We are in October and are nearing the holiday season. When we think of the holidays, we think of parties. When we think of parties we think of being a guest or hosting a party at your house. The first thing your guests will see when they visit a party is the exterior decor of the house. We wanted to share with you a simple, quick, fun, easy and foraged wreath DIY that will spruce up door and leave guests excited to see whats inside that door.
Wooden twig wreath base
Bittersweet Orange Branch
Round canvas sheet or hearty paper in a cream tone
1. Start with a pre made wreath as your base. We will let you in on a little secret.. Goodwill is always stocked with funky wreaths that just need a little plucking and trimming of orignal decor. And they are usually under $3.99.
2. Start with your branches. Grabbing the Maple Branch, Cotton Branch and Bittersweet Orange Branch at random will actually give you a more foraged effect. Alternate with large and small branches.
3. Add in your Seeded Eucalyptus. Add some on top, exposed and some a bit more concealed so they peak through the hearty branches.
4. Next comes the florals. This looks best when bunched heavily in a corner, easing your way up to one side. Red, Orange and White Ranuculus were the florals we chose, but this can easily be switched out with a more seasonal floral.
5. Lastly, we took piece of canvas paper and traced a circle the diameter of the wreath. We then wrote (can be printed on or hand written in calligraphy) ‘Season Greetings’ and adhered it to the back of the wreath. Simply hang and enjoy!
CREDITS: Photography by Mariel Hannah | Florals by Mint Design CA | Written & Recipe by Lotta Alexandersson
Fall has finally hit Southern California and I’ve been having a lot of fun dressing up with my scarves, jackets and boots. Besides summer, autumn is my favorite season!
We’re so excited to welcome Lotta of Mint Design and Mariel Hannah again to end our October with some gorgeous flowers! Remember their last post? Well this month it’s about the the warm colors of fall. The flowers, I just want to bury my face in it, it’s so pretty. Thank you ladies for sharing such beautiful florals on our blog again. I really can’t want to see what they’ll create next month! Stay tuned for another post later today, as they show us how to make a DIY fall floral wreath just like the one below. Perfect timing for the Thanksgiving.
From Lotta, “When we think of fall we generally think of warm earthy tones with pops of orange, reds, greens and yellows. Aside from those obvious color choices we think of various elements and textures that can be paired with the suggested tones in a mix matched way. Fall to us is the most exciting time of the year. Smells of pumpkin spice, the crinkling sound of leaves and cool evenings make this a special time of year. As a home body, hostessing and entertaining come naturally to me. There is something truly delightful about inviting people into your home, setting the table with your personal decor and nourishing their body and soul with a home cooked meal. Our table inspiration comes from items collected over time that were pieced with modern settings from our local Target. Our table is a vintage find we transformed by simply opening up the drawer and cascaded with ivy and red roses. A simple tray under the floral arrangement decorated with pears and Bittersweet Orange kernels was all the table needed to complete the hearty look.”
Floral Arrangement Ingredients
Cafe Au Lait Dahlia
Bittersweet Orange Branch
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
White Dinner Plate Dahlia
CREDITS: Photography by Mariel Hannah | Florals by Mint Design CA | Written by Lotta Alexandersson
Gina was from New Jersey and Sean was from Massachusetts. But it was not until they met in college that they fell in love and later got engaged while on a trip to California’s wine country.
They were excited to integrate Sean’s hometown roots in their wedding day. A Cape Cod native and true Boston Red Sox, Gina supported her man’s team with a custom garter from Etsy and his cufflinks came in a “turf” lined Major League Baseball box!
Gina’s purse for the day was a beaded white clutch accompanied by a white handkerchief - both “something borrowed” from her grandmother. Her Badgley Mischka wedding shoes provided a punch of navy blue, nicely tying her bridesmaids dress color into her ensemble. She gifted her girls custom hangers for their dresses and all but one dress were the same - her sister’s: her best friend and maid of honor.
A purple orchid adorned the groom’s lapel and his 6 groomsmen looked handsome in black tuxedos finished with orange confetti rose boutonnieres. Gina carried a warm autumn color bouquet of orange confetti roses, purple orchids, hydrangea, orange calla lilies and eucalyptus leaves. Her 8 bridesmaids carried yellow Gerber daisies, orange confetti roses, orange Stargazer lilies and eucalyptus leaves blooms. Gina also gifted maroon pashminas to her bridesmaids to keep their shoulders cozy while taking photos on the waterfront on a brisk November evening.
The theme was carried throughout to their reception. Wooden photo holds held a card that informed guests a donation was made to the American Diabetes Association in lieu of gifts. Orange tree with maroon font warmed up the escort card table, next to a mason jar and heart signing board. Their buttercream cake was covered in elegant swiss dots and finished with fall colored spray roses.
Gina and Sean’s first dance was to Van Morrison’s, “Into the Mystic.” Guests quickly followed them to the dance floor and showed off their moves while a photobooth was available next door for those who wanted to be silly and dress up with the many props available.
CREDITS: Photographer: Mikkel Paige Photography // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Etsy Designer: Bear Witness Studio // Makeup Artist: DeeVa Beauty // DJ:Elite Entertainment // Etsy Designer: Garters by Kristi // Signage: Gingerbread Romantic // Hair Stylist: Glen Goldbaum Salon // Dress Store: Hearts For You Bridal // Dress Store: I DO I DO // Jewelry: Ken and Dana Designs // Band: Manhattan City Music // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Equipment Rentals: Paul David Partywares // Floral Designer: Precious Petals Too // Event Venue: The Molly Pitcher Inn // Cake Designer: Ye Olde Pie Shoppe