DIY Silhouettes


I’m pretty obsessed with silhouettes…Carter Kustera, Karl Johnson, they’re all geniuses. While I love the tried and true paper cutting technique, I wanted to try something a little funkier for our wedding. Thanks to Photoshop, its INCREDIBLY easy to make your own silhouettes to use wherever you want! I’m thinking about using these near our cake or at the guest book table, but they can work as thank you cards, on your invites, etc.

  1. First off, take a profile picture of yourself and/or your guy against a neutral background like a white wall…Chad was my guinea pig for this experiment.
  2. Download the photo into Photoshop, or any other photo altering program [however, these directions are for photoshop].
  3. Using the magic wand tool, turn anything in the background pure white….even when you’re using a white wall as a backdrop, there will be shadows or imperfections that will challenge you later on so its best to get rid of them in the beginning.
  4. Once everything in the back is white, again use the magic wand to highlight the background, then inverse the image so that the figure is highlighted. Using the paint bucket tool, make the figure black.
  5. You’re practically there at this point! Now is where you can have some fun…..I scanned in some graphic paper I found at Print Icon and brought it in as a background for Chad’s silhouette. And voila! A very cool silhouette! I also tried making Chad’s silhouette itself a pattern, but as you can see, depending on the pattern, a lot of detail will be lost, so its best to keep it as a background.

Try experimenting with different textures like woodgrain, pebbles, wallpaper, even clouds! The possibilities are endless! [I realize I'm horrible at giving directions with stuff like this, so if you have any problems, just email me and I'll try to walk you through it.]

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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Memoirs of the Perpetual Bridesmaid


I got an email yesterday from Jonathan and Whitney from Brown Sugar Design about a new series they will be featuring on their blog for the next few months entitled the “Memoirs of the Perpetual Bridesmaid“. Their friend will be posting about what a wedding is like from the bridesmaids point of view….could be VERY eye-opening….check it out and check out Brown Sugar Design’s portfolio while you’re at it!

[image from BSD blog]

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Lovely ribbons


I really like the idea of using graphic ribbons on your bouquet instead of the ole standard satin or silk…it really adds an element of fun!

Another request I found in the survey was to start including more vendors from outside of New York….as you can see to your right, I’ve already started adding to the list, so you can only expect it to grow from here. If you have a vendor, location, or anything you’ve loved from your wedding or research, please let me know and I’ll add it.

[image from Pairs and Pieces]

another darn birthday….


Today is Chad’s birthday! I both love and hate that our birthdays are 4 days apart…[we always have to share, humph!]…but that’s ok….I’d rather share with this guy over ANYONE else! Happy Birthday babe!

[he just started a new political blog if anyone's interested.....]

[image from Trophy Cupcakes]

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photo favorites: Studio d.Sharp


Denise of Studio d.Sharp [check out her new blog as well]:

My husband and I were wed at the Maryhill Museum in the Columbia Gorge in 1996. We had the ceremony on the grounds,followed by cocktails and an appetizer bar. We had vintage quilts on the lawn for guests to relax and talk {amid the resident peacocks} as well as a number of croquet games going. Dinner and dancing were in the main hall, set among some truly beautiful pieces from the museum’s collection. It is not a cavernous space, so our smaller wedding of about 80 people was wonderfully intimate. It was most important for the two of to be able to spend time with each guest – so we made sure we were the last to leave, we had so much fun.

This photo is one of my favorites. I love how I am kind of echoing the sculpture behind me. It is also completely accidental – the Gorge wind is something I had not considered when it came to choosing the dress.

http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/about.htm

photo by Keefe Klicker Photography

[image from Denise]

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