My Blush Pink and Gold Vintage Wedding

weddingcollage

I got married last September, and I thought I’d share some photos from the wedding ceremony and reception! I wanted a vintage feel and collected lots of different antique and thrift store pieces to make it all come together. I ended up saving a lot on my decor because of this. All photos are courtesy of Kate Heiberger Photography.

I used an antique cricket box for our rings. The best man held it for us during the wedding.

T-179

The inside had an old cushion in it, so I recovered it with a blush pink fabric. I LOVE the color of the box!

Baby’s breath and tulle were hung in the aisles. I got my inspiration from Pinterest, but there actually wasn’t a tutorial I could link! My mother-in-law helped me get the dried baby’s breath, painted it gold, and we cut lengths of tulle to drape over the end of the pews. It was actually perfect because we weren’t allowed to use anything to secure the bows to the ends of the aisles.

T-2

T-1

My cake was soo beautiful and delicious! We got it made by the Hy-Vee bakery and had them add the almond flavoring they use in their wedding cupcakes! My florist made a beautiful cake topper.

T-361

T-359

I had brass candlesticks and candelabras on ever table and vintage mirror trays as the centerpieces. Antique perfume bottles and vintage cards were sprinkled around the different tables as well.

centerpieces

My mother made a perfect card hold out of a vintage suitcase. She made the sign for it with scrapbook paper. It looked perfect!

T-367

The pink champagne was served on a large gold mirror. The cocktail tables had sweet little books I bought from andyourbirdisgreen on Etsy! She does an amazing job of painting hardcover books.

T-378

T-401

 

Don’t forget the candy table!

T-366

T-363

It was the best wedding my husband and I could ask for.

T-83

T-632

 

*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

How to Press Flowers

I have been pressing flowers for years now. I believe my first piece of pressed flower art involved pressed pansies that I arranged in the shape of a letter and a heart for my mom as a gift. I made those around 15 years ago and they still have their color to this day!

I am discussing this today because I want to help everyone learn how to press flowers and not have to lose precious flowers to mistakes I have made in the past. This post is about using books to flatten some fabulous flowers you can use in crafts and art. Please read the note at the bottom before you do this with your flowers!

DSC00399

Here is a step-by-step tutorial:

1. Gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need: flowers that have not yet withered, books that are okay to get stained (you can find old encyclopedia sets or large textbooks at thrift stores), paper (optional), and a warm, dry location in your home.

2. First, dry off your flowers if you pulled them from a vase of water. Any extra moisture can give the flowers a potential for mold.

3. Carefully place your flowers in the pages of the book in the position you would like them to be dried. If you would like to protect the pages of your book, you can use paper between the flowers and pages of the book.

DSC00467

DSC00462 DSC00465

4. Close the current page with the flowers slowly to keep your flowers in position. You can use multiple sections of the book to place flowers in to dry.

DSC00463

5. Stack extra weight on top of the closed book to keep the flowers flattened.

6. Store your books with flowers in a dry location. In my case I used the dehumidifier that we have in our bedroom. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, you can place your books by a heating vent or a fireplace if you run it at all. Just don’t place paper too close to heat to prevent it from catching fire.

 

7. Wait about 3 weeks for the flowers to dry. Depending on how much moisture your flowers had in them, you may need to wait longer. When you take out your flowers, they should be flat and feel dry to the touch.

 20151016_144337

20151016_144311

20151016_144242

20151016_143743

**NOTE** This method of pressing flowers only works for flowers that are not too thick. Please do not use this methods on flowers such as lilies, sunflowers, or roses. If you have any questions on whether or not the flowers you want to dry will work, please don’t hesitate to ask!