On this lovely Friday, we’re featuring a sparkly wedding that will sure warm your heart. Captured by Carrie Wildes Photography, the bride Jessie DIY and personalized many aspects of her and Ruben’s wedding with lots of purple rhinestones… simply because, well, she loves everything purple and sparkly! The couple’s affections for purple, sparkly things, Mets (Ruben’s!), and their kids are apparent on their wedding day.
 
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According to Carrie Wildes:

“When Ruben proposed, one of the things he gave Jessie was a little heart with a tiny ring and their names on it. She added that to the stem on her bouquet. Jessie actually made her shoes by covering them in purple rhinestones!! She also made her favors (S’mores!), the glasses for the candles and her friend made her wedding cake”
 

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What an amazing wedding cake! So regal and grand. I love all the little special moments, especially ones of Ruben and Jessie’s two sons. Family love is the theme here, and it is what makes this wedding oh-so-heartwarming. My favorite DIY for the wedding has got to be Jessie’s shoes. I cannot imagine the time and the meticulousness of it all for her to place individual rhinestones all over her heels!

Congratulations to Jessie + Ruben and wishing you both and your new family lots of love and happiness!

 

Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography//Wedding Date:11.22.2013//Floral Designer: Flowers By Design//Hair Stylist: Lilis Weddings Makeup and Hair Styling Group//Caterer: palmetto club and puff n stuff catering//Caterer: Puff N Stuff//Dress Store: The White Closet Co.//Reception Venue: TPepin’s Hospitality Centre//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Paige + Jordan chose the historic home, The Historic Obici House, as the venue for their 20s-themed wedding. Great thing there was a back-up plan of hosting the ceremony indoors as it rained on their day (originally planned for an outdoor ceremony). Brought to us by Caitlin Gerres Photography, this wedding is filled with many handmade crafty elements (think unique bouquets and center pieces).
 
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From the photographer:

“With the help of her mom and bridesmaids, Paige crafted many of the wedding day elements, starting with the bouquets. She covered each bouquet with brooches she had collected. She created peacock feather hairpieces for the bridesmaids and feathered headbands to get her guests in the 20s mood.
She also designed and printed her own paper goods, from the invitations to the photo scavenger hunt list she created to amuse the guests throughout the evening. On the back of the program, she designed a crossword puzzle that included personal details from the groom’s favorite video game to their puppy’s name.

On the morning of the wedding, Paige and her bridesmaids put together each of the reception centerpieces from a collection of blue glass vases, bird cages, fresh flowers, and vintage finds.
The maid of honor helped execute the bride’s vision and even baked the wedding cake, a mix of funfetti and red velvet, the couple’s favorite flavors.”
 

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I love that Paige and her bridesmaids wore mustache rings as a fun accessory. I love crossword puzzles and mad libs and all, but what a great, fun idea to do a photo scavenger hunt to keep the guests entertained for the entire wedding! This 20s-themed wedding is definitely not short on unique details and fun factor.

Congratulations to Paige + Jordan!!

 

Photographer: Caitlin Gerres Photography//Wedding Date:06.22.2013//Makeup Artist: Behind the Veil Studio//Photo Booth Equipment: Boardwalk Photo Booth Company//Event Venue: The Historic Obici House//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Today, we are bringing you a super cutesy, melt-in-your-heart, and sweet wedding from Kate Bentley Photo. This gorgeous DIY/rustic/sewing-themed wedding came to us from Wisconsin and features origami cranes, homegrown herbs, paper hearts, and a wedding dress made by the bride. Courtney + Will are so adorable together, and with their awesome family and friends by their side, this wedding is just too pretty for you to miss!
 

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As mentioned earlier, Courtney made her wedding dress that was short and cute and very perfect for her wedding. When she wasn’t sewing her dress, she was growing all the herbs she used to make her unique center pieces. And can I just say, how awesome were the copper cans? Instant rustic-glam effects!

Obviously, Courtney + Will could not have pulled off this dreamy wedding without help. The beer served were made by their friends, and all the beautifully folded origami cranes were by Will’s mother. I love how by using different paper patterns, the cranes were all unique. One of my favorites were the pair that were used as cake toppers! Oh, and the cake was made by a dear friend of Courtney’s.
 

