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Ashley & Nathan’s DIY wedding

Today, I am beyond honored to share the lovely DIY wedding of our good friends Nathan and Ashley. Now, if ever there was a soulmate couple to our own little twosome, this is “the one.” Made up of one part manly musician and outdoor enthusiast, and another part girly crafting extraordinaire, the newlywed Hilbish’s are the yin to our yang. I could sit and chat for hours with Ashley about this and that for the home. Her exceptional taste (no surprise, she works as an interior decorator for Curtains, Blinds and Bath locally) is one that I have come to rely on for bouncing ideas off of. And nothing showcases that taste better than her and her hubby’s wedding day.

Shot by the talented Colling Photography, this oh-so-special May event is just saturated in style and elegance. What I thought a lot of you would appreciate is that, while the wedding ceremony and reception look filled to the brim with exuberance, a large portion of it was created at the hands of Ashley and her family and friends.

Throughout the photos shown below, you’ll find thoughts and memories spoken straight from the bride herself. If you’re planning your own wedding this season, Ashley shares tons of valuable (and practical) advice for tackling the sometimes stressful planning stages. A full list of local event vendors is also included along with links at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy!

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I never thought it would be so daunting to recollect a day that was literally just a month ago! Trying to remember your wedding day is like trying to remember your 5th birthday – You know it happened and lots of amazing people were there to share the experience with you, (and yes you have way better pictures from your wedding than your 5th birthday, unless your parents are photographers) but that’s about it! I’ve never been a “focus on me” type of girl, or so I think, so I was all about the details. I had so much fun planning my wedding with my maid-of-honor/sister and mother, it was like I wasn’t even doing it. Also, props to Pinterest because without it I would have been lost.

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I really started planning everything like um … a month or two before! I’m a low to no stress type of person so I didn’t worry about stuff (but seriously, take Pilates it will help). I knew the wedding would happen no matter what and that it would be awesome because everyone I surrounded myself with was awesome. So what if I verified flowers a week before, or my caterer had something terribly tragic happen and we had to switch to someone brand new four weeks before. Just wait until you see the food. Yeah, it was awesome. You can be “that girl” who stresses over everything, but what’s the point? You make your vendors miserable AND yourself, along with everyone around you who wishes you were just eloping.

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Nathan and I didn’t have any type of ideas to plan; well, frankly he didn’t care. We started out one way but as events fall into place, you can get a sense of direction on your true style. Don’t force it if it’s not meant to be, otherwise you’ll look back and you won’t even be reflected in it. Ours I think was relaxed, vintage-y, fun and personal. We had little details, from Nathan’s squirrel tie (yes, he loves squirrels and I thought why the heck not) and a group dance to break the ice prior to going down the aisle, to really cute things about us on the program to keep people entertained while they waited! It was fun to have fun doing everything, and I think it made it that much more special to the people involved because it made them know you really appreciated them as individuals. If you know your wedding party isn’t filled with “tux-loving” guys, don’t try to put them in one – They will just look super awkward in the pictures. Yes, my girls are girly in 3” designer heels and dresses from who knows where, and the guys were “the guys” with rolled up sleeves and Vans – It just worked together because we were all comfortable.

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The best advice I received that every bride should remember is that it’s your wedding! People are going to ooh and ahh over things they find, and  they will bring you magazine clippings from 1999 that make no sense to your scheme, and email you 1,000 photos of dresses you hate with hints on what they “wish” you’d do (but that you actually want to gag over), or tell you how they did it at their wedding; but what you actually decide to do is a different story. I learned to breathe deep, smile, tell them how great their ideas were, and thank them for thinking of me. I only had one huge meltdown before truly embracing that advice, and then it was all groovy! Have fun with it, it’s your day and your adventure, so surround yourself with people you love and who like to have fun, because in the end it’s so great to stand back and still have all of those people around you laughing at how ridiculous you look in a group jumping picture. 

Photography: Colling Photography
Venue: Afton Mountain Vineyards
Flowers: Doyle’s Forist (Bloom)
Dress: Celebration Bridal
Hair: Bliss Salon
Catering: Cater This!
Cake: Willie Payne (former owner of Magnolia Foods)
Coordination: R.S. Exclusive
Entertainment: DJ Mendez of Mendez Music Academy

“Perfect Pairs”: A bridal shower gift basket

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As you may already know, our good friends Nathan and Ashley are getting hitched! And, with the wedding coming up in May, it was time to celebrate the bride with a special shower just for her. So us women folk gathered this past weekend to do just that, with tasty finger foods, a delicious cake and lovely floral arrangements put together by the enormously talented mother of the bride.

