Blush & Indigo Wedding Inspiration

Once you’re gotten most of your major vendors booked, you can really focus on the fun part of the wedding planning process – design and styling. There’s no lack of inspiration out there, particularly on some of our favorite wedding sites, Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty, and 100 Layer Cake. One of the most helpful ways to hone in on your vision and to share that vision with others is to create an inspiration board. Pretty much every blush/white/gold wedding I see makes me swoon, but I’m spotting that wedding palette pretty regularly these days (read: lots of swooning). To do something a little different, add some accents in a contrasting color. I’m loving both deep hues and vibrant colors this season. Click through the pictures below for more information and inspiration (I spy some work of our very favorite Amanda O’Shannessy). Enjoy!

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Steven & Colleen’s Southern California Engagement Session

Today, we are happy to share S and C’s engagement photos with you. These beauties were shot by the lovely Jessica Peterson at Malibu Creek State Park this past November. C focused on using personal touches when setting up her table arrangement for S and her to enjoy some tea and cupcakes during the session. For those of you who have been following for awhile, you may remember this DIY Glitter Banner. The “I Do” and “Me Too” forks were a special gift to S and C for their engagement and made the perfect addition to the table. Enjoy!


Photographer: Jessica Peterson | Location: Malibu, CA | Red Dress and Printed Coat: Anthropologie | Coral Dress: Diane Von Furstenburg

DIY Glitter Banner: The Perfect Addition to Any Photo Shoot!

DIY Glitter Wedding Banner

S and I are taking our engagement photos in t-minus 3 weeks., so we spent our weekend shopping for the perfect outfits and making sure we knew just where we wanted to take the photos. After making these decisions, I decided it was time to add a little bit of DIY to the photos by making this Glitter Banner with our wedding date. I can’t wait to see how the photos turn out with this hanging at our location! Stay tuned for these photos by the beautiful Jessica Peterson.

How to make your own personalized banner:

What you’ll need:

  • 5 sheets of 11″x11″ Glitter Card Stock Scrapbook Paper
  • Black Die-Cut Numbers
  • Black Paper
  • Black Ribbon
  • Extra Card Stock for Templates
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Exacto Knife
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun

DIY Glitter Wedding Banner

Use the Extra Card Stock to create a template for your banner. You can make it any size you like. I added a scalloped detail at the top to give the banner a little something extra. Measure 1 inch down and in on the template and use the hole punch to make holes where the ribbon will run through. It is important that the holes are the same on every piece for the banner to hang right, so make sure you include this on the template.

DIY Glitter Wedding Banner

Use your template to trace two banner pieces onto each sheet of scrapbook paper. You will need 10 banner pieces in total. After tracing, use an exacto Knife and ruler to cut out your banner pieces. Punch holes in the designated spot on each piece.

DIY Glitter Wedding Banner

Layout each piece and place the numbers on them before gluing. Make sure the numbers all line up before you glue them down. Use a small dab of hot glue on each edge of the numbers to attach them to the banner pieces. Use the extra card stock to create a heart template. Trace this template on the black paper four times. Use the exacto knife to cut out the hearts, then attach the hearts to the centers of the four extra banner pieces. Finally, string the black ribbon through the holes, making sure it runs behind the banner pieces. Evenly space the ribbon between each banner piece and attach the ribbon to the banner using a small dab of hot glue next to each punched hole.

Voila! This banner makes a great addition to an engagement photo shoot or wedding decor. Try spelling out “sweets” or “bar” to add a personalized touch to your dessert table and bar at your wedding as well. Enjoy!


Popping the Question to your Bridesmaids: How the VOF girls did it.

Happy Monday from VOF! Well, it’s official, I finally asked W to be my MOH, as if she didn’t already know ;). Don’t worry, she said YES! Since W got engaged about 7 months before me, she obviously popped the question a long time before I got the chance. If you haven’t done it before, popping the question to your besties is kind of stressful (I can’t even imagine putting myself in S or M’s shoes when they proposed!) W and I both wanted to ask in creative ways that were meaningful and unique. Here is what we came up with!

W popped the question with none other than a ring pop! Gotta love the idea of using some childhood nostalgia. She created these ADORABLE boxes with a bunch of treats related to her wedding. Think mini bottles of champagne, nail polish in her wedding colors, paint chips with more color options, balloons for the celebration, and the “ring” to make it official, not to mention that the box itself has made the perfect jewelry box on my dresser ever since she asked. Here is the little notes she included with the perfect gift:

The big day

I’ve got my man, but I still need my girls! We don’t yet have a place or a date, but I know exactly who I’d like to be there –YOU! I’d be honored to have you be part of my big day.

The gals

Your job will be simple:

Keep my train out of any mud puddles (god forbid it rains in Portland!)

Feel beautiful

Have a great time (this is a requirement) and get the party started

Understand how much I appreciate you being part of our special day

With the (depressingly vast) distance between us, I know it’s nearly impossible for each of you to be involved each step of the way. That’s why I’d like you to be involved as much as you’d like to be.  Please don’t worry about showers or gifts, I know a “destination” wedding can be hard on the pocket books. We can tackle the Bachelorette Party when we get to it, at a time and place that works for everyone.

The dress

Your dress that is!

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After W put so much effort into asking, I had no choice but to step up my game! I didn’t want to copy her and had to come up with my own cute way of asking. I chose to go with a custom hanger from Etsy (Being engaged has made me even more obsessed with Etsy than before!). I can’t wait to see all my bridesmaids dresses hanging next to mine on these beauties 11 months from now (or yesterday to be exact). I included a cute little poem along with hangers that read:

The time has come for Steven and I to join our lives as one.

We look forward to our wedding day filled with family, friends, and fun.

The date is set for the 27th of September, 2014.

Our colors are Black, Pink and Gold with a touch of glimmer and sheen.

To make that day more special and create memories that will last,

There is one favor from you, my friend, that I would like to ask…

This hanger is for a very special dress.

Will you use it next year? Please say yes!

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How did you ask your bridesmaids to join your special day? We’d love to hear your ideas!


Getting Creative with Save the Dates

Her at The Vows of Friendship, W and I are working to customize our weddings and seek creative ways to accomplish things, but we are finding it so hard to be original. Between Pinterest and so many amazing sources (*cough*cough* Style Me Pretty, Snippet and Ink, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, etc.), it feels like almost everything has been done. This especially feels like the case with our Save the Dates. W and I are both taking our engagement photos within the next month or so and are both so excited to share them with you! I am currently working on a top secret project for our Save the Dates, so stay tuned for the final result! In the meantime, here are some of our favorite inspiration images for Save the Dates and just why VOF loves them:

This Kraft Paper Save the Date is wonderfully simple, yet feels romantic at the same time. We love the handmade elements and personal touches. Would I be crazy to try to make 300 hundred of these?



How could this Illustrated Save the Date not make you smile? This couple did a lovely job branding their wedding and incorporating fun, personal elements that add character and set them apart. 



This Sweet Typographical Save the Date just makes me swoon. As self-proclaimed design nerds, how could we not fall in love with these beauties? We’re envisioning, a watercolor invite with handwritten calligraphy. Sigh!


This Scroll Style Save the Date has a royal, elegant feel. We love that they kept it simple and elegant, using calligraphy and velum. Just tie with a thin gold ribbon for extra pizazz and it could be perfect!


Do you have any great ideas for Save the Dates? Let us know! We love hearing from you.


Martin and Aixa’s DIY Gallery Wedding

VOF was lucky enough to plan an extraordinary event for my beautiful co-worker, Aixa. The wedding was a true DIY affair and it turned out beautifully. We designed and constructed all the flower arrangements, gallery vignettes, invites and all. As an artist herself, Aixa wanted the wedding to feel like a hip new gallery opening. Voila! Gallery in Los Angeles, CA made for the perfect venue for this artist. We themed everything around the gallery and really tied the event together with the venue.




Special Vintage Objects around the gallery provided the perfect addition to the center pieces.



When doing your own flowers, don’t be afraid to play with different textures and forms, creating unique shapes, give flowers some life and extra interest.



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This heart light became the center of attention at the wedding, gracing the front of the invites, the center of the alter, and, later-on, becoming a prime photo-opp on the night of the wedding. 

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As the gallery specialized in custom frames, this custom vintage style pinboard was made just for the special couple for guests to leave a special message. 


Feathers in the bouquets gave an extra flair and vintage vibe.


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Mason jars with hydrangeas and feathers were suspended from the ceiling to give height and extra interest to the space. 




This pillow was hand-knit just for the affair. A question mark on the other side made for the perfect ring pillow.


Custom made vintage signs added personality and necessity to the space. Check back later for a special tutorial on how to make your own vintage documents. PS. It only takes 5 minutes 🙂


This special Lladro was given to the couple as their something borrowed from the groom’s parents. It made a perfect addition to the cake table. 

A Glamorous Affair

Inspiration for a Glamorous Affair
It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a chance to post. Thanks W for picking up my slack! As W mentioned, I have been beyond consumed with wedding planning. Some might say I’m slightly obsessed, considering I have over a year till the big day, but what can I say, the VOF girls LOVE weddings.
While I’ve been pinteresting up a storm, cutting up bridal magazines, pouring over 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Snippet & Ink and many more, I did find the time to finally watch The Great Gatsby. All I can say is “GASP!” I know there was a lot of discussion over this film, but as a self-professed obsessor over all things pretty, I was in love. To get to the point, this movie inspired my planning even more. Check out what I am thinking as I plan my glamorous affair!