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This sweet sewing-themed DIY wedding is filled with laughter, love, and creativity. I love their use of colors (I maaaay be slightly biased towards pink!), their way of doing “here comes your bride”, and all the sewing-related items that tied everything together. Courtney + Will are a fun-loving couple, and their wedding is a perfect extension of their personalities.

Congratulations to Courtney + Will!

 

Photographer: kate bentley photo//Wedding Date:08.17.2013//Event Venue:Emerald Ridge Outdoor Weddings//Floral Designer:Jennifer Joyce Design//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

For our Monday feature this week, we’re sharing a traditional Autumn affair from Lindsay Docherty Photography. Jackie + Chang had their traditional church wedding in Delaware at the same location where Jackie’s sister, parents, and grandparents were also married in. For their celebration, they decided to hosted it at Kings Mills in Pennsylvania, where Jackie allowed her creativity to shine.
 
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Jackie incorporated lots of yellow, orange, and gold all over the details for her Fall wedding. What was pretty amazing was that Jackie + Chang had only visited and seen their venue once and were able to visualize how they want their reception to look. Jackie went to work and created each unique center pieces for the tables, the cake topper, signs, favors, and the masks worn by the wedding party.
 

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Lots of fun dancing, bright sparklers, and sky lanterns send-offs to round out a beautiful wedding, Jackie + Chang’s classic autumn wedding was one they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. Jackie’s unique center pieces were the stars of the show (next to Jackie + Chang, of course), and the matching bridesmaids’ gold glittery heels were great complements to Jackie’s own heels in hot pink.

Congratulations to Jackie + Chang on their marriage!!

 

Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography//Wedding Date:11.02.2014//Dress Store:Francesca’s Collections//Jewelry: Jared//Caterer: Kings Mills//Reception Venue:Kings Mills//Veils and headpieces:Simply Blue Bridal//Musicians:Sky Brady//Floral Designer:Wildflowers by Alicia//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

We’re featuring a gorgeous couple’s “Lovely Date Night” engagement session on this lovely Saturday. Shot in the midst of winter this year in Maryland, Debora + Kyle’s love and natural ease with each other was showcased beautifully by Daysy Photography. Can’t wait to see how beautiful their wedding will be!
 

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Photographer: Daysy Photography//Other Location: Frederick Historic Downtown//Shoot Date:02.02.2014//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

For this beautiful Friday, we’re showcasing a DIY barn wedding from Gray Photography. Laura + Keith collected all the mismatched tables and chairs for their reception from Craigslist for a year. And with major help from the family, they were able to completely re-finished and decorate the barn, including growing their own moss, flowers, and gourds used for the wedding!
 

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Something neat to share: amidst all the tables Laura + Keith had collected, one in particular was super special to the family. And that’s because one grandfather of theirs was born on that special kitchen table!

Great job on the awesome barn decor and much congratulations to Laura + Keith!

 

Photographer: Gray Photography//Wedding Date:10.05.2013//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

What does vintage tea party, Cricut and paper crafting have to do with our featured wedding today? DIY wonderland, that’s what. Captured by Larsen’s Photography, this Fall California wedding is a delight for fellow Cricut-Scrapbook-DIY lover like myself. When Lauren + Jason got engaged, she knew two things: 1. To get marry back home in California (they live in Texas) 2. A non-cookie-cutter theme that reflects both of their whimsical personalities and love for literature. All this brainstorming led to the Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding that you’re about to view!
 

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From Lauren: “Jason and I liked the idea of Alice in Wonderland, but to keep it classy (we) kept with a vintage tea party, infused with wonderland. Pinterest was my best friend for months, but then my sister Karen turned my Pinterest fantasy into a reality. Keeping on budget we bought whimsical scrapbook paper and my sister and her Cricut let soar with hundreds of tea cups, clocks, keys and hats. We used old books from my mom and my aunt and laid hundreds of feet of mint green tulle underneath everything. The food was prepared and made by longtime friends of mine, as well as the incredible cake and dessert table that was put together with love by another.”
 

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What a lovely wedding theme! I absolutely adore DIY weddings such as Lauren + Jason’s, where lots of paper crafting was involved. And just how adorable were the flower girls, walking down the aisle with big paper flowers and mint green tutu’s?? Just pure love! All the cute and whimsical signs displayed throughout the wedding perfectly reflected our couple’s personalities, and it’s very obvious that the couple gave their guests a wedding to talk about!

