Styled Shoot |Boho beachside

Today we are flashing back to two summers ago to our Wilmington, NC styled shoot.  We were inspired by the idea of a casual beach side wedding full of jewel tones and textural elements.  Brit + I had such a fun time creating everything and can't wait to share.

Take a peek at our inspiration board:

This shoot was a labor of love and chock full of re-purposed elements- from the over-dyed thrift store fabric turned floor cushions to the arch constructed of plastic Easter eggs, paper cups, coffee filters, and bird seed.

The day was full of laughter + friends, ending with us HOUSING the delicious blueberry pie by the ever so talented Elena of Biscuits & Such

Photography | Pressed Magnolia Studio

Delicious Pie | Biscuits & Such

Grooms Outfit | J.Crew

Gown | Free People

Brides Necklace | J.Crew

Styling + Decor | Ruie + Grace

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.  


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


DIY Wooden Headboard

Howdy friends! I have literally been walking past my guest bedroom for weeks now, knowing that I wanted to make a change, but didn't know what.  One Saturday night, a few glasses of wine, and about 45 minutes (?!?) on Pinterest later, I decided I wanted to create a wood panel headboard.  There's so much inspiration out there on Pinterest, honestly, a slightly overwhelming dosage of wooden headboards - so much so, that I kept questioning whether or not I wanted to vary the scale or boards, make a chevron pattern, paint it white, stain it black, etc.  BLAH!  I chose the more simplistic route, all boards going in one direction with multiple shades of stain, and I'm quite happy with the result. 


In Maryland, there is a FANTASTIC resource for repurposed building supplies called Community Forklift, I would 100% recommend going there to get some deliciously aged wood boards, if you are near.  I sadly didn't make it up to Maryland, so I went to my neighborhood Home Depot and picked up some 1"x8"x6' common boards, large finishing nails, and various stains.

I wanted my headboard to stick out a little bit further than my mattress, so I purchased the precut 6' boards, leaving about 10" on each side of the mattress.  


On my way home from Home Depot, I stopped by one of my favorite thrift stores in Richmond, Diversity Thrift.  I wanted to add a light fixture to my headboard and decided I would see what they had to offer.  Lo and behold, I found a great (slightly ugly at first, but hey, when in doubt, spray paint it gold) 50 CENT light.  50 CENTS!!!  Done and done. 


The whole headboard making business only took me about 2 hours, which includes dry time for my stain and $60, which is insanity.  Most of us feel these projects are so time consuming, but in reality they're not!   So next weekend, if you feel inspired, give it a go!