[T]his cute wedding cupcake topper can add flair to your day’s desserts. Handmade by Emmaline Bride Artist PinkCherryMama, these cute wedding cupcake toppers can be made to order. Great for any event, the toppers can be customized to fit your color and font!
Hello + Happy 4th of July! So, you’re supposed to go to Aunt So-and-So’s BBQ this afternoon and “bring a dish to pass”, but you just now realized you’ve got zip? Fear not. In this post, we’ve rounded up eight festive, totally easy last-minute 4th of July desserts. So, grab a cup of coffee, wakey wakey, and get ready for an explosion of deliciousness just in time for the 4th. With each of these, it’s just a quick hop to the store + a quick whip-up in the kitchen. Of course, #1 looks the hardest of all, but it is dubbed ‘easy’ sparkler cake. So, it’s gotta be, right? Regardless, we’ll save your bbq. And you’ll save some face. Enjoy!
Brides: if you want to plan the perfect DIY Fall Wedding, this is the post for you! I always think it’s one thing to see fall wedding inspiration, but it’s another to see it in action. Today we’re sharing a real DIY Fall Wedding wholly planned by Irene and Blake, the duo behind Sparkvites. Armed with a creative vision, expertise in graphic design, and a little elbow grease, they set to work. The result? A perfect DIY fall wedding with personal, handcrafted touches throughout. The invitations, ceremony flags, programs, escort cards, centerpieces, mason jar glasses, and more were crafted as a labor of love… and it shows! Check out our favorite details (with photos by Noelle Ann Photography) and get inspired for your very own wedding. Enjoy!
DIY Vintage Fall Wedding
Irene tells us, “We are both graphic designers (and the co-owners of Sparkvites) so we were stoked to be able to create all the stationery and details for our own wedding. Since I am an Indiana girl, we chose Pokagon State Park because we knew the trees would be beautiful in October and perfect for our fall wedding. Our only other goal for our day was to have a great party, and to celebrate with all our closest friends and family.”
Here’s how they did it…
1. Pick a perfect fall color palette.
Irene and Blake chose a palette of green, orange, red, and yellow. Bridesmaids wore green dresses and carried bouquets of coordinating colors.
Blake and his groomsmen donned boutonnieres with hints of orange and green.
2. Use burlap-wrapped floral arrangements for the ceremony.
Flower arrangements wrapped in a burlap bow complement the color palette. Plus, the burlap is functional as it can be tied to ceremony seating, like church pews in this example.
3. Create a rustic dessert bar.
This dessert bar was created by placing cupcakes atop reclaimed tree slices. Irene and Blake constructed the owl cupcake toppers and signs so guests knew which cupcake flavors from which to choose.
4. Give guests caramel apples as wedding favors.
Caramel apple wedding favors are one of my favorite diy fall wedding ideas! Guests are sure to take them home to enjoy later. Plus, since they’re pre-wrapped, there’s no sticky caramel spillage on the car ride home.
5. Use two ladders and twine as an escort card display.
This idea isn’t limited to fall weddings, but it worked beautifully for Irene and Blake’s reception. They used ladders to suspend escort cards on twine, custom escort card tags (they designed themselves), and mini clothespins.
6. Give guests refillable mason jar drinking glasses to use.
Give guests a refillable mason jar drinking glass they can use during the reception for punch, beer, or apple cider. Instead of place cards, use a sticker (like this fun owl sticker they made) and write the guest’s name on the glass. Include a striped straw and place the glass at the guest’s seat. Once they arrive to the reception, they’ll be greeted with a glass ready for filling right at their seat. (They used jelly jars to create these.)
7. Decorate with hanging lights and paper lanterns.
I love to use hanging lights to decorate any space. Clear party lights like these set a cozy atmosphere, while the orange paper lanterns (and yellow) coordinated with the overall color palette.
8. Create centerpieces with flowers, vintage tea tins, and mason jars.
Irene and Blake searched for months to find the vintage tea tins and mason jars used in their centerpieces… and it was well worth the time! Flowers were added to the tea tins as makeshift vases, while a tea light candle in a mason jar made for romantic table lighting.
9. Use a vintage suitcase for a wedding card box.
And, last but not least, they found this vintage suitcase and crafted the burlap banner as a place for guests to place their cards. You can find vintage suitcases by scouting out estate sales in your area. I found a set of mustard yellow suitcases last year and still love ’em.
More DIY Fall Wedding Ideas We Love
Irene and Blake kicked off the wedding planning with these handmade invitations they designed themselves. I love the owls, bright colors, and the typography.
The same owl pattern was used throughout the ceremony and reception, from ceremony flags to programs — even this clever seating sign.