Congratulations to Lauren + Jason, and much thanks to Lauren’s sister Karen for showcasing her awesome DIY skills!!

 

Photographer: Larsen’s Photography//Wedding Date:09.21.2013//Makeup Artist:Bella Capelli//Dress Store: Casablanca Bridal//DJ:DJ Ignite//Equipment Rentals: Encore Events Rentals//Floral Designer:Gina’s Floral Enchantment//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jos A Banks //Bridesmaid Dresses: Light in the box//Event Venue:Mendocino Hill//Makeup Artist:SKIN Day Spa//Shoes:Something Bleu Shoes//Etsy Designer:The Oyster’s Pearl//Dress Store: Wine Country Bridal//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

I cannot begin to stress how in love I am with both of the weddings we are featuring today. I’m a pretty crafty girl myself, yet, some of you DIY brides (and grooms!) out there never cease to amaze me with the level of talent that you have. To close out our features today, I’m bringing you an awe-inspiring wedding captured by Sarah Tamagni Photography. Vanessa + Hank decided to get married at a family friend’s backyard, where it had so many great spots for them to do so many things with… and I completely agreed! Wait until you see all the gorgeous crafty pink & blue details these two cooked up!
 

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There were a ton of DIY details, but I want to showcase a few of my favorites from Vanessa herself: “The head table was a set of five smaller tables that were all hand made from a local store in my hometown. They were very gracious and let us borrow all of them and we just painted the legs of them. We had a collected a few old chairs and painted them for the head table and then a few others came from our amazing florist. The backdrop behind the head table held over a 100 tissue paper flowers that we made and stuffed into wooden Lattice so that we could hang it. The hearts hanging from the table were made from scrapbook paper and hung from twine. We made a lot so we were able to hang them all around. The Balls hanging from the lights I made from using balloons, string and glue. Once it hardened I would pop the balloon so it was hallow.”

“Flower girl dresses my mom made with lots of different colors of tulle, ribbon and fabric flowers so one girl had a dress and the other a skirt. My mom also made the cake that was just for us, and we ordered apple pies from our local farmers market. For the favors my mom and aunt made soap it was mint swirls and topped with broken up pink roses and lavender. The tassels that hung by the cigar bar my sister and I ripped up strips of fabric and died each tassel. I always just liked the look of those and it was perfect for a kickback area. All of the signs I made and painted and used string to create a different look. In the bar we decided to use an old crate we saw laying around the property to hang from the trees so we could hang old beer bottles and string lots of fabric through it. We got an Old bathtub that came from a friend of mine and we layered it with lace tablecloths and stuck beer and water in it. We had a lot of old beer bottles I collected so we strung them wtih ribbon from the trees. We also created different Chalkboards to display what kind of beer we were having and a welcome sign.”
 

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Are you as amazed by the talent Vanessa (and her equally talented family!) have as I am? And how lovely were her pink bridal shoes and bridesmaids’ dresses?? I was so overwhelmed with trying to be selective of not only the gorgeous photos Sarah Tamagni sent to us, but also with the DIY details Vanessa gave. I can’t mention enough just how beautiful and crafty this wedding was, and I’m so happy I get to share it with all you lovelies!

Thank you Sarah Tamagni Photography for submitting this awesome wedding and much congratulations to Vanessa + Hank!

 

Photographer: Sarah Tamagni Photography//Wedding Date:08.03.2013//Floral Designer: Flor Decor//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

We’re kicking off this Monday with a pretty DIY rustic wedding from Cassi Claire Photography. Right from the get-go, Christine + Keith knew what type of wedding they wanted: Adirondack-themed wedding- rustic, vintage, country, and just so them. They scoured up and down the Hudson River looking for the perfect venue that has the right rustic vibe, and they found it at Fox Hollow. With pretty pink and blue as the main color palette, this DIY New York wedding is just oh-so-sweet!
 
