Floral Design

Natalie & Melissa’s Hot Pink Wedding Brunch at the Eastern Shore

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Another week has come and gone. This one surprised me – it was one of my first FULL weeks back at my day job, and I thought it was going to CRAWL. Fortunately, it blew by in a whirl and another Capitol Inspiration ~ Friday’s Wedding Inspiration post is upon us already!

Hoping everyone has some nice weekend plans in store. Andy & I are off to traverse the Garden State [our hometown - NJ! What? What! ... ok, i'll stop], while I attempt to recover from my first Bikram yoga class last night [good LORD I have NEVER sweated like that in my life]. Anyone else got some fly weekend plans?

While you ponder and hopefully share, please enjoy today’s offbeat wedding inspiration, courtesy of  Andi Grant Photography. Andi submitted [via Two Bright Lights] this beautiful brunch reception wedding that took place on the Eastern Shore, after the beautiful couple, Natalie & Melissa, had their civil service in Washington, DC.

Natalie & Melissa’s Summery, Hot Pink Wedding Brunch in Maryland

i never get tired of adorable doggies at weddings (especially when they have a “Dog of Honor” bandanna! awwwwwww!)

 Click inside for the rest of these beautiful images from Andi Grant Photography ~ of Melissa & Natalie’s hot pink and yellow wedding … lots of wedding floral design inspiration to come!

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My DIY Fabric Flower Sash Tutorial

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Last week I shared some DIY Flower Sash tutorials & inspiration. Last week I went to work, attempting to make one myself, to dress up a little black dress I was planning on wear for a wedding I was attending.

For today’s DIY Wednesday post – I thought it would be fun to share how my fabric floral belt came together – and add my own DIY tutorial with how I ended up making it!

How to make a DIY Fabric Flower Belt or Sash

 

First, using the research I did the previous week, I ended up using a combination of these two DIY Fabric Flower Sash tutorials. One from Monkey See Monkey Do and the other from Bromeliad.

Materials:

  • long strips of fabric [approx 4 inches wide and ranging in length depending on size of your flowers]
  • scissors
  • needle & thread
  • hot glue & hot glue gun
  • card stock
  • ribbon
  • industrial velcro

Because my fabric strips weren’t long enough – I cut three out and sewed two together so that I could end  up with one larger flower and one smaller flower:

This is a shot of my extra long piece – it was probably 3-4 feet long [sorry I didn't measure!!]

Next, fold the fabric strip in half and hand sew thread across the bottom, along the cut edges. I made loops of about one inch:

As you sew you will start to see that the fabric strip will begin to bunch up. This is OK! This is supposed to happen to make the fabric eventually form a flower.

Here is a shot of the final sewn fabric:

The next part I struggled with BIG time. This was taking the sewn fabric [above] and forming it into something that looked like a rose or flower. I ended up taking one end, and sort of just gathering the fabric in a circular pattern. This make take some practice and a couple tries!

Once I had something that faintly resembled a fabric rose, I went to town with hot glue. I cut a piece of card stock into a small square, threw some hot glue on it and delicately placed my fabric flower onto the square.

From there I added more hot glue into the flower to make sure it was all going to stick/stay in place on the card stock.

I trimmed the card stock a bit so that you couldn’t see it. Then I hot glued the two flowers to the end of a piece of purple, satin ribbon.

Then I used industrial velcro to finish off the belt. [A lot of other tutorials just tied the belt into a bow at the end - I thought about buttons or snaps, but had the velcro on hand, so I just used that. I think I might go back and use snaps instead :) - FYI]

I measured the ribbon around my waist and then SNIP, I cut the end and place the other piece of velcro there.

And VOILA! A beautiful hot pink fabric flower sash that added a bit of modern whimsy to my little black dress! I thought they ended up matching the shoes pretty well too! You could easily make this DIY fabric flower belt to snazz up a dress or even to snazz up your bridesmaids dresses!

Enjoy!

 

Capitol Inspiration: Details & Floral Inspiration from a Colorful New Jersey Wedding

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We’ve made it to yet another wedding inspiration Friday feature! I am currently writing this to you from a Starbucks in Rosslyn, VA, as I ponder what it’s like to get to work from home/remote locations and be super jealous of those that get to! But I digress and get back to the task at hand, an offbeat wedding from my home state, New Jersey [please refrain from any Jersey Shore comments].

Thanks to You Are Raven photography & Two Bright Lights and a slew of other vendors, I get to share this beautifully offbeat wedding that has so much amazing floral design [with a true explosion of bright colors]. I know you guys are going to love this one ~ especially any bride & grooms-to-be out there that are planning on having LOTS of bright colors in their wedding color palette.

The bridesmaids wore bright teal dresses with cardigans [i love this look!], the bride’s pearl engagement ring is truly unique, and the bright, mismatched floral centerpieces are to DIE for. Enjoy!

 Vendors:

Event Planner:  Moment to Moment Events
Floral Designer:  Leaves of Grass
Reception Venue:  Grounds for Sculpture
Makeup Artist:  Blush & Brushes
love love love the bride’s matte blue wedding shoes!

quite possibly the best “waiting for first look” shot i’ve ever seen. i love this


Click inside for the rest of the images from this inspirational, offbeat & colorful wedding feature!

Local Finds: Willow Oak Flower & Herb Garden

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After my first day of advertising my blog, I received my very first email. Boy was I excited! I was then even more excited to read about this AWESOME place out in Severn, MD (near BWI) that is a small, family-run farm that is dedicated to gardening, flowers, and cut herbs.  The family-run business strives to offer old-fashioned favorites, and newer, top of the line gardening breeds to offer prospective buyers a wide range of displays

One look at the bios page of their website, and you will know you have found an absolutely amazing place to have your bouquets or centerpieces made. Martin & Maria obviously know how to have a good time, while doing something they not only enjoy, but are very passionate about. Heather is the talented artist behind all the wedding arrangements and is an absolute joy to chat with.

In addition to all the arrangements they offer, they also offer classes! When I read that, I instantly thought of how cool it would be to have a bridal shower out at the farm. In a more nontraditional fashion, guests could take classes, maybe even learn how to make some DIY centerpieces to be used in the wedding!

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