DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Mini Balloon Bunch Cake Topper

A little out of order this week – but we have Ribbons & Bluebirds today, sharing another one of her amazing DIY wedding tutorials from our DIY Cake Topper series (Part 1 and Part 2). Today she shows us how to make little mini balloons that you can add to figures, or really anything else that might need balloons on your cake or dessert! Balloons are awesome.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Alternative Mini Balloons Cake Topper


You will need:
• Smooth Styrofoam balls,1 1/2”
• Acrylic paint
• Fine sandpaper (I used 220 grit)
• Paintbrush
• Gloss sealer (Modge Podge)
• Iridescent powder (optional)
• Hot glue gun
• Straight wire lengths of about 6”
• Twine/string


Step by Step Instructions:

1. First step is to sand the foam balls, to remove any ridges from their manufacturing and to give the balloon a slightly more oblong shape. I found it easiest to rub the ball onto the sandpaper rather than the other way around (ignore the fact that my sandpaper is a disc for an orbital sander – it was the only 220 grit I had lying around the house.) Give a little extra sand to two opposite spots near the middle of the ball to flatten it out just a bit – this will make the balloon feel like a more natural shape than a pure sphere.

2. Paint! I used acrylic paint, which you’ll be able to see right away soaks better into the areas you sanded. Avoid leaving ridges of paint – it will take two coats, and that’s ok. To let it dry without smudging, I slid it onto a wire stick and stood the wire in a container of glitter.

3. While the balloons are drying, paint the wire sticks for your balloon strings (optional). I wanted mine to be white instead of their original green, so I painted them with white paint and used clothespins to help them dry upright without touching anything.


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Capitol Inspiration: A Classic Black & White Themed Wedding in Missouri

Not a lot from me today – just some beautiful balck + white wedding inspiration from a wedding in Missouri thanks to Sonya Lalla Photography. Have a FANTASTIC weekend Romancers. I will be enjoying my last weekend before the next 2 months fly by!

Capitol Inspiration: Wedding Inspiration for Black & White Themed Weddings

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Photographer:  Sonya Lalla Photography | Reception Venue: The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel | Lighting: Weinhardt Party Rentals | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Becky & Bonnie’s Rustic, DIY Maryland Wedding at Agricultural History Farm Park

“Well, not only did we get married, but we a dream-come-true celebration, surrounded by the people we love the most.”

You might remember Becky & Bonnie from their adorable Libby Hill Park engagement pictures. Well their gorgeous, rustic DIY Maryland barn wedding will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS off! A Lovely Photo killed this one – with gorgeous light, beautiful details, and two stunning brides in a truly stunning real Maryland wedding.

Becky & Bonnie’s DIY, Rustic Maryland Wedding at Agricultural History Park Farm

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Photography: A Lovely Photo | Venue: AG Farm Montgomery Parks | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From the photographer: Alright y’all, grab some snackies and a tissue, and prepare yourself for a long and tear worthy post. This wedding was spectacular, in every way possible. You may remember Becky and Bonnie from their super cute engagement session last year. I already knew after meeting this couple for the first time that their wedding was going to be a dream to shoot. I am so incredibly happy that I was able to capture such a beautiful and heartfelt celebration. You know a wedding is great when you get misty eyed just looking at the photos.

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From the couple about their wedding day:

We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding, someplace with lots of green space and off the beaten path. We fell in love with our venue the moment we saw it – the gravely path leading up to the gorgeous red barn, big trees and rolling green hills in every direction. We loved that it was a real, working farm, complete with goats, chickens and pigs, and that the space is a public park, accessible for anyone to visit. Our family and friends trekked from all over to be with us on that day, from California to New York to Singapore!

Our wedding outfits were kept secret from each other until the wedding day, and in fact no one (except our tailor) had seen both the dresses up until that day. We decided to do a “first look” and we’re so glad we did – seeing each other and having a moment alone before the ceremony was one of our favorite parts of the day.

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The ceremony itself was officiated by a dear family friend. We worked hard with her in the months leading up to the wedding to make sure that every element of our ceremony was meaningful to us – we wanted to combine tradition that made sense to us with things that define us as individuals and as a couple. Our officiant did an incredible job, and we felt that every word of the ceremony was intentional and personal. We integrated pieces of each of our backgrounds into the ceremony, resulting in an awesome mash-up of both of our heritages and histories. Family and friends read blessings (and an excerpt from the Little Prince!), and we read the vows we’d each written for each other. We walked down the aisle and back up again to violin and viola tunes provided by two of Bonnie’s former classmates from her time in music conservatory.

