MYKONOS ON MY MIND

I often wonder how vendors come up with inspiration for their styled shoots? Sometimes it can be as simple as two close friends cooking together on a Saturday after and day dream about turquoise blue oceans. From the seed was planted and this “Mykonos on My Mind” shoot was born…

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THIS IS WHY ONE BRIDE THREW OUT THE SEATING PLAN FOR HER RUSTIC WEDDING IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX

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Hey guys! You might have noticed last week that we mentioned wanting to make our styled shoots and real weddings more useful tools for brides and grooms, not only looking for inspiration but for help and advice too. After collecting the results of our recent reader survey (more on that later this week!) we can officially say that after our DIY’s, our real weddings are officially the second most read post on our blog, which is great for us because we absolutely love sharing them.

However, as with our styled shoots, it has become apparent that, although they are a great source of inspiration, they aren’t as helpful as they probably could be?

You want to know more about the whys  and the hows of the planning process? What did our real wedded couples fear or worry about most? What didn’t tjey do and wish they had or what were the things they did do and wish they hadn’t?

Which is why from now on, we will endeavor to once again make our real weddings as helpful as possible, starting with this super rad wedding in Downtown Phoenix.

Jared & Brittany were married at the MonOrchid,  an art gallery, restaurant, coffee shop, and green house; which pretty much makes for one sweet wedding location.

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LEARN HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY DIY BALLOON GARLAND

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I am so excited to share this easy DIY balloon garland with you today even though it’s not very Valentines-ey! Although it totally could be if you used pink and red balloons??

Anyway I think today’s tutorial is the perfect statement decor to add to a sweet or cake table and you could even make it longer and use it as a table runner or a ceremonial arch! The delicate florals add a touch of class, whilst the balloons are the perfect amount of whimsy and best of all, it so incredibly easy to make!

I have always wanted to make a balloon table runner but always imagined you would need loads of special wires and stuff to make it happen. Well, it turns our I was totally wrong! All you need is string (you can also use fishing wire), a pair of scissors and balloons in the colours & sizes of your choice, this one was 5 1/2 ft and used 41 balloons all of the same standard balloon size, so you can use that as a basic guide.

I was totally inspired by the Eclectic Ski Lodge Shoot we featured here a couple of weeks back, so decided to use similar colours and loved the idea of adding flowers & foliage, making it the perfect decor for a wedding.  And if your wondering how long it took me to create this garland it was between 1-2 hours when you add in the fact that I kept stopping for tea breaks! Not bad eh!

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STEP 1:

Start by inflating your balloons.

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STEP 2:

Tie a 3 inch piece of string around the knot of your balloon making sure it is secure.

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STEP 3:

Now cut a piece a string a length of string to the size you would like your garland to be. You may find it easier to elevate your string off the ground somehow by tying it to the backs of two chairs but I found it just as easy working with the string flat on the table. It also helped to make sure there were no gaps underneath as I originally wanted this to be a table runner.

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