Mady, Ashley’s sister, was the mastermind behind the entire event and she nailed it. I wish I had more photos to share with you, but imagine handmade bunting with the letters for “Miss to Mrs” handpainted on each flag, rustic burlap table runners and springtime raffia with yellow blooms wrapped around the cake. It was perfection and felt SO “Ashley.”

But of course no bridal shower is complete without the gifts and, as I’m sure you could guess, I felt the need to get creative with mine. I really wanted to put together something unique for Ashley and eventually (after a night of tossing and turning to brainstorm) I finally came up with the idea of “Perfect Pairs,” inspired by the most perfect pair of all – Ashley and Nathan!!

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The idea was to pick up useful things for the home that naturally went together – Things like a fork and spoon (a salad fork and spoon set), pen and paper (nice pens and a package of note cards) and a chip and dip (I don’t think that one needs explaining!). In order to bring the point home, I put together little tags in InDesign and Photoshop using colors to match the overall theme of the gifts – blue and green. Once printed and cut out, I was able to attach each to their respective pair using Scotch tape.

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As for the wrapping, I decided to skip a paper gift bag and went with a utilitarian rubber bucket instead. It actually cost about the same as a large gift bag, but will last through whatever project Ashley puts it to.

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The final step was adding one last paper cut out to the front of the bucket that simply read “Perfect Pairs inspired by Ashley & Nathan.” I think Ashley got a kick out of the gift and I hope she and her hubby-to-be enjoy all of their new housewares! We had a blast watching her eyes light up as she unwrapped things like her gorgeous new dishes, Anthropology kitchen utensils, teal Keurig, serving ware and even a stunning gold Kate Spade bracelet. Bridal showers are so much fun…And Ashley deserves every bit of love!

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If you want to try this gift idea for your OWN special bride, grab a free printable of the “Perfect Pair” tags by saving the image below to your desktop and printing it on thick cardstock paper. If you would like the front tag, email me at DreamGreenDIY@gmail.com so that I can customize the names for you. And please don’t hesitate to actually do that – If you don’t have time to write a long email, just send me a quick message with “Perfect Pairs” in the subject line and the two names in the body of the email.

Bridal Shower Gift Printable

UPDATE: Due to popular demand via the emails I’ve gotten for custom tags, I’m also including a free printable for “Salt & Pepper” below. If you can think of any other perfect pairs and want a customized tag, just let me know!

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P.S. Before I leave you for the weekend, it’s time for a quick “Friday Feature Round Up” – If you happened to miss any of the things I put together for The Glitter Guide or GalTime (my newest freelance contributor gig!) click on through – I made a DIY Gold Sequin Hair Bow (that my tom boy sister pricelessly modeled for me), chatted about incorporating florals into the home for the new season, and gathered my favorite Easter Egg Projects to try out this holiday weekend. Enjoy!

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A lacy giveaway {via Simply Bridal}

The giveaway winner has been announced!
Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out if it’s YOU!!

Thank goodness it’s Friday! I have officially survived my first week at my new job. Although the majority of the week has been filled with orientation and getting caught up on HR paperwork, I’d say it was a refreshing and exciting week. I’m happy to be starting this new chapter in my life professionally and can’t wait to see where it takes me in the next few years.

But enough about that. Let’s get on to this giveaway…

When I was approached by Simply Bridal with the idea to offer a giveaway to you guys, you know I couldn’t say “no,” (P.S. for my giveaway and product sponsor policies, click here.) especially when I learned what the winner would receive

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I actually didn’t wear a veil for our wedding this past April. I decided that it just wasn’t for me, even after attempting to DIY my own version. But even though I said my vows sans lace, I still adore the look of a delicate veil on a bride – It’s sort of that finishing touch, that crowning piece that says you’re ready to say “I do.”

Well if you’re in the midst of planning your big day but haven’t found “the one” in terms of a veil, today could be your lucky day. The folks of SimplyBridal.com have graciously offered to send a veil of choice to the bride who wins today’s giveaway – To take a gander at the selections offered, click here. I’ve been drooling over them ever since I got wind of the offer…

Giveaway details:

To enter:
Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite piece of your wedding day outfit – Is it the shoes? The dress? Maybe a special piece of jewelry. (Don’t forget to include an email address in the form so I can contact you!)