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DIY Tutorial: DIY Glitter Encrusted Mini Champagne Favors

A few posts ago we shared a super gorgeous Speakeasy Inspired Wedding shoot full of glitter gold goodness. One such piece of glitter gold goodness were the DIY Mini Champagne Favors. Thanks to Travis Curry & Barnhill Designs we have the super simple tutorial to make these babies yourselves! Check it out.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make DIY Glitter Dipped Champagne Favors

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Supplies Needed:

  • Mod Podge Glue
  • Gold Glitter
  • Flat head paint brush
  • Gold twine
  • Mini Champagne bottle (187ml) [we used Freixenet Cordon Negro]

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1. Using brush, paint Mod Podge onto bottle – start at the neck of the bottle and paint in stripes down to the bottom. Paint around a quarter of the bottle.

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2. Next, sprinkle gold glitter over the glued area of the bottle. Pour enough glitter to cover the glue completely, so you can’t see the bottle or label underneath.

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3. Continue this process with the rest of the bottle.

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4. When done, let stand for at least an hour.
5. Adorn the top of the bottle with a bow of gold twine, ribbon or even a favor tag!

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Boom. Voila! Super easy and super awesome DIY wedding favor. Thanks to Travis & Allison for sharing!!



DIY Workshop: Learn to Make Your Own DIY Wedding Bouquet & Boutonnieres

Our next DIY Wedding Workshop is just over 2 weeks away and ticket sales have already been our strongest yet! Early bird tickets sold out in less than a week, and we now have just 14 total tickets left to what is going to be our most popular workshop to date – DIY Flower Details with Love Blooms. Who doesn’t want to learn how to tackle DIY flowers for their wedding? Plus, add in all the awesomeoness of Love Blooms and all the goodies from our Capitol Romance Workshops and really, it’s a no-brainer that you should attend :)

DIY Wedding Workshop: Learn to Make Hand Bouquets & Boutonnieres with Love Blooms


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Attendees will learn the basic steps to create their own hand bouquet and matching boutonniere – perfect for the DIY couple (or their friends and family)! Hand bouquets are smaller bouquets, perfect for bridesmaids or in place of corsages. Attendees will get to chose between a few different budget-friendly flower types and wiPhoto-1ll learn about how to pick and work with flowers for your wedding or event.

Attendees will also learn how to select and care for flowers for their wedding day or event, as well as other DIY flower tips/tricks. Each attendee will leave class with a printed, custom DIY flowers tips and tricks sheet from Emily herself!

Like all our workshops, the DIY Wedding Flowers workshop with Love Blooms is from 2pm to 4pm at The Ulysses Room in NW DC. Tickets are ON SALE NOW and will continue to be on sale until they sell out, or up until the day before the event.

So please come join us on Sunday, August 17th. Sip some peach sangria, try out Runningbyrd Tea’s delicious sweet tea, taste Eat & Smile’s delectable food, make some new friends & learn something new, all while supporting awesome, local small businesses in Washington, DC!

Hope to see you there :)

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Christina & Edward’s Eclectic, Handmade Smokey Glen Farm Wedding in Maryland

A gorgeous summer wedding at Smokey Glen Farm, Maryland – what more do you need me to say? I love the casual, laid-back feel of this wedding. With the handmade, eclectic details, and causal elegance in the attire & decor, Christina & Ed had a beautiful Maryland barn wedding with so many fun details. Thanks to Roman Grinev Photography for sharing this one!

Christina & Edward’s Handmade, Casual Smokey Glen Farm Wedding in Maryland

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Photographer:  Roman Grinev Photography | Makeup Artist: Bridal Artistry team member | Floral Designer: Floral & bloom Designs | Venue: Smokey Glen Farm | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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The day started off at their home nearby where Christina and the bride’s maids were all getting ready. All the ladies were pretty relaxed as they got ready while wearing their matching robes. Christina opted for a very elegant, yet casual wedding gown, which completely matched her personal style that was evident throughout their home.

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I met the guys at Smokey Glenn Farm just before the ceremony and they were definitely in a very relaxed mood. The part of the farm where the ceremony and reception happened was amazing. It was very relaxed, intimate, and had plenty of activities to keep everyone happy including its very own miniature golf course which all of the guests took part in. Christina and the ladies arrived and it was straight away to the ceremony which was held just beneath the barn which hosted the reception. All of the details of the ceremony were perfectly suited to the relaxed country feeling of their day.

