Lisa & Scott: A Beautiful New Hampshire Barn Wedding

Lisa and Scott, a wonderfully creative couple, planned their entire DIY New Hampshire farm wedding from their home in San Francisco. Planning a long-distance event is one of the hardest things a couple can do for their wedding yet Scott and Lisa pulled it off beautifully.

Under picturesque New Hampshire skies, Lisa and Scott’s family and friends helped create a day full of love and happiness.

Lisa was ambitious and even just the day before her wedding decided that they “needed” to make chalkboard signs with lights around them for the bar area – and look how fabulous they were!

Photographer Krista Photography describes the day:

Scott and Lisa got ready in the same house on the property, but took great measures not to see one another before the ceremony. When it was finally time, Lisa’s father walked her down to Scott where Scott’s father officiated the personal and heartfelt ceremony!

After the “I Do” it was time to party! The big barn opened up for dinner and dancing, while the smaller barn was ready with drinks. After some incredibly touching toasts (I do believe the best man/brother of the groom had EVERYONE in the place wiping a tear!), it was time to boogy! Guests tore up the dance floor.

As the night wound down, Scott called his groomsmen together so they could participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Scott had been nominated earlier in the week. It was SUCH a fun day full of SUCH fun people!


Lisa & Scott
New Hampshire
Event Date: August, 2014

Photographer:  Krista Photography//Bridesmaid Dresses:Alfred Angelo//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:JoS A Bank//Dress Designer: Liv Harris//Event Venue: Long Look Farm//Other: Seacoast Bartending Services, Inc//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas//Event Planner:Everyday Details//Caterer:Hart’s Turkey Farm//DJ:Holycow! Music Production//Makeup Artist:Jannicke Welde//Jewelry:Just Bands//Transportation:Lakes Region Airport Shuttle//Hair Stylist:Make Me Up Bridal//Dress Store: Novella Bridal//Other:Seacoast Bartending//Floral Designer: Simple Bouquets//Equipment Rentals:Taylor Rental//Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Jessica & Andy’s DIY Fall Wedding in Texas

Texans go big in just about everything, don’t they? Jessica and Andy are no exception with their ultra down-home DIY wedding held at Hideout on the Horseshoe  in New Braunfels, TX. Andy and Jessica chose their beautiful hill country venue as a way to bring their families (who’d never met and many were out of state) together in a single space that provided lodging, resort activities, and great venue space to that they could completely take over for a weekend.

As Jessica tells it:

Andy and I are those people who never thought they’d get married… and our family/friends definitely though that too. So, when it just so happened that we decided to marry each other, we knew it would be the most anticipated party of the year!

I am often accused of being cheap, though I prefer the terms resourceful and thrifty, and with a guest list of over 200, I knew I was going to be doing most of the wedding decor myself. We got engaged in August 2013 and with a wedding at the end of September 2014, I gave myself plenty of time to procrastinate.

We absolutely LOVE all things Texas so I definitely wanted to incorporate subtle and not-so-subtle hints of the Lone Star State. I designed our invitations, which where in a folder with a Texas shaped cut out, to set the tone. I also knew I wanted to maintain the natural/ rustic beauty of the venue so I stuck with a neutral palette of blush, grey khaki, and ivory. I decided on the centerpieces early on. I drink a lot of wine, so I figured I could recycle the bottles into centerpieces. This was obviously the most fun DIY aspect. I filled the bottles of various shapes and sizes with river rocks (picked up throughout the year when we would visit the venue), white and pink roses and baby’s breathe that I ordered online from Sam’s Club. The bouquets were made by myself, my mother and sister the morning of, with hydrangeas from Sam’s as well. I also made baby’s breath boutonnieres that same morning. We purchased the table linens and my mom made the program fans and the ceremony arch decor. Probably the most cumbersome DIY project was the mason jar favors, but they were my favorite part of the wedding. Guests were able to use their jars to drink either the Texas made (Llano) or Beer (Shiner!). I personalized the bridesmaid/groomsmen glasses with their first and last initials.

My favorite personal and “DIY” touches of our wedding were from our wonderful and talented friends. Our officiate was a dear friend that knew us both individually and as a couple. She did an absolutely amazing job and it was so special to have her marry us. The fabulous cake was made by another sweet and talented friend and she surpassed my expectations! I am still getting compliments about the cake today! My garter was made from my mother’s wedding dress and was also worn by my sister at her wedding. Lastly our best man’s father made the cake topper and flower girl wagon which completely stole the show!

