3 Oaks Vineyard Vintage Styled Shoot

Happy start of Labor Day weekend everyone! Are you vacationing or stay-casioning? We are staying close to home with LOTS of chores to do this weekend. I know, ugh! Just what you want to do over a three day weekend. But it has to be done.

Whatever your plans are though, let’s kick them off with today’s fun vintage styled shoot!

Amy Jaye of Posh and Posy Events designed the look of this shoot, with red and pink florals mixed with succulents, rose glass candle holders, and brass candleabras. The table settings mixed vintage glass ware with burlap table runners and a rustic wood table made by the owners of 3 Oaks Vineyard themselves! And the models are a real life married couple with chemistry that is unmistakable.

Photographed by Rachel McNamara Photography, this vintage styled shoot simply makes me smile!

 

Photographer:  Rachel McNamara Photography

Event Planner: Posh & Posy Events

Dress Store: Premier Bride Central Valley

Linens and Coverings: No preference

Bakery: Chiffonos Bakery

Venue: 3 Oaks Vineyard

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Make Your Own Pretty Handmade Chandelier

This homemade chandelier is a definite labor of love for me! Seriously…whooweee! But I’m so HAPPY with how it came out. Isn’t it pretty???

I designed and made it for my “closet room”, the completion of which I will be showing you as soon as I can. You can see part of it in the background here ;-)

Anyhow, I wanted to show you the chandelier as soon as possible because I knew you’d love it as much as I do.

If you want to give one of these a go…here’s what you’ll need and how to make it.

SUPPLIES

Clear holiday ornaments

Silver & gold pre-holed sequins

Clear jewelry line or fishing line

Lamp shade frame; Or a wire plant basket;  Or you can make your own shape from wire hangers…the possibilities are endless ;-)

Light colored, heavy duty thread

Scissors

Wire

Wire cutters

Ribbon

Needle & thread

 

DIRECTIONS

First and foremost, you need to decide where you want your chandelier to hang. I wanted mine to hang from an existing ceiling light-base, so this tutorial is geared towards that. If you have a different situation, you will need to make adjustments accordingly.

PS…the stringing of the sequins is the most time consuming part of this project. But you can do it like I did over several nights while watching, (or rather, listening), to TV. Or you can do it all in one sitting…your choice.

 

STEP 1:  With your needle and heavy duty thread, start stringing your sequins. The possibilities are endless with how you want to arrange the colors. I wanted to have more silver than gold, so I made more silver ones. But you can mix them or just do one or the other. I used 8 sequins pieces for each strand.

Basically you will be weaving your thread through the sequins.

Here’s a good shot to see how the thread is woven so it holds each sequins flat and in place.

STEP 2:  Optional…spray paint your wire frame. I painted mine white.

STEP 3:  Turn your lamp shade frame upside down so the widest part is at the top. String your clear ornaments in whatever shape you like from the bottom base ring and string your sequins from the top base ring.

STEP 4:  Measure your ribbon to go around the top ring base of your chandelier. Basically you are covering the all the tied up sequins strings your just attached. I wanted a frilly ribbon, but I didn’t want to sew one so I glued this pretty light colored pink ribbon to this grayish silver ribbon and voila.

 STEP 5:  Take a needle and thread and attach your ribbon to the top ring base by pulling your needle through the ribbon, around the wire and back through the ribbon. Repeat this process all the way around the chandelier until your ribbon is fully attached.

STEP 6:  Now that your chandelier is complete, it’s time to hang it. This part may be different for you if you have a different light base. Cut wire to fit inside existing light base. String at least 4 strands of clear line or fishing line from cut wire to the top wire underneath your ribbon on the chandelier. Unscrew your light base, just enough to slide the top wire you just attached inside the light base. Once your wire is inside, screw the plate back on and you’re done.

And presto….you now have a pretty handmade chandelier.

…and here’s another view of it…

Out of all the things I’ve made on this blog, I’m going to have to say I’m most proud of this. It really is puuuuudy ;-)

 

Hope you enjoyed this and as always, thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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One AH-MAZING Recycled Designer Tree-house!

You all know how much I LOVE design right? And how passionate I am about recycling old things into something new again, correct? Let’s not forget to mention how much I adore the great outdoors.

Now….how about we mix them all together into one post for today? What do you say about that?

A blogger and designer friend of mine, Lynne Knowlton from Design The Life You Want To Live, sent me some images of her AH-MAZING tree-house to share with you and I couldn’t be more excited! Remember, Lynne sent me that fabulous Grapevine, Eh-Em…Balls DIY a couple of weeks ago? That’s right…now I can see you remember.