Bonus entry:
For extra chances to win the prize, follow Dream Green DIY on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave a comment for each here letting me know that you did. (it’s a win-win since you’ll be able to keep up with my daily updates once you’re a follower – But of course, there’s NO pressure to do so. You don’t need to do this in order to win the prize)

Deadline:
You have until Tuesday, November 6th at 11:59 p.m. to enter. The winner will be announced here on Wednesday, November 7th – Don’t forget to check back to see if you’ve won.

Nitty gritty:
International readers, enter away!! The winner will be selected using random.org.

Good luck!

GIVEAWAY UPDATE: Congratulations to Dana!!

Dana, I will be emailing you shortly with details on your veil. Thanks to everyone for your participation and I really enjoyed hearing about your beautiful wedding ensembles…The excitement is contagious!

All in the details…

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As we continue our way through my unofficial wedding week (to celebrate six whole months of being newlyweds) I wanted to share with you a particularly captivating wedding space I came across on Pinterest. I honestly didn’t even catch on to the fact that it was a reception until taking a closer look. I L-O-V-E when a bride (+ spouse-to-be and/or wedding planner) comes up with a look and style that doesn’t necessarily scream traditional wedding venue. Here, the party comes across as organic, elegant but distinctly vintage simply by blending the EXpected with a bit of the UNexpected. Let’s take a closer look…

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I think the number one reason this wedding space jumped out at me was because of the chairs. SO eclectic, SO unique, SO playful. There are all sorts of colors, shapes and eras incorporated into this room in terms of chairs, and I think it’s this (rather expansive) detail that has the most impact. It would be super easy (and CHEAP!) to recreate too. What more effective way to involve your family and friends than to grab up a couple of their chairs each for a pulled together collection of reception seating options?

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I think there’s something distinctly “industrial” about this space – Maybe it has to do with the mix of chairs, but I also think it has to do with the twinkle lights. The raw, exposed bulbs hung from simple black chords has this very factory-like vibe that really packs a punch. It’s sort of that masculine counterpart to the lit candles on the tables. The combination of soft light is brilliant.

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Speaking of the tables, I love the simple look here. The understated florals really let the bigger details (chairs, lights) shine, while the simple white table runners and dishes give off this very comfortable feeling, almost as though guests are sitting down to dinner at a friend’s home instead of a large, wide-open reception venue. The whole effect is cozy and inviting.

What are your favorite details?

For all of my favorite wedding pins, click here

Five Date Ideas for Newlyweds {via Simply Bridal}

Today, we’re continuing our wedding week features (in honor of the six month mark of newlywed-dom that John and I reached over the weekend) with a post by Natalie, of SimplyBridal.com. She’s sharing five fantastic date night options for us married folk, which I personally can’t wait to try out! (P.S. Hope you guys have a very safe and thrilling Halloween!)

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You’ve done it. You walked down the aisle, married the man of your dreams and had a fabulous honeymoon. Now, you’re back home and engaging in your usual daily activities. Your routine makes you wonder, is dating officially over? Of course not. Dating doesn’t end with a wedding and dating can be so much more fun after the wedding. Just follow our tips for five great dates once the ring is on your finger.

For the Night Owls

Every now and then meteors light up the night sky and what is a better way to watch them than with a glass of wine and a blanket in your backyard or in your car with a thermos of hot cocoa? Simply Google meteor showers to find when the next one will be occurring in your area. It’s free and you get to cuddle under a blanket while the night sky lights up.

For the Early Risers

Believe it or not, some people actually enjoy waking up early. If you and your husband are early birds, why not enjoy an early morning picnic while you watch the sun rise. A beautiful sunrise is one of nature’s best gifts and when you combine it with the love of your life it only gets better.

For the Sensual Couple

Some couples are very hands on, therefore the perfect date doesn’t get any better than tango lessons. Tango teaches your bodies to work together and the anticipation coupled with bursts of energy amps up the sensuality.

For the Music Lovers

Clubs are great places to dance all night, but sometimes you don’t want to deal with the smoke and the expensive drinks to enjoy a song. Well, have no fear because you can create your own club, courtesy of your iPod. Throw some tunes on and have a dance party for just the two of you. You’re guaranteed to like every song that is played and you don’t even have to yell at each other to speak.

For the Homebodies

Let’s face it, some of us just love to stay in bed, pop in a movie and decompress. If that sounds like you, you’ve found the perfect date. Rent a luxurious hotel room in your city and relax to your heart’s content. This way you’re never far from home, but you can feel like you’re miles away. Luxuriate in thick, down comforters, order room service and read the paper. Trust us, the two of you will have plenty of fun without going anywhere.

