by: Lauren

I’ve been wanting to feature some of the DIY projects from my own wedding, but I unfortunately wasn’t thinking when I was making everything and didn’t take photos. So, I will have to re-make everything to provide you all with photos, but at least it will only be one or two things, not a million, so it’s simple enough!

 

For today I chose to do my table numbers, which I loved. I’m very much a lover of table numbers, which you will soon discover from the table number inspiration board I recently made that I’ll be posting soon. I wish I had something cooler and more creative than just some pieces of heavy stock paper, but it’s pretty, and it was functional and simple, especially since we had 25 tables. (And it just hit me that we had 25 tables! OMG!)

 

I chose to make double-sided tented table numbers. I created the design myself on Adobe Illustrator using a script font and a graphic I purchased on iStockphoto that was similar to a symbol on my invitations (which were not custom made- ugh, the things I wish I had known). It was quite a feat to teach myself enough Illustrator to create these, but this was before I was aware that there are actually tons of designers who can whip things like this up in no time! (Which is what I would recommend doing)

 

The table numbers at my wedding…

 

DIY Monday: Tented Table Numbers via TheELD.com

 

Materials:

 

– 8 1/2″ x 11″ – Pearlescent Metallic Cardstock (you can use regular text weight paper as well)

– 11″ x 17″– Pearlescent Metallic Cardstock

– Printer

– Table Number Designs

– Glue/tape/your choice of adhesive material

– Paper cutter

 

(Once again, I apologize for the bad quality iPhone photos. I am still without a functioning digital camera. Who knew that could occur in 2010, right?!)

 

Instructions:

 

Step 1: Print your choice of table number design. I printed as many numbers as I could (3) on each piece of paper.

 

DIY Monday: Tented Table Numbers via TheELD.com

 

Step 2: Cut each separate table number to size. The way I designed my table numbers included a line for me to cut, so I didn’t have to worry about measurements and such.

 

DIY Monday: Tented Table Numbers via TheELD.com

 

DIY Monday: Tented Table Numbers via TheELD.com

 

Step 3: Cut 11″x15″ paper in half. Fold this long piece of paper in half lengthwise. This will give you the marker of where to line up the table number (about 1/2 an inch below the fold line). Fold the bottom portion as well, approximately 1″ to 1.5″, being sure to leave 1/2″ of space to border the number on the bottom.

 

DIY Monday: Tented Table Numbers via TheELD.com

 

Step 4: Center your number on the long piece of paper, using the folds as your guidelines. Paste, tape, sew…do whatever you wish to attach the number to the long piece of paper. You can do just front, or front and back, which is what I chose to do.

 

DIY Monday: Tented Table Numbers via TheELD.com

 

Step 5: Wait for the numbers to dry, if you used glue.

 

Step 6: Complete the fold of the tented numbers. Attach the bases together if you wish. I used tape because it was easier and I like to do things the easy way. :) Depending on the size of your tented number, you may not need to tape or glue at all, it may just stand on it’s own.

 

DIY Monday: Tented Table Numbers via TheELD.com

 

DIY Monday: Tented Table Numbers via TheELD.com

 

Simple enough, right? Basically all you need is pretty paper, a nice font, and a printer, and you’re good to go. You don’t need a design of any sort, but if you want to add something, you could always get a stamp with a pretty design! What are some other simple ideas for table numbers you guys have? I’m looking for a cool idea for my upcoming {ELD} photo shoot, so please do share! :)

 



by: Lauren

I was blown away the moment I saw the very first photo of this wedding. These photos by Stephanie Williams are absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful! (Enough adverbs and adjectives for you?) I couldn’t wait until next week to show these, that’s how much I’m in love with this wedding. I don’t know why…the dress, the shades of purple, the damask print, the pure love and happiness…I could go on for forever! Enough talking about this wedding, let’s LOOK at it, shall we?

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Gorgeous Real Wedding by Stephanie Williams Photography via TheELD.com

 

Can I please get married again, wear this dress, and have Stephanie as my photographer?! Thanks for sharing these photos Stephanie! Absolutely gorgeous, photos!

 



by: Lauren

I just adore actual engagement shoots where the photographers capture the actual moment of proposal! This particular shoot by The Schultz’s was extensively planned by the new groom, and it’s pretty genius if you ask me. As told by Cheyenne Schultz:

 

“Amy and Andrew are from Raleigh, so the first thing was getting them to Charlotte. Andrew worked it out to be in for a weekend to visit friends, which would be followed by an opportunity for Andrew to come shadow me photographing an engagement session on Monday morning (at least, that’s what he told Amy). Once Monday morning rolled around, I picked up the phone to call Andrew and unfold the plan……

 

Andrew relayed the message to Amy – the engaged couple for the session had cancelled on me because of the weather (lies……all LIES!!! :), but if they wanted, I could go ahead and just photograph the two of them, as Andrew would still be able to learn a lot being in front of the camera. Amy took the bait and the pair headed to meet me.”

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

“I had told Andrew beforehand what I was going to say that would be the cue for him to drop to his knee……

 

“One thing I’ll do sometimes to encourage interaction is to have the couple face the opposite ways from each other and when I say “go”, I’ll have them turn around and run toward each other into a hug. So, let’s go ahead and do that. Amy, go ahead and face that way, and Andrew, you face the other way.”

 

“Okay, GO! Turn around!”

 

Amy turned around, Andrew dropped to his knee, and my heart about stopped I was so dang excited!

 

And this is what she saw.”

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

{Breathtaking, right?!} And the rest is beautifully documented history!

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

Surprise! It's A Proposal Turned Engagement Shoot by The Schultz's! via TheELD.com

 

The love and happiness of these two is so awesome to see! What a perfect time to take engagement photos…excited, happy, radiant, and so in love! It seems like these surprise shoots are becoming a lot more popular now. I wish I had known about this, I totally would have put a little birdie in my husband ear! :) I know my best friend already asked me to put one in her boyfriend’s, when the time comes around.

 



by: Lauren

I recently created this inspiration board for a bride who’s colors are silver, white, and lavender. She wants to incorporate some vintage (early 1920s/1930s) elements into her wedding, so I came up with a few ideas for her! There’s no better way than an inspiration board to get the “feel” for how a wedding will look!

 

Vintage Lavender Inspiration Board via TheELD.com

 

Row 1: Bouquet, Photo Garland, Votive, Shoes, Centerpiece

Row 2: Head Table, Invitations, Bride and Groom Chair Signs

Row 3: Table Numbers, Centerpieces, Necklace

 

I always thought that Lavender was kind of cheesy, but when done the right way and paired with the right elements, it looks awesome! These colors would look great paired with gray as well.

 

I included a few different potential DIY projects in this board this time around. I think I like the doily wrapped votive the most. What’s your favorite part of this inspiration board?