DIY Giant Moon Backdrop

DIY Giant Moon Backdrop

If you caught our Bohemian Mountaintop wedding inspiration post from earlier today and saw the rad moon backdrop, we’re excited to be sharing how to re-create that one for yourself! We love this big prop because it’s sure to make a statement at your wedding, or even engagement shoot! Thanks to Laura Stewart Design for sharing the details with us.

DIY Moon Backdrop

What You’ll Need:
• 1/4″ Plywood cut into a circle
• Paint in various shades of Blue and Grey
• 150 Wine Corks //
• 5 Wooden Dowels cut at different lengths
• Rit Dye – Denim and Navy
• 10 bags of Marshmallows
Blue and Gold Glitter
Tack Glue
• Gold Paint
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

DIY Moon Backdrop

Step 1:
Set up 2 dye baths using denim and navy Rit Dye. Separate the corks into thirds. Place 1/3 of your corks in the denim, 1/3 of your corks in the navy, then leave the last 1/3 natural. Let them soak in the dye for 2 hours, then lay flat to dry

DIY Moon Backdrop

Step 2:
Add glitter to your marshmallows. Dip one end of the marshmallow in tacky glue then dip that same end in the glitter. Add gold to some of your corks and wood dowels by simply dry brushing a tiny bit of gold paint on the top. Let dry for 2 hours.

DIY Moon Backdrop

Step 3:
Paint your moon! Get creative with your paint and start brushing the various colors of blue on the wood. Make sure to always brush in the same direction and use a curved motion to create a rounded moon.

DIY Moon Backdrop

Step 4:
Once all of your pieces are dry, it’s time to place your corks, wood, and marshmallows onto the moon. Lay out your pieces starting at the left edge and work your way towards the center. The pieces should fit tightly together along the edges then get more disperse as you work your way across the moon. When you have a composition that you like, start hot gluing!! Place a dab of hot glue on the bottom of each piece and let dry completely.

Then, hang your piece from a sturdy branch or lean it in front of a beautiful tree to create a magical moment at your event!

DIY Moon Backdrop

DIY Moon Backdrop

DIY Moon Backdrop

DIY Moon Backdrop

Really unique, right?!

If you make your own Moon Backdrop using these steps or supplies, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY. We’ll regram our faves!

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryLaura Stewart Design is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Bohemian Mountaintop Wedding Inspiration

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

You know the saying “It takes a village”? That definitely came to mind when we heard about this shoot conceptualized and styled by Rebecca of Finders Keepers. The team (including Laura GoldenbergerClementine Floral WorksLaura Stewart Design + more) hiked to the scenic, but pret-ty inaccessible, location with a 10 foot farm table, chairs, ladders + cases of china in tow. But it was all well worth it, because what they created atop a small Topanga Canyon mountain really was pure magic.

Our favorite element has got to be the 7 foot moon installation, crafted from hundreds of corks, that worked beautifully as a statement piece backdrop. And good news for fellow admirers, Laura Stewart who crafted the work of art, is coming back in just a bit to share a DIY with us on how to make one, too!

Rue de Seine Dress

Moon Backdrop

An ethereal match for a celestial backdrop – Rue de Seine’s ‘Cleo’ gown, lent to the team by Lovely Bride.

Moon Backdrop

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Rue de Seine Dress

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Page Beauty did such a lovely job giving the bride a pretty, natural glow.

dreamcatcher seating chart

dreamcatcher seating chart

Moon Inspiration Inspiration

Moon Inspiration Inspiration

blue tablescape

blue goblets

The Finders Keepers furniture inventory + Borrowed Blu’s tabletop rentals are a match made in heaven!

blue ribbon backdrop

Moon Inspiration Inspiration

Moon Inspiration Inspiration

Moon Inspiration Inspiration

Moon Inspiration Inspiration

gold top cake

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

Mountaintop Moon Inspiration

The loveliest, no? Be sure to stop back by in just a bit, because Laura Stewart Design is giving us the low down for making that epic moon backdrop. You won’t want to miss it!

