Archives for February 2012

Inspired by Embroidery Hoops

embroidery hoops wall decor

I loved the embroidery hoop guestbook from this wedding I shared this morning and I thought today would be the perfect day to share a bunch of great embroidery hoop ideas for decor I’ve been collecting. :) Such a fun DIY element that can be incorporated in so many ways and I hope these ideas inspire even more great ideas! The fun collection of hoops above is from The Purl Bee.

They can be used as signs for the dessert table…

embroidery hoops dessert bar
top photo by Jonas Peterson, bottom photo from Hostess With the Mostess

Or with pretty lace as a backdrop for your ceremony…

Lace embroidery hoops wedding ceremony

lace embroidery hoops

lace embroidery hoops
top photo from this gorgeous wedding by Braedon Flynn, middle photos by White Rabbit Studios and bottom by This Modern Romance via Style Me Pretty

Placed above a table makes for a fun display as these two designs by Ashley Meaders

hanging embroidery hoops decor

More table decor from Martha Stewart Weddings and The Sweetest Occasion below

embroidery hoops wedding decor

Or on the table as table numbers or even a ring holder

embroidery hoops ring bearer
top photos by Tyler Branch, bottom number by Becca Wood via Style Me PrettyEmbroidery hoop for ring bearer

embroidery hoops doilies

Love the idea of incorporating vintage dollies (maybe from your grandmother) seen above and for a totally new take, a DIY cake platter from The Sweetest Occasion

embroidery hoop cake table

Are any of you planning to incorporate embroidery hoops into your wedding day? I’d love to hear how in the comments. :)

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A Home Inspired Southern Wedding: Amanda + Steve

first look

Amanda always dreamt of a fall wedding and after Steve popped the question, Amanda + Steve decided to plan the perfect fall wedding that encompassed the things they both loved and held dear to their hearts: home + family. With that and their favorite song for each other  (“Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros) their theme + vision was born – the comforts of home. They really wanted their families and guests to feel relaxed and comfortable, have fun, and feel “at home” at their wedding. To create this atmosphere, they incorporated lots of homespun, handmade, and personalized details, along with vintage furniture and rustic accents that reminded Amanda of her great grandmother’s house. The goal was for each and every person attending to feel like there was a special touch in the day just for them. :)

Dinner was served on farm tables, decorated with a mixture of coffee tin cans, mason jars, glass bottles, and wooden crates for the flowers. The flowers were arranged to look as though they had just been picked from the backyard. At the table settings, there were personalized place cards with each guest’s name handwritten on small, circular cuts of wood and stamped with the heart-and-arrow logo from their invitations. The desserts were set up on antique tables and a fabulous pie safe, just like the one Amanda’s great grandmother had in her home. So many sweet + personal details to love! Thanks so much to Ashley Baber Weddings for the planning and W. Scott Chester Photography for the gorgeous photos.

shoes with flowers

bride, purple sashbride, purple sash

nuts and bolts invitation

groom, paisley tie

first look

orange and purple bouquet

bridal aprty, farmhouse

Our Music!
Processional: Since our wedding theme and ceremony planned to honor our closest friends and family, we decided to pick special songs for each group’s entrance into the ceremony. Our family members walked in first to “Fan” by Brasstronaut – a beautiful & uplifting instrumental. Steve and the groomsmen walked in to one of their shared favorite songs, “Building Steam with a Single Grain of Salt” by DJ Shadow. The Bridesmaids then walked in to “Anthem” by Emancipator – a song as beautiful as the two of them. Finally, I made my grand entrance on my brother’s arm, to “Moosebumps” by Dr. Octagon (instrumental remix of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”). I’ve always loved the traditional processional song, but I knew that I would be overcome with happy tears upon hearing the first note. This remix allowed me to have both – it’s hard not to laugh when the beat drops. We both knew we needed to insert things throughout the day to keep us laughing.
Recessional: “Home” – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. This song speaks for itself.
First Dance: “Mushaboom” – Feist. We had a hard time finding the perfect first dance song. There were many options considered, but after we found ourselves goofing off and dancing together in our kitchen to this song on the morning of my 31st birthday, we knew this was the right one. This is a song about building a home, starting a family, and growing old together – it couldn’t be more perfect.

quilted altar

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

The day was full of memorable moments from beginning to end, but the part that was the most special and will stay with us for years was the love box portion of our ceremony. We wanted to find a way to honor our closest friends and family not only with special processional songs and notes in our program, but also up at the altar with us. When we came across this idea, we tailored it to match our theme and tone. Our parents, bridesmaids, and groomsmen all wrote letters to us with their thoughts on the day and advice for the future. In addition, we wrote love letters to each other, and then one by one, each person was called up to drop his or her letter in a box that had been placed on a table at the altar. Getting the chance to share a special word and hug with the most important people in our lives served as a great reminder of how important a moment this was, but also provided a bit of levity with those friends who knew just what to say to make us laugh.

