4th of July Picnic Inspiration

4th of July Inspiration

We are kinda crazy about the 4th of July. Not only does it represent an amazing + important thing – our country’s independence – but it’s typically celebrated in a way we just love: with fun, sun, food + friends! The team behind today’s picture-perfect editorial, photographer Meg Perotti + the design team at Beijos Events, styled + captured a setting ripe with all the best summer details; design elements we think would translate oh-so-easily to a 4th of July party, summertime wedding, or girls-only bridal shower picnic. Let’s hear more from the Beijos crew:

We wanted to throw a 4th of July backyard picnic with close friends that wasn’t the traditional red, white, and blue. We had a hint of a Moroccan vibe that was used through out the glassware, serving ware, and menus. We incorporated pops of pinks and teals to create an updated color palette for a fun 4th of July table setting. The ladies sat at a low table that included custom name totes filled with fireworks. The table was covered with carnations, wildflowers, and succulents to give those pops of 4th of July colors. A backyard picnic with your girls isn’t complete without dessert! Moroccan tumblers were filled with Eaton’s Mess, a yummy dessert that has layers of rose water infused whipped cream, blackberry compote, and crushed meringue. So good! Macaroon ice cream sandwiches, meringue kisses, and little macaroons filled up this pretty table with yummy treats. A night filled with lots of laughs, food + beer, and sparkler fun was a perfect 4th of July celebration.

macrame table runner

4th of July Inspiration

How much are you loving this palette?! And so many pretty little table details, too…like the menus + signage by Prim and Pixie!

4th of July Inspiration

4th of July Inspiration

macaron plate settings

4th of July Inspiration

goblets

4th of July Inspiration

4th of July Inspiration

4th of July Inspiration

Looks like a perfect afternoon to us! And loving that close-up below of the Eaton’s Mess treat (mentioned in the post opener) in pretty glasses from Borrowed Blu. Yum!

ice cream

ice cream

4th of July Inspiration

4th of July Inspiration

4th of July Inspiration

painted macarons

painted macarons

The Sugar Studio designed THE cutes macarons ever for this one.

painted macarons

painted macarons

gold temporary tats

sparklers

sparklers

sparklers

Raise your hand if  you wish you could jump right through your screen and into this festive setting! Big thanks to the creatives below who put together this awfully cute scene!

We’re a little bit early, but let us be the first the wish you all a Happy 4th of July!

photography: Meg Perotti // event styling: Beijos Events // food + dessert menu, custom name totes: Prim and Pixie // dessert: The Sugar Studio // glassware: Borrowed Blu // red moroccan cups + trays: Cost Plus // flatware: West Elm // napkins: Pier One // plates: Crate and Barrel // table runner: Anthropologie // moroccan wedding blanket: Maven Collection // mexican blankets: Gunn & Swain

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Rustic DIY Wedding in Austria: Ashley + Miguel

DIY Austria Wedding

Ashley + Miguel met while studying in Australia, he asked her to marry him one day while they were swimming in the Florida ocean, and the adventurous duo have since moved all around the world together, living in Madrid, Vienna, Ecuador, Germany and now Lima, Peru. It was only natural that their wedding be yet another adventure, so Austria – a place where the two had visited together + loved – was a natural choice.

The setting genuinely reminds us of The Sound of Music – think of the classic “The Hills are Alive!” scene – and we just love the images captured by the talented Claire Morgan. When we asked Ashley how she + Miguel made their day about them, she told us, Perhaps because we avoided the obligational invites. We chose to invite only our very closest friends and immediate families, those that have known and greatly supported our relationship for the past 9 years. Not a moment of the day was spent catching up with long lost relatives or getting to know our parents’ friends. Instead we were able to enjoy each other in every moment.

DIY Austria Wedding

invitation

DIY Austria Wedding

dried boutonnieres

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

first look

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

Without a doubt the most memorable moment was the hour we took before the ceremony just the two of us. We were dressed and met at the small chapel where we originally wanted to get married (but it only seats 6 people). There we toasted with our favorite whiskey brought by a friend from a small German distillery. That moment alone was very special. Also in the top memorable moments were my father's toast at dinner which was incredibly moving and the surprise fireworks that Miguel had arranged.

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY austria wildflower bouquet

DIY Austria Wedding

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Austria Church Ceremony

Ashley + Miguel exited their ceremony to a classical guitar composition played live by a friend. Then everyone walked from the church up to the alm where an evening of dinner, drinks + merriment awaited.

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

DIY Austria Wedding

fireworks wedding in Austria

Don't share your plans and ideas with anyone but your partner and perhaps one very trusted friend. The more you share, the more opinions you get and it becomes too overwhelming. We kept everything between ourselves and my sister who was a significant help in the planning process from beginning to end. And again, avoid the obligational invites. We caused a bit of a stir with our families because of that decision, but it was so worth it.

photography: Claire Morgan // venue: Böglalm Alpbach, Austria // design: All self done // florals: Blumenhaus Schießling // wedding dress: Self-designed. Sewn by a local seamstress in Lima, Peru // shoes: Manolo Blahnik // hair + makeup: bride // groom’s suit: Self-designed. Sewn by a local tailor in Lima, Peru // paper goods: Designed by the bride’s sister // catering: Böglalm // officiant: Friend of the family who flew from the US to officiate, Father Herb Weber // music: Classical guitar played by our friend. DJ Miguel’s brother

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Romantic-meets-Gothic Wedding Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Anyone with a creative side knows that sometimes you just can’t stop those wheels from turning as your mind dreams up one project after the next. Event Designer, Stacey Lynn Design, is one of those people, and when she came up with this fun editorial – a romantic, modern and approachable take on gothic wedding inspiration – she knew just the right team to help her bring it to life.

Stacey Lynn Design + Christy Capano Design collabed on the styling aspects + Krista Mason brought the dreamy romantic side with her photography. Flourla was a natural choice for the floral design, crafting the prettiest blooms filled with art, elegance + texture. With further design help + pretty, pretty furniture pieces from Toast Party Rentals, the scene was set for a romantic Gothic-meets-Glam bash near the beach + we’re seriously digging every last detail!

Romantic Gothic Beach Invitation

Romantic Gothic Beach Invitation

When you need elegant paper goods that’ll knock the socks right off of your guests, Bliss and Bone is the one to reach out to!

Romantic Gothic Beach Invitation

Romantic Gothic Beach Lounge

Romantic Gothic Beach Bar

Romantic Gothic Beach Bar

Romantic Gothic Beach Tablescape

We are really digging those modern chairs, and the entire feel to this tablescape.

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Tablescape

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Tablescape

Romantic Gothic Beach Tablescape

Romantic Gothic Beach Cake

Stacey says, To really throw the gothic theme for a loop, we wanted to add in the beach. We are in California after all – and the beach is about the opposite of what you normally think of when you think of goth.

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

flower sandals

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Romantic Gothic Beach Inspiration

Gorgeous, gorgeous! Thanks so much to the team below for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Krista Mason Photography // event design: stacey lynn designchristy capano design // florals: flourla // venue: The Sunset Restaurant // wedding dress: Winnie Couture // accessories: wandering-boho // jewelry: stacy nolan // rentals + styling: Toast Party Rentals // paper goods: Bliss and Bone // dessert table: Two’s A Party  // cake: The Butter End Cakery // hair + makeup: Make-Up Therapy // models: Colleen Shabes (bride), Samantha Scanlan (bridesmaid) + Jason Park (groom)

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