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So you see, dating doesn’t die once you walk down the aisle. You can be married and have a fun and vibrant dating life. Take these tips and choose an activity to do today!

SimplyBridal.com is an online retailer of quality wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and wedding accessories. We believe that every woman should be able to have her dream dress at an accessible price. In addition to providing a wonderful customer experience, we also seek to produce wedding resources for brides-to-be.

One Word: Newlywed

We are exactly halfway through our first year of that invigorating, tricky, fulfilling thing they call marriage, and couldn’t be happier. Honestly, whoever said the first year of marriage is the hardest is crazy. We’ve had an absolute blast! If this is any indication of what life is going to be like for the next fifty years, I’m a-okay with the prospects.

Today, I’m sharing some inspiring and empowering images of couples in the throws of being husband and wife – Some were literally just married and others are enjoying their first year with trips and photos and memories to prove it. I even snuck a quick photo of the duke and duchess in there too just for kicks! If you’re a newlywed yourself, I encourage you to click on some of links below. A few of them connect over to some pretty interesting articles. Here’s to our last six months as newlyweds!

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For more of my wedding pins, click here.

P.S. Sending out my thoughts to those hit by Sandy!! We seem to be missing the worst of it here in Lynchburg, but I’m not going to assume we’re out of the woods yet…

P.P.S. In case you missed it, click over to Glitter Guide for my post on five last-minute Halloween treats!

DIY FYI, Wedding Files {via Joelle of Something Charming}

Good morning and happy Monday to you! As mentioned last week, I’m mixing things up a little bit on the blog this week – (#1) I needed a little help as I settle into my new job, and (#2) I’m dedicating the week to all things “wedded bliss” as John and I celebrated our 6 month anniversary of being newlyweds yesterday. I’ve got TONS of great resources lined up for you guys throughout the week, and even a special giveaway on Friday! You don’t want to miss it. Take it away, Joelle…

Hi everyone! My name is Joelle Duff, and I blog over at Something Charming. Carrie has asked me over today while she starts her new job, and celebrates her six month anniversary (congratulations Carrie!). Since I’m a wedding planner and blogger, I thought I would share some advice for those of you thinking of having a DIY wedding.

Personally, I’m not a very crafty girl, so Carrie’s projects are always really impressive to me! She is definitely one talented lady. As a wedding planner, however, I see a lot of future brides and grooms who want to add that personal and handmade touch to their wedding. Doing it yourself can be a great way to save money and make your wedding “you,” but there are definitely some things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Long before you commit yourself to a DIY project for your wedding, try it out first to see if it’s really something you can do. It can be easy to see something on Pinterest that looks so easy, but in actuality is a disaster waiting to happen. So, make sure you find out how your version of those mini apple butter favors come out before you put them down on your list. You’ll want plenty of time to change your mind, or come up with an alternative, if necessary.

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Chances are that when you asked your best girlfriends to be your bridesmaids, they knew that they might be asked to help out in a few ways. There’s no shame in asking for help tying on ribbon or hand stamping programs. Just don’t be offended or upset if they say no. They have lives outside of your wedding, remember, and you don’t want to turn into that bridezilla that they talk about for years to come.

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I hear it a lot, and I always cringe when I do. I am going to make my own cake. My mom’s doing my flowers. I have a friend with a nice camera, so I don’t need a photographer. It might work sometimes, but I’ve seen too many disasters to believe that a normal person can miraculously create things that are on the same level as wedding professionals.

Speaking from experience, baking and decorating a wedding cake is difficult. So is trying to cook for 150 people without catering experience, or creating 15 centerpieces on a time crunch.

Instead of trying to do it all yourself, pick and choose the things that you know you or someone else will be good at. Favors, stationery, and other décor are great ways to incorporate DIY elements that don’t require much specialized skill. That way you can focus on a few things, and leave the big pieces to the professionals.

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If you love to DIY, you probably aren’t a type A bridezella. The point of having handmade touches is to bring that personal, intimate feel to your wedding. So don’t stress about the details, and instead focus on bringing you into your wedding. Those are my favorite types of weddings anyway!

Thanks so much for having me over today, and I would love to hear your DIY wedding successes (or disasters)! And if you need some DIY ideas for your wedding, definitely check out the Wedding Chicks. They have some great projects for you to try out!