Minted Real Wedding: Shelby & Douglas in Keswick, VA

Today’s Minted Real Wedding took place in Keswick, Virginia, at a picturesque cider mill called Castle Hill. There, in front of their 170 guests, Shelby and Douglas exchanged vows and hosted an elegant celebration that featured classic details (crisp tuxedos, a vintage Bentley) mixed bright splashes of poppy red.

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Bride’s name: Shelby Sutton
Groom’s name: Douglas Colby
Wedding date: July 13, 2013
Location: Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, Virginia
Minted wedding invitation: Elegance Illustrated by Phrosné Ras
Minted save-the-date: Simply in Love by Annie Clark
Photographer: Lucy O Photo
Wedding planner: Shindig Weddings & Events
Florist: Southern Blooms, Pat’s Floral Designs

Keep reading to see more details from Shelby and Douglas’ beautiful wedding.


DIY Ice Cream Cone Holder

By Melanie of  You Are My Fave
ice cream party ideas
I’ve had a one-track mind all summer and that track is ice cream. The next time you’re scooping up the frosty treat, display the ice cream cones in this cute holder. Best of all, this DIY project will only take you about ten minutes, tops.   


DIY Confetti Vases

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY confetti vases

Whether you’re hosting a last-minute get together, need a budget-friendly way to decorate lots of tables, or are simply looking to add a pop of color to a room, this DIY confetti vase is the perfect sweet-and-simple project for you. The best part: you’ll only need a few supplies and can stock up on inexpensive vases at your local dollar store!

Can’t beat that for an easy way to add confetti to your next bash without the messy cleanup…


Currently Loving: Whitewashed Brick

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

I love the look of old brick walls once they’re given a fresh coat of white paint. While weathered brick is lovely on its own, too, there’s something airy and modern about a whitewashed wall. The look is still warm and cozy, but the paint gives the space a facelift and significantly brightens up the room. Case in point: Hally’s Restaurant (above and below) in London, designed by Alexander Waterworth. Though it’s a commercial restaurant, I think the space is so homey and beautiful, and could easily be translated into a home kitchen.

Read on to see more whitewashed looks I’m loving.


DIY Wedding: Watercolor Ceremony Program (with Printable!)

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

DIY Program

When I’m creating pieces for a wedding, I’m constantly thinking about ways to make them fun and functional, as well as something guests will actually want to take home after the wedding’s over. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never saved a ceremony program from any of the weddings I’ve attended in the past (except my own, of course!). But I thought that adding an artful element to the program cover—like a romantic quote done in watercolor—would transform a functional program into a keepsake your guests might enjoy later, perhaps framing and displaying it at home or pinning it to a bulletin board at work. I’m always collecting inspiring quotes on Pinterest and this is one of my current favorites, and it’s certainly one many soon-to-be-married couples might be able to relate to!

Read on to download the ceremony-program cover and for instructions on how to make your own ceremony-program booklets.


Kids’ Parties: DIY Musical Instruments

Written by Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon

By Sara & Melissa of  alice & lois

When we’re hosting a kid’s birthday party, we love to have a craft project to keep the kiddos busy. It’s such a nice way for the little ones to be creative—plus, the craft doubles as a take-home favor. We made these sweet spin drums with the girls at a recent music-themed birthday party!

Read more and get the instructions after the jump.


10 Clever Place Card Ideas For a Summer Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Summer Wedding Ideas

Place cards have always been one of my favorite things to play around with at events and for shoots. You can get so creative and add some really fun touches to your table. And now that summer’s here, there are so many bright and playful options to consider! Fresh items like flowers and fruit are really great (plus, they can even double as a little snack while your guests wait for dinner!). Or, you can get crafty and give guests a small memento that they can take home and display as decor. Here are just a few of my favorite ideas for summer!