Handmade Details To Make Your Wedding Pop

katrina louise photography

Torrey & Melissa’s wedding was beautiful, fresh, relaxed, and had that handmade aesthetic that made the day overflow with love. Dahlias, found objects, a blue ombre color palette, texture, and layers were the decor of choice. Leo Carrillo Ranch was the perfect venue choice for their big day. Together everything created a fresh cohesive event.

Are you in love with those darling lace wrapped wedding invites? We totally are! You can learn just how Melissa made them here, how great is that?! Plus, you can see even more fabulous details in the full gallery here, stunningly captured by Katrina Louise Photography. Also scroll down to check out their complete budget breakdown, which is always so helpful!

kraft wedding invite

loose curls wedding hair idea

loose pastel pinks wedding bouquet

blue bridesmaids dresses

mix and match bridesmaids dresses and bouquets

navy blue bridesmaid dress

grey vest groomsmen looks

From the Bride:
Inspiration for our special day began with the proposal. I have an obsession with quarter machines – those you find at grocery stores that dispense silly little toys. This fun fascination inspired Torrey’s proposal. He arranged a special birthday dinner at 333 Pacific in Oceanside, CA when we arrived the hostess let us know our table wasn’t ready. We decided to kill time with walk down the pier. Once we got to the end for a perfect sunset photo op I see the quarter machine and go straight for it. I took inventory of the prizes and I had to have a brassy jeweled ring.

paper flower decor

diy paper flower decor

outdoor wedding ceremony

peacock at wedding

Of course, I didn’t have a quarter so Torrey did – I was still clueless. After opening the capsule I discovered the ring didn’t match the samples behind the glass. To my utter surprise it was a sparkling emerald cut aquamarine engagement ring (our birth stone)! He took the ring, got down on one knee and popped the question…swoon. We floated back to the restaurant for our romantic birthday dinner – yes we share the same birthday. Needless to say I was taken by the preparation and exceptionally thoughtful proposal. That evening over dinner we decided we had to have the quarter machine dispense our wedding favors on our big day.

seating chart ideas

vintage wedding ideas

Raise your hand if you love these simple and eye popping table numbers! Aren’t they perfect? Well guess what, you get a ‘two-for-one’ deal today! Check out how Melissa made these gorgeous gilded table numbers. They are so easy you’ll fall in love with them all over again!

learn to make these table numbers

pretty wedding flowers

single flowers in vinatge vases for decor ideas

When you glance through the amazing photography by Katie Vowels they not only captured our personality but you will also see metallic centerpieces a few were family heirlooms handed down to me years ago. These vessels were combined with vintage strips of cream, beige, white, and peach lace found locally. I wanted ensure the line-work of the lace popped on the table so we opted for dark charcoal table linens rented from Allie’s Party Rental. Other objects layered on each table were my handcrafted table numbers made from repurposed wood, gold leaf, chalk paint, and acrylic numbering. Lace & Likes provided their signature variety of patterned plates. The final touch was the most beautiful florals done by the ladies of Bloem Hill.

vending machine to dispense wedding favors

vending machine wedding favors

wedding lighting

Coordinator: Lace and Likes

Photography: Katrina Louise Photography
Venue: Leo Carrillo Ranch
Stationery: Announce This!
Flowers: Bloem Hill
Cake: Vg Donut & Bakery
Caterer: Bull Taco
Dress shop: Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses
Shoe designer: L.A.M.B.
Groom’s attire: Hart Schaffner Marx
Prop & Furniture Rentals: Allie's Party & Heavenly Amusement
Dj: GarDouble Productions
Jewelry: Enhancery
Officiant: Ceremonies by Bruce
Bartending: Rg Bar
Hair: Tallie Choudhry | Make Up: Jenny Nguyen | Dress designer: Priscilla of Boston Jewel | Event Design: Madmade Designs

Read on to see how much this fresh California DIY wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Venue & Coordinator - $4,900
Food & Drinks - $4,500
Flowers - $3,300
Photographer - $2,700
Rentals - $2,000
Dress - $1,100
Rings - $1,000
Grooms Outfit - $800
Music - $800
Officiant - $500
Invites - $700
Cake & Donuts - $500
Decor - $500 (found vessels, paper supplies, candles, paint, votives, and photo booth supplies)
Favors - $200
Total - $23,500

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, pink, yellow
Styles: backyard, diy

Dress Up Your Wedding Invites

lace wrapped wedding invite

Wait until you see our next wedding! The entire event is filled with ideas that will make your wedding pop. Before guests even arrived they received these stylish kraft wedding invites from Announce This! Each one was wrapped in vintage lace, that was all sewed with love by the bride. Read on for exact instructions on how to dress up your wedding invites, and be sure to stay tuned to check out the wedding, along with another diy handmade by the bride.

