Elegant San Ysidro Ranch Wedding: Aniko + David

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Aniko + David planned their elegant Santa Barbara wedding in just five short months – and it couldn’t have been more beautiful! Total proof that you don’t always need a ton of time to pull together a completely gorgeous day! I love how the classic + timeless elements mix perfectly with fresh + fun details like the whimsical terrariums decorating the reception tables and the bride’s playful yellow shoes. So much pretty to be inspired by!

From Aniko, The most important part of the wedding for David and I was our family. We wanted to make sure our family and guests felt comfortable and pampered. We added in a surprise honoring ritual for both sets of parents during the ceremony that was very special. Most of the family met each other for first time the day before the wedding so the dance party that ensued at the reception was a major family bonding activity!

Big thanks to Emily Blake Photography for sharing these incredible images with us today and congrats to Aniko + David!

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How amazing is Aniko’s Oscar de la Renta dress?!

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Just love David’s navy tux?

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Exchanging our wedding vows was the most memorable moment for us. The day after the wedding when we revisited every detail we both admitted to each other that it seemed there wasn’t another soul around when we were exchanging the vows. I certainly had tunnel vision and my memory of looking into my groom’s eyes and saying “I do!” is a memory I will cherish forever.

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I love these portraits of Aniko + David in the lavender fields…

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Processional: 'Til Kingdom Come – Cold Play

Recessional: Ho Hey – The Lumineers

First Dance: Maybe I’m amazed – Paul McCartney

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Swooning over their gorgeous wedding video from Modern 8 Films!

• Consider non-Saturday dates; We held our wedding on a Friday and I believe it was one of the best decisions we made. We planned everything in 5 months and we got to work with our pick of vendors as Fridays were not booked even though it was somewhat short notice.
• Keep the guest list small; you get to pamper the ones that do attend!
• Plan swiftly and bravely; As I mentioned before, we pulled it all off in 5 months. I became very comfortable with making decisions and moving on to the next task.
• Surround yourself with creators and vendors: The beauty and elegance of the day would never have been possible if it weren’t for the creativity of the vendors we worked with!
• Align your vision with venues and vendors that can pull it off; The San Ysidro Ranch describes itself to be a romantic hideaway where natural beauty and classic luxury combine; and that is exactly how we wanted our special day to feel. David proposed in December 2012 and we began planning a spring wedding. “Soon and simple” became our mantra throughout the planning process. We knew that the San Ysidro Ranch would be the perfect place and we were confident they would help us pull off our event in less than five months.

photography: Emily Blake of Emily Blake Photography // venue: San Ysidro Ranch Santa Barbara, California // event designer: Kelly Leonard of EVENT OF THE SEASON // floral design: Effloresce, Crimson Horticultural Rarities // wedding dress: Oscar de la Renta // shoes: Christian Louboutin // bridesmaid dress: Sarah Seven // hair + make-up: TEAM Hair and Make-up // groom’s suit: J.Crew // videography: Modern 8 Films // paper goods: Hillary Huffard (brides sister) // music: John Lyle (ceremony and cocktail hour) and Gavin Roy Presents (DJ and lighting)

 

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DIY: Nautical Buoy Garland

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We have a pretty awesome nautical DIY to share with you all today thanks to our DIY contributors, Going Lovely! This buoy garland makes the perfect accent for a dessert table, a fun backdrop for your ceremony or even a photo booth backdrop! So many ways to incorporate this into your nautical or seaside wedding! Let’s see how they crafted up this fun display….

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Supplies
Self-healing cutting mat (or a surface to easily cut on)
Large cardboard box
Box cutter
Scissors
Flat head screw driver or other paint can opener
Rope
White paint and other colors of your choice
Paint brushes
Painters tape
Hot glue gun + glue sticks
Canvas drop cloth

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Step 1 Lay your cardboard box flat and use your box cutter to cut your cardboard box into a 22″ x 15″ rectangle shape. Lay it horizontally so the 15″ is on the side, and fold the top 4 inches to make a crease. Then, score the cardboard with vertical strokes every 2 inches. Be careful not to cut all the way through the box!

Step 2 Turn your cardboard upside down, and cut all the way through the pre-existing score marks on the 4″ flap to make your “tabs”

Step 3 Roll your piece of cardboard up so that all the score marks are bent and defined.

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Step 4 Unroll your cardboard and hot glue the ends together so that you now have a tube-like form.

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Step 5 Hot glue the tabs in a pattern so that every other piece is glued on top of each other. This will create the tapered end of your buoy.

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Step 6 Trace the bottom of the buoy on an extra piece of cardboard from your box, cut it out and cover the cardboard circle by using hot glue to wrap a piece of canvas over it. Then, repeat for the top of the buoy.

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Step 7 Lay your cardboard buoy on a piece of drop cloth that is 24 x 20 inches. Take one of the 24″ sides and hot glue along the seam of the cardboard buoy. Wrap the other 24″ side around the buoy as tightly as possible, and fold the edge under itself about half an inch, and glue it to the first seam so that it’s nice and clean. Tuck the bottom of the canvas into the bottom of the buoy and glue it down to the cardboard. Repeat on the top of the buoy.

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Step 8 Open up your can of white paint and lightly dip your paint brush in the paint. Paint your buoy using a “drybrush” technique so that the buoy looks more weathered.

Step 9 Take your scissors and carefully poke holes on the opposite ends of the top of the buoy. You will use these holes to thread your rope later.

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Step 10 Using your painters tape, create your desired striped pattern.

Step 11 Then use your two paint colors of choice to paint on your pattern, making sure you don’t get paint past the tape.

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Step 12 After the paint is dry, remove the painter’s tape and thread a piece of rope about 2 feet long through the holes.

Step 13 Glue the bottom and top pieces you made in step 7 onto the buoy and paint them to complete your painted design.

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Step 14 Take one end of your rope and create a loop. Take the other end and wrap it around the base of loop several times and finish it off with some hot glue.

Style the buoy wherever you decide! We chose a nautical themed cake table but this could be styled however you’d like!

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DIY created by Going Lovely exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Looking for creative event design + coordination? Check out San Francisco based Going Lovely for your wedding day! Big thanks also to Pictilio for the photography.

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Nautical-Inspired Connecticut Wedding: Gillian + William

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Happy Friday, Lovelies! We have a super fun treat to share with you today to gear up for the weekend: a few photos from a gorgeous, nautical-inspired wedding from the pages of the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! Both avid sailors, Gillian + William hosted their waterfront, Summer wedding at Gillian’s parent’s home in coastal Connecticut. So many playful, maritime details were included into this beautiful celebration – like the welcome bags filled with “Sailor’s goodies” + the engraved ship’s bell the newlyweds rang together. And a bout of bad weather couldn’t ruin things for this sweet couple; they went with the flow to accommodate the conditions and Gillian wore fun wellies down the aisle, which I just love!

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I adore this charming treat cart, which was packed with ice cream sandwiches made by the bride’s sister + maid of honor – a professional pastry chef!

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Guests were served mini lobster rolls, tuna tartare, crab cakes, and shucked oysters to pay tribute to the coastal setting.

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Be sure to pick up the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, on newsstands now. It’s filled with lots of amazing ideas for you to be inspired by and incorporate into your own celebration!

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Photos by Gemma & Andrew Ingalls. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Copyright © 2013. For more wedding inspiration, check out Martha Stewart Weddings.

And to keep with the nautical theme of today, check back in a bit for a fun, nautical-themed DIY!

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