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Charismatic Geometric Photo Booth Backdrops

Charismatic Geometric Photo Booth Backdrops


Photo booths have taken parties to the next level in the last couple of years. They have become an expectation to experience at weddings and most large events. They continue to thrive and outdo each other year after year. What started as classic simple white backdrops with funny props and decent photography, has turned in to colorful looniness on hyper-drive with all sorts of melange in the backdrop.

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While photo booth props seem to stay somewhat the same, the backdrops have gained creativity beyond imagination using anything from balloon arrangements, streamers of all types and measures to amazing use of colorful paper designs. Flowers of all paper and tissue types have been getting replaced by popular geometric inclusions.

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3D triangles (purple, turquoise, orange and yellow) | triangles | geometric (diamond) | triangles (grey, ivory, blush and saffron)pastel, gold and brown 3D triangles | hex green, gold and grey 

Backdrops can be used for so many different things! Not to mention using them for a wedding or special event such as birthday parties, corporate parties or showers, it will certainly boost the socially fun atmosphere while creating fantastically hilarious (usually) memories. Besides using them as an ice-breaker at your next party, many of these designs are just as well suited for bringing a splash to your home decor.

header image source: triangle - gold, aqua, pastel aqua and blush

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COLOURlovers {Mention} in BRIDES Magazine!

COLOURlovers {Mention} in BRIDES Magazine!


This months BRIDES magazine mentioned COLOURlovers.com and our partner Spoonflower.com on page #104. Thanks to Research Editor, Yelena Moroz, for submitting us on the Editors Picks - THINGS WE LOVE spotlight.

BRIDES magazine {February 2011} issue is dubbed, the COLOR issue and beholds a lot of fabulous colorization tips and products.

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DIY - Rustic Wedding Cake Stands

DIY - Rustic Wedding Cake Stands


Let's face it, looking at your upcoming wedding expenses can be daunting. As you may know, this past June, my younger brother, Sam got married to his lovely wife, Emily. My mom and I were in charge of mostly everything; decor, food, planning and coordination, and I can say, a bit of planning helped them move through the major expensive decision so that they made it to the wedding day with everything, including the budget, in order. Things like invitations, cake, flowers and such, can all be expensive but one of the bigger expenses is always the cake, which I will focus on here.

The Backstory.

When it came down to the nuts and bolts of the getting the cake, Sam and Emily really couldn't care less about having a lavish 8-layer tower extravaganza. However, they did want gourmet flavors as opposed to the standard buttercream frosting, bleh. They wanted the divine Tiramisu with silky, melt-in-your-mouth cream frosting; the Chocolate Chip layered chocolate cake with yummy chocolate whipped cream frosting, etc., etc. You get the picture. They were all about flavor vs. presentation. Which was fine, but left me trying to make their budget work with the gourmet price.

I could easily have fit one of the available wedding cake packages in to their budget, but it meant they were only going to have either a 2-tower (10" bottom and 6" top) gourmet wedding cake, plus two smaller side sheet cakes for around $300, or a 3-tier (10"-8"-6") and no side cakes for about the same price. Not really much for your buck, and we needed more cake than that. This is when Sam and Emily told me that maybe we could do something different with the cake rather than ordering one of the wedding packages, because they didn't really care about having a tower-style cake arrangement.

Planning & Comparing Cost Saving Ideas.

Here's where the creative part had to work. I came up with a brainstorm after Emily mentioned that a regular order for an 8" gourmet cake was only $18-26. All I needed was an attractive and inventive way to lay out the cakes. There are plenty of bakeries doing these sort of designs but using lots of floral (more floral ups the expense so I kept thinking). The goal was to do something that would present the multi-tier the cakes in a nice presentation.

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January Wedding: DIY Snowflake Roundup

January Wedding: DIY Snowflake Roundup


If you were to describe January what would you say? Off the top, I automatically go with Snowflakes. I'm done with Christmas and the reds, greens and bells and trees. I'm all for the beauty and freshness that winter and the New Year brings.

Most often people choose a January wedding for the Winter Wonderland approach which can be anything from elegant snowflakes, ice-sculptures or cold climate whimsical creatures such as Polar Bears and Penguins (or even Swans). If taking on a more formal theme, using pure whites or even a rich gold and/or silver will do.

In any case, snowflakes can be incorporated in whimsical, formal and even a rustic theme. It's all in how you decide to reproduce them. They are great to use as the main design element or as a filler decor piece. It's ok to overuse them too!

Paper Snowflakes from Basic to Advanced

Remember making these in grades school? Did you forget how to make them? I did. My little guy is only 2 1/2 so I'm not exactly re-living grade school just yet, but here's a basic starting point.