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To create that rustic romantic vibe, Christine + Keith decorated the venue with hints of burlap, wood, baby’s breath, twine, raffia, and lace everywhere. From the bride: “The centerpieces were curly willow branches in various spray painted liquor bottles with distressed and wood burned hearts to show table numbers and a quote like “laugh” or “lucky”, along with embellished mason jars which held flowers and floating candles, using burlap, twine, paper and crochet flowers to help make each table unique. The fireplace mantle showcased our Love Story in a barnyard wooden frame next to both of our parents wedding pictures. Our DIY card box was that of a wooden treasure box burned and stained which matched our somewhat untraditional guest ‘log’, a slab of varnished wood with our symbol of C+K burned in the middle for everyone to sign. On their way into cocktail hour, guests got to take their lantern favor with the DIY distressed escort card and skeleton key attached to show you where our favorite people in the world were sitting.”
 
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Just how lovely was Christine + Keith’s night ceremony? All the gorgeous light shining upon the beautiful couple and that romantic arch. They definitely pulled off their vision of beautiful rustic vision with the warm colors and all the personal touches. And just how fun was the dance party!

Congratulations to Christine + Keith!

 

Photographer: Cassi Claire Photography//Wedding Date:09.14.2013//Etsy Designer:Amber and Earth //Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff//Dress Store: Bridal Reflections//Jewelry:Brookstone//Etsy Designer:Crafts and Goodies//Jewelry:Cynthia Cool Beans //Dress Store: David’s Bridal//Apparel:Enchanted Atelier//Favors and Gifts:Favor Warehouse//Reception Venue: Fox Hollow//Other:Gingham Grins //Jewelry:Maria Elena Headpieces//Shoes: My Glass Slipper//Shoes:Nina Shoes//Invitation Designer:Paisley Pear Designs //Cinema and Video:Paul Nameck Videography//Musicians:Shake Rattle Roll Pianos//Etsy Designer:The Art of Handmades//DJ:We Like 2 Party Entertainment //Etsy Designer:When Dreamz Come True//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

As most experienced wedding pros will tell you, favors are generally a “hit or miss” thing; guests will either love them or totally ignore them. It’s not at all uncommon for many favors to be left behind at the reception and thrown away by the cleanup crew. Quelle horreur! That’s a lot of time, money, and effort wasted right there, my friends.

Because I loves ya, I’m going to let you in on a not-so-secret secret: edible favors are (usually) the foolproof way to give your guests a little gift of thanks that they’ll appreciate. Almost everyone digs a sweet treat or something to munch on; hardly anyone wants to drag home a ceramic tchotchke or a random trinket engraved with someone else’s initials.

Today, you lucky League of DIY Awesome™ friends, I’m going to show you how to make a gorgeous luxury-level favor that’s both pretty and sure to be appreciated by your adult guests.

With the help of Freixenet, the producers of these beautiful mini bottles of cava sparkling wine (also known as cava), I’ve created this little box of pure joy. And wait until you hear what Freixent has in store for you!

My, my… what do we have here?

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A beautifully adorned wooden box. Isn’t the black, white, and gold combination just beautiful? (The correct answer is YES.)

And inside…

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A simple embellished Freixenet cava mini bottle and a pair of gorgeous sweet treats nestled inside a box with a gilded interior lid. How could one not swoon over such a luxe presentation?, I ask.

Before we begin the instructional part of this post, Freixenet is offering DIY Bride readers an opportunity to win 125 mini bottles of Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut and a Memory Magnum for your wedding day. Enter the Freixenet All Love Sparkles Sweepstakes Facebook contest for a chance to win one of 6 prize packs. One lucky winner will be selected each week starting March 24th, 2014. Good luck, lovelies! The Cordon Negro Brut is absolutely delicious; don’t miss this opportunity to share it with your guests.

If you’re not familiar with Freixenet, they’re the sparkling wine expert. Based in Spain, they’ve been making sparkling wine for over a century and this year marks the 100th anniversary of their first bottling. Freixenet (pronounced fresh-en-ay) Cordon Negro, a sparkling wine crafted in the same method of French champagne, takes two years from grape to glass to produce and they are known for the attention to detail and great care paid at every step in order to maintain the consistent quality they’re known for. You can find Freixenet at their Facebook page or on Twitter.

 

INSTRUCTIONS for THE BOX

Supplies Needed:
Unfinished wood box, approximately 8.375in x 5.25in x 3.43in., found at craft stores
Black gloss acrylic paint
Foam paint brush
Decoupage glue
Gold leaf (copper leaf or silver leaf works just as well)
Soft-bristled paint brush
Newspaper or other material to protect your work surface.

