emily + randy

We love pretty weddings. And, we really love pretty weddings with a DIY touch. Emily and Randy’s wedding had it all – a pretty bride and handsome groom, a lovely setting, creative DIY’s, a yummy dessert table, a gorgeous ceremony backdrop and an amazing photographer to capture it all, Connie Dai Photography.

Today, Emily, the bride {and now happy newlywed} shares her tips for how she added personal DIY touches to her wedding day, and why you should try it too.

In Emily’s words…I definitely recommend DIYing as much as you can. It adds such a personal touch to your big day, and including those items as decorations in your home after the wedding are awesome reminders of the day. Honestly, putting on some tunes and creating beautiful things is great therapy during an often stressful time!

After you read about the easy DIY’s, please visit Connie Dai Photography to see more gorgeous photos for this beautiful couple’s special day. You won’t regret it – they are stunning. And it’s not just us that thinks so – Style Me Pretty thought so too.

DESSERT TABLE
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Glass Cake Stands
Find glass plates and glass candlesticks from a dollar store and E-6000 glue from a craft store such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Glue a candlestick to the center of the bottom of a plate.
Let dry.
Leave as a single plate for small cakes, or add a couple of layers for a unique cupcake stand.

The other cake table pieces, the green box chalkboard and the compartment stand, were both from World Market.
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ESCORT CARD FRAME
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Find an empty frame (Hobby Lobby had a perfect wooden frame to go well with our details)
Buy chicken wire at a home-improvement store {hopefully your handy husband has a staple gun. If not, buy one or thumb tacks or something similar should work}!
Stretch chicken wire over the back of the frame and staple periodically around the frame.
Trim excess chicken-wire with wire cutters and bend any sharp edges.

WOODEN RING BOX
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Check the wooden crafts aisle at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for inspiration for easy decoration projects.
Find a small box to hold rings.
Stain the pre-made wooden crafts. I bought one brown stain and one grey stain. For some projects I used only one color, and for others, I mixed the two colors together for variety and a nice rustic color.
Paint on your new initial by hand or with a stencil in a contrasting color of paint.
Voilà! Cheap, simple, and fun wedding projects!

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Thanks Emily and Randy. And, thank you Connie Dai Photography.

{images via Connie Dai Photography}

colorful bing lounge, part 2

You already saw 10 beautiful finds for your home. So, here’s part 2 of our Create Your Own Bing-Inspired Lounge at home.

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2. Terrarium 1 and Terrarium 2, Urban Outfitters
3. Vintage Tea Cups, Etsy
4. Porcelain Rabbit Head, Pure Home
5. Natural Tree Stump Side Table, West Elm
6. Orange Chair, Wayfair
7. White Chair, Ikea

  {image via Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit}

have a beary good day

Before the bears go back into hibernation, let’s celebrate and learn about the furry, cuddly and powerful nature of bears.

Disneynature Bears takes us on a journey where a mother bear raises her young cubs in the big and beautiful world of Alaska. And, just like humans, she does her best to guide, protect and teach her young so they can one day survive on their own.

With the recent DVD release of Disneynature Bears, here’s 10 great ways to immerse yourself and your children into the wonderful world of BEARS this fall.

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1. Rent or buy, Disneynature’s Bears on DVD now.

2. Throw a mini Bears Party for your home movie feature, followed by a Bears Scavenger Hunt {free printable here} like we did.

3. Serve delicious and nutritious bear-inspired snacks for your hungry cubs that highlights magazine shared.

4. Crafty Morning shows us how to make adorable paper bear plates with these instructions.

5. Did you know a bear’s sense of smell is 2,100 times stronger than that of a human? You can learn many more facts about bears by downloading free activity pages from Disneynature Bears.

6. What kid wouldn’t want to end the day with a treat – gummy bear popsicles? Yes, please. Foodbeast invented the yummy and colorful idea.

7. Read any and all of the creative and sweet Bear Books by Karma Wilson such as Bear’s New Friend. This book series is a household favorite around here.

8. Make sure your little ones stays warm as the weather starts to turn cold with this Bear Scarf Hat.

9. Karma Wilson’s charmed bear character needs some help dressing for the seasons. Print the sheet for a fun activity for your kids.