And there you have it! Irene and Blake, happily ever after.
We wish you all the best!
Where Can I Get These Details?
For the paper products you see here, including the invitations, escort tags, ceremony programs, love story sign, stickers, flags, and more, visit Sparkvites to inquire about a custom order.
While Blake and Irene did most of the wedding themselves, it wouldn’t be possible without the help of other fantastic wedding pros in the biz! Check out these vendors who helped bring their vision to fruition.
This South Carolina farm fresh wedding was incredible! The happily wedded couple, Beth and Bryan, included handmade and personal details into their South Carolina farm wedding this past June. Find out more about how they met, their wedding day details, and see the awe-inspiring photography by Brooke from Brooke Brooks Photography after the jump…
Farm Fresh Wedding
The bride Beth tells us, “We both grew up in Conway, SC and went to high school together. We had our first date ever with each other followed by a brief crush. Six years later, we reignited the spark of romance and love. I spent the following year teaching in Honduras for a bilingual mission school.” Bryan said, “I pursued Beth daily until she returned. Three years later we finally tied the knot… a dream come true.”
“We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day celebrating our love with all our family and friends! Our wedding was a blast from start to finish. Our ceremony was at Kingston Presbyterian Church located in historic downtown Conway on the riverfront. Getting married in the church was important to us because Beth’s dad was able to co-officiate as an ordained deacon. Also, both our moms read scripture because they have both been spiritual mentors in our lives.”
Beth says, “I had a few ‘craft nights’ at my house to make several handmade wedding projects come together. First, the invites (and programs) were designed by my very talented cousin, Rebecca. My mom, mother-in-law, and matron of honor got together to add the finishing touches to them.”
“Our reception was at the gorgeous Wildberry Farm. This venue was the perfect place to enjoy the pristine beauty of the countryside and kickoff our marriage with good food and dancing! All of the beautiful flowers were locally grown by the groom and his dad at Yuri Hana Flower Farm (although, the peonies were grown at Dual Venture Farm). That made all the flowers even more special for us. Then, they were arranged by the amazing team at Blossom’s Events. The whole venue and decor came together perfectly.”
“The table runners were made from hand-picked fabric from the bride and cut with pinking shears by a bridesmaid (Correen). Bryan’s mom handmade magnolia wreaths for the church doors and did all the flowers (which were favors) for the rehearsal dinner. The cupcake toppers were made by the bride and matron of honor, Bridget, and the cupcake stand was made for her wedding by her dad. The cake toppers were painted by the craft night gals and finished along with the signs by Beth’s bridesmaid, Sarah.”
Then, we handmade several chalkboards for special details for the wedding (menu, love story timeline, his/her drinks, and other various signs). We also made favor bags of sunflower and zinnia seeds (including handprinted cards designed by Beth’s sister, Maria).
“Doing so many handmade projects made the pre-planning more fun, and it also made the wedding day more special. We couldn’t have been more blessed and thrilled by how wonderfully our big day unfolded!”
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Hello, loves! We’ve talked about wedding favors, but have you thought about bridal shower favors yet? If you’re planning a bridal shower, you’ll want to pick out a favor to say thank you to guests. If you’re a Maid of Honor, Mom, Bridesmaid, or friend planning a bridal shower for a bride-to-be, you’ll want to bookmark this post for future reference! We’ve scoured the web to find fifty of the most creative bridal shower favors to inspire your memorable event. And, this isn’t just any old list: each hand-picked favor is one we know your guests will actually enjoy. If you’re spending money on favors, you might as well buy favors guests will enjoy, right? That’s what we think, too! Read on to see which bridal shower favors made the list (note: favors listed in random order; each favor is equally amazing). Also, keep in mind that many of these favors are applicable as wedding favors, too. Enjoy!
Brides: are you serving cupcakes at your wedding? Bored of the same old display? Want to cross “centerpieces” AND “cake” off your to-do list at the same time? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve heard of the cupcake in a jar – heck, we’ve even seen cupcakes on candlesticks – but a DIY cupcake bouquet is a fresh + fun idea. Instead of displaying cupcakes on the same old tray or tower, display them in a pot instead! These rose-frosting-topped cupcake bouquets are perfect for spring and summer weddings, bridal showers, and parties, and they double as your centerpiece, too. Plus, with Mother’s Day around the corner, you have no excuse but to whip up a batch of cupcakes this weekend and give ’em to your mom. (And, it’s EASY! Even I could make ’em, which is saying a lot. I’m no baker.) Besides, do you know anyone who would turn down a bouquet of cupcakes? Me either. So, grab your favorite cupcake mix, delicious frosting, some decorative cupcake wrappers, and a few other easy-to-find supplies and prepare to be inspired! Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page for full step-by-step tutorials. Enjoy!
