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Did you see our most recent styled shoot? If not, click here! The entire shoot was inspired by a Wedding Paper Divas invitation called “Exquisite Leaves”. Beautiful! We had several DIY projects including this one which is a unique way to save an invitation. We will show you the in-tact invitation first and then proceed with our creative 3-d invitation DIY!

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Supplies:

  • Vintage frame
  • 3 Wedding invitations
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Sharpie marker to match the background color of your invitation (if it is a thick invitation)*

Simple instructions:

  1. Cut out the scrapbook paper to fit the frame.
  2. Using two of the invitations, cut out pieces of the embellishments (in our case we chose the leaves).
  3.  *If necessary, run the Sharpie around the edge of the cut invitation pieces. The inside of my invitation was white, so it was necessary for me to use a black marker to get rid of the white edge.
  4. Using the hot glue gun, glue the decorative elements to the in-tact invitation in layers. The goal is to have these pieces 3-dimensional, so do not press down on the hot glue dots you use. Also be sure to be very neat with the glue when gluing.
  5. Once the pieces are dry. Glue the full invitation to the scrapbook paper.
  6. Insert the scrapbook paper into the frame. If the frame has glass, place the glass behind the scrapbook paper to keep it in tact.

What a fun, easy keepsake idea! To see the true dimension of this project, please view the photos below.

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Did you catch our new style shoot? If not, check out our original posting here and some DIY projects here. So fun!! I was SO honored to have Liz from Sincerely, Liz: Photography capturing images, BUT we also had a few guest photographers present. I loved that! Going through the photos and seeing different perspectives was… interesting. What captivated some, others passed by.

Today I am excited to share a selection of images from some of our guest photographers. It’s a lengthy post, but honestly… I could not narrow some of the selections down. Enjoy what we have for you today!

 Carrie Waller, Dream Green DIY

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 Cheryl List

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Nicole Colwell, Nicole Colwell Photography

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 Maureen Lovell

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April Moore, April B Photography

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Thank you SO much to the fabulous people who helped make this day happen!

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  • Linda Hall - Thank you, Jennifer, for having us participate in the shoot. (We also did the cake and the food for the dinner). The images are beautiful from all the participants!!! It was a real pleasure to work on this!!!!

  • Kelly Trout - Jennifer, what a beautiful shoot! It was an honor to provide cookies for the event. Thanks for inviting us to participate.

Did you see our most recent styled shoot? If not, click here! The entire shoot was inspired by a Wedding Paper Divas invitation called “Exquisite Leaves”. Beautiful! Sometimes leftover wedding invitations are discarded or just stored away (and, yes, we suggest keeping a few in tact!), but if you find yourself with several left over, we have a few DIY ideas for you from our shoot. Take a peek at three, and we have a few more to share with you in the future!

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Supplies:

  • Precut tags in whatever color and shape you choose
  • Ribbon
  • Skeleton leaves (I purchased mine on Ebay)
  • Letter stickers of your choosing
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wedding invitation
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie marker to match the background color of your invitation (if it is a thick invitation)*

Simple instructions:

  1. Cut out a piece of the wedding invitation.
  2. Hot glue the leaf by using a small dot in the middle of the leaf.
  3. Place the sticker on top of the leaf. Use hot glue if necessary.
  4. Glue the decorative element from the invitation to the tag.
  5. Cut a suitable length of ribbon and string it through the hole in the tag.
  6. *If necessary, run the Sharpie around the edge of the cut invitation. The inside of my invitation was white, so it was necessary for me to use a black marker to get rid of the white edge.

Voila! Your skeleton leaf place card is ready for your guests. It can also be used as a favor tie on.

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Skeleton Leaf Table “Number”

 

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Supplies:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Skeleton leaves (I purchased mine on Ebay)
  • Letter stickers of your choosing
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Vintage frame

Simple instructions:

  1. Cut out a piece of the scrapbook paper to match the size of the frame.
  2. Hot glue the leaves by using a small dot at the top and bottom of the leaves.
  3. Place the stickers on the scrapbook paper.
  4. Place the scrapbook paper inside of the frame… if the frame has glass, be sure to place the glass behind the scrapbook paper in order to save the glass for future use.

Isn’t that cute and easy? The word {folia} is the word “leaves” in Latin.