Anyhow, this tree-house of Lynne’s is seriously stunning with two lounging/sleeping areas, a sink, a bar and plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors from way…up…high! Add in all the personal touches like family photographs, decorative candles, lanterns, stained glass, antique hardware, fluffy pillows, genius DIY projects and lots and lots of love, and you have yourself one spectacular tree fort.

Built entirely from recycled barn materials that were set to be destroyed, Lynne’s beautiful tree-house is set among a grove of trees on her property which is two and a half hours northwest of Toronto. I’ll be sharing with you what some of the rest of the property looks like in the coming weeks.

For now…have a look at her wonderful tree-house. I’m imagining being there right now!

Hope you enjoyed Lynne’s AH-MAZING tree-house. And if you haven’t already, be sure to stop by her blog for lots of fun she always has up her sleeve!

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A Pink, White & Black Classic Wedding at Arizona’s San Tan Elegante

Today’s wedding comes to us from San Tan Elegante in Gilbert, Arizona. Megan and Jay hired photographer Renee Kaminski of The R2 Studio to document with lovely imagery the beauty that was their special day. From Megan’s gorgeous dress from Uptown Bridal & Boutique to the pretty floral arrangements provided by Blume Events LLC, everything was perfect from start to finish. So sit back and enjoy a few special images from their fabulous day!

Photographer: The R2 Studio

Floral Designer: Blume Events LLC

Musicians: Ray the DJ Mobile Disc Jockey Service

Dress Store: Uptown Bridal & Boutique

Cake Designer: In Pockets Bakery

Makeup Artist: MAC Cosmetics

Event Venue: San Tan Elegante

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An Offbeat Black, Gold & White Loft Styled Wedding Shoot

I really love the idea of having a wedding in a loft, especially one with brick, crumbling paint and lots of ambient light streaming through giant windows like the ones in this shoot. Photographed by Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer, this fantastic Kansas City styled event has so many gorgeous and unusual details.

To start, these custom invitations are absolutely adorable as the brilliantly designed reply cards left with open spaces for guests to return them with festive notes or drawings so the couple can save them as keepsakes. Great idea, don’t you think?

Also, instead of a typical white dress, this black and gold gown inspired by Vera Wang creates a unique, edgy look for a completely modern and elegant affair.

Of course, I cannot forget to mention the use of so many gorgeous flowers, especially the white Asian Mum and beautiful Hydrangeas, which coincidentally I just so happen to a lovely bouquet of sitting on my desk at this very moment. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with these flowers.

All in all this wonderful styled shoot has some really great ideas and gorgeous images for inspiration! Go on then, have a look-see and enjoy!

Photographer: Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer

Hair Stylist: Love your bobby pins

Floral Designer: Victorian Gardens

Dress Designer: Alea Bebenek

Cake Designer: Classic Cakes

Makeup Artist: Cara Porter Makeup

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A Bold & Brightly Colored Sand Hollow Resort Engagement Session

There’s a pretty popular trend among photographers right now to wash everything out using Photoshop actions or sometimes even over-exposing images to get the white washed look. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s a beautiful style and it’s imperative for a photographer to have a look if they want to be successful. I’m just saying I’ve seen and featured a lot of the lightly toned images so it’s nice to show off something a little different. Yep, and today’s engagement session is fully colored eye popping candy…and I love it!

Kate Spade with her bold colors, patterns, clean lines and crisp look are behind the inspiration for this gorgeous couple’s upcoming summer wedding. Shealeen and Spencer love all things summer, so it fit perfectly that they are going to tie the knot during their favorite time of year. For their engagement session it was important to give a glimpse into the upcoming wedding and excite guests about the party they have in the works!

If these two love anything, (besides each other), it is having fun! So their wedding is not only going to be a chance for them to pledge their love to each other but it is going to be a PARTY! For this session, together with photographer Abbey Kyhl from AK Studio & Design, they thought what better way to show a summer feel than to give a glimpse into their lives. Visiting a gorgeous vacation resort, hitting the links and going off-roading are just a few of their favorite activities which set a perfect scene for this bright summer engagement session. And with a gorgeous couple who are so happy in love with each other, everything just turned out perfect!

Photographer: AK Studio & Design

Event Planner: Irresistible Weddings; Middle Aisle Weddings

Venue: Sand Hollow Resort

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