Minted Real Wedding: Melanie and Dien in Glen Ellen, CA

After a surprise proposal in the Bahamas, Seattle-based couple Melanie and Dien held a colorful, whimsical wedding at the B.R. Cohn winery in Glen Ellen. They chose “Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth as their wedding invitation and the talented bride made the ceremony programs, menus, and table-number signs herself. Keep reading for more from their alfresco celebration (you have to see the fun poufs at the reception!).

BR Cohn Winery Wedding | Melanie & Dien

Bride and groom: Melanie Apuyan & Dien Nguyen
Occupations: Mortgage broker (Melanie) and software sales (Dien)
Based in: Seattle, Washington
Wedding date: August 14, 2015
Venue: B.R. Cohn, Glen Ellen, CA
Number of guests:  110
Minted wedding invitation: ”Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth (in the “Sherbet” color palette)
Wedding planner: Sugar Rush Events
Florist: The Monkey Flower Group
Cake designer: Crisp Bake Shop
Photographer: Margaret Austin Photography

How did you and Dien meet?
Through a mutual friend.

Tell us about the proposal…
The proposal happened on a trip to the Bahamas. It came as complete surprise! And he picked the ring out all by himself, I love it.

How did you find your wedding venue?
We researched wedding venues online first, then took a trip out to Napa and Sonoma to visit sites in person.

Who made your wedding dress?  
Claire Pettibone

What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
It was surprisingly easy—it was one of only four dresses I tried.

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Inspire your space with Minted on Pinterest

Inspire your interior space with Minted and Sherwin-Williams.  To celebrate the launch of our new Art Styling Services, Minted has partnered with Sherwin-Williams to offer one lucky winner over $1K in prizes towards redecorating your home. Pick one room in your home to redecorate, design a beautifully mood board on Pinterest, and we’ll select one winner to receive $1000 in Minted credit + Styling Services and up to 5g’s of paint from Sherwin-Williams.

Get all the entry details after the jump…

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DIY: Gender-Reveal Baby Shower Pins

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Are you hosting a baby shower this summer? If the mama-to-be is planning on revealing the baby’s gender to guests at the party, then today’s project is the perfect way to add a fun game into the mix. Make a bunch of these pink and blue prize-ribbon pins and place them in a bowl by the party entrance. As guests arrive, have them pick a blue or pink pin, depending on what they think the baby will be. When the mom-to-be makes the big announcement, you can pass out small prizes to the guests who guessed correctly!

DIY Gender Reveal Pins on Julep DIY Gender Reveal Pins on Julep

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DIY: Olympic Games Pennants

The Olympic Games are just around the corner—will you be watching and cheering? I look forward to the Olympics so much, and when friends ask what my plans are for the summer, my answer is, “The Olympics.” I’m gearing up to watch the Opening Ceremony (August 5!) and made these pennants as decorations. If you’re a die-hard Olympics fan, too, then read on for this fun how-to.

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DIY: Ice-Cream Cone Garland

I’ve never met an ice-cream cone I didn’t like, even one made of paper. So, if you’re celebrating National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, you can whip up this whimsical garland in about 30 minutes flat with materials you probably have on hand.

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ice cream garland

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Austin Artists Cool Off Over Sangria and Laughs

In early July, Minted Artists met up in downtown Austin for a casual get-together over cocktails and snacks at Irene’s, a new bar and restaurant recommended by Austin artist Melanie Pavao. Artists took a break from the scorching Texas heat to bond over the local art scene, their experience with Minted, and their favorite creative websites and resources.

        Top row from left: Melissa Reese, Heidi Miller Lowell, and Amanda Guerassio.
Bottom row from left: Melanie PavaoCarol SchiraldiSarah Luna, Kathy Van Torne, and Christina Loff.

“I especially appreciate the intimate, human connection that we all experienced through meeting each other in person — it has literally made my Minted world come alive,” Sarah Luna told us after the meetup. Austin artists are already making plans to hang out again.

Our very nice waiter from Irene’s helping us jump-start Heidi’s car, with a very happy Heidi.

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Ice-Cream Party Must-Haves

I don’t usually celebrate the random, wacky holidays (let’s face it—most of ‘em seem made up!) but there’s one I cannot pass up: National Ice Cream Day. This Sunday, July 17, is a day dedicated to beloved summertime staple, so why not whip up an ice-cream party package for friends? Here’s what I’m including in mine, along with a note that says, of course, “Just add ice cream!”

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DIY: Colorful Utensil Wraps

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Add a bright pop of color to your summer picnics with these DIY utensil wraps. All you need is your favorite patterned paper—scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, card stock, you name it!—to make these cute little flatware envelopes. Here’s how we did it…

DIY Paper Utensil Envelope | alice & lois for minted
DIY Paper Utensil Envelope | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Paper Coaster Garland

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Recently I’ve been inspired by vintage paper coasters—there are so many gorgeous designs, especially some of the floral-patterned ones. After browsing for what must have been ages, I finally picked out a few sets to use for this DIY garland. Some of the coasters can get pricey, so I mixed in some plain and patterned card stock circles cut to match. This is such a simple project to do, but doesn’t it make a big impact? I can’t get over how striking the coasters are!

DIY Paper Coaster Garland | Julep DIY Paper Coaster Garland | Julep

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New Minted Artists Talk Swimming and Nordic Design

Every month we welcome some of our newer Minted artists to the community in the Welcome Wagon series. Hop on and learn some fun facts about Roberta Pinna, Thuy DoAlice Galeotti, and Chloe Chung.

Roberta Pinna
New York and Milano, Italy

Website and Instagram: www.robertapinna.com, @robertapinnaart

My first winning design for Minted: ”Duet

What’s been your favorite part of the Minted experience so far?
As a professional artist, I find Minted an excellent and unique platform to share my deep love for art and design with other artists and designers. We find exposure and support in the same environment. Everything is so fresh and joyful and, at the same time, exciting and challenging. Also, and most important, professionalism is a keyword in this context. I really feel part of an artist community. It is definitely real life and not only a mere digital experience.

If you could have dinner with any artist living or dead, who would you invite and why?
Robert Ryman. His use of white color for me represents perfection. His paintings are masterpieces of perfection.

A lot of your work features divers, what is the inspiration and story behind that subject for you?
I was born on an island called Sardegna, the second largest in the Mediterranean sea. I learned how to swim before I could walk. My passion for divers is related to my passion for water. In my works all swimming performances synthesize life—we all can do our best by turning a fall into a flight.

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