1. scissors
2. pins
3. vintage lace ribbon or trim (we found some at Etsy from )
4. needle and thread

supplies to dress up your envelopes

1. Assemble invitation pieces
2. Wrap lace around invitation with 1 inch overlap then trim to size
3. Pin lace in place on overlapping section
4. With the needle and thread finish with a straight stitch and knot to secure lace

lace wrapped wedding invites

5. Place invitation in the envelope and send it on its way to your loved ones. Before sending this invitation I will suggest visiting your local post office to have them weigh your invitation with the lace addition. That way you can be certain to have the proper postage.

sew the loop

kraft wedding invites

vintage inspired wedding invite

Photographer: Katrina Louise Photography

Categories: DIY Detail & Favor Wedding Projects

Quirky Lake Tahoe Wedding

Lake Tahoe Wedding

Ok, aren’t you a whee bit curious about the couple whose save the dates are as amazing as these!? Kyle and Lauren’s relationship began in quite an exciting way and it is fair to say they have equally as exciting plans to continue the adventure well into their future. You really cannot miss the unbelievably exotic floral decor at the reception as well as two heart melting flower girls. Oh, and keep an eye out for Sasquatch, he enjoys a good dance party when he can find one.

How could you not be itching to see more!? Keep scrolling and don’t forget to stop by the full gallery to see all of the details from this quirky Lake Tahoe wedding captured by Catherine Hall Studios.

branches wedding sign

Save the dates by Hello Lucky

From Catherine Hall Studios:
Lauren and Kyle knew from the very beginning that they wanted their special day to be nestled in the scenery of one of their favorite places, Lake Tahoe, CA. Both are avid skiers, and nature enthusiasts, who thrive in the adventure of their active lifestyles. Professionally, Lauren utilized her passion for architecture and design in San Francisco, CA, while Kyle braved the wilderness of Tahoe’s National Forest as a rural fire fighter.

As the wedding date neared, coordinator, Stephanie Anderson of One Fine Day Events put together the final details on their outdoor reception, and made sure that their easy going-chic theme was illustrated in every inch of their decor. Before they knew it, Lauren and Kyle’s wedding day had arrived, and amongst the smell of fresh pine trees and soft summer air.

yellow white and succulent bouquet

flower girl wedding dresses

flower girl bouquet

After an emotional ceremony and effervescent cocktail hour, everyone dined on exquisite catering from West Shore Cafe. There was a delicious assortment of summer cocktails, including ginger beer, and Lauren’s favorite the Moscow Mule! If you are needing a summer wedding cocktail, do we have a treat for you!

lemonade cocktail

This lemon mojito is classically refreshing and the perfect signature cocktail! You will need: 15 mint leaves, 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1 oz of fresh lemon juice, 2 oz of white rum, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, soda water, mint and/or lime wedge for garnish.

1. Add mint, lime juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and gently muddle.
2. Add rum and bitters to the shaker, fill with ice, and shake.
3. Strain into an ice-filled highball or Collins glass.
4. Top with soda water and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and lime wedge.
5. Enjoy!

easy wedding decor ideas

outdoor wedding decor ideas

Their first date included skiing at Kirkwood, and while it ended rather inauspiciously for Lauren, Kyle just happened to be the perfect remedy to her in her time of need. Hitting the slopes seemed like the perfect way for the couple to get to know each other until that is; Lauren fell and broke her leg. Kyle, being the perfect gentleman, went above and beyond to visit and care for Lauren during her recovery in San Francisco.

Miniature bright floral arrangements, hung suspended in glass jars throughout the venue, compliments of Stems By Diana. They provided the perfect compliment to the mineral inspired undertones of the luxury linens which draped their outdoor reception tables.

seating arrangement hanging from trees

wedding reception tent ideas

gold table numbers

air plants on escort cards

wedding centerpiece ideas

As the night fell on their beautiful outdoor party, Lauren and Kyle said goodbye to their guests and departed in a vintage Mercedes convertible. Not off to their honeymoon just yet, they had to wait until the end of fire season of course. Lauren predicts it will be a trek through Nepal, or indulging in some authentic pizza tasting in Italy, maybe even both!

If she could leave one piece of advice behind for brides to be, it would be “don’t sweat the small stuff, family and friends always step up to help out, so enjoy your day!.” Judging by the amazing energy that surrounded their entire celebration, I would say her philosophy certainly paid off.

wedding dancing

Photography: Catherine Hall Studios
Coordinator: Stephanie Martin, One Fine Day Events
Stationery: Hello Lucky
Flowers: Diana Thale, Stems By Diana
Venue & Caterer: West Shore Café
Hair: Kori Walker, KOLOR by Kori
Makeup: Jennifer Ergut Makeup
Dress designer: Anna Meier Ulla Maija Couture
Shoe designer: Glint, Nordstroms
Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic, J. Press Madras Neckwear & Vans
Jewelry: Melissa Joy Manning
Ceremony Music: Ike and Martin
Reception Band: Hip Service
Escort Cards, Place Cards, & Menus: Hello Tenfold
Rentals: Zephyr Tents & Celebrations Party Rentals

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, green, white, yellow
Styles: diy, indie, rustic