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Invitation Initial

 

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Supplies:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Letter stickers of your choosing
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Vintage frame
  • Sharpie marker*

Simple instructions:

  1. Cut out a piece of the scrapbook paper to match the size of the frame.
  2. Cut out a piece of the wedding invitation to use to decorate the initial.
  3. *If necessary, run the marker around the side of the invitation piece to mask a different color.
  4. Hot glue the invitation pieces to the paper.
  5. Place the initial sticker on the scrapbook paper.
  6. Place the scrapbook paper inside of the frame… if the frame has glass, be sure to place the glass behind the scrapbook paper in order to save the glass for future use.

This makes for a sweet, easy to make monogram that can be kept and displayed. So fun!

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I am SO, so very excited to share this styled shoot with you today. I have kept it under wraps for over two months, and it’s the first time I have ever revealed one of our photo shoots before our magazine publishes, so you are truly in for a treat! Plus, there is a story behind this shoot that I love… it truly was a collaboration.

The inspiration for our “dramatic monochromatic” shoot was this lovely Exquisite Leaves invitation suite from Wedding Paper Divas. In fact, I knew as soon as I saw the invitation that it was perfect! From it we drew inspiration for color, burnt out leaves and a style of simplicity with elegance.

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From that inspiration, I decided on Bella Rose Plantation for the venue. It has lovely outdoor spaces along with having the perfect combination of rustic elegance. Estates Revisited offered the perfect selection of tableware and furniture for our theme. I love the combination of the ivory and gold dinnerware with the gold toned pressed glass drinkware. So lovely! One Creative Cookie designed these lovely (and yummy!) cookies, and Love Is in the Air took all of the elements and combined them into one beautiful table setting that I adore!

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Gaining inspiration from the Wedding Paper Divas invitation, the skeleton leaves struck me as something that has beauty and structure that appears simple (because, after all… it is just a leaf), but if you inspect them closely, they are so intricately structured. So lovely! I used paper, frames, the leaves and parts of the invitations themselves to create some DIY projects that I will share with you on Wednesday. I can’t wait, but grab a sneak peek below!

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Our bride and groom (a real life adorable couple!) was perfectly coiffed by Bodyworks Day Spa & Salon. Bethany’s hair turned out so lovely and is balanced by the subtleness of her shimmery makeup. Stunning! Our couple was decked out in a tux and gown (the slightest hint of a champagne color) from Celebration Bridal. The jewelry (all in rose gold) was borrowed from Fink’s Jewelers, and I love how unique it is… the pattern of the band and also the color of the diamond (along with the simple yet stunning necklace and earrings!). I also can’t brag enough about the handmade bow tie from Twenty23… those guys are amazing, and the ties are perfect for a wedding (and attendant gifts!). Bloom by Doyle’s added a naturally elegant touch with our bridal bouquet and boutonniere… perfect!

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At the time of the shoot we were also fostering kittens from the Lynchburg Humane Society, so I couldn’t resist having 2 month old Gremelina (named such because my husband said she looked like a Gremlin as a kitten!). I am happy to report that she now has a loving home and is enjoying her new found photography fame.

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Below are a few of my favorite images that our photographer, Liz, from Sincerely, Liz: Photography shot. That chair made the perfect background, and our setting was stunning!

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Again, I would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the many, many vendors who made this shoot possible! Stay tuned on Wednesday for our invitation-inspired DIY projects, Friday for more perspectives on this shoot from our guest photographers (they had amazing vision and lovely images!) and on Monday for another DIY project. Enjoy!

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This Virginia winery wedding just exudes joy and love and also highlights the faith of the couple. It’s so bright, colorful and happy! I love what Allison from Allison Maxwell Photography wrote about this special couple…

This gorgeous wedding is one for the books! Sunflowers, mountains, a surprise horse drawn carriage, a father smitten with his eldest daughter and a beautiful couple in love. 

Sarah and Matthew are completely and utterly perfect together. These two beautiful people have such selfless personalities. All the details about their wedding day were perfect for the, but they were also caring and thoughtful decisions that expressed love to everyone present.

As a surprise to her parents, Sarah walked down the aisle to a song played at her mother and father’s wedding. She wore pearls that belong to her mother. She has so many children at her wedding. all people into whom she has invested her life – and not only did she have goodie bags for every child, but she wanted pictures with all of them! Sarah is the deepest definition of love and kindness, and her wedding communicated that very clearly. 

Sarah and Matt got married at CrossKeys Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The day couldn’t have been more beautiful. Bright, cheerful, colorful, romantic, sentimental and deeply spiritual…these are words that describe their perfect day. A very strong theme throughout the day was how close the bride and her father are. Sarah’s sweet moments with her dad brought me to tears, and her first look with her husband was just as moving.  

Sarah and Matthew’s wedding was a lovely picture of who these two people are.  

Enjoy!

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