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DIY Coffee Filter Pom-Pom's Revisited: Assembling

DIY Coffee Filter Pom-Pom's Revisited: Assembling


Back when I did this original post Reception Tent DIY: Coffee Filter Pom-Pom How-to, I had promised some pictures of the pom-pom's at the wedding. Unfortunately, the lighting at the time when we did setup and had time to take our own pictures, was a little sharp. These were the dreadful tents we had to work with, but it worked out.

The reason for the revisit is that I had many many people contact me via COLOURlovers, facebook and twitter for more detailed information to assemble these things. I dumbed it down and made a process that worked great and pretty efficient I must add. I have omitted the details of dying the filters (to add colour) because that's something in itself and was covered a bit in the last post. I will also do an immediate follow-up post on different variations on what I found worked, to add colour to the pom-pom's.

Getting the Scrunch Right.

Trust me when I say that this step matters. Prepping your filters for scrunch is highly important as they will just turn in to floppy filters within an hour (or less) after ONLY hand scrunching. I spent an entire afternoon with trial and error to nail down the best method for best final results in the most time-efficient manner.

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Smart, Sexy Wedding Dress Transformation

Smart, Sexy Wedding Dress Transformation


What have you done or what are you planning on doing with your wedding dress?

Meet Erin. She's done a terrific job of transforming her wedding dress into a reusable keeper. Not only has she had it re-structured to be a sexy cocktail dress, but she's added a unique element that I haven't seen anyone else do yet–she's re-coloured and added a hand-painted design.

I had the opportunity to interview Erin a little on her entire dress experience from purchase, to wedding day, to finished cocktail dress.

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Fall Wedding with a Hint of Halloween

Fall Wedding with a Hint of Halloween


Perfect timing! I just came across this wedding from one of my photographer's (friend & client), Micah Williams who is located in Atlanta, Georgia. For those of you thinking about a Fall wedding, I adored some of the simple ideas and colour palettes that made up this wedding.

I realize these aren't scary carved or painted pumpkins, but they still remind me of Halloween. I love them! This was the entrance to the farm where the wedding was held.

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Wedding Shoes for Men: Tone it Up or Tone it Down?

Wedding Shoes for Men: Tone it Up or Tone it Down?


You've gotta love a man with great style. I'm always really interested in what the man is wearing at his wedding, from his choice of neckwear [or not], to boutonnière all the way down to his shoes. Men have a lot of options to make their outfit look cool if they're willing to step outside the box a little without going too far - you don't want to outshine your misses or scare the guests. ;)

I've dug around a bit and found some really unique shoes that still retain a classy look, yet scream "style!" - I've found a few designer lines I don't think I can live without too!

Marsu Homme, by Chrissy Hammond, an Australian based shoe designer, makes some nice styles. One of which I fell in love with called Alfred in Louvre Red Fox.  This can go for an elegant look but also add a little funk to your wear.

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Wedding Colour: RED

Wedding Colour: RED


I loved how this couple incorporated RED in to this wedding without trying too hard or going overkill. They used it in the cutest of areas down to using tu-tu's and tootsie rolls. The average wedding already incorporates the white of the brides dress and black for the man's tuxedo, so their colour scheme involved all of red, black and white as a whole.


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My friend and feature photographer, Jolyn Hutsell at Davee Blu Photography was nice enough to put together this adorable collage with all the adorable details this couple used. I thought that the tu-tu's for the flower girls was an adorable and abstract touch.

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Realities of a Low-Budget Wedding, Chapter #2: The Bride on a Beauty Budget

Realities of a Low-Budget Wedding, Chapter #2: The Bride on a Beauty Budget


This post is a part of the series, Realities of a Low-Budget Wedding. See Chapter #1: Locations if you would like to follow from the beginning or need a refresher (not necessary to read in order).

In the next few chapters I'm going to focus a bit on Clothing and Accessories. Stay tuned because we'll focus on the Bride & Groom, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen and even the Flower Girl(s) & Ring Bearer(s).

The BRIDE...

Obviously the point of the brides entire getup is to make her stand apart from virtually everyone at the wedding. Here we're focusing on what I'd like to refer to as a "Beauty Budget" - it's understandable that A) You want to look beautiful and have a stunning dress,and B) You want to keep it within expenses and not lose your look. We'd like to achieve a complete package overall.

Absolutely Stunning + Budget Worthy = Complete Package


Of course everyone's budget flexibilities are going to be completely different. For example, a $2,000 beach wedding (if you live near the beach), cuts out a lot of expense in decor if you're using the beauty of the sand and ocean, but on the flip side, a $2,000 budget for a Winter bride needing to decorate an indoor space, is completely a different matter. $2,000 maybe seem like a small budget, but to some, they've got less than even that to work with.

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