Handmade Costa Rican Wedding: Nati + Sergio

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Isn’t it incredible that in today’s modern world of weddings, we get see + be so inspired by celebrations from not only all over the country, but all over the world? For instance, take Nati + Sergio’s whimsical, handmade Costa Rican affair. It was filled with love, laughter, good food, great details and an overall sense that Nati + Sergio were represented through and through. Oh-so-pretty and we’re so, so glad we get to share it with you guys today! The lovely Nati has so much to add about their love story + wedding, so let’s hear it:

Everything started 8 years ago on a bus stop; we started dating two weeks later, and got engaged! He is a copywriter and I’m a graphic designer, so we tried to make as much as we could ourselves. My dress was made by some lovely local ladies, we planted every single plant, we went hunting for the old books. Some of the decor was from our backyard and some was christmas decor spray painted with white and gold! I designed all the paper goods and my sisters, maid of honor and best friend helped me the day before the wedding with the bouquets and boutonnières.

Thanks so much to White Diamond for the photos and big congrats to the happy couple! :)

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getting ready

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We’re super into the guys’ stylish, patterned shirts, chosen in lieu of a more formal suit.

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ceremony

We wanted to get married near our actual home, so we got married in Hotel La Condesa, in San Rafael, de Heredia, Costa Rica. It's a very rainy and foresty area. Good for us it didn't rain on our wedding day, but it was windy, very windy, like it was so windy that one of the cameras of the video crew was on a balcony in a tripod, and while we where in our first dance, IT JUST FLEW AWAY FROM A THREE STORY FLOOR!, luckily for the crew, the tripod got stuck in some ivy! (and this, is caught on tape!)

6 years ago I got tattooed Never Grow Up on my arm, 2 years ago he got Forever Young on his stomach. It wasn't until later that we realize we had the same motto in different words tattooed, so my wedding band says: Forever Young, and his says: Never Grow Up.

My dad passed away years ago and my mother gave me some of his jewels so we could help ourselves with the wedding, she said: look at it, as your fathers help from heaven. Our rings are made out of the gold of my parents wedding bands, and have the sapphires of one of my father lapel pins. My mother made a necklace with the remaining gold and stones. And she borrowed it to me on my wedding day, so I had a 4 in 1: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

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ceremony

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Lovin’ the ladies in blue!

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fun groomsmen socks

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table numbers

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temporary tattoos

temporary tattoos

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rings

Processional: On legendary – Further Seems Forever

Recessional: Settler – Balmorhea

First Dance: You and I – Ingrid Michaelson

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And be sure to catch their super sweet film by Productores de Oxigeno!

Things will never go 100% perfect, but think at it as the day you have been working on, and thinking about for the last months, do not let small things bother you. Also don’t do anything the last two days before the wedding, you must rest, and forget about details and stuff, don’t stress and have a good time, don’t do any crazy stuff the day before because you might injure yourself (I was carrying a huge box of strawberries and got my back injured trying to put it down carefully. Spent my whole wedding weekend with back pain meds!)

photography: White Diamond // planning + design: Creative W.E.T.S + Nati Milner // venue: Hotel y Villas La Condesa Monte de la Cruz, Costa Rica // videography: Productores de Oxigeno // jewelry: Julieta Odio Bernardi Contemporary Jewelry // acoustic ceremony musician: Ricardo Arias // cake + desserts: Isma Pastelería Artesanal // wedding dress: La Rosa de Eva // groom’s attire: Zara // chalkboards Art: Eduardo Loaiza // officiant: Priscilla Picado // paper goods: made by Nati Milner and printed in Printo // cake topper: Melabo Wed

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DIY: Flower Comb

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Did you see the pretty flower combs in our Mother’s Day Picnic Shoot earlier today? Well we’re sharing how to make them, courtesy of Alison Fleck of Juniper Designs! Flowers look so lovely in your hair and we think this easy DIY is perfect to wear for engagements, weddings, or just for fun! Who wouldn’t wear flowers in their hair?! Lets see how Alison made her flower comb…

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What You’ll Need:
• Fresh or Silk Flowers (we used freshwater Spray Roses and Brunia)
Snippers
• Ribbon (Choose various thicknesses for depth and interest. We picked ribbon with subtle colors and lots of texture. Make sure you get a thick option to cover up the card stock).
Card Stock (Select a subtle color here, this is just a structural component)
Hair Comb (You can purchase these from any general store, they have various sizes)
Hot Glue Gun (Any glue gun will do, we use this for the construction portion of the backing)
Cold Floral Glue (We use cold floral glue for fresh flowers, it adheres in a flexible manor and does less!)

