14 Jan

How about some pretty paper products to inspire your Wednesday? Why not, right?! Swell & Grand designs are a super easy + customizable way to get your hands on stunning stationery, wedding invites, and labels without more than a few clicks. All of their designs are printables, so you can create custom paper goods instantly at home, then print them off on your own cardstock for beautiful, luxury paper pieces:

Swell and Grand printable invites | 100 Layer Cake

Swell and Grand printable invites | 100 Layer Cake

How perf would these printable bottle labels be for a celebratory get together?

Swell and Grand printable invites | 100 Layer Cake

Swell and Grand printable invites | 100 Layer Cake

Swell and Grand printable invites | 100 Layer Cake

You can create your text, switch up all the colors, and view your design before you purchase and print.

Swell and Grand printable invites | 100 Layer Cake

Swell and Grand printable invites | 100 Layer Cake

They also send monthly emails with free printables + special shop discounts! If this sounds good to you, sign up hereFor a limited time, get 25% off your order when you sign up for their newsletter.

Be sure to follow them on Instagram + Pinterest for more. You can also find templates for Word and Pages in their Etsy shop if you are looking for even more customizability.

Creative juices flowing yet? Now’s your chance to get your own! For your chance to win a $200 shop credit to Swell & Grand, sign up for their newsletter, then use the widget below to log your entry. Bonus entries can be earned by following Swell & Grand & 100 Layer Cake on Instagram! We’ll choose a winner on Wednesday, January 21st.

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14 Jan

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Given the amount of sunny, pastel, and altogether bright photos that we see in our Pinterest + Instagram feeds (not to mention the 100lc inbox!), it’s pretty easy to think of certain styles as the final say in event design. But inspo can come from anywhere, and today’s shoot was inspired by Dutch Renaissance paintings, their Old World beauty, and the dramatic contrast between dark + light they portray. And boy does this make a case for the luscious and rich side of design!

Thanks to Andria Lo for sharing these images with us today…

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

They chose Oakland, CA restaurant Camino for their lush and romantic setting. And isn’t this Alice + Olivia dress gorgeous? (PS: It happens to be on sale right now, too!)

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Melanie of Hawthorn Flower Studio explains, We chose to emphasize the contrast between light and dark, to add a dramatic flair. On the table, a lush arrangement of white clematis and burgundy peonies, plum branches, tulips, fritallia, anemones and lily of the valley. Tablescapes feel like artful still lifes of simple pleasures.

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

A vegan + organic wedding cake with vanilla bean buttercream filling and a patina finish…Mmmm. Thanks to Tara Allen of Fox and Fawn for the instant craving!

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Melanie says, Finally, we’d like to leave readers with a sumptuous wedding dinner menu inspired by our shoot, and crafted by the owners of Camino:

Wood oven-baked oysters with absinthe, breadcrumbs and carrot salad
Kabocha squash salad with yogurt, pomegranate and walnuts
Wood oven-baked whole petrale sole with farro and cucumbers
Lamb leg à la ficelle, grilled loin and slow-cooked shoulder with grilled rutabaga, chiles and mint
Vegan wedding cake

Beautiful work!

Photographer: Andria Lo / Venue: Camino / Flowers: Melanie Tom of Hawthorn Flower Studio / Hair: Mishi Nova of Morphic Beauty / Makeup: Julie Dy / Cake: Tara Allen of Fox and Fawn / Invitations: Jenna Rainey of Monvoir / Dress: Alice + Olivia

 
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13 Jan

Let’s get cozy for Valentine’s Day this year, yeah? Going out to a fancy dinner *is* fun, but it can be kind of a let down too. Isn’t it so much more romantic to plan and prepare a special meal at home, with just the two of you? It’s the perfect excuse to use your treasured wedding registry gifts for the first time, or pick up a few special pieces just for the meal. Here are a few of our top picks for a chic Valentine’s Day table, dinner, and dessert from Crate & Barrel.

Valentine's Day dinner ideas

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Your wares don’t have to be specifically holiday-themed for a V-day date night—the cozy pieces we picked from Crate & Barrel above give off a romantic vibe any time of year. The Crate & Barrel registry offers an exclusive collection of designs, including a special gift of their best-selling wine glasses + an embroidered linen bag for those who register. Not to mention 10% off for 6 months after your event!

Valentine's Day dinner ideas

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If you + your significant other love to cook at home, what better way to start a collection together than with the registry? This goes for you with a sweet tooth, too…

Valentine's Day dinner ideas

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Love keeping it minimal and sophisticated, even for a very red and pink holiday.

You can create a registry with Crate and Barrel here, or find a local wedding event to see these pretty pieces in person. PS: Your friends + fam will love the free shipping on registry items.