We tried to do what we wanted and represented our personalities, as opposed to what tradition dictated. We did a first look, not because Pinterest says to, but because I wanted to take my wedding party to Gruene Hall for some pictures and beer before the ceremony! In my dream world, I would’ve been able to afford a wedding at Gruene Hall, but since I couldn’t I was going to make sure I at least had a beer and a dance there in my wedding dress! I walked down the aisle to Tom Petty’s “Here Comes my Girl”, which I was so excited about! I wrote the ceremony so that it would reflect how Andy and I personally feel about each other and marriage. Our vows were actually the lyrics from our first dance song, Bruce Springsteen’s “If I Should Fall Behind”. Andy and my nephews, the ring bearers, wore suspenders, again not because it’s trendy, but to honor my late grandfather who wore suspenders every day of his life. My uncle actually surprised us by bringing a pair of my grandfather’s suspender for Andy to wear, which was so special.

Our wedding weekend was an absolute BLAST! From the popcorn bar to the keg stands and fireball shots, people are still talking about how much fun they had! The party didn’t stop until well after midnight… we just kept paying the DJ to keep going! All in all, it was an absolute amazing experience from start to finish, I wouldn’t change a thing and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! There will always be something that can go wrong, either it will rain, a groomsmen will have the wrong suit, flowers will arrive late, etc…all of these things happened and none of them mattered or affected the day in any way except that we now have a few good stories to tell!

I am pretty sure this is the first wedding we’ve published where the bride and groom are photographed doing keg stands. Good times, indeed!



Jessica & Andy
Hideout on the Horseshoe, Texas
Event Date: Sep 27, 2014


Photographer:  Lindsey Thorne Photography//Event Planner: Clearly Classy Events//Reception Venue: Hideout on the Horseshoe//Caterer:River City Catering//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

DIY Silk Gift Box With Starfish Embellishment

Luxe lovers, you’re in for a very special DIY project today! I was challenged by our friends at Totally Dazzled to create something that would show off  their beautiful their rhinestone products so, naturally, I wanted to do something that felt rich and luxurious. The deep turquoise blue with the pop of coral-y orange ribbon adds a modern twist to a seaside theme.

For this project I chose a silver and rhinestone Starfish flatback as a pretty embellishment to a silk pyramid favor box. I love this project because it’s great for all skill levels and it’s easily adaptable to other styles, budgets, and color schemes.

Supplies Needed:


  • Silk Dupioni (or fabric of your choice)
  • Pyramid Box Template
  • Computer and printer (not shown)
  • White 8.5 inch by 11 inch cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Ribbon
  • Rhinestone Starfish Flatback by Totally Dazzled
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks (not shown)
  • Iron and ironing board (not shown)


1. Iron the silk to remove all wrinkles.

2. Print the Pyramid Box Template onto the white cardstock.

3. Cut the box template from the cardstock with scissors leaving about a 1/2″ margin around the template. The little extra margin will help you get a clean, no-fray cut from the silk when you trim it to size later on.



Note: Now it’s time to laminate the template to the silk. This is best done outside in a well-ventilated space and on a protected surface. Spray adhesive will get on everything you own forever sticking every bit of lint, dirt, and debris to every surface it comes into contact with. And it’s nasty to breathe. Again: do this outside!

4. Spray a light, even coat of adhesive on the back (non-printed) side of the template. Be sure to cover the entire template, making sure to get the edges. If the edges don’t bond to the fabric, the rest of the project isn’t going to come out well. There will be tears. Gnashing of teeth. Possible rending of garments. Nobody wants that.



5. Flip the template over and press it firmly down on a piece of ironed, wrinkle-free silk. (Note: I pre-cut pieces of silk to fit the template – 6.5″ by 6.5″ – to save time and have less worry about wrangling bulk yards of silk. If you do this, be sure to leave at least a 1/4″ to 1/2″ margin in case the silk starts to fray. And, pro tip: the silk will fray.)



6. Next, flip the template over and use your bone folder to press any wrinkles out of the silk and help the fabric bond to the cardstock. You want everything to be smoooooooth.



7. Using sharp scissors, trim away the excess edges of cardstock and fabric on box template. Sharp scissors are important here. Dull ones will just shred the fabric.

Ta da! You’re getting closer to your Favor Box of Ultimate Awesome.

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8. Flip the box over and punch holes in each of the four points. They’re marked on the template to make it easy for you. If you have any fibers coming through the holes, just trim them way with scissors. (Nail scissors work great for this, btw.)



9. Using your bone folder and a straight edge (like a ruler, for example), score each of the dotted lines on the template. Be sure to use even, steady pressure to get a good straight line. Any “mistakes” will show through on the fabric side so take your time with this step. It’s tedious but easy.



10. Fold the box along the dotted lines.




Note: Add your favor to the inside of the box at this stage because it’ll be a lot harder to do when the ribbon is attached.

