Country Backyard Wedding – Bride’s favorite moment

October 9, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

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A few more glimpses of this fun country backyard wedding including a photo of the joyful wedding party (there I am, third from the left). The girls all wore tan cowboy boots…including the bride, which fit right in with the country theme. The bouquets were lush with a lot of greenery for texture. And we were all given Budweiser beers to drink right after the ceremony – so American!

My favorite question to ask brides after the wedding is “what is their favorite moment from their wedding”. The reason is because I think it gives the bride a second to reflect and see what moment is still lingering with the emotion of the day. It is really powerful. I have also found that it is usually a moment that is unexpected, and has an emotional impact. Laura’s favorite moment is incredibly touching and I feel blessed to share it with you below:

Allison: Favorite moment at your wedding?

Laura: “Obviously the vows and the first dance were top of the list, but for me one of the most special, and unexpected, moments of the day was shared with my dad. My dad and I haven’t spent much of our adult life together and in the time we’ve spent apart he had become a little unfamiliar to me. And here was this man, a little strange to me now, holding his arm in mine as I was waiting to come out the door and turn to the aisle. His hand was held proudly to his chest, a hand that I know every freckle on, and he turned to me and said, “Walk slow baby, this is your moment.”

It hit me in the chest, I felt so overwhelmed with love and with pride. Pride for the woman that I had become, the family that I made, the man that was waiting for me at the end of the aisle and love for the man that was giving me away.”

Congratulations to the beautiful couple, who I’m so blessed to call family!

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Photos by Neal Palumbo at Studio 11 West.

Country Backyard wedding – DIY and personal touches

October 8, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Guest book, Hand-Painted Invitations, Hand-Painted Reception, Real Wedding

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As I mentioned in Tuesday’s blog post, the bride in this Country backyard wedding did a lot of DIY touches. She spent a long time designing and “crafting” for her wedding. I was lucky enough to work with her on some of the hand-painted touches such as the music themed wedding invitations, thank you cards at each person’s place setting, escort cards which were strung on an antique windowpane, and Country Cobblestone thumbprint guestbook.

The couple both shares a love for music so they included that love visually in their wedding invitation design with the music notes graphic. Laura is a wonderful singer, who wrote and recorded their first dance song at their wedding. This song literally gives me chills…it is so amazing! Craig plays the guitar, so they had a white guitar at their wedding for guests to sign with a gold metallic Sharpie marker.

Impressed by the amount of DIY touches, the bride created for her wedding, I asked her a couple of questions about her tips for other DIY brides out there, as well as how paper products are incorporated into a DIY wedding.

Allison: How did your wedding paper tie into the look of your wedding?

Laura: The Hand-Painted Wedding touches captured the the rustic elegance I was going for. Purples and greens were bled together in a simple, understated elegance as the backdrop for my wedding invitations, escort cards and personalized thank-you cards at each place setting. I chose the Country Cobblestone thumbprint guest book which was perfect because it looked just like the dirt road behind the alter at our backyard country wedding. I hand made almost every decoration in the wedding and so I really appreciated the originality and the beauty of the Hand Painted wedding paper. Allison Krosnick is so talented and I feel so lucky to call her my sister.

Allison: What tips do you have for other DIY backyard wedding brides?

Laura: “Be easy on yourself! Seriously, if you are anything like I was, you are putting way more pressure on yourself than other people are. After a year of planning and crafting, a million pins on pinterest, and a few dozen spreadsheets, the wedding finally came. It was clear about two hours into hair and makeup that things weren’t going to go as planned. Tents were flying upside down, I was a full table short of place settings, and half the lights on my DIY backdrop made with organza and Christmas lights wouldn’t stay lit! The groomsmen forgot their boutonniere and my aisle runner was blowing in the wind as I stood at the alter!

And it was STILL one of the most amazing nights of my life. I stressed out trying to make everything perfect and then nothing went to plan and I realized it didn’t matter anyway, and no one cared. So please brides, be nice to yourself, you are only one woman.”

 

Come back tomorrow to learn the bride’s favorite moment.
Photos by Neal Palumbo at Studio 11 West.

Country Backyard Wedding Inspiration – Part 1

October 6, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

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Country Backyard Wedding featured on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photo by Neal Palumbo, Studio 11 West.My beautiful sister in-law, Laura, got married to the love of her life, Craig, this past September in a Country Backyard setting in rural Pennsylvania. Their wedding was one of the most personal weddings I’ve attended, with numerous DIY touches sprinkled throughout the ceremony and reception. This wedding was designed by the bride with so much love that it became an event that literally exuded that love, with the couple telling me afterwards that many guests were professing their love for one another at their wedding (after a few cocktails of course).