 
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13 Jan

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

You saw this morning’s rustic Tennessee wedding, yes? It’s amazing how flowers can take things to the next level, especially when made a focal point. In this editorial inspired by designer fashion, the team wanted to convey romance and femininity through the vibrant florals. Thanks to Ana and Francisco of Um dia de sonho for the dreamy photos!

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Makeup was inspired by the soft and rich colors of the flowers and the main goal was simplicity with a hint of color, light and gold. Transparency was molded in a way that it would add light to the skin, and to bring a little bit of color to the cheek bones.

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Stylists + Designers Diana & Marlene Vinha of Pretty Exquisite whipped up a flawless wardrobe, no?

Designers featured: Lanvin, Luís Buchinho, Dior, Miu Miu, Office London, Pedro Waterland, Elizabeth Teixeria, and others in their collection.

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Pinga Amor included statice, roses, freesia, Swedish ivy, jasmine, ranunculus, carnation, hoya flowers, pine, limonium, dahlias, and tulips in the floral design.

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Is it spring yet?

Thanks to Um dia de sonho + everyone below for sending their fabulous work our way!

Photography: Um dia de sonho / Location: Quinta da Conceição, Leça,  Matosinhos, Portugal / Flowers: Pinga Amor / Makeup, Manicure & Costume: Pretty Exquisite / Models: Diana Vinha and Raquel Rocha

 
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13 Jan

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

L + R live in Japan but planned a rustic Tennessee wedding to represent both their personalities + Ryku’s Japanese heritage. Choosing Southall Eden, a venue 30 minutes outside of Nashville, gave them the chance to show all their out of town fam + friends the beauty of rural Tennessee in an intimate, personal setting. Sage Nines Event Production took care of the overseas planning, design, and florals, and Tec Petaja snapped these lovelies below…

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Looks tasty!

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

One of their friends, illustrator Sarah McIntyre, drew cartoons that Southall Eden Paperie translated to the invites + cocktail napkins. What a cute idea!

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Shannon OKelley | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Bridal processional: “Bridal Chorus” (Here Comes the Bride) by Wagner
Recessional song: “I’m Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
First dance: “Running on Faith” by Eric Clapton

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

 

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Going to be dreaming of this bouquet for days! The recipe: blue hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, dahlias, cornflower, peony, garden rose, astilbe, delphinium, blue thistle, acacia, willow eucalyptus

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Shannon OKelley | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

A favorite memory, via Leisl…

Ryku’s uncle speaks very little English, but is a huge fan of country music. He has memorized the words to many of his favorites, and the band asked him up to sing “All My Exes Live in Texas”. The crowd absolutely loved it and it really set the mood for a truly memorable celebration with our family and closest friends.

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Leisl + Ryku’s planning advice? Don’t be afraid to hire a professional. They’ve probably been in similar scenarios before—like planning a wedding on a different continent than where you live—and can help make it as stress-free as you’d hoped.

Wishing you two the best!

Photographer: Tec Petaja / Venue: Southall Eden / Planning, Design, & Florals: Sage Nines Event Production / Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Harrison / Stationery: Southall Eden Paperie / Catering: Kristen Winston / Cake: Dulce Desserts / Rentals: Liberty Party Rental / Caricature Illustration: Sarah McIntyre / Dress: Claire Pettibone Chantilly from The Dress Theory / Groom’s Fashion: All Purchased in Tokyo

 
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12 Jan

Couples are so hands-on with their weddings these days it makes sense that would-be technical things like the registry are becoming more customized. The Zola wedding registry has introduced a ton of great features since we first perused their site over a year ago, and unlike other wedding details (ahem, DIYs, deciding on a venue, etc.)—this one actually saves time + energy. Yes please!

Before you get started, there are a few features you’ll want to know about:

Zola Wedding Registry

With Zola you can choose the date items are sent out and use their Gift Tracker—a lifesaver for thank yous and scheduling. You can do a virtual exchange if needed to swap your gifts out before sending. Then there’s the iPhone App, which has a barcode scanner + Registry Planner. We recently noticed that the app also has a feature called Blender (aka Tinder for wedding gifts), where you can easily browse their selection!

Zola Wedding Registry

One of the coolest things is that Zola makes a registry actually fun. You have options to set up gift, experience, and cash funds, and to set up group gifting, plus a bookmarklet so you can add items from anywhere online to your Zola account.

Zola Wedding Registry

Registering can feel overwhelming, so they’ve curated gifts into starter collections to get you going. They recently teamed up with Molly Sims for a tastemaker collection to inspire your own curating.

Zola Wedding Registry

The guys at Zola are always coming up with ways to make registries more personal. The #LOVE feature means couples can see all the Instagrams + tweets tagged with your wedding hashtag right from the app, so you have yet another collection of memories to look back on! Sweet, yes?

Receive $25 in credits when you start (not publish) your wedding registry with Zola between 1/12/15 & 4/12/15. Your credits will be placed on your Zola account four weeks after the registry goes live. Get started here!

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