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The Big Fake Wedding Baltimore

Holy smokes.  Let's just start off by saying that the team at The Big Fake Wedding is just fantastic!  We had the most amazing experience, met amazing new friendors (which, I didn't know what that meant until the BFW event, so for you all that don't either, friend+vendor), and were able to speak with so many fun folks who either are getting hitched/know someone getting hitched/or were there for the great time!  We feel so fortunate for being included in this wonderful experience, thankful we were able to share a bit of our quirkiness and laughter, and LOVED sharing our ideas.  

Brit and I love a good inspiration board, I mean who doesn't, right?  But, boy did we get a good one.  The theme for the event was "Farmhouse Fete", inspiration board pictured below.  We loved the overall relaxed vibe of this board, the bold colors, and bright blooms.  

farmhousefete

If you know us, you know we like to forage pretty much everything.  We thrift, we hoard materials from friends (thanks all who donated tin cans and wine bottles!), and we love to reinvent.  Honestly, it's slightly embarrassing the amount of things we have stored, because hey, you NEVER know when you might need 800 rulers...(*cough* glad, that hoard isn't in my house! *cough*) ;)  Back to the reason we are here though. We wanted to show brides what you can do with a little bit of time, not a lot of money, and just some plain old creativity! So here we go!

We wanted the ceremony backdrop to reflect the relaxed vibe of the inspiration board and what says easiness like a vertical garden, am i right?  We collected various tin cans from friends, grew some plants in the garden, threw some dirt in the cans, and called it a day! Slightly more involved, but you get the picture!  We loved the idea of a bold chevron pattern and the addition of the tin can clusters full of lush green foliage.  

The ever so talented Kimberly Brooke Photography captured these photos:

Kimberly Brooke Photography

Kimberly Brooke Photography

Kimberly Brooke Photography

Kimberly Brooke Photography

A few with the stunning bridal party by Brandilynn Aines Photography ...

Brandilynn Aines Photography

Brandilynn Aines Photography

Brandilynn Aines Photography

Brandilynn Aines Photography

One of the great things about the Big Fake Wedding is that every table is different, which is so fun, you can see many different interpretations, all in one space, talk about inspiration!   

For our first table, we wanted to go very cutesy, I mean when else can you use a red and white checked table cloth!?  We loved the idea of combining milk glass, straw place mats, mason jars and vintage china.  Brit found a wonderful floral resource for those of you in the Northern Virginia/ Maryland area, Butler's Orchard  It is this great farm that allows you to go pick your own florals and pay per quart container, which is such a fun way to bring local, seasonal florals into your event.  Definitely go check it out, I know Brit had a blast!  

Kimberly Brooke Photography

Kimberly Brooke Photography

Kimberly Brooke Photography

Kimberly Brooke Photography

Each place setting had a berry basket full of local blackberries, a hammered piece of silverware acting as the "name card" that can also serve as a fun gift to your guests, and a ditsy floral vintage plate.

For our second table, we wanted to go a slightly more sophisticated, but still have an element of fun.  We loved the idea of wine bottles doubling as vases and candle holders.  We wanted to keep this table fairly simple and just use key materials:  glass, wood, metal.....oh, and white plastic horses. 

Photos from the ever so lovely Shannon Bishop Photography below..

Shannon Bishop Photography

Shannon Bishop Photography

Shannon Bishop Photography

Shannon Bishop Photography

Go check out Ruffled feature here and see all the other talented vendors in action!  

Emily & Brit

 

Cuckoo-ca-chooo

I've always loved the whimsy and nostalgia of cuckoo clocks so when I spotted this guy high up on a shelf when we were antique shopping the other weekend it was love at first sight. It wasn't in working condition which was fine by me, because it kept the price way down and I didn't feel like a was ruining a priceless antique by painting it. I didn't love the dark wood and felt like all of the pretty detailing and the blue Cuckoo got lost in it. Also, a lighter color would fit much better in our home.

I broke out a trusty can of white spray paint. In my experience there are times when you can use cheap materials, but using spray paint is never, ever that time. When spray paint is involved, cheap means sticky and offers no coverage, spend the few dollars extra and get the good stuff.

Before painting, I wiped down the entire clock with water and white vinegar to get off the years of grime and dust. I popped open the back and wiggled the bird from its wire. As he stood upon purchase, he barely peeped his head out of the door, which was not enough for me, since he is my favorite feature of the clock! So after several layers of spray paint I hot glued him back in, but made sure to prop him out further so he really becomes the focus.

We recently took our flat screen down from above the mantle so we're still playing around with what should go up here. We've added a few things and the clock is a worthy addition, but we're not completely satisfied with all of the pieces and placements, so more on our mantle update later!  We are also in search of the perfect pinecones or charms to add to the end of the clock chains, we will post a final photo when we find them!

 *Note on spray painting, actually read and follow the instructions on the can. Temperature control and dry time are crucial, impatience is only rewarded with sticky paint and drips. Take the time to do it right!!!!

oh the places we go

This past Saturday was one of those perfect days for a drive, 65 degrees and sunny, which meant windows down and music UP!  We were on our way to Richmond, Virginia for our very first bridal show at Celebrations at the Reservoir and were making a very out of the way stop to do some bargain J.Crew shopping in Lynchburg, Virginia. On our way, tucked in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains was a truly amazing antique store, just outside of Charlottesville. It had all of the tell-tale signs of a great shop, an aging house in the middle of nowhere, tables, trunks, gates, dressers and more clawfoot tubs that exist in the rest of the 20 mile radius all lying about the parking lot, and to top it off a huge Coca-Cola sign hung in the middle of the porch (with a "not for sale" tag of course). We pulled over  and scrambled up to this treasure trove like giddy pirates, excited to see what would catch our eyes!

We weren’t looking for personal purchases, just for the business, but neverless they found us. Emily found a woven wall hanging with a tribal feel that she couldn’t walk away from. Admittedly it needs some T.L.C to remove the layers of dirt from the years, but it had to be hers!

My find was a cuckoo clock for only $25, with a cuckoo still inside!. It doesn't work which is fine by me, because the price was low and I won’t feel bad revamping it a bit. Check back tomorrow for the cuckoo transformation!

Aside from those two exceptions, we were good and only purchased for the shop. We have been collecting found objects that can help us create warm, inviting curated spaces for wedding and events, often vintage pieces achieve this better than anything else. We can just sit there and imagine where they have been and the stories they hold, they invoke history and curiosity.  At least that is one of our favorite things about them, other than the fact they give everything a unique style-either way, here are our favorite finds!

Check back next week for Emily's DIY punched tin votives!