Thanks so much to Finders Keepers + the awesome team below for sharing!

photography: Laura Goldenberger // planning + design: Finders Keepers // venue: Topanga Canyon, California // florals: Clementine Floral Works // ceremony installation: Laura Stewart Design // dishes + flatware: Borrowed Blu // makeup: Page Beauty // rentals: Finders Keepers // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // dress: Rue de Seine ‘Cleo’ from Lovely Bride // models: Tessa Foust, Brandon Roberts

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFinders Keepers Rentals, Laura Stewart Design, Laura Goldenberger Photography, and Sweet and Saucy Shop are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Natural New Zealand Coastal Wedding: Holly + Jared

New Zealand Wedding

We always love to see what amazing wedding planners + designers come up with when it’s their wedding they’re designing. Is it easier? More stressful? We’re not sure. But, what we do know is that today’s bride, Holly Otene, knocked it out of the park with her coastal New Zealand wedding to her beau, Jared. No detail was overlooked and the setting was just as stylish + effortless-feeling as we imagine a good NZ wedding to be. As you’ll soon see, the photos by Madeline Druce prove that + then some! But first, let’s hear a bit more about the beautiful, beautiful day straight from Holly:

Our wedding day captures us totally, a bit wild but simple and honest at the same time. It’s full of the colours and things I love about the country we live in, dark greens, dove greys, jagged cliffs, black sand and crisp peaceful mornings set against wild seas. Our venue was breath-taking a true escape into the wilderness, a Tuscan inspired house up a windy dirt road over-looking Cloudy Bay in New Zealand’s wine region Marlborough. The day was styled to pair perfectly with the surrounding environment. We used greenery from the award winning native NZ garden, oyster shells and coral from the local beaches all teamed with fresh washed linen. No detail or texture was over looked to create an elegant but wild coastal feel for the day.

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

white bridesmaid dresses

Flower Girls

wooden signs

Amid the natural surroundings, Holly + the bridal party processed to Bloom by the Paper Kites.

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

Groomsmen

white bridesmaid dresses

white and green bouquets

John Zimmermann Couture Dress

Holly’s John Zimmermann Couture dress was incredibly unique. And her wild, rose-filled bouquet by Mayflower was the perfect complement for it!

white and green bouquets

lawn games

Holly says, We wanted guests to have a taste of black tie with a touch of glam but easily transfer to a relaxed afternoon by the coffee cart or barefoot beach golf after a seafood laden lunch.

greenery overhang

greenery overhang

wedding sign

tented wedding

beach shells

We’re loving the simplistic look of natural shells + sea elements scattered about the tablescape. So fitting for the coastal setting. If you’re going for a similar look, you can snag some natural sea shells herehere + here!

garland

garland centerpiece

garland centerpiece

tented wedding

driftwood sign

berry naked cake

cake cutting

rose petal exit

The most memorable moment was our leaving, we exited the bell tower and burst in to the courtyard were all our guests showered us with petals, I threw my bouquet and jumped in the car next to Jared. I remember looking at him, smiling and thinking, this is it, this is the beginning of our lives together.

just married sign

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

I never thought it would be at all stressed, this is after all what I do for a job. But no matter how much expereience you’ve had planning and organsing there is will be an element of stress. You’re looking after those closest and dearest, don’t trick yourself into thinking there won’t be heighten emotions. The key is having close friends and family around you to keep you grounded and remind you that your wedding is only a day, your marriage is the lifetime commitment.

And of course what I say to all wonderful brides-to-be, decide your look and feel from the start and run with it, no matter what anyone says. Have all your inspiration in front of you when you go to make any big decision, don't be afraid to change up the usual and opt for something that reflects the two of you.

photography: Madeline Druce // venue: Paripuma Coastal Lodge Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, New Zealand // event design + planning: Holly Otene (Bride) // florals: Mayflower // wedding dress: John Zimmermann Couture // shoes: Nude Footwear // bridesmaid dresses: Witchery // hair + makeup: Locks + Lashes // groom suit: Thomas’s Department Store // paper goods: Helen Keen Graphic Designer // catering: Posh Nosh // cake: Ruth Thompson // rentals: Continental // officiant: Ross Bambury // music: Family Friends

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