12. It’s ribbon time! Cut two 11″ lengths of ribbon.  Slip one ribbon through the holes, front to back. Slip the other through the holes, side to side. Pull the front-to-back ribbons together and tie them in a knot. Pull the side-to-side ribbons together and tie them into a bow. The box should be totally closed. Trim the excess ribbon.

Confession: I really fail at tying bows and measuring ribbon so I usually end up with a gross amount of waste. If your ribbon prowess is greater than mine, you can probably get away with using less ribbon per box.


13. With your glue gun attach the pretty little starfish to the front of your box with a couple of dabs of hot glue.



14. Admire your work and pat yo’self on the back. You just created a beautiful gift your guests will love!



Notes and Details:

• The cost per box, minus any treat you may put inside, is less than $2.00 to make. My silk was $20 per yard and it is possible to get 30 boxes per yard of 44″ wide fabric. Add $0.97 for the Starfish, about $0.10 per piece for bulk cardstock, then add in ribbon and spray adhesive and it comes to about $1.75.

• It is possible to use alternative fabrics! Nearly any lightweight fabric will work but, be careful, about bleed-through with the spray adhesive. Get a small test swatch of fabric before you commit to buying in bulk.

• Don’t want to use fabric? No problem! You can print the template on any paper or cardstock. Check scrapbook stores for interesting printed papers and textured cardstocks. (You’ll save on fabric costs as well. Silk is spendy.)

• Make sure you use super-sharp scissors when cutting silk. Silk will fray like the Dickens and anytime you pull a strand, it’ll just get worse. Always trim with sharp scissors to save your sanity. You can use a commercial fray-stopping agent but it’ll likely leave a stain on silk.

• This is a time-consuming project so get extra help or plan way ahead. It look about 15 minutes per box from start to completion. This isn’t something you want to start the day before the wedding.


Lindsay & Robert’s Nautical-Inspired Wedding

Nautical lovers – and those looking for country club/golf club ideas – you’re in for a treat today!

Lindsay and Rob held their wedding at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Florida, a venue that has a very special family connection as Lindsay’s parents were married there.

Since their last name is Knaut, Lindsay incorporated a few nautical elements for a touch of whimsy to go with her and Rob’s teal color scheme. The crafty Linsday and her family DIYed all the the table decor, flowers, and boutonnieres. And you see that gorgeous cathedral-length veil? That was made by Lindsay who, after realizing that a salon-bought veil of the same quality would be cost over $300. Lindsay’s version? About $40.

Other fun details: Lindsay, a recent sheriff’s academy graduate, and Rob, an EMT, entered the reception handcuffed together. To honor her beloved, Lindsay wore a garter with the ambulance and medical symbol.

Congrats to Rob and Lindsay for creating such a vibrant and fun wedding day — and for sharing it with us!

Lindsay & Robert
Countryside Country Club, Florida
Event Date: December, 2014

Photographer:  Lisa Otto Photography//Reception Venue:Countryside Country Club//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//DJ:DJ MC Brownie//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse//Hair Stylist:Michele Renne – The Studio//Makeup Artist:Michele Renne – The Studio//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Amanda & Victor’s Lake Lanier Georgia Rehearsal Dinner

It’s not often we share pre-wedding party shoots with you lovely readers so you know this one is going to pretty darned special.

Amanda and Victor, fun and stylish couple, created a rehearsal dinner theme around their shared love of books.

Amanda says:

Victor and I are both avid readers and our first loves were books. Some of our favorite childhood stories were crossovers that we both read when we were younger. We thought the best way to put our stamp on this night was through the books that we’ve loved throughout the years.

In a few of our favorite books, a deer or stag motif is a large part of the storyline. For instance, Harry Potter’s Patronus, the stag in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. So we decided to use that as a large design element for the dinner, along with bright pops of sunny yellow to bring the outside in.

I wanted to DIY as much as I could for the rehearsal dinner! I created the staghead that sat on the cake table along with each table name, the heart-shaped confetti, the corn hole boards, & the centerpieces. All in all, it was the perfect evening!

The result? A bright, fresh, and relaxed day for Victor and Amanda to spend time with their family and wedding party. Perfect!

Amanda & Victor
Lake Lanier Georgia Rehearsal Dinner
Event Date: October, 2014

Photographer:  Lacey Gabrielle Photography//Linens and Coverings: Fabulous Events//Event Planner: Kate and Campbell Weddings//Jewelry: Kate Spade//Caterer: Lake Lanier Islands//Event Venue:Lake Lanier Islands Resort//Cake Designer:Magnolia Cakes and Confections//Apparel: Shoshanna//Floral Designer: Unique Floral Expressions//Submitted via Two Bright Lights