10. Katarina’s Paperie keeps the day bubbly with DIY honey bear bottle bubbles.

{images via Highlights, DisneyCrafty Morning, Foodbeast, Amazon, Zappos, Karma Wilson and Katarina’s Paperie}

10 beautiful finds for your home

Bing impressed us all with a cozy and beautiful lounge during Alt 2014. It was a colorful mountain modern and vintage ‘home away from home’. It was the place to meet and greet throughout the week…and it couldn’t have been a more lovely setting. After 3 days, the room was disassembled, and we wanted more of that Bing prettiness in our own homes. So, today we found pieces we are sharing with you to Create Your Own Bing-inspired Lounge At Home!

Stay tuned next week because we have part 2 to this Bing lounge.

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1. Succulent Letters, Flora Grubb
2. Antique Window Pane, Etsy
3. Deer Head, Etsy
4. Orange Dining Chair, Overstock
5. Wood Crates, Wayfair
6. Floral Rug, Home Depot
7. Yellow Metal Counter Stools, Overstock
8. Lemon Metal Side Chairs, Overstock
9. Wood Bench, Overstock
10. Orange Metal Accent Table, Overstock or DIY paint this Wire Coffee Table orange

 {image via Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit}

buon appetito

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We’re Italian and proud of it. We love our heritage and the Italian culture…and of course, the food! Our mouths water with the site of a good Antipasto Platter.

But, how do they do it? How do people create that savory “before the meal” plate that can bring people together and satisfy their cravings? What’s the secret to a beautiful and delicious Antipasto Plate?

We know an expert who can tell us…because we know a place that does everything right when it comes to Italian food and ambiance.

Parisi.

Christine and Simone successfully recreated a little piece of Italy in Denver, Colorado. If you haven’t been, you need to go. And, if you don’t live in CO, you need to add a visit to CO to your bucket list, and add Parisi to your must-eat list.

Here’s owner Christine’s tips for a delectable Antipasto Platter.

- Make sure there’s a balance of olives, cheese, cold cuts & toasted bread with topping.
- Include a mix of soft and hard cheese.
- Tempt the palette with new flavors because people always like to try new things, but also intermingle with a few familiar flavors.
- Keep the toppings simple for the Bruschetta using seasonal veggies. It’s nice to add a little sweet balsamic to the mix to balance out the savory.

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And, what about the essential sidekick to a yummy Antipasto Platter, otherwise known as wine? Christine has us covered there too.
“Reds are a good choice for heartier antipasti plates such as a San Giovese blend {San Giovese is the grape used for Chianti and so many of the Tuscan faves),” she said. “But a refreshing Pinot Grigio isn’t a bad choice for those who insist on white.” 
She added, “Oh, and then there is one of my favorite red Italian blends from the Veneto region:  La Cappuccina’s Madego.. it’s organic and so smooth, but not boring. But I am all for blends these days…I can’t commit to just one grape.”
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The list of ingredients from the mouth-watering plate Meredith Moran of Meredith Moran Photography snapped for us at Parisi includes…
Drunken Goat (harder goat cheese immersed in red wine)
Fresh Asiago
Pecorino Picante
Prosciutto di Parma
Finocchiona salame (with fennel)
Castelvetrano & Kalamata Olives
Mortadella
Pancetta
Bruschetta with an artichoke topping & a cherry tomato topping
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Now are you ready to impress your guests with the most amazing Antipasto Platter ever? Of course, if you need some authentic Italian food for inspiration, a great sandwich for lunch, an impressive place to bring a special date, or you just want to indulge yourself because you deserve it, stop by Parisi. If you want to eat for hours like the Italian’s do in a more intimate setting, make a reservation right below Parisi at Firenze a Tavola {same owners}. I promise, you will want to go back for more. It’s special to us, not only because Florence is our love affair city, but also because Jenna and Will celebrated their rehearsal dinner at Firenze a Tavola, and that was just the beginning to a wonderful life together.
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Thanks to Christine at Parisi and Meredith Moran for making this post possible.