11 Apr

DIY floral party hats | Photo by Cambria Grace Photography | Design by  Lauren Wells Events | 100 Layer Cake

You wanna know why we love party hats, Cakies? You put on a party hat and you can’t help but feel festive. Plus they make for some way cute Instagram ops (#adorbs). But today we’re sharing a little something from Cambria Grace Photography that goes beyond any party hats we’ve ever seen before. For this DIY, Pollen Floral Design and Lauren Wells Events fashioned party hats out of natural-colored cardboard and the most stunning fresh blooms. Just gorgeous.

Check out the tutorial below, and then after you do that, pop on over to our sister site, Cakelet, to see the equally adorable confetti party hat DIY that we’re sharing today. Now here’s Pollen Floral Design with the step-by-step instructions…

DIY floral party hats | Photo by Cambria Grace Photography | Design by  Lauren Wells Events | 100 Layer Cake

Supplies:
- party hats
- hot glue gun
- fresh flowers

DIY floral party hats | Photo by Cambria Grace Photography | Design by  Lauren Wells Events | 100 Layer Cake

Instructions:

1. Assemble the party hat. (To achieve a natural cardboard look as shown in our photos, we bought party store hats and just turned them inside out).

DIY floral party hats | Photo by Cambria Grace Photography | Design by  Lauren Wells Events | 100 Layer Cake

2. Clip off all flower stems, so only flower heads remain.

DIY floral party hats | Photo by Cambria Grace Photography | Design by  Lauren Wells Events | 100 Layer Cake

3. Using the hot glue gun, place a dollop of glue on a flower head, and then place the flower on the hat.

DIY floral party hats | Photo by Cambria Grace Photography | Design by  Lauren Wells Events | 100 Layer Cake

4. Use a mixture of smaller blooms to fill in the spaces between the larger flowers.

DIY floral party hats | Photo by Cambria Grace Photography | Design by  Lauren Wells Events | 100 Layer Cake

5. Flowers will begin to wilt quickly after your hat is assembled. You can place your hat in the refrigerator to help them last longer. For best results, make your hat an hour or two before you plan to wear it.

DIY floral party hats | Photo by Cambria Grace Photography | Design by  Lauren Wells Events | 100 Layer Cake

6. Celebrate!

Photographer: Cambria Grace Photography / Concept & Styling: Lauren Wells Events / Floral Design & DIY: Pollen Floral Design

 
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11 Apr

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Question, cakies: Is there any city in the world more romantic than Paris? Guess that was kind of a rhetorical question, because we all know the answer. Cozbi + Nicholas know what’s up. These two wanted to celebrate their anniversary in a big way, so they jetted off from Seattle to Paris, where they also spent their honeymoon six years earlier. Cozbi fashioned a bouquet out of flowers from a nearby market; they made a picnic of macaroons, cheeses, crackers, and Champagne; and set off for a sunset stroll with Karen Kristian Photography in tow.

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

Paris anniversary shoot | Photo by Karen Kristian Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71035

From Cozbi… Now that I’m a wedding photographer I’ve seen how uniquely intimate and special a wedding celebration can be.  Also, after having been married for 6 years I can honestly share that every day you’re able to continue married should also be a celebration. Nicholas and I have been through nearly every single imaginable trial in our six years, so we truly wanted to celebrate our anniversary in a grand way! So, as the summer approached and we were planning a European adventure, we arranged to be in Paris for our anniversary, which is also where we honeymooned. I thought it would be so beautiful for Nicholas and I to get dressed up, saunter around the city, pop Champagne, picnic on the river, and watch the tower sparkle. Of course, I also knew I’d want our private celebration photographed, so I connected with photography acquaintance and now dear friend, Karen Kristian. I am an incredibly selective person in nearly all things, but as soon as I saw Karen’s work, I was instantly inspired by her and knew I could trust her with capturing this special time! 

Sunday, July 7th was a gorgeous day in Paris.  Nicholas and I went around visiting favorite spots from our previous honeymoon adventure, as well as making new memories at new spots. Before heading back to our apartment to get ready for our anniversary celebration, we stopped at the market for small treats, went to Lauderee for macaroons, popped into a floral shop where I bought a random assortment of white seasonal flowers to assemble back at our flat (I was ecstatic that I was able to get white peonies; I wanted peonies so badly at my wedding!), and of course, while window shopping just happened to find an incredible BCBG gown!

Karen came and photographed us in our beautiful airbnb flat and then we headed out for our sunset celebration. Nicholas and I walked through the Louvre grounds and then the Tuileries, before settling along the river to enjoy our goodies and exchange rose gold anniversary bands (ah yes, for ‘la vie en rose’).  We popped (or attempted to pop!) Champagne, and sitting hand in hand I repeated the hauntingly truthful and meaningful lyrics of our first dance song that we had danced to six years earlier, “Darling so it goes, some things are meant to be.”

This day, was dare I say even more special then our wedding day six years previous.  While our wedding day was quite lovely in its own way, Paris was so relaxed, so calm, there were no expectations other then my own. We danced to silent music and reveled in the achievement of being so happy with just each other’s company.  Most importantly, we celebrated our past, and all of its wonderful, and sometimes very ugly, glory. Also, we looked at the love and the opportunity and the adventure that the rest of our lives together will be bringing us.

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

Photographer: Karen Kristian Photography / Dress: BCBG / Suit: Hugo Boss / Tie: Dior / Shoes: Ferragamo

 
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10 Apr

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Lucas + Courtney’s wedding is so pretty we can hardly take it! We mean that in a good way of course… Best way possible in fact. These two wanted a rustic vibe without going country, so they introduced luxe elements into the outdoor setting. They also wanted to honor Courtney’s late grandmother, whose favorite color was purple—hence the color palette of dusty plum and moss. Weddings by Nancy made it all come together and Austin Gros was there to capture the big day…

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Courtney worked with her talented pal Helena Ecija to design the invites. All of the artwork is hand-drawn!

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring bouquet | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Cutest little ring bearer ever? We think so…

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Vintage wedding accessories  | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

There are those luxe details we were talking about…

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Music is a big thing for Lucas + Courtney, so they chose all their ceremony songs with a lot of care. The bridal party walked down the aisle to “Om Nashi Me” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and recessed to “Home,” also by Edward Sharpe. Courtney walked down the aisle to “Saeglopur” by Sigur Ros, which has been her very fave band since she was 17.

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring bouquet | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Courtney says, For the dancing, we chose a DJ over a live band and don’t regret it for a minute. The dance floor was packed until the night ended! 

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Spring Wisconsin wedding | Photo by Austin Gros | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=71007

Let’s end on that yummy cake shot, shall we? Congrats L + C!

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

Photographer: Austin Gros / Videographer: Capture Studios / Wedding Planner: Weddings by Nancy / Venue: Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center / Florals: Monet Floral / Invitation Design: Helena Ecija / Cake: International Bake Shoppe / Catering: Traditions / Rentals: Topps Elite Tent Rentals / DJ: DJ Kelly Wilde / Bride’s Dress: Demetrios from Macy’s / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

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