Directions:
1. This part is pretty easy! Paint your box with the black acrylic paint and the foam brush. You’ll need about 3 – 4 coats of paint to get a nice, dark and evenly painted surface. Though the paint dried very quickly, I did the exterior painting on one day and the interior painting and embellishing on the next. I also painted the hinges and hardware black because the gold hardware clashed with the copper embellishment on the inside of the box. Pro Tip: Be sure to paint with the box open otherwise you run the risk of painting the box shut. Go ahead – ask me how I know this. :-/

2. When your box is fully painted and dry, it’s time to gild the lid’s interior. Using a clean foam brush, apply decoupage to the interior of the box lid. Let it sit for a few minutes (3 to 5 minutes should be aces), just enough to get tacky but not dry.

3. Using the soft-bristled brush, pick up a sheet of copper leaf and apply it to the box lid interior. The idea is to carefully lay the sheets down with as little folding of the leaf as possible.

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4. Using the soft bristled paint brush, just gently tap, burnish and rub the leaf down. It gets really easy with practice – you’ll feel like a pro after just a few tries. It’s ok to overlap the sheets a little bit; in fact, it’s unavoidable. Don’t sweat it. You’re doing it right.

5. Keep adding leaf until the interior lid is covered. You should be able to scrape away any leaf that strays – and there will be a lot of it – that settles on any surface that doesn’t have decoupage on it. That’s really all there is to it. Do go ahead and admire your work and starting planning the next 100 things you’ll want to add metallic leaf to.

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(The gold leaf in these shots look a coppery. The real color is a true gold.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS for THE BOX LABEL

Supplies Needed:

1 piece of striped cardstock cut to 4 in. x 4 in.
1 piece of glittered cardstock cut to 3.75 in. x 3.75 in.
1 piece of white cardstock cut to 3.5 in. x 3.5 in.
Double-sided tape
Rubber stamp with “thank you” design
Black ink
Glue gun and glue

 

Directions:

1. This one’s easy! On the 3 inch piece of white cardstock, stamp “thank you” with black ink.

2. Using double-sided tape, stick the cardstock layers together: stripe on bottom, glitter in the center, and the white cardstock on top.

3. With a hot glue gun attach the label to the front of the box, in the center. I used one dot on each corner to make the label did not budget. You might get away with less glue. BE CAREFUL with the hot glue!

 

INSTRUCTIONS for THE FREIXENET BOTTLE

Supplies Needed:

  • Freixenet mini bottle of sparkling wine
  • Masking tape
  • Spray paint in gold
  • Newspaper, old cardboard, or other material to protect your work surface
  • Newspaper or cardstock to protect the top of the bottles

 

Directions:

1. Remove the labels from the bottles. An overnight soak in the sink (or a tub) will do the trick. Let me assure you that scraping labels off bottles is no fun. Let the water do the work for you.

2. Dry the bottles by either wiping them with a dry cloth or letting them air dry. Remove any leftover debris from the labels, as necessary. You want a smooth, clean bottle to work with.

3. Next, add rows of painter’s tape to the bottle to create a template for the gold stripes. The area between the rows of tape will be where you the paint goes. Don’t be afraid to vary the size or number of stripes here! I did three simple stripes for ours but you can be as creative as your heart desires.

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4. To protect the top part of the bottle from being painted, I used wrapped a piece of cardstock around the top and secured it with masking tape. This can be reused over and over. Wrapping newspaper around the top works as well.

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5. Spray the bottles with light, even strokes.

5. Let the paint dry per manufacturers’ instructions. Mine took a couple of hours to become fully dry.

6. Gently remove masking tape and admire your beautiful gilded bottle.

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INSTRUCTIONS for THE COOKIES

Lemon Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325º F.

2. Line two cookie sheet pans with parchment paper.

3. Sift the flour in a small bowl; set aside.

4. In an electric mixer, beat butter until creamy, about 3 minutes.

5. Add sugar and continue to beat, about 3 minutes more at medium-high speed, until very light and fluffy, scraping down the sides once or twice.