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Step 1: Cut a 2” x 4” piece of card stock. For various size combs a rule of thumb is to make sure the edge of the card stock extends about a quarter of an inch past the width of the comb. Fold the card stock in half.

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Step 2: Run a generous line of hot glue along the back of the comb and attach it to the non-folded side of the card stock. Press the two open sides of the card stock together to hide the top of the comb. Cut off any excess or extra that you don’t need.

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Step 3: Cut your ribbon to the appropriate size to conceal the card stock. Don’t be afraid to layer the ribbon adding depth and interest. Once cut to the appropriate length, glue the ribbon to the backing.

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Step 4: Now we move on to the cold glue for fresh flowers (you can use hot if you’re using silk). Run a line of cold glue along the ribbon in the desired place. Let the glue set up for about 10-20 seconds. While you’re waiting for the glue to set up, snip your desired flowers short at the base.

Tip: make sure you clean your flowers by taking off any blemished outer petals.

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Step 5: Apply a dollop of cold glue to the bottom of the cut flower (do this slowly as the cold glue has a tendency to run at first). Allow the glue to set up for 10-20 seconds.

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Step 6: Apply the flowers to the comb, making sure that the glue you placed on the backing and the glue on the flower are touching (the glue works like rubber cement and bonds to itself). Arrange the flowers as you see fit. Fill in any holes you may see with buds or other floral elements you’ve gathered. Let sit for a good 30 minutes before use and enjoy!

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Pretty flowers for Mother’s Day, right?! Happy early Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there!!

If you make a flower comb, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks so much again to Alison Fleck of Juniper Designs for the pretty DIY and to Ely Fair Photography for the photos

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Mother’s Day Picnic Inspiration

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With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we thought it would be fun to share something that’s a little bit out of the norm, but is definitely still inspirational + beautiful. Planned + designed by Megan Mathews and photographed by Ely Fair Photography, this sweet Mother’s Day picnic shoot provides fun inspiration for celebrating mom, that can also easily offer some great ideas for brides-to-be who are in the midst of planning a wedding or bridal brunch! Let’s hear a bit more from Jessica at Wednesday, the designer behind the shoot’s pretty paper goods:

We felt a Mother’s Day picnic needed to illustrate warmth and tenderness, so we used soft layering textures, family heirlooms and personal stories to style. The setting offered an element of comfort/coziness which we felt was the ‘essence of moms’ and what they so often provide in our lives. The doilies, picnic basket, cross-stitch hoops, vintage photos and recipes are all symbolic to the family. We even selected peach colors and foods, because the mom’s grandmother name is ‘Peaches’ and her love language with her children and others is food.

embroidered hoop

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The cutest fam, no?

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Is that “nom nom” recipe card the cutest, or what? We have a free printable for that guy right here!

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And here is the recipe thanks to Cuppies and Joe for those cute mini peach praline pies!

Peach Praline Pie

Ingredients
4 cups sliced, peeled ripe peaches
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter
1 (9in) unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine peaches, sugar, tapioca, and lemon juice and let stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine flour, brown sugar, and pecans in a small bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Fill already rolled out pie crust with the peaches and sprinkle crumb mixture on top. Bake 20-30 minutes or until peaches are tender and topping is golden brown.

*This recipe is for a 9in. pie but here they are divided up into 4 mini pies

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And we’ve got a download for this recipe card printable, too! Love it.

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cheese and fruit

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The pretty florals by Juniper echoed the shoot’s charming, playful vibe.

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mothers day picnic


And we’re guessing you’ve noticed the ladies’ adorable fresh flower hair clips already. If you love ‘em as much as we do, be sure to check back in just a bit, because we’ll be sharing a DIY on how to make those beauties for yourself!

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Big thanks to the very talented group of creatives below + be sure to check back soon for the pretty hair clip DIY!

photography: Ely Fair Photography // planning + design: Megan Mathews // venue: Chapel Creek Winery // florals: Juniper // food + cake: Cuppies and Joe // mother’s day cards + design: Wednesday

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