An Elegant Rustic Wedding in California with Huge Oak Trees + a Mini Horse

Today's Real Wedding took place at the Santa Margarita Historic Ranch in California and is the one of the most perfectly rustic elegant weddings. The brides and groom say their vows in-front of large oak tree and then in the middle of a field have their photos taken by a single large oak tree. It's absolutely breathtaking - and so is the bride's wedding dress with all the layers of tulle. I'm loving the menu and stationery designs that resemble chalkboard art. Oh, and wait until you see the sweet little horse that came to visit the bride.

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: William Innes Photography
Floral Designer: Flowers By Laurel
Cinema and Video: Matrimony Films
Event Venue:Santa Margarita Historic Ranch
Event Planner: Tricia Dahlgren Events
Caterer: Two Cooks Catering

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Wedding Favor Fans : the colorful way to stay cool at weddings

Fan Favors keep your guests cool and comfortable during an outdoor or summer ceremony. Having a fan favor at each seat or the ceremony not only provides a pop of color to your decor but will also be functional for your guests by keeping them cool. It's the little details that make all the difference. Daisy Days offers adorable wedding favor fans that will compliment any wedding theme, color scheme, or sense of style. Browse their selection to find the perfect wedding favor fan for your wedding or event.
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DIY Wedding Place Card and Menu with Roses + the Say 'I Do' Contest for $1,000 in Anna Griffin & Xyron Products

I can't even begin to say how thrilled I am to share today's post with you. I was recently asked to participate in the Say "I DO" with Xyron and Anna Griffin Blogger Design Challenge. After saying yes, 3 HUGE boxes arrived at my doorstep and were filled to the brim with crafting goodies galore from Xyron and Anna Griffi. Items included a Xyron Creative Station which makes it easy to laminate and create magnets and stickers, gorgeous card stock papers, paper punches, washi tape, water color & metallic markers, dimensional stickers, rubber stamps, and so much more. For this challenge I was asked to design a menu and place card using items that were sent to me. Since, so many amazing crafting supplies were sent to me, I knew I couldn't just stop with a menu and place card. So, I created an entire table setting complete with a menu that doubles as the centerpiece holder and a place card that doubles as a favor box. You can easily say I'm a BIG fan of items that serve a dual purpose :) Below are photos of my items along with step-by-step instructions so you can re-create these items for your own wedding or bridal shower. And, please don't forget to vote for my designs here. If I'm the lucky winner, one of my readers will win the very same AMAZING PACKAGE{s} OF CRAFTING GOODIES worth $1,000 just for themselves. 

Vote for My Designs Here

To access the contest, click here, login to Facebook {if you aren't already} and click on the "Say I Do" contest page

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Place Card and Favor Cake Box Combo

For my place card design I knew I wanted to do something totally unique and unexpected so I thought why not combine the favor box with the place card? And, instead of adding a tag or sticker - I wrote the name of the guest on the box itself. The color combinations and patterns for this box are endless which is something I love. You could keep the same color palette throughout, but change up the patterns to make each box unique if you wish. You can fill these sweet little cake boxes with anything - maybe little candies, a few small soaps if using them for a bridal shower, or even chocolates. If using food related items, I recommend lining the inside of the paper box with a little wax paper.

Supplies Needed:
Anna Griffin Flocked Paper
Anna Griffin Metallic Paper
Anna Griffin Dimensional Floral Stickers
Anna Griffin Border Punch
Xyron Creative Station with the permanent adhesive cartridge
Xyron Mega Runner
Paper Trimmer
X-acto Knife

1. Select two patterned card stock sheets of your choice sized to 8.5"x11" {may need to trim some of the 12x12 card stock to be 8.5x11}
2. Download the Cake Box Lid Template and Cake Box Bottom Template
3. Place the paper into your printer and print the template on the back side
4. Trim the paper with a straight edge and X-acto knife
5. On the dotted lines of the template, you will score for folding {I highly recommend a bone folder for this}
6. For the box lid, you will want to use the Anna Griffin Border Punch for the scalloped edges
7. Once trimmed, scored and scalloped, you will use the Xyron Mega Runner to run glue along the flaps that fold in on the box top and bottom
8. I used the Anna Griffin Silver Metallic Marker to write the name of the guest on the side of the box. To do this, I chose a font that was used in the menu {for me it was Melany Lane}, sized to fit in the space and printed it out. Simply trace the font onto the backside of the paper with a pencil, then flip over, align on the box and rub over the font with your pencil. Voila! You know have a light tracing of the name. Trace over with the Anna Griffin Metallic Marker.
9. Top the favor box/place card with an Anna Griffin Dimensional Sticker.

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Tri-Fold Menu that Serves as the Centerpiece Holder

For my menu I thought it would be fun to turn it into a tri-fold so each side showed the menu for a particular food course - in this case ... appetizers, the main course and desserts. Then I slipped a narrow glass vase down inside that was filled with fresh roses and the centerpiece is functional and beautiful. Plus, the stems of the flowers are now hidden as well.