6. Beat in the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

7. Gradually add flour, mixing just until blended, scraping down bowl once or twice.

8. Roll out cookie batter to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured board and cut out with a circle cookie cutter. Place cookies on a baking sheet about 1-inch apart and chill at least 1 hour.

9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the bottoms are just turning golden; the tops of the cookies should remain pale. Cool cookies completely on pans set on wire rack.

 

Cava Buttercream Filling:

  • 1 stick [1/2 cup] unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Freixenet Sparkling Wine
  • A pinch of salt

Directions:

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

2. Add the honey into the mixture.

3. Add the Freixenet Cava, 1 tablespoon at a time, until filling holds together and is smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.

4. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and set aside until ready to use.

 

ASSEMBLING THE COOKIES

Supplies Needed:

  • Pastry Bag. Either a cloth pastry bag or a disposable one will work.
  • Star Tip. I like Wilton’s 8B tip but any medium to large star tip will do.
  • Wilton’s Sugar Pearls in Black
  • Luster Dust in Gold
  • Edible Glitter. This is NOT the same as craft glitter. Craft glitters, though often non-toxic, are made of plastics and are not meant for human consumption.
  • Offset knife for spreading icing
  • Spoon for sprinkling glitter

Directions for the sparkly gold cookie sandwiches:

1. Using a small offset knife – or better yet, your clean finger – smear a thin layer of icing around the perimeter of the cookie.

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2. In a plate, mix equal parts edible glitter and luster dust. You can actually use one or the other but I like to mix the two for maximum blingage.

3. With a spoon, gently drizzle the glitter/luster dust mixture over the iced edges of your cookie.

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4. Now, we’ll do the filling. Fit your pastry bag with the star tip.

5. Using a rubber spatula, fill the pastry bag with frosting.  To stabilize the pastry bag while filling it, set it inside a large plastic cup. Fill the pastry bag only about half full then gently push the icing down into the bag so there are no air pockets. Air pockets will break up your pretty design. No one wants that.

6. Keeping the tip close to the top of the cookie – and keeping the bag straight up and down -  begin piping by squeezing the pastry bag from the top while using your other hand to direct the bag.  Draw a circle of icing near the outer edge of the cookie, moving your hands in a circle, spiraling it towards the center. Just as you finish the swirl of icing, push down slightly on the pastry bag in the middle of the cookie, stop squeezing the frosting out, and gently pull the pastry bag straight up from the cookie. Not so bad, right? Now do that for all of your cookies.

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7. To assemble the cookies, simply stack one frosted cookie on top of another and gently smoosh them together. (Yes, smoosh is a technical term.) Sprinkle the tops with a tiny bit of glitter mixture for an extra bit of pretty.
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Directions for the black pearl cookies:

1. Using a small offset knife spread a thin layer of icing on the top of the cookie.

2. Gently press black pearls on top of the icing. To do this quickly, I poured a bunch of pearls into a saucer and pressed the iced side of the cookie onto the pearls. Any gaps in the pearls were filled in by hand.

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3. Set aside and let the icing harden/set-up for about an hour or so before you move them too much. Voila! Beautiful, dark, sparkly goodness. Kind of looks like caviar, doesn’t it? Mmmm… caviar and sparkling wine!

 

ASSEMBLING THE BOXES

Supplies Needed:

  • Black tissue paper
  • Decorated cookies
  • Plastic treat bags
  • Gilded Freixenet bottle
  • Label
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue

 

Directions:

1. To bring it all together, gently crumple a sheet of black tissue paper and place it into the bottom of the box.

2. Place the Freixenet bottle inside.

3. Place the cookies in the clear treat bags.

4. Tuck the cookies into the open spaces beside the bottle.

4. Close the lid and attach the label to the box using a dot of hot glue if you haven’t done that already.

5. Finally, add a lovely striped ribbon diagonally around the box. I used hot glue to secure the ends so the ribbon didn”t fall off.

Your guests are going to LOVE this, guys!

 

// NOTES //

I have so many notes for this project!

This is probably the most expensive favor I’ve ever done for this site. The cost is about $9.00 per boxed set.  (But look how awesome it is!) To keep costs down, I suggest:

  • Use a cardboard box rather than the wood.
  • Instead of gold leaf on the interior lid, use a gold leaf paint or a metallic spray paint. In fact, this will cut down your costs dramatically and still give you the oh-la-la shiny effect.
  • Make only one of the cookies. If you do the glittery one, skip the luster dust and use only edible glitter. It’ll not be as sparkly, but it’ll still be pretty darned gorgeous.
  • Give 1 favor per couple, not per person.