With all letters enclosed, we added a small tree branch to the box to remind of us a hard time we had already overcome and a brand new bottle of Blanton’s bourbon. We then locked up the box with two keys, each of us placing a key on a bracelet around our wrists (although it took a little maneuvering to get Steve’s on!). The idea is that we only open the box if life gets so tough that we forget about our feelings on this day – the letters are there to remind of us our love for one another and the support that surrounds us, the branch to remind us that we can get through anything together, and the bourbon to share a drink or two. If we make it ten years without needing to, then we plan to open it as a celebration of our love and write new notes to each other, adding in special tokens from our first ten years. Today the box sits locked up on our mantle and although we’re certainly curious about the letters within (and their authors, who are especially proud of their content, want us to check them out), just looking at it on a daily basis reminds us of that happy moment.

I so totally love this idea! Wish we had done this for our wedding – would be so fun to read all those letters on our 10 year anniversary…

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

bride and groom holding hands

purple and yellow flowers

indoor reception

From Amanda, One of our favorite touches were the table markers made out of old barn wood and designed to look like old street signs. Tables were all named after streets that had special meanings to us – streets where we and our families had lived during various parts in all our lives. To help personalize the evening for our guests, they were assigned to tables where the street name had meaning for them (our parents at the streets where we were born, friends at street addresses from college, and the bridal party at our current street address, etc.).

wooden sign table numbers

We had an amazing trifold mirror vanity for the gift table, old dining table with stacked blueberry crates and file drawers for the favors table (homemade hot cocoa mix in mason jars), and another antique vanity with baskets for the guest book table. The guest book was not a book, though – keeping with the theme, we fell in love with the idea of creating a quilt of signed pieces of fabric as our guest book. We used hanging embroidery hoops to display the various fabrics and instructions for the guests. The quilt fabric was also used to tie in all the details together – fabric banners lining the aisle during the ceremony were later used to hang behind the bridal table and on the vanities and pie safe and a handmade quilt-like curtain that hung between the doors at the altar.

quilt guest book

quilt guest book

needle work initials

fruit salad, wooden table numbers

wooden sign table numbers

jam favors

The process of building our “comforts of home” theme started with deciding on what foods to serve. Since providing a delicious meal is the central part of any family gathering, we knew that food selection would help set the tone for the evening. We choose a meal that brought together homemade favorites from both sides of our family: summer squash casserole, green beans wrapped in bacon, three cheese macaroni, and pulled pork barbeque. For dessert, we opted against having a traditional wedding cake. I grew up surrounded by true Southern women who are amazing bakers, so it was only appropriate for us to provide a selection of our favorite baked goods. We had pies in four different flavors (peach, apple, strawberry rhubarb, and Oreo chocolate mousse), brownies, pecan bars, lemon bars, and three amazing flavors of cookies all from local bakers in Atlanta.

indoor reception

dessert bar

first dance

wedding exit

First and foremost, figure out what’s most important to you at the beginning. Once you do, that’s where most of your investment should go. For us, it was great photography and the ability to enjoy every moment. The photography was a given – it’s the one thing that lasts. We knew talent and creativity came with a price, but it was worth every penny. Leading up to the wedding, we heard time and time again that “it all goes by so fast!” and “try to be present so you can remember everything.” To ensure we could enjoy every moment of our wedding day, we invested in a day-of coordinator. Steve and I are natural planners and did 100% of the wedding planning ourselves, but on the day-of, we knew we wanted to let it all go, breathe it all in, and let someone else take care of everything. A coordinator wasn’t included in our original budget, but after the wedding was over, we both agreed (as did our families) that having a coordinator was the best investment.

wedding artists + details:
photography: W. Scott Chester Photography // venue: The Cotton Warehouse in Monroe, GA  // event planner: Ashley Baber Weddings // floral design: Gardenia Floral & Design // wedding dress: dress & sash by Modern Trousseau from Kelly’s Closet in Candler Park (Atlanta, GA) // hairpieces: Kelly’s Closet // shoes: Banana Republic // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale from Flutter Boutique // hair + makeup: Rage Hair Salon in Athens, GA // groom suit: Denver Bespoke by A.J. Machete & Sons // invitations+ paper goods: Magpie Paperworks // catering: Beyond Details Catering & Floral Design // cake: Pies, brownies & bars from Pastries A Go Go // cookies: Kent’s Country Cookies // music: DJ Mike Zarin // vintage rentals: Four Inch Fold // officiant: Ed Wilson of Get Wed by Ed

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DIY: Leaf Garland


This leaf garland is a lovely way to bring the feeling of an outdoor english garden into your wedding venue. It can be used to embellish a cake table, decorate a door frame or you can make a lot and hang as an installation above the head table. With only a few simple steps, it’s incredibly easy to do. Thanks so much to our sweet friends Jessica + Garett at Wednesday for putting this incredibly simple + super lovely DIY together!


• Yarn needle
• Scissors
• Dried eucalyptus: this can be found in the dried section at almost any craft store. It will be bunched in branches

To create the garland:
First, remove the eucalyptus leafs from the branches. Then string your needle with the yarn and one at a time poke a hole in the end of the eucalyptus leafs and string them onto the yarn. So easy!



We wanted to embellish our garland with little flowers at the tucks, so we repeated the steps used to make the fabric flower from this tutorial.

DIY Leaf Garland

And a pretty garland for your table or however you’d like to personalize it for your day! :)

DIY created by Wednesday exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes

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