18 Dec

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

The summer-like temps we’ve been experiencing here in LA aren’t going to stop us from getting into the Christmas spirit. It’s next week, guys! Can you believe it? Thank goodness for inspiration like this lavish, winter wedding shoot from Maru Photography and Red Carpet Ready by Christina. It’s got the finest trimmings needed for a family gathering or winter wedding celebration. So, get the gourmet marshmallows ready for hot cocoa, the gingerbread men ready for dunking, and the gold candlesticks out for a candlelit dinner. Some faux fur to cover your chairs too, if you’re feeling fancy.

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Is this not the coolest gingerbread man you’ve ever seen?

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

A simple & festive way to top off your cake? Use pomegranate seeds like cake by nicole mceachnie did here, or you can use cranberries like in this winter wedding shoot.

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Check out the sweet behind-the-scenes footage captured by Premier Productions, and make sure to pop into the gallery for more prettiness from this shoot!

 Christmas wedding and party inspiration | photo by Maru Photography | 100 Layer Cake

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

Concept design + photography: Maru Photography / Concept design, hair & makeup, wardrobe styling: Red Carpet Ready by Christina / Decor + styling: A Day to Remember Weddings & Events / Florals + styling: Celsia Florist / Wedding + evening dresses: Isabelle’s Bridal / Cakes + sweets:Cake by Nicole McEachnie / Jewelry + hair accessories: Powder Blue Bijoux / Men’s formal wear: The Tux Store / Venue: Cecil Green Park House / Videography: Premier Productions Inc. / Stationery design: bean cards & stationery / Bouquet pendants: Whisper Jewels / Models: Joshua Britton, April Blecker, & Kelly Kong / Diamond Christian Louboutin heels: generously provided by Kasia Antos

 
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17 Dec

DIY leaf napkin ring | 100 Layer Cake

Apryl Ann Photography & Bows + Arrows have been mighty kind to us this season, sharing some of the prettiest and easiest projects to DIY. This one is perfect for transitioning from fall to winter. The natural red ombre, hints of green, and gold touches in this leaf napkin ring will make a pretty addition to your holiday place settings, no?

Click through to view the full list of materials + instructions below!

DIY leaf napkin ring | 100 Layer Cake

We want to hear, and see if you make one (or any of our DIY’s)! Upload them to Instagram and use #100LCDIY so we can find them.

Happy crafting!

 
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17 Dec

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

First off, these two have a really cute love story (you’ll get to read it in a sec). Secondly, we love that they have given us a way of describing a wedding. They coined the term, “mountain cocktail”. Not to be confused with a woodland wedding since it took place in the mountains, plus it’s a little less formal than a cocktail wedding, it’s mountain cocktail! Lastly, the photographer behind Atlas Elia has a very inspiring giveaway for one lucky and community driven couple. Don’t miss it below!

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Best ceremony view ever? Possibly….

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Their cute love story goes a little something like this:

Mike is a Mountain Guide with International Mountain Guides on Mt. Rainier in Washington State. A week before my friends were going to climb the mountain, they had a spot open up on their team and they gave me a call to see if I was interested in climbing the mountain. Growing up in Seattle, you see Mt.Rainier any time it’s sunny–I had always wanted to climb it, but never made solid plans to do so. Their timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I almost didn’t go because I had concert tickets to see Lady Gaga, but I figured she could wait and Rainier was a once in a lifetime chance. Mike was one of our guides and we hit it off right away. I ended up on his rope team and was literally tied to Mike for 2 days. Turned out those knots last because three years later we got married.

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Bouquet recipe: Dahlia, Open Garden Rose, Freesia, Hypericum Berry, Fern, Hydrangea, with hints of Hops.

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Rustic Fall Washington wedding | photo by Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia |  Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Advice from Kim: If you can afford one, hire a wedding coordinator. Colleen made the day flow seamlessly–you didn’t even know she was there and all the vendors ended up in the right place at the right time! Also, hire a great photographer. Not one who just takes beautiful photos, but one you get along with because they will understand you and your partner’s personality. It makes all the difference. And she helps get you featured on a wedding blog! 

Now for the giveaway:
I’m so inspired when I hear where my couple’s devote their time! I am doubly-intrigued when they’re involved in some way in building a community! I realized that I just love working with couple’s who put a priority on investing in community. And I want to work with more people JUST LIKE THAT! This lead me to come up with a giveaway that I am crazy-excited about!

I am giving away 1 wedding in 2014 or 2015 anywhere in the world, to couple’s who are currently working on a project that invests in community. AND, I want to document that project through photography with them! The project could be about creating a sustainable, volunteer-run garden that feeds those in need, like one of my couple’s in California, or it could be working to make drinking-water safe for people in Kenya, like another of my couples!

How it works: You, or a friend/family member must nominate yourself to be chosen. If you are a couple (or one half of a couple), or know of someone who is: a) getting married in 2014/2015 (anywhere in the world) b) Has a project they are coordinating, or involved in that helps foster community (anywhere in the world), submit a nominating letter, including a photo of the couple.

You have until January 18, 2014 to enter, and  I will review all submissions and pick one winner! Click here to enter!

Photographer: Kathryn Stevens of Atlas & Elia / Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA / Event Coordinator: Colleen Simpson / Invitation Designer: designed by Bride and Groom, printed by Paper Delights / Make up: Bride’s friend, Betsey Anderson / Hair: Casey Nikole / Day of styling: Bride’s friend, Laurel Jones / Florist: Au Natutrel, Patti Bosket / Small desserts & catering: Sleeping Lady / DJ: Issac Kaplan-Woolner / Wedding dress: Paloma Blanca from La Belle Elaines / Wedding shoes: Crown Vintage boots / Earrings: Anthropologie / Necklace: family heirloom / Rings: Green Lake Jewelry Works / Groom’s Suit: Vest and Shirt from Filson Pants AG Jeans from Nordstrom / Shoes: Nordstrom

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