal to the hot pink NUDIST to the NEARLY NUDE Sandal with its glittery stacked heels. Want to show off your blingy side? The glittery MEMOIR is the perfect choice.

THE REHEARSAL DINNER

We’re true believers that the night before your wedding day deserves just as much style as the BIG event itself.  So our advice? Choose a shoe that will really make your outfit stand out. Think Stuart Weitzman masterpieces like the suede GETONUP Sandal (a fab stiletto), the The NEARLY NUDE in Noir Argento Silver (yes, we love this shoe) and The NUDISTSONG Sandal in glass beige. And, of course, we can’t have this list without The PEEKABOW Pump in Noir Platinum.

THE WEDDING DAY

Ah, the wedding day. This is the moment when you slip on those Stuart Weitzman masterpieces and really, really wow your guests. And with Stuart Weitzman’s new 2017 Bridal Collection premiering on Monday, April 17th (online and in select stores), your fabulous options are basically endless. From our fave NEARLY NUDE (hello, pearls) to The NUDIST, you’ll be looking absolutely divine… we promise.

THE RECEPTION / AFTER PARTY

Long gone are the days of rockin’ the same wedding ensemble for the entire night of your celebration… now we mix things up with a glamorous change for the reception and after party. Which means another amazing pair of shoes from Stuart Weitzman to make you feel all sorts of sophisticated. Think seriously chic + comfy options (a girl’s gotta dance) like The BALLSOFFIRE Sandal, The DECOR Sneaker and The DECOR Slide in suede. Or go for The SIMPLE Sandal with a stacked heel that’s perfect for taking that dance floor by storm.

THE HONEYMOON

When all of the official celebrations are over, it’s time to kick back and relax with your newly betrothed. But just because you’re not in “official” wedding mode doesn’t mean the style has to end. With Stuart Weitzman, you can rock that honeymoon with chic looks like The CORBATA Sandal (hello, jean blue suede), The EDGEWAY Sandal and the colorful JABOW.  And don’t forget the flowery FRAYED for those nights out on the town.

With locations on Michigan Avenue (Chicago), Madison Avenue (New York), Greenwich Avenue (Connecticut), Rodeo Drive and South Coast Plaza (California), NorthPark Center (Dallas), and Lenox Square (Atlanta) and a website that will make you swoon (seriously), Stuart Weitzman’s elegant designs + fabrics will have you walking down the aisle in total style. Not to mention that they’ll personalize all bridal styles with your name and wedding date on the sole of the heel. Check out their gorgeous new Spring 2017 Bridal Collection and then peruse all of their other options for every party on your itinerary. You’re going to look fabulous, you guys.

Photography (Bachelorette Party): Ava Moore Photography | Photography (Bridal Shower): Ashley McCormick Photography | Photography (Honeymoon): Marta Locklear | Photography (Reception): Emilie Ann Photography | Photography (Rehearsal Dinner): Jose Villa Photography | Photography (Wedding): Jose Villa Photography

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