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Grace & Kyle’s Laid-Back, Plaid Filled Engagement Pictures in Williamsburg, VA

Today’s Virginia engagement pictures have me wanting Fall PRETTY badly. I am going to the beach in a few weeks (vacation! woo hoo!) but around this time every year, I get a it fed up with the humidity and heat and long for the cool, crisp weather of Fall. I mean plaid is just the best thing ever – and Grace & Kyle both rock a few iterations of some great plaid engagement outfits. Thanks to A Lovely Photo for sharing!

Grace & Kyle’s Laid Back, Plaid Filled Engagement Pictures in Williamsburg, VA

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Vendors & Outfits (if you are interested!)

Photographer: A Lovely Photo | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  Outfits: Grace: Dress- Madewell Belt, Boots- J. Crew Scarf- Anthropologie Kyle: Pants, Shirt, Socks: J. Crew Cardigan: Urban Outfitters Shoes: Steve Madden

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They are both William & Mary graduates, and wanted their engagement session taken on campus and the historic downtown area. This was the perfect fall afternoon to run around town and have fun . Grace and Kyle are getting married next August with a ceremony at the Wrenn Chapel, and a reception following at the Williamsburg Winery.

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From the bride, their story:

First, we were married. Second, we were roommates. Now, we’re soulmates. We met at the College of William and Mary playing ultimate frisbee. Kyle was on the men’s team, Grace was on the women’s team, and we were good friends for a few years. As a joke one Valentine’s Day, Kyle “proposed” and Grace said yes! After that, the longstanding joke was that we were husband and wife anytime we were together. Then, the summer after Kyle graduated, Grace needed a place to live, so we spent the summer as roommates in Williamsburg. That summer, we became best friends.

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Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck: “Easy to Love”

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Two weeks in a row with new Wedding Music That Doesn’t Suck wedding song suggestions! HOLLA. And this one – well this one just might the most perfect modern first dance song EVER. This song has it all – perfect beat, perfect lyrics, and perfect tempo – all screaming to be a first dance song at your wedding. It’s called “Easy to Love” and it’s by Ivan & Alyosha.

Wedding appropriate yrics:

When the sky turns black
And we know it will from time to time
We’ve been through that
And we came out on top because

You’re really easy to love
You’re really easy to love

And I know you’re good
You know I try most of the time
We’ve been through that
And we came out on top because

You’re really easy to love


Be back this afternoon with a lovely engagement session. Happy Monday Romancers.

Wendy & Nathan’s Personalized, Waterfront Wedding in Maryland

A simple quote that sums up this wonderful couples love. Wendy and Nate are so perfect for each other. Who will cross the ends of the earth, just to be in each other’s arms.

^How beautiful is that? Wendy & Nate’s Maryland wedding is chock full of personal touches (Lord of the Rings quotes in the ceremony, a bride in chucks!) that made their love shine throughout their wedding day. I think the photographer summed it up the best though — ” This couple sure showed us that, as traditional as weddings can be, making it your own is what makes it perfect. ” Boom. Exactly. Traditional or nontraditional, it doesn’t really matter as long as you make it your own.

Wendy & Nathan’s Personalized, Geek Influence, Waterfront Maryland Wedding

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Photography: The Messenger Image | Venue: Private Residence | Florist: My Flower Box | Cake: Catering By Uptown | DJ: Event Entertainment – Dave | b: Lisa, 1612 | Bride’s Dress: Bridal Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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My triple star jewelry (1 on the necklace, and one in each ear) was part of the “something old” since I’ve had that necklace (and it’s been a favorite) since I was 16; also, one of my sorority’s (Kappa Delta) symbols are 3 stars. I was wearing a bracelet from Nate (new-ish), a bracelet from my dad (new), and a bracelet from my best friend (old family heirloom, also my “borrowed” item). My “something blue” were my powder blue Chucks.

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The details are where it gets fun! The bride and groom both wore Chucks (as did all the groomsmen), because who doesn’t love Chucks? Also because heels are incredibly uncomfortable.

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Nate’s cuff links (my wedding present to Nate) were the Hyrulian Shield from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time because we both love gaming and it’s a shared favorite of ours.

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We chose the venue based on how easy they made the planning process. Since Celebrations had lots of experience and preferred vendors (and had the most beautiful view), we decided to use them. The colors that we chose (blue, gold, and silver) were based on what would look best on the girls and with the light blue/grey background of the waterfront venue.

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