3 Oct

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

How about a super fun e-sesh for you on this Friday?! We’re not sure if it’s the retro vibes, Leslie + Ryan’s impeccable style, or photog Jessie Holloway’s incredible work that sealed the deal for us, but when we saw this Nashville shoot in the 100lc inbox, it was an instant fave. L + R had their venue picked out – one of their favorite music spots, the Ryman Auditorium – but since they couldn’t do elopement photos there, they scouted out other locations in the city, and decided on Pinewood Social.

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Okay, this is just too cute.

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

A little backstory… Leslie is from London & Ryan is from Paris. Of course that is London, KY and Paris, TN. We didn’t date right away but became long distance friends. Leslie moved to Nashville, which led to us dating, which led to getting engaged and then married… We wanted to keep our wedding small, so small that it was just the two of us and a preacher during a tour of the Ryman Auditorium.

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

The full can-art eagle wall and exposed brick gave off some rad vintage vibes… Plus they got to bowl and enjoy a drink, too. Sweet deal, yes?

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

Nashville bowling alley engagement shoot | Photo by Jessie Holloway | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79479

We could not have made a better choice than Jessie. She was laidback, comfortable to talk to, had great ideas for photos and it shows in her work.

Congrats Ryan and Leslie! Such fun photos!

Photographer: Jessie Holloway / Location: Pinewood Social / Flowers: Whole Foods / Leslie’s Dress: Etsy / Shoes: Badgley Mishka / Necklace & Earrings: Heirloom / Rings: Draper / Ryan’s Suit: JC Penney / Shirt & Tie: J. Crew / Shoes: Frye / Ring: Belonged to Ryan’s Father

 
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3 Oct

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

We sure love it when DIY posts fall on Fridays around here. No waiting for the weekend to fit in crafting time. Annnd today’s post has not one, but two DIY tutorials! Floral designer Tara of Sweet Blossom Designs is sharing a floral crown and a cute flower girl purse. She tells us they’re fabulous for outdoor or garden-themed weddings, but any bride with a romantic, classic vibe would look just as sweet. The white flowers actually work beautifully for fall as they pop against autumn décor – and almost all of them are available year-round.

More from Tara + two DIY tutorials below. Thanks to Jessica Claire Photography for documenting each step!

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

I wanted the flowers to be romantic and subtle, yet still pop off the dresses. I wanted the flowers to be attention grabbing, but at the same time draw the attention to the beautiful bride and her bridesmaids and their surroundings.

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

The flowers used in this design are:

White Peonies (Bride), Patience White Garden Rose, White China Mums, Dahlias, Bells of Ireland, Italian Ruscus, White Astilbe, Veronica, Eucalyptus, Seeded Eucalyptus, and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus. Wax Flower, Scabiosa Pods & Green Dianthus Balls 

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

Click through to our DIY gallery for the full tutorial!

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

Now… Onto these darling flower girl purses.

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

Aren’t they adorable?! Find Tara’s tutorial here:

DIY green and white floral inspiration | Photo by Jessica Claire | Florals by Sweet Blossom Designs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=79532

Thanks to Sweet Blossom Designs + Jessica Claire Photography for sharing these projects with us today!

Photographer: Jessica Claire Photography / Florals & Styling: Tara Wheaton of Sweet Blossom Designs / Flowers: Lily Enterprises / Moss Purse: Shinoda Design Center / Other Supplies: San Diego Floral Supply / Styling: Leila of Be Inspired PR / Brides dress: Kirstie Kelley / Bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan

 
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2 Oct

We’re so excited to share the launch of our first video class with Creative Bug today! A few months ago Jillian and Kristina took a trip up to San Francisco and filmed three fun classes with the amazing crew up there. The first two classes will be released this fall, starting our DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet class that is officially live this morning. Fist bumps all around!

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet video class with 100 Layer Cake, Shotgun Floral, and Creativebug | See more at 100layercake.com/blog

We enlisted the talents of one of our favorite bay area florists for the first two classes, Emily of Shotgun Floral Studio. She has such a lovely way with texture and color, and her weddings are always so gorgeous. We had to have her expertise on set!

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet video class with 100 Layer Cake, Shotgun Floral, and Creativebug | See more at 100layercake.com/blog

Aren’t those straw flowers divine? So perfect for this time of year as we leave summer behind and move into the magic of fall.

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet video class with 100 Layer Cake, Shotgun Floral, and Creativebug | See more at 100layercake.com/blog

We’re starting with the bouquet class but the boutonnieres are not far behind. Creativebug will be releasing these cuties in a few weeks too.

DIY Bridesmaid Bouquet video class with 100 Layer Cake, Shotgun Floral, and Creativebug | See more at 100layercake.com/blog

You can pop over to our instructor profile on Creativebug if you like (and check out the rest of the talented instructors they work with too), or just jump right to our DIY Bridesmaid Bouquets class and get started. Even if you’re not making bouquets right this minute, the tips about color and texture and form would be so helpful in creating lovely floral arrangements for the upcoming fall and winter holidays. We’ll definitely be putting the skills Emily shared with us to good use this season!

If you’re not familiar with Creativebug yet, you really should be! They host hundreds of informative, creative, and inspiring video classes taught by expert crafts-people in every specialty. From sewing and knitting, to paper crafts, wedding ideas (duh!), and even holidays. It’s an amazing resource for anyone, like us, who loves getting their hands dirty in the very best way.

Happy making!

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