A cupcake bouquet is a vessel – typically a gardening pot to fit into the ‘bouquet’ theme – filled with cupcakes. The cupcakes look like blooms because their tops have been piped with frosting to look like roses; the cupcakes are attached to toothpicks set in Styrofoam so they appear to be ‘blooming’ right out of their pot. And, if I do say so myself, they look almost too pretty to eat. (Let’s be honest, though, it’s still cake. Delicious. Icing-topped. Cake. I can’t pass that up.)
This cupcake bouquet by Edible Moments is one of my favorites. I love the white rose-topped cupcakes and the chocolate cake. I also love how she added the fake leaves that look so real. And, her frosting piping skills are amazing.
I came across this blog called 52 Kitchen Adventures and it’s filled with so many great ideas! I especially love the animated gif she created on the tutorial which shows how to pipe roses. She makes it look do-able, even for a total novice baker, like myself.
And, I’m no baker… so instead of me pretending to know what I’m talking about, I’ll leave the rest up to the pros! Check out these AMAZING resources (in no particular order) for how to make your own DIY cupcake bouquet:
This Alba Vineyard wedding was spectacular! Nicole and Andrew’s wedding at the Alba Vineyard, with it’s breathtaking landscape and hillside ceremony site among the vines, made for a beautiful event. Their exclusive wedding was captured in every detail by Hendrick from Hendrick Moy Photography. Interested in finding out more about Nicole and Andrew’s wedding? See what they have to say after the jump…
Alba Vineyard Wedding
Nicole and Andrew tell us, “Being a quirky and off the beaten path kind of couple, we knew our wedding would be just as creative, unique, and fun as we are. We chose Alba Vineyard because they have delicious wine, the grounds are amazing, and Andrew proposed at a vineyard on a trip to CA and we found it fitting. In the 9 months we had to plan the wedding, we changed the entire look and theme of the wedding probably 4 times (even completely changing the entire flower order). We included a ton of personalized details – Nikki painted the cake toppers, found a vintage stand and turned it into a purple cupcake tier, made a huge wine-cork board to pin the seating cards too, and painstakingly painted the word ‘Café’ on each of the coffee bag party favors (which by the way were supposed to say ‘Café Pilon’ but after painting the first word on the 140 bags, Andrew decided Nikki’s sanity was at stake). We also had the groom’s brother personally write and perform the ceremony which made it that much more special. We managed to incorporate Nikki’s love for books by using her favorites as part of the centerpieces and her talent for baking cupcakes by having them in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. Andrew’s tech side also made an appearance through the wedding party photo iPhone app.”
I don’t think the reality of the day really hit us until very early the morning of the wedding, as we quietly sat on the edge of the bed in our hotel drinking our morning coffee, I will never forget that calm before the storm.
After getting her hair done and sneaking back into the hotel, Nikki hit the deck when Andrew looked up to the second floor in the hotel lobby and almost saw her, after which point Andrew was confined to his hotel room.
How surreal the whole day felt, when the limo pulled up and Nikki got out to walk down the aisle, the sheer excitement we felt knowing we were about to be married.
Andrew’s surprise dip kiss at the end of the ceremony. Our first dance as husband and wife. The choreographed salsa dance Andrew and Nikki performed to kick off the party, proceeding to dance until we were kicked off the vineyard property, and of course the after party.
“We had the absolute best time at our wedding, everyone danced the night away and really celebrated two best friends tying the knot. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.”
Vendors: Cliff @ Country Picnic – amazing food & coordinated all the rentals for us. He was the first person I met with upon looking at my first potential wedding venue, needless to say his attention to detail and clear adoration for the location won us over (and the sample of food he brought with him didn’t hurt!) Laura @ Every Last Detail – ensured I had not a single worry all day. Laura ran with my very scatterbrained summation of the wedding day and made sure it ran perfectly according to plan without us worrying at all! Erick and David @ Dynamic Sound Entertainment – We clearly were not prepared for our meeting and they were perfect for guiding us and knowing what we were trying to say. They did a phenomenal job, when asked what music they should play we pretty much said 90s and Salsa and they really got the party started! Hendrick @ Hendrick Moy Photography – He was amazing, plain and simple. Really, the photos speak for themselves, we could not be happier than we are that we chose Hendrick to capture our big day.
Interested in seeing more happily married couples photographed by Hendrick? Check out Hendrick Moy Photography to see some of New York’s best photographed couples. You’ll also want to check out Hendrick’s’s business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.
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