Archives for September 2011

DIY: Terrarium Place Holder


Jessica + Garett over at Wednesday have lots of creative ideas (you might remember them from this fun wedding we shared a few months ago) and I’m super excited to announce that they will be contributing twice a month with some great DIY projects for you all here on GWS! We’re kicking it off with these sweet terrarium place holders that are sure to add loads of personality to any table setting – and they double as super cute favors also!


Materials Needed:
• Clear Glass Christmas Ornament
• Mason Jar Lid
• Moss
• Sticks
• Crepe Paper Flower (tutorial here)
• Wine Bottle Cork
• Thread
• Place Card

DIY green wedding shoes

What to do:
1. Remove the silver hook from the top of the Christmas ornament.

DIY green wedding shoes

2. Use the mason jar lid as the platform for the glass ball, and to offer some stability while you create.


3. Fill the glass ball with moss and sticks.
4. Make your own crepe paper flowers (tutorial here) to put in the glass ball for a burst of color.
5. Seal the hole in the glass ball with a wine cork
6. Tie a pretty bow with ribbon or string to attach your place card to the terrarium.


And you are done! Super easy + super cute! Thanks to the team at Wednesday for sharing this sweet DIY today.

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Brooklyn Terrarium Wedding: Kim + Matt

Kim + Matt met in Brooklyn – Matt was managing a café + Kim came in for soup. They had some funny + flirty flatware dilemma and the rest is history. :) So, there was no question that their wedding would take place in Brooklyn. They had so many personal details which I just love and Kim is wearing one of my favorite BHLDN dresses. She looks so gorgeous! Congrats to Kim + Matt and thanks so much to Made U Look Photography for the stunning photos!

bride in birdcage veil

feather bouquet


From Kim, “Matt had given me a DNA trace kit for Christmas that traced my DNA on my mothers side back to West Africa (he’s a geneticist). He then sourced a champagne colored conflict free diamond from West Africa and presented that along with silver ore from Idaho (where he grew up) in a little box when he proposed. He then found a jeweler in Brooklyn who took those elements and made the engagement ring. The idea was to have a symbol that linked our beginnings to our present and into our future. He also presented what he called a ‘ghost ring’ in the engagement box, which was a champagne colored acrylic representation of a classic Tiffany set diamond ring from the artist by:AMT. He asked me to wear that as a placeholder for the ring to come.” Wow! I just love that. Those awesome fingerprint rings below are by Fabuluster.

pinwheel bouquets

feather boutonniere

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

Love that they did their first look and portraits in a café since that is where they met – so cute!

bride and groom in cafe

bridal party

feather bouquet

Oui ring also from BHLDN and such a perfect wedding day accessory.

bridal party in a tunnel

old car at wedding

key escort cards

They used antique keys for the seating placement, which they fell in love with after walking over the Pont des Art bridge which is covered in locks engraved with sets of initials while vacationing in Paris – which Jason + I stopped by yesterday and left a lock with our names also! :) The locks are meant to symbolize eternal love. Kim + Matt fashioned their own homage to this tradition by creating the love keys to symbolize the keys to their hearts.

shelves of vintage finds

warehouse wedding

warehouse reception

guest book on rocks

Ok, I just LOVE this idea. Their reception was filled with terrariums on the tables, which guests made and participated in a Terrarium Challenge. If guests wanted they brought their own terrarium they made especially for the wedding and then everyone voted and awards were given by Kim + Matt and they also had a People’s choice. Such a great idea to get friends + family involved – and it worked out great since they then used all these for their centerpieces!

vintage plates

terrarium centerpieces

food truck wedding

Food was served from a traditional Brooklyn style food truck – Mexicue. :) And instead of toasts, the couple had moth-style stories told by their dear friends + family. Super fun!

wooden wedding sign

Such a beautiful + personal wedding! Congrats to Kim + Matt! And if you are loving their terrariums, stay tuned for our fun terrarium DIY we will be sharing later today!

photographers: MadeULook Photography // venue: The Green Building // groom’s suit: Monkey Suit Vintage // wedding dress: BHLDN // bride’s fascinator: Ann Leslie Designs // oui ring: BHLDN // bride’s necklace: BHLDN // pinwheels: Rule42 // bride’s bouquet: Ardesign // invitations: LetterBox Ink // wedding rings: Fabuluster // guest book stones: The Papery Nook // caterer (Food Truck): Mexicue // cupcakes:Sugar Sweet Sunshine

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Inspiration Board #40: Hot Pink + Gray

I always like to tell brides, that inspiration can truly come from anywhere. Today I’m inspired by this painting (top left) from artist Maya Hayuk. You really can find inspiraiton anywhere and I think a favorite painting is a great place to start for a unique color combination. For this wedding I picture gray + peach as a base color with some pops of hot pink. Super modern and just love this for someone looking for a bit of “pop” in their wedding palette. :) Anyone’s wedding inspired by a painting and if so, which painting? I’d love to hear!


photo credits going clockwise: Maya Hayuka, Christian Siriano, Morganite and Rose Gold Ring, Pink Necklace, Chuck Bass, hot pink cupcakes

And not a color palette, but this bride was inspired by a Thiebaud painting for her cake table – just love it!

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