3 Mar

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

With a destination wedding, you really get the best of both worlds. You get to soak up the local culture, but also bring your own traditions and aesthetic with you. Win, win! Nina + Peter are Norway natives, but they decided to tie the knot at her family’s summer home in Portugal. So while their style is perfectly Nordic—natural, simple, and minimalistic—they made sure to give all their guests a good taste of Portugal—serving Portuguese, food, wine, and even taking a little field trip to their favorite local beach the day before the wedding. Thanks to Piteira Photography for sharing the beautiful photos with us!

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Nina’s bouquet recipe: ivory avalanche roses, white hydrangeas, white and cream liseanthus, ivory cream spray roses, and white peonies.

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Mismatched ‘maids never looked so good. Love.

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Nina says, We have lots of olive trees in our garden, so I used those as an inspiration. My mom made the drawing of olives, and we used that as the theme on the invitations, menus, programs, and more. I just loved it!

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

After lots of phone calls we managed to find a great piano for the garden, and that was just the perfect detail to make it feel like a fairytale. Peter’s big brother plays beautifully and played several times during the ceremony. The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the family, my little brother (age 15) read a Norwegian poem, and my grandfather made a lovely and inspirational speech about marriage (my grandparents have been married for over 50 years, so they know what they are talking about). 

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Both our families spent the last five days before the wedding in the house preparing the last details (and getting to know each other on the way). Having worked as a project manager, I quite naturally fell into that role, organizing breakfast meetings with our families and delegating the day’s tasks. I am a fan of structure, so I placed lists on the kitchen counter for everyone to tick when they had finished the task. Yes, I sound like a bridezilla, but I did it with a smile and one of the tasks on the list was always an hour by the pool!

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Here’s a fun memory… The police showed up to shut down the party at 4 in the morning because of the music. Nina + Peter have a photo of her dad in his smoking slippers talking to the police! Priceless.

Simply elegant Portugal wedding | Photo by Piteira Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69193

Best wishes Nina + Peter!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards

Photographer: Piteira Photography / Event Coordination & Design: Bride’s mother & Sonho a Dois / Ceremony & Reception Venue: The bride’s family’s summer house in Silves, Algarve / Hair & Makeup: Philippe Stabile / Florist: Suzannah’s Flowers / Invitation Designer: Bride’s mother made the drawing & a friend who is a graphic designer made the monogram and finishing / Cake: A local bakery / Catering & Rentals: VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Suit: Corneliani / Shoes: Hugo Boss

 
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3 Mar

You guys. We know it’s Monday and all, but listen up because this is going to be good. As you know we’re celebrated our five-year anniversary last month. And basically, we couldn’t be more excited or more grateful for all the love you’ve shown us this past half a decade! So to say thanks to you guys—our readers—we have a whole slew of fabulous giveaways coming up, starting today…

We’re kicking things off with a $500 credit toward Minted. You heard that right… $500! Minted is one of our longtime fave shops for beautifully designed paper goods and party decor. They’ve got everything from cutesy to elegant to whimsical and romantic options—all designed by independent graphic designers around the globe. Plus, Minted recently upped the ante with their new foil-pressed options, which are a surefire way to glam up your stationery. Here are just a few of their many fresh offerings…

Minted giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Minted giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Minted giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Minted giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Minted giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Minted giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Minted giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Enter to win this ah-mazing giveaway below. And don’t forget, we’ll be giving something fabulous away every day for the next two weeks! So stay tuned, cakes…

*This giveaway ends on Friday, March 7th and is open to U.S. entrants only.

 
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3 Mar

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

The question is, where were Studio 1079 Photography, Tuktu Paper Co., and French Kiss Events when we were getting married? Because if we had seen their art-to-wood transference tutorial when we were tying the knot, you better believe that this technique would have made an appearance at our own soirees. It’s amazing how easy it is and the possibilities are practically endless—cheese boards, table numbers, even wooden favor tags. Those are just a few of the many ideas swirling through our heads right now! Lucky for all you brides and grooms who are still in the planning process, these guys are sharing a step-by-step tutorial with everyone today. Here’s Laura of Tutku Paper Co. to show us how it’s done…

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

One of the best and most budget friendly ways to customize your wedding is through branding and the use of a monogram. From the invitation to the rest of your paper goods, table numbers, and even your wedding favors, a personalized monogram will set your décor apart, and give your wedding that “designers touch” that your guests will definitely notice! And don’t forget to get creative while branding your wedding.  One of the easiest, yet most impressive techniques is called transference, and can be done by brides and wedding planners alike!  By using just a handful of materials, you are able to transfer any printed material onto a wooden surface. Only your imagination is your limit!

Supplies:
- Scrap wood (sanded smooth)
- Wedding monogram (or a photograph, special words, whatever!) printed reverse – on a LaserJet printer.
- Glazing medium (found at your local craft store)
- Sponge brush
- Water soaked cloth
- Mod Podge (if desired)

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

Step One: Purchase one of Tuktu Paper Co.’s online monograms or create your own design. Once completed make sure to ‘mirror’ your artwork so that it‘s reversed. This is necessary (especially for type) as the artwork is going to be placed face down to transfer the image. Scale to desired size and print out on a LaserJet printer (Inkjet tends to bleed and smear). Don’t have a LaserJet printer? Most local print shops will be able to help you.

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

Step Two: Apply glazing medium liberally to the wooden surface using a sponge brush to spread evenly. Take your printed image and carefully place down onto the wood. Smooth any surface bubbles with your fingers and press firmly so that the all of the image gets transferred. Let dry for at least 8 hours.

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

Step Three: When it’s completely dry to the touch, use a damp cloth to get the surface of the paper saturated. Once it is sufficiently wet and the paper starts to dissolve, begin rubbing the soft paper off with your fingers in little gentle circular motions. The transfer will begin to emerge from underneath like magic! Be patient, it takes a lot of rubbing to ensure all the paper is gone. If some of your transfer comes off with rubbing, don’t fret, that just adds to the beauty of the process!

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

DIY wood transfer | Photo by Studio 1079 Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69164

That’s it! Feel free to Mod Podge the design for a glossier look and to ensure longevity. This process works for black & white as well as color images. Play around with different porous surfaces and see what works best. You could also experiment using this method for bunting, personalized wooden hangers, signage—the list goes on!

Note: While the methods we used are non-toxic, please check labels if you’re going to be using on areas that could come in contact with food or children.

Art to Wood Transfer {DIY} from Cassie O'Neil Cinematography on Vimeo.

Photographer: Studio 1079 Photography / Videographer: Cassie O’Neil Cinematography / DIY & Wood Craft Design: Tuktu Paper Co. / Planning & Styling: French Kiss Events

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