Supplies Needed:
Anna Griffin Flocked Paper
Anna Griffin Metallic Paper
Anna Griffin Floral Clear Stamps
Anna Griffin Ink Pads
Xyron Creative Station with the permanent adhesive cartridge
Xyron Mega Runner
Paper Trimmer

1. Select your 12x12 paper for the tri-fold menu and download and print this scoring guideline template {making sure it's on the backside of the textured paper}.
2. Once printed, simply take your bone folder and score along the guidelines.
3. Trim directly in half so you have two pages that are 6" in height and 12" wide.
4. For the menu, set up a file sized to 2.5" wide by 4.5" high in your favorite editing program.
5. Set up the menu with your favorite fonts and leave 1.5" at the bottom with empty space. {I used Melany Lane and Cambria}
6. Using the Anna Griffin clear rose stamp, place it on the ink pad so just the rose gets the color and stamp on the metallic paper. Be sure to leave it for a while to be sure it's dry.
7. Then stamp just the stem and leaves in the green ink pad and onto the paper
8. Once dried, run the three menu panels through the Xyron Creative Station using the permanent adhesive cartridge and simply center onto the panel of the tri-fold.
9. Once the menus are attached, simply run the Xyron Mega Runner over the flap that will hold the tri-fold menu together, seal the edge and you are finished.

I'm up against 3 other bloggers in this design challenge from Anna Griffin and Xryon and would truly LOVE your support of my place card and menu creations. PS: If I win, YOU could win all the fabulous supplies I used to create these designs and many many more. The package is valued at $1,000. My tutorials for the additional items you see in the table setting {doily coasters, table number frame and napkin rose} will be shared with you next week.

Vote for My Designs Here

To access the contest, click here, login to Facebook {if you aren't already} and click on the "Say I Do" contest page
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* No compensation was received for this post, I received the free products
to create these DIY projects for the Blogger Design Challenge.

A Sneak Peek at my DIY Romantic Rose Wedding Collection

Tomorrow will be an exciting day for myself and my readers. I recently partnered with Anna Griffin and Xyron on a Blogger Design Challenge called Say “I DO” with Xyron and Anna Griffin. If you follow me on instagram, you likely saw the photo below {3 boxes arrived and were filled to the brim with goodies from Xyron and Anna Griffin - laminator, gorgeous cardstock papers, paper punches, dimensional stickers and so much more}. Well, be sure to come back tomorrow when I reveal my entire design for the design challenge which included a place card and menu {along with a few other designs I've created}. You will be able to vote for my designs and if I win, one of my readers will win the same exact AMAZING PACKAGE OF GOODIES worth $1,000 just for themselves!!!!

A Crafters Dream : 3 Big Boxes of Crafting Supplies from Xyron and Anna Griffin

Below is a quick little sneak peek of my place card design. I have so much more to share tomorrow on the blog. You won't want to miss this, it's going to be GREAT!!!!

A Frozen Winter Wedding Inspiration Board : Ice Blue & Silver with Snowflakes

Today's Wedding Inspiration Board is from a few years ago that Laura of Eye Candy Creative Studio created for me. It's the perfect one to share today as this afternoon is the first of 2 "recital" performances for my daughter's summer dance camp. We're down to the last two classes for the Frozen Fantasy of her modern dance classes she's been taking each week this summer and I can't wait to see her in the roles of Elsa and Anna. The original post from Laura can be found here and is filled with details for each photo so you can easily implement the element into your event. 

Decorative & Functional Place Card Holders for Wedding Receptions

Place Card Holders are both a decorative and functional part of your reception. Along with a place card they help guide your guests to their seats. I'm in love with some of these new styles of holders from The Wedding Outlet, aren't you? Which one is your favorite? I adore the Burlap Rose Card Holders - perfect for a Rustic Wedding Theme {and fall}. For more new place cards holders and other special occasion favors check out all the New Arrivals.

Find Your Engagement & Wedding Photographer with Photographer Central

If you are looking for the perfect photographer for your engagement or wedding {or any other special event}, you will definitely want to take a look at Photographer Central. This comprehensive online directory of professional photographers provides a resource tool for both brides and photographers. For brides it simplifies the process by providing them with the complete visual profile that is needed to make a decision. For photographers, it provides the marketing support so they can focus on the art of photography.
At Photographer Central, you can quickly find the photographers you want to consider according to their location, budget and preferred style with the clean and informative interface along with their portfolio. Want to save your "possible" photographers? This is easy because you can save your "Favorites" into a group that can be easily accessed at a later time. From there, you can compare, contrast and immediately contact the photographer that's right for you.
Using Photographer Central's search is totally free and doesn't even require registration. Head on over to and you can start finding the photographer for your next special occasion today.