by: Lauren

I coordinated my very first wedding on my own this weekend! It was a rustic fall theme (Pictures to come soon via Studio 222 Photography!), and it thankfully got cooler the day OF the wedding, so it truly did feel like fall! That being said, I was surround by pumpkins being used as decor for a considerable amount of time this weekend. Therefore, I felt it appropriate to do a seasonal DIY post just for pumpkins!

Now of course you can go the traditional route and carve your pumpkin. There are stencils that you can download and print out, or you can even create your own!

However, when wanting to use your pumpkin for a nice bit of decor, I think stenciling a design onto the pumpkin would be great! Twig and Thistle recently posted a link to a tutorial from Better Homes and Garden of “How to Make a Stenciled Pumpkin” using a doily.

DIY Monday: Pumpkin Decor via TheELD.com

It’s so very pretty, so if you haven’t already carved your pumpkin, try this out! My husband unfortunately demolished our pumpkin and made pie out of it already, so if you try it out, let me know!

Now if you REALLY want to use pumpkins for decor, these glittered pumpkins are amazing!

DIY Monday: Pumpkin Decor via TheELD.com
Via Martha Stewart

My bride from this weekend used some of these as decor elements, and they were so pretty! They would be perfect for a Halloween party! You can find the tutorial here on Martha Stewart’s website.

Does anyone have any other ideas for how to use pumpkins as decor?



by: Lauren
Something that I thought never belonged at a wedding is now incredibly stylish and chic- when used in the right way. Balloons have been popping up all over weddings and engagement photos, and I’m loving it! These balloons aren’t used exclusively for decor, they’re used more as props. And of course bigger and rounder is better!

Using Balloons in Photography? Oh Yes! via TheELD.com
Via C is for…Charmed, by Boutwell Studio

Using Balloons in Photography? Oh Yes! via TheELD.com
Via A Cup of Jo, by Max Wanger

Do these photos make you want to get a giant, brightly colored balloon and take pictures or what? Is anyone thinking of using balloons or any other prop for their engagement or wedding photographs?


by: Lauren

I had a new bride recently ask me for some ideas on how to ask her friend to be her Maid of Honor. So then I got thinking, asked some Twitter friends, and did some searching. I wish I had known about these ideas when I asked my bridesmaids! Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of these ideas! Even if you’re not asking your friends to be in your wedding, some of these ideas would be a nice, thoughtful gift too!

The first idea I had was a cute card saying “Will You Be My Maid of Honor?” or “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” There are a lot of really nice cards available that you can send or give to your potential MOH or bridesmaid. You could also send some flowers along with the card, or even send flowers by themselves with a little note attached!

Ideas for Asking Your MOH and Bridesmaids via TheELD.com
Card by Tori Higa

Ideas for Asking Your MOH and Bridesmaids via TheELD.com
Card by Tori Higa

Ideas for Asking Your MOH and Bridesmaids via TheELD.com
Card by loriruedi on Etsy

Another idea is to send or give your potential bridesmaids a cookie! There are several companies that make the most amazing cookies!

Ideas for Asking Your MOH and Bridesmaids via TheELD.com

Ideas for Asking Your MOH and Bridesmaids via TheELD.com
Bella Regalo

Another idea for a way to ask your maid of honor or bridesmaids is to just take them out to dinner, together or individually. You can give them a gift of some sort if you want to, but I’m sure just asking them will be enough of a gift! If you want to take a fun spin on a get-together, you could send them on a scavenger hunt, arriving at the final destination where you ask them to be a part of your wedding!

It’s always fun to plan something like asking your friends to be by your side on your wedding day. Do you have any other fun ideas? Share them with us!



by: Lauren

I met Caroline and Evan of CSE Photography at a recent event, and they are the sweetest people ever. I don’t know what it is about those husband and wife photography teams, but they are amazing, as is their work!

When Caroline sent me this awesome Trash the Dress photo shoot the other day, I knew I would be sharing it with you all! The photos look so very high fashion- it must have been so much fun! Just what a Trash the Dress photo shoot should be!

Trash the Dress by CSE Photography via TheELD.com
Trash the Dress by CSE Photography via TheELD.com
Trash the Dress by CSE Photography via TheELD.com
Trash the Dress by CSE Photography via TheELD.comTrash the Dress by CSE Photography via TheELD.comTrash the Dress by CSE Photography via TheELD.comTrash the Dress by CSE Photography via TheELD.com

Beautiful, no? Thanks for the amazing photos Caroline and Evan!

Has anyone done a Trash the Dress, or is planning on doing one? I personally can’t bring myself to do it because I love my dress so much!