One of the special parts of this wedding that the couple celebrated was the blended family that was coming together. This was captured with a sand ceremony with the couple, the groom’s two kids, and the bride and groom’s 2 year old literally blending the sand into this wonderful artistic expression. Also, one of the most touching parts of their ceremony was when the bride knelt down and said her custom vows and promises to the the groom’s children.

I will be sharing aspects of Laura and Craig’s DIY backyard wedding throughout the week, but firstly, I want to share with you what Laura’s favorite physical detail of her wedding was.

Allison: “What was your favorite detail at your wedding?”

Laura: “My favorite detail was MY DRESS! I knew exactly what I wanted before I started shopping for dresses and it may sound a little old fashioned but I wanted an A-line silhouette with a lace covering up to the top of my neck, with lace cap sleeves and an open lace back. I know, sounds like a lot of lace, but it was so beautiful. It was important to me to feel like I projected an image of sweetness to really capture the feeling of a sweet, pure love that I have for my now hubby. Eeek- hubby- love being able to say that!”

Come back tomorrow for part 2 of this lovely real wedding.
Photos by Neal Palumbo at Studio 11 West.

Hand-Painted Weddings in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine!

December 30, 2013By AllisonAnnouncements

Hand-Painted Weddings in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine Dec. 2013 issue Hand-Painted Weddings in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine Dec. 2013 issue Hand-Painted Weddings in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine Dec. 2013 issueEarlier this month when I was in Orlando on vacation, the December edition of Philadelphia Wedding magazine came out on shelf and guess who was one of the featured couples?! Julia and Dan! I loved working with these two and am so excited to see this wedding being featured in Style Me Pretty and now Philadelphia Wedding magazine! It is quite exciting! I also am excited to see how much of my work made it into the spread. I feel very blessed.

To reiterate what I said in earlier posts, this was one of the most fun weddings to work on. Seeing a concept go from invitation through so many elements such as menus, signs, thank you cards, escort cards, was quite a wonderful process. I also was fortunate to work with so many talented vendors such as Chrissy from Truly You Events and Amanda from Love Me Do Photography. Be sure to get a copy of the December issue of Philadelphia Wedding magazine soon before it leaves shelves!

Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Hand-Painted Weddings on Style Me Pretty!

August 7, 2013By AllisonAnnouncements

HPW_Stylemepretty1Julia and Dan’s beautiful backyard wedding that we featured on Thursday and Friday on the Hand-Painted Weddings blog is being featured on wedding blog extraordinaire, Style Me Pretty today! I’m thrilled! It is such a honor to be on this wonderful blog! Click here to view.

Also, be sure to read Chrissy’s (the wedding planner from Truly You Events) recap of the event. Here’s a snippet…. “Having dated for 10 years and attended many weddings together, Julia and Dan were strongly committed to creating something totally personal and unique for their special day.”

The amount of talent that went into this wedding was amazing! See below for the vendor list:

Photography: Amanda Jaffe, Love Me Do Photography | Wedding Planning: Christiane Lehman, Truly You Events | Catering: Garces Catering | Floral Design: Petals Lane | Tent: Eventquip | Lighting: Eventions | Paper: Hand Painted Weddings | Ceremony/Cocktail Musicians: Joe DiVita Trio | DJ: Ari Rosenfield, Beat Train Productions | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Hair Styling: Pileggi on the Square | Guest Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works

Part 2: Julia and Dan’s Wedding

August 2, 2013By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

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Part 2 of Julia and Dan’s beautiful wedding. It was so much fun “hand-painting” this wedding! One of my favorite parts of doing wedding reception paper is the challenge of designing a theme which transforms and grows as it flows from the invitation to the menu to the escort cards to the signs, etc.

For Julia and Dan’s wedding paper there was a focus on the laid-back vibe of hand-written typography, which translated into script font and a capital non-script font. Some graphics from their theme were the string lights that also were hung in the trees, mason jars which also were the centerpiece bouquet glassware, and the Love Sculpture illustration, a nod to Philadelphia. The uniqueness of the reception location was also highlighted in the design of the invitation, with a beautiful dock built over a pond. Working in conjunction with the wedding planner, Chrissy of Truly You Events, was so vital to building this beautiful theme and making sure all the elements were cohesive.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Click here for Part 1 of this wedding. Click here for the rave review from the bride on WeddingWire. Photos by Love Me Do Photography. Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Photos by Love Me Do Photography

 

A Few Glimpses of Julia and Dan’s Wedding

August 1, 2013By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

jd_0330 jd_0266 Julia and Dan's Wedding | Photos by Love Me Do Photography | Paper by Hand-Painted WeddingsAs a stationer I often feel very connected with a couple during the planning and preparation phases of their special day, but often miss seeing how all the elements come together in the final masterpiece, also known as the wedding day! It is for this reason, I love being connected to the photographer of the event in order to get a glimpse of the day through the talented eyes of another artist.

That was certainly the case for Julia and Dan’s wedding. I wasn’t attending the wedding, but I was checking the weather forecasts in hopes for a beautiful day for their laid-back, outdoor wedding. In the beginning of the week of their wedding, it wasn’t looking good in terms of the weather, but as the day approached the chance of rain went lower and lower and they were able to avoid any rain during the hours of their wedding! I was very happy for them! As a previous bride who had rain on her wedding day, I really understand the extra stress that brings.

Here are a few glimpses of the wedding day festivities, particularly the table settings and dining aspect of the wedding. Tomorrow I will share with you more photos from this beautiful wedding!

Photos by Love Me Do Photography. Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Hand-Painted Roots Wedding

May 24, 2013By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

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This curated garden wedding features plants and flowers in their natural form. Using potted plants is a wonderful way to have a “green” wedding because the plants last much longer than cut flowers.

You can choose to use the potted plants as favors for your guests or bring them home to embellish your garden after your wedding. I love the symbolism and remembrance of planting flowers from someone’s wedding into your garden. The flowers grow; the friendship grows; the couple’s budding relationship grows.

Another popular option for garden wedding favors is custom-made seed packets. The last wedding I attended I received a pretty little box with two tulip bulbs inside.

I hope this inspiration board has opened your eyes to using potted plants in your reception decor. It is a unique twist on classic cut flower bouquet centerpieces.

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Hand-Painted Roots Invitation

May 23, 2013By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

Roots Invitation by Hand-Painted WeddingsI have definitely been bit by the garden bug lately…figuratively speaking. Gardening is such a rewarding hobby. You plant seeds or seedlings, tend them, and watch them grow. Sometimes they make their way into a savory dish. Sometimes they make their way in a vase decorating your home. Sometimes they are so special that they are inspiration for a painting…or even an invitation!

If you are a longtime follower of this blog, you may recognize this painting of my chives plant. It was painted almost a year ago and was featured on one of my first blog posts, Inspired by Spring.

It took nearly a year for the Roots Invitation to grow, but here it is! Roots are a lovely analogy to relationships. With support and care, the relationship grows larger and stronger, while the roots carry on supporting the connection. The Roots invitation is a wonderful choice for a couple who is celebrating their special day in a garden, or with many organic, nature-inspired decor.

The Roots Invitation is available to order under the Invitations, or by clicking here.

Hand-Painted Backyard Charm Wedding

May 17, 2013By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

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Backyard Charm Wedding curated by Hand-Painted Weddings Backyard Charm Wedding curated by Hand-Painted Weddings Backyard Charm Wedding curated by Hand-Painted WeddingsThe Hand-Painted Backyard Charm wedding soaks in all the glorious comforts of a beautiful Spring or Summer day spent outdoors. Playing lawn games with your guests while the sound of chimes twinkle and mingle with the sounds of crickets and birds. Streaming ribbons and dangling string lights adorn the trees. The smell of flowers and barbecue in the warm air. All in all, the Backyard Charm captivates the senses with natural sensations that you and your guests are sure to hold onto forever.

A Hand-Painted Backyard Charm wedding brings in a lot of natural elements that are casually beautiful like loosely put together bouquets and natural confetti tosses of lavender buds and dried herbs. Hang a vintage frame from a sturdy tree branch and you have yourself a unique twist on a photo booth. The ideas are endless…just conjure up your ideal Spring/Summer day hanging out with friends, and you are sure to come up with some unique ideas that are special to you that fit wonderfully for a backyard wedding.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy spending some relaxing outdoors!

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Hand-Painted Backyard Charm Invitation

May 14, 2013By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

Backyard Charm Invitation by Hand-Painted WeddingsThe air is getting warmer. The flowers are blooming. There are picnics and festivals and lounging in the park. There are outdoor concerts and camping trips. Oh yes, and it is wedding season!

In the spirit of all these relaxing Spring/Summer activities, I created the Backyard Charm invitation which evokes the essence of casual, outdoor charm. With its loose green watercolor wash, mason jar flower arrangement, and chimes, this invitation is sure to warm the soul of your guests with all the happy memories of lounging outside during these gorgeous Spring/Summer days. This invitation would be perfect for a couple who is getting married outside, especially in a park or backyard. This invitation could also be adjusted to work as a Bridal Shower invitation. (Contact me for more details.)

The Backyard Charm Invitation is now available to order in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitations Shop.