Things to be aware of:

1. While the exterior wood box sizes were standard among the ones I bought for this project, the interior dimensions varied dramatically among a few of the boxes. I used an electric sander to grind out enough space on the project’s final piece. This was not fun but it turned out just fine.

2. Two of the boxes broke during the project production. I dropped one and it cracked (my fault); the other split along the the lid as the paint dried. If you do this project, please keep in mind that you may need extras for quality issues or other problems.

3. The boxes tend to be rather rough in places; they’re not totally smooth. If that’s a problem for you aesthetically, bust out your sander and be sure to wipe away any sanded debris before you paint.

4. Plan out your production process before you start on this project. Where are you going to store – let alone assemble – 100 boxes? How will you store the cookies so they don’t go stale before the reception (hint: ziplock bags are your friend)? How long will it take you to mix, bake, and decorate x amount of cookies? This was a long process for me; it look 3 days to paint, bake, gild, and decorate. I estimate a couple could knock out 25 of these in a long day of DIY. Plan accordingly or this project could become quite overwhelming.

5. Make sure you burnish the tape (press it down fully so there are no gaps) on the Freixenet bottle before you spray paint it. Any gaps between the tape and the bottle will allow paint to drip and ruin your beautiful straight lines.

6. Keep one taped – and unsprayed – bottle as your template so all of your bottles will look the same.

7. Don’t like stripes? No problem! You can use stencils on the bottle instead. Monograms, icons, or whatever design complements your theme/style. Or get creative with tape or stickers. Lots of craft and scrapbook stores have great stickers in all shapes and themes that may catch your fancy.

8. Though I said it in the instructions, I’ll say it again: craft glitter is NOT edible. Please use only edible glitters from reliable craft/cake supply retailers. A couple of years ago, there were places that were trying to pass off  “non-toxic” glitter as safe to eat. Technically, it is edible but eating tiny shards of plastic isn’t good for you. Or your guests.

9. Keep the cookies in a cool or chilled place out of the sun. Butter cream icing melts quickly because, big surprise, it’s made with copious amounts of butter. Melted butter cream tastes great but it looks bad.

We’re featuring a super gorgeous wedding styled shoot today. Brought to you by the talents behind Frenzel Studios, this Navajo-inspired concept shoot is not only glamorous and rustic, but will also make you fall in love with the Southwest charms.

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Gosh, what don’t I love about this styled shoot. The big fiery red bridal bouquet, gold-dipped feathers, the bride’s hair and jewelry that flow so well with the theme, the gorgeous fondant cake, chocolate-dipped churros, hanging dreamcatchers, the big spacious barn decked out in lights, and the oh-so-pretty invitation suite. Seriously, there were some amazing work in place here!

Thank you Frenzel Studios and the awesome vendors involved in this styled shoot for bringing us such gorgeous inspiration! I hope all you lovely DIY brides/grooms will be able to find some inspiration here!

 

Photographer: Frenzel Studios//Dress Store:Altar’d State//Invitation Designer: designs in paper//Event Planner: Modern Vintage Events//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Street Tuxedo Green Hills//Dress Store:The Spoiled Lady//Reception Venue: The Wren’s Nest//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Additional Vendors:

Farm Table and Dessert Stand: Vinewood Home Creations
Chairs, arrows and vintage Items: Stockroom Vintage
Cake: Creative Crumbs
Flowers: SOUL Flowers
Hair and makeup: Rebecca Paschall
Bridal Jewelry: Altar’d State

Here at DIY Bride, we not only seek for DIY + prettiness aspects of a wedding, we also seek uniqueness and different interpretations of a theme. Don’t get us wrong, we love Pinterest and all the inspiration that’s out there offering us a chance to do the same thing for our own wedding/event, but when we come across a wedding that’s completely refreshing and unique? Well, we’re pretty darn excited.

Rachel + Michael is a very artistic couple that we’re featuring on this lovely Friday. Seriously, Rachel was so resourceful and determined to make their rustic-nature-DIY wedding as unique as it is money-saving. Yes, you read that right. They only spend… *gasp* a little over $700 on everything. Rachel tried really hard (and succeeded!) in using as many free, recycled, or thrift shop finds in the décor as she could, and enlisted friends and family for everything that they couldn’t do or needed help with. With super pretty details and unique finds, Allison Pense Photography did a wonderful job capturing them all on film.
 

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Rachel and her DIY projects were pretty awe-inspiring. She did all the art on her invitation suite, programs, treat bags and table signs. Something super special and unique during the ceremony was that Rachel’s bridal bouquet was literally made as she collected the flowers from 17 of their guests as she was walking down the aisle. Her maid-of-honor then wrapped the stems to create the bouquet! What an awesome cool way to allow the guests to be involved.

Other DIY projects made by the couple as well as friends and family:
Michael’s vows were created in the form of origami fortune teller (Salt Cellar). All the hand drawn art by Rachel for the treat bags, matchbooks for favors, seating labels, and place cards. She grew half of the flowers used for the wedding, including flowers for her bouquet and center pieces. The ring pillow was hand made as well using small baskets with moss and hand made clay mushrooms. Yarn was used to wrapped bottles, jars, monograms, and lamp (photo backdrop).

Much congratulations to Rachel + Michael!!

 

Photographer: Allison Pense Photography//Wedding Date:09.14.2013//Cake:Laura Zinsman//Fortune Cookies:Carol Jeans Confections//DJ:Elite Entertainment//Favors and Gifts:Fireball Printing//Restaurant:Our House//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

This New York Fall wedding is not short on details and prettiness. In fact, Carolyn + Caleb’s DIY wedding featured many personal touches, including a sweet duet by the bride and groom themselves and jet-setting off to their “happily ever after” in one cool ride . With lots of gorgeous photos from Shaw Photography Co., this wedding is not to be missed!
 

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Carolyn + Caleb’s DIY wedding was a combined effort of the couple and love ones. Their sweet neighbors provided the pig roast feast. Caleb’s talented sister made the pretty wedding cake and cupcakes spread, while his sister-in-law made all of the groomsmen’s ties. The wooden arch they said their “I do’s” under was built by Caleb himself, and Carolyn spray-painted all the mini animals to gold to use as decoration for the tables. The couple sings together, and as mid-dinner entertainment, they sang a song for all the guests to thank them for coming. A burned DVD of their singing was their Thank You gift/favor.
 

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Carolyn + Caleb show everyone that just because you throw a backyard wedding doesn’t mean you can’t make it look magazine swoon-worthy. The personal touches, the singing, and all the efforts put in by their friends and family are what makes their wedding oh-so-special. And who says you can’t walk down the aisle barefooted and looked incredible doing it?

Congratulations Carolyn + Caleb and much thanks to Christina & Brian of Shaw Photography Co. for submitting this DIY wedding to us!

 

Photographer: Shaw Photography Co.//Wedding Date:09.20.2013//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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All the crazy weather lately makes me want to escape to this super relaxed and cozy DIY beach wedding down in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Captured by Kate of Kate’s Captures Photography, Crystal + Aron’s wedding featured lots of blue and green, unique center pieces, games, DIY decor, and lots and lots of desserts (family recipes!!) and sand.
 

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For their beach wedding held on 11.11.11, Crystal + Aron had some pretty good DIY decor that’s good to construct for any event. They had lots of blue and green patterned cloth that Crystal’s mom sewn together to make interesting buntings and ribbon garlands. For their center pieces, they incorporated ocean-related elements like sand, starfish, and actual small fish in the bottle! To keep their guests entertained, they had fun games prepared corn hole and bocce ball and made signs indicating where each station is. I like that they even had a sign and a section on the beach dedicated for guests’ shoes! And in addition to have a wedding cake, Crystal + Aron had a big sweets table filled with various family recipes in personal sizes.
 

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Games, sweets, friends and family, and a gorgeous beach wedding… what more do you need to relax and enjoy yourself?? Crystal + Aron captured our hearts with their DIY details and our appetite for sweets with that dessert spread. Much congratulations goes to our beautiful couple!

 

Photographer: Kate’s Captures Photography//Wedding Date:11.11.2011//Submitted via Two Bright Lights