Thursday, November 14, 2013

Distressed Wood Boxes

Brides often ask me for ideas for containers that they might use for a more rustic feel.  I will usually pull out pictures of my wood boxes.  You don't have to own a barn to make wood boxes that are distressed.   I am going to give you easy steps so that you can also create your own distressed wood box.

The First Step:   I went to a local store to purchase wood.  Here is a link of what I found at Home Depot   I purchased 1x4 whitewood planks that were 6' in lengths. You need to make sure you pick out wood that is soft so that it can easily be distressed. Cut the boards and either nail or screw them together.  Finally I purchased a piece of hardwood panel to use as the backing of the box.

Next Step:  You need to distress the wood.   
This is the fun part.  Great way to get out all your frustrations out.
I used a chain that I used to beat the board.   I then took a scrap piece of wood and drilled in some screws to bang against the wood.  The last think I did was to make scraps and niches out of the wood to make it look worn out.  It still won't look like much but the next part will make it all come together... STAIN.

You can either apply the stain with a brush and then wipe off the excess or you can just use a paper towel and apply by rubbing the stain on.  Now you see the impact of the distress from earlier.  

add flowers and voila!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Shades of Pink and Peonies

Who can resist the smell of Garden Roses and Peonies.  Nyk and Cali Photography captured incredible photos of our bride, Renee.  Thank you Nyk and Cali for another amazing job.  One of our favorite coordinators, Firefly Events, did an outstanding job creating a romantic and special day for Renee.  Always enjoy working with both of you.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Summer Garden Party

Jim and Judith celebrated their Anniversary while Judith celebrated a Birthday in their gorgeous back yard with family and friends.    I was so excited to be asked to help Sandy Zeigler with transforming 
their yard into an intimate garden party.

Anne Clayton with Music City Tents and Events provide the tent and rentals.  Notice the sides left off to create an opening so that you can see through the tent.  As always they did a great job.

You can't have a celebration without a delicious cake from Dessert Designs by Leland.   Leland out did herself with not one but two amazing cakes.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Sweet Pinks and Yellows

Lara and Brandon were married at Johnson's Chapel at the end of May. Lara's colors were pinks with a touch of yellow and cream.  Marcia Husband coordinated the wedding and the reception, which was held in the bride's parent's back yard. Thanks to Kristin Sweeting Photography for the trio of images below!

Congratulations Brandon and Lara!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Nautical Wedding

Katie and Jim celebrated their marriage at the Centennial Club in the middle of May.  You will notice that there was a nautical undertone to their happy day that just might have had something to do with Jim being apart of the US Navy!  In fact, he tied the "monkey knots" that are displayed on the tables himself. Below you will see a picture of the beautiful bride with her mother taken by their photographer, Tori Wharton.

Congratulations Katie and Jim!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Spring Pinks

Jordan and Jamison were married at Second Presbyterian Church in the middle of May. Marcia Husband coordinated their happy day. Jordan chose spring pinks, creams, and a pop of yellow for her flower colors.  Mary Rosenbaum captured their day through her camera lens. Take a look at her blog post to see more pictures of Jordan's wedding day. 

The image below was taken by Mary Rosenbaum.

The reception followed at Cheekwood's Frist Learning Center

The two images below were taken by Mary Rosenbaum.

Congratulations Jordan and Jamison!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pops of Purple

Lauren and Alex were married at Christ the King Catholic Church in the middle of May. After the wedding, everyone headed to the McConnell House in Franklin for the reception. A big thanks to Nyk & Cali Photography for all of the images in this post.

